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Equipment and Software / Beer Smith Bug?
« on: February 08, 2012, 12:01:35 PM »
I think I've noticed a bug in the last update to Beer Smith, so wanted to check with others and share.  I don't want anyone to overshoot their sparge volume until this get fixed.

I batch sparge.  On the Mash Details screen, under your mash profile, it tells you how much water to add during lautering and then the sparge.  On the most recent version, I've noticed that the amount of sparge water to add doesn't change, regardless of how much mash water you add, through changing the grist to water ratio.  I can go from 1 - 2 qt/lb, and the mash volume changes, but the sparge volume doesn't.  On the Water Vols screen, the sparge volume does change, so I think it's just the Mash Details screen has a minor bug.

EDIT - BeerSmith is great otherwise, and this is so minor its not a complaint, more of an FYI

Beer Recipes / Re: Single hop beer
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:46:31 AM »
If you're going to go single hop, why not keep it single malt too. SMaSH all the way. :) I'm planning a Vienna/Simcoe AIPA soon...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Whitelabs 007 dry english ale yeast question
« on: February 06, 2012, 09:44:34 PM »
I'm assuming you mean mash temps.  I'd say its less about mash temp and more about OG versus intended FG.  WLP007 is a beast; its good for 80% attenuation, so if you give it a 1.050 its going to hit 1.010 in a heartbeat.  You have to balance OG and attenuation.
What style were you aiming for; what was your OG and intended FG?  WLP007 will eat anything fermentable you feed it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Machine
« on: February 06, 2012, 02:01:18 PM »
If somebody wanted to give me $6k to build a garage brewery, I'd deliver them a keg of beer on a regular basis that would be far better than what this could knock out.  Could be a win-win situation.

The Pub / Re: Brewery update
« on: February 02, 2012, 07:19:02 PM »
Fantastic stuff.  Inspiration for the rest of us

The Pub / Re: bow bow...chick....chicka chickaaaaaaaah
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:58:49 AM »
Mathew - you're married to Sarah Jessica Parker...  YOU don't have anything better to do?!

Anything's better than doing Sarah Jessica Parker...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY 1338 is Gone
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:27:26 PM »
It would appear that WLP011 from White Labs is the same strain as WY1338.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP007 vs WLP002
« on: January 25, 2012, 10:15:50 AM »
Its the Whitbread strain.  It's my go yeast for English Styles.  Here's a handy chart

I've been down selecting yeasts recently to simplify life.  I reckon with WLP 001, 007, 028, 380 and 550 I've got most things covered (I dont do lagers) and I keep populations of each in the fridge.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hazelnut extract question
« on: January 24, 2012, 04:13:48 PM »
It was suggeted to me once you find the magic number, only add 75% of that ammount.  Let a bit of time go by and taste again.  Adjust toward the full amount you originally calculated if needed.

Often with flavoured beers such as hazelnut or vanilla, what tastes good as a 4oz sampler in a flight, gets old about 2/3 of the way into a full pint...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Speckled Hen
« on: January 23, 2012, 04:02:40 PM »
does it have that golden syrup flavor that it's parent has ???

Not that I recall.  The floral notes of the hops were what stood out to me.  It certainly wasn't sweet, and the malt was more subdued.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Speckled Hen
« on: January 23, 2012, 11:31:00 AM »
I was chowing down on its younger brother, "Old Golden Hen" this weekend at a pub in London.  From the cask, weighing in at 4%, I'd have pegged it as an English IPA but its apparently targeted as a blonde ale.  Lots of Galaxy hops in the finish, and really quite nice as a session beer.

Ingredients / Hop Bursting
« on: January 22, 2012, 01:37:37 AM »
Recently at the COOP Aleworks anniversary party, they unleashed a small batch IPA, with 24oz of hops in a 5 gal recipe.  Needless to say it was awesome, and gone in no time at all.  It got me thinking, and then Austin Homebrew has an 18oz hop value pack of 3oz each of Columbus, Warrior, Summit, Nugget, Galena and Willamette.  With the exception of Willamette, these are all high alpha varieties.  I'm thinking of brewing my usual 1.060 IPA grain bill, but hop bursting so the Warrior, Galena and Nugget go in at 5 mins, the Willamette at flameout, then dry hopping on the Summit and Columbus.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Some competitions allow multiple entries in the specialty categories.  You might want to check the specifics.

The Pub / Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:54:43 PM »
I expect there's some cause versus correlation issues at play here, where cancer risks increase with obesity, obese people eat more sausage etc.  Everything in moderation (except bacon and IPA) and we'll be fine...

The Pub / Re: impy stout blow up
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:08:05 PM »
Been there, done that, cleaned up... It's always the Imp Stouts, never a lighter ale of same OG.  Must be the dark grains...

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