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Beer Recipes / Re: Altbier
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:11:27 PM »
Zum Uerige is my favorite, but it has the least malt flavor and the most bitterness.

Brewtopalonian, Schlüssel and Schumacher have mor Munich malt character. You could google Jamils Cowboy Alt to get something in the way of Schlüssel.

You can go higher on the Munich if you want.

Yeah I have never brewed that recipe but want to for comparison sake. I have had Grimm Brothers version which I believe has a GABF medal in the category but is on the other side of the spectrum.

I have been wanting to brew a more traditional alt but I usually end up with an Alt influenced Amber Ale because I my propensity to hybridize. I digress...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Attenuation question
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:20:44 PM »
When I was extract brewing I had the same issues with attenuation. I started subbing in some plain old table sugar for a portion of the fermentables which made a huge difference. It looks like that tip is included in dmtalyor's post...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beergun or alternative?
« on: July 14, 2017, 03:16:40 PM »
I was at the LHBS yesterday and saw they had another beer gun brand that looked pretty nice. I cannot remember the name...

I am starting to go back to bottle conditioning for prolonged shelf life. I normally keg but if I bottle; I will use the beer gun when I will consume in relatively short order or bottle condition when I plan to let it sit for a while. My only issue is less clear beers from settled yeast.

I have had some horribly oxidized beers when using the beer gun but some of that has to do with the user...

Beer Recipes / Re: Altbier
« on: July 14, 2017, 02:44:27 PM »
Here is the recipe I have saved for Zum Uerige on my system. If you search you can find more detail in older threads. The grain and hop amounts might be slightly different.

I always assumed that Alts consisted of high percentages of Munich malt. If I was to brew my own I would still include at least 20% out of personal preference.

96.25% pilsner
2.5% caramunich III
1.25% carafa III

20 g Mittelfruh 6.5% 60 min
13 g Perle 7.5% 60 min
32 g Spalt 5% 20 min
(With the exception of Perle, I don't get hops with that high of a AA% so I need to use more)

OG 1.049
FG 1.009
~43 IBU
~10 SRM


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 14, 2017, 01:43:59 AM »
Turn - Travis

I think I may have found an issue with my beer gun process after re-reading Blichmann's instructions. I don't think I have been using the included 10' long 3/16" liquid tubing which they recommend. I have just been using the liquid tubing from my keg to faucet which is probably about 6'.

I think I will reattempt the beer gun method so that I can stick with my normal fermentation schedule and get some cold conditioning on the beer.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:24:27 PM »
Inside(r) - Amplifier

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:28:35 PM »
Diamond Eyes - Deftones

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 13, 2017, 02:53:41 AM »
Trains - porcupine tree

Thanks guys. I may attempt the beer gun again. Something in my process and setup in lacking and has created some pretty foamy fills with badly carbonated beer. I think it's mostly related to not everything being cold enough.

The beer is slightly misentered anyway because the category was removed so not expecting the best score.

Planning to run 34/70 at ale temps (likely low 60s). I realize it's not the best idea but any chance I could have it reasonably carbonated in bottle in 19 days? The competition is actually 3 days after submission so I could request to have the bottles stored warm which would make it 22 days total.

Just a bad idea? If not, any advice? I have a beer gun but prefer not to use it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing for competition
« on: July 13, 2017, 12:07:40 AM »
I only enter one competition per year and don't plan my brewing around it so just enter what I have on hand. This creates problems with beers that are not quite to style or that are hard to categorize. It has worked out for me as well as failed miserably. It's about that time again and my two entries are going to be tough sells I think.

Ingredients / Re: Apollo Comet Columbus
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:40:16 PM »
Well that's way better than the descriptor I've read of "wild American". It makes me more inclined to follow through and use it now.

That was my fear as well but did not match my experience. I was expecting something closer to how cluster is described. After some searching, I found some single hopped comet beers with descriptors that seem to be similar to how I perceive it.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: To enter or not to enter...
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:31:35 PM »
Well I have settled on entering it in the Fruit Beer category although it contains no fruit. It has very similar characteristics to beers that I have used mandarin in the past. I am always told to enter it as it tastes so I am just going to go with it and see what happens.

Unfortunately, they have limited the categories to 'summer beers' although their choice in categories is questionable. I am entering an International Amber Lager that has done well in the past as a Vienna Lager category because there is nowhere else it would fit. It is either that or Cali Common and either will be misentering it. Again, just going to go with it and see what happens.

Ingredients / Re: Apollo Comet Columbus
« on: July 12, 2017, 02:20:43 PM »
I cannot speak to Comet specifically on its own (so take this with a grain of salt) but when I use it I am always surprised with the amount of fruity character that I seem to get out of it. My perception is that I get a bit of pineapple and citrus out of it. My last wheat beer used some comet along with sterling and palisade toward the end of the boil and I was very pleased and surprised by the fruity hop character I got. My normal APA is equal parts Equinox, Comet, and Centennial and it is just a joy... ;D

Sorry for not providing much helpful feedback.

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