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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy mash temp
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:19:17 AM »
I brewed one on Saturday and caramelized some wort.  I actually cooked it down to where it was boiling like a true syrup, in fact I think the water was all gone by the end.  Does anyone go this far?  I smelled it to be sure I wasn't burning it, and I took it off and added right after it quit steaming.  it really bubbles up a lot like when you make caramel candy.

Sounds just right to me!

Pitch at 65 and let rise to 68 is a good practice with chico yeast. And again, beer temp, not ambient air temp.

That's the way I remember it.  I recall thinking that they fermented it warmer than I do, but only by a few degrees.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2012 Entry Link
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:13:12 AM »
or go the mcab route and have other contests act as qualifiers.

That's been discussed and unanimously voted down by the Governing Committee as being to exclusive.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2012 Entry Link
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:11:29 AM »
wow, it would seem likely there's a lot of unmet demand here (I didn't enter but considered it - definitely next year!), but I wonder how much more growth can they have and still finish the final round in 1 day?!?

hopefully I can at least steward in Seattle and watch the Masters at work.   8)  Can't wait!


That's definitely a concern.   People also ask about increasing the number of first round judging centers, but we can barely find enough judges for the number that exist now.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: March 04, 2012, 10:46:56 AM »
When I have time in the next couple days, I'll set up a non admin account and see what happens.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SNPA in a can
« on: March 04, 2012, 10:44:13 AM »
I've had both the PA and Torpedo in cans.  There is no difference in carbonation or flavor between cans and bottles.  SN does "can condition" the beer, just like the bottle condition.  when I was there they were doing extensive testing of cans to see which ones could withstand the pressure of being stacked before they had the additional pressure of being can conditioned to help stiffen them up.

Ingredients / Re: Hops for a Belgian Pale
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:48:32 AM »
I tend to stick with nobles like Hallertauer, Saaz, Tettnang, and Spalt. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Natural Carbonating in a Keg
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:46:27 AM »
Kinda OT, but I have a nit to pick with the phrase "natural carbonation".  There's nothing any more natural about priming a keg than there is about using a CO2 tank.  At least IMO.  I'd personally like to see people stick with the more accurate terms "priming" and "force carbonating".  End of lecture....:)

Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: March 03, 2012, 09:27:11 AM »
But if it's the forum software change that caused it, why am I not having any problems?  Feels like we're going around in circles....

General Homebrew Discussion / Hops starting to sprout
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:59:56 AM »
Gotta remember to check mine.

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I've got some 3787 on the stir plate for a tripel early next week when I have a day off.

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Beer Recipes / What makes a recipe "yours"?
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:11:09 AM »

This is a good club activity.  Our club has done this a few times.  Recipes are 10% of what makes a beer in the end, in my book.

 Equipement and the procedures one uses with the equipement are much bigger parts of the equation.  Ingedients are also a big part.  How fresh are the ingredients?  If the recipe says Maris Otter, which malster selected will have a big influence on the beer.

+1.  I think it was Denny that recently said he had judged a contest that had 3 different entries of one of his recipes and all three were different and not like his when he brews it. (sorry Denny if I am attributing this incorrectly to you)

You're darn close.  It was at NHC in Orlando.  I was presented with at least 6 versions of my Rye IPA recipe to taste.  None of them tasted like the other, and none of them tasted like mine.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe Wiki...Recipe Wacky?
« on: February 29, 2012, 03:18:32 PM »
Hey, Jim, ya know in "Pirates of the Carribean" where they mention the Pirate's Code, then say "well, it's more of a guideline"?  That's how I think of BU:GU and IBU numbers in general.  Don't look at them as rules, but as guidelines that have to take into account grist and hop type, among other things.  It helps to develop your intuition!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I brew
« on: February 29, 2012, 01:40:16 PM »
I have to admit that I don't often think my beer is better than some of the best commercial beers out there.  But I usually like it better, and I think that's due to the fact that I brew it for my tastes.

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