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I'm piggybacking on this because I'm guessing the update started my problems.  Before I left for NHC I was able to see new Unread messages on Tapatalk on android, then during my trip suddenly there were never any unread messages.  I could go in and manually check each forum and see new messages though. 

Anyone else have a similar issue?

I don't know how it appears on Android but, on the regular site, it happens frequently.  What'll happen is that, when you click on 'Unread', you'll sometimes get "No unread topics found since your last visit. Click here to try all unread topics." and you just know there've been new posts.  Defintely click on the "Click here" part.  Again for the regular site, doing that usually clears up the issue.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Scotch ale
« on: June 28, 2013, 01:33:46 AM »
Peat malt has no place in a Scotch ale, IMHO.  No matter how small the amount.  British/Scottish 2 row, roast barley, and boil down the first runnings a la Skotrat's recipe:

http://www.skotrat.com/skotrat/recipes/ale/scottish/recipes/10.html

Exactly my thoughts.

Mine too.  That recipe is 'da bomb' for a Wee Heavy

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How far are you from NHC?
« on: June 27, 2013, 04:57:32 PM »
167 miles

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Equipment and Software / Re: Polycarbonate Hydrometers
« on: June 26, 2013, 12:54:51 AM »
I hate broken hydrometers.
Has anyone seen a better price on the polycarbonate hydrometers than this:http://www.labdepotinc.com/Product_Details~id~482~pid~60594.aspx?

Just buy two glass hydrometers.  If you've got a spare one, you'll never break the first.  If you only have one, it's guaranteed to break.

At least that's how it always seems to work for me :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whats my OG?
« on: June 26, 2013, 12:50:46 AM »
I had approximately 2.75 gallons of 1.040, and i made 1200 ML of 1.100 wort and added it. What would that bring my OG to? And what is the math to figure this out?

First, you need to straighten out your units.  So 1200 ml converts to about 40.5 ounces which is about .316 gallons...

Figure "points" by multiplying the volume by the gravity (without the 1. part)...

2.75 gallons times 40 gives you 110 "points";  .316 gallons time 100 gives you 31.6 "points"; so you've got a total of 141.6 "points".

Divide that by 3.066 gallons (2.75 & .316) and you should end up with a gravity of about 1.046

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The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 05:15:37 PM »
Sincere condolences

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:26:45 PM »
The cereal/decoction mash is in a pot, that goes into the pressure cooker. The pressure cooker has a false bottom and water under the false bottom. The goods never go over the steam temp, so no scorching, and no need to stir.
I'm sure we all know this, but I think it's worth pointing out that the steam is under pressure and will be hotter than 212F.  How hot depends on the pressure.  Just to be clear. ;)
Going to the NHC BJCP reception?

With a pressure cooked cereal mash you get to about 230f, and some caramelization but lots of melanoidin production. Mr. Renner is a good friend.
Already mentioned in reply 10.  ;)
Ok, worth pointing out again :)

Does that imply "it goes to 11"  :P

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 19, 2013, 03:35:00 PM »

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 19, 2013, 02:50:31 AM »
Going to the NHC BJCP reception?

With a pressure cooked cereal mash you get to about 230f, and some caramelization but lots of melanoidin production. Mr. Renner is a good friend.

No, not making it to the NHC and yes, love his pressure cooker decoction method.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 19, 2013, 02:12:17 AM »
When you do a decoction, you are producing melanoidins at boiling temps, as the decoction is not boiled long enough or hard enough to concentrate. I don't boil the decoctions too hard, as I don't want scorching to happen.

Pressure cooker decoction, baby :)  No constant stirring, no scorching

tell me more

Go to the eZymurgy archives and check out page 39 of the Mar/Apr 2010 issue.  Jeff Renner did an article titled "Pseudo Decoction Mashing" that explains it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Rather than doing a decoction...
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:52:27 PM »
When you do a decoction, you are producing melanoidins at boiling temps, as the decoction is not boiled long enough or hard enough to concentrate. I don't boil the decoctions too hard, as I don't want scorching to happen.

Pressure cooker decoction, baby :)  No constant stirring, no scorching

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Beer Recipes / Re: Bourbon barrel porter recipe formulated
« on: June 17, 2013, 06:17:50 PM »
sounds really good. looks a lot like my porter recipe, except I think I didn't use any roasted/black barley. the munich is really the bomb in this style. I mean I love munich malt anyway, put it in almost everything, but this style particularly really benefits from the rich fruity maltiness.
+1.  Munich is very underrated in porter and stout.  Looks great !  I made a "bourbon barrel" milk stout a few months back that came out great, and I used the chips and bourbon the same way.

Special B is also great in a porter.

And here I expected you to say "Brown Malt" :)

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The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 15, 2013, 02:52:06 PM »
What are you eating majorvices?

<majorvices>Yes</majorvices>

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All Grain Brewing / Re: mash efficiency question
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:43:34 PM »

1. get a new/better thermometer/hydrometer,
2. try double crushing and/or tightening roller spacing on my MaltMill, and
3. mash out/sparge slower

And if you really care to know which one of those things makes a difference, you'd make those changes one at a time.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: My Own Beer testing
« on: June 14, 2013, 01:01:16 AM »
Since Im just starting out wanting to make my own brew,...
<snip>
...The taste is a bit stronger than Miller Genuine Draft, but is very drinkable.

If your goal is to brew your own MGD clone, be aware your biting off a bit much.  MGD, Bud, et al are lagers and most homebrewers start out with ales as they're easier/cheaper/faster.  Also, beers like MGD have relatively little flavor and are extremely "clean".  From a brewers perspective, that means that there is almost nothing there to hide the inevitable flaws that will crop up with beginners homebrew.

A good strategy is to continue what you're doing (tasting lots of commercial examples of different styles) to find some styles that would be better for your first homebrew effort.  Side benefit is that, as you try more and more different styles, you may well develop a taste for more "flavorful" beer.

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