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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: November 07, 2015, 09:41:56 AM »
We shared the Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout last night, per Myles' request. (It's been taunting him in the fridge since it arrived. :) )



Fantastic beer, Jim. Thank you for sending it. It fit well with the weather here as it finally turned from mid 60s to the upper 40s yesterday.

The aroma is full of dark chocolate, French roast coffee, and dates. Flavor follows aroma with additional oat silkiness. Quite a great beer. I reached for another pour only find out the bottle was empty. Almost makes me wish I didn't share it... almost. :)

We also had the Hop Lava from Double Mountain a few nights ago after a rough day at work. I think Myles summed that one up best, "This is exactly what Hop Lava should smell like." I thought it was a really great expression of two of the original American hops, Cascade and Centennial.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mental Floss
« on: November 06, 2015, 08:27:39 AM »
Beersmith's numbers are never even close to what I get on my system. It's damn near worthless, unfortunately.

Have you edited your equipment profile to your system specs?  Beersmith is nearly always within a degree of my target.

What could cause the difference? Maybe Beersmith takes into account the mash tun mass as a factor?

In order to use BeerSmith, you have to customize it to your system or it will give you tons of incorrect information. And yes, it takes into account mash tun mash as a default. That can be changed, as can nearly any other factor. Spending $21 on BeerSmith saved me from having to build yet another spreadsheet (it's the main part of my day job, which is to say that I don't want to spend more time on it).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mental Floss
« on: November 06, 2015, 06:31:39 AM »
I use a different equation to calculate strike temp.

Ts=Tm+20

Where Ts is the strike temp and Tm is the desired mash temp. Both temps are in degrees F.

This equation is optimized for my system. YMMV.

That's what I did. My Sabco equation was Ts = Tm+10. Easy peasy.

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The Pub / Re: I got press!
« on: November 06, 2015, 06:13:08 AM »
Very cool!  8)

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With a Zymatic!

Apparently I'm just copying what Sam does. He first endorsed the Brew Magic, now the Zymatic. Huh.  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "Premix" Biofine Powder?
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:10:43 AM »
Williams Brewing for a 4oz container is where I've picked mine up from before, HOWEVER, I have not found it to be significantly better than (BSG) gelatin (knox is stinky). If/when I ever make another order from them I'd add it on but not make a special order just for the biofine.

Thank you for the source of 4oz.

I am not asserting that it is better in clarifying. I am interested in ease of use. I would rather just let the beer clear on it's own rather than have to screw around with gelatin. Shot in the dark if this powdered "biofine" would work, but having premixed clarifier/liquid clarifier would be nice.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "Premix" Biofine Powder?
« on: November 05, 2015, 08:55:12 AM »
Doesn't dried isinglass require very specific mixing procedures? Rehydrating with acid or something along those lines.

The instructions don't indicate that. Figured this was worth $1.79 if it works, but who knows.

Where are you people buying real liquid Biofine? Edit: not in the 1oz containers. Something larger than that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / "Premix" Biofine Powder?
« on: November 05, 2015, 06:51:35 AM »
I picked up some of the Biofine powder from my LHBS since he actually can't order the liquid stuff (this is a first - stumping the homebrew shop owner!).

Question is this: can I "premix" the stuff and then store it like liquid Biofine in the fridge? Or is that going to make is useless down the road?

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: November 04, 2015, 04:34:39 PM »
Anyway, great looking harvest Amanda.

Huh, I thought I had missed the photos but apparently others can see....
How come I can see Vertical1 photos but not Amandas?

I asked this same question in Admin

They're hosted from Google Photos. Not sure why some can see them and others can't.

At my work I can't see the photos Amanda posts because the company I work for blocks most Google App stuff.  The search engine and Maps are allowed but not Gmail or Goggle Photo and stuff like that. 

I can see the pictures fine at home or on my phone.

Paul
Can you guys see imgur? I'll just host them there if so.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: November 03, 2015, 03:29:41 PM »
Anyway, great looking harvest Amanda.

Huh, I thought I had missed the photos but apparently others can see....
How come I can see Vertical1 photos but not Amandas?

I asked this same question in Admin

They're hosted from Google Photos. Not sure why some can see them and others can't.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: November 03, 2015, 11:20:03 AM »
Amanda, in keeping with your post here, I hope the 2 reviews I have done on your beer so far were not too far off the mark.

It seems that I had missed those two reviews. I am pleased you enjoyed them! I did lose touch with this thread for a bit since it went down a hockey/Pliny tangent for a bit. Tag me in the next one (@AmandaK) and I won't miss it.  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 29, 2015, 06:50:34 AM »
One thing that a fellow judge and I were also discussing this weekend was the 'buttery' character of chardonnay and that there was likely a diacetyl component to it since there was a local brewery who aged a beer in chardonnay barrels that came across as a butter bomb.

I only get buttery in Chardonnay when Oaked. Stainless Chardonnays don't give me that.


Same here. I can't drink oaked Chardonnay because of the butter. Stainless (or apparently non-MLF) Chardonnays are awesome though. Cline Vineyards makes a pretty stellar one.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: State Championships
« on: October 29, 2015, 06:43:54 AM »
Kansas would not stand for such tomfoolery.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 29, 2015, 05:43:48 AM »
Nice exchange here with Jim and Amanda, nice chance to learn something. Definitely a class move by Amanda to PM Jim the review first and for Jim to be willing to discuss the constructive feedback. You are both total grown ups!
Well thanks. Thats the whole point of these swaps. Just like we were sitting together having a beer, cuz one day we will be. Also its ok if every beer isnt pop your eyes out amazing. That Helles won a ribbon, but I know it has a long way ti go till im happy with it. If I cant take criticism and suggestions how will I ever get it there?

But I agree with you, for a forum this one is grown up.

This here is the reason I stay on this forum. I enjoy the respect that everyone affords one another.

As for the beer - I'm always open to hopefully help people in the quest of making better beer. The exchange that Jim and I are having is exactly like what we do at the end of our club meetings. We have a private session called "If you really want to know". Some of our more experienced judges stick around after the meeting is officially over and anyone can come up and talk about their beer, what they intended, how it is perceived, the process the brewer used, what they may want to work on for next time, etc. I love this part - it's as much of a learning experience for the brewers as it is for me sometimes.

Anyway - this forum is similar to my club. And that makes me happy.  :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 28, 2015, 11:50:56 AM »
Interesting to hear about oxidation relative to malt profile in a light lager.  I have a bottle of NG Pils that I brewed (12-13-14) for comps this past spring that I squirreled away in my fridge to see how it holds up/oxidizes/just plain fades with time.  I will have to crack that one soon with my perception on high alert to see what it has done over the last year. Grapy oxidation is a new one to me.

I don't know what that was from, it may not be from oxidation. Maybe it's how I perceive Gambrinus Vienna!  ;D

I often get a grapy note from pils malt. reminds me of white grapejuice. Or maybe the hint of grape you taste in 'no sugar added' sodapop that's sweetened with white grape juice.

You know, I do remember that conversation in the famous "That German Lager Flavor" thread. I'll keep an eye on that with my next few all-Pils beers. I have plans for a Belgian Golden Strong (Dingemanns Pils) and more German Pilsners (Best Pils).

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