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Ingredients / Re: What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:55:48 PM »
And how did you use it? Got to thinking about this after reading about a spirulina beer....kinda makes my mushrooms beers look normal.
What kind of mushrooms in what kind of beer? I was recently thinking about this. Maybe a portobella pilsner?

I've brewed a brown ale with reduced maple sap and sassafras roots a few years ago. Friends still ask for it.

Chanterelles in a wee heavy.

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/WeeShroomy

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Ingredients / Re: What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:16:12 PM »
Never heard of Persian mulberries.  What did they taste like and what did you do with them?

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Ingredients / What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:00:42 PM »
And how did you use it? Got to thinking about this after reading about a spirulina beer....kinda makes my mushrooms beers look normal.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Switching to All Grain
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:51:26 PM »

BTW Denny is our resident hippy. You may have to armwrestle him for the privilege.

yes, but he said sexy hippy... 8)

OUCH!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: protein rest..why, why not, and when
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:49:53 PM »
Denny- any circumstances where you would / have perform[ed] a rest?

If I was making a beer with a LOT of wheat, I might do one.  But since I don't care for wheat beers, it's hard to say!  I've made a couple wits and didn't do a p rest.  A lot of people seem to do a p rest to aid lautering, but I've never had a stuck runoff so personally I don't see the need.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: protein rest..why, why not, and when
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:20:24 PM »
Has anyone who does a protein rest ever made a thin, watery beer?

I did early on in my brewing.  Making an PseudOfest with GW Munich.  Did a 30 min. rest at 120.  The beer had no head and the body was like water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: protein rest..why, why not, and when
« on: March 15, 2013, 12:37:36 PM »
AFAIC, 99% of the time it's a leftover from the past when grains weren't as highly modified.  According to John Palmer's article in the January 2003 issue of Zymurgy, anyhting wiht a Kolbach of 40 or more doesn't need a protein rest.  It's darn hard to find a malt under 40 these days.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: pitching on a yeast cake
« on: March 15, 2013, 11:48:08 AM »
I always harvest the yeast and wash and sanitize the container - but I collect and repitch multiple times, so I don't want a whole slurry in there.  I overpitched a light ale once and it was highly estery with US-05 slurry.  I seem to recall that if the yeast don't reproduce sufficiently, they instead throw off acetaldehydes or phenols, because their full reproduction cycle has been short circuited.  I will defer to the science guys on that, but it makes sense to at least remove half of the yeast cake if repitching to a comparable or smaller beer.

http://www.danstaryeast.com/articles/yeast-growth

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Switching to All Grain
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:31:19 AM »
BPA is in #7 plastic (confirmed in the article posted). Plastic coolers are #2 plastic.

You're right and #2 is considered safer by the government and big business. For those of you who put blind faith in the government and large corporations, go for it. I'll stick to stainless.
Sorry to hijack the thread. BIAB!

Actually, I put my faith in a couple homebrewer friends who are plastics chemists.  They tell me HDPE is fine and I have no reason not to believe them.  Use whatever material you like...no problem.  But be sure your decision is based on sound science.  I think I have.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Switching to All Grain
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:28:28 AM »
cornershot, I have never seen any evidence of "hot wort absorbing toxins from the plastic".  AAMOF, after a recent discussion on HBT I'm more sure then ever that there's nothing to worry about.  What am I missing?


Denny,
I mean no disrespect.  Dennybrew was imensely helpful in my transition to all grain. So thank you for that! There's enough articles, books, and documentaries out there stating the dangers of plastic to make me think what if they're right? I'd rather not take the chance of regularly ingesting chemicals that mimic estrogen and cause breast cancer among other nasty things.
 I Still enjoy batch sparging as well as fly sparging and biag. I just do it in stainless steel. Look for the "evidence" and you will find it. Here's an article to get you started: 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=plastic-not-fantastic-with-bisphenol-a

No offense taken.  Coolers are made of HDPE and AFAIK and have found there is no BPA in HDPE.

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All Grain Brewing / Switching to All Grain
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:53:34 AM »
cornershot, I have never seen any evidence of "hot wort absorbing toxins from the plastic".  AAMOF, after a recent discussion on HBT I'm more sure then ever that there's nothing to worry about.  What am I missing?

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Where did Ask the Experts go?
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:32:22 PM »
OK, ATE is now here and it's not members only any longer!

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/ask-the-experts1

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water, by John Palmer
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:55:21 AM »
Well, that's a bummer.  I wonder why Amazon would be so deceptive?

Probably becasue that's what they were told.  I don't think it's deception.  I think it's uncertainty.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water, by John Palmer
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:39:33 AM »
There probably will.  I don't think I'll hold my breath for April 16, though.  Kristi, you out there?

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Ingredients / Re: Czech malt
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:25:17 AM »
Same story here...our club was doing a bulk order and I was informed yesterday that neither the Czech pils or my standard best pils were available.  At least I was able to get Best Heidelberg as a sub.  It sounds like it's like the pils but a bit lighter colored.

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