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Beer Recipes / Re: Ambitions for this year
« on: March 24, 2016, 08:24:23 AM »
Here's a simple saison recipe. It's tasty.

OG 1.055
FG 1.002-1.004
IBU 25.7

71.6% Begian Pils
23.2% Vienna
5.2%  Wheat malt

Mash @147/ 90 mins @ 5.2 pH
Yellow balanced profile

25.7 IBU Nelson Sauvin - 20 mins
1 oz Nelson - added after cooling to 170F - steep 20 mins

WY3711, WY 3726 (when available), or WLP565 - hold @ 65 for 3 days, ramp 2 degrees F/day, up to 75F. Hold until FG.

There you go. Easy peasy.

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The Pub / Re: Drew's Weight Loss
« on: March 24, 2016, 08:13:14 AM »
However I suspect just from the little bit he did discuss on the latest podcast sounds like its plain ass discipline and being conscious of what you take in.
This. It aint rocket surgery.
Healthy living is like good beer, and most things really. It's about finding and maintaining balance.  Not saying its easy. But come on, we know the answer here.


+2.  There's a whole industry based on diet fads, but it all boils down to 'eat less, exercise more'. I'm sure Drew would agree. I salute the great job he did.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 06:51:01 PM »
Somebody I know that is going pro offered to buy a Kolsch recipe from another friend. If you can't throw together a half decent kolsch grain bill, don't go pro.


Wow. Holy crap. Yeah, that should be a sign you're not ready for prime time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 06:31:46 PM »
  I would give anyone any recipe I have, with every detail I could provide, simply for the asking. 

 
Same here. I give away detailed recipes regularly, like some excellent brewers did for me. Recipe is only the starting point anyway.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Coney Keg Smells After Cleaning
« on: March 23, 2016, 05:47:12 PM »
+2.  I've bought a lot of used kegs. I also had one with Mountain Dew that was a mother to clean and deodorize. Always have to change all the o-rings.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 04:50:16 PM »
Beer recipes are a dime a dozen. They can't be copyrighted. You can argue over ownership, but change an ingredient or a the process and it is a new recipe. I wouldn't worry about it, other than you friends input and trust being at risk.


Yep. Good advice.

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Ingredients / Re: dry hopping
« on: March 23, 2016, 03:03:27 PM »
  I have dry hopped for as long as 4 weeks with no apparent down side.  What am I missing here with the short duration?


You'll extract the hop character from hops in just a few days - less than 5 IMO. Past that, some people who keg hop (like me) leave the hops in keg and don't notice a negative to doing it. Others feel that leaving the hops in contact with the beer for too long causes a vegetal character in the beer. Boils down to personal preference.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Thomas from Ireland
« on: March 23, 2016, 02:47:12 PM »
Welcome aboard, Thomas ! You'll be an asset here.

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At this point I would just move on. "It" isn't worth it.


Nope, it isn't. Never was.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: "Extracty" all grain flavor
« on: March 23, 2016, 06:47:20 AM »
To me "extracty" and "syrupy" sounds like you aren't taking well enough care of your fermentation. If the fermentation is not strong sue to not enough yeast or improper aeration these can lead to underattenuated beers with more yeasty off flavors. "Extracty" also could mean that they are picking up fermentation off flavors from not fermenting cool enough. What is the temp of your fermentation, generally?



+1.  Beat me to it. Under aerated wort and/or underpitched wort could end up syrupy definitely. What was your grist and fermentation temp/schedule ?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 22, 2016, 07:14:56 PM »
Looks tasty. Nice lace.

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This is certain. Their yeast is a little different from what we can get (culture from a bottle?)


I wasn't surprised by the rest. I hadn't heard this, though. So maybe their Chico has mutated over generations, most likely?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Favorite Bottles?
« on: March 22, 2016, 05:17:04 PM »
That's just plain awesome. Wish I'd thought of it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Water Filter Question
« on: March 22, 2016, 05:03:33 PM »
I wish Palmer read these forums.


+1.  Justin, there was an excellent presentation on homebrewing toxicology at last year's NHC. Put to rest whatever concerns I had. Here's the link. The whole presentation is good, but the section about brass is addressed on pg 21:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/presentations/pdf/2015/2015%20AHA%20Homebrew%20Toxicology%20-%20Debunking%20the%20HIdden%20Dangers%20of%20Chemicals%20in%20Your%20Brew.pdf


BY FAR the biggest toxin we should be concerned about in brewing is the alcohol itself.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Biscuit Flavor
« on: March 22, 2016, 03:00:56 PM »
An all Maris Otter beer would give you a fair amount of biscuity flavor as is. Then you could augment that with Biscuit, Victory, or (as you mentioned) Special Roast. I would start with all Maris Otter and then 3 or 4% of one of the latter mentioned malts. If this isn't enough of that character, just increase incrementally. That ESB you mentioned must have a ton of biscuit character because I find that an all MO base generally has all the biscuit character I'm after. Good luck.


Edit -  I see now that you used 2 row as your base malt in that recipe. I'd brew that recipe with just Maris Otter and the crystal malts, to see how you like the biscuit character. Then you could use one of the malts I mentioned on the next try. You may agree that this is what you're after.

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