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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:52:33 AM »
Here are the even numbered pages.  I know it isn't the best way to display them, but the versions I have are in PDF, and I'm not sure how else to post them here.  If you download them to your desktop, they are fairly legible.

Beer Recipes / Re: British Ordinary Bitter critique & suggestions
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:50:20 AM »
Interesting. Maybe Mark can chime in on this. Maybe I'll split my next batch of best bitter and severely over pitch one and underpitch the other.

He has:

There are so many variables that affect ester formation.  Have you read Yeast

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: May 12, 2016, 09:37:57 AM »
It looks like only the odd numbered pages are showing up in that link.

Thank you for posting.

I intend to talk to Joe more about it and we'll have him on the show to discuss it.

That's an interview I would be very interested in.

The Pub / Re: Guitar talk moved over from main forum....
« on: May 11, 2016, 09:19:34 AM »
I have a 68 reissue tobacco sunburst Stratocaster that I got back in '94 or '95. I think its one of the Fender Japan ones, as it didn't cost me very much at the time (~$350 or so)

Those reissues from Fender Japan are actually pretty well regarded.

The spec sheet I have says that in the mash it "increases the antioxidant power, inhibits LOX-enzymes, reduces the formation of aldehydes and is a very good metal chelating agent."

I wonder how it compares to SMB in both type and degree of protection.  There is a lot of room for future experimentation. 

The Pub / Re: Guitar talk moved over from main forum....
« on: May 09, 2016, 03:40:26 PM »
I don't know very much about guitars, but I have the following:

Reissue 72 Telecaster Custom from Fender Japan

Martin DC-15E (all mahogany); I don't think they make this particular model anymore

Reissue Danelectro U1 purchased in 2000 (which I think is right around when they stopped making them)

Reissue Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb; unfortunately, it is just too loud to play in the house

I don't have access to it, but this would probably be an interesting read:

Evaluation of the Addition of Gallotannins to the Brewing Liquor for the Improvement of the Flavor Stability of Beer

What if there was a substance that was flavorless, colorless and odorless? You added small amounts to your strike water and at the end of the boil. What if it interrupted oxidizing reactions so even if you had O2 it wouldn't react with the beer and create oxidation? No pre boiling, no copper removal, none of that crap.  What if it made the malt and hops pop, enhanced clarity, and delicate beers would remain in near perfect condition for a year or more?

I'd say I want to hear all about it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Spunding valve
« on: May 07, 2016, 07:44:55 AM »
This is what I just put together.

The 1/4" female flare to 1/4" male NPT was the only part I couldn't find on Amazon.

So no one did the mash test?  I was handed a lengthy weekend chore list...

I was hoping to do it this weekend, but it looks like my order from NB isn't arriving until Monday.  I should be able to get it done next weekend though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 06, 2016, 09:57:31 AM »
Duvel definitely looks more like yours, ie., pale and clear. I wonder if there's some Aromatic or Vienna (or similar) in the Pranqster giving it the more gold hue.

Haven't picked up any Duvel yet, but here's a comparison against Damnation (which is on the left; and sorry for the terrible photo).  The color was much closer.

The flavor was also pretty close.  Damnation has a touch more mouthfeel and is a little bit fruitier in both flavor and aroma.  I feel like I could almost clone it with a few changes.  What I really want to do is figure out how to get a bit more yeast character.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: May 03, 2016, 09:12:50 AM »
The checklist is not very verbose, however, I like the checklist.

I think I actually like the checklist scoresheet better than the regular scoresheet.

1.  I don't have a pump (yet) so that means having to VERY carefully pour pitchers of strike water into the cooler, without over oxygenating somehow.

Do you have a ball valve on either your BK or your HLT?  If so, you could heat strike water there and gravity feed it into the bottom of the mash tun through some high temp tubing.

That is what I started doing a while back when I became leery of picking up a full kettle of scalding water.

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