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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lactose drying out a beer?
« on: March 16, 2015, 11:16:53 AM »
Having similar thoughts I have tried a moderate amount of lactose (10-15%) to add body in one case, and add sweetness in another to light (colored and bodied) beers.  In my opinion, at that rate, I didn't feel like it contributed much of either....of course, I didn't brew side by side comparisons.

Both beers were well loved *by everyone but me*, and I am likely to brew again, upping the ante on lactose somewhat, so "those people" won't drink my good stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Luxury
« on: March 16, 2015, 08:46:02 AM »
I watch people playing golf when driving by, and it seems kind of like fun if you didn't keep score...and you are drinking good beer and have good friends you are doing it with.  I think though I would rather keep my hobbies simple....I can take an enjoyable walk to the beer store if I feel the need.

Although fly fishing sounds awesome.

Equipment and Software / Re: sanke keg conversion
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:08:36 PM »
I also have said Brewer's Hardware would be fine if the keg wasn't so hard to clean and make sure it is clean.  I still use the thermowell to monitor ferm temp, but not as intended.

I think the money (keg plus kit) would be better spent saving for a proper fermenter...there are many options out there.

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 05, 2015, 05:14:52 PM »

He is a pretty nice guy to meet, and I do enjoy some of his beers from time to time, but last time I had a Boston Lager it was the best "free" choice at a casino...

Big beer is big business....and I have been increasingly skeptical of the business of craft brewers getting bigger.  It isn't that the beer isn't good, but it increasingly has gotten more impersonal.  That small brewery now has a humongously popular new tap room, distributes in 12 states and isn't so glad to see me if anyone there recognizes or misses me at all.

I am feeling even more compelled to brew my own small batches...not sure what that means for craft brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bell's Two Hearted...a lesson
« on: July 18, 2014, 07:41:46 AM »
I am pretty meh about a beer you can get everywhere, even if it is one of my favorites (which most all national brands are not, but I am lucky to have a few excellent locals, and a lot of good ones).  Would we be over the moon on Cantillion or Westy if we could all get it at Buffalo Wild Wings?

While being on everywhere is great for the brewery, and builds a brand following with Joe six-pack; a beer you can get anywhere becomes a "safe" beer....where no other choice is "interesting" enough.

I am not sure that many on this forum will ever be all that brand loyal.

Equipment and Software / Re: brew nanny
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:07:09 AM »
I think it is cool.  But to me, it is cool at $20, and dumb at $100.  I bet it costs closer to the latter, therefore, to me, dumb.

It is especially cool to anyone (not me) that is doing brewing science at home.  Perhaps the AHA could buy a few and lend them out with their Science grants when needed.

Equipment and Software / Zymurgy Mobile App question/help
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:17:00 PM »
Is there any plan to offer the Android version of the Zymurgy app for Amazon Kindle Fire users?

I have been trying in vain to get a software program to work on my PC that emulates an Android device so that I may access the Google Play App store to download the APK file so that I may side load it onto my Kindle Fire reader.

If I had an Android device it would be relatively easy (but I don't).  It seems silly to have a device that I do almost all of my reading on (Kindle), and not be able to have my favorite magazine.  Failing AHA's plans to offer the app for the Amazon ecosystem, would any fellow member or AHA staff member be willing to send me a copy of the Zymurgy APK file?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was surprised...
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:33:48 PM »
For the first decade I read, and re-read Charlie P's books religiously...and then, as my experience mounted, I didn't use the book at all.  I eventually moved on to Daniels' Designing Great Beers, and then I think that info got a little stale (in the second decade), and desperately needs an update.  I recently got a copy of Palmer's book as a gift, and I couldn't stay isn't that it isn't good info, but still pretty basic.  I am sure there are nuggets in there, but I lose interest.  I feel like I am half way between the two in my philosophy anyway(that is what brewing is, ultimately, philosophy on a bunch of a priori and a posteriori prepositions).  There is also the battle between the art and science, the free form movement of American Homebrewing and the BJCP style guide, but it is changing so fast, a regularly published book can not keep up with all of us, though I wish it could.  The internet and this forum works wonders, however.

I still have my original copy of The New Complete Joy....I should try to read it again....but fear the worst.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:06:29 PM »
I am also planning on bringing one....whichever is my best beer (IMO) avaliable at the, I am not brewing special for it.  That makes it far more interesting.  Ninkaski (or whatever it is) is a bad idea now that this hobby is popular.

Bring your best, expect to win, and if you don't, you get important feedback to try again next year.  Too many entries dilutes the ability of even good judges (of whatever rank) to provide good feedback.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips to keep refrigerator from running constantly
« on: September 07, 2013, 02:25:31 PM »
time to make or buy more beer.  A full fridge is a happier fridge, and it runs less overall because there is more mass in the fridge that stays at a more constant temp than the air in an empty fridge...or so I have been told.

Keep those coils clean is the most important thing, though.

It depends what your goal is.  If you want to keg to simplify your brewing, going all grain is not more simple, so keg.

If you just want to delve harder into the hobby, go all grain and watch for cheap kegs and equipment on craigslist (kegs are good ferm, lagering and bright tanks, as well as a bunch of other uses).

I went all grain with one converted keg with false bottom and ball valve as both a mash/lauter tun and my kettle (had to run off into plastic, clean keggle and put wort back in).  I went all grain for 10 years before I got to kegging.  I would do it the same again, unless I was rich, then I would just buy everything as soon as I understood I needed or wanted it.

Minutiae are for the small-minded.

That is the best quote I have heard in a while.  Problem is, my bosses...and I don't have the patience or attention span for either.


....followed by a couple malt liquors and then Bud Light.  Hmmm....Darwinism? Conspiracy? Marketing Effectiveness?

Stout Tanks come with Tri-Clamp fittings.  This could be a plus or minus.

on the plus side, they are professional level semi-sanitary fittings (only as clean as the operator, of course).

On the minus, it is a pain to introduce new fittings into the brewery.

I own Stout Tank HLT and have high opinion of it, but not any conicals.

I think the majority of us use *F in our day-to-day processes

I know I use the *F word in my day-to-day need for translation.  ;)

But the conversion chart for standard brewing ranges (mash temps, ale ferm and lager ferm) is a great idea to help with learning and memorizing.

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