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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitchable Dregs
« on: February 20, 2011, 11:17:22 AM »
I've done Pacman from Shakespeare stout and Chimay from the Premiere (red label).  But, like Tom, I don't bother any more since you can buy them both.

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Ingredients / Re: Advanced Software for Brewing Water Analysis
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:37:48 AM »
Technically that is not a proof but I get the idea. In the end it's how beer quality is improved that matters.

Yeah, I agree that it's just data points and not really proof.  But based on how close I've come to predictions and how well the beer is turning out, I'll take it!

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Ingredients / Re: Advanced Software for Brewing Water Analysis
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:36:18 AM »
Denny,
Just curious as to the imrovements that you have been seeing.  Is it in some of the beers you are brewing, or in all.  Peeking at your water report in the "Post your water report" thread, you might see improvements for darker beers or light beers, as your water might be good for Amber beers (just a guess).  I have been reading Martins instructions on the spread sheet, and will try it the next time I brew. 

My light bees have always been hit or miss, both on flavor and clarity.  Using Martin's program, I made the clearest, best tasting batches of pils I've ever made.  And a maibock.  Nothing changed in my procedure or ingredients other than using his spreadsheet, so I attribute the difference to that.  I've got an American brown made using the sheet in the fermenter now, and I'll know about flavor on that one in another week or so.  But like you say, I'm pretty much right on for mid color beers.

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Ingredients / Re: Advanced Software for Brewing Water Analysis
« on: February 20, 2011, 07:59:11 AM »
You mentioned that the results are prooven to be within 0.2 pH units of the actual mash pH. How did you perform this proof?

Kai

At least partially through the results of myself and other beta testers.  I found that I was within .1 of the predictions.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decotion in a strong dark Belgian?
« on: February 19, 2011, 01:04:26 PM »
Decoction is not a standard techniques for Belgian beers, AFAIK.  Doesn't mean you can't do one, though.  A couple questions...how long is your sacc rest?  I'd recommend at least 90n min. at that temp, and that might also aid your runoff.  And do you have room in your cooler to just do an infusion to raise the temp?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping pilsners?
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:39:06 PM »
Dry hop if that's what you want to do.  But as Leos pointed out, it won't be a Bo pils then.  That may not matter to you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping pilsners?
« on: February 19, 2011, 11:13:05 AM »
No and no and NO.
You do not dry hop Bohemian Pilsner.

Well you can do whatever you want to with your beer but do not call it Bohemian Pilsner then.

Thanks for not making me say that!

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The Pub / Re: My brewery
« on: February 19, 2011, 08:57:10 AM »
Home away from home, huh, Keith?  FWIW, your operation looks a LOT like what Ninkasi looked like when they started up.  Considering how they've grown, I'd say it bodes well for you guys.

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Ingredients / Re: Advanced Software for Brewing Water Analysis
« on: February 18, 2011, 08:54:32 AM »
I've been beta testing this for Martin.  I've gotta say, not to diss anyone else, this is the absolute best water calculator I've used.  My beers have improved greatly since I started using it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Price for Rogue Ales
« on: February 18, 2011, 08:51:22 AM »
I don't know that I'd say it's outrageous, but yeah, Rogue values their beers quite highly.  I've also never known them to claim to "do everything as cheaply as possible".  AFAIAC, it is what it is...you either decide to pay the price or not.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 17, 2011, 11:15:52 AM »
The problem I had with a bulkhead was that it held the braid off the floor of the cooler, and I didn't get a siphon to empty out all the wort.  But I assume different coolers will work in different ways.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing lager yeast
« on: February 17, 2011, 08:47:53 AM »
I also saved some of the yeast from the primary.  I've been feeding it about once a month by pouring off the beer and giving it fresh wort made from DME.

My understanding is that this is not a good idea.  You want the yeast to be dormant.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beer
« on: February 16, 2011, 04:21:32 PM »
"I" before "E"
Bud looks like pee

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I'll be kegging alt and pils this weekend.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Building a new mashtun!
« on: February 16, 2011, 11:10:22 AM »
what do you use to keep it from draining while mashing? do you just raise the end above the liquid level? a hose clamp?

An inline nylon valve...


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