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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing a Lager for the first time
« on: April 08, 2016, 02:39:57 AM »
As to the award winner - he swears by 2206 as his favorite lager yeast, even for bocks.  We joke that if you enter a bock you are just fighting over second and third, because he wins that often.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't Decide What Brew Next
« on: April 08, 2016, 02:27:23 AM »
For an adjunct/lightener, I like flaked rice, only because some think the corn is DMS.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't Decide What Brew Next
« on: April 08, 2016, 02:13:08 AM »
I'm really curious how a pale American lager might be if made with quality ingredients, as opposed to cheap ingredients.

I enjoy making them once in a while - they can be pretty good.  I just made one for a neighbor's graduation party - adults only, obviously.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing a Lager for the first time
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:00:13 PM »
I know award winning Brewers who chill lager wort down to mid-60's then pitch, wait for krausen to form, then lower down into the 50's for the balance of fermentation, then do a D-rest.  From there it is lowered a few degrees a day down to 32F for lagering.  Again, he wins awards with his lagers.  So you can make them in that manner, or do as noted above by starting below fermentation temperatures (which is what I do).  Sounds like an experiment for Marshall or Denny!

Do the AHA Forum beer swaps count as dumping? :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Missing American Blonde
« on: April 06, 2016, 03:32:14 AM »
Seems like blonde used to be something for the BMC crowd at the local micro tap room. Lately they seem to be 5% light colored pale ales. Occasionally with something like honey to set them apart from the guy down the street.

Yes, 805 uses Honey malt for a little distinction.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 06, 2016, 03:30:43 AM »
I like to find new descriptors - that are more descriptive.  If the word doesn't have a sufficiently precise meaning within the context of its use, then it just doesn't seem helpful to the evaluation.  If it has a generationally understood meaning, you risk the loss of meaning on someone from a different generation.  If a beer exhibited a "juicy fruit" aroma or flavor, I would think of the Wrigley chewing gum by that name - but I would be inclined to reference it as such for someone who might think I am trying to be a hipster...I'm way to old to be mistaken for that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Missing American Blonde
« on: April 06, 2016, 03:03:29 AM »
I like a good blonde ale.  Well made it is light and refreshing, with enough maltiness to give it a very enjoyable flavor profile.  Firestone Walker's 805 comes to mind.

Typically it's just a dump it because it's not preferred kind of deal for me - sometimes I will bottle something that is a slow mover.  I have a pale ale that is a bit too fruity for most - Amarillo hops as sole hop addition.  It's going to get a little more time to see if it mellows to volume, less than 5 gallons per year, typically, but if I need the space, then it might accumulate above that over a given year.  I don't recall ever dumping a lager.

Racked it and it was clean and crisp - no diacetyl, so no krausening - still went with priming in the keg for fun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: April 03, 2016, 03:17:21 AM »
Yea, I guess this is a situation where the written exam is really not worth it for me....I know a fair amount about brewing, but memorizing so many details is just not worth the time.  We have libraries so that we can look up information. Committing it to memory just doesn't seem to be an exercise that can be justified in terms of use of time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 03, 2016, 03:03:37 AM »
I will be packaging tomorrow for sending this week - trying to decide what local crafter to send along....and which of my beers are worthy of sending to a forum participant!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: S-04
« on: April 03, 2016, 02:41:02 AM »
I preferWLP-002, but S-04 is a solid choice as a back up to it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: S-189
« on: April 03, 2016, 02:37:33 AM »
First time user today - 11 gallon batch with 2 packets pitched into well spun wort with a spoon stirring it in - Wow I have rarely had a lager yeast go so quickly!  Unlike others earlier reviewing this as a slow lag time, this one jumped out of the gate within about 6 hours to push my airlock to full fermentation at 52F.  No problems here - cannot wait to taste the beer.  Others like the yeast, so I am guessing this beer made for a June party will be quite exceptional. 

I'll be racking shortly and will see if any diacetyl is in there...if so, I may krausen it with some spies from a current batch that I just brewed today.  I usually don't get diacetyl, but I did with the Budejovice Czech yeast I used for a Czech pale and then repitched in a Schwarz Bier.  It was drinkable, but to the diacetyl sensitive folks, it was just a bit too noticeable.

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