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Amanda - nice beers! The fact that others may find the beers to be something that should meet the standard of the the beers that are the standard, I just don't care!  Your beers seem pretty correct.  Best of luck with your beers!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 26, 2015, 07:08:31 PM »
Are you considering serving with the syrups?  I found more people were willing to try it when I offered the citroensirup and Himbiersirup to go with the BW...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:08:53 PM »
This sounds encouraging by all accounts.  I just don't know how my numbers will compare to the proctors, who have substantial experience in assigning numerical scores to the five scoring categories.  The rest I think I can get through reasonably well, even with an old worn out palate.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:11:30 PM »
I find them helpful for what is allowed in the style, but not necessarily considered to be "required", as well as those aspects that are absent, because they are supposed to be absent.  Keeping all of that in my head is the problem.  You must be pretty good to work without the style guidelines.  I suppose iit comes with time, but when entering a beer and getting dinged for a characteristic that is perfectly permissible, one wishes that the judge read the style guidelines more carefully....just sayin.  Again, I am sitting for the taste exam in June, so maybe I will come away with a different perspective, but I doubt it.  I felt the same way about the bar exam when I took it and passed.  And still feel the same way about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:56:54 PM »
There are plenty of places to buy stuff, but keep looking at what is out there and consider trying to make your own.  I agree with Frank, but would add that in any event consider buying for a larger batch than 5 gallons, so you can brew bigger, if you want.  Having said that, there are many guys going small.  But I don't think they share with their friends as much as some of us.....(just kidding!!!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:41:28 PM »
Two issues for me - not enough room in my head for all the styles to be memorized; not a young enough palate to recognize the distinctions well enough any more.  So if I pass at all it will be by a bit of luck.  I can judge the heck out of beers when I have the style guidelines in front of me, but take that away and I am like a blind librarian trying to restack books by feel.

I don't understand why the test is set up the way it is, since no (or very few) judges judge without the style guidelines sitting in front of them....but hey, I don't know it all.  They do the bar exam and doctors boards closed book, so maybe it makes sense to do it that way.  Enough of my rant! Back to my Helles.

I had a great Berliner Weisse last night from my daughter - it was called Athena, a really good beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, Ga.  It inspired the question.

Just sayin ... It seems like a whole new topic area could be started for this.... What do you think?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:40:32 PM »
Wow really great score Herman!  I am taking the exam in June and hope to just pass. Your high score is exceptional.  Congrats, dude!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Berliner Weisse Survey
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:59:06 PM »
Done also, but now I want to brew one!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:19:06 AM »
Beersk - I have lost temp, too on occasion, but I can direct fire to maintain  temp in my MLT.  Others will drain off to a prewarmed cooler to hold temp on the wort that is not being decocted.  One fellow brewer swears that decoction is the key to the "true" Munich Helles flavor profile.  He never uses Melanoiden malt.

As to longer boils, I don't think that boiling beyond 90 minutes (to drive off SMM) is necessary, but it may give you a better chance at higher amounts of Maillard reactions. I haven't done so, but iwould like to hear the comments of others.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew day efficiency ideas
« on: February 22, 2015, 02:25:45 PM »
I use electric bucket heaters on a timer to have strike water ready when I wake up and want to start mashing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dead Yeast?
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:45:46 AM »
Looks like you are on track in many ways - but there is a pich rate calculator that will help with your future pitch rate issues and starters:

Not sure if you were aware of that.  Best of luck and keep on brewing!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: February 18, 2015, 11:35:25 AM »
Interesting discussion, but to the topic, do you also do this with your lagers?  I have decocted in this manner 45/15 or 60/15 with some success, especially for a Munich Helles.  I've even had the second rest at 156-158F due to the uncertainty of the grist volume pulled.  I like the flavor profile achieved with at least one decoction and the head retention from the higher rest step.  I could be wrong, but it seems to have improved my lagers more than anything since doing the RO with salts and lactic adds per Brunwater....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Omega Y-06 German Lager
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:21:06 PM »
It says that it is the most widely used lager yeast in the world and comparable to Wyeast 2124 and WLP 830, but it isn't saying that it is the same as Weihenstaphaner...just wondering if it is the same.

I bought it at my LHBS.  The lab is based in Chicago.

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