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Commercial Beer Reviews / Heretic Evil Twin
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:47:49 AM »
Well, since most everything I know about brewing came from JZ's "brewstrong" podcasts, I had to give this a try.  It wasn't easy getting some, as I live in Washington State, but I thought it was a very nice red ale.  Which, is one of my favorite styles.  I hope Heretic starts distributing in Wa soon. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:37:48 AM »
Thanks Tom-

Would it be more accurate to say you adjust based on sugar content, rather than etoh content?
Both alcohol and sugar have a non-zero refractive index.  In a mixture you can't tell how much is from one or the other.  Knowing the OG lets you solve the equation.  It is not as straightforward as knowing the % of each though, there are corrections that have to go into it.  This is why Sean's spreadsheet is good, it is based on results using fermented wort rather than the others which I suspect come from making mixtures of known sugar and alcohol concentrations and taking a reading.

Sounds way too complicated for me.  I'm gonna stick with a hydrometer.  Thanks for all the advice though. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: February 06, 2012, 05:05:25 PM »
Thanks Tom-

Would it be more accurate to say you adjust based on sugar content, rather than etoh content?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello...
« on: February 06, 2012, 04:04:53 PM »
Welcome Rick.  We're you at Ft Bragg in the early 90's?  I may have jumped out of your C-130

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: February 06, 2012, 04:02:45 PM »
Do you realize that you can't use the refractometer to read gravity after fermentation without making an adjustment based on the alcohol content?

OK, now I'm confused.  How can you know the amount of alcohol to make that adjustment, if you can't use the refractometer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo Hoo.... CYA all in June
« on: February 02, 2012, 11:57:07 AM »
First year going and I must say I am quite excited. I took the day off work just so I could register for the conference.

I like your priorities.

About two years ago, I took the day off when FedEx told me my Blichmann Toptier system would be delivered.  I took pictures of the Fedex guy unloading into my garage.  And of cource, sent him away with a bomber of my beer. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo Hoo.... CYA all in June
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:31:01 AM »
I got my tickets. Good thing its only a 15 minute drive from my house. Probably taking the bus in, and having my wife give me a ride back :D

Well, I got an hour drive, then a ferry, then who knows from the ferry dock to Bellevue. 

Still better than a plane ride...........   But too far to commute each day. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Woo Hoo.... CYA all in June
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:32:19 AM »
The AHA website store must be getting pretty bogged down right now.  Took a half hour to register for NHC.  But, me and the better half are registered, and excited about our second conference.  

Brewing with Bigfoot, baby.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:13:59 PM »
Hmmmm.   Interesting Denny.  I wonder if I can get a volume discount.   LOL

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: January 30, 2012, 03:37:41 PM »
Years back, when I broke a hydrometer, I not only bought a new one, I also bought a spare.  Haven't broken one since!

So your saying I can head down I-5? 

Just kidding, I think it's time for a refractometer. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: January 30, 2012, 12:02:05 PM »
OK, so I've now broken my third Hydrometer in five years of homebrewing. 

Is it time to spend the $50 yet?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011--> 2012
« on: January 03, 2012, 08:49:16 AM »
We got our first ten gallons done yesterday as well.  We brewed a variation of a Black IPA, Dark IPA, Cascadian Dark IPA, or a bigfoot beer.  Whatever you want to call it.  OG was was 1.082, and the only the second time using straight O2 to oxygenate.  Hopefully the 1056 can handle that OG, it was bublling within three hours.  Plus, BeerSmeith said 147 IBU's, but we used some older hops.  Also, someone once said it's impossible to go over 100 IBU's.  Any thoughts?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011--> 2012
« on: December 29, 2011, 10:34:49 AM »
For the past three years, I have brewed one gallon less than the legal limit.    LOL

Best thing I ever did is convert a chest freezer into a fermentation chamber.  It will hold eight buckets of liquid goodness.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 34 days and counting
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:27:07 AM »
Hopefully Jamil will bring a couple kegs of his Heretic brew up here as there is no way to get in Washington State right now. 
If he does not have Washington license he would be asking for trouble.
Something about tax.
Just saying.

Unfortunately true....we're having a heck of a time with the WA liquor control over beers for pro night.

Yea, the WSLCB isn't in a friendly mood since we took away their monopoly on hard alchohol.  Craft distilleries are really having problems in Washington State. 

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I listened to this last night Denny.  I thought you and Gordon were gonna duke it out there for minute.  It's good to hear such opposing views on step mashing from such well respected homebrewers.   

I can assure you that I would never duke it out with Gordon...he's bigger than I am!  But I do think it'd good to hear differing opinions so that people interested in the subject have a range of options to try for themselves.

I agree.  When I started brewing 5-6 years ago, I remember thinking I HAD to do everything according to John Palmer's book, but over the little time I have been brewing, I've learned at the end of brew session, it's almost always beer.  And how can that be bad? 

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