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+1 to what everyone has already chimed in on, especially the club idea. I would add, for a very minor investment get Charlie's book, "The Joy of Home brewing" and read it, if that doesn't make you feel like jumping in I'm not sure what will. That's how I got the bug and haven't looked back since:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 18, 2015, 05:44:17 PM »
Congrats!

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
« on: March 18, 2015, 05:22:21 AM »
Nice bio Jon, good to put a face to the name! Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 17, 2015, 10:51:31 AM »
I'd recommend the the brewer's series as well as what's already been mentioned: "Yeast" Hops" " Water" and "Malt". Each book breaks down the principal ingredients of beer in detail and will help you understand each element

He's a new brewer.  Why would he want to saddle himself with that?
Seemed like he was looking for some more depth in his education as everyone had already mentioned the books most people start out with:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 17, 2015, 07:29:06 AM »
I'd recommend the the brewer's series as well as what's already been mentioned: "Yeast" Hops" " Water" and "Malt". Each book breaks down the principal ingredients of beer in detail and will help you understand each element

Brewing Association Publications needs to make this a box set and just call it "Beer".

I would definitely read through some of the others mentioned before hitting these.  They can get technical very fast.
True and a box set is a great idea! I threw these out there just because the other great books were already mentioned. Some of these are definitely more technical but valuable resources

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA member growth and statistics
« on: March 16, 2015, 03:42:57 PM »
Have you tried contacting the brewer's association direct, I'm sure they would have the information you're looking for or where exactly its been published.

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Ingredients / Re: Hallertauer Mittelfrüh = Spicy?
« on: March 16, 2015, 03:40:00 PM »
I actually use them quite a bit in different styles and I get floral, maybe herbal but not anything I would describe as spicy really

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 16, 2015, 03:38:19 PM »
What Denny said, I use both. For simplicity and ease I'll use dry yeast for clean fermenting ales. For lagers, German and Belgian I'll use Wyeast packs and make starters because hose yeasts derive the true flavors of the style.

There are some dry strains now that will handle some of these but I've not used them so can't comment on how they perform

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 16, 2015, 03:34:09 PM »
I'd recommend the the brewer's series as well as what's already been mentioned: "Yeast" Hops" " Water" and "Malt". Each book breaks down the principal ingredients of beer in detail and will help you understand each element

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lactose drying out a beer?
« on: March 16, 2015, 12:01:11 PM »
Why not just raise your mash temperature? You could also add a little aromatic malt to accentuate the malt/mouth feel, either or, or both should get you what you want.

IME, lactose not only adds body but also lends a creamy feel to the beer and you might not want that

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: o-ring lube for corny kegs?
« on: March 16, 2015, 05:07:33 AM »
I believe this thread has officially been derailed;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: One happy dad
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:43:08 PM »
Geaux Tigers!!!! We are huge lsu fans up here in the north lol,  and yea I think bud light is the only thing that flows on that campus we try to get down there once a year for a foot ball game.

And yea I feel if you bring them up respecting the beverage rather then it being that forbidden beverage they wolnt abuse it and will respect it and if they actually take the time to brew it it would make them appreciate it that much more.  Just how I feel am I crazy or is this sorta the normal vibe around here
Agreed, and we too are out of staters, like LSU a lot but my wife and bleed Kansas and Ohio State. Bring on the Madness!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: One happy dad
« on: March 15, 2015, 01:46:37 PM »
I've raised my kids to appreciate good quality craft beer and they've all helped me brew.

My eldest is at LSU and poor.... Consequently they drink a lot of the cheap stuff as we all did at one point.

Every time he comes home he goes right to the bar and pulls a pint, smiles and offers thanks for good free beer once again:)

I always try to bottle up some Sixer's for him and ship them down each semester, he and his frat house greatly appreciate the "old man that brews beer"!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sudden dramatic yeast activity drop off?
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:31:51 AM »
Agree, take a gravity reading to confirm its reached final gravity, wait a couple days and take another. If it hasn't changed its done.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3724 Fermentation Temperatures
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:29:35 AM »
I've got another question about this yeast.

Brewed a beer using this yeast a week ago, it's been fermenting happily at 92*F for a week now.

At what point do the high temps begin to mess with the beer as opposed to helping the yeast? Unless anyone has a better idea I'm just going to keep taking gravity readings and lower the temps when fermentation is complete.
Essentially, once the beer has reached the confirmed FG there is no need to keep the temp high since its done.

After it ferments out simply let it condition at ambient or cold crash it and package it.

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