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Ingredients / Re: Chinook at HopsDirect
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:43:55 PM »
Not enough acres of the new high demand hops were planted.  You can find some of them here.
Ones like Citra, Chinook, Simcoe, Centennial are under 500 acres.
That's too bad, I think Simcoe and Chinook are my favorites. 

Equipment and Software / Re: I hate going to the LHBS...
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:42:20 PM »
Do you ferment your ales in the chest freezer?  I'm looking into getting one for when I move in August.  I've read about people using heating elements and whatnot, seems like the temp controller would take care of that part.

Ingredients / Re: Chinook at HopsDirect
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:34:26 PM »
Fortunately I've already made my bulk purchase that will last for a while.  Let's hope it doesn't stay this way.  Damn it!  We don't need another hop shortage!  What gives!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why go all grain?
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:13:10 PM »
Answer this:

 Why extract brew? Just go buy some already made by a professional brewery and save all kinds of time and trouble.

 Maybe some of you "AG only" guys need to go back and make an extract batch again and challenge yourselves to see how well you can do it.

'Tis not a bad call, Mr. Conn.  I might try that for s hits & giggles.  I haven't brewed an extract batch for 2 1/2 years or thereabouts. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black Ale recipe
« on: March 22, 2011, 09:36:09 AM »
The OG was 1.060, I think and the FG was 1.015.  I'm pretty sure that's right, I don't have my BeerSmith here at work, so I'm not 100% sure on that, but that's what I remember off the top of my head.  I think 1554 has changed a bit as NB has grown, it's a little lighter in color and not quite as robust, but it's still a damn tasty beer.  

Pretty sure my basement temp is in the upper 50s right now also, so it didn't ferment too warm.  Probably just outside the upper range for lagers. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: We're going pro!!!
« on: March 22, 2011, 07:50:56 AM »
I've got to go with Black River too.

Suburban is a vehicle
Vanguard is a financial company
New Britain reminds me of Little Britain in Arrested Development, and is too close to New Belgium

Pretty sure Vanguard was a drum & bugle corps first.  But either way, I get your point.

Black River Brewery sounds good.  Good luck going pro, it's the dream of many a homebrewer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black Ale recipe
« on: March 22, 2011, 07:45:40 AM »
Well fellas, I brewed this up a few weeks ago and it's now been in the keg for a week.  I did a compare last night and it's pretty close!  Mine is slightly darker and if I could, I'd lager it for a few weeks to get a crisper flavor.  Here's the recipe I brewed:
10.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (3.0 SRM) Grain 72.73 %
2.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 14.55 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 7.27 %
0.50 lb Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3.64 %
0.25 lb Debittered black malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 1.82 %
1.00 oz Target hops approx. 9% IBU
1 Pkgs Bohemian Lager (Wyeast Labs #2124) Yeast-Lager with 2 liter starter

Came out to slightly higher ABV at around 5.8%.  
Next time I think I'll go lighter on either the chocolate malt or the debittered black, or both.  Otherwise, I think I just about nailed it.

The Pub / Re: Cease-fire in Libya
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:50:44 AM »
Durka durka, bakala...

The Pub / Re: Lunar Perigee
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:48:49 AM »
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Shaquile O'Neal:

A reporter was interviewing Shaq on his return from a visit to Greece,
"Shaq, did you get to go to the Parthenon while you were in Athens?"
" I don't know. I can't really remember the names of the clubs that we went to."

hahaha, what a doofus!

Equipment and Software / Re: I hate going to the LHBS...
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:46:06 AM »
Makes you wonder what she bought recently...  :D


"Brewing Better Beer: Master Lesson for Advanced Homeowners [Paperback]"

Anyone see anything wrong with this title? 

It's great he's got a book out.  Congratulations, Gordon!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why go all grain?
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:28:09 AM »
I was also a little concerned about how to tackle the Mash Tun at this scale.  I feel like I am close to maxing our what you can realistically do in a cooler.

I recently assassinated a 15 cu chest freezer...... for a moment I thought about hanging on to it and making a big ass mash tun out of it.......

I recently brewed a batch with my 70 qt cooler with 25lbs of grain and wasn't even half full even with a pretty high water/grain ratio. I imagine I could fairly easily fit 60 lbs of grain at 1.25-1.5 qts/lb ratio in it. that would provide 30 gallons of reasonably strength beer. For a big beer you could go with a 100qt or add extract to bump your gravity up.

Or you could use only first runnings...
For what? To recirculate?

All grain is great.  Takes more time, yeah, but the control over the process is worth it alone.  But there are nostalgic things like the smell of the grist at mash-in and just the general process. 
You could go up to partial mash for a little more control, but keeping some simplicity from extract brewing in there.  But really, all grain isn't difficult, it just takes longer. 

Ingredients / Re: Blackprinz malt
« on: March 18, 2011, 02:23:38 PM »
I used a whole pound of it in my recent india black ale.  It's yummy.  Smooth roasty flavor, perfect for dark hoppy beers, you won't be disappointed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Caveman Brewing
« on: March 18, 2011, 12:46:27 PM »
Right guys...cavemen probably drank water or nothing at all.  You REALLY think they made beer?  ha!  A more realistic name for this type of brewing would be more like Medieval brewing.

The Pub / Re: Lunar Perigee
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:34:55 PM »
Well raise my rent...

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