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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: April 30, 2017, 04:58:50 PM »
You guys are right, I had a brain fart. 029 is the easier one to clear. Man it's weird getting old and forgetting the same stuff you used to preach! OTOH i use a centrifuge for most of my brews now so they are all easy to clear for me. ;)



;D.  I feel your pain. Getting old sucks.

But better than the alternative!



Oh yeah! 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: April 30, 2017, 01:30:20 PM »
You guys are right, I had a brain fart. 029 is the easier one to clear. Man it's weird getting old and forgetting the same stuff you used to preach! OTOH i use a centrifuge for most of my brews now so they are all easy to clear for me. ;)



;D.  I feel your pain. Getting old sucks.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Changing battery on thermometer.
« on: April 29, 2017, 11:30:49 PM »
It's hard to say without knowing the exact thermo, but I'll be honest, Chris - as important as it is to the process, I just replace. I love the Thermoworks RTC 600C (same company that makes the Thermopen, only cheaper). Less than $20 on Amazon. I've been through a couple of them in the last  years. Just my $0.02. .

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: April 29, 2017, 10:21:26 PM »

I will say that G03 which I use now clears easier than both.


I need to try that one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: April 29, 2017, 10:19:37 PM »
Yeah, I like 2565 better but have always had a harder time clearing it as compared to 029. If I had the means to filter, I'd have filtered the last 2565 kolsch I did. So powdery I thought it'd never clear. Love the end result, though.

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In my BDSAs all the color comes from the syrup so I set Bru'nwater to just the grain color....usually very light since it's all pils malt/  You don't need to account for color if it doesn't come from the mash IMO.


Good point, Denny - totally depends on your recipe. I like around 8 oz of Special B in mine aside from the syrup, which leaves the base beer more brown. Just pale malt and syrup would change things.

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My next brew is going to attempt to be a clone of Westvleteren 12.  What Bru'n Water profile should I use?



Brown Full for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: April 29, 2017, 06:30:43 PM »
I use nelson. Helps drive the wine quality from 2565. I don't care about tradition.


I don't disagree on a little Nelson there - I do like the white grape thing there. And not every beer has to be traditional. I was mostly looking at the Equinox. That one screams APA/IPA. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: April 29, 2017, 04:09:37 PM »
 Well, Equinox or Nelson woud likely make the beer unrecognizable as a kolsch. Equinox is very fruity more than anything. And very assertive. Not that it wouldn't make a good beer in general.

IMO the plan of bittering with Magnum and finishing with a little Hallertau is much better, and would give you a more authentic kolsch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: April 28, 2017, 05:19:12 PM »
Pilsner

100% pilsner malt

~35 IBUs Magnum 60 min
1 oz HM / 1 oz Mandarina 2 min
1 oz HM / 1 oz Mandarina dry hop

w34/70



Sounds tasty.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 28, 2017, 01:52:11 PM »
Not surprising for Central Indiana, ie., not good. I'm all about the RO here.The Mg is high, though. Wouldn't wanna use that with any epsom. Unless you're close to a bathroom.   :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale Recipe Idea
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:16:28 PM »
1056 is no slouch in cream ale - hold 58-60F and it's terrific there IMO.

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The Pub / Re: Congratulations...You're Old
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:13:10 PM »
I'm so old I don't even have a Facebook account. ;D


Same here, Chumley. I'm not antisocial by any means but I just can't find a reason to care about having one. Ehh, each his own.

That'd be an interesting question next time the AHA does a demographic survey.  How many of us are old luddites with no facebook?  I'm in that camp.


I'd bet a pretty small % nowadays. Ehh, whatever. My wife spends my share of time (and yours) on Facebook, so I guess the universe balances out pretty nicely.   :)

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Ingredients / Re: Cascade and Chinook Terroir
« on: April 27, 2017, 12:01:21 AM »
Maybe it's time for us to stop kidding ourselves and grow hops hydro indoors.  Hint: halide for vegetative and HPS for flowering  ;D
You kid, but the thought has crossed my mind in the past. Imagine a bar/brewpub/tasting room that managed to grow hops indoors under grow lights - especially if they found a way to trellis them across the ceiling. That would be one hell of a cool decor.


Could make for some interesting house character/terroir. Maybe. The place would smell great !

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: High alcohol tolerant yeast
« on: April 25, 2017, 04:42:13 PM »
I agree with 1056/S05 working well on big beers. I either pitch a 1/2 gallon starter or , as mentioned, half a yeast cake from a smaller beer. Extra oxygenation and nutrient is a good idea, too.

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