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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing the Basic/Classic styles
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:20:18 AM »
I brew mostly lagers, so I agree with S.Cerivisae on this point, but a Saison in the summer months is pretty hard to beat, also.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 22, 2015, 06:03:13 AM »
I, too, have the JSP Malt Mill and tighten it up just a 5 degree turn on both sides.  I haven't gapped it with a measuring device, but I am guessing it's about .038 or so.  I tried tighter and my cordless couldn't turn the rollers well enough and my sparges got stuck, so I backed it off to that point eventually and now enjoy very good efficiencies and no stuck sparges.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality, Impact, and Commercial Appeal
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:57:56 AM »
Agreed as to Doetmunder - the malt of a Helles and the hop of a Northern German Pilsner.  That is a fine beer not seen often in Homebrewer sites.  Great Lakes makes a fine one.  I am inspired for the weekend now!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality, Impact, and Commercial Appeal
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:39:00 PM »
When I go to places with 20+ beers on tap, I admit to looking them up - this only after getting a wit that was described by the server as a German style lager....but I know what you mean, Major.  (She claimed to be a certified Cicerone, but when pressed she admitted that the staff all took the test together with an experienced bar tender "helping out").

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: how long on the yeast cake
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:20:06 PM »
Sours even longer... IPA would be about 4-6 weeks typically then keg it and drop the stainless hop tea ball tied off to light fishing line and carb.  Take a sample every 5 days until it hits stride and remove the tea ball or just leave it in there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Expense calculator
« on: January 21, 2015, 07:58:04 PM »
My wife much prefers me homebrewing - golf involves green fees and buying overpriced beers, fishing and hunting involve bait or ammo plus (slightly less) overpriced beers.  Homebrewing involves buying ingredients, spending a day at home and making beer that she likes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality, Impact, and Commercial Appeal
« on: January 21, 2015, 07:50:43 PM »
Agreed but they got Founders Porter right....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Experiment
« on: January 21, 2015, 07:46:16 PM »
Many ways to make great beer, for sure.  Interesting result for this yeast this time.  I wonder what the relative pitch rate was...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Expense calculator
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:50:50 PM »
When your crew only wants your homebrew, you won't consider costs.  In the last two weeks I have had two sacks of grain given to me (Avengard and a Weyermann Floor malted Pils).  I told my guys long ago to stop bringing me commercial craft brews and never asked for a sack of grain.  Cost of friendship and beer appreciation....priceless.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's official
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:46:02 PM »
Plus order the nice ball cap and you will get a lot of interest from others - instant conversation starter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW and teflon
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:40:32 PM »
Never noticed any problems using Teflon tape and it is needed in my fittings when using a March pump, otherwise there is...dare I say it...a risk of HSA!

Tilting at windmills y'all.  Break it all down periodically and all is good.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is boiling necessary?
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:31:14 PM »
Sanitation is important, yes, but I use regular ziplock bags frequently to store yeast with no problems.  Jars or other containers are soaked in StarSan and used without issues.  Boiling is unnecessary, but can be used for vessels that can handle that.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First attempt at sour please advise
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:18:50 PM »
Welcome to the sour side.  I have definitely enjoyed the artisanal aspect of this stuff.  But you gotta have patience!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Safbrew Abbaye Ale
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:11:35 PM »
Bumping this thread to just add that this brew definitely rounded out better than expected with e few months in the keg.  I think this does have a saisonish tendency.  That somewhat cardboard-but-not lightly black pepper note has come out a bit.  All in all not nearly as bad as I thought earlier.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing class at College
« on: January 20, 2015, 05:32:50 AM »
Knowing that the preliminary textbook is probably the most important thing in this context, Palmer's How to Brew would be a great resource, CP's Complete Joy of Homebrewing (newly revised) and Brewing Classic Styles would also fit well and all would be great texts that are keepers.  Then for the intermediate class you can move on to the Yeast, Hops, Malt and Water series coupled with Gordon Strong's Brewing Better Beer.

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