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The Pub / Re: Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 12, 2013, 06:37:10 PM »
No lie, this is one of my biggest pet peeves. People, regardless of which side of the political spectrum they're on, love to "share" or "forward" some stupid piece of drivel that supports whatever opinion they have, regardless of facts. If ignorance and confirmation bias had a love child, it would be a shared infographic on Facebook.

Going Pro / Re: Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery (2nd Edition)
« on: May 11, 2013, 11:43:44 PM »
For those of us not in the know, I take it Martin and John Palmer do not agree when it comes to water chemistry for brewing?

Going Pro / Re: Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery (2nd Edition)
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:57:16 AM »
I wonder if the first edition is the cheap one on Amazon not the latest edition. Don't know but it would explain the cost issue

Edit... I looked. The Amazon one is a 2006 edition

Amazon has both. The newer version, available for pre-order is $55.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing an oak barrel
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:09:05 PM »
Take a look through here:

They're a barrel making company (cooper?) that pretty local to me that I just found out about. Some decent info on how to clean/store barrels. Hope it helps.

Beer Recipes / Re: Vienna Lager Recipe Input
« on: May 06, 2013, 03:37:19 PM »
Thanks for all the input, didn't realize how off I was. I'll make the adjustments and report back!

Beer Recipes / Re: Vienna Lager Recipe Input
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:20:58 PM »
BJCP-wise, I don't think it would do well. It's going to be pretty dark and very caramel-forward, more like a really rich Americanized Oktoberfest than a Vienna. Even if that's what you're going for I would reduce the crystal. 14% is just way too much for any lager IMHO.

If I take it out, what do you suggest I replace it with to get the color I need?

Beer Recipes / Vienna Lager Recipe Input
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:42:51 PM »
Just put this together today and I'm looking for some feedback, thanks!

5lbs 4oz Vienna
4lbs Munich
1lbs 8oz Cara-Munich

Mash @152f for 60min

1oz Hallertau @60
1oz Hallertau @15

WLP830 w/starter recommended by Mr. Malty

Ferment @ 50f

Yes, you should take a gravity reading BEFORE you pitch the yeast. This way you can compare it with another gravity reading taken 10-14 days from now. You'll also know if you came close to the estimated OG.

All Grain Brewing / Re: CLOUDY Weizen
« on: May 03, 2013, 09:27:07 PM »
Strawberries are a low pectin fruit.  I'm skeptical that that's the issue.  How much did you use?  Did the baked strawberries begin to jell as they cooled before you put them in the fermenter?  If not, that's probably not it.   Steaming is a better method, if you feel the need.  You could also freeze them for a week before using them, that would break down the cell walls.

Or just roughly chop them add them without doing anything else.  Works for me.

I have a hefe with added strawberries finishing up right now. I didn't do anything to the strawberries (except thaw them), before adding them to a secondary- should I have chopped them up?

Beer Recipes / Re: Amber Ale Recipe- Input Please
« on: May 03, 2013, 09:14:09 PM »
Just took a pint from the keg, and it doesn't taste too bad! Next time I may try replacing the pale malt with MO and then go from there. Thanks for all the suggestions.

Equipment and Software / Re: Starsan temp.
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:47:32 PM »
Ok, so I found out the reason to not use starsan at high temps. The reason is that at higher temps, you will actually lower the pH of your solution. So instead of being at say 9 or so pH at room temp. You will actually be closer to 7 at a higher temp. ( this was just an example)

Isn't a proper Star San ph below 3?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cold conditioning
« on: May 01, 2013, 12:40:09 AM »
No it's automatic signature. If it's annoying I'll take it off

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

Ahh okay, I gotcha. It comes from the app, not the forum. Don't bother me none, I was just curious.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cold conditioning
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:05:17 PM »
Sounds like a great time to experiment. Put a few in the fridge for a month and compare

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

I have to ask, do you type that quote every time you post?

Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:00:52 PM »
I read through the history, and I gotta say- I don't follow it. I think it's entirely too wordy and needs a grammar edit. The second sentence in the first true paragraph has so many semi-colons, I had to re-read it 4 times to understand it. It also comes across as condescending and a big inside joke.

More importantly, I don't see the connection to brewing. The only loose connection I see is that you used to go to college with some dude who likes beer and giving himself a nickname. It doesn't intrigue or interest me. I thought maybe you'd have a story about a homebrew batch that a bug wound up in the fermenter and it still turned out great and inspired you or something.

Not trying to bash you, just wanted to provide my honest opinion. 

Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:18:07 PM »
I'm also not understanding the aversion to Facebook. It's certainly not my favorite website, and can be quite annoying at times, but used properly it can give you access to large amounts of people that other advertising doesn't (and cheaper also). For a brewery in planning, I think it would be instrumental. It helps you update your "fans" on your progress, while obtaining feedback. Most people probably aren't going to log onto your web site every week to see updates, but they'll sure go on FB and see what you have to say.

And if the updates are really that annoying, just go ahead and remove them from your status feed. It's quite easy.
For the record, I think companies SHOULD have a presence on facebook.  But you still need to have a website, and you should not assume that all of the customers you are trying to attract use facebook.

This wasn't a direct reference to you; just a generalized statement regarding what I've sensed is the overall opinion of this forum. All I was trying to say was instead of people throwing up their arms and going "ahhh stupid facebooks", they should realize it's an incredibley useful tool if utilized correctly. I realize the demographic of this board... ahem, has more life experience- so I understand the viewpoint. I'm just trying to provide a bit of info, that's all.

And I completely agree about the website portion.

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