I like the combination of El Dorado and Lemon Drop. Apparently, that's the combo used in Stone's Delicious IPA.
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Code Brown ale...
I had to go there.
Too much perhaps?
Uh yea, now I know what not to name my beers. Back to my original ?, how would you guys go about organizing the tasting session?
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Thanks for the replies! I think this info pretty much determines what my next equipment purchase is going to be for my home brewery. Cheers!
I think this is one of those subjects that just depends on the brewer. Kind of like the old Sears good-better-best thing. If you dont think you need a meter, then dont get one. I love mine, but it was a gift. One day I plan to upgrade and regift it. As to colorphast, I found them useless. Probably wasnt using them right.
All in all, you can make great beer without a meter. But you dont know precisely what your ph is without one.
On another note, I live in a major metropolitan area (Washington, DC). There are over 100 breweries and brewpubs in the area, lots of craft beer bars and plenty of craft brews available in grocery stores and specialty beer stores. I can get virtually any style of beer imaginable within a half hour drive or subway ride from home. Why the heck would I want to brew my own beer? Somebody talk me out of this!
Denny, Mr. Semantics. I find I get pretty good separation and it's become part of my process which works quite well. I'm happy with the results so if it ain't broke....
Oh, I understand that! But laziness always drives me to understand if something is really necessary and really produces better results.
Laziness is a virtue when used correctly Denny!
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All-grain brewing is so time-consuming I think it will always be a niche hobby and could also fall out of favour a bit. Also no real financial saving if you start spending lots of money on shiny equipment.
I've followed Kai's guidance of no more than ..5ml / lb grist, and don't pick up any flavors. But with my well water , I had to far exceed that. Never tried phosphoric .
I use phosphoric since, at the levels I need to acidify for pale beers, lactic is at my threshold to smell and taste (1mL/gallon of hot liquor).
Okay, so slightly off-topic: We agree that if you have a dumper, you dump it. What if you have a beer that did not come out as you envisioned and you could honestly say, "this is not very good" but it's not really a dumper? Maybe it's finishing slightly sweet or it has some slight ester or phenols or something along the edges and it's drinkable but it's not your best beer. Do you "choke it down" or do you adjust it post-fermentation or do you dump it?
Good question. When I started brewing, I was so excited to be brewing my own beer that I drank (in hindsight) a lot of mediocre beer that I didn't hate but didn't love either, just on principle. Now, I've brewed enough beer over the years that I sometimes dump partial or full kegs of perfectly good beer (with no flaws) because I just feel lukewarm about the beer. Maybe it needed more/less bitterness for balance, a different combo of malts, etc. I give a lot away to friends and family and then dump to make room for a beer in the pipeline that I might like better. But I totally get the argument that somebody spent the time and $ brewing it, so they want to drink it. Just me.
Don't mean to hijack his thread but i have question too..
Question 1: Do I Leave the co2 gas IN line "Connected" to the keg the entire time with the co2 gas open; 1
to 2 weeks for normal carbonation time under this scenario or do I disconnect it?
*Should I pre-chill my finished beer to 42F to speed up the co2 absorption?
*Purging the air ?: I purge the filled keg with co2 then release 3 times using the purge valve?
Question 2: I understand "DO NOT" connect the serving connection at any time during this time unless Im
ready to serve???
I don't want beer flowing into the closed faucet and or lines right, when and how to test
Question 3: what the max amount I should fill the keg too.. is their like a recommended head space of no beer
that is suggested?
Also as a general rule if your water tastes good it will make good beer. Water additives may improve things but not as dramatically as I suspect you are seeking.