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Yesterday I made a first attempt at a wit.  Not perfect but it's something to build on.  Today I threw together a last minute wheat beer (5 lbs 2-row, 5 lbs wheat, 1/2 lb Munich with 1 oz of Perle @ 60 and 1/2 oz of Hallertau at 15 and 1/2 oz at flameout.  WLP001 left over from another brew.  Just made it since I had the yeast.  Could be great, could be crap.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Summer Beer
« on: July 22, 2011, 01:58:05 PM »
It looks very interesting to me.  Mrs. GMAC hates cumin (although she's getting it in her taco's whether she likes it or not) so when I told her your idea she said "Eww..."  But, she's usually wrong so who cares (thank goodness she doesn't have an AHA account).

I think it would be good but what do I know.  Go for it.  I do think scaling back the cumin to the "hey, what's that...can't quite place it but it's nice" range would be good.  Do you think that will clash with the lemon?  Just curious since I've never thought of those two tastes together.

I love the recent Miller Lite bottle with the spiral twisties in the neck to make it pour faster/smoother or whatever.  My opinion, when you have to rely on the packaging to sell your product, your products crap!

Edit:  I forgot to mention Molson M - the world's first "micro-carbonated" beer.  Apparently the bubbles were just too big for some people...

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 21, 2011, 03:23:46 PM »
I forgot to add the 15 peppercorns.  Can I add them later?  Do they need to boil?

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 21, 2011, 12:55:28 PM »
That was my first step mash.  That sucked.  Couldn't get the temp to stabilize anywhere except 104 since that's about the ambient temp outside here today.  I need a new, quicker reading and probably more accurate thermometer.  Everytime I got it to where I thought it would be good, I'd leave it for 5 mins, check again the temp would be way high or way low from what I was expecting. 

But, I guess it went OK, not sure yet since it's just boiling now.  Did hit pH 5.3 for the sacc rest so I was happy there but my temp kept dropping so I was probably somewhere between 155 and 145 most of the time.  Not that worried about it, it'll be fine but I don't know how you guys hit your temps.  I did it on the flame and then after mash-out moved everything to my cooler to sparge.  By the time I was done, it could have been a no-sparge beer since I got about 20L of first runnings.  Only sparged with 8L to rinse the grain because I didn't want to boil all afternoon.
Thanks for all the advice and I'll let you know how it turns out.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:40:35 AM »
When would you measure the pH using Mdixon's schedule?  I used 5L of tap water to boil the grain and 15 L of distilled water and the pH is 6.4 after the 10 min rest at 104.  I'm going to adjust them at the saccarification rest (153) but do I need to worry prior to that?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 21, 2011, 06:10:04 AM »
I've eaten tonnes of field corn but like Hop says, it gets starchy.  That's the difference.  In France, you may find that the field corn is even starchier because a lot of the corn in that area is "Flint" type corn as opposed to dent corn.  Just pick it when it's really young and milky and eat it right away because the sugars degrade very rapidly.  With enough butter and salt, it'll be fine.  I assume of course that you've asked permission to pick some...

Beer Recipes / Jaggery in a saison
« on: July 20, 2011, 10:44:27 AM »
I was in an Indian grocer the other day and they had 1 kg blocks of jaggery there so I got one (hey, I've spent $2 on worse things...)

Now I'm wondering what to do with it.  I'm looking at a saison next week and I was wondering how 2 lbs of jaggery would work in it?  I know they are supposed to be dry so would subbing out some grain and adding this be a mistake?  The other option could be Jaggery Cream Ale using WLP001, 2-row and jaggery only.  

Or, is there something else I should be doing with it?

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 19, 2011, 05:44:16 PM »
How sour should this yeast be?  What I mean is that I have made a starter and during the "occasional shaking" process, some ran out and I tasted it and it is pretty sour.  I do have a lot of fruit flies this time of year but it's been tightly closed with tin foil.  Not saying it's gone bad but is the sourness normal?  It's a lot more sour than I would expect having drank commercial wits.

Also, I did find Indian coriander (at least it says it was grown in India).  Gonna try to brew this on Thursday unless you say the yeast is contaminated (no evidence of anything floating).  Not sure where that was suggested but I remember reading it somewhere.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tell me about Kolsch please
« on: July 19, 2011, 05:39:20 PM »
I have nothing to really add except to express my frustration that after finally getting my yeast, my AC is shot and my basement is heating up.  It's now too warm for me to feel comfortable brewing.  Tomorrow I go buy a big tub to make a swamp cooler but I'm going to start a saison yeast just so I have something to brew at the end of the week. >:(

All Grain Brewing / Re: Unbalanced pale ale
« on: July 19, 2011, 05:35:33 PM »
Well, they haven't sunk yet and my air conditioner is still broken. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A really stupid question...
« on: July 17, 2011, 02:38:57 PM »
Are you going to boil in the basement or ferment?  I boil outside and then move the beer to the basement to ferment but in the winter I've been guilty of boiling in the basement.  Make sure that you have lots of ventilation and don't store the propane tanks in the basement.  Best bet is outside. 
Beyond that, if you over carbonate, bottles can blow but that can easily be avoided by asking for advice on here and doing a bit of reading. 
Soon, you'll be the local beer baron. 

Zymurgy / Re: When's the next edition?
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:09:57 AM »
I've contacted info@....  Still waiting patiently but nothing has shown up yet.  Thanks for your help.

The Pub / Re: Showering with Gordon
« on: July 14, 2011, 02:42:02 PM »
You could title that thread "Sleeping with Charlie"...

The Pub / Showering with Gordon
« on: July 14, 2011, 02:17:00 PM »
I have this bad habit of reading on the john and then setting my book on the edge of the tub and forgetting about it.  Apparently it fell in and when my son turned on the water to have his shower, it had slid into the tub.  Now, my Brewing Better Beer (the same one I lost and then found) is now a lot thicker and the pages are quite a bit curlier than they used to be. 

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