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The Pub / Re: DC 101 Bar Madness 2011 brackets
« on: March 20, 2011, 12:13:38 PM »
Dogfish Head is on the list. I'm assuming that the Rehoboth Beach, Delaware brewpub. So, "DC area" may take in some real estate.ß

They probably mean one of these: http://www.dogfishalehouse.com/dogfish-head-alehouse-restaurants.html

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Counting Yeast Slurry with Hemacytometer
« on: March 19, 2011, 07:48:11 AM »
You'll get the same total number of cells whether you have 69 million cells per ml X the volume of the large, diluted sample or a higher concentration X the smaller volume of the yeast cake.  If you sampled from the yeast cake, you just have to dilute by a larger factor to make it countable.

It could be that you didn't agitate enough and all of the yeast wasn't in suspension.

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The Pub / Re: Do you know your State Capitals? - Friday Fun
« on: March 18, 2011, 07:18:16 AM »
44.  Also feel like I've failed.  It's been too long since I... cared about geography?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter Questions
« on: March 17, 2011, 02:47:47 PM »
http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_pitchrate.cfm

Another tool that has built in support for multi step starters (although no yeast viability estimator or option to pitch from slurry).  Keep in mind that you want to pitch around 0.75 million cells/ml per degree plato of the wort for ales, and twice this for lagers.

And yes, you need a 5L flask!

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Yes, I'd definitely cut the carapils, and at least half the other specialty grains.  

Other ideas:

- Use the extra light extract, since you don't want a thick malt body or a high FG for this style.  You'd be better off with an OG of 1.088 and a FG of 1.015 (or lower, but that will be hard to achieve with extract).
- use dark candi syrup for the best flavor.  Avoid the rocks since they're basically sucrose at a high price.
- cut the 5 minute hop addition, or use a noble hop

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Equipment and Software / Re: Giant pot, cheap
« on: March 16, 2011, 10:16:51 AM »
16.5 gallon stainless steel pot, $175, free shipping

http://www.amazon.com/Precise-Heat-Surgical-Stainless-Stockpot/dp/B000VXSEQI

I don't have one and can't speak to the quality.

Don't see any mention of metal thickness nor whether it has the "sandwich" bottom.  Still think I'd go with the "update" one from Instawares (60qt for $136) as they're what Northern Brewer calls their "Megapots" which I do have good experiences with...

http://www.instawares.com/stainless-steel-stock-pot-sps-60.upi-sps60.0.7.htm

I got the 20 gallon version of this, $181 with free shipping.  Why get 16.5 when you can get 20 for the same price?  ;D

http://www.instawares.com/nsf-stainless-steel-stock.rii-royssrspt80.0.7.htm

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Ingredients / Re: Pale vs Pilsner
« on: March 15, 2011, 01:26:20 PM »
Hypothetical situation....

EXACT same recipe....but replace the Pilsner malt with 2 row Pale....

How much of a difference?

I know, you want more details. But lets just keep it hypothetical.

It depends on the other ingredients ;)  If this is a single-hop pilsner with no other grains, you'll notice a lot.  In a darker/hoppier beer, not as much.

I've used a 90/10 mix of German pils and munich malt before in my American IPAs to approximate Pale malt.  It turned out pretty well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should I be upset?
« on: March 14, 2011, 05:05:59 PM »

3.  Recipes aren’t the ultimate ingredient?  Is this why all the beers of the world are made from briess pale, c40, cascade @ 60 min and California ale yeast?

You jest, but I bet that's the basis for her (and 80% of brewpubs') IPA.  People can tweak and innovate, but most of brewing relies on what others have done for many years.  The process is at least as important.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should I be upset?
« on: March 14, 2011, 12:14:54 PM »
Is "go scratch" polite?  I'd have no problem with a brewer telling me no, but they shouldn't get offended.  Anyone who thinks a recipe is ultimate ingredient to brewing good beer is clueless.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software for Mac
« on: March 14, 2011, 11:18:56 AM »
Can't you install Wine and run ProMash on Mac?  I do it on Linux.

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The Pub / Re: Recent Earthquakes caused by Experimentation?
« on: March 13, 2011, 04:30:13 PM »
Paul is dead.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam from the boil
« on: March 09, 2011, 12:24:33 PM »

David Miller's logic seems rational enough.  Let's look at Budweiser for a moment.  Budweiser's fermentation vessels, are rigged with a level at the top that catches all the fermentation scum, that is up and kicked-out during primary fermentation. The brew master at So. Cal Budweiser say's, the purpose of the top level inside their fermentation vessels is to catch all the harsh, astringent material that would other wise affect the flavor of the finished beer.  This may suggest, that skimming the foam in the kettle along with the coagulated hot-break would lessen the harsh flavor contributions.   


Skimming the braun hefe during fermentation is a different topic, really.  In this case it's the incredibly bitter hop resins that attach to the krausen that you are skimming.

I'm not sure this actually suggests that the boil break material also contributes negatively to flavor.

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The Pub / Re: Soon we can pack concealed
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:21:17 PM »
I just realized, what is this thread missing?  BFI!   ;D  Break out the tacos and shurikens, boys!

  Maybe at the next AHA rally, he will teach a self defense class, where he can show us that move where you slap you opponent in the kidneys, making them wet themselves, leaving them to embarassed to mug you. None of us would CCW then.  ;D

http://www.hulu.com/watch/8721/napoleon-dynamite-rex-kwon-do-volunteer

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Non-AHA Member Count
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:14:05 PM »
I don't ask, and they don't tell.

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