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Beer Recipes / Re: American wheat
« on: April 04, 2012, 04:40:18 PM »
    so i was thinking of making an American Wheat beer, i wanted to make it hoppier than normal. I like the balance between the wheat and hops. Does this recipe look good?

6.6 pounds, wheat malt extract
    1--1/2 pounds, dark dry malt
    1--1/2 pounds, crystal malt
    1 pound, wheat malt
    1/2 pound, wheat flakes
    1/4 pound, chocolate malt
    2 ounces, of Hallertauer hops (Alpha 4.2) for full boil
    1/2 ounce, Saaz hops (Alpha ??) for 20 minutes
    1/2 ounce, Saaz hops to finish

I don't know why you want to add dark extract and chocolate malt, but that's a personal choice I guess.  1 1/2 lb. of crystal is a bad idea in extract beer.  There are plenty of unfermentables in there already.  You'll need to do a minimash for the wheat malt and flaked wheat.  The wheat may may have enough distatic power to convert the flakes, but if it was me I'd add at least .5 lb. of pale malt to be safe. 

Beer Recipes / Re: All grain lawnmower ale
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:40:17 AM »
Agreed on the 2 row vs. 6 row.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP and carbonation volumes
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:20:01 AM »
Tastybrew is always on the low side.  I recommend not using that site for carbonation values.

All Grain Brewing / Problems with Single Decoction mash
« on: April 03, 2012, 07:50:30 PM »
Here's another decoction experiment:

A quote from hopfenunmaltz over at beeradvocate: "I tasted those beers at the 2009 NHC. There was no doubt in my mind that the tripple decocted beer was the one, and the best of the lot. It remeinded me of Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel. Michael Fergason said that all he had to do was to look at the clarity of the beer. The tripple decocted beer was brilliant, the others - not so much."

 Triple decocted is the key here.  All of the beers in my experiment were single decocted.  I put no restrictions on the experiment in terms of number of decoctions because I was interested in what the "typical" homebrewer might do.  Every brewer who participated chose to do a single decoction, and I've found that's normal for most homebrewers who do decoctions.  I don't doubt that a triple decoction might have different effects than a single.  The conclusion I reached was that a single decoction might very well not make enough impact on flavor to be worth the effort.

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Going Pro / I don't miss homebrewing
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:27:53 PM »
I don't think I could ever get tired of doing something I like.

Unfortunately, you might be surprised.

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I'm happy to be back and do whatever I can to make this hobby as fulfilling as possible for everyone.  I'm also kinda glad I'm term limited after this....9 years is a long time!

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The Pub / Re: Bacon maple beer!
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:16:08 PM »
I love Rogue, bacon and maple bars and bacon maple bars... but that stuff is nasty.
Tastes like liquid smoke.

I haven't actually tried it.  Somehow I'm not surprised to hear your assessment.

The Pub / Bacon maple beer!
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:50:13 PM »

Events / Re: NHC - Pre-conference events
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:47:35 PM »
I'll be in the Pacific NW for a whole week.  Does anyone know if I could do the various hop farms "on my own" Sat-Wed before the NHC?  Any suggestions would be welcome.

Most of the farms I know of aren't really set up to do tours if it isn't something special.  Maybe if you called ahead you could work something out.  I think the Rogue hop farm in Independence OR might be the exception.  Or check out the Hop'n'Bed....

Events / BJCP reception at NHC
« on: April 02, 2012, 01:17:39 PM »
Anybody got any info on this?  Tickets on sale yet?

Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: April 02, 2012, 12:26:00 PM »
I wouldn't worry too much about the difference between 60 and 90.  Adding it earlier will probably cause a very slight darkening.  Personally I wouldn't worry about it, but if you are, add it later.

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Ingredients / Re: Barleywine question.
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:49:50 AM »
Hmmmm...what other BWs have you had that you;re comparing it to?  IMO, Bigfoot is a classic Am. style BW.  I don't find it at all like an IIPA since it has so much more body.

Ingredients / Re: Rahr 2 Row Attenuation
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:38:53 AM »
I use the 2 row pale malt.

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