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Gotta work this weekend, so I'm brewing a tripel tomorrow.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How often do you check your gravity?
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:56:51 AM »
Your momma had you done up in one of those boy's dresses didn't she. Don't fret! Those were popular when you were born around the turn of the century!
Denny's baby picture is a daguerreotype. ;) ;D's a cave painting!

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:49:01 AM »
When would you measure the pH using Mdixon's schedule?  I used 5L of tap water to boil the grain and 15 L of distilled water and the pH is 6.4 after the 10 min rest at 104.  I'm going to adjust them at the saccarification rest (153) but do I need to worry prior to that?

Nope.  The sacc rest is where it really counts.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Poured out that old Belgian
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:40:18 AM »
I don't think the type of sugar matters much (I've used just about every sugar you can find at the health food store) but I have not tried the syrups that Denny seems to like so much (, I believe).  It seems that these syrups will add more character and flavors than simple cane or beet sugar.

Those are great, but I've found that I like the syrups from even better.  I'll be using their Simplicity (clear) syrup tomorrow for a tripel.  But whichever you use, you'll make a great Belgian style beer with them.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scoresheets?
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:33:00 AM »
Sadly, it seems like the Governing Committee gets left out of more good things. :(

(Oh, we have to enter - well, damn)

My theory is that if you don't enter, you can't lose....

International / Re: Russia and ex-Soviet republics Mead Day 2011
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:27:02 AM »
Thanks for posting and have a great Mead Day!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How often do you check your gravity?
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:22:11 AM »
I wait until at least a week, often 2, then check it.  And if you can't take a gravity reading without contaminating your beer, perhaps you should consider taking up knitting for a hobby!  ;)
Man, you don't give knitting enough credit!  That sh*t's hard!

I'm all too aware of that...I learned to knit when I was in 2nd grade.  I remember my Dad's horror when some of my friends came over to get me to go out and play football with them and I told then I'd be there as soon as I finished the row I was on!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scoresheets?
« on: July 20, 2011, 02:42:01 PM »
My medal, scoresheets, and prizes arrived yesterday.  Pretty slick. I really liked getting 9 oz. of Zeus hops, since I happen to be out of them.

Thanks AHA!

What?  I gave them MY address for that medal! ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hopping to Taste
« on: July 20, 2011, 02:39:56 PM »
Keep in mind that hops react differently at different times throughout the boil.  Suppose you put in some hops and a few minutes later taste the wort.  You think it's not bitter enough so you throw some more in.  Then you have to wait 60 min. to fond out what you really did.  Or after waiting that 60 min. you taste it and decides it needs more.  You have to boil another 60 min, to find out if THAT was enough.  And hopefully you haven't made any flavor or aroma additions which will be screwed up by boiling that extra 60 min.  I can appreciate where you're going with this and I've often had similar thoughts.  It just doesn't seem very practical or doable.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 20, 2011, 10:03:59 AM »
We've had the coldest, wettest spring/early summer in a long time.  Just last Sun. we had more rain than we normally get for the entire month of July.  Temps have been averaging 15F below normal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When to drink my AHA Beer
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:05:33 AM »
How can something be "double black"?

Think in terms of a black double IPA.....

Events / Re: No Ticketmaster next year....please?
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:26:38 AM »
Nothing that would be easy. But anything's better than the current system.

How about buying tix by mail?  Would that be better?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When to drink my AHA Beer
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:24:56 AM »
I actually popped mine a couple weeks back at a tasting with some other folks.  No one cared for it very much.  Maybe it would get better with age...who knows.

Beer Recipes / Re: Uerige Doppelsticke
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:23:14 AM »
As a  starting point, here's some info I posted on Brews & Views a few years back...maybe you can extrapolate from here...

I got the latest issue of New Brewer yesterday and there's an article on mastering altbier by none other than Dr. Frank Hebmuller, who is the brew master and executive brewer at Zum Uerige. Here's what he says...

Water can be relatively hard with a high carbonate level. This is pretty much what my water is like. Malt is based on well modified pils, with a bit of caramel malt and a bit of "chocolate roasted wheat malt". Dunno exactly what that is. Mash schedule has rests at 125, 144, 158, and 169 (mashout). Boil time is 60-70 min. Mittelfruh, Perle, or Spalt are the preferred hops. Aroma hop addition is about 25% of the total hop amount. Add aroma hops no earlier than 20 min. before flameout. OG is 1.044-1.052. Primary between 59-68F. Secondary at 50F. Then condition at 32F for 14 days. FG should be 1.008-1.014. 4.3-5.5% ABV Here's the recipe he gives for 5 gal. ....

5.9 lb. Pils malt
.15 lb. Caramel malt (e.g. Weyermann Caramunich)
1.34 oz. Chocolate Roasted malt (e.g. weyermann Carafa Spezial Type 1)
.7 oz. Hallertau Mittlefruh - 6.5% - 60 min.
.46 oz. Perele - 7.5% - 60 min.
1.11 oz. Spalt - 5% - 20 min.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hop question
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:19:05 AM »
You might be able to get away without sanitizing the sack, but why take the chance when it's so easy to do?  I put mine in a small bowl of water and put it in the microwave for 2-3 min.

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