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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: WYeast
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:55:58 AM »
Order from somewhere relatively close to you.  When I order yeast, I order from Morebeer because it'll arrive at around noon the day after they ship.  It's generally cool, not cold with an ice pack by the time it gets to me.
+1 - I always try to buy my liquid yeast from retailers that give me the best shot of receiving it in good condition.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Senior Capstone Project help
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:53:30 AM »
Thank you for being courteous and professional. This forum gets posts like this on a frequent basis, and not everyone handles it quite so well. Good luck!

Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: January 24, 2015, 10:09:02 PM »
Thanks for sharing your results. This has been on my wish list for a while. Sounds like I might have to bump it up a bit higher on the list.

The Pub / Re: Elysian Just sold to Anheuser-Busch
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:33:07 PM »
He should start working on the sequel to his book: "Selling Your Own Brewery". I don't know if the BA will distribute it in light of the current situation, however.

But seriously, good for everyone who got to profit on their own work. I don't care who makes the beer as long as it tastes good. If you don't like it, vote with your dollar. And so on.

Pretty soon this type of thing won't be news when it happens any more...

Oh Great. I just did a search to see WTF Ashley Madison was. Now I gotta delete all my search results.

that's what incognito is for keith.
Right. That's what all the rest of us who use it do ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: USDA Cites AHA & Homebrewing In Report
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:38:13 PM »
Maybe this will encourage some more farmers to get into more interesting varieties of malting barley. so much of what is grown right now (vitrually all I would guess) is commodity varieties designed for the mega brewer use.

I would like to think that an enterprising barley farmer would get into growing boutique malt, but barley is a subsidized crop.
I'm thinking that this would need to start out at the grassroots level. There are a few new "craft maltsters" (for lack of a better term) that are starting to pop up. I could see one of these companies pairing up with local farms for something like this.

Ingredients / Re: Hops..Hops..Hops
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:21:04 PM »
I think all of those hops are great for IPAs.
Just one thing to mention is the Sorachi Ace seems to be what we Brits would call a 'marmite hop''ll either love it or hate it. It can throw up some odd/interesting flavours and you have to be careful what you blend it with. Early flavour flavour to me is faintly lemon with a bit of bubblegum but as it matures in the bottle/keg I find it turns more to coconut. BTW, I'm one of the lovers :D
Hope you have a great brew.

Is marmite anything like vegemite? If so I wouldn't want it anywhere near my beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 35% kit wine/beer sale
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:47:24 PM »
I've been looking at this myself, but didn't pull the trigger until now. Looks like I'll finally be making that Gewurz saison and Gewurz pyment. That's a pretty good deal, even if you take shipping into account.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:47:55 AM »
I adjust for crush, not gap.

And this is the way it should always be, but I will add;

knowing the gap setting once you find the correct crush for your system helps to take out the guess work shold you ever have to send your mill in for repair (like I did) or if it gets dropped, or anything happens that might change the setting.

But in the long run it is the crush, not the gap, that matters.

Did that make sense?
Right. Much like an IBU calculator or a pitching rate calculator, the mill gap doesn't mean anything in and of itself. What it does is provide a baseline for future adjustments, and allows for repeatability once you dial in your settings. Just because 0.035" works for me on my mill and system, that doesn't mean someone else would have the same results with a different mill on their system.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:13:06 AM »
Does Xingu qualify?  Damn good black beer.
Agreed. I've been a fan of Xingu for a long time. It is also a lot easier to find up my way than the German schwarz's for some reason.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: All Grain Fermentation vs. Extract
« on: January 22, 2015, 10:32:16 PM »
I pitched the yeast on my first all grain Sunday PM. Really good activity starting Monday PM and still quite strong. The biggest surprise has been the huge krausen that hasn't given way as of this evening.

Is it typical to have more vigorous fermentation w/ all-grain vs. extract? Perhaps it was my starter and the fact I pitched it when it had krausen on it?
If you changed a process with your starter, then I'd point to that as the most likely cause of the quicker start. But you may also get a bit extra yeast nutrient from the break material in an AG batch, so that may be contributing as well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Critique my IPA recipe
« on: January 22, 2015, 10:20:21 PM »
Update: I kegged this IPA a week ago and tapped it two days ago when it was carbed appropriately.  I ended up not dry hopping it because I wanted to see how much aroma and flavor I would get from the whirlpool alone.  Got to say, I am extremely happy with the results. Even without the dry hopping, it has the best aroma of any IPA I have made in the hop flavor is also stronger and more pleasant. I don't think I will be making any more IPAs without the whirlpool technique.  Thanks all for the advice.
Great to hear! I could never get as much hop flavor in my beers as I wanted until I started doing hop stands. One I tried it, I was sold.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 22, 2015, 10:17:56 PM »
I use a 0.88mm guitar pick to set my gap (which = 0.035"). It works great for BIAB.

that's awesome multipurpose ingenuity there Eric.
I bought some feeler gauges, but they were covered in oil of unknown origin. I wasn't too keen on sticking that in my mill, so I did the math and went digging through my pick stash. It's a Dunlop Tortex green, for anyone interested.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing the Basic/Classic styles
« on: January 22, 2015, 10:14:17 PM »
Mine are:

1) IPA
2) Maerzen
3) Saison
4) ESB
5) Robust Porter

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:51:30 AM »
I use a 0.88mm guitar pick to set my gap (which = 0.035"). It works great for BIAB.

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