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Kegging and Bottling / Re: O2 Barrier caps... Really?
« on: April 28, 2012, 08:49:17 PM »
I couldn't swear they work, but I'm willing to pay more for them for beers that are going to be aged a long time.  Couldn't hurt.

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The Pub / Re: If you did not like smoking it.....
« on: April 28, 2012, 07:59:14 PM »
Sounds disgusting. 

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Zymurgy / Re: Denny's Article in the Current Zymergy
« on: April 28, 2012, 03:47:08 PM »
That's the idea!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: April 28, 2012, 03:44:20 PM »
So it looks like I will be doing the "Cheap n Easy" System. I have a 6 gallon brew pot but was thinking of going bigger. Is it worth it to do all grain batches at 5 gallons. I was thinking I could do 10 gallons of wort and use two different yeast strains to make some different beers. Now my question is stainless steel pot or aluminium?

Either SS or AL is fine.  For the first several years I did AG, I used the 7.5 gal. AL pot that came with my turkey fryer.  It was just barely big enough for a 5 gal. batch if I added a bit of top off water after the boil.  I still use it for heating mash and sparge water (you can see it in the photo on my website).  Keep in mind that if you do larger batches, the mash and boil are just part of the issue.  You need a way to maintain fermentation temp control for 2 5 gal. batches at once, too.  That's the main reason I almost always do 5 gal. at a time, not 10.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Low Alcohol Beer Ideas?
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:12:09 PM »
Come find my beer at NHC! It should be about 4%, and I am working on packing in a ton of flavor. I am really hoping to get good feedback on it. I did the base recipe, and it tasted good, going to throw a couple of small changes into it for my next batch in a couple weeks.

I'll look forward to trying it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:09:35 PM »
So I just bought a place with plenty of space to start all grain brewing. I have read a lot of articles and looked at many different set ups but want to know what I would need for the basics. As much as I would like something badass and tricked out I just want something that will allow me more control of my beer.

I have been brewing extract with specialty grains in my apartment for almost a year now and while the beer taste great I would like to take the next step into this obsession.

Even if you just show me a link to a good site with information or your own set up that would be awesome. And about how much do you think it would cost to get a "starter" set up that I can upgrade easily?

Thanks a bunch.

Sounds like you need the "Cheap'n'Easy" system!  www.dennybrew.com

EDIT:  looks like I'm too slow!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Low Alcohol Beer Ideas?
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:26:21 PM »
I hear you.  I tried to do a lower gravity Belgian blonde and it does really seem thin.  It was great as a starter for my quad, though.

Now that you mention it, one that really worked for me was a Patersbier.  Great flavor and low alcohol for a Belgian...but still in the 5-5.5% range.  That seems to be the lower limit for me right now.

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Going Pro / Re: "The Grand Timeline"
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:24:02 PM »
Yes.  I always plan to, but we stay about two hours north of Eau Claire.  It would be a long day trip with three kids, especially after the looooooong drive getting there.

I do pick up some growlers of his beer every time we pass through.  His Marzen was outstanding.
Joe Sr. Thank you.
Just letting you know that we have open a tap room. It is not too far from 53 north.
Once more time thank you for buying my beer.

Having tried your beer, I'll say that anyone able to get it should consider themselves very lucky.  I wish I was able to get it here!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Low Alcohol Beer Ideas?
« on: April 27, 2012, 07:28:41 PM »
Obviously it depends on your own tastes.  I have yet to taste a low alcohol beer that I thought was really flavorful.  Others will disagree with me.  My own brewing has been trending toward lower ABV, but I can taste the flavor diminishing as the OG drops.

I'd be interested to know where you wind up with lower gravity beers.  I've been attempting to brew more lower alcohol beers myself, but my efforts seem to wind up in the 5 - 6% range.  Which is lower than my typical beer...

Yeah, that's about where I am, too.  I cut my all time favorite alt recipe back so it ended up at 5.5% instead of the 6.5-6.75 it usually ends up at.  It seems thin and watery.  Admittedly, I didn't really add any crystal or mash higher to compensate....I just took the same recipe and used less grain overall.  Maybe if I had started from scratch it would have worked out better.  A few years back, I was trying to formulate an "American mild" using American ingredients.  I was shooting for about 3-3.5% but I just couldn't make it work.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: April 27, 2012, 07:23:34 PM »



I hope that guy won something, it's almost 5% of the total entries for the region!

I heard there was a dude in texas that entered there with 70+ entries!

OK governing board, if this is true, we need to do something about this.  Many people were unable to enter.  If one guy can 10% of the entries for one region, something is clearly wrong.

There can be something wrong if it is against the rules. Please show where it is against the rules and I will then agree that something is wrong.

There were that legandary story in the past of a guy who entered all subcatigories, beer, mead, and cider.  It that happened - I don't know if it is true - there was nothing wrong with it then, not now unless the rules say it is not.

Campaign for a rule change if you wish.

Edit - Just saw your new thread.

I have to agree with you, Jeff.  There's nothing in the rules that says he can't.  Now, maybe the rules need to be changed for the future, but I'm not even certain of that.  Maybe people just need to be made aware that the comp fills up fast and they need to be ready to enter ASAP.  Maybe we need some other way to deal with it.  At any rate, the AHA and the GC are aware of the number of people disappointed that they didn't get to enter and one of our prime issues is to find a way to take care of the problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: April 27, 2012, 07:20:18 PM »



I hope that guy won something, it's almost 5% of the total entries for the region!

I heard there was a dude in texas that entered there with 70+ entries!

How certain are you of that rumor?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To our Governing Committee
« on: April 27, 2012, 07:19:05 PM »
I have no idea if it's true that one person entered 70 beers.  It seems apocryphal, but it should be easy to find out the truth.  I'm not sure how I feel about it if it is true.  The entire process is under review, though.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Low Alcohol Beer Ideas?
« on: April 27, 2012, 04:24:06 PM »
Obviously it depends on your own tastes.  I have yet to taste a low alcohol beer that I thought was really flavorful.  Others will disagree with me.  My own brewing has been trending toward lower ABV, but I can taste the flavor diminishing as the OG drops.

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Beer Travel / Re: Pubs in Lincoln City, Ore.?
« on: April 27, 2012, 03:44:20 PM »
Rogue in Newport, of course.  Pelican in Pacific City (north of Lincoln City) has great beer, great food and a beautiful view.  IIRC, there's a McBeer's in Lincoln City, but I wouldn't waste my time there.

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This is your weekly reminder that caramelization can't happen in wort under atmospheric pressure, and that the term is "non-enzymatic browning". Now back to your regularly scheduled thread. ;D

+1.  I was dying to say that, but I say it so often that I was waiting for someone else to mention it!

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