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Other Fermentables / Re: braggot
« on: November 22, 2010, 06:05:40 PM »
but looking back my research was poor, my plan/recipe even worse and it was hopped wrong and too low and way too dry. I added the honey at the end of the boil and still didn't get much "character."

euge, I think the approach to making a good braggot surprises a lot of beer brewers. I can tell you that my first braggot was a joke.
Mine was certainly an unplanned half inebriated effort.  I had done the robust porter and checked the gravity of the runoff once my kettle was full.  It was still about 1.030 so I decided to top off the mash and make a braggot with honey bought for a mead.  After I brewed it I did a little research.

The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 22, 2010, 02:14:42 PM »
I taped it.

People still use tape? :)

Got my season pass set on Tivo.  Couldn't watch last night because I was watching the Pats game that I Tivo'd from earlier in the day...too stressed out to watch anything else after that.

I meant to recorded on DVR.  :D

I'm still using an old VHS machine....
I don't have any of that new fangled stuff.  No Tivo, no DVR and my VHS hasn't worked since my son realized that a peanut butter/jelly sandwich was the same size as a VHS cassette.  It went in easy, but it didn't come back out no matter how hard you pushed the eject button. :'(

The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: November 22, 2010, 06:31:48 AM »
It came on at 11 PM here so I didn't see it.  Hopefully they'll show it again earlier in the evening.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 question.
« on: November 21, 2010, 05:23:10 PM »
By no apparent leaks have you tested it with a Starsan solution on all the connections?  If so then you may be right that it's going into solution.  In 15 years of kegging I've never tested my setup like that :-[

I just doughed in with 12 pounds each 2-row pale and wheat, 1 pound Crystal 60 foe my Gumballhead clone attempt.  The hops schedule will be 2 oz's of Amarilo at 60, 20,10,5, and flameout.  I'm not an IPA fan but I do love Gumballhead.
Euge, I know how you feel about Midland.  I have to go there at least once a week.  It's only 2.5 hours from here but I don't have the scenery that you have, all I see are pumpjacks and tank batteries.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: For you brewers who are broke as I am.
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:50:41 AM »
I feel your pain.  I took a 45% pay cut back in March of 2009 and just got it back 2 months ago.  With the next paycheck I'll be back to having a cushion.  If it weren't for bulk grain purchases and a freezer full of hops when the ax fell I would have had to almost quit brewing.  As it was I learned to brew with dry yeasts with good results and I had to drop a lot of my "research'" purchases.  But I also have brewed a lot more reasonable strength beers that I find I enjoy more than the 1.120 dopplebock or Imperial stouts that I used to have on tap all the time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beginner's Post, Seeking Vertan's Advice
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:24:33 AM »
I've got glass, plastic and stainless steel fermenters and I challenge anyone to figure out which beer was fermented in each type. As long as you use acceptable equipement brewing is all about the brewer and his/her attention to detail. 
Plastic is great for short term fermentation, up to 5 or 6 weeks, and that's longer than 90% of the batches you brew will be in the fermenter.
Buckets are easy to clean, easy to store and if you drop one it will not shatter and cut your foot off.

I'm on call but I hope to brew 2 batches.  Tomorrow a Gumballhead type beer with lots of wheat and Amarillo, Sunday something dark to rack onto a oatmeal stout yeast cake.  Hopefully work won't interfere with life.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked beer help please?
« on: November 18, 2010, 06:44:40 PM »
So a question for the home malt smokers.  I have a small bag of Cherry shavings.  Should I smoke malt with that?

I also plan to use the small bag of Crabapple shavings to smoke some malt, just becasue.

Tom - thanks for the clarification on the bandaid coming from 4-ethyl phenol.
Again I've just done one beer with home-smoked wood but it did turn out far better than I thought it would.  I used apple wood.  I have a Brinkman smoker grill with the firebox on the end.  I built a small fire of just apple chunks and kept it going for about 1.5 hours.  The heat never got more than about 10 degrees above ambient.  I've also got pruned branches from peach, apricot and pecan trees, I may try the peach/apricot next time.

My work schedule years ago kept me from racking to secondary a lot of times-I'd brew, be gone for 2-3 weeks and come back and just bottle it.  I realized after a while it didn't make any difference in my beer so being lazy I quit using glass secondaries.  I've left beer in primary a month, rarely longer than that and never tasted any meat or off flavors.  Once and Imperial stout that tasted like kerosene when it got to FG tasted perfect after a couple more weeks in primary. 
Once I rack my beers to kegs the kegs usually sit a month or more until I need them so that's my secondary. 
If you've brewed 93 batches with secondary and never had an oxidized beer why even consider changing?  There are as many "right" ways to brew as there are homebrewers, that's the beauty of this hobby.

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: November 17, 2010, 03:01:15 PM »
Monday was smother beef/bean burritos, last night grilled chicken with stir fried squash medley, tonight I have no idea.  My problem is I never know how many people will be around for dinner so I can't really plan meals in advance.

All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: November 17, 2010, 02:59:08 PM »
tschmidlin, you built a coffee maker for starbucks? Surely there's some more to tell there? :-)
  Oh, and of course everyone in R&D was conscripted onto various tasting panels (coffee, ice cream, frappucino, sandwiches, etc), which was how I ended up on the Redhook Double Black Stout reformulation panel.

It was fun . . . until it wasn't.  :-\ 

Well, I guess there was a little more to tell. :)
I love the ice cream but I won't drink their over-roasted overpriced coffee.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked beer help please?
« on: November 17, 2010, 10:29:26 AM »
I recently use 1 lb. of the Briess cherrywood smoked malt in a 1.058 OG Gotlandsdricke.  No off flavors that I could detect.  Smoke flavor was quite subtle; you could taste it on one sip, but not the next.  Well balanced with the small amounts of juniper berries & crystal rye I used.  Turned out to be one of the best beers I've brewed.
I had a beer last night made with 1 lb of the cherrywood smoked malt, and found it to be overly phenolic and bandaidy.  It got a bit better as you drank it, but it wasn't the smooth smoke I get from the beechwood smoked beers, or even the alder wood ones.

I am not sure about the phenols in the malt, but smoked beers go phenolic after a long period of time, >6 months. 
That's interesting to hear, because it has not been my experience.  I regularly age beers for >>6 months, and the 100% smoked dopplebock I made that got BOS was over a year old before it was even kegged.  And I age Alaskan Smoked Porter and it's delicious, not off in a phenolic way at all.  bouef
I was thinking the same thing.  My rauchbier lagered for over 6 months in the kegs and there was no hint of phenols.

Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometers
« on: November 17, 2010, 08:51:14 AM »
I just stick my brewing spoon into the boiling wort and let it drip onto the refractometer.  Why buy more stuff?

The Pub / Re: Monks in New Mexico Build Brewery
« on: November 17, 2010, 08:04:50 AM »
Here's another article about the New Mexico native hops
Excellent article, thanks for posting that.  Now I have to find me some native hops.  My experience is that Cascade grows best down here, Nuggets do OK and pretty much everything else I've tried has failed.

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