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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is applejack?? And is it good?
« on: June 10, 2015, 06:59:29 AM »
There must be some regional differences in what the term means. Around here I went to parties in my younger years where 'applejack' consisted of unfermented juice/cider, apple pie spices, and either 151 or everclear. I like the procedure posted here a little better. Though the stuff I had would definitely get you ripped if nothing else.      ;)

Ingredients / Re: Calcium Chloride Form
« on: June 10, 2015, 05:20:46 AM »
Martin -    I've read references that say that the anhydrous form of CaCl2 is in the small pellet form and that the dihydrate is in flaked form. I've also read references that say this is inaccurate. Do you have any info on this ? 

Homebrewer Bios / Re: SeymoureButts Intro
« on: June 10, 2015, 04:46:56 AM »
Welcome !

Ingredients / Re: Calcium Chloride Form
« on: June 10, 2015, 04:44:50 AM »
I'd go with the part that says  "However, selecting Dihydrate may overdose the water with Calcium and Chloride if the mineral has some Anhydrous form in it. It may be safer to select Anhydrous to avoid overdosing".  It's what I'm doing.

EDIT-  I don't know the exact form of mine either. I buy it from the LHBS and they don't know since it's only been in recent years that large numbers of homebrewers (thanks in no small part to people like Martin) started looking at water treatment in depth. Just makes more sense to not run the risk of over mineralizing and just go with Anhydrous. My beer is good and that's what it's all about.

All Grain Brewing / Re: American IPA FG question
« on: June 09, 2015, 05:41:28 PM »
Just carb it up and you'll have a real feel for what you have. Even at a low FG the wheat and carapils will probably make the beer seem a little fuller than the numbers would indicate. I'll bet you're fine. I've had a few APAs and AIPAs finish at 1.008 that were excellent beers. Be sure to post your impressions after carbing. Good luck!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Power & Light
« on: June 09, 2015, 04:18:11 PM »
Sounds tasty, Euge !

All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 09, 2015, 02:28:14 PM »
Our old range was "Captain Slow".  ;)

Awesome. I assume you call the small compact microwave 'Hammond'..............ok, I'll stop.

All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 09, 2015, 12:41:01 PM »
I named it Jeremy. "POOOWWWER"

Love a good Top Gear reference.  Sounds like a kicka$$ range, too.   ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Westvleteren Beer Color
« on: June 09, 2015, 11:18:10 AM »
I wonder how the hell they get their mash pH in range.......

I'm betting they mash the pale malts and adjust pH accordingly, then add the sugar and syrups somewhere near the end of the boil, or even incrementally, after fermentation has started.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Westvleteren Beer Color
« on: June 09, 2015, 09:57:34 AM »
Unless the monks are pulling a "Heady Topper" and perpetuating their own mystique, there is something fishy (or magical) going on.

I think it's just as simple as pale malts + simple sugar + monk's secret ingredient (really high quality dark candi syrup(s) that they won't disclose). Makes me wish I had some on hand to sample !  I had it a few years ago, loved it but didn't love the online price much.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Westvleteren Beer Color
« on: June 09, 2015, 09:20:35 AM »
In this case I think it means pale malts plus loads of dark Candi syrup/sugar. You don't get that color or depth of flavor from simple table sugar.

Ingredients / Re: Too much Oats???
« on: June 09, 2015, 06:21:50 AM »
I used flaked oats and Golden Naked oats in my last stout. The golden naked oats do have a subtle nutty and sweet character. Think I'll keep using both in oatmeal stout.

Beer Recipes / Re: Commission Brew Need ideas/Recipes
« on: June 09, 2015, 05:41:14 AM »
+1 to kolsch or APA  or saison for the lighter beer.  Irish stout or brown ale would be good as low abv options for dark beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: % ABV mathematics ???
« on: June 08, 2015, 03:32:45 PM »
so I will use that information in my upcoming early autumn Bretted Blackberry Saison....the harvest should be plentiful according to my source.

That sounds like a really nice beer. I look forward to seeing how it comes out for ya.

All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 08, 2015, 03:02:45 PM »
Love my Lodge skillets and Dutch oven.  I have some SS stuff too but love cast iron.

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