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The Pub / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 26, 2014, 02:01:14 PM »
My big one is people that are into the "craft beer scene" and spend a whole lot of time worrying about what other people drink and bagging on them for it. Why should I care if someone wants to drink a light lager? Same people usually spend way to much time bragging about the beer collection too. 

In homebrewing drives me nuts when people insist that their way of brewing is the only way to make great beer (you can only use glass or fly sparge etc). As a wise man once said… "There are many ways to the top of the mountain."

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If you like German beer at all, I would suggest Gourmet Haus Staut in Redwood City (between SF and SJ). Not a brewery but a very interesting beer selection. They get a lot of stuff from Germany you can't find anywhere else. They have 16 taps of German beer, +6 taps of American craft brew. Amazing food. They also have a German shop in the front that has a pretty good selection of German beers in bottle too.

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Events / Re: Looks like some can already buy registration for NHC
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:47:03 PM »
You mean, if I would win I could actually get to SIT with the Fastrack guys at the Grand Banquet??? For real!!! Wow, it would be a dream come true!  :o

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Beer Recipes / Re: Added WAY to munch Munich
« on: January 05, 2014, 01:22:20 PM »

Thanks guys!! I love Munich too so I was overly concerned. At least it wasn't crystal or roast malts. This one was suppose to be the gf, hopefully she will like it. Taking everyone's advice and going to add about 1.5 oz Saaz as a dry hop.
Good replies above. But don't dry hop with saaz! It's weird. Not what you'd expect. If you've never dry hopped with saaz before try it on a small scale before committing to the whole batch.

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I haven't before.. Any other suggestions?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Added WAY to munch Munich
« on: January 05, 2014, 12:29:32 PM »
Thanks Major. Like I said, didn't mean to add the extra Munich it was for another batch and I dumped into the wrong bucket. Figured I was stuck with it so might as well make the best.  :0) If anything it will be interesting.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 05, 2014, 11:29:53 AM »
It was probably two years ago. He did say they change the ratio hops year to year (though they always use the same hops) based harvest, cost, and the amount they can get. The grain bill however is the same year to year.  My guess as Simcoe and Amarillo have become more available he can use them more.

To be honest, I have never been able to nail this one, but it comes close. Being such a light beer the hops really shine, so I think just getting hops from a difference source makes a big difference.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Blind pig recipe by chance?
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:42:09 AM »
Here is mine... This comes from Vinney at Russian River and pretty much matches what is Mitch Steels IPA book. He no longer uses oak (that was from his old brewery) and has dropped the white wheat. The recipe listed below does have more IBUs than the original recipe. The original is at 60-70 IBU's, mine is at about 85.

86% Pale Malt
4.5% Crystal 40L
4% Cara-Pils

Chinook 60 min (39.3 IBU)
Columbus 60 min (30 IBU)
Amarillo 30 min (16 IBU)
Amarillo 0  min (1 oz)
Cascade 0 min (1 oz)
Centennial 0 min (1 oz)
Simcoe 0 min (1 oz)

Dry Hop (1 oz each) of Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus

Mash at 152 for 75 minutes

1.058- 1.060 OG
About 85 IBUs
6% ABV

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Beer Recipes / Re: Added WAY to munch Munich
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:29:20 AM »
Thanks guys!! I love Munich too so I was overly concerned. At least it wasn't crystal or roast malts. This one was suppose to be the gf, hopefully she will like it. Taking everyone's advice and going to add about 1.5 oz Saaz as a dry hop.

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Beer Recipes / Added WAY to munch Munich
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:08:30 PM »
Happy New Year everyone!

Well in getting things together for my first brew session of the year, made a bit of an error. I was planning on doing the Yellow Diamond Belgian Pale I got from the AHA website but had a mix up. While getting the grains together for the second batch  I am brewing tomorrow (Denny's VIP), I accidentally dumped the Munich into the bucket for the YDBP. Basically, doubling the amount of Munich and shooting the gravity from 1.050 to 1.061. Since I can't separate the grains, I decided to roll with it. I increased the IBU's a bit to help with balance. Anything else I should be thinking about?

Here is the recipe as it stands after the mistake...

3.75 gallon batch

1.54k Munich
1.08k Bel Pale Malt
.32k Aromatic Malt
.20k Medium Crystal
.44k Brown Sugar
13g Norther Brewer (60 min, 10.6%, 25.5 IBU)
10g Saaz (60 min, 4.8%, 8.9 IBU)
14g Saaz (15 min, 4.8%, 3.3 IBU)

Est OG 1.063
Mash Temp 154 (90 min)
Est FG 1.011

Belgian Ardennes (Wyeast Labs #3522)

Can't really take anything out at this point (except the sugar or hops), but I can add. Thanks for the help!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend 1/4/2014?
« on: January 03, 2014, 01:07:36 PM »
Sunday I am brewing Denny's VIP and a Belgian Pale Ale.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Last brew day for 2013
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:57:23 AM »
Just mashed in on my first try at an American Lager, after that a Green tea Saison later today. Leaving tomorrow to go visit the gf and my family so it will be my last brew day of the year. Cheers everyone!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Software
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:37:11 AM »
I like Beersmith a great deal. Works very well for me and Brad (the developer) is always open to feedback. Don't understand what you mean by batches either. I have "master recipes" and then I am able to record each batch I make of it. I even have them filled in a folder for each year.

In the end I would go with you find best.

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Beer Recipes / Yellow Diamond Pale Ale
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:35:49 AM »
Hi All! I was thinking about brewing up a batch of Yellow Diamond Pale Ale from Randy Mosher's Radical Brewing. Few questions...

1) It calls for some spices but doesn't say whether they go into the boil or post ferment. I was thinking post ferment. What do you all think?

2) Also, what yeast would you suggest? Other than Wit beers I never brew Belgians so have little experience with Belgian yeast.

3) If you have brewed this what was your thoughts on the beer?

Thanks!

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I use a standard fridge to ferment my lagers. I tape the probe of my temp controller to the side of the carboy and then insulate it by taping bubble over it. Works well for me.

I think the question is in regards to doing it without a temp controller.

Ah... Well then I wasn't much help then. ;0)

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I use a standard fridge to ferment my lagers. I tape the probe of my temp controller to the side of the carboy and then insulate it by taping bubble over it. Works well for me.

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