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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaner...Rinsing
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:45:11 AM »
I rinse with hot water, add BLC and let it sit 10-15 minutes, rinse with hot water, sanitize.
From NB website:
"Liquid cleaner for draft system lines, including tubing, faucets, and valves. Make a solution by mixing 1 oz. per gallon of warm water, and pump it into your beer lines. BLC needs 15 minutes of contact time to remove deposits, beer stone, etc. Rinse with clean water."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I brew
« on: March 01, 2012, 09:46:36 AM »
I brew because it's FUN and the end product tastes great. Like others, I know my beer is not as good as commercial brews. I'm still a rookie. It does give me great satisfaction to produce a beer that I like and that my friends and family enjoy. The best compliment I ever got was from my brother-in-law and his wife, when tasting my version of a commercial beer, they said they liked it better than the commercial version. I can't take credit for the recipe, thanks to NB for that! I also brew as a form of therapy and relaxation, nothing better than heading to the garage to start a batch. Getting in the "Brew Zone", it clears the mind and rejuvenates me.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:57:38 AM »
White Bear Lake, MN
Tested by Ward Labs after running through charcoal filter:

Sample ID : KITCHEN COLD 2011-10-16
pH 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 179
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.30
Cations / Anions, me/L 3.0 / 2.9
Following are ppm:

Sodium, Na 9
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 41
Magnesium, Mg 6
Total Hardness, CaCO3 128
Nitrate, NO3-N < 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 3
Chloride, Cl 22
Carbonate, CO3 < 1
Bicarbonate, HCO3 126
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 104
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011--> 2012
« on: December 29, 2011, 01:37:07 PM »
Brewed 23 batches this year including my first 10 gallon batch.
Made the jump to All-Grain and loving it.
My goal was to work on learning the process and to become a better brewer. I would say I'm pretty pleased with the progress.
Became a member of the AHA.
Toured my first local Brewery, Flat Earth Brewing.

My goals for 2012 are much the same, brew (and drink) lot's of beer and become a better brewer.
Pick a few beers and try to brew them repeatedly to improve and perfect them. I'd like to become a more consistant brewer. Most of what I've brewed has been good, some great, I'd like them all to be great and to turn out how I planned them.
Continue to visit/tour as many local breweries as possible. First is Summit in March.

I plan on brewing Monday, Ken's Home Run Red Lager, pitched onto the yeast cake from ... Ken's Hacienda Lager. Both sounded good so I decided to do both of them back to back. Been awhile since I've done a lager.
Cheers and Merry Christmas to all!

Beer Recipes / Re: Grain flavors
« on: December 20, 2011, 01:03:18 PM »

You got it! That is really the best way of learning your equipment and learning about flavors (what tastes like what). Try doing a few SMaSH beers.(single malt,single hop) That REALLY helped me out when I started writing recipes. It will really give you an idea of how well you are brewing as it there are no where to hide brewing flaws, but by the same token it will also give you the best idea of how each ingredient tastes. In the SMaSH setting the yeast,malt,hops, and (even to a degree) water chemestry can be taste tested.

I've been entertaining the idea of doing a few SMaSH beers myself for the same reason as the OP, looking to educate myself on ingredient flavors. But based on statements within this thread, once you add an ingredient to a recipe with other ingredients will the benefit of testing/tasting a SMaSH beer be lost?

The BYO Summit EPA clone on Sunday. Smoking salmon for Christmas on Friday.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Lennie Rosenkrans for Mayor
« on: December 09, 2011, 05:52:29 AM »
Nice article BOTW. Seems like I've seen your name floating around on the forums for a long time. Niice to put a face to the name.

Hey man you should brew a belgian wheat beer and call it White Bear Wit Beer! ;D
I could make it as an Imperial, but then you couldn't order it after a couple.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Lennie Rosenkrans for Mayor
« on: December 08, 2011, 02:28:53 PM »
Nice article BOTW. Seems like I've seen your name floating around on the forums for a long time. Niice to put a face to the name.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Chest freezer fermentation chamber
« on: December 05, 2011, 10:30:31 AM »
The pink foam works great for this, just watch out for moisture collecting/sitting under the foam.

There's still enough time to produce a beer for Thanksgiving if you follow that fantastic article in this month's Zymurgy by, I must say, a daring, dashing and charming writer! :)

Are you rocking the brewery this week?

I really enjoyed that article and I'm thinking about trying that. Although not this weekend, I'm going to attempt my first 10 gallon batch of a Cream Ale.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
« on: November 05, 2011, 01:18:54 PM »
I just got mine this week. Hope to use it for the first time this weekend.

It works like a dream, I highly recommend it. As far as the tips falling off, I think if you LIGHTLY squeeze the prongs on the tip, this may solve that issue. I had a problem with the trigger not staying attached and that solved my issue. It's just a friction type fit, so this may be a typical adjustment needed.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Beer Gun
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:51:54 AM »
I just got mine this week. Hope to use it for the first time this weekend.

The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:44:42 AM »
From White Bear Lake MN

Pliny clone (hopefully) and anxiously awaiting the delivery of a fermentation freezer and temp regulator on Saturday.
Care to share your recipe?
I'm brewing Greg Muller's Two Hearted Clone

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