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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction mashing with a cooler
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:56:20 AM »
OK, that makes it easier if I don't do the protein rest.  
See, this is the problem, I don't know if it's worth the effort or not and from what I can tell on the forum, there are some great brewers who swear by it, and some great brewers who swear at it.  Not sure.  I guess I just feel like it's one of those things that I should try at least once so I can say I did it.  Plus, I have too much time to think about new things to try and not enough time/room/yeast to actually brew anything right now.  

I completely agree that you should try it and decide for yourself.  I still do one every once in a while to see if my opinion will change.  The best way to decide is to do one batch decocted, then another exactly the same but with no decoction.  Then do a blind triangle test.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can a brother get a BJCP exam?
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:06:38 AM »
I ran an exam last Nov.  We maxed out at the 20 person limit.  But on the day of the exam, 6 of them didn't show up, even though they'd paid the full fee in advance (I made everybody do that to be sure they'd show up).  Very frustrating since I also had a waiting list of a dozen people.
Hey Denny, where should one look for the best information regarding BJCP resources/events in Oregon? Thanks!

http://www.bjcp.org/exams.php

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can a brother get a BJCP exam?
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:05:59 AM »
Denny, in your case I think you should recommend the waiting list people study as if they are going to take the exam, and invite them to show up the day of the exam and take it.  If people don't show, you can submit an exam from the waiting list in their place.  Even if they don't get to submit their exam, taking one as a practice is a great way to study for the next time they get a chance to take it.


Good idea, Tom.  Wish I would have done that. 


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction mashing with a cooler
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:03:48 AM »
Well, I'm one of those who hasn't found a lot of benefit to a decoction.  I'd recommend that if you're going to do one, you skip the 133 protein rest.  IIRC, you're using pale malt and it will not benefit from that rest and it might even be detrimental.  Mash in at your beta rest, then decoct to an alpha rest.

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The Pub / Re: Man, work is p!$$!ng me off.
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:36:44 AM »
I'm on my 3rd 14 hour day in a row...show biz!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can a brother get a BJCP exam?
« on: April 20, 2011, 07:58:44 AM »
I ran an exam last Nov.  We maxed out at the 20 person limit.  But on the day of the exam, 6 of them didn't show up, even though they'd paid the full fee in advance (I made everybody do that to be sure they'd show up).  Very frustrating since I also had a waiting list of a dozen people.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Getting Started
« on: April 19, 2011, 06:38:31 PM »
Read.

edited by mod to remove link

You know you can get HTB online *legally*, right? http://www.howtobrew.com/

Guess I'd better make John aware of that "other" link.

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The Pub / Re: Another bad day
« on: April 19, 2011, 04:08:26 PM »
Krausening is da BOMB!  It'll fix ya right up!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: uhoh morebeer
« on: April 19, 2011, 04:06:53 PM »
As of 4:06 PM PDT, it's there.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Getting Started
« on: April 19, 2011, 04:04:41 PM »
...Another question.

So i dont think i need a 70 quart cooler quite yet.

So my question is this. I either want to do 5 gallon high gravity likr 8-12% brews so all i would need is atleast a 40 quart cooler right?

And would i be alright with a 20 dollar target cooler or do i "need" to have a cooler like a coleman extreme?


I use a 48 qt. cooler.  It's a plain old Rubbermaid, no "extreme" anything.  I've used it for just under 400 batches oif beer, so it must be OK.  I can fit in about 28 lb. of grain at about 1 qt./lb. which allows me to do 5 gal. of beers up to a 1.100 OG.  OTOH, if I was gonna do it again, I'd get the 70 qt.

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Ingredients / Re: Hops for an IPA
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:03:22 AM »
Does it really matter what the bittering hops are?  I don't have many c hops so I don't want to use them for bittering if they are wasted. Thinking of trying a dark IPA down the road.

I think it does to some extent, but for bittering I look at cohumulone levels more than anything.  I find that the lower the cohumulone, the less sharp the bittering will be.

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The Pub / Re: A Game of Thrones
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:02:02 AM »
Critics are irrelevant, self-important, leaches.  The list of popular hits that were panned by critics is an astoundingly long one.

Which is why I don't blindly listen to all critics.  I find a few who, through experience, I fond look for the same things as I do so I know I can probably trust what they have to say.  Then I usually check it out myself just to be sure if I agree with them or not.   In the case of this show, I decided to check it out and see what I thought.  Unfortunately, I fell asleep before it started.  Was it any good?

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Ingredients / Re: Simcoe Hop /Shortage? When is 2011 Crop due?
« on: April 17, 2011, 02:16:12 PM »
I've already got my pre order in for those 2.

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The Pub / Re: A Game of Thrones
« on: April 17, 2011, 02:14:33 PM »
I was excited to see it until I read some of the pre reviews.  Now I don't think I'll waste my time.

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I've got an IPA fermenting now that was about 70% Munich, 20% special aromatic, and the rest Victory.  I think Victory has a kinda toasty, slightly nutty flavor.

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