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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich malt question
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:12:38 PM »
Thankyou for the replies. How does this sound? Using odds and ends around the house, 9 lbs Munich, 1/2 pound caramunich, thick mash at around 154. For hops on hand I have mt hood, and chinook. I am thinking chinook? For yeast I have 04 or Nottingham. I am thinking the nottingham will attenuate too much, so S 04?

Beer Recipes / Munich malt question
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:05:26 PM »
I have 9 pounds of munich malt. I would like to do a recipe that is heavy in this grain so I can get a good feel for exactly what it tastes like. Any suggestions? Is it an ok grain for a one grain beer?

Some of my favorite beer styles are Octoberfest (though I don't do lagars), Amber Ales, and Altbiers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software App for Droids?
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:01:52 PM »
I have brewcalcs on my phone and I really like it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 13, 2012, 04:21:14 AM »
Denny you are one class act.

The Pub / Re: AHA joke thread
« on: March 12, 2012, 03:32:41 PM »
What does dale earnhardt and pink floyd have in common?

There last hit was the wall

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That's funny and just so right. I hear people praise PF, yet all I ever hear played is The Wall. Did they ever really have another hit? ;)

Yes. Money was a big hit.

All Things Food / Re: anybody have a weber?
« on: March 07, 2012, 02:57:08 PM »
I bought one 4 years ago and love it. One nice thing about a weber is they are easy to find parts for. I have never needed to yet but that just adds to the longevity. Mine has a cast iron grill which does add to the flavor of the food.

I might add...mine has been knocked over by the wind in severe storms twice. Didn't bother it a bit.

I think the problem with the aluminum plate thing is there is no liquid on the other side to buffer the heat intensity. It would be just like throwing heat to your kettle if it was empty. BTW that is the burner I have been using for 2 years. And I really crank it up to boil 6.5 gallons of wort.

Ingredients / Re: Question about roasted grains
« on: March 04, 2012, 04:44:31 AM »
Actually I just read my notes and it was only half an ounce. There was 1 ounce of chocolate malt. Thanks again for the responses.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: how much S 05
« on: March 04, 2012, 02:10:28 AM »
Thankyou for your responses. With as much time and grain as I have invested in this beer I decided to pitch both packages. I can always get some more yeast before doing the brew the second one was intended for. I was afraid underpitching would give less than a favorable flavor.

Yeast and Fermentation / how much S 05
« on: March 03, 2012, 10:20:17 PM »
Will one package of S 05 handle a 1.082 beer or should I double pitch?

Ingredients / Re: Question about roasted grains
« on: March 03, 2012, 08:39:09 PM »
Cool. Now I feel better about the 15 pounds of 2 row I was afraid I wasted.

Ingredients / Re: Question about roasted grains
« on: March 03, 2012, 08:29:00 PM »
Thankyou for your reply. I am brewing a Breckenridge Christmas Ale clone. The recipe called for 1 oz black patent and I accidentally used an ounce of black roasted barley. I hope I didn't screw this up too bad.

Ingredients / Question about roasted grains
« on: March 03, 2012, 08:03:09 PM »
Is there a difference between black roasted malt and black patent malt?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I brew
« on: March 03, 2012, 03:52:23 PM »
In 1977 when homebrewing became legal a friend of mine took it up. He made the best tasting beer I had ever tried. Of course back then all that was available in America were bland pilsners. Bud, Blue Ribbon, Hamms the beer refreshing, Shlitz, etc. Light beer had not even been invented yet.

I was always fascinated with it after that but never had the time, space, or opportunity to try it until a couple years ago. Of course by then the craft beer boom was really picking up momentum and I could buy good beer. But I like to tweak and perfect, plus I was still fascinated with the idea of it.

Since then I have discovered the ever learning aspect of the hobby. I like that. I used to play a lot of tournament chess and that was what made chess fun to me as well. Plus, I have found that once I have the equipment, brewing is much cheaper than buying beer. I recently went to the liquor store and picked up a 6 of Sam Adams Red Ale, a 6 of Odell's Red Ale, and a 6 of Sam Adams Alpine Spring. The ticket came to over $28. I walked out of there thinking I spend less than that making 2 cases. The kicker is I actually liked my last red ale than either of the professionally made ones I bought.

I have thought it might be fun to go pro on some level. But then it would become a job. And anything that becomes a job isn't fun anymore. I am not brewing to enter any contests. I am brewing for fun and to have beer actually designed just for my own taste.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I brew
« on: March 02, 2012, 03:55:32 PM »
I am therefore I brew

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