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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold age?
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:36:03 AM »
Doesn't it depend upon the strain of yeast?  Some, like Cal ale will finish in a week.

 you really only need about 1-2 days near 32 to drop most yeast strains out. so 12 days fermenting and 2 days cold crashing then to bottles.

That would seem like a much better schedule.  I can see what they are trying to accomplish but it might turn some off to home brewing if the batches don't come out tasting their best.

Reminds me of the old Seinfeld episode where Kramer is going into business with Poppy to open a make your own pizza pie restaurant.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold age?
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:38:01 PM »
Doesn't it depend upon the strain of yeast?  Some, like Cal ale will finish in a week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Guiness style stout
« on: June 06, 2013, 01:27:34 PM »
It is not necessary to sour the beer to create a dry stout.  Guinness' method probably does not include a 'souring' step.  Their naturally low alkalinity water produces a more acidic extract when they perform their separate roast grain steeping step. 

Use the Guinness method to brew a dry stout.  Use RO or distilled water for its low alkalinity.  Mash all the pale malt and barley without the roast grains.  Steep the roast grains separately in RO or distilled water and add that 'flavor extract' to the wort from the pale malt mash.  The pale malt mash pH will be in the proper 5.4 range with minor additions of calcium chloride and gypsum.  The pH of the flavor extract will be well below 5.4 and it will help bring the overall pH of the finished wort down and produce that distinctive acidic perception that the dry stout style exhibits.

I was planning on cold steeping the dark grains, per Gordon Strong's book, and you believe this will create the same effect? 

That would be nice because I was not looking forward to the souring process.

General Homebrew Discussion / Guiness style stout
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:28:34 AM »
Yes. Will hold it at 170 for 30 min before adding back.

General Homebrew Discussion / Guiness style stout
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:01:11 AM »
Anyone ever do the sour addition to a stout like a Guiness?  I have read up on it but was wanting to hear from someone with some experience. 

I'm planning a ten gallon batch so probably souring about a quart to add back in.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Reality
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:34:15 PM »
Ha, just posted this to our club's Facebook page.  Funny about the what society thinks I do, my oldest son is always telling me his friends see me in the driveway and think I am making shine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: LHBS
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:14:57 PM »
I use my LHBS whenever I can.  They give me a discount for being a member of the local brew club and they are very flexible when it comes to purchasing.  I can call and tell them what I want and they will put it outside their back door for me to pick up after hours. 

I did use an online site when I ordered my Blichmann but that was only because I was given 90 days same as cash credit and that helped with a major purchase.

The Pub / Re: bridge collapse
« on: May 24, 2013, 08:29:33 AM »
In 2002 a tow barge hit a support of a bridge over the Arkansas River killing 14.  The barge driver blacked out and to make matters worse, a guy posing as a US army captain took charge of the disaster scene for two days!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nanomashing...anyone tried this?
« on: May 24, 2013, 08:23:23 AM »
I have not done the nanomashing, although it looked like a good exercise to try, but I have been doing one gallon BIAB batches to get a feel for a recipe I am wanting to try.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: SS Bottles
« on: May 22, 2013, 10:40:52 AM »
Fill it with Bud Platinum?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most and Least
« on: May 20, 2013, 09:29:51 AM »
Most Valuable : As I've gotten older, pumps to pump the wort so I have less to pick up.  10 Gallons of water is heavy.

Least: Lid to my brew pot.

Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo IPA
« on: May 20, 2013, 09:04:45 AM »
I'll just throw this in, in a recent issue of Zymurgy they have a recipe for testing single hops and the author makes a point to say that Amarillo was not good for the 60 minute addition.

The Pub / Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave...
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:28:10 AM »
I read an article about this very practice a couple of months ago.  Big macros trying to make themselves look craft. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cowboy Brewers
« on: May 16, 2013, 09:09:42 PM »
I think he borrowed the shirt from Charlie Sheen.

Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.

Oh, yeah!  Worst recipe database ever!  Did you do rec.cafts.brewing, too?

Yes I did.  I may have to go home tonight and see if I can dig up my copy of Cat's Meow and flip through it!   

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