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All Grain Brewing / Re: How much mash water do I use???
« on: October 28, 2010, 08:39:17 AM »
If you;re batch sparging, this is the easy way to figure out water requirements...mash with whatever ratio you like.  I generally go for 1.3-1.75 qt./lb.  After you run off your mash, measure how much you have in your kettle.  Subtract that from the amount you want to boil.  The answer you get is the amount of sparge water ti use.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ph question for IPA recipe
« on: October 28, 2010, 08:25:22 AM »
My usual warning for the Buffer 5.2....don't assume it's working for you.  If you use it, you should also check your pH to make sure it's correct.  depending on your water and your recipe, sometimes the stuff works, sometimes it doesn't.

Denny - did you install an on demand water heater (tankless) or with a tank?  I am thinking about that for my brewery - would make things a bit quicker on brewday.

It's a 4 gal. under counter model.  It has a tank, but it's only 4 gal.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« on: October 27, 2010, 12:47:06 PM »
Maybe I'd better try to find some and give it a second chance.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:45:37 AM »
I'm pretty sure that's classed as an EIPA, not an AIPA.  I tried really hard to like it.  Didn't work for me.

I'm not a PNW'er and I thought they were average and unexciting.

That just means you're ready to move here!  ;)

The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:43:34 AM »
Denny ..... ok so what is a CSA (confederate states of america, chicken s*** amalgamator?)??

You've been gone from OR for too long, Mark!  It stands for "Community Supported Agriculture".  It's like a subscription farm.  This is the one down the road from me that I was referring to...

Yet another PNW taster! 

The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:06:56 AM »
That's a great idea, Tom.  There's a CSA down the road from me that does that with both chickens and ducks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pro Brewers...Fermentis yeasts
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:05:03 AM »
I've pitched 05 both with and without aeration and didn't find any difference in performance of the quality of the beer.  Being the "pragmatic" type, I hate to do work that doesn't provide a noticeable benefit.  I don't bother doing anything about aeration with 05 now.

I'm with Jim on the Ranger...maybe it's because that we're both from the PNW that we expect a bit more assertiveness in an IPA.  The best thing I can say about Ranger is that it's OK.

I installed a sink and water heater for brewing a few weeks back.  They made a huge difference in my work flow, but maybe the biggest difference was having more counter space!

I'll be brewing Herman Holtrop's Rochefort recipe this weekend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DC's Rye IPA fermentation schedule
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:01:17 AM »
How long does a keg last around your place?  Weeks?  Months?  Hours?  Seconds?

2-3 months on average.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: ProAm for the National Homebrew Competition
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:00:18 AM »
I've heard nothing about it and tend to think it's not true.  Janis would know one way or the other, though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you take your AIPA, sir?
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:59:27 AM »
"Balanced" is in the glass of the beerholder!  I like mine "balanced" toward a big face slap of bitterness!

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