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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash For Kolsch...
« on: February 19, 2016, 04:58:46 AM »
I had a Helles get a 45 from a pro and 42 from a National and not even place in the it depends on the comp and the judges.  But Jim is an expert as far as I am concerned!  Just waiting for him to discover the "It" key for the rest of us, then we can all tie at the NHC finals.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water salts mass to volume equivalent chart
« on: February 19, 2016, 04:35:20 AM »
Nah, you'd just have to drip water into your teaspoon until you hit 4.93 grams on your scale (or you overflowed your teaspoon).  Better yet just weigh 4.93 grams of water and pour it into your teaspoon to see if it fits!  Getting the teaspoon to stay level might be interesting though...

And hold the water at 3.98°C throughout...

Yeah, there is that aspect involved here, too....crap.

The guest from Tampa was pretty cool - it was interesting to hear how he maximizes his nanobrewery.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash For Kolsch...
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:52:41 PM »
I have likewise been advised that a proper Helles should be single decocted, at least, with a final temperature rest at 168F.  Using German Pils malt, a bit of Carafoam and a teaspoon of Wyeast yeast nutrient fermented at 50F with a healthy pitch of Wyeast 2206 for a bit short of 2 weeks - aerated well!  I can say the beer I tasted that was made this way was pretty darn tasty.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: W-34/70 Fermentation Temp exBEERiment
« on: February 17, 2016, 12:26:17 PM »
The fermentation schedule Marshall espouses (and I use from time to time, though I have proven myself to be too lazy to adopt full-time, despite many good results, admittedly) may be somewhat yeast dependent for consistently good results.  I am fairly convinced that the use of certain yeasts really require a more traditional approach due to flocculation rate, diacetyl reduction abilities and flavor profile development.  But I fine infrequently and that may be integral to Marshall's approach, also.

All Grain Brewing / Re: water to grain ratio
« on: February 17, 2016, 12:08:28 PM »
For most lighter lagers, I press towards 2.0 quarts/lb.  usually just a pinch under, because I have a routine where I collect 15 gallons of RO and typically use about half of it in the mash for a typical 10 gallon lager that uses around 16-18 lbs. of grain...then I adjust with CaCl2 and some lactic based on the actual grains used.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash For Kolsch...
« on: February 17, 2016, 11:59:34 AM »
And then there's the decoction advocates....

I think that would be an experiment to do side by side by side.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water salts mass to volume equivalent chart
« on: February 17, 2016, 11:53:16 AM »
I agree with Martin and Denny that with such small amounts, weight just seems to be most accurate.  But Eric has me thinking about CaCl2 - will an open bag of it begin absorbing water from the air and then weigh more per granule than an unopened bag?  My current bag is probably 6 months or more old -  it probably was exposed to some pretty humid conditions (especially on brew days)....any thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: communion beer
« on: February 17, 2016, 11:47:36 AM »
I like the fact that the monks are not teetotalers.  My pastor hosts a weekly "Theology on Tap" at a craft beer pub located down the street from my church - to give folks an opportunity to have a few brews and discuss religion and religious issues in a laid back environment. I think that is a refreshing approach.

Good luck with your search for the appropriate beer - I am sure that there is no wrong choice on this one.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Staggering different yeast strains
« on: February 15, 2016, 08:14:43 PM »
Sounds like you should consider cooling at high krausen down to mid 60's and adding the US-05 then.  This assumes that the sake yeast won't throw off anything at that point....  Kind of a WAG on my part due to the sake yeast.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Max # of malts in commercial beer recipe
« on: February 15, 2016, 08:03:31 PM »
Also, it is worth noting that some breweries order the premixed mega sack with all of the grains for a particular recipe.  Then it is just augered into the mill without any weighing out or counting out grains at the brewery.  The maltster includes whatever mix the brewery wants.  It may be more expensive in that instance to have a larger number of malt types, but if they order enough, it may be a relatively simple task for the maltster to make the mix - it likely depends on the maltster's blending capabilities.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: February 15, 2016, 07:47:04 PM »
I have been away from the forum a few days and I am so sorry about Jim's loss and thank you Amanda for seeing the swap through.  I have one regret regarding my folks (both have been gone for several years) - I didn't start brewing until after both were gone.  They would have loved these creations.  But I share them with my kids!

Again, my condolences to you, Jim.  I wish you comfort at this difficult time - there's only one Dad.

All Grain Brewing / Re: water profile for black lager
« on: February 12, 2016, 12:28:48 PM »
I hear you, Denny, but this particular pro spent a lot of time in German breweries and has formulated lager recipes for a few Midwestern breweries.  My lagers improved greatly by his advice over the last few years, so I trust his palate...and it sounds like the Danish strain will be on my list of things to try for myself.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Cat26
« on: February 12, 2016, 12:06:21 PM »
The thought of giving away aged beers does have an effect, I think.  But I am entering a mixed ferment saison and will be bottling it off keg shortly to make sure I have enough for entering.  So, that will leave me out for first round judging. 

To the OP - welcome to the forum - really good stuff here...but when you referred to "seeing" the CO2, I thought you had something worked up to make the gas visible!  Remember to let the yeast tell you when they are done - there are all kinds of reasons that an airlock is active or not that don't mean fermentation is or is not occurring.

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