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Let's get the topic back to beer, huh?

I'm pretty sure they're not the ones brewing.  Here's a more accurate version...

Zymurgy / Re: What's the efficiency of Zymurgy recipes?
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:38:31 PM »
On ones I've reviewed (and assuming they didn't identify a brewhouse efficiency), I try to calculate the implied efficiency of the original recipe and report it.  I personally don't like to readjust recipes to fit a standard efficiency since then it's no longer the original recipe.

I think that's a great way to do it, Gordon.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing my first all grain batch. Hefeweizen
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:18:50 PM »
Keep it simple and take good notes.  Don't try anything fancy like decoctions or step mashes...get the basics down first.   Concentrate on hitting your mash temp and getting your water volumes right.

I used ProMash at 75% efficiency. For 5 gallons:

12.5 lb two row
12 oz 15L
1.75 oz Columbus, FWH (15% aa)
1.0 oz Centennial at 0
2.5 oz Centennial dry hop

It gave me 105.1 IBUs total, 1.071 SG.

These are all estimates, as you know. Not sure who's brewing software is the most accurate at calculating bitterness, but we've gotten a lot of questions similar to yours, so obviously there's a lot of variation.


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Which formula do you use?

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Our club is starting to mature
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:14:20 PM »
One guy mad a Rye IPA, that rivaled Denny's.  I wish I still had a bottle so we could have done a side by side tasting.     

Heresy!  ;)


I hope you got a couple cases of that stashed away.  Good stuff for sure.

I ended up with a few bottles (gave a lot away) and a corny.  It won't last long!

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Subscription
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:13:16 PM »
It probably takes a while to get you into the que.  Try emailing and ask.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:11:48 PM »
I don't live that far from Leos and I still haven't tried any of his beers.  Bummer!

I'm going to pass through Eau Claire on Labor Day weekend.  I think a stop is in order!

I wish I was closer so I could be a regular customer.

The Pub / Re: "Homebrewers" (insert eyeroll)
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:08:12 PM »
"Stupid is as stupid does." 

One of the most liberating points in life is when you reach the point where others' opinions of you no longer affect your self worth.  Hopefully that point comes early in your life.  If you are happy with yourself and satisfied that you are living by your own values, who gives a s*** how others judge you (or your work)?

Once I hit 60, I completely embraced that philosophy.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Our club is starting to mature
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:04:48 PM »
One guy mad a Rye IPA, that rivaled Denny's.  I wish I still had a bottle so we could have done a side by side tasting.     

Heresy!  ;)

Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:01:31 PM »
And oddly, I'm fairly certain they've made no changes here either.

Yeah, I really don't think anything has changed on this end.  Drew and I have a conference call with the AHA web team tomorrow about forum issues.  I'll try to remember to ask. 

The Pub / "Homebrewers" (insert eyeroll)
« on: July 15, 2012, 11:37:02 PM »
And I am glad that the picture of you in that hat made it to the AHA forums, so everyone can see how hideous it is.

You misspelled "awesome". ;)


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General Homebrew Discussion / That German lager flavor
« on: July 15, 2012, 09:20:00 PM »
Great discussion.

I have made my share of Czech lagers.

1) Continental ingredients.
2) Decoction or at least step mashing (Sorry Denny).
3) Lager yeast.
4) Proper Pitch, Ferment well.
5) At least 2 weeks on cold storage. Colder better.
6) Package and sell it. Ops. this is homebrew forum. Scrap this step.


No need to be sorry, Leos.  I've tried your beers and whatever you're doing is the right thing to do.

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The Pub / Re: "Homebrewers" (insert eyeroll)
« on: July 15, 2012, 08:12:43 PM »
The beers of yours I've tried have been uniformly excellent.  Even if they weren't I'd be more inclined to say it isn't to my taste rather than try to tell you how to do it. 

The Pub / "Homebrewers" (insert eyeroll)
« on: July 15, 2012, 07:50:53 PM »
I know a lot of you and have met many of you personally, and of course, I love almost every homebrewer I have ever met. But don't be "That guy".

"That guy" is the guy who showed up at our "Randall" event at a draft to go store yesterday. I wasn't there, I was at the brewery, brewing. But "That Guy" walks up to one of my partners and starts flexing his brewing muscles, asking questions about the beer, and then telling my partner why it wasn't the way he would do it. eg: I don't think an IIPA should ever be over 8% abv., and other assorted, sundry, observations and points.

Not in any way saying you have to bow down in front of your commercial brewing brethren, but for heaven's sake, if you think you can do it better yourself open your own damn brewery. And, please, at least try the beer before casting your aspersions.

(Yes, I'm hoping "that guy", by chance, reads the forum.)

I wonder how long "that guy" has been brewing.  Seems like the longer someone brews, the more they relate to what Jethro Gump said....

"The more I know about beer, the more I know I need to know more about beer".

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