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Ingredients / Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« on: December 08, 2009, 03:54:40 AM »
I was once a MO only brewer but I have since move on to Golden Promise. My homebrew club did a Malt Tea(mashed at 150 for 30 min) tasting last week and it is amazing the difference between domestic 2 row, domestic 6 row and the British (MO and GP) malts. You will not be disappointed with the MO. I would recommend doing a malt tea tasting as a club presentation or on your own to see the difference between malts that you will use as a base to get a better understanding of what you are starting with. for yourself all you need is to crush 4 oz and mash for 30 minutes or so. For a group of 15 we used 8 ounces per malt with 8 different malts. Very informative. 

That's a great idea.  I'm going to steal it for my homebrew club! ;D

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Ingredients / Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« on: December 08, 2009, 03:53:23 AM »
I mostly use Maris Otter and love it.  I just did some Belgians with Weyerman pale and really can't complain about that malt either!

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Ingredients / Re: Where do you buy your ingredients from?
« on: December 08, 2009, 03:26:51 AM »
I buy sacks of malt and odds and ends from my LHBS.  I also order some items from northern brewer or more beer

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All Grain Brewing / Re: General mash tun advice
« on: December 08, 2009, 02:05:51 AM »
What are people's experience with using 10 gallon Rubbermaid water coolers?  What is the maximun capacity for those coolers?  I have figured that about 24lb of grain with a ratio of 1.33 qt/lb is about the max, but some discussion I have read seem to indicate that more can be used (with a lower water to grain ratio, I would assume).  I've never maxed it out, but I plan on doing so soon.

I just mashed 24# in my 10 gal rubbermaid cooler at 1.25 qts/lb and it was pretty darn full.  Worked great though!


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All Grain Brewing / Malt Conditioning
« on: December 07, 2009, 10:36:25 PM »
I just tried malt conditioning for the first time yesterday.  Wow, that was awesome.  Thanks going out to the Brau Kaiser for all the great info he's getting out there  :D


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: December 04, 2009, 01:05:50 PM »
I brewed a Black IPA a few weeks ago.  It turned out great.  As suggested by my wife we're calling "Darker Shade of Pale", with a nod to Procol Harum.

Ha! This weekend I am brewing a "Paler Shade of Ale" as my own nod to Procol Harum ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pictures of turkey day brew
« on: December 02, 2009, 05:50:15 PM »
Nice system!  I'm just doing a gravity fed system but it is much easier now that I built a brew stand instead of stacking things up in a precarious balancing act as I used to.






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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pictures of turkey day brew
« on: December 02, 2009, 04:45:55 PM »
Nice system!  I'm just doing a gravity fed system but it is much easier now that I built a brew stand instead of stacking things up in a precarious balancing act as I used to.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chill Haze Flavor Contribution
« on: December 02, 2009, 04:42:11 PM »
Nope  8)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Ratio
« on: December 02, 2009, 02:20:47 AM »
I used to do 1 or 1.25 qt/lb mash ratios but have recently been increasing the ratio to try and improve my efficiency.  I think 1.5 qts/lb is a good place for you to start.  If you are happy with your results stick with that.  Sometimes its fun to change things up just to see what effect it has.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How many carboys do you own?
« on: December 01, 2009, 10:38:20 PM »
One 6 gal better bottle
one 6.5 gal carboy
three 5 gal carboys

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life of mixed Star San? Newbie
« on: December 01, 2009, 10:31:54 PM »
I've been using iodophor for a little while now.  I've been thinking about getting some star san and after reading this thread think I will definitely pick some up next time I'm buying brewing supplies!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: December 01, 2009, 10:28:01 PM »
My "RedHeaded Stepchild" is similar to this recipe.  It is 2 row, carapils, wheat malt, and 2 oz of roasted barley.  It has a very nice red color to it and a nice mild roasted flavor.

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Good choice....I did the Saison on the last Big Brew Day and it came out great!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Water in yeast plates?
« on: November 29, 2009, 10:10:09 PM »
Thanks,

I need to get my but in gear and make up some new slants to transfer some cultures to

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