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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Helles
« on: December 28, 2014, 08:25:13 AM »
I know this will open things to debate, but I have found that with a Helles that a decoction (even just one) brings out a better flavor than simply using Melanoiden malt to get some melanoiden richness.  Has anyone else found this to be the case?
I don't use Melanoiden or decoction...I guess I feel like I get enough maltiness out of just the malt and the right water additions. I don't want it to be crazy malty like a doppelbock, helles is supposed to be SUPER quaffable. Everyone here knows that.
As far as opening a debate, I don't think decoction is worth all the work. But that's apart of what this hobby is about, putting into it the amount of work you want.
But then again, I also think that I get enough hoppiness out of late addtions in the boil rather than dry hop, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, obviously...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need a new keezer
« on: December 27, 2014, 07:53:57 PM »
I'm going to a fridge conversion when my freezer kegerator dies, I think. They're more versatile: you don't need a temp controller, you can use the freezer for hops, they're a little more space efficient. It's harder to get kegs out, I know, but for the other reasons stated, I think that could be worth the trouble.
Thought about a fridge? Or are you set on a freezer?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Helles
« on: December 27, 2014, 07:49:12 PM »
Nice looking brew, makes a guy thirsty...
Make that 2! I like a nice helles. Does it finish dry? I find that if it finishes too sweet, it's hard to drink more than a pint or 2. I think that comes more from minerals in the water, rather than final gravity. I've a friend whose helles finished at the right final gravity, but is a bit sweet in the finish. Mine usually finish at the same gravities but finish drier, I think because I add a little more hardness to the water than he does maybe. I think he just added calcium chloride, whereas I usually add equal amounts of gypsum and calcium chloride. Either way, love the Best Malz pils character.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it with mass produce beer...
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:17:20 AM »
My theory is that our homebrew isn't filtered like most commercial beer. Every time I drink a bunch of oktoberfest beers from Germany, I feel like total sh!t the next day. But I can drink, like you said, 5, 6, 7+ pints of homebrew and, not while still I won't feel great, but not feel too bad either. I never get headaches, I just get really tired and sometimes a little nauseous. I really try to not drink that much, but I'm not doing very well, especially when there's a special occasion.

+1 to filtration as the culprit.

I've read (Papazian, I think) that filtering beer removes much of the yeast in suspension. Brewer's yeast is high in B vitamins, which get depleted with all the peeing that you inevitably do when you drink 5-7 beers during a session. The resulting deficiency in vitamin B is one of the things that makes you feel bad. Many of the members of my homebrew club take Vitamin B complex when they know ahead of time that they might overindulge.
 
It seems to make sense, though I'm not a doctor, just someone who absolutely hates a hangover.
Exactly. I'd see this to be as much a culprit in a bad hangover, or more, as the turning-around-beer-too-quickly point.
Hangover doesn't just include headache...if you feel like sh!t, you're deplete of those important B vitamins (as well as being dehydrated) that the yeast provides that many commercial breweries filter out... And I definitely notice I have more of a hangover after drinking commercial beer rather than homebrew.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun Tips
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:10:49 AM »
If I didn't need them till april I would bottle condition personally.
Yeah, this is where I'm at in terms of bottling versus kegging. I keg to keg...if I want bottles, I'll bottle condition. I don't mind the sediment.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is it with mass produce beer...
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:04:45 AM »
My theory is that our homebrew isn't filtered like most commercial beer. Every time I drink a bunch of oktoberfest beers from Germany, I feel like total sh!t the next day. But I can drink, like you said, 5, 6, 7+ pints of homebrew and, not while still I won't feel great, but not feel too bad either. I never get headaches, I just get really tired and sometimes a little nauseous. I really try to not drink that much, but I'm not doing very well, especially when there's a special occasion.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Insulated stainless mash tun
« on: December 22, 2014, 09:22:21 AM »
I guess I don't find it that odd, there's so many good options for mashing that it doesn't really seem necessary. I'm surprised there aren't more stainless fermenters... seems most homebrewers are happy enough with buckets and carboys.

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Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: December 19, 2014, 01:21:46 PM »
Very nice. I hope it works how you expect!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: good idea or bad
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:49:20 AM »
Worthless. What happened to wearing a f*cking bag on your back? Less chance of it getting all shaken up also. That's just me, people can spend their money on whatever worthless crap they want. As a cyclist who rides for transportation, this makes no sense to me, and just seems like a hipster/trendy thing that is way over priced. Kinda like the fat bikes you see nowadays...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Northern Brewer 3 Gallon Keg System
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:02:19 PM »
You guys are lucky to have seen the Ride the Lightning tour, that rules. I was only about a year old when that album came out and it's probably Metallica's best album, followed closely by Master of Puppets.

I must admit.  I stole that shirt from my brother.  But he's not getting it back.
Does he even know you have it?
Think I'll listen to Ride the Lightning now...been a few months.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Northern Brewer 3 Gallon Keg System
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:38:25 PM »
Concert shirts are cheaper than buying them online, I think. Most of mine around in the $15-20 range, where as online, you pay $20+ and then shipping. I only buy my band shirts at shows. It's great when someone says, "Hey! Nice shirt!" I can tell them I got it at the show.
You guys are lucky to have seen the Ride the Lightning tour, that rules. I was only about a year old when that album came out and it's probably Metallica's best album, followed closely by Master of Puppets.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Used kegs
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:53:50 AM »
Moving into kegging....thank goodness.  I just can't handle bottling any longer.  Seems like ball locks are the pricy ones as my LHBS has a deal on pin locks 1st one for $45 and 2nd $35.  Not a steal but better than $80 for a used ball lock.  Even if I convert to ball lock they are still under the used ball lock price. 

But the new ones sure are nice.

Cheers!
Yeah, that is a pretty fantastic deal. Jump on that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: long tail?
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:49:06 AM »
I'd add that sanitation practices are paramount as well. But temp control would be number 1 and good aeration/yeast management for number 2. Good beer can be made with slightly less than ideal water.

But, I'd say, you should look at brewing like playing an instrument or learning a skilled craft: you're never going to perfect it and there's always, always, always, going to be room for improvement.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Used kegs
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:55:14 PM »
A friend of mine bought a couple kegs from AiH when they were $89 a piece for 5 gallon kegs. They're great quality. I'd buy them for sure. I'm seriously considering getting a couple 2.5 gallon kegs from there when they have another sale. They had them for $69 on Black Friday...didn't have any money though.

I bought a couple of their kegs over Thanksgiving.  Ended up returning them, but maybe I am too anal.  See my post:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=21381.0
That's too bad. I've been eying the 2.5 gallon ones, I might pick up some of the 3 gallon pin locks though. Or I could just put 2.5 gallons in my existing 5 gallon kegs. But for some reason, it just irks me to not have a full keg.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Northern Brewer 3 Gallon Keg System
« on: December 15, 2014, 06:40:27 AM »
In the text from NB it says that the poppets can't be replaced or removed from this particular keg.
Well, that's simply not true. A needle nose pliers does the trick. Go to AiH for kegs, they're great to deal with.

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