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All Grain Brewing / Re: The More I Read...Confusion and Vorlauf
« on: August 23, 2011, 12:10:50 PM »
I'm not sure what evidence he has that this could actually have a noticeable effect on beer, but it's definitely a fringe opinion.

Also, in regards to rehydrating yeast, I'd trust Dr. Clayton Cone from Danstar who says that you should rehydrate in water over some guy who works at a homebrew store.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Refractometer
« on: August 18, 2011, 07:35:00 AM »
I would suggest having both.  I love my refractometer, but I like to occasionally check against a hydrometer.

I use the refractometer for FG readings during and after fermentation (as well as measuring commercial beers - you can back-compute OG and FG based on the abv they advertise). It's incredibly easy to use without losing a bunch of beer.  Sean's spreadsheet is more accurate than the tools you see in ProMash or online, which always measure low in my experience.  I had previously found that adding about 0.5 brix to your reading was a rough swag that made the FG calculators a lot closer.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 12:04:39 PM »
Oh I love coffee that's what I like about them but in general I just can't drink them. I try them as little samples but I cannot drink more then 4 ounces if them. The macho comment is true I ran into a buddy from high school at a bar and I told him that I homebrew and he said that you can't say you know beer I you don't like guineas then he told me the best beer is bud light so he made himself out to be a meat head. It's like those dudes he want to look sophisticated and drink heinekin lol

There is never a bad beer just ones that you don't like.

I think most macho beer geeks drink Imperal IPAs now, since beer geeks know that Guinness is actually a "light" beer in alcohol and body.   ;)

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 05:01:28 AM »
Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout!

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:33:49 AM »
Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red. I'm not into sours really but can usually stomach them, but this one is just gross.

Wow.  First Gouden Carolus, now Monk's Flemish Sour... this thread has just gone completely sideways.  Gonna have to cover my ears and pretend I'm not hearing this  ;)

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:38:50 AM »
Anything by Atwater Block. I've had three of their beers and they were all contaminated.

Yep, same here.

Regarding the Carolous... are you sure you didn't get food poisoning from something else?

The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 12, 2011, 11:51:21 AM »
Talk about crazy eyes!

The Pub / Re: Crazy Eyes
« on: August 12, 2011, 07:27:09 AM »
To be fair, they needed a picture that went with the caption "The Queen of Rage".  Maybe she shouldn't be so angry that judges are telling children to try homosexuality.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen Flowmeter - Disposable O2 Cans
« on: August 11, 2011, 10:53:17 AM »
Thanks,  having not recieved the conical yet I was not sure how easy it would be to see signs of bubbling or dicern the flow rate.

Still, in the never ending quest to gain more control, has anyone found a flow meter measuring liters per minute that can be used with the disposable O2 cans?

There's no reason you couldn't hook up something like this.  You'd just need a 1/8" NPT adaptor on the end of the tubing coming from your O2 cylinder.

Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: August 10, 2011, 08:26:24 PM »
I get about 5 pounds / minute with the MM2 and the 177.7 motor.  I wouldn't want to do 280 pounds like that, though.  But for homebrew sized batches, it works fine.

Even though it's reversible, make sure you run it in the CCW direction (looking at it, not if you were the motor).  I've seen posts on other boards where it binds up easier running the other way.

The Pub / Re: You should all be fired
« on: August 10, 2011, 06:12:24 PM »
Gold has value due to scarcity and demand.  Calling ornamentation "utility" is a bit of a stretch.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pop a Böner
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:32:57 PM »
Pop a boner, then...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Spelt
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:42:02 AM »
After reading about the high protein content of spelt (higher than wheat), I'm thinking I might do rests at both 113 and 126.  15 min each should be enough.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Spelt
« on: August 05, 2011, 02:43:25 PM »
90 minutes it is.  I'll report back to let you know what kind of efficiency I get.  I probably won't get around to brewing this for a few weeks... I'm on vacation right now and so far this is the third beer recipe I've created :D . Hope the weather cools down a bit, looks like a busy August for brewing.

All Grain Brewing / Spelt
« on: August 05, 2011, 10:25:55 AM »
I'm going to use about 1/3 raw spelt in my next Saison.  Almost all references I see to any unmalted grain include a cereal mash, but it seems like everything except corn and rice should gelatinize at mash temps.

My plan is just to do a beta glucan rest at 113 and then take it up to 146 or so. Anyone do this before and get bad results?  The spelt will be almost pulverized in a corona mill, like I do with my raw wheat for lambics, so the starches should be easily accessible.

Edit: Also, would it be worth mashing for 90 minutes?

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