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All Grain Brewing / Re: Unbalanced pale ale
« on: July 05, 2011, 08:34:15 AM »
Some people put them in a bag, and then add a big stainless washer or bolt (sanitized) to weigh it down.

Marbles work well, too.

Weighing down the hop bag is completely unnecessary.  I'm surprised so many people think they need to do it.

OK, what does the Campden tablet do with it? Does it precipitate out? neutralize? My HLT is sort of permanently mounted, having to take it down every time to clean out would be a pain in the arse.....

Ingredients / Re: What is candi sugar?
« on: July 04, 2011, 02:18:11 PM »
When do you add sugar?  I just brewed an amber ale and I was shooting for 1.060-1.062 but came up quite short in my efficiency.  I calculated at 85% but only got 76% (I am using a new 2-row which may be part of the problem).  So, my gravity is only about 1.050.  Can I add a lb of sugar to bring it up higher now or should I wait until the yeast have had a chance to munch on the maltose first? 

This beer is fairly heavily hopped, at least for me (1.5 oz Centennial @ 75, 1 oz Casdade at 30, 1/2 oz Cascade at 15, 1/2 oz at 0, 1 oz to go in for dry hops).  Being lower gravity than I expected will it be out of balance with lower alcohol?  Or just leave it at session strength and live with it?

I generally add sugar early in the boil, but that's just so I don't forget about it.  You can add it just about any time, though.  Mix it with some boiled and cooled water to dissolve it first.

The Pub / Re: comp entry question
« on: July 04, 2011, 02:14:43 PM »
The way I decide is to pour a beer and taste it while I read through the guidelines of the categories I'm considering entering.  Whichever one it tastes most like is where it gets entered.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Full Sail Pale Ale
« on: July 04, 2011, 12:40:48 PM »
Yeah, I should probably revisit it too, rather than just thinking about having it a lot of years ago.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Full Sail Pale Ale
« on: July 04, 2011, 11:57:02 AM »
Since they're from around here, I ran across it years ago.  I used to think it was great, these days I'm kinda indifferent about it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To Tweak or not to Tweak...
« on: July 04, 2011, 11:55:50 AM »
If I have a recipe that I think I'm gonna like having around, I brew it multiple times, tweaking it until I get it exactly where I want it.  From then on, I don't change a thing.

The Pub / Re: Happy Independence Day everyone!!!
« on: July 04, 2011, 09:55:37 AM »
Had some folks over for beer and BBQ yesterday.  I'm brewing today, but I'm moving really slowly!

I _think_ that's the production date.

Ingredients / Re: What is candi sugar?
« on: July 04, 2011, 09:45:25 AM »
So what I'm hearing is - use a lb of sugar.

What about corn syrup instead since it's usually more fructose.  Regular sucrose is fructose + glucose.  Any thoughts on using light corn syrup instead of sugar?  I'm fine with sugar, now I'm just curious.

Make sure it's a brewers corn syrup, not one for cooking that make have salt or other flavors added.  But even then, you're not gaining anything.  Regular table sugar will work just as well.

Ingredients / Re: What is candi sugar?
« on: July 04, 2011, 09:04:21 AM »
Actually, I don't believe the candi rock sugar is inverted.  It's simply lumps of (usually) beet sugar.  IMO, it adds no more flavor than table sugar, even the dark rocks.  The candi syrup is a different story, though.

3787 seems like a strange choice for a wit.  At any rate, it and T-58 are nothing alike.

Beer Recipes / Re: Gennesee My Butt!
« on: July 03, 2011, 08:44:43 AM »
You won't regret it, Ron.  It's a killer recipe.

Yeah, that's a pretty good yeast for a wit.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain Batch
« on: July 02, 2011, 10:56:55 AM »
Keep in mind that Kai did an experiment where sparging with room temp water got him the same efficiency as sparging with hot water. Based on that and my own experience, I have to question how much the viscosity is reduced and how much difference it makes if it is.

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