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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this commercial
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:32:37 PM »
I thought it was funny, but then again I am secure in my Brewscalinity  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: improving...
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:29:56 PM »
Congrats!  I've only done the BIAB method a couple of times so maybe someone more qualified than me can add to this, I've always heard that with BIAB you could do a double crush and get some pretty high efficiencies.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:26:31 PM »

I will be waiting for the obligatory "Well, I would drop the Crystal malt...." recipe comments.  ;)

Welcome!  I don't post much either, but I lurk a lot.  Vast amounts of great info circling about this forum.

Congrats!  Gold medal is great!

Equipment and Software / Re: And I thought the brewmagic was expensive
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:08:41 PM »
Someone who previously lived in my house is on that mailing list. I get the catalog all the time. kind of fun to look through. I tried to talk my wife into letting me get the $40,000 1 person orka submarine but she said no  ::)

looks like a single tier brew stand to me. you still have to mill the grain, mix it into the mash water and decide all your variables. That being said 45k is ridonkulous

I think at that price, whoever buys it is having someone else mill, mix etc.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl Blindness
« on: August 24, 2012, 06:59:15 PM »
I did a doctored beer segment for our beer club and used artificial butter flavoring, which can be found in most grocery stores in the spices section.  I used a Bud Light as the base beer, because it is pretty much free of any taste so lends itself to being doctored.  Just a few drops in a BL and you will get the flavor. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:09:33 PM »
I boil for 15 min. but will probably go down to 10.  I boil the last 5 min. with the foam stopper in to sanitize it as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2012 Conference Seminars Now Available
« on: August 22, 2012, 04:01:34 PM »
Thank you!  I will post a link to my home brew club and hopefully that will get some of them to register with the AHA!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick question
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:05:59 AM »
Thanks guys!  I brewed it today and did as you guys suggested and pitched only about a third of the yeast cake from the Saison.  The other 5 gallons I pitched the starter of California Ale.  I guess I'll know how it turns out in a few weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Quick question
« on: August 18, 2012, 09:21:36 PM »
So I'm brewing a big pale ale tomorrow with lots of Citra and Galaxy hops, Maris Otter and Crystal 60 and 80. I have my starter of California ale yeast on the stir plate, but then it occurred to me that I have 5 gallons of a Saison that has been sitting for about 5 weeks in the carboy. 

What do you think if I split this 10 gallon batch and racked 5 gallons onto the yeast cake of the Saison? 
The Saison yeast I have is one I obtained from on of the local brew pubs in my town and I believe is a bit of a blend.  It produced a nice estery Saison but I didn't use and temp control during fermentation.


Beer Recipes / Re: Stout with Interesting Yeast
« on: August 09, 2012, 08:11:58 PM »
That oatmeal stout with a Hefe yeast sounds interesting!  May have to give that a try.  I am planning on using the Antwerp yeast (WLP515) strain on a dark, roasty beer, when the yeast becomes available.  Sometime in November.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking Forward to Fall
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:19:09 PM »
I don't have any big beers waiting but I too am looking forward to the cooler weather.  Standing over a boiling pot of wort in 100+ degree heat is never a fun thing!

Beer Recipes / Re: Saison help
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:52:21 PM »
Apricots are nice but you will need a lot of them to gain any noticeable flavor. At least 10 pounds for a five gallon batch.

That is kind of what I have been reading/seeing.  I was thinking of using the frozen, unsweetened, thawed apricots and blended with a little RO water added to the secondary. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing my first all grain batch. Hefeweizen
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:47:53 PM »
Sounds good!  Hefeweizen is what got me into home brewing and is still one of my favorite styles to make.

Relax and enjoy and welcome the the dark side....

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