Marshall Schott is conducting a survey and last I heard the results for sparge methods (1200 responses) were 18% fly, 43% batch, 3% no sparge and 24% BIAB.
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If I ever do a 14% lager I will use this yeast.
Mark, or anyone else, do you have background on the origin of S-189?
I believe that the strain originates from the Hürlimann Brewery.
Not sure I get what you are saying here. Just because we have more grains and hops to choose from we can't use this book anymore?
DGB walks the dog through many of the basic processes of the brewing day, it also gives you a great foundation on how and where all the "numbers" come from, and then why they are important.
I guess in the end, it comes down to where and what you learned the most from. I have been brewing for almost 8 years, and did not read the Joy of Homebrewing until last year, I don't feel I missed out on anything. I used the online version of How to Brew, but have never read the whole book.
Every time I feel I need to look something up in a book Designing Great Beers is the first on I pick up.
From what it sounds like I think I'll be getting the Charlie P. and Mosher books first than get that series. I'm a science teacher so I enjoy the technical side of things as well. Thanks everyone!
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
@erock- I'll give it a shot both ways and see . That's one of the beauties of doing 1 gallon batches before going to 5 gallons. So I'll be using 4lbs of base malt... use 10% of that as sugar? I know that mite be a stupid question, but I just never done that.
@Steve- So just stick to Centennial for bittering and the rest at flameout ok cool. I always wanted to try CTZ for bittering.
Looks like 3.5 mL of lactic acid or 7.6 oz of aciduated malt would get me down from 5.7 to 5.2 for the American wheat. I have never used more than like 0.7 mL of lactic acid for my mash so 5 times as much made me think there could be ill effects.
I did a little homework on Hop Heaven. It appears that the owner handles pro-brewing contracts as well as selling on eBay. Everyone seems to have good things to say about Ted. Most of the varieties are only offered in 1lb bags. It takes me forever to work through a pound of a single variety, as I usually only use around two pounds total in a year. That's partly due to the fact that I use whole hops, and there's a limit to the quantity of whole hops that can be used in a small batch without losing too much wort to the hops with my setup (I also prefer beers with a BU:GU ratio of 0.5 to 0.. I am assuming that Ted offers 1/2lb bags upon request.