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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Building a kegerator
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:57:45 PM »
Stand up fridge? Freezer on top or side by side?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Are there any good beer apps for Android?
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:43:35 PM »
I like the Ratebeer app.

White Labs 833 German Bock or Wyeast 2487 Hella Bock fermented as a lager.

All Grain Brewing / Re: step-mashing, and when is it inappropriate?
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:21:58 PM »
For American and British styles I don't do a step mash and for German and Belgian styles I do - usually 130 - 150.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Saison Voisin
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:09:34 PM »
I saw it once in Colorado but not in the last couple of years. I remember liking it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hop Bomb IIPA
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:53:23 PM »
Why only 3.3 gallons? Are you kettle limited? If you are going to spend this much money on hops I would brew a full 6 gallon batch and plan on loosing 1 gallon to trub. Plus this recipe is way too much hops for 3.3 gallons to absorb (IBU wise) so you are basically wasting them. Probably the same is true for 5 gallons but at least you will have more beer when you are finished.

Ingredients / Re: Rye?
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:43:56 PM »
I don't find that rye increases bitterness, but does give a complimentary spicy flavor to certain hops (I like it with citrusy ones). I normally use 30% so it also gives a slick feel on the tongue and an interesting viscous look.

I brewed a Rye Wine this past Sunday with 30% rye (OG 1.103, 100 IBU's) and hopped with Columbus and Amarillo.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:33:00 PM »
Thanks for the calculator. That will come in handy  :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Fly Sparging Question
« on: September 04, 2012, 06:23:41 PM »
I am thinking along the same lines as kramerog. Water chemistry becomes very important when doing all-grain brewing. If the Ph of your mash was too then that could lead to a sharp of harsh beer. This is easy to do when brewing a stout since the darks malts lower the Ph anyway. If your brewing water is coming out of the tap with too low of a Ph that would exacerbate the problem.

Wood/Casks / Re: Balcones Distillery Barrel
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:25:23 PM »
Yep. It was the first run in the barrel.

I have since "re-whiskyed" it and now I have my American Stock Ale (30% corn + 2 lbs of brown sugar) aging in it. It is a much drier beer than the Wheat Wine but I tasted last night and its coming along pleasantly.

Kegging and Bottling / Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« on: August 30, 2012, 08:10:10 PM »
I need to bottle a couple of Belgian-style beers and I ran out of corn sugar. What are your thoughts on just using table sugar (from beets) instead? Should I use the same amount as I would corn sugar?


Ingredients / Re: raisins
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:57:48 PM »
I used 2 lbs of golden raisins for a Raison B'Etra "clone' (10 gallons). I pulled out a quart of wort right before knock-out and put that and the raisins in a blender to soak for 15 minutes. I then gave it a couple of quick blender pulses to chop up the raisins a bit, then put it into the primary fermenter. After 2 years the raisin flavor is still evident.

Carmelizing them first is a good idea. Thanks Denny. I will try that next time.

Wood/Casks / Balcones Distillery Barrel
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:42:50 PM »
Just an update to an old thread on this. I aged by Wheat Wine in it 3 weeks, tasting once or twice a week and once the flavor was where I wanted it I racked it out to a keg.

That beer just won Best Of Show at the Colorado State Fair !

All Grain Brewing / Re: Protein rest in RIP
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:39:02 PM »

With 2 lbs of Chocolate and 1 lb of Roasted Barley no one will be able to see through it anyway.

Equipment and Software / Re: efficiency false bottom vs bazooka
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:29:11 PM »
I use a double bazooka screen (the T kind which is about 12 inches long) in a converted 15.5 gallon sanke keg and I consistently get 85% efficiency out of it. I fly sparge and usually take about 45 minutes to get 13 gallons in the kettle.

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