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Equipment and Software / Re: scale for grain
« on: April 16, 2019, 03:06:47 AM »
I use the ultraship ultra 55. You can get it through morebeer!, and it can weight lbs for grain, ounces for hops, and grams for yeast. That covers everything I need. I've checked its accuracy with all and am pleased with the results.

Thanks. I went with something similar to this for half the price.
What?

https://www.amazon.com/ACCUTECK-W-8250-50bs-Digital-Adapter-Silver/dp/B00SMHWZ42/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=3NBT78T5BY4H1&keywords=accuteck+scale&qid=1555383911&s=gateway&sprefix=accute&sr=8-1

I’m a sucker for price and good reviews. Code for cheap and lazy...

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Equipment and Software / Re: scale for grain
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:52:46 AM »
I use the ultraship ultra 55. You can get it through morebeer!, and it can weight lbs for grain, ounces for hops, and grams for yeast. That covers everything I need. I've checked its accuracy with all and am pleased with the results.

Thanks. I went with something similar to this for half the price.

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Equipment and Software / Re: scale for grain
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:41:39 PM »
Thanks! Looks like postal scales is where it's at.

I have a small scale for hops and water treatment and another kitchen scale that has a limit of 3 lbs. The issue isn't the capacity as much as it is the size.

https://www.amazon.com/Accuteck-ShipPro-Digital-Shipping-W-8580-110-Black/dp/B00KYA0RC2/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=postal+scale&qid=1555360223&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011%2Cp_72%3A1248945011%2Cp_36%3A-3000&rnid=386479011&rps=1&s=office-products&sr=1-6
That does look nice as far as design, capacity and resolution go, but does it have a tare function?  I can't tell.  That would be a must for me, because I hate doing avoidable math.

Good question. I assume the "0.0" button is for the tare function.

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Equipment and Software / Re: scale for grain
« on: April 15, 2019, 08:24:49 PM »
Thanks! Looks like postal scales is where it's at.

I have a small scale for hops and water treatment and another kitchen scale that has a limit of 3 lbs. The issue isn't the capacity as much as it is the size.

https://www.amazon.com/Accuteck-ShipPro-Digital-Shipping-W-8580-110-Black/dp/B00KYA0RC2/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=postal+scale&qid=1555360223&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011%2Cp_72%3A1248945011%2Cp_36%3A-3000&rnid=386479011&rps=1&s=office-products&sr=1-6

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Equipment and Software / Re: scale for grain
« on: April 15, 2019, 08:08:04 PM »
I've used this one for grains and DME for starter wort for more than 5 years with good results.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001N07KUE/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Thanks. I have one similar to that but I'm hoping to find something bigger that can accommodate a big bowl or something large for the grain.

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@gman23 - Nice!  I always like using local honey when possible.  Another thing to keep in mind for the flavor is time.  I did a brown ale with honey a while back, and when we first tasted it after a month and a half or so, there wasn't a lot of honey flavor to it.  After another few weeks of maturing, the honey started really coming out.  I've experienced this same thing with other beers since.

Thanks for the heads up! I still have issues with my patience to this day as far as letting beers mature.

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Equipment and Software / scale for grain
« on: April 15, 2019, 06:37:43 PM »
Any recommendations for a decent grain scale?

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My buddy who is a beekeeper gave me a jar of honey so that's what I will be brewing next. It's probably 1-1/2 lb or so. I will either be adding it at flameout (for simplicity) or near the end of fermentation (for impact). I also constructed the recipe with some honey malt to help accentuate any honey character I may get.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Pilsner Question...
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:14:40 PM »
Annie's presentation says 4 hop additions and that's it. Anyone have more specific details?

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Beer Recipes / Re: American blond ale
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:58:23 PM »
Sorry. I was referring to myself as a fool. I meant it will be good no matter what I think.

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Beer Recipes / Re: American blond ale
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:01:33 PM »
Looks pretty good to me! I would still drop the IBUs a bit. The overall impression is supposed to be "malt oriented, well-balanced, and clean". Again just my opinion. Looks tasty regardless of what this fool says...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: M J lager yeasts
« on: April 10, 2019, 07:47:53 PM »
Love the lager yeasts M84 Bohemian and M76 Bavarian. I prefer M76 due to its higher attenuation.

Interesting to here that they just repackage. I would be curious to see the Fermentis and Lallemand equivalents as I didn't know either had a California Lager yeast for example. Are you saying that the MJ yeasts are made by Fermentis/Lallemand but don't distribute these strains under their own companies?
There's information about this on suregork's blog, in the posts on the genomic studies and strain IDs, including references to correspondence with MJ by a commenter there.   The California lager  is actually repackaged from Mauribrew.  The vast majority are Fermentis and Lallemand though.  They are the regular yeasts from those companies.  M-76 for instance is the Weihenstephan 34/70 strain, so it's repackaged either from Lallemand Diamond Lager or Saflager W-34/70 (don't know which source specifically.)  M-84 may be S-23.  They don't have anything made exclusively.  Apparently they are just filling a gap in yeast distribution on the bottom side of the world.  Check the thread here on dmtaylor's yeast chart, he has some equivalents identified.

Hmmm. Interesting. M76 is nothing like Fermentis W34/70 in my opinion and with everything bad I've heard about S-23 I don't see how M84 could be the same. I love S-189 but they are very different from that as well. Just my experience of course as I am ignorant to the crazy stuff going on with yeast studies. I have no idea what Mauribrew is so I will check it out. I was just using the cali lager yeast as an example. Thanks for the info. I will go back to my cave...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: M J lager yeasts
« on: April 10, 2019, 07:02:15 PM »
Love the lager yeasts M84 Bohemian and M76 Bavarian. I prefer M76 due to its higher attenuation while accentuating malt character.

Interesting to here that they just repackage. I would be curious to see the Fermentis and Lallemand equivalents as I didn't know either had a California Lager yeast for example. Are you saying that the MJ yeasts are made by Fermentis/Lallemand but don't distribute these strains under their own companies?

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Beer Recipes / Re: American blond ale
« on: April 10, 2019, 03:00:16 PM »
Personally, I would bitter to 20-25 IBUs @ 60 minutes and throw in 1 oz of late/whirlpool hops if you really want to.

The grain is not the problem whatsoever. I have a blonde ale on right now that is 20 IBUs from bittering hops with no other additions. It gets some fruity esters from my yeast choice though that gives the impression of later hop additions.

If you like the recipe you have, just call it a pale ale.

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