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Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 12, 2015, 02:48:46 AM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:26:08 PM »
Do they mash at a higher pH, say 5.5-5.6, and then drop the pH in the kettle?
Yes, and there is a formula when you drop that pH in the kettle as well :)
What's the formula?

But a Hochkurz step infusion mash is so easy to do, I do them all the time. Lately, I've been single infusing and not noticing much difference. I think a step mash might boost the efficiency a tad though.

Can confirm. Don't have enough data points to give a definitive % boost, but I'm eyeballing around 4-6% increase with a step Hochkurz over a single infusion.

Since this thread has been one giant derail anyway, I'll say that the fact that 029 is so mild (and dare say sort of lager like) is exactly why I prefer 2565 for kolsch. It's just a better kolsch strain IMO, aside from being a PITA to clear.

I agree. I poured my WLP029/WY2565 side by side for my neighbor and he came back with the same response... but then followed it up with "I still like Wyeast Kolsch II better."  ;D Hahaha. Guess I'm off to do another!  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pH of German Pils
« on: November 10, 2015, 06:11:08 PM »
It surprises me that a .1 pH difference is noticeable. I still refuse to get a pH meter, but reading you guys adjusting your beers down or up by .1 pH or so and it making a difference is making me consider it...

The Thermowerks pH meter is like $70...  ;) Love that thing.


Have you considered a drauflassen schedule for your Pilsner if you want more. Brew and pitch into a big fermenter, brew again later that day or the next, and rack the fresh wort in on top. The yeast will have propagated, and will be ready to go with the fresh wort.

Absolutely, just didn't know the real name of it. :) I remember taking a tour a few years ago of Schlafly's Bottleworks, they had a 40 (or 30) BBL Brewhouse and 120 BBL fermenters and said they do that.  A newer brewery in the KC area does it as well, just to keep up with demand. (He has a 7bbl brewhouse with now 14bbl fermenters.)

Equipment and Software / Re: TDS Meter
« on: November 09, 2015, 10:21:47 PM »
I have the blue one also.  :)

Hey me too!  8)

I totally want one, but I'm so invested in a 5 or 10 gallon workflow, that I would need to take a step back and rethink too much. I would also need to sell a kidney to afford it.

We just had to sell the Sabco. Ha. ;D

I also wasn't too sold on the batch size (I like to make a sh*tton of Pilsner when I can), but that's all been alleviated now. I'm so jazzed up about making all kinds of different beer it's not even funny. Tiny batches of sour beer! Test out a new malt! Test out a new hop! Tiny batch of a huge ABV beer (using a touch of extract, of course)! There are no consequences anymore now that I'm doing little 3 gallon batches and not spend 7+ hours on a brew day. I think I may even use it to make starter wort that I can pressure can - which may help me figure out the efficiencies on this thing.

But seriously, it's a pretty cool little brewery. I never anticipated it getting me this excited about brewing again.

PS. Not ragging on Picobrew. But some newbs won't figure out the extras needed to make good beer.

This is absolutely true. I also don't believe that the Zymatic is something that a new brewer could pick up and use to make great beer. "Okay" beer? Probably. Hell, even I'm having struggles figuring it out. Efficiencies are all weird compared to my 'normal' (they change when the mash schedule changes, and expectedly with grain bill size - but the recipe crafter doesn't account for that). The hop utilization seems much lower than what I'm used to, so that still has to be dialed in (again, not accounted for in the online recipe builder). I'm hoping that chilling isn't as big of a PITA as some people say it is (apparently it foams a lot, but that's probably operator error), but I'll find out when I get the CFC hooked up this week.

See, it's nearly foolproof!  ::)

Full disclosure: I have a Zymatic.

A brew magic, a Zymatic. Yes you are an engineer!

Not legally  ;), but yes, I do have some tendencies. Ha!

Full disclosure: I have a Zymatic.

If comps are going to ban the Z, they should also ban any BCS-1000 setup, some PID controlled setups, probably the BrewEasy, and definitely any extract beers. /sarcasm... kinda

But seriously, when I see stuff like this it shows me how inexperienced these people are. Like Phil_M said, the precision of the mash is the least of anyone's worries when it comes to excellent beer. I have one because it's ridiculously easy to clean and all I have time for anymore. If people want to ban precision controlled mashes from comps, I'll keep the beer to myself.

What's nonsense to me is thinking a style is defined by the type of yeast used and not the ultimate character of the beer.

Amen, brother.

Can we all get back to the original topic?

No need as its not a helles. It would be a Kolsch, that isn't within Kolsch specs.
Not to question your palate, but I'd bet you wouldn't be able to tell which was which either:

WLP029 is so clean even I'd be tempted to think it was a lager strain. Not sure what this has to do with the xBeerment though.

I've been doing no chill on my last 3 batches because I don't have the fittings I need to connect my chiller. I'm disappointed that there was a difference in this xBeerment, but hopefully I can get my fittings this week so I can go back to chilling quickly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: November 07, 2015, 11:49:43 PM »
I actually enjoyed Hop Lava. We just drank it after a tough day, so taking written notes was pretty low on my priorities. :)

I do not have that Pilsner, but I do have an IPL from Base Camp. We actually went to Base Camp on our honeymoon, but only had the smores stout.

Beer Recipes / Re: lambic simple recipe
« on: November 07, 2015, 07:29:46 PM »
This is Belgium speaking. You get cut up into tiny fries, and force fed to Manneke Pis if you propose to put wheat malt extract in a lambic.
You asked for simple! ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: lambic simple recipe
« on: November 07, 2015, 06:55:00 PM »

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