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Beer Recipes / Re: Gonna try a Dubbel....
« on: March 26, 2010, 09:39:21 AM »
Hadn't realised that - no siree

Beer Recipes / Re: Gonna try a Dubbel....
« on: March 26, 2010, 09:06:39 AM »
Yeah, they switched packaging formats. Used to come in bottles.

The Pub / Re: Where's Denny?
« on: March 25, 2010, 12:46:23 PM »
So what you are saying is that if 10,000 people brewed it you'd have 100 dollars.  :)

Denny is not a greedy man.. he's a giver.

The Cherrywood malt sounds interesting...this is something that Breiss still makes?

Yup and taste is definitely the thing. I don't find the Rauchmalz to be overly assertive.

The Pub / Re: Where's Denny?
« on: March 25, 2010, 10:14:47 AM »
sometimes I feel like I answer stuff so often that I stifle discussion.

Damn hippies, think speech is so free that they can just keep running the tab up.

Wait, should that be hippie or post whore? :)

Of course, that's not to say we're NOT in the back room drinking Westy 12s!  ;)

Make mine a fresh bottle of Avec Les Bon Voeux please!

The Pub / Re: Where's Denny?
« on: March 25, 2010, 09:39:10 AM »
He's been on.. even today. We're always dealing with administrative hooey in the background.

2lbs  seems like an awful  LOT of smoked malt...probably just 6 or 8 ounces (or less)  would have given a good smoke character without overpowering the brew.   

Depends actually, with things like the Beechwood malt or the Cherrywood malt, a few pounds can actually be appropriate.

Folsom Brewmeister used to do a Cherrywood malt before Briess did that was super soft and great to use in unexpected ways.

Zymurgy / Re: 2010 M/A ARTICLE - Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
« on: March 24, 2010, 05:28:28 PM »
Ahh, yeah, sorry if that was unclear.

The screw is just there to make it easier to neatly drill everything.

Zymurgy / Re: 2010 M/A ARTICLE - Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
« on: March 24, 2010, 05:18:00 PM »
Ok.. no sweat. ok, maybe a little sweat.

The contraption consists of two things:

2 of these bad boys:

and one of these.

Stack all 3 together and drill nice even holes through all three.

The cake pan you fill with your chips.

The takeaway pans form a aluminum bubble (e.g. top to top) that holds a perforated foil pouch of grain.

Cake pan goes on the burner. When the chips start smoking, toss the aluminum grain containment bubble into the cake pan and then let it smoke. Shake periodically to make encourage smoke formation.

Voila - the $3 grain smoker.

Zymurgy / 2010 M/A ARTICLE - Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
« on: March 24, 2010, 11:46:23 AM »
So we're playing around with the idea of the Zymurgy forum and what we can do. One idea is "Ask the Author" - so I'll be the guinea pig. If you have any questions about anything custom smoke, fire away! (or should that be smoke away?)

One Week to Go!

Vote for your Governing Committee! (and get an entry into the Lallemand Scholarship!)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pressing the Mash
« on: March 24, 2010, 11:37:52 AM »
If you are able to brew beer 24/7 you can easily use the heat

This was one of the two most impressive facts that I ran into when I toured the ABI plant in Van Nuys last year. Everywhere they can, they're capturing and redirecting heat. They take it from the chiller, the steam stacks, etc. Anything to save a few more joules and reduce water consumption.

The other was the fact that the brewing staff for the whole plant (which runs 24/7 and produces 250,000 barrels per month) was 6 folks per shift. 2 in the brewhouse, 2 in fermentation and 2 in packaging. Oh the electronic toys they have to make that happen.


For me, I've gotta get ready for the SCHF and the fiancee is busy the whole weekend, so.. it's time for marathon brewdays.

Not entirely certain what the plan is, but there will definitely be at least 2 beers out the door:

Spring Saison with Citra
Hop Woo IPA+

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