« on: January 21, 2014, 06:12:07 PM »
Clarity in ales? Yes. And to those suspect of hoppy beers that are clear: Pliny the Elder. Enough said.
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I'm a non-member. And the pico brewery? Yeah...right. I started to wonder if those were just ads I was flipping through at the bottom. It was all crap no one needs. Except you, Denny!Pretty cool!
But reading through the pages leaves a bit to be desired.
#2: “A great boil kettle is key to great brewing,” she says. And then goes on to recommend a $550 kettle that she doesn't own?
#6: "It was the American Homebrewers Association forum that sparked a flurry of homebrewing competitions two decades ago. But accessing the group's forums requires a paid membership ($38/year)." Since when?? Non-members can be here, yeah?
Yes non members can be here. they can post and everything. I also was not terribly impressed with the list of 'must have' brewing items. I wonder how much was a case of 'we need 10 things you can't live without in your brewery'
Don't believe in lagering...The only problem with that is you'll basically have to drink them as kellerbiers. I like my lagers crystal clear, so I give them at least 4 weeks. I don't brew many high gravity beers, most are in the 4-6% range, so I feel 4-6 weeks is plenty. Pretty much as long as it takes for them to become crystal clear.
I agree... Layer up and go brew. I brew no matter what temp it is outside...Sure can't. I hate hot and humid weather. I'd take 0F with no wind almost any day over 100F and humid. But they're really both pretty close. If it could just be about 55F, sunny, with no wind most of the year - I'd be happy!
I am also in the camp that would rather brew in -50F than 100F. I can fix cold but I can't fix hot and humid.
There are still way too many styles that I haven't brewed yet for me to totally rein things in, but I've also been trying to standardize my lineup over the past year. Basically, I want to have a house recipe for each style of beer that I like.I think that's a goal of mine this year, is to brew more recipes out of Brewing Classic Styles, proven recipes, instead of making my own and being disappointed with them (and myself). I brew 4 gallon batches, which is a manageable size. I do it mainly because that's all my system can handle, but even if I move somewhere where I could brew outside on a burner, I think I'd still brew 4 gallon batches. It's just a nice size.
I'm not trying to knock it down to 5 styles, but when I want a porter, I want to be able to open up my brewlog to that page and go for it, without having to recalculate all the mineral additions, etc. Also, I'm not designing my own recipes yet, but making small tweaks to some proven recipes.
This year I'm scaling back to 3-gallon batches, which should help me brew more often and make refinements. I've done two 3-gallon batches so far with the new gear, and it's been a lot of fun. Really not much different than 5, but it just seems more manageable.
No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!I biked today to work and it was only -6F with no wind.
Holy s#$% !