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Beer Recipes / Re: Classic American Pilsener
« on: December 20, 2013, 12:05:33 PM »
I always have one on tap. 70% 6-row, 5% munich, 25% flaked corn. I used to use corn meal and a cereal mash but this last batch I used flaked maize to save time on the brew day. No efficiency difference and I think I like the flavor better. Magnum hops for bittering and MT Hood for FWH and knock-out additions. I keep playing with the IBU's and this last one was around 50 which I think is about right.

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Beer Travel / Re: Ft. Collins for the holidays
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:31:17 PM »
For beer bars, try the Mayor of Old Town and Choice City Deli (home of the Colorado Buffalo Reuben).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction yields greater?
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:21:50 PM »
I think another contributing factor to the efficiency increase is that the decoction allows the enzymes to pass through all temperature phases of activity.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First US Trappist Brewery!!!!
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:18:56 PM »
The one in New Mexico is Abbey Brewing Company, LLC, selling beers from the Benedictine Abbey of the Christ in the Desert. Unfortunately there berrs aren't very good. Hopefully they will get better.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Last brew day for 2013
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:12:43 PM »
It was -15 degrees here not too long ago and I did not have any pipe busting problems so I was lucky there. Electric is the way to go, I can brew if its 0 or 100 comfortably.

I am waiting for the next snow storm to brew just so I can look out my brewery window as the flakes fall  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:30:03 PM »
I woke up to -15 degrees here in Denver. Doesn't bother me though as my brewery is in the basement.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: October 17, 2013, 03:07:08 PM »
I found it. Here is the link: http://www.wortomatic.com/articles/Sam's-Motorized-Grain-Mill

However, the gear motor he suggests is apparently not available anymore. Does anyone have a source for a simliar one?

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: October 16, 2013, 02:41:35 PM »
The motorized mill at my local homebrew shop doesn't use the sheaves. They have some kind of connection between the motor and the mill that bypasses them. Does anyone have info on motorizing the mill that way?

Thanks

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Saisons
« on: October 01, 2013, 03:07:13 PM »
I think Funkwerks out of Ft Collins just made it into Nebraska. Their regular Saison got a gold at the GABF last year - and they won small brewery of the year.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Star anise?
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:12:21 PM »
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I did make a Baltic Porter with 2 star anise in 10 gallons

You mean 2 of the pods? Is that like 2 grams?

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What is your wall system?

Also, where did you get the diamond plate? I need a really big piece (22" x 71"). I found it online but the shipping was WAY too expensive.

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Could you pull a decoction with pumpkin in the mash? That may be one way to hit mash-out temps without violating your tun's capacity...Report

That would actually help burst some of the starch molecules in the pumpkin and make the mash less sticky when added back in. A decoction of this type (I call it "poor man's decoction") which is basically pull out 1/3 or so of the mash (for a few degress increase) to another pot, bring it to a boil fairly quickly, then add it back to the main mash.

The mash out on the pumpkin beer recipe also the stickiness of the mash (viscosity) to make the sparge easier.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water profile for Pumpkin Ale
« on: September 26, 2013, 02:55:13 PM »
I would agree with malty amber for the water profile - and I wrote the article  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Deployed homebrewer
« on: September 03, 2013, 03:35:27 PM »
I feel for you brother. I just got back last fall. Some of my friends did successfully ship me some yeast but I never attempted to make beer since I did not have any kitchen access at my home base.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Perfect Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:56:52 PM »
I have used the individual spices and even a local blend, but I like good ole McCormick's for consistency.

Sweet potatoes good be an interesting twist as a substitute for pumpkin. They may have more sugar content.

Most people that try my pumpkin beer compare it to Dogfishhead's Punkin Ale. I try to make mine beer first, pumpkin later so that it is more drinkable.

The pumpkin Saison is fabulous.

I am getting a lot of positive feedack on the article. Maybe they will let me write another for them on day.  :)

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