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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: MoreBeer forum is apparently dead
« on: January 23, 2018, 06:36:35 PM »
This is the only forum on which I participate.  I used to check out NB forum, but I haven't gone there in a few years.  I don't really get the time to post as much as previously, so I may be an example of a reduced participant. 

I listen to Denny and Drew's podcasts while brewing.  My brewing has definitely gone more "hobby" and less lifestyle, but I am brewing as much as ever - just doing what I want when I want, based on nothing in particular, while also maintaining some regular tap beers that my guests expect.

I am now a HERMS BIAB hybrid system user and adjust my water per Brunwater, take light German lagers through LODO methods, but don't stress it for my English or American ales.

I think we are witnessing the aging of the hobby - we need to be intentional about getting younger adults into the hobby and letting them provide a new enthusiasm to become contagious.

Ingredients / Re: Gallotannin purple color?
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:49:00 PM »
I get pink and Joe F suspected that it was some iron chelation by the BTB.  No effect on final beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Time Brew
« on: January 16, 2018, 11:04:19 PM »
Contamination can be present without much sign.  If left long enough, contamination can show up as a pellicle-like covering or by smell.  Don't worry about it with this batch, though.  Just don't get in the habit of opening fermenters needlessly.  That is how the contamination can be introduced easily.  The brew day contamination will rarely happen, if you clean, sanitize and pitch after chilling quickly, then control fermentation temperature to let the yeast out compete any cells of the nasties that might have snuck in...

Cheers to your first homebrew.  Bottle it and enjoy it - it is undoubtedly your best yet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Tuesday Quiz questions
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:11:25 PM »
Not here to defend the BJCP on any specific style guideline, but the amount of work collectively done by those listed in the credits is commendable.  Old information and myths persist, unfortunately.  Since the BJCP is inherently geared toward competition, there will be some authoritarian strokes in the style guidelines.  I don't have a problem with that and if you want to stray from the guidelines for a particular style, there are styles for those "strayings", you just have to fit the right one and be a bit descriptive.  I stray all over the place and treat it like the hobby that it is, generally, in my typical brewing - but if I enter a competition with a particular style that is relatively concrete, I accept that as the constraints in which I should enter my beer.  I then sit back and welcome the comments, knowing that the judges are giving me an honest assessment within their limitations (and some are really good, some are not so thorough, and some are pompous and presumptuous - like every other avenue of life).

Just sayin....and I don't deny that I have had disagreements in situations where reasonable minds may differ and we end up agreeing to disagree.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sudden Barley Crusher issue
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:18:04 PM »
I didn't know about Jack Schmidling retiring.  I like his product and understand its limitations (none were so significant that I considered them major), so a backup for me would be the Monster Mill, I guess.  Thanks for the update on non-availability of the JSP Barebones Mill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Tuesday Quiz questions
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:55:52 PM »
I treat my mistakes as unintentional experiments...and drink them, if they taste good enough to deserve consumption.

We all have more knowledge than we started the hobby with and it seems that there are some instances of "2 steps forward and 1 step back" as we go.  I can live with that.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sudden Barley Crusher issue
« on: January 10, 2018, 02:30:52 AM »
My JSP mill has worked longer than my BC at this point, but the BC is a nice backup for my roast malts for hand grinding using the manual handle.  That way I don't have to worry about running some pale malt through it to clean it for the next full batch grind.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Final thoughts on our first beer.
« on: December 24, 2017, 01:35:57 AM »
Simply put, brew again. Brew again.  Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: American light lager
« on: December 20, 2017, 08:29:09 PM »
You are closer to Czech beers by using their malt, not because it's "floor malted", but because it uses the barley variety, terrior and steeping schedule and kilning profile that gives it what you've come to expect.

Weyermann has TWO Bohemian Pilsners, one floor malted,the other conventional.   I've used both and prefer the conventional. It's very consistent,  and IMO gives better body, mouthfeel and foam, and a less muddy flavor, than the floor malt. That said, my  choice is still the regular Weyermann Pilsner.

Your palate must be well refined, indeed, and I know mine is not so much, but I’d be interested in any side by side blind tasting results, if any have been done.  I just might put that on the agenda for 2018 - but I bet the results will be relatively inconclusive, as the pool of tasters in my group are not very refined.  Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: American light lager
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:09:53 PM »
You are closer to Czech beers by using their malt, not because it's "floor malted", but because it uses the barley variety, terrior and steeping schedule and kilning profile that gives it what you've come to expect.

Good point.  So, as it is readily available - and I don't know where to get Czech malts otherwise, I will go with it when I can get it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Building water for pale lager
« on: December 19, 2017, 10:06:46 PM »
A couple years ago I installed an RO system with a line to my kitchen sink and a line to my garage (where I brew - usually electric).  This was the best move I ever made in brewing - the TDS meter shows a typical post-treat water of 12-14 TDS.  I preboil my H2O and add a little CaCl2, some NaMeta, and some Brewtan B to my mash and run with it as adjusted for light German lagers.  I get high compliments and can't keep the helles in stock with my friends choosing it over any other I brew.

Good luck with your water!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swaen Malts...
« on: December 19, 2017, 09:55:06 PM »
I use their pale malt as a continental 2 row to blend a bit with pilsner for my helles and I use it straight up for ales.  I like it and it seems to be a pretty clean pale malt.  I prefer to get Weyermann's, but my LHBS gets a fair amount of Swaen and Avengard products, so I use them without hesitation.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brain fart American Amber Hefeweizen
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:44:19 PM »
Excellent - that is where I am heading...thanks for the seal of approval.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Down sides of no mashout?
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:43:07 PM »
Slightly irrelevant and off topic, but I'm curious about terminology.   I see most here using "mash out" for what I always thought was "mash off."  Full set of terms I learned:   mash in = same as dough in, mash off = 170°F rest, mash down = transfer to lauter tun, mash out = same as grains out. Am I non-standard nowadays?

I'm thinking of Mash OFF, i.e. holding a 170F rest.

So after step mashing for intervals of say, 30 minutes at each of two selected mash temps, you increase to and hold at 76-77C (or at 170F) for another 10 minutes during a recirculation mash, right?  (i.e., a 70 minute mash routine in total, plus ramp times)?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: black and tan question
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:11:48 PM »
If the idea is to have a blended beer, then I would simply blend them; if not, separate glasses work much better!

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