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Beer Recipes / Munich Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:42:51 PM »
Looking for some good basic Dunkel recipes. I was thinking of doing a really malty, smooth brown ale but thought maybe a dunkel might get me more of what I am looking for. I have had a couple of tasty commercial examples lately which have piqued my interest.

I assume Munich base malt?
What do I use for color? Chocolate or Carafa malt maybe?
Would 34/70 be an acceptable yeast for the style?

Ingredients / Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:52:35 AM »
I use pilsner with some Vienna and wheat. I see that my LHBS now carries kolsch malt so I think I will replace the Vienna with that. I use WLP029. I would like to try WY2565 for comparison.

Beer Recipes / Re: What kind of hops
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:55:08 PM »
Drinking my pale that showcases palisades right now. I get mostly stone fruit and berry from it. Similar to mosaic but much more mild. Love this hop but not it might not give you what you are looking for.

Equipment and Software / Re: MT cleaning
« on: January 09, 2015, 02:30:51 PM »
I remove the false bottom, silicon tube, rinse well, and give it a very quick once over from a sponge soaking in my sanitizer bucket. Every once in a while I will use some PBW but that is pretty rare. As others mention, it is hot side so I don't worry about it too much.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Success Finally
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:29:57 AM »
What temp do you normally do a d-rest at?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing for the New Year
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:25:43 AM »
I finished up 2014 with some disappointing brews after a really good run in late summer/early fall. I had some efficiency issues and just kind of missed the mark in general.

My beer palate has finally been expanding outside of the American realm. I foresee brewing some German ales this year and cutting back on American hoppy stuff. I am really enjoying kolsch, alts, german lagers, etc so I will probably go in that direction without brewing strictly to style. Last year's moktoberfest turned out great with US05 at 60F.

Equipment and Software / Re: MT cleaning
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:21:45 AM »
Man I was kind of hoping that problem was very rare. The new one I purchase is an Igloo and I think my cracked one is Rubbermaid. I hope I don't have the same luck.

I considered switching to a rectangular cooler with bazooka screen but since I have the false bottom I decided not to.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:49:38 AM »
I have only brewed one once and it didn't turn out great. I think the malt bill was probably close but I didn't use enough hops. It was a while ago before I understood how much hops a good IPA really needs. I rarely brew IPAs of any sort now because I am too cheap.

I think blackprinz, midnight wheat, or dehusked carafa would be the way to go for more color and less roast.

Wookey Jack, which is one of the few that I have had and really liked, uses the following ingredients according to their website:
 Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat from Briess, De-Bittered Black Malt (Weyermann - Germany/Patagonia malting - Chile), Dash of Wookey dust
 German Magnum (bittering), Citra & Amarillo (flavor/aroma and double dry-hopped)

I am shooting over to a brewery after work that got gold at 2014 GABF in American-Style Black Ale for their Black IPA. I will try to remember to ask them out of curiosity.

Ingredients / Re: hops for kolsch 'style' ale
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:16:14 AM »
I do a Kolsch every year around summer solstice time for my neighbors.  The version that turned out the best was all Sterling.  1 oz each at 60', 30', and flame out.

As usual, I am torn. I am leaning toward throwing in some Sterling with Crystal and Amarillo... I just need to brew the damn thing so it is what it is...

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 08, 2015, 03:57:45 PM »
did no one else find this over-the-top dickish?  What are the "unworthy" beers and why, and why should he decide what is worthy anyway?
My question is: is this how he acts all the time? For what it's worth I've never heard other reports like this about him. Is it possible that he was having a really bad day for one reason or another? Haven't we all acted dick-ish once in awhile?

I am curious about that as well. I saw a documentary a couple of years ago and he didn't come off looking too good in my opinion and he kind of had a 'dickish' vibe. Maybe the filmmaker portrayed him incorrectly...I can't really say.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best dry yeast for a scotch ale?
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:42:27 PM »
I have never had any acetaldehyde issues with S04 and I use it and US05 a lot. Also, S04 has much higher flocculation than US05 and will produce brighter beers quicker.

I have not brewed any scotch ales so I cannot give a good recommendation for yeast choice...

Equipment and Software / Re: MT cleaning
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:29:58 PM »
Sounds like my issue is an anomaly. I normally use 180-185F at hottest for sparge water.

I just remembered that I did purchase it from someone on Craigslist years ago. Who knows how they were using it for their brewing purposes but I don't remember it having any warping issues on the inside when I bought it.

Equipment and Software / Re: MT cleaning
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:25:42 PM »
Yep I just purchased a new one online. The old one has been bulged in for quite some time but finally started to crack. I hoped the sealant would hold but ended up only being a temporary fix. It's kind of a bummer to buy new equipment that is not an upgrade but at least I have the false bottom and valve hardware already.

What brand of cooler?  I've nerv had any trouble with my Rubbermaid or Coleman, even after hundreds of batches.

It's either Rubbermaid or Igloo.

Ingredients / Re: TriplePearl Hops
« on: January 08, 2015, 02:04:47 PM »
Thanks! I plan on using them for the first time in short order.

I read a description of 'melon, orange, citrus, resin, spice'.  Does that sound fairly accurate?  If so, that's one I'll definitely try. New hops are coming out pretty regularly - hard to keep up sometimes !

I definitely remember citrus and fruit and I was really impressed by the hop character of that beer. It was called Pearl White IPA and I believe it was a combination of normal perle hops and triple pearl

Ingredients / Re: TriplePearl Hops
« on: January 08, 2015, 01:40:47 PM »
Thanks! I plan on using them for the first time in short order. I have used William's with great success but they lack a good selection.

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