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Ingredients / Re: Too much vodka extract?
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:07:51 PM »
I'm with Denny.  I've never like the vodka tinctures because to me the vodka is detectable.



Another +1.  Done it several times and I don't like the character from it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 18, 2017, 02:58:56 PM »
Wow, that's tough work on a day like today (and the right beer to remedy it). Looks good!


Edit -  And a big +1 to the high rest and foam.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rookie question about OG check
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:58:09 AM »
   I always check gravity after sparging, but all that tells me is my pre-boil gravity, which gives me an idea of how much water I need to boil off to reach a desired O.G. The actual O.G. can only be determined after the boil.

This^^^^^

and Westley, have you used peated malt before?

Yes, once before in a stout. It's one of the most delicious things on the planet. Is there something specific I should know about peated malt?

Only that 99% of brewers can't stand it!  But it's your tastes and your beer....


Yep, I'm a 99%er. Vile stuff IMO.  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "We Might Have Been Wrong About FWH"
« on: August 17, 2017, 05:49:34 PM »
Being clear, I found the article an interesting data point, not a basis to judge whether to FWH or not (or any other single study a basis to run and change anything). For the most part I've stopped FWH  because I didn't find much in the way of notable difference in bitterness quality. I do it on occasion though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / "We Might Have Been Wrong About FWH"
« on: August 17, 2017, 04:15:32 PM »
Found this article on Stan H's blog pretty interesting regarding FWH:

http://appellationbeer.com/blog/we-might-have-been-wrong-about-first-wort-hopping/

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Beer Recipes / Re: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:24:30 PM »
where is everyone buying sinamar these days?  my normal sites say it is discontinued, not to mention that they only sold 1oz when they did sell it, which I think would be awful small for the 10gal batches I do.



I got my last batch from Midwest Supplies. 4 oz bottle.

Same here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 16, 2017, 05:20:45 PM »
Helles @ 5 weeks. It's pretty clear, but it's humid today and the condensation is persistent. Regardless - 56 Pils/40 Pale Ale/4 Carahell, 18 IBU HM, 2206. Pretty damn good.   :)




A pure slice of heaven, Jon! Looks delicious.
Is it a terrible idea to use an American pale ale malt or 2-row pale in place of the German pale ale malt in a recipe like this?  I have lots of Great Western 2-row and Pale Ale malt on hand and I don't want to buy any malt until I work down my inventory a bit.


Tommy, use the pale ale malt and go with it. Weyermanns pale ale is better, but blending with a pale ale malt beats only pils IMO. It'll be Good!


Rob - Thanks, man.

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Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 16, 2017, 02:53:36 PM »
There are some good extracts out there (more than before), but IMO they're best used in tandem with real fruit. I don't see the Belgians forgoing real fruit in their best examples.

But, what's wrong with extract?!  ;)

In small doses along with fruit, nothing IMO. ;D.

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Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:08:13 PM »
What that really says Dave is that you don't know where to source good extracts.  There's plenty of good stuff out there.

Ahem.... okay.....

I do stand corrected.  Sure, there are likely good extracts out there.  It pays to be selective in your ingredients, and this goes for everything.


There are some good extracts out there (more than before), but IMO they're best used in tandem with real fruit. I don't see the Belgians forgoing real fruit in their best examples.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:22:57 PM »
Perfect beer for a sticky day! Thanks, Paul.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have to have this....
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:21:28 PM »
They are definitely nice. So many purchases........

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:13:37 PM »
Helles @ 5 weeks. It's pretty clear, but it's humid today and the condensation is persistent. Regardless - 56 Pils/40 Pale Ale/4 Carahell, 18 IBU HM, 2206. Pretty damn good.   :)






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Ingredients / Re: Onion in my IPA
« on: August 16, 2017, 09:19:33 AM »
Shows the variability in hop retailers and harvest, I guess. I use different retailers and have gotten onion/garlic easily 75% of the time from it, sometimes strong. I've seen a couple people post similarly about Mosaic and I've had nothing but good luck with it. Lots of variables to getting good hops evidently.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Howdy, and beer share review
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:06:01 PM »
Jim, glad to hear from ya!

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Ingredients / Re: Onion in my IPA
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:46:50 AM »
I've heard the same. In that case, a whole lot of Summit must get harvested late.  ;D  Rarely used it without the onion/garlic.

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