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The Pub / Re: How Beer Saved the World
« on: February 09, 2011, 03:53:48 AM »
I just finished reading Charlie Bamforth's book on kindle.  I fund it entertaining, and fairly informative.  Not a lot on the history of beer, but more on the history of the modern breweries, and how it affects our modern society.  It's not a how to on brewing, no recipes, and it's not an infomercial for any one company. (Although Mr. Bamforth did work for Bass, and was endowed by Anheuser/Busch) I enjoyed the book.  Take it for what its worth.

Beer Recipes / Re: My Version of a Belgian Tripel
« on: February 08, 2011, 05:21:31 PM »
Thanks again for all the advice and suggestions I've gotten here.  I'm in awe of the knowledge and experience you all have,and am greatful for the medium which allows you to share that with a noob like me.  I am going to tweak this recipe a bit, and if you are intersted, will let you know the final results.  Hopefully be brewing this weekend.  Thanks again, and Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Charlie P.
« on: February 07, 2011, 10:00:25 PM »
I'm here. and now following this topic.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brew schooling
« on: February 07, 2011, 09:28:55 PM »
Are there any brew schools, or accredited courses for brewing here in Colorado?

Beer Recipes / Re: My Version of a Belgian Tripel
« on: February 07, 2011, 05:58:21 PM »
 Forget the candi sugar and use table sugar.
What is the difference between the two, and why don't the belgian brewers use table sugar over the candi sugar?

Beer Recipes / Re: My Version of a Belgian Tripel
« on: February 07, 2011, 05:15:27 PM »
Mash at 2148 for 90 min. for a very fermentable wort.  

Just as a follow up if you want to try that mash schedule you'll need access to a blast furnace.  Make sure you have a very sturdy kettle.  ;D
Will Tungsten/carbide combined with depleted uranium work?   I have one lying around somewhere! :D

Beer Recipes / Re: My Version of a Belgian Tripel
« on: February 07, 2011, 04:14:07 PM »
Thanks guys, I appreciate the advise. Dbeechum-  I think I might do a side-by-side test batch with the 2-row, and without, to see which I like better.  (After all, I brew for me! ;D )   Oscar- The advise about the water is great, I would have had to find that out the hard way.  Thanks again for the input.  I'm really learning a lot here.

Beer Recipes / My Version of a Belgian Tripel
« on: February 07, 2011, 04:56:15 AM »
This will be my first attempt at an all-grain brew.  I invite all comments, suggestions, and criticisms.  This is the recipe I developed after a ton of research, and reading through several books and articles.

Ben's Bass-ic Belgian   (I'm a bass player too)
8    lbs  2-row american pale
3    lbs belgian pilsner
1.5 lbs munich
1.5 lbs caravienna
1.5 lbs belgian candi sugar (syrup if possible)
.5   lb clover honey

1.5 oz. Styrian goldings    60 min
1/2 oz  Tettnang               10 min
1/2 oz  Tettnang                2  min

1/2 tsp irish moss             10 min
1/4 tsp yeast nutrient        10 min
1    tsp gypsum  (to adjust my tap water to profile I like)

WLP 500  on a starter

Single step infusion mash  12qt water, 152 degrees for 30-60 minutes, depending on conversion  (I'll test this with iodine)
Batch sparge with 5 gallons 170 degrees

Est. OG  1.090                                      Est SRM  12-15
Est. FG  1.015-1.020                             Est IBU's   28.5

I know most Belgian beers use pilsner as the base malt, but I like the flavor profile of the 2-row.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Advise for a Friend
« on: February 06, 2011, 04:40:54 PM »
Also, how many gallons is she brewing?  If it's only 5, I wouldn't worry.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Cheap 5 gal kegs
« on: February 06, 2011, 05:27:36 AM »
Four of those corney kegs will cost $275 to ship via UPS ground to 96749

It's only $58 to ship to my town, and these come from PA.  Deleware is a heckuva lot closer than Colorado.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Cheap 5 gal kegs
« on: February 06, 2011, 03:39:06 AM »
I recently found a ton of corny kegs on ebay...  they had sets of 4 ball locks for as little as $100 Though the average price was about $40 for one...  might be worth your time to check out

The Pub / Re: For all you engineers.....
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:17:49 AM »
I looked up "turbo enabulator" on you tube, and in the suggestions column was "Woman's Bathroom Fart Prank"    Not sure how these relate, but I'm betting there's a correlation there somewhere!

If we have to designate it a "ground" hog, that distinction would lend itself to there being an "air" hog too...  maybe pigs do fly! 8)

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Lactic" Flavor
« on: February 04, 2011, 04:14:55 AM »
Lactic has to do with lactobacillus  (sp)  bacteria which imparts a sour flavor to beer, but it is popular in lambics and such.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: How's this for a beer commercial........
« on: February 04, 2011, 02:48:57 AM »
Ha ha!  I love the giant sumo guys.  Every one else seems to have a purpose but them... :D

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