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The Pub / Re: regional Sayings
« on: March 30, 2012, 03:26:12 PM »
Where I grew up we had a few sayings that wouldn't make much sense to an outsider.
 Eddie would go
 Keep the country, country

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 29, 2012, 12:28:06 PM »

On the other hand, golf is my favorite sport to nap to.

+1 But I find baseball is close to even here.  Going to a game is just as much about a tour of the stadium for me anymore.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Missed my OG...Gunky Sample?
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:25:20 AM »
I have squeezed out my whole leaf hops 3 times now and gotten the exact reading from my wort FWIW. It is all liquid though.

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:19:14 AM »
Go Padres,  growing a future all star for someone else's team is our passion.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Specific gravity issue...Dump or Keep?
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:48:38 AM »
It seems from all the feed back the recipe itself was not all to good.

The recipe is fine. It the method of wort extraction that need to be tweaked.

Yes.  And, despite what someone else said, 45 minutes should be plenty for a mash with modern grains.

This is not good advice. This will show you and explain why.

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 28, 2012, 07:14:02 PM »
Hey two teams that only see a sellout crowd on the road-good choice, how'd they fare in Tokyo??

Beer Travel / Re: Michigan Breweries
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:50:55 PM »
I'll be in Detroit(Farmington Hills) and Grand Rapids area(Sagautuk,Ada).  Thanks for the link. I have Bells and Founders on my list and would like to try and visit a couple more. What would be the next best ale houses to visit? Thanks.

Beer Travel / Michigan Breweries
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:43:07 PM »
Gonna be road tripping through Michigan soon and looking for a few good breweries to visit along the way. Looking for suggestions please. Thanks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is too late to top off?
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:32:46 PM »
I take a sample as soon as I have all my runnings collected, throw it in the freezer and its around 60 by the time I get my hot break. I can then figure about where I will end up and adjust hops or add sugar or water or whatever with pretty much the full boil to go. And I always get to know my mash efficiency.

I haven't done an all citra IPA but I feel it might be overwhelming in large doses by itself. I had a commercial all simcoe IPA and it was awful. But I would be interested to hear how some have turned out.

For your speciality grains- 2 row isn't one- I would do more like 1/2 carapils and 1/2 crystal between 10-60 and  or maybe 1/2 carastan or caramunich or caravienne something like that. Just a half hour steep for sugar/color and some flavor/body. If a mini mash I would skip the 2 row and do munich with a little carapils and a little crystal. Something along those lines.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop Rocket
« on: March 27, 2012, 01:34:55 PM »
Running hot wort thru it is one of the main purposes of it. I have the instructions it came with. Don't know why the are not on Blichmanns website. But here is some of it.

With pump and counterflow chiller:  Kettle->Pump->Hoprocket->Chiller->Fermentor

With gravity flow and counterflow chiller:  Kettle(recommended 4 feet above fermentor)->Hoprocket->Chiller->Fermentor

With immersion chiller:  Kettle->Pump(if used)->Hoprocket->Fermentor

Note: hot extraction of the hop oils is much more efficient so we recommend a counterfow chiller for maximum performance.

Tip: Allow the wort to fill the Hoprocket by gravity so that the air will purge and the hops will absorb water slowly. Turning on the flow at full capacity immediately will compact the hop bed and potentially plug the unit.

Using a pump you should expect to achieve 1 GPM with 3 oz of hops, and about 1.5 GPM with 2 oz of hops.

They recommend their Hopblocker kettle filtration system as a companion as too many particles and trub material will increase restriction of the Hoprocket and possibly compact the hopbed. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Specific gravity issue...Dump or Keep?
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:53:57 PM »
If that book said to collect 2 gallons from 13 lbs of grain throw it away. Here's a link to a great set up and explanation of things and this person is on here all the time and very helpful.
Highly recommended.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Specific gravity issue...Dump or Keep?
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:22:26 PM »
Ummmm yeah,  where to begin :-\

How did you come up with that process/recipe???
Did you grind the grain? Do you have some sort of mash tun? Too many unknowns to really help a lot but:

Your mash should be at least 1 hour. There will be temperature differences within the mash.
I recommend 1 1/2 -2 qts per pound of grain.
Why are you adding water to the wort?
With 13 lbs of grain you should be collecting enough wort to have 5.5 gallons after  the boil.
There are quite a few books out there that you should read and or internet resources that explain all gran very well. Don't get discouraged it's really not that hard just take some time to research it. 

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Albany, NY (Capital Region) Club
« on: March 23, 2012, 05:37:24 PM »
Empire States Capital Alchemist Producing Entity

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pretty sure I like flat AIPA
« on: March 23, 2012, 12:12:06 AM »
While I always carbonate, I don't mind it flat and warm at all. I will sample whenever I can, and almost always "test" for carbonation every couple days. It is interesting to see how carbonation changes a beer.  I don't remember when I started liking it, but it must have been after a trip to Europe. I love guiness at room temp.

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