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Lag time is mostly meaningless for predicting how a beer will turn out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 04, 2011, 09:05:23 PM »
Three pages?  The answer is simple -- if beer is sitting around going stale, you brewed too much.  Or need more friends.   ;)

Otherwise, brew on!

Beer Travel / Re: The Goose has extended it's range....
« on: August 04, 2011, 07:02:53 PM »
GI is in Maryland as well.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IPA turned Belgian
« on: August 04, 2011, 10:37:36 AM »
Did you ferment hot?  If you didn't chill it down to below 70 or fermented in a warm room (mid 70s), fermentation temps could have been up to 80 degrees.  This will create esters, fusels, and other off flavors that aren't appropriate in an IPA.

The Pub / Re: Working on finances
« on: August 01, 2011, 09:57:39 AM »
I cannot believe they haven't fixed the finances of this country yet!

(LOCK   ;) )

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saving the Planet, Going Domestic
« on: August 01, 2011, 07:27:52 AM »
This thread makes me wonder about the actual practices that go into making high quality conventional malt....
do you get a better malt when the grain is obtained through using less fertilizer?  Just as a quality winemaker wouldn't want to poison his grape-growing soil with fertilizers that may influence the character of the grape...does the same go for the grain that a malster would select for market?

Fertilizer is just nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, among others) that need to be in the soil.  You can go organic, but to be honest I don't see how some elemental chemicals would influence the character more than a big pile o cow poop  ;)

Maybe you are talking about pesticides and herbicides?

All Things Food / Re: Mushroom problems
« on: July 30, 2011, 05:15:03 PM »
If you actually got a destroying angel at Safeway, I will personally come to your bedside and listen to your ridiculous stories while you recover. :D

5K and you still need to use 2 pots and a stove if you want to steep grains and use actual hops.  These people should be ashamed of themselves.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Why has my efficiency gone to crap?
« on: July 26, 2011, 02:54:59 PM »
Do you mill your own grain?  If not, someone messed with the gap at the HBS.

Equipment and Software / Re: Milwaukee pH meter issues
« on: July 26, 2011, 11:14:25 AM »
How do you store your probe?  I don't think it should take that long to stabilize if your probe is in good condition.

All Grain Brewing / Re: My first successfull AG mash!
« on: July 24, 2011, 01:32:26 PM »

Mash efficiency: 29.4 ! whohoo (1.050 OG, 5 gallons exactly, 8.5 lbs grain)
You might want to double check your math.
I assume that is points/pound/gallon...

Beer Recipes / Re: Sorachi Ace Saison, feedback time!
« on: July 22, 2011, 05:57:12 AM »
Do you have any other recommendations Narv?  I've always held it up as a shining example of the style, maybe I've been wrong the whole time!

Well, Saison Dupont is the traditional example, if there is such a thing as one for a Saison.  I like the Dupont Foret a little bit better, even.  Saison Pipaix is a well known spiced version of a Saison.  Saison D'Epeautre is a fantastic example that uses raw grains (spelt) and wild yeast make to make a delicious dry, slightly sour and refreshing beer.  One of my favorites.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sorachi Ace Saison, feedback time!
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:39:13 PM »
I also snagged a Saison du Buff to taste the best example of the style that I know.

Keep looking.  I personally didn't like this one, but objectively it's also not very true to any Belgian Saison I've ever had.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poured out that old Belgian
« on: July 21, 2011, 02:22:31 PM »
Agree with Gordon here.  Make it dry, and no banana.  I'm not a fan of the bubblegum fruit/phenol explosion that a lot of American versions have either.

Although, I buy MFB Pils just because I can get it for so much cheaper than Dingemans, and I'm quite pleased with it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Jaggery in a saison
« on: July 20, 2011, 11:07:05 AM »
I've used it before and liked it to an extent.  It can have a very distinct flavor that provides a richness to the beer, which might be overpowering in a Saison if you use too much.  But, this is the opinion I have of any flavoring or spice in a Saison... YMMV.

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