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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:29:48 AM »
I'm sure that distribution plays a role as does reputation.  Most of the beers on the list aren't available here in central NE although I did run into a Heady Topper last winter.  Interesting thought about AHA membership being stronger in the West although I suspect that coincides with the number and quality of breweries there.

Nothing against Jeter but no way he's been the best SS in the AL for several years (KC fan who might have a bias).  He is a true pro.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:44:00 PM »
The 'Derek Jeter' of beers?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Water
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:33:02 PM »
So am I looking at a lactic acid addition?  How would I calculate that addition?  Did I miss an extract page in Bruunwater?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Water
« on: June 18, 2013, 05:49:19 PM »
Basically I'm wondering if I can get away with using tap water in an extract american light lager.  Ca is 75, low sulfates and chloride, high bicarbonates.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Water
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:28:18 PM »
Any reason to adjust my water for an extract brew?  Normally an all-grain brewer.  My water tastes fine but I do have high bicarbonates-275 ppm per Ward Labs.

All Grain Brewing / Re: mash efficiency question
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:40:54 PM »
It's probably less of an issue than temp, crush, and water:grain ratio but how's your water?

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 1010 vs Chico
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:26:03 AM »
Anyone ever compare these strains in an American wheat beer?  Differences if any?  I would expect the Chico to eventually flocuate better but beyond that?


All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:52:15 AM »
I don't think HSA is going to be an issue here- aren't you going to aerate right after chilling anyway?  Haven't run into HSA with a vigorous whirlpool at that stage in seven years of brewing.

Going Pro / Re: Filled Keg storage
« on: June 06, 2013, 11:21:38 AM »
First you're a pro and I'm a homebrewer so take this with a grain of salt but doesn't warmer storage temps accelerate any oxidation that is already occurring?  Therefore to me if you haven't had any significant oxygen exposure you should be ok.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: English brown ale
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:20:48 PM »
My understanding was that it was lme-I'm not actually familiar with the kit.  I thought old lme would be more of an oxidized flavor

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / English brown ale
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:47:23 PM »
I have a friend ( no it isn't actually me :)) who brewed an older kit of brewers best English brown ale.  The beer tastes strongly of dried fruit and he's worried.  It isn't a particularly bad taste but I've never run across an English brown with really pronounced dried fruit tastes.  Any thoughts?


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: DMS in extract kit
« on: April 21, 2013, 01:42:32 PM »
Boiling is going to do more than eliminate dms.  Your bitterness will be partly determined by boil time among other things

All Grain Brewing / Re: stuck fermentation
« on: April 08, 2013, 04:18:55 PM »
Have never had problems fermenting flaked wheat but 10 lbs is a lot- 5 gal batch?  Strong beer too- did you pitch a sufficient amount of yeast?  What yeast strain/ temp?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle pressure limits
« on: April 07, 2013, 08:37:49 AM »
I currently have a saison bottled at 3.5 volumes with no issues.  I didn't use anything special for bottles.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Tips on keeping wort cool?
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:28:36 AM »
I think you're on the right track.  I've used a plastic tub partially filled with water and frozen gel packs.  You can also put a t shirt over the carbon and blow a fan over it.  The shirt will wick the water up and cool the fermenter.  Could also set up a temp controlled chamber. . .

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