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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:38:21 PM »
I know you were shooting for Denny, but IMHO, the answer is, no, it doesn't matter.

And Denny agrees.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long to boil to rid chlorine?
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:36:34 PM »
It's good you are careful with the dechlorination.  It takes incredibly little of chlorine or chloramine to produce perceptible chlorophenols in beer.  The levels that your water board tells you not to worry about are FAR more than needed to screw up beer flavor. 

Good luck with the 5.2.

Very diplomatic, Martin.  I'll be a bit more blunt...lose the 5.2!  It seldom works and give the beer a strange flavor.  This is my experience and that of many others.  As AJ said on another forum, the people who say 5.2 works are those who don't actually check the pH.  Try at least a couple batches without it and compare.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will bitterness round out in keg?
« on: September 02, 2013, 03:32:16 PM »
I wouldn't be quite so long has it been fermenting?  If not too long, the bitterness could be from yeast thaat hasn't dropped out yet.  If it's been fermenting a while (like 3+ weeks), then go ahead and keg.

Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: September 01, 2013, 07:38:17 PM »
Mmmmmm, blueberry pie!

Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:40:03 PM »
I tapped the Blueberry Wheat today. The color is purple from the 7 lbs of blueberries, the aroma is strong clove (assuming from using WB-06), the body is light, and the flavor is clove with a hint of blueberry.  I think I might add some blueberry extract to the keg for more flavor. Will the strong clove flavor fade over time? I'm thinking that I should've used a cleaner yeast strain..oh well not bad, but definitely not great.

Yeah, when I made a blueberry wheat, I made an Am. wheat.  The style has no flavor ;) so the blueberries can shine through.

Beer Recipes / Re: Should I just give up on lagers?
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:25:26 PM »
Hey, I just read something Martin wrote on another forum.....have you checked your wort pH in the kettle?

Beer Recipes / Re: Should I just give up on lagers?
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:10:42 PM »
Damn, buddy, you're not making this easy.  You seem to be doing everything by the book.

Ok! I Will follow the instructions!
Thanks denny

If you don't care for the results, you can always adjust next time.  But until you brew it by the directions, you don't know if or how to adjust.

Beer Recipes / Re: Should I just give up on lagers?
« on: September 01, 2013, 03:48:38 PM »
Short answer: don't give up

Long answer:  I'd really look into getting your water analyzed and start using a water calculator.  That made a huge difference for me, especially my pale lagers.  I noticed a much smaller improvement in my ales.  I'd also try to make sure I didn't over pitch or under pitch.

For fermentation you might look at (apologies if I get this wrong) what Mike McDole does.  It is much quicker and in my experience works better.  A brewpub brewer uses that technique professionally as well.

For me lagers really made me pay more attention to smaller details.

Agree with everything, except maybe the McDole advice since I don't know what he does!  Graham, my light lagers (and all other light colored beers) became much better once I had a water analysis and started adjusting based on it.  How do your light colored ales turn out? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 31, 2013, 03:56:20 PM »
When Briess was developing a rye extract for NB, I brewed several extract batches with it to come up with a recipe for Rye IPA for NB.  I had an all grain version of it on tape, also and I was amazed at how close the extract version came to the AG.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Cooler for all grain
« on: August 31, 2013, 03:25:00 PM »
The Igloo is BPA free

FWIW, all coolers I know of are made with HDPE and they're all BPA free.

Cane sugar won't add any flavor (most sugars won't), but at the same time it won't do any harm.  Personally, I'd follow the directions and use the amount of sugar called for.  That's how you;ll get the correct body and gravity for the beer.  For priming, don't use's not 100% fermentable.  Table sugar works great for priming.  I use about 1 oz. of sugar for every gal. of beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:51:41 PM »
By the way, if you go dennybrew (which is a great way) be prepared to spend the rest of your life thinking every time you go in Lowes or HD, what can I buy that I can use in my mash tun or Boil kettle.

My wife no longer allows me to go into home depot alone.

I've gotten to the point where I can visualize the entire plumbing dept. of my local home improvement store in my head.  I have my route planned before I walk in the door!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 03:38:57 PM »
You know, I can't help but feel cry baby-ish about this topic,  but where I live, I am the only homebrewer I know and, in my excitement to finally meet someone else and have conversation, I was really taken aback by the reception I received. I take my process very seriously and have an "all grain fund" building slowly.  Because that has been my goal from the start. I must have read How to Brew five times before I bought a single thing. I really appreciate the responses I got from you guys because it was pretty discouraging.  Normally,  I'd stand up and put jokers like that in their place,  but it did actually make me wonder how extract brewers are viewed among the masses.  What a great community this is! Thanks again.

FWIW, all grain doesn't have to be expensive.  Check out

The Pub / Re: Can you get drunk on Non-Alcoholic Beer?
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:29:37 PM »
My understanding is that none of those beers are totally non alcoholic.  All have at least a fraction of a percent. So I suppose if you drank enough you could get drunk.

Read the link old man. ;)

Theoretically, it would take 56+/- of them to reach 0.08 BAC.

Hey, you didn't say I was supposed to read it first!  ;)

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