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Who cares? Half the homebrewers I know make beer better than most commercial breweries.

Same here.

The Pub / Re: Seen at homebrewcon
« on: June 17, 2017, 05:15:38 PM »
Well since ABI bought out Northern Brewer , it seemed there for the a joke, not politics! Damn. No, opinion on the state of beer and the craft beer industry (even as a stupid joke) doesn't approach politics unless I'm blaming politicians or parties. Lighten up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: June 17, 2017, 04:30:50 PM »
Congrats to Michael W. Well done!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: June 17, 2017, 04:05:06 PM »
No brewing this weekend. Turned in a few entries for the Indiana Brewer's Cup and past that, am changing seals on the kegs I use most. Getting ready to go on a lager brewing binge in a couple weeks - Marzen, Helles, Helles Exportbier, and Pils. Probably a standard bock in there, too. Perfectly good day to drink homebrew, though.

The Pub / Re: Seen at homebrewcon
« on: June 17, 2017, 03:50:11 PM »
Maybe ABI bought out/sponsored all the urinals ( I assume it's a urinal)? ;D  I think it's oversparging at this point. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Re evaluating hefeweizen hatred
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:12:37 PM »
Wyeast 3068 held around 65-66F holds the excess banana in check, and enhances the clove character IME. Not a big fan of the banana bomb hefes either. $0.02 .

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Joe from Orange County, CA
« on: June 16, 2017, 03:46:03 PM »
Welcome, Joe! Great brew dog.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: June 16, 2017, 07:17:54 AM »
Tuesday I collected 14 gal of wort designed for the AHA recipe for early version of Blind Pig, and split it between two kettles -- one for a 5-gal batch of Blind Pig clone, the other for a 5-gal batch of an IPA I came up with that has Azacca, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic (late-loaded -- FWH, 10, 5, 0 and 30-min hop stand).  All went pretty well and I got my volume and hit the target OG, but I should have started with 1 - 2 more gal of wort total.

Both sound good!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 15, 2017, 07:21:41 PM »
Sampling a pils tonight.  20% Munich and 40ibus.

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Just a crazy good looking beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my Honey Brown ale!
« on: June 15, 2017, 10:46:15 AM »
Brown malt is pretty roasty and biscuity IMO. That much brown plus the chocolate malt puts you in porter territory pretty firmly.
Personally, I'd keep the chocolate, drop the brown, add 12 oz of Crystal 80L, and drop the honey back to a lb. I'd also bump IBU to 40 IBU to balance out the sweetness. Just my $0.02. .

The fermentation temp, except for extremes, which is not the case here, won't effect FG. That being said controlling fermentation temp is very important and should be pursued.
If you want help trouble shooting the abv/fg issue you could post your recipe and procedure.
here are a few things to consider:
1. The final gravity in a recipe or brewing software is always an estimate. If you are fairly close and the beer doesn't taste overly sweet your good. Ex: 1.012 estimated fg; 1.015 actual FG and beer tastes OK, no problem. 1.012 est FG and 1.020 actual fg and beer tastes sweet= problem.
2. Too much specialty grains (crystal, carmel, etc) can result in a higher fg
3. Extract doesn't attenuate as well as properly mashed all grain wort.
4.If you are doing all grain mash temp effects attenuation

All of this.  As a cheap workaround (if$ is an issue) use a plastic tub of water, add the fermenter to it and add frozen water bottles as needed to hold the water temp to your target fermentation temp. I did it for a while and it works.

Ingredients / Re: Using Carared in place of Cara/Crystal 20?
« on: June 14, 2017, 11:12:36 AM »
I agree with Rob ,Paul. They're obviously not identical but carared makes a nice IPA IMO.

The Pub / Re: Sweet Water Mix Pack
« on: June 13, 2017, 03:47:02 PM »
It can't be any worse than the Cranberry Lambic in the Sam Adams summer variety pack.

Yeah, that's my vote for the all time variety pack turd. No real fruit (just cranberry flavoring) and no actual lambic fermentation or character. Mmmmm.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Paddle
« on: June 13, 2017, 03:04:54 PM »
Mine is a big stainless steel spoon. It stirs and breaks up dough balls just fine.

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Same here. My mash paddle decorates the garage wall.

Classifieds / Re: What is Wheaton's Law?
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:37:53 AM »
No way!  The original, even with Shatner's cheesy acting, was the trailblazer. Maybe I'm an old fart, but I like it best by far, though I did like TNG. Ironically wasn't a DS9 fan. Each his own!   :)

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