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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp - what is the impact
« on: April 15, 2016, 05:24:22 PM »
It might not be a bad idea to use a tub of water to drop the temp quicker instead of ambient air.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 15, 2016, 04:17:25 PM »
A gritty beer just sounds unpleasant. Mouthfeel is important imo.

Other Fermentables / Re: sima Finnish fermented lemonade
« on: April 15, 2016, 04:08:28 PM »
I'll be trying this. I already make a gingerbeer with lemons.

Other Fermentables / Re: sima Finnish fermented lemonade
« on: April 15, 2016, 02:09:13 AM »
What are the raisins for? For complexity?

Looks tasty. I'd do this in a PET bottle for safety concerns.

Sounds delicious.

Damn Volstead act screwed everything up. >:(

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 13, 2016, 03:22:22 PM »
I dreamt about having big dents in my roof last night... :(

Sigh. Means a trip into the attic while it's raining to check for leaks. Hate going up there. We're supposed to get some more rain today and I'll go up if it lasts for any significant time.

Imagine the sound of someone pitching a fast-ball into the side of your house. I admit to screaming- not out of fear but rage at the thought of the damage to the roof!

Weatherman said hail of this size travels at 80+mph and can kill or cause serious injury. I would not have liked being struck by one of these large hailstones!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 13, 2016, 02:29:23 PM »
When I was learning about wine, a series of brewed tea was used as an example to demonstrate the major flavors- dry, sweet, astringent, bitter, sour etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 13, 2016, 02:24:29 PM »
Looking good!

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 13, 2016, 02:22:41 PM »
These were slamming into my roof with the most sickening thuds late last evening. This storm caused a lot of damage to cars and other property. Thankfully the waves of hail lasted only seconds each in my area.

Roof appears OK but the top of my mailbox is crushed in from a single hail-strike. ::)

Ingredients / Re: (R) Hops
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:47:28 PM »
I'm just glad to be able to get hops. It doesn't seem that long ago that we were having trouble finding hops because of a shortage. And they tripled in price nearly overnight.

Never have been one for joining popular movements. So if anti-Big is in then I'm anti-anti-Big.

I'm throwing my support behind BIG Bizness and loving being able to buy my hops and grain whenever I want.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping a beer that'll be aged...pointless?
« on: April 12, 2016, 02:37:45 PM »
Why not?

I mean, has dry hopping ever made a beer worse?

Damn the style guidelines, full steam ahead!

Doesn't dry-hopping improve the stability of the beer? I've always thought so.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:56:33 PM »

The end result? I learned how much I enjoy mashing. It's my favorite part of brewing, and I ended up sick of extract fast. IMO, better a rare brew day that you really enjoy than having lots of beer via extract brewing.

You don't brew a stew or a soup, you brew a tea or you brew coffee. Brewing, in my mind, is technically the act of mashing and rinsing the grains.

We could argue about this endlessly (and I think we have).  I think the fermentation side is part of brewing and there's a whole lot going on there.

Tea and coffee are pretty damn easy to make.  Even good tea and coffee.  Beer, extract or all-grain, takes more effort.

Was thinking this as I read down the thread. But, starting with extract is still basic "brewing". A shortcut of course.

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping a beer that'll be aged...pointless?
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:24:53 PM »
I don't put beers up anymore except beers like that. Why not over-hop initially in the boil so that the ibu's are where you want them after a year or so not at 2 weeks? You'll lose perhaps 50% of your bu's over the course of 12 months.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: New Coopes Kits
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:08:15 PM »
My experience with Cooper's kits is that if you follow their initial directions; sub DME for sugar, the process combined with sanitation and proper fermentation  and temps a tasty beer will result.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge killing my Gravity
« on: April 11, 2016, 10:01:34 PM »
Hmmm. Transition to grain. And a fly-sparge?

Crush may be a problem and perhaps channeling as a more likely culprit ?

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