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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How far are you from NHC?
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:32:54 AM »
0.  I found the exact center and am squatting there in a chair.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be a closet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Exit strategy
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:32:19 AM »
What if you drop dead from drinking one of your beers?  Seems like you need some kind of system to warn people NOT to drink that one at the service. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 25, 2013, 05:45:30 PM »
At Monks Cafe right now. Philly is a good venue. Except for rush hour traffic.

Jealous.  Will be driving up tomorrow around noon.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Little confused with decoction schedule
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:48:21 PM »
You can do a decoction without a protein rest; check out Kai's page about the Hochkurz mash:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today?
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:45:01 PM »
Too hot.  Was gonna brew 15 gallons of Lambic wort but I'll just relax and wait till after the conference.

The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:43:24 PM »
So sorry for your loss Denny.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 21, 2013, 06:57:05 AM »
I'll be there with bells Geuze on... two 3L bottles, that is.

This is my third NHC but the first one that is close enough to bring beer to.  There will be a large presence of Maryland hombrewers at club night, and a Maryland club takeover of the Liberty Well Social after club night on Friday.  Including a table of sours... look for the big bottles  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:20:13 AM »
The 'Derek Jeter' of beers?

If this is a reference to him winning a Gold Glove despite having terrible range, you win the internet!

All Grain Brewing / Re: need help converting a recipe to no- sparge
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:17:17 AM »
you will likely have to change the efficiency settings. do you mean no sparge or first runnings? these mean two different things to me at least.

no sparge means that you don't run off, re-fill and run off again. essentially you don't rinse the grain at all. When I do no sparge I include a 'mashout' step that brings my water/grist ratio up really high, like 6-7 liters per kilo (about 3.5 qt/lb) then runoff. I get around 67% brewhouse eff doing this.

First runnings only means to me that you are building a partigyle recipe and not doing a second runnings beer. In that case you mash with your normal water:grist ratio and runoff whatever is there. If I calculate the brewhouse efficiency on the first runnings beer ONLY on a partigyle brew I get ~52-55%.

I don't really see the difference here.  The only reason most partigyle beers use a "normal" water to grist ratio is that the first runnings beer is usually something big like a barleywine.  If you're doing a first runnings beer for something with lower OG, your water to grist ratio is going to be higher but you'll still need about the same amount of total liquor to hit your desired volume (adjusting for absorption differences).  You don't want to go too thin, so the mashout step is a good idea for anything above 2.5 qt/lb or so.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 18, 2013, 05:57:36 PM »
Some boiled down first runnings add great complexity to a Doppelbock.  Don't do it to a Pilsner, though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Green beer - pellets?
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:21:52 AM »
Cold crashing before kegging may help.  It's possible that you have more particulate matter from the pellets that's getting into the keg and takes time to settle out.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL Hefe Choices
« on: June 14, 2013, 09:56:41 AM »
You'll get varying opinions, but using 380 and fermenting at 62 or so gives a great balance between clove and banana.  There was an epic weiss bier thread years ago and this was one of the keys to replicating that German flavor.

The Pub / Re: OnTap Liquid Beer Enchancer - WTF?
« on: June 14, 2013, 07:53:51 AM »
Maybe you could just throw a jolly rancher in a Coors lite and chug in an emergency situation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FG and priming sugar
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:54:02 AM »
Before - or if you do it after make sure to subtract the effect of the sugar.

On the other hand, it isn't a really significant difference either way. 4 oz in 5 gal would add 0.0023 SG.

That's about what he measured, so the difference was probably due to measuring after adding the sugar.  The standard 5oz that comes with kits is almost exactly 3 points in 5 gallons.

Of course, when you disregard the priming sugar, you're ignoring the extra alcohol produced.  On the other hand, you also have to take into account the dilution when you boil the sugar in some water.  The bottom line is, you're just making an estimate, so relax  :)

The Pub / Re: OnTap Liquid Beer Enchancer - WTF?
« on: June 08, 2013, 05:02:43 PM »
Sounds disgusting.  Might as well just drop one of these in your beer...

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