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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's and Caramel Malts
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:45:12 AM »
Jeff, years ago I came to the conclusion that I didn't care for MO for APA/AIPA.  For my tastes, I find the malt flavor just doesn't complement the styles.  I, too, know of many people who feel it's the perfect base malt for ant style.  Not for me, thanks!  FWIW, I have an APA on tap now that's pils malt, flaked maize, and light candi syrup.  Hopped to about .9:1 BU:GU and dry hopped with Zythos.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleanup...
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:32:48 AM »
Also, any suggestions about that white oxyclean film I get on everything?

When I lived in Lafayette I kept a spray bottle of isopropyl on hand.
That sounds like a plan. Lafayette water is what I'm dealing with. And no, I don't brew with it -- tastes too nasty.

How much Oxiclean are you using?  I find 1-2 Tbsp. is plenty for a 7 gal. fermenter.  Using too much will exacerbate the film problem.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's and Caramel Malts
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:28:30 AM »
Then there is Gordon Strong's statement that he thinks Maris Otter does not go well with "C" hops. Read that on in print not too long ago and chuckled, but please don't ask me where that was in print.

I completely agree with Gordon.

I can't imagine making an APA/AIPA without some crystal malt, usually on the 10% range.  It's not about any single ingredient, it's about how you use an ingredient and your own tastes.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Budweiser Project 12
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:17:23 PM »
Here is an interesting article sort of related to this topic.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-25/the-plot-to-destroy-americas-beer

Interesting article, but the title is so hyperbolic it turns me off.   There is NO "plot to destroy America's beer".  There is simply a way of running a business that isn't good for beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Recipes for some grain I've acquired
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:54:19 AM »
I was reading with some interest about cold extraction using carafa grains.
Adding mostly color keeping the dark roast flavors in reserve.....YMMV
I have not tried this as of yet

I tried it a couple times, then I switched to buying Sinamar.  Same result with a lot less hassle.

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The Pub / Re: Have a great Movember!
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:53:18 AM »
If I have to shave my beard, I'm out.  I shaved for the first time in 30 years a couple years back.  My wife wouldn't look at me and people I knew begged me to grow it back.  I guess the less you can see of my face, the better I look.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Labeling bottles
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:49:45 AM »
I assumed it was the light from his nose.  That's just me though.  8^)

Paul

Correct, Paul.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Hobby Survey
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:44:19 AM »
No Denny, thats your buddy Dave that thinks that. Plain and simple, I don't trust the govt. If a govt agency is funding something like this they could ask for the results. You really think a college would say no?There's not 'personal' information per se in there, but there is enough info to track folks down. If they need to survey homebrewers to figure out improvements they need to make to better education, they need to rethink their entire process/agenda. Yep, call me paranoid!

Thanks for the explanation, E.  Sorry I mischaracterized you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Whirlpooling Question
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:40:32 AM »
Got it...interesting point.  I think that I'd just find a way to subjectively quantify the bittering of late addition rather than try to remove them.  Kind of like I do with FWH.  I decide how much bittering I think I get from them, then reduce the 60 min. addition accordingly.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Budweiser Project 12
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:37:23 AM »
BMC?....drinking it?......storing it?    What a blow! and I was kinda lookin up to some of you guys. ;)

I try not to judge people by what they like to drink, even when I don't understand how they could have such poor taste!  ;)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Budweiser Project 12
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:35:53 AM »
Target practice.  Full bottles make a nice display when hit.

You only have a finite number of brain cells.  Don't waste them on junk "beer".

I say "You only have one liver...destroy it wisely!"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Whirlpooling Question
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:35:08 AM »
As always, the first question that pops into my mind is "why?".  What do you hope to accomplish by removing the boil hops?  I can't see anything gained from it, but I may be missing something.

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Ingredients / Re: Using DME for Bottle Priming?
« on: November 05, 2012, 09:24:46 AM »
A better alternative to DME would probably be freezing or canning some wort out of the kettle and using it to carbonate (krausening). Basically no additional work, and by bottling time you already know the fermentability.

Just adding fresh wort would be using "speise."

Also known as "priming with gyle".  Tried it a couple times.  Kind of a pain and it didn't work any better than sugar.

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Ingredients / Re: Using DME for Bottle Priming?
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:55:08 AM »
DME takes longer to carb the beer than sugar and you have to know the fermentability of the DME in order to predict the level of carbonation.  A PITA IMO.  DME offers no benefits in taste or quality of carbonation, I found in an experiment I did years back.  I'd say stick with sugar.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Hobby Survey
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:51:42 AM »
Knowing Eric, I think his concern was more that the more government knows about homebrewers, the more likely they are to tax it.

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