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The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 07, 2011, 08:36:53 PM »
Confederacy of Dunces.  Hadn't heard of that one in a while. Too bad the author committed suicide after he wrote it. He could have written more...
It seems like you have to be flawed to be brilliant...

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Nicely done. :)

Typo: "Oregan"

Forgot the O?  What can you brew with oregano? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hot Side Aeration and Coffee
« on: July 07, 2011, 07:59:01 PM »
I run my lauter into a bucket, then I pour the bucket into the brew kettle and then I sparge again into the bucket and pour that into the kettle.  Bubbles-a-plenty.  I haven't noticed any off flavours, cardboard or otherwise so I've stopped caring about HSA.  I can't see how you could do much worse than I do without putting your wort in a blender.

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Ingredients / Re: 1st Wet Dry Hop of 2011
« on: July 07, 2011, 07:55:39 PM »
I love in the midst of prime hop growing country
Do you live in the area too or do you just drove down for the lovin'?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 07, 2011, 07:52:37 PM »
I got my feed wheat.  It looks good.  Now, if Canada Post would get my damn yeast here I'd be brewing...
Oh, I also bought "Brewing with Wheat" yesterday and I'm half way through it.  Not sure why that matters since I'll be following Mdixon's recipe (although it kills me a little inside to follow a recipe) but I'm really liking the idea of using wheat.

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Ingredients / Re: 1st Wet Dry Hop of 2011
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:28:24 PM »
My first year hops are spindly little vines, about 3 feet long.  I'm not sure if hops like our climate but I'm hoping to see a flower next year...maybe.   Beer looks awesome and I'm jealous.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hot Side Aeration and Coffee
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:23:20 PM »
(medium roast if anyone cares)
I care...

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The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:13:26 PM »
Reading, and haven't finished, "Confederacy of Dunces".  It's pretty good so far.  Also got 3 brewing books from Amazon last night.  Brewing with wheat, Radical brewing and the 80 clone one (can't remember the exact name).  Got lots of reading ahead of me.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 06, 2011, 03:13:58 PM »
Feed wheat?  Let us know how it turns out.  It's guaranteed to be cheaper than from the store, but I don't know about the quality.  Do you know what kind of wheat it is?  WF was just an example, there is very likely to be a store near you that carries it.

We've been able to get a wide selection of Unibroue beers for a pretty long time.  We miss some of the specialties, but I've gotten Apple Ephemere, Currant Ephemere, and of course when it comes out I always get Quelque Chose.  But La Fin Du Monde is a no-brainer, great beer.

Tom,
Not sure what the wheat is, I'll check it out when I get it tonight.  Price was free so I think I can afford that.  I'm sure the quality will be ok but I'll be taking a very close look at it before I brew with it (particularly for any sign of diseased kernels).  Glad to hear that you've had some of our better brews.  La Fin Du Monde is fantastic.

MDixon
Can you explain the mashing process in further detail?  I am going to assume you need to mill the grain first then boil it and then mash it in with the barley at the temperatures you stated.  Still unsure about how I'd do that in a cooler.  Any comment on water?  I assume very low in hardness/carbonates would be best.  I'll be using 2/3 distilled, 1/3 tap because I have fairly hard tap water. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 06, 2011, 01:50:58 PM »
I found raw wheat.  I called a friend who works at a feed company and he's bringing me 5 lbs of feed wheat.  It could have a few stalks in it but I figure that will just help with the lautering process.  It's just a little straw. 
I googled it and there are only 6 Whole Foods in Canada, 4 in Vancouver and 2 in Toronto.  I'm not surprised, it seems like a West Coast thing and people in Toronto are odd (at least my wife's family is...)

Glad to hear that you can get BdC out there.  It's owned by Sapporro now that they bought out the Sleeman brewery so they probably have a lot more distribution than I anticipated. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 06, 2011, 10:44:36 AM »
You probably can't tell from my picture but I'm not the "health food store' type of guy.  I'll see what I can find but I have no idea where one of those are either.  If they sold wheat at the hardware store or the liquor store I'd be great.  After that, not so sure.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 06, 2011, 10:03:55 AM »
I found a Morebeer string where Denny, Keith and Mike discussed this and I'm still not sure if they decided wheat would gelatinize at mash temps or not.  Don't care, I'll cook it but can someone explain that boiling then mashing procedure and where and when I'd add the 2-row?
I'll try to find regular wheat.  Harvest will start here in a few weeks so I'll grab 20 lbs and put it in the freezer for future but right now I'm not sure where to find it.
Thanks

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Beer Recipes / Re: First Recipe Help
« on: July 06, 2011, 09:30:54 AM »
I've never made an imperial stout, only regular stout from DME and grains.  I didn't realize how much malt you had in there.  I'd just ignore my earlier comment and go with what you've been told by others.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 06, 2011, 09:28:43 AM »
OK, help me understand.  I boil the wheat first and then I drop the temp back to 104 etc?  I assume somewhere along the lines I add in some pale malt for enzymes.  This is going to be awfully hard to do with a cooler style mash tun as far as I can tell and hit all the temps properly.  I know it could be done but I'm concerned.  Also, I don't have raw wheat.  What about malted wheat instead? 5lbs pale malt and 5 lbs wheat malt?  Can this be converted to an infusion mash?  How much water to grain?  I have rice hulls on order for this so I'm going to add them.
I'll give it a go but I need to figure out the subtleties of hitting the temps with the equipment I have.  Worst case I guess I could mash in my boil kettle, transfer it all to the cooler, lauter and then back to the kettle. 

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All Grain Brewing / Efficiency drop
« on: July 06, 2011, 07:31:51 AM »
Just wondering how much impact the malt plays in driving efficiency?  I switched 2-row malt and my effiiciency seems to have dropped dramatically.  I did not adjust my roller spacing although I'm considering tightening them until I get through this bag.  I mash at 2L/lb, same as before.

I was running 82-85% and all of the batches I've done with this grain have been in the 70-72% range.  Yesterday I used 8.5 lbs 2-row, 1 lb of corn and 0.5 lbs of C45 and got 18L of 1.052 OG.  Did I screw up the math?
Thanks

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