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Equipment and Software / Re: Cadillac of chillers?
« on: February 06, 2015, 01:30:12 PM »
Thanks for the update. I am curious about the wasp for 5 gallon batches.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:34:00 AM »
I believe originally Austrian- Berkeley is usa production

ok that makes sense. thanks

its really good stuff.

There's also Heisenberg Pils-made from the finest German pilsner and light munich malts. Bittering and aroma hops with Perle and Select Spalt . The finest German Lager yeast, makes this authentic crisp German Pilsner a crowd favorite. 38 IBU, 5.8%abv. (end of shameless plug  8) )

Not sure I can find that locally.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:05:25 AM »
I view Schwartz as simply a hoppier Dunkel. This winter I had an opportunity to try a solid Dunkel and Schwartz brewed by an NHC medal winner, and to me thats just the best way to describe it. It was a case in point that sometimes the best around is not brewed at a commercial brewery.
To me a Schwarz is more like a Black Pilsner, where a Dunkel has way more of that dark bread crust Dark Munich character.

Yes I have heard schwarzbier referred to as black pilsner which is kind of what I thought of when drinking the Kostriker last night. It was very smooth but noticeably crisp and clean. The dunkels that I have had are much maltier and sweeter.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:39:36 AM »
I believe originally Austrian- Berkeley is usa production

ok that makes sense. thanks

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:27:57 AM »

Looking for German brewed German Pilsners. Any recommendations? Almost picked up some Bitburger just because I had heard of it...no idea if it's supposed to be good.

Bitburger's not bad...it's my go to, cheap summer beer.  My favorite German pils, by a long shot, is Trumer.

+1 on trumer.....one of the best German pils.. I would have mentioned it but OP said he wanted German brewed.

I am confused. I see that it is brewed in Berkeley, CA. Are they German and just have a brewery in the US? It would probably be easier for me to find that nice and fresh I suppose.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:45:59 AM »
Yeah little red cap is the alt and fearless youth is the dunkel. Those are the only two I have been able to find in liquor stores. I emailed them to see if they distribute any others...

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:44:35 AM »
Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:34:55 AM »

If you haven't had it pick up Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel.  You can thank me later.  [emoji3]

+1.  I haven't had that in a quite a while. I remember it being really tasty.

My wife really likes a dunkel brewed here locally so I have tried a couple of examples lately. I will give it a go. Thanks! I have found myself moving away from hoppy, American craft beer which I never thought would happen. The German in me must be coming out as I get older ;)

I assume you are referring to Prost's?  I had only a small taste and thought it was very good.
wish there were more good dark lager out there.  I'm about to send majorvices a PM/offer some shipping $$.   ;)

Actually she didn't care for Prost's as much as Grimm Brothers but I don't take too much stock in that. I thought both were great. I have really been enjoying Grimm Brothers lately. I believe their Alt won gold at GABF last year?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / German Pils recommendations
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:27:23 AM »
Looking for German brewed German Pilsners. Any recommendations? Almost picked up some Bitburger just because I had heard of it...no idea if it's supposed to be good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:22:24 AM »

If you haven't had it pick up Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel.  You can thank me later.  [emoji3]

+1.  I haven't had that in a quite a while. I remember it being really tasty.

My wife really likes a dunkel brewed here locally so I have tried a couple of examples lately. I will give it a go. Thanks! I have found myself moving away from hoppy, American craft beer which I never thought would happen. The German in me must be coming out as I get older ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:21:15 AM »
I picked up a sixer of the Xingu based on the recommendations here...WOW I thought it was terrible! 
Had a tart cidery/champange? taste to it.  Maybe I got a really old sample?  Nasty. 
The remainders are going to be hanging out in the fridge for a while until some unsuspecting swill drinker comes over.

goshman, did you happen to try Squatters Black Forest Schwarzbier?  You should be able to source it over there...curious what you think of it.  Has won some medals.

I haven't seen this yet however I haven't looked hard. I think I have seen some Squatters at the same place where I found the Kostriker...maybe a double IPA? I will look for it. I picked up a sixer of Wynkoop B3K (another schwarzbier) last week which used to be a favorite of mine and I think won some medals years ago. It had been some time since I had it and it was not very good. I definitely preferred mine over that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:21:33 AM »
Had my first Kostriker last night. I enjoyed it and it was good to finally have an authentic German example. It was very good and I was surprised at how light and drinkable it was. I was excited to see how mine stacked up in a side by side.

The main differences that I could find is that mine is slightly sweeter, more chocolatey, and just more smooth all around. The colors are pretty much identical. Mine is almost 1% higher in ABV which I think just gives it more oomph. It appears that mine is not quite as dry and crisp as it should be but I still think it turned out great especially for being my first lager. I have 9 oz in caramunich in there which could probably be removed or come down. I should maybe mash lower to drop the FG a bit as well. The 7 oz of midnight wheat seems to be appropriate.

Now I need to move on to some other good authentic German beers which has become my thing lately. I am thinking finding a good pils is in order... Sorry this thread should probably be in commercial beer reviews. I will start my German Pils thread in there

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 for altbier?
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:15:05 AM »
I prefer Wyeast. Didn't know you could use an American yeast to make a german beer. Normally I catch flack for things like that. Good to know.

sure.  The yeast just needs to be very clean and attenuative.  1056 fits the bill.  You can also go the other way and make American styles with 1007.

Thanks. Yes I assumed I could do anything American with 1007 since most styles are a lot more broad as far as yeast is concerned.

I normally use dry yeast. Maybe I will give US05 a shot for an Alt when I get around to it. I am excited for K97 to come out in 11.5g packets which will probably permanently resolve my little conundrum. Now if I could just find a dry yeast appropriate for Kolsch I would be set...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 for altbier?
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:03:45 AM »
From what I have read, you can make a great kolsch and a decent alt with WLP029. You can make a great alt with WLP036 but it is not appropriate for kolsch.

Does anyone here feel that this is the case? If I remember correctly, a lot here think that WLP029 should not be used for alts despite manufacturer recommendations. It is as cut and dry that 029 is for kolsch and 036 is for alt?

IMO, neither of those makes a good alt.

So WLP036 does not make a good alt?

Not IMO.  If you want to stick with White you'd be better off with 001.  My favorite alt yeast is WY1007, closely followed by 1056.

I prefer Wyeast. Didn't know you could use an American yeast to make a german beer. Normally I catch flack for things like that. Good to know.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 for altbier?
« on: February 04, 2015, 09:46:27 AM »
So everyone likes 2565 better than 029 for Kolsch?

IMO, head and shoulders better.

Wow. I really like 029 so 2565 must be absolutely amazing!

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