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Beer Recipes / I am dreaming of a hoppy white wheat beer
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:03:06 PM »
I say do what you want to do but just be cautious. I am not very knowledgeable compared to most around here so I just speak from my recent experience.

My two recent relevant experiences
1.) All munich APA with Zythos - decent beer but hop character is completely overriddden by munich malt
2.) light bodied american wheat/APA with Columbus - just the oppossite of #1 (at this point)

I shouldn't really compare the two but have been learning a lot about how to balance the grain bill with the appropriate amount of hops. Apparently, I still have much to learn...

Then you didn't use enough hops!

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Equipment and Software / Spoon material
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:02:23 PM »
I use a long wooden paddle to stir the kettle and a long SS spoon to stir the mash.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Considering next step
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:44:42 AM »
Well if I'm getting a pump for whirlpool why not mash recirculation?

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

Certainly can if you like.   Personally, I see it as too much effort for too little payback.  Others may disagree.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Observation
« on: April 25, 2013, 08:41:25 AM »
So while the absolute best (and worst) beers could well be homebrews, I don't think an average homebrew would stack up very well.

THIS^^^^

I always think that if people think that homebrews are universally better than commercial beers, they don't have a broad enough view.  I make a pretty good version of Rochefort, but it doesn't even come close to the ecstasy of the real thing.  Same with other beers, too.  And this is not to diss homebrewers at all.  It's simply to point out that there are a lot of commercial beers out there and a lot of them are incredibly good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewstrong
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:33:25 AM »
Well if anyone needs to be snubbed I'll do it for a cold beer. Can't promise to keep a straight face though.

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

Thanks, but I can get it from my club for free!  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Considering next step
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:02:37 AM »
Thanks. Very interesting stuff. Basically it's just an immersion chiller plus whirlpool?  Not recirculation of cold water, right?

As fast as they claim it is I could get away with just one of those.

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

Nope, the cold water till goes through the chiller, but the wort is pumped back over the chiller.  Kinda like continuous stirring, only easier and better.  With my well water, I can (usually) go from boiling to under 60F in about 10-15 min.

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Equipment and Software / Re: March Pump Heads
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:01:09 AM »
Since you are talking me into a pump can you recommend one or two?

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

AFAIAC, the gold standard is the March 809 HS.  Although there's another version with a larger impeller that's probably even better.  I intend to upgrade the impeller in my 809.

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Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:59:12 AM »
It kinda reminds me of when I out together a promo package for my studio.  worked my butt off on it and I was quite proud of the results.  I showed it to a client who ran an ad agency and he said "I'll have one of our designers call you".

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewstrong
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:57:06 AM »
We all know that judges aren't perfect, but it seems that Jamil's comments were very impolitic and illustrate the reason I don't listen to BN shows.  I may be missing some good info, but it just insults me as much as television advertising does.

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Equipment and Software / Re: March Pump Heads
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:55:00 AM »
I was wondering which Style of Pump Head i should be getting and why.  There seem to be multiple types.  I have been looking at a pump with the inlet being centermounted and the outlet being on the top.  I have also seen outlefts on the left and inlets ont he right of the head orientation.  Is one prefered over the other, and why is it prefered?
thanks
Jeff

The ones with the side (as opposed to center) connections can be rotated.  Theoretically, you want the inlet at the bottom and the outlet at the top so that air bubbles flow up and out, making it easier to prime.  I haven't used a center inlet model, so no comment there.

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Ingredients / Re: Ingredients from Walmart!
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:12:43 AM »
Thanks for the info!  I've got the book so I'll check it out.

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Zymurgy / Re: Awesome magazine
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:07:50 AM »
No doubt. I wonder if you can buy actual hard copied of past issues. 

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

You used to be able to, but I don't know if you still can.

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I'll give it some thought. Would be a fun learning experience

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

I think you'd love it!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Considering next step
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:03:33 AM »
Hey, Jim, a couple thoughts for ya....

If you mash with the full volume of water, be sure to have a way to monitor your pH.  By using more water, the buffering power of the grains is reduced, making it easier to end up with a pH that's too high.

Get yourself a pump and do recirculated chilling.  You pump the wort out of your kettle and back over your IC in the kettle.  Dramatically reduces chilling time, plus you have a pump which can really save your back moving liquids around.  I initially bought my pump to do recirculated chilling, but found that using it to xfer wort to the fermenter is almost as big an advantage.  You can read about the process here....

http://www.mrmalty.com/chiller.php

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Going Pro / Arsenic in beer caused by filtration
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:41:24 PM »
Everything I know about it is in the post.

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