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All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: August 19, 2011, 03:27:38 PM »
I think the perfect balance for me between thriftiness and quality is Forschner...a good chef's knife around 30 bucks, and I use it daily, love it.

I'm with ya....after I saw that it was the knife ATK used and recommended, I bought the 8" chef's knife.  AMAZING!  Within a week, I was back buying a Forschner paring knife....$6 and it's one of the best knives I've ever owned.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Copper boil kettle - taste impact?
« on: August 19, 2011, 03:25:05 PM »
I would recommend against using aluminum. It will leach too easily into even slightly acidic liquids and impart a metallic taste.

If you;re recommending against boiling in AL, I have to disagree based on my own experience.  I used an AL kettle for a lot of batches.  I couldn't taste anything wrong with the beer, and neither could the judges who awarded me ribbons for the beer brewed in it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain brewday
« on: August 19, 2011, 03:23:14 PM »
...using the dennybrew batch-sparge method...

Wow people still use that old method?  I think it was developed way back in the twentieth century.

:)....by a guy who's older than dirt!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain brewday
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:07:26 PM »
Congrats, Tony!  Glad I didn't screw ya up!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless steel braid for Mash tun
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:05:26 PM »
Sweet, Now i know what to look for.  

Thanks!

Edit:  And yes, i've been reading Denny's batch sparge article over and over.  Want to do it right.  :-)


Once you try it, I bet you end up saying "Is that all there is to it?"

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless steel braid for Mash tun
« on: August 19, 2011, 10:37:59 AM »
I use a toilet supply hose, maybe 18" long.  Cost about $7, IIRC.  I just use a hatchet to chop off the ends.

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Ingredients / Re: Pilsner Malt Extract Yield: Best Malz vs. Weyermann
« on: August 19, 2011, 07:58:49 AM »
Like Paul, I think I get a bit higher yield from Best that I do from Weyermann.

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Wet Hops
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:23:55 AM »
If you were anywhere near me, you could come and pick all the Cascades you wanted.  I've got lbs. left from the last 2 years and I'm not looking forward to picking, drying, and packaging this year's crop.

I'm about as far away from you as you can get in the lower 48, but my question to you is how do you package your hops so they are still good 2 years later?



Dried and vacuum sealed, stored in the freezer.

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The Pub / Re: Got Wood?
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:19:42 AM »
I've got about a cord and a half left from last year, since it didn't get real cold.  We've got a small house and a big woodstove.  If you fire it up when the temp is above about 35F, you need to open every window in the house.

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Wet Hops
« on: August 18, 2011, 11:17:21 AM »
If you were anywhere near me, you could come and pick all the Cascades you wanted.  I've got lbs. left from the last 2 years and I'm not looking forward to picking, drying, and packaging this year's crop.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager Seems sluggish
« on: August 18, 2011, 07:41:21 AM »
Do you treat Ale starters the same way (make in advance; put in the fridge etc.)? What's a good gravity for starters? Never used a stir plate either. Anything I should know?
There's probably already discussion about this on this forum, just that I dont know where to look. or I'm just plain lazy I guess.
Also wanted to know if it's ok to use fermcap in my starter?

Yep, same thing for ale starters, but since you don't need as much yeast I don't start them quite as early as lagers.  I shoot for a starter gravity of 1.030-35, no matter what the gravity of the beer.  And I always use Fermcap in my starters.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:34:08 PM »
It's not the beers fault the brewer is a idiot lol. I guess that is true but no madder how bad it is there is still a lot of effort put into making it.

Again, I'd have to disagree (regrettably) in some cases.

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The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 01:02:53 PM »
There is never a bad beer just ones that you don't like.

Gotta disagree..there ARE some bad beers out there.  Not just no to my taste, but truly poorly made.

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The Pub / Re: Beer Quotes
« on: August 17, 2011, 11:40:02 AM »
can't prove he never said it.

Just as it can't be proven that he did.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Fresh Simcoe hops arriving soon....what to do?
« on: August 17, 2011, 11:36:12 AM »
When are they expected to arrive in stores? I plan to stock up on Simcoe early this year.

I just heard from a wholesaler that there are virtually no Simcoe available this year.  Along with several other varieties that have been abundant in the past.  Get 'em when ya can!
How can there be none when they haven't even arrived yet?  Has the whole crop already been 'spoken for' or something? 

Why are hops getting so dfficult to find? 

Yeah, they've been pretty much all preordered.  There may be limited availability, but if you see them and you want them, snap them up.  The weather has absolutely sucked this year, which is a major reason given for the lack of hops.  I'n told that even varieties like Chinook and Centennial will be hard to find.

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