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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:21:40 AM »
Here's my water profile for Gainesville, GA (Lake Lanier area). It's a pretty "clean slate":

pH: 7.6
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm: 56
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm: 0.09
Cations / Anions, me/L: 0.8 / 0.7
Sodium, Na: 6
Potassium, K: 4
Calcium, Ca: 6
Magnesium, Mg: 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3: 19
Nitrate, NO3-N: 0.4 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S: 3
Chloride, Cl: 6
Carbonate, CO3: < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3: 19
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3: 16
Total Phosphorus, P: 0.14
Total Iron, Fe: < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

From a Ward Labs report. I've been told by the city that the profile doesn't change month to month or seasonally like some places do.

All Grain Brewing / Re: New Aluminum Brew Pot
« on: March 02, 2016, 10:18:32 AM »
+1. My first pot was aluminum and I still use it as my HLT.  Been good to me for 11 years now. I filled it high as I could with water and heated it for a long while, just as Martin said. 

Ingredients / Re: Cashmere
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:59:41 AM »
Am I the only one who now has Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" playing in their head?  Sorry. I got nothing to add.

Wow.  Just... wow. For a moment I thought I had accidentally stumbled onto! ;)

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 26, 2016, 01:33:12 PM »
I saw the email last night and when I read the new name I thought "ugh" and made a face like that of an 8-year old who'd just been served a plate of liver & onions with brussel sprouts.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinions on Homebrewing Equipment
« on: December 21, 2015, 03:44:49 PM »
I have a lot of the same items Jim mentions.  For all the years I've been AG, my system has been a simple gravity fed one.  Aluminum pot HLT, cooler mash tun and beat up keggle, set up on saw horses and cinder blocks with a step ladder on the side and a home made ghetto immersion chiller.

I recently got some extra spending cash and "splurged" on an SS Brewtech 15 gal. boil kettle with false bottom and thermomoter and a JaDed brewing immersion chiller. I also bought a bunch of 6160 aluminum angle, hardware and casters to build a dedicated brewstand that I can pull out on brew day and wheel away after clean up. I'll be in for ~$850.00 when it's all done. But I think it will be money well spent. I thought about going single-tier and getting pumps, but every time I have been at a fellow homebrewer's session that had a pump, the pump was a PITA - there was always some issue. So no - I'm sticking to gravity fed.

My other hobby is model railroading.  I'll be starting a new train layout soon.  You want expensive?  Here's the hobby for you. $200 for one new HO locomotive is not uncommon these days.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: December 18, 2015, 03:30:05 PM »
Pearl is still around? Last time I was in Texas (Nov., 2014) I never saw it.  I thought they had folded up their tent years ago. Personally, I'd take Shiner over Lone Star any day - if those were my only choices.

Beer Recipes / Re: English Pale Hops Question
« on: December 18, 2015, 08:15:35 AM »
Try it, I think you'll like it.  I brewed an English IPA (read not West Coast, in-your-face, uber-IPA) with all Brewers Gold and really enjoyed it.

I mash in a red cooler.  Red coolers have it all over those pesky blue coolers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Playing Favorites
« on: December 16, 2015, 03:31:39 PM »
Pilsner malt -Best
Pale malt - Rahr
Munich malt/Vienna malt - Best or Weyermann
Other Base malts (MO/GP) - TF or Crisp MO, Simpsons GP
Specialty malt(s) - special roast, C90
Bittering hops - Magnum, but depends on style
Aroma hops - too many to choose. Citra, Amarillo and (still) Cascade for IPA's, EKG, Styrians... 
Flavor hops - too many to choose...
Adjuncts - oats, wheat
Sugars - table sugar, sometimes local honey (sourwood and gallberry)

Ingredients / Re: T'N'T Hops ?
« on: December 03, 2015, 03:09:56 PM »
Am I the only one to immediately have AC/DC go through my mind right now?

Ingredients / Re: Oats
« on: October 30, 2015, 12:34:03 PM »
Another vote for flaked (not quick oats), toasted.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 15, 2015, 02:00:12 PM »
Most people are going to say I'm crazy, and it pains me to say this, but I am not a fan of Saaz. Every time I have used them in a Pilsner (twice), I get a soapy flavor. The last two times I tried the same recipe, I substited Polish Lublin and Sterling and got much better results.  I doubt it is my water.  It is very soft (Chattahoochee River / Lake Lanier source) run through a charcoal filter.  I use no adjustments for a Pilsner. I can post Ward Labs test specs.

Beer Recipes / Re: Help dialing in a Saison recipe
« on: September 04, 2015, 02:31:45 PM »
You can skip the beta amylase rest and just do a single infusion.

All Grain Brewing / Re: color of Susan
« on: August 18, 2015, 01:06:38 PM »
I brewed the one on the right. I bet if I'd shot this pic outdoors and tweaked it, it would look the same.

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