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Ingredients / Re: Java beans in coffee porter
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:26:24 PM »
As they say YMMV..... Denny I would be the last person to ever disagree with your experience so their you have it if Denny says it's good on the hot side then so be it. Like my original post stated I have not done this personally my knowledge comes from either books, schooling, and I have made a lot of good friends that are commercial brewers that have all basically said cold extraction is the way to go. Is it possible that other factors would play into the equation like carapils or another grain that would counter balance the oils ? I don't think anyone will disagree that oils in general will effect retention.

It could very well be that in a 5 gal. batch you don't get enough oil from the amount of coffee you use to be a problem.

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Ingredients / Re: Interesting Hop Article
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:24:16 PM »
Hmmm, 500 lb. of dry hops in a 5 gal. batch.....makes my mouth water!  ;)

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Ingredients / Re: Ingredients from Walmart!
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:23:16 PM »

Bread flour (King Arthur at least) contains some malted barley flour in it to convert some starches into sugars during the rise. I don't know if there are enough enzymes to do significant conversion, but maybe.

I thought it was only for flavor.
Probably for most, but if you do long rises or use pre-ferments, enzymes play a big role in flavor. It basically a slow motion mash.

But is the flour diastatic?  Does it actually have enzymes?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Yeast Choice for Imperial Stout
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:22:18 PM »
Yeah, Boulevard (IIRC) as well as a number of other commercial breweries use T-58 for bottling.  There's also this, which is specifically for bottling...

http://www.fermentis.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/SFB_F2_EN.pdf

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Equipment and Software / Re: Primary without an airlock
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:17:05 PM »
Freezer? I'm debating a big bucket of water and ice bottles with a sealed igloo cooler.

He's talking about using your freezer to freeze the bottles.

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Ingredients / Re: Java beans in coffee porter
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:39:00 AM »
Just to add to what your saying if you do a hot extraction with the coffee beans you will also then extract the beans oils as well which will have a multitude of other negative effects with head retention among other associated problems.

I've added hot brewed espresso to a batch and not had that problem.

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Ingredients / Re: Ingredients from Walmart!
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:04:46 AM »

Bread flour (King Arthur at least) contains some malted barley flour in it to convert some starches into sugars during the rise. I don't know if there are enough enzymes to do significant conversion, but maybe.

I thought it was only for flavor.

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Ingredients / Re: Interesting Hop Article
« on: April 23, 2013, 10:02:49 AM »
Thanks Sean.  Interesting.  So does (or has) anybody dry hopped by warming them up for a day 1st?  I've done a ton of dry hopping, but always from the old school approach,ie., keep em cold.

I don't warm up the hops before dry hopping, but after being out of the freezer for a couple hours they're up to room temp anyway.  Then the go into the fermenter or keg, which I usually leave at room temp for 5-14 days.  So what's the difference?

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All Grain Brewing / Next Step-Water
« on: April 22, 2013, 08:44:48 AM »
I've never been afraid of sulfate used appropriately, but I've recently become a convert to higher sulfate levels.  I recently doubled the amount of sulfate in my Rye IPA and it made a beer I've always loved even better.

What would those finished sulfate levels be?  I want to make my Rye IPA better.

The current one is 200 ppm and it's great.  I'm gonna go to 250-300 on the next batch.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: East West Rivalry?
« on: April 21, 2013, 04:45:49 PM »
That does sound fun.  Denny, put your money where your mouth is and have your club enter the same competition :)

You obviously don't know my club...but I'll ask around.
Sure I do.  But you put it out there that they make WAY better beer :)

I'll bring it up.  Some of the young guns might go for it.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: East West Rivalry?
« on: April 21, 2013, 04:45:12 PM »
Not the type A, competitive win or die sort?

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

Most of them are already convinced that our club makes better beer than anyone and can't be bothered with proving it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Problems serving beer!! Help needed!
« on: April 21, 2013, 03:43:33 PM »
Added 16 feet. Helped a lot.

Great!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: East West Rivalry?
« on: April 21, 2013, 03:41:51 PM »
That does sound fun.  Denny, put your money where your mouth is and have your club enter the same competition :)

You obviously don't know my club...but I'll ask around.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop addition question
« on: April 21, 2013, 03:40:49 PM »
When to add the hops depends on what you want from them....bitterness, flavor, or aroma.  You might want to brew the kit as is while you do a little study.  One of the best resources around is www.howtobrew.com

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / DMS in extract kit
« on: April 21, 2013, 01:42:09 PM »
You're correct.  The only reason to boil extract for 60 min. is for hop utilization.

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