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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: February 02, 2014, 07:01:53 AM »
Got mine yesterday - the lager at 75 degrees intrigues me, greatly. Cali yeast that warm...interesting!

Seems like a fun read to start a Sunday morning after a double batch Saturday.

Well done authors!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best Recipe for First All-Grain Brew
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:33:22 AM »
Since you have done several extract batches, I would do one of those you have done already and compare them!

As a default either Denny's Wry Smile IPA or the Waldo Lake Amber are winners with me.  Those recipes are ubiquitous because they are tried and true, not to mention award winning.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Scaling recipe question for hops
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:22:43 AM »
For you guys who brew smaller batches, are hops linear in terms of scaling down from a 5 gallon batch to a 3 gallon batch or from 5 to 10 gallons for that matter?  Or do you need moreover less per gallon as you go either direction on a batch?  I should know this, but I haven't seen it discussed, or at least I don't recall seeing it...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shocked at Price! really?
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:17:59 AM »
My neighbor got me one for $90 from here (he bought 3, but only needed 2):

http://www.homebrewing.org/Used-5-gallon-whiskey-barrel_p_2187.html

But they are presently out of stock.  Must be a run on the market!

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Ingredients / Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:08:18 AM »
Bought a sack of it this week and brewing up a BoPils - it did seem to have more dough balls than I have seen with other malts - that is hardly an issue, but It could mean stirring out the heat and having to heat up the Mash tun to get it back to the right temp... as it turned out I overshot by a couple degrees, so extra stirring was no problem.  Smells good, so here's hoping it tastes good too!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Brew ... Advice?
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:34:41 PM »
On that side burner issue - make sure the burner structure can handle the weight of 8 gallons plus the pot (approaching 70 pounds total, if not more).  Just would hate to see a collapse of the cart....not trying to scare you.

Cheers - to all grain and your first foray.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: reiterate the importance of patience
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:25:05 PM »
I suggest brewing it again, right away and doing what you proposed to do the first time.  Do this while you have your current batch to drink, so you won't feel rushed to keg it early.  I like the fact that my brewing has finally settled into a groove with ales and lagers and not waiting on beer to finish, because I had no or few beers to choose from - now I brew and push lingering beers to bottles and growlers from the tap to empty a keg or two when necessary to free up a fermenter.  My beers almost uniformly sit in primary for a month this way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Acetaldehyde
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:32:41 AM »
If merely overcarbed, you can still drink them and limit gushing by simply chilling them to near freezing before opening and then let them warm up after opening and before pouring...it may help a little.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:26:44 AM »
Weyermann malt in the mid background?  That is a pretty red and nice lacing!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: national home brew comp
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:17:41 AM »
I suggest chilling the bottles to near freezing, purging bottles with CO2 to reduce oxidation, then filling from the bottom using tubing connected to the tap under low transfer pressure.  Use O2 scavenging caps.  Good luck.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Interesting Judging Phenomenon
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:55:11 PM »
Just watched an episode of Brain Games an saw a test that struck me as very interesting - they had two panels examine a set of products.  The women's panel examined and rated 5 nylon stockings and the men's panel examined and rated 5 pairs of blue jeans - both were using a given criteria set by which to judge the items.

Interestingly, the items were identical!  But the judges were not told that they were the same and rated them differently.  It made me wonder if a panel of BJCP judges were set up the same way, how well they would do analyzing the same beer?

When told about the test some of the subjects then acknowledged that they thought they were the same, while others still felt that there were legitimate differences.  The point is, if you expect there to be discernable differences, your brain can trick you into finding them...

Something to think about.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Over pitching
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:06:27 PM »
I think that over pitching can result in excessive ester production in Addison to the other problems noted above.  The ester production results from an incomplete life cycle IIRC - can't find my Yeast book to confirm....

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 weeks on Yeast
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:32:02 PM »
I pulled the heat from my New Years day Saison batch yesterday and will rack this weekend to a keg.  I started it in the 60's and ramped after about 4 days up to 80 and held it for the rest of the time at 80.  I haven't looked at it, but I am hoping it is done.  I will take a gravity measurement, of course, but after 4 weeks at that temperature, I sure expect that it is done.  First time with this yeast, though... :-[

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold crash vs Secondary
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:27:25 PM »

Yeah, something like a spunding valve or restrictor on "gas in" where you can slowly bleed off the pressure (on corny keg I have done it through a long piece of small diameter bev tubing). You'll need to pressurize the awaiting keg to 10 psi and run the beer off into it @ 12. Should be minimal foaming.


That will be easy.  Thanks for the advice.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 7 months in on a Flanders Red with Roeselare
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:25:26 PM »
I can always bottle some in 12 oz brown glass bottles; I was just thinking that bottling in plastic would allow me to feel whether the beer was carbed and I thought the plastic could withstand a higher pressure (since not corking...).

Looking at the rules, there is no mention of container size.  BJCP categories apply and they reserve the right to combine subcategories based on number of entries for a category.  Finally, the number of entries is limited to 800.

While I am thinking -- what about for the NHC competition, only 12 oz bottles and only glass?

Thanks for answering all the dumb questions - but I've never entered a real competition before and this is my first Flanders Red.  (I brew a ton of lagers, but want to branch out to other styles that I can store and savor, because my lagers go in a heartbeat to my group of buddies who love to visit my garage and basement).

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