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Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: October 04, 2013, 03:44:49 PM »
And once again, great forum.  You'd have to search high and low on the internet these days to find another forum where folks can admit to being schooled.  Nice to see adult behavior (even if I don't understand label requirements)

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: September 22, 2013, 04:54:53 AM »
Not a fan of the DH but I do like my Royals(and that has been severely tested during the past 25 years).  Quick question - how did Ned Yost manage in the NL as long as he did?  I can't imagine how goofy his double switches would have been given some of his decisions in the AL.

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: September 20, 2013, 04:34:33 PM »
I'm a Pirates fan who's suffered through some of the greatest (worstest?) ineptitude for 20 years.

As a Royals fan it seems the Pirates have had company in their ineptitude.  3 back with ten to go- May need some help to get in

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting yeast
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:47:31 PM »
Maybe just oversize your starter and harvest from that

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Beer Recipes / Re: Should I just give up on lagers?
« on: September 01, 2013, 10:25:54 AM »
Others may disagree with this but I start my lager fermentation at 50F and as it begins to slow (about 4-5 days in) let it rise into the low 60's.  After it finishes and has been gravity tested it goes into my lager chamber.  So I guess it's a modified McDole fermentation

For water testing Ward labs seems accurate, fast, and reasonable.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Should I just give up on lagers?
« on: September 01, 2013, 08:30:21 AM »
Short answer: don't give up

Long answer:  I'd really look into getting your water analyzed and start using a water calculator.  That made a huge difference for me, especially my pale lagers.  I noticed a much smaller improvement in my ales.  I'd also try to make sure I didn't over pitch or under pitch.

For fermentation you might look at (apologies if I get this wrong) what Mike McDole does.  It is much quicker and in my experience works better.  A brewpub brewer uses that technique professionally as well.

For me lagers really made me pay more attention to smaller details.

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All Things Food / Re: i need a kick ass bbq sauce recipe!
« on: August 04, 2013, 12:33:06 PM »
Any particular style?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1056 Smack Pack Viability
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:18:23 AM »
I wouldn't want to pitch dead or stressed yeast into an expensive batch of beer.  Boil  and cool around 200 grams of the dme and pitch the yeast.  That way if the yeast is dead you'll know before you brew.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Geek Green Mountain Ale
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:55:01 PM »
Conan is what came to mind for me but I was hoping to hear someone else's experience before pulling the trigger.  Kind of a cs approach but hey with shipping it would cost $13.50 for me to experiment- see also "tightwad"

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Geek Green Mountain Ale
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:43:16 PM »
http://yeastgeek.com/

Not affiliated- hence the question.  Just looking around this weekend an found these guys and East Coast Yeast.  I assume most of the strains are available already but always nice to see more competition

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Geek Green Mountain Ale
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:12:07 PM »
Just curious if anyone had any experience with this strain.  Thanks in advance.

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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 10, 2013, 12:54:43 PM »
I downloaded it yesterday from the apple App Store but I'm not sure it's working

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Ingredients / Re: DIPA Hops - Mosaic, Cascade, Apollo
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:48:08 PM »
There's more going on here than just bitterness.  I'm no expert but the different flavor profiles will, I presume, not blend the same as the original hop blend.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Another stab at hopped up white wheat
« on: July 01, 2013, 06:17:52 PM »
Dankness not darkness

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Beer Recipes / Re: Another stab at hopped up white wheat
« on: July 01, 2013, 02:07:36 PM »
I had good luck with a wheat beer that had a 60 min bittering addition, Citra at flameout and a big Citra dry hop.  Don't have my notes but I think it was only bittered to about 25 ibu's.

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