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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Commemorative T-shirts
« on: July 06, 2011, 02:57:54 PM »
I bought mine while there, and would encourage others to buy one as well.  If for no other reason that to support the local comittee.  Those guys worked their collective butts off, and they shouldn't be left "holding the bag."

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I'm curious as to the reasoning behind this being a timed test? 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: July 06, 2011, 01:47:44 PM »
Thanks for all your help guys. 

The beer is carbonated and lager nicely.  I did cheat a little last night and filled a growler to share with a friend.  Right now I would say it's an average beer.  Nothing to spectacular, but the two of us finished the growler off nicely. 

I'll give another month before I bring one into the kegerator.  Gonna try and save the other for NHC in Seattle.  (wish me luck)   

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Beer Recipes / Re: Somersault Clone
« on: July 06, 2011, 07:27:03 AM »
Guess I'm just punchy this morning, feel free to clone what you wish, but I thought Somersault was pretty boring.

At any rate, I've never used Ginger in a traditional beer and 2 oz sounds too high. Definitely 1.5oz of orange peel ain't gonna be subtle in a 10 gallon batch. Looks like you forgot the Apricot, I'd suggest flavoring at packaging to taste.

Yea, I know.  But the cost of turning my garage into a brewery is that sometimes, I don't get to choose the beers I brew.  It's a good trade-off.  LOL

Anyway thanks for the advice. 

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I used to be bummed out that my sense of smell was damaged by some allergy medicine years ago, and thus I could never really be an effective BJCP judge.  After reading this thread, I'm quite happy.  (and also quite impressed with those that do go through the process for the rest of us.......)

Rock on guys.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Somersault Clone
« on: July 05, 2011, 08:36:52 PM »
Here's what I came up with using Beersmith.

Please advise........


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
19 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 82.6 %
3 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2 13.0 %
1 lbs Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.3 %
1.50 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 27.8 IBUs
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Aroma Steep 10.0 min Hop 7 0.0 IBUs
2.00 oz Ginger Root (Boil 12.0 mins) Herb 5 -
1.50 oz Orange Peel, Bitter (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 6 -

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Beer Recipes / Somersault Clone
« on: July 05, 2011, 03:36:35 PM »
Well, I'm gonna try and clone the Somersault.  Does anyone have a clue how much and in what form the Ginger and apricot should be?  Those two flavors are just undertones, barely perceptable.  (at least to me)

Any help woould be most aprreciated, here's what it says on their website:

Somersault Ale was designed to be a fun roll around on the tongue while requiring only the minimum of palate gymnastics. In other words, this perfect summer lounge around beer is ridiculously fun and easy to drink. Even though the second Somersault goes down as effortlessly the first, our brewer Grady actually has quite a few remarkable notes at play in the nose, flavor and mouthfeel. There is an opening brace of citrus aroma from Centennial hops, a soft apricot fruitiness tucked into the flavor, a fresh snap from a sliver of ginger root, finished with oats in a long cool mash. Color is blonde with a suggestion of cloudiness. Somersaults all around!
Just the facts Ma'am...


ABV - 5.2%

IBU - 28

Calories - 130

Hops - Centennial- Medium intensity with floral and citrus tones. Very balanced hop, sometimes called a super Cascade.

Malts - Pale, Caramel + Oats

OG - 14.7

TG - 2.03

Fruits/Spice - Ginger and Apricot

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Equipment and Software / Re: Finally finished my brew cart
« on: June 28, 2011, 07:38:10 AM »
Nice work. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 28, 2011, 07:36:40 AM »
I'll start by saying I've never used promash. 

Having said that, I think it's quite obvious to all that Beersmith is becoming (or has become) the standard, go to, brewing software.  Their sponsorship of The BN gets the product in front of thousands of homebrewers.  I sure don't use it to it's potential with all the inventory control, ratios, mash schedules, and such.  But, I love it to maintain my recipes and a good brew log.  some day I will get better at that other stuff.......   




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You wake up before the alarm goes off to start brewing at 5:00am Sunday morning but you have to force yourself to get out of bed at 7:00am on Monday to go to work. (True story this morning)
-J.K.L.

ROFLMAO!!!

I was brewing by 6am yesterday, and had to force myself up this morning as well.  Good one. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 24, 2011, 10:35:10 AM »
Interesting discussion here.  I guess as with many things, we all have our own opinions, and do things our own way.  And as most of us don't have glycol chillers, we have to modify equipment to meet our needs. 

I'm sticking with taping the probe to the side of one buckets with some insulation.  It has served me well for about 5 years.
I do always get my wort to fermentation temp priot to putting in the freezer, so maybe that has helped me.  Who knows?

I too am enjoying the discussion.  It's broadened my understanding of some the different uses and techniques folks use.  If it works for you and it makes great beer, who I am to say you're doin' it wrong?  :)
"great beer"  Well sometimes.  How 'bout we just say "good beer"

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When walking in your garage sounds like a velcro factory

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:19:07 AM »
Interesting discussion here.  I guess as with many things, we all have our own opinions, and do things our own way.  And as most of us don't have glycol chillers, we have to modify equipment to meet our needs. 

I'm sticking with taping the probe to the side of one buckets with some insulation.  It has served me well for about 5 years.
I do always get my wort to fermentation temp priot to putting in the freezer, so maybe that has helped me.  Who knows?

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 23, 2011, 02:59:15 PM »
Thanks, Denny.  Do you download from the site or does it update from within the software?

According to Brad, you must download a clean copy. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: lagering newbie
« on: June 23, 2011, 01:12:37 PM »
As long as the fridge maintains the temperature of the air, the objects in the fridge will maintain their temperature.

Not sure I agree with that statement.  Remember, yeast creates heat. 

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