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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 06:00:40 PM »
It's like fighting a big fish - try to reel it in all at once and you'll lose out. Keep fighting and you'll eventually break the keg's will. Show it who's boss !   ;)

Thanks Jon.  Good advice for sure.  I'll try to keep my patience but it's tough when you think you have it on the ropes!

BTW-Tomorrow is my Man Day party and we are making the annual Man Day Sloppy Hoppy IPA.  We'll hop 1oz in 15 gallons every 5 minutes on a 90 minute boil and then a crazy whirlpool addition.  Depends on what the crew votes but it will be epic!  Bought a 15"OD x 16" deep hop spider just for the occasion.  Right up your alley!   ;D

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Me vs Octoberfest
« on: December 17, 2015, 05:40:00 PM »
Fellow Brewers,

Just looking for some support in my battle against the last of the Octoberfest tonight so I can be full keg ready for my holiday party tomorrow night.  So far it's about an even fight but as always, it should have kicked about 2-3 pints ago.  Wish me luck!

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 15, 2015, 02:15:51 PM »
Well after the grain taste we decided to go all MO and see what happens. Perfect brew.  Hit all numbers on the dot. I'll let you know the result in about a month!
 
Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 14, 2015, 07:10:34 AM »
Great advice guys!  I like the idea of a mix a LOT.  I think we will taste all malts available and come up with a plan.  I knew the forum would set me right!!  ;)

I'll report back.....

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:06:25 PM »
I'm not really familiar with Pearl, but MO has a pretty distinct flavor (IMO) and may also produce a slightly darker beer.

If you can get it, you might be better off with a pale ale malt or just some plain 2-row.

I have a sack of Breiss Pale Ale malt but I don't think it will stand up to the hop profile.  Per my last post, I think that's why they chose Pearl or something similar.  Hoping MO is closer than further away.....

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:04:47 PM »
I don't think it will make a discernible difference in a beer like that with so much hop character. I'd use the MO.

From what I've read, The Alchemist uses Pearl due to it's breadiness and ability to support the hop character.  I'm hoping MO will not be so far off that it changes the beer entirely.  I just don't know enough about grain or have the palate.....

Dave

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Ingredients / Pearl vs Maris Otter
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:24:15 AM »
Hello fellow home brewers!  It's been some time since my last log on, sorry.  But I need some opinions ASAP.

I'm brewing v.3 of my Heady Topper clone.  Version 2 was VERY close and I think I need slight hop adjustments.  That being said, I'm scheduled to brew tomorrow with my buddy, but life as usual got in the way and I forgot to order Pearl malt.  My LHBS has Maris Otter which I think will not make a discernible difference, but the purest in me needs to check with my peeps. 

What say you all?  How will MO change the outcome from Pearl?

-Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Dry hop vs post boil
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:49:46 AM »
Because it's still producing DMS but no rolling boil to drive it off


Not sure I agree with this statement.  You boil Pils malt longer to drive off all of the DMS.  Once it's out, it's out.  It doesn't keep producing in perpetuity.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy lager after kegging
« on: April 27, 2015, 11:15:54 AM »
Probably just settled out yeast.  Pull a few more and it should clear back up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 12:01:44 PM »
I typically just cover the hole with a rag soaked in StarSan.  Or leave my blow off tubes in the container under a soaked rag.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:52:24 AM »
Should I be measuring ambient for this or actual temp?

Doesn't matter.  The beer will equalize in less than 2 days.  I take the probe out of the styrofoam and go ambient so my freezer doesn't burn out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:48:11 AM »
Everyone may now want to think twice about entering the English Brown Ale category next year.  Now that I know my beer will be fresh, I'm winning!  :D

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:44:58 AM »
That was very helpful, thanks Jon.  I'll even buy it from your LHBS.  I think I'll just need a wing nut to attach to the sanke coupler and I should be good to go. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 06:06:35 AM »
I got a beer gun 4 or so years ago and haven't looked back. Easy to use and zero issues with infection.

Same here. That was a good investment.

Would the beer gun work with Sanke valves?  I have sixtels.

Never tried it with a Sanke.  I'd think as long as you use the Sanke connector/QDs that there wouldn't be a difference. Really all you're doing is sending the liquid out line to the beer gun instead of your tap.

I'm sure I can figure it out.  SOLD!!!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 05:57:03 AM »
I got a beer gun 4 or so years ago and haven't looked back. Easy to use and zero issues with infection.

Same here. That was a good investment.

Would the beer gun work with Sanke valves?  I have sixtels.

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