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Kegging and Bottling / Conflicting Info for Bottle Conditioning
« on: December 23, 2012, 02:31:41 PM »
I agree with everything but the last lines about stopping the yeast and off flavors.  Your understanding is good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German Lager flavor, round 2
« on: December 23, 2012, 10:49:26 AM »
IIRC, Kai's conclusion was that it's the aging.

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The Pub / Your favorite Christmas beers?
« on: December 22, 2012, 08:59:22 PM »
Man, I remember that stuff.  Kinda tasted like molasses and soy sauce.

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The Pub / Your favorite Christmas beers?
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:13:09 PM »
I look forward to Sierra Nevada's Celebration every Christmas. I not only stock up on theirs, but try to brew a couple batches of a "clone" of it. But the one I really wait for from Christmas to Christmas is Scaldis Noel. The bottle even looks Christmasy, with the little cabin and the sparkly red, white and blue label. I spend the first part of Christmas Eve day cleaning Dungeness crab for dinner that night, prepping Christmas dinner, cleaning the house and wrapping presents. Then, about mid afternoon, I sit down with a goblet of Noel and sip it slowly while listening to Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, and Garrison Keillor Christmas CDs. A great reward for my efforts and it really gets me into the spirit.  How about you guys? What beer do you look forward to that really makes it feel like Christmas?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Blue Moon's Proximity
« on: December 22, 2012, 01:32:09 PM »
Blue Moon's latest "crafty" beer. It's half wheat malt, half sauvignon blanc grape juice. Fairly uninspired, but inoffensive. Not worth the price tag ($8, IIRC). It tastes exactly like a mix of Blue Moon and a sauvignon blanc wine, which is what it is, so I guess that makes sense.

It could be really cool if done properly. I think I'll try to brew something like that soon.

Dogfish Head had a beer named Red and White that was a Witbier aged in Pinot casks.  It was really good.

I'd say it was really weird and somewhat drinkable.  Horses for courses....

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: blue paddle
« on: December 22, 2012, 10:20:23 AM »
Yeah, I really like that stuff on a hot day.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Forgot to add roasted barley
« on: December 21, 2012, 08:09:33 PM »
Nope, nothing there indicates that they mash it, although I've heard it is mashed.  But I'm starting to think that's incorrect.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Forgot to add roasted barley
« on: December 21, 2012, 06:59:27 PM »
The practical side says just enjoy your brown ale. The experimental side says cold steep 1lb crushed in 3 cups of water. Strain and boil it. You should have almost 2 cups of dark barley liquid. Add 3/4 tablespoon to a pint and drink it. If you like it add the rest to 5 gallons in a keg.

That is what I would do. Question for others - how is Sinimar made?

From the Weyermann website....

SINAMAR® is produced solely from our roasted malt CARAFA®, according to the strict German "Reinheitsgebot" (purity-law). This law allows the brewer to use only the following four ingredients:

MALT - HOPS - YEAST - WATER

To get the characteristic color and extract, SINAMAR® is carefully evaporated in a vacuum process, finely filtered and canisters and containers of different sizes are filled directly at 158°F - 167°F (70 - 75°C).
Due to this special treatment the taste of SINAMAR® is less bitter.
SINAMAR® causes no turbidity and remains pH stable.

According to federal regulations, SINAMAR® does not need to be labeled with a so-called E-number (European Community Number).
A declaration as malt extract, barley malt extract or roasted malt extract is sufficient.

SINAMAR® is gluten free.

SINAMAR® is perfectly suited for coloring foods such as: baked goods, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, spirits, pharmaceutical products and tea etc.

Recommended Quantities:
Use 14 g (11.9 ml) of SINAMAR® Color Malt Extract to darken 1 hl of beer or wort by 1 EBC; or use 1.5 oz. (1.25 fl.oz.) to darken 1bbl of beer or wort by 1° Lovibond.

Unopened containers have a 18 month shelf-life.
Once opened, contents should be used immediately and stored cool.   

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Ingredients / Re: 6-row and rice - how much can I use?
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:58:40 PM »
Why 6 row?
Cause I bought 10 lbs for a CAP and haven't used it yet.

Good reason!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 13 Years of Zymurgy Now Online!
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:23:25 PM »
Cool!  Thanks, Jill.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Steeping Dark Grains
« on: December 21, 2012, 11:26:26 AM »
I'm curious if this is better than substituting carafa for the roasted barley in the mash, since carafa is also supposed to reduce astrigency.

Better?  Hard to say.   I think it's different.  Each has its place.
Care to elaborate on what the differences would be? I have no idea.

It's been along time since I've done cold steeping, but I recall that cold steeping gave me more roast flavor without astringency than carafa does.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Steeping Dark Grains
« on: December 21, 2012, 10:35:10 AM »
I'm curious if this is better than substituting carafa for the roasted barley in the mash, since carafa is also supposed to reduce astrigency.

Better?  Hard to say.   I think it's different.  Each has its place.

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Ingredients / 6-row and rice - how much can I use?
« on: December 20, 2012, 08:29:57 PM »
NA 2 row is 140 Lintner now. You could use 50% adjunct and the mash would be at 70 Lintner, so it would convert.

Yep.  There's a lot of old, outdated, currently incorrect info still floating around about the supposedly greater diastatic power of 6 row.

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Ingredients / 6-row and rice - how much can I use?
« on: December 20, 2012, 06:19:29 PM »
Why 6 row?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: dark malts on sparging
« on: December 20, 2012, 11:36:18 AM »
George Fix started talking about cold steeping 15 years ago, based on info from Mary Ann Gruber, who was with with Briess at the time.  Here's some info from them from an old HBD...

http://hbd.org/clubs/cascade/public_html/brewing/index.html

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