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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: an ale in honor of Stan Laurel
« on: November 28, 2011, 09:27:58 AM »
This is another fine mess you've gotten us into!  ;)

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: 5.2 stablizer and partial mash
« on: November 28, 2011, 09:27:10 AM »
It pretty much depends on what the bottled water is like and what your grist bill is.

Beer Recipes / Re: Amber Ale feedback
« on: November 27, 2011, 01:31:53 PM »
Use light extract and get all your color and flavor from specialty grains.

The Pub / Re: Digitizing Vinyl Records
« on: November 27, 2011, 01:30:53 PM »
Well, I am a little fussy about the audio quality. I may be getting in a little over my head, but from conversations I have had, here goes: I would like the sample rate to be 96kHz done at 24bits. The other thing I was looking to do was place the recordings uncompressed on an external hard drive using jpeg 2000. Any thoughts as to how I would accomplish this with a usb drive turntable? I own a very old turntable, and I feel that to adapt it would cost as much as buying a new turntable. My old one is not that good so buying something new would be fine by me.

You won't hear any difference at 24/96.  That's a good choice for editing workstations in order to account for rounding errors, but it's really unnecessary as a listening standard. 

Beer Recipes / Re: wheat wine
« on: November 27, 2011, 10:02:36 AM »
Maybe you've had a different experience, but every wheat wine I've had was much more like a BW than a wheat beer.  Based on that, are you sure you want to go in a spicy, phenolic direction?

Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« on: November 27, 2011, 10:00:31 AM »
The beers I made did not taste like they were decocted at all.
Just do not tell this to Denny.  :D

I hope you notice how I held my tongue!  I've always fekt somewhat vindicated in my belief about decoction after that tasting of Kai's beers we did.  Even he couldn't tell which was decocted and which wasn't!

The Pub / Re: Brewery Oops's.....
« on: November 27, 2011, 09:55:47 AM »
Super dangerous idea to add boiling - or even hot - liquid to carboy. Ever! The last thing you want to happen is a carboy to shatter in your hands. There have been many people over the years who have had serious laceration from breaking carboys. Serious loss of blood! It's probably a good idea to start reminding people of the dangers of glass carboys again.

THIS^^^^....NEVER put hot liquid in a carboy or use hot water to clean it.  several of mine even have a warning stamped on the bottom.

Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone built a stirrer for decoctions?
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:51:11 PM »
Pigheaded back atcha!  ;)

Ingredients / Re: Diastatic Power of Munich
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:41:54 PM »
great western, 10L

That's one of the better ones in terms of diastatic power (plus I really like the flavor!).  Asking it to convert 50% more than its own weight is pushing it.  I think it would do it, but if you want to be safe you might consider adding a 1lb. or 2 of pale just to be sure.

Ingredients / Re: Pilsner vs Pale Malt
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:35:28 PM »
For something like a generic "amber lager", I think it's wide open to do whatever sounds good to you.  My first reaction was to go with pils, but then I thought "why not the pale?".  Just like you said.  I think it's a worthwhile experiment to try the pale and I don't know why it won't work well.

Ingredients / Re: Diastatic Power of Munich
« on: November 24, 2011, 12:37:11 PM »
Maybe...what color is the Munich and what maltster?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewer's Tithe
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:50:25 AM »
I'm doing this in a manner....I'm using the 3-4 kegs that SN will send me from Beer Camp to put on a fundraiser for our local food bank.  SN will donate the beer.

Finally cold enough here to brew lagers so I'm doing a German pils.  All pils malt and Hallertauer Tradition hops, StaroPrague yeast.

I start with a basic cranberry sauce recipe...

12 oz. cranberries
1 c. water
1 c. sugar (I like brown sugar)

Bring sugar and water to a boil, add cranberries, return to boil, simmer for 10 min.

Usually I add orange zest and use orange juice for part of the water.  You can chop up some jalapenos and add them.  Whatever strikes your fancy.  You can also reserve about 1/2 c. of the cranberries and add them at the very end of the boil for more texture.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2 Golds
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:53:32 PM »
Good on ya, Graham!

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