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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Consensus on racking out of primary?
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:49:19 AM »
Here's part of what John Palmer said in the Ask the Experts section of the AHa website...(full text at http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/ask-the-experts/john-palmer?cid=wr6B8CL9lj0q%2bJT6ImywRQ%3d%3d&redirect=http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/lets-brew/ask-the-experts/john-palmer if you're a member)

"Therefore I, and Jamil and White Labs and Wyeast Labs, do not recommend racking to a secondary fermenter for ANY ale, except when conducting an actual second fermentation, such as adding fruit or souring. Racking to prevent autolysis is not necessary, and therefore the risk of oxidation is completely avoidable. Even lagers do not require racking to a second fermenter before lagering"

I almost never use a secondary.  I decide on a batch by batch basis if I need it and I alost never do.  I have found no negative impact on beer quality by not using a secondary and it's a heck of a lot easier!  Since you have a conical and can dump yeast and trub, I can't see why you'd even consider it.

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... Is there a reason I shouldn't boil all my worts for 120min?

The short answer...because in most cases you simply don't need to.

Al, you get today's Gold Star for Pragmatism!


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The Pub / Re: The Trash Thread
« on: May 13, 2012, 03:11:19 PM »
"Well, Art is Art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And East is East and West is West and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does.  Now, uh... Now you tell me what you know."

--Groucho Marx, "Animal Crackers"

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The Pub / Re: i bid you all fare well...
« on: May 13, 2012, 10:24:22 AM »
The guys at AB are definetly some of the best brewers in the world.  Unfortunetly they choose to brew s***ty beer most of the time.  However, it is a very fine example of s***ty beer.

As Fred Eckhardt said "It takes a lot of skill to brew beer that flavorless".

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Beer Recipes / Re: Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 13, 2012, 10:17:28 AM »
I could go with .25 lb / 5 gallons. Not much more than that though. I do think the dark candi is much more integral to the authenticity aspect of a dubbel than special b.

Agreed on all counts.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Slight mess up, should I worry?
« on: May 13, 2012, 10:16:27 AM »
I wouldn't worry at all.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Aroma hop question
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:45:40 AM »
I vote Cascade.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Blue Moon BPA
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:45:13 AM »
Double yawn....

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Beer Recipes / Re: Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:42:09 AM »
I would personally not use any special B in a dubbel and up the amount of Dark candi syrup. I think you might be starting to see there is not really a right or wrong answer here, but personal preference.

I tried that for a few batches and it just didn't have the richness of flavor I was looking for.  Adding .25 lb. of Special B back in got me to where I wanted to be.

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Beer Recipes / Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 12, 2012, 11:19:25 AM »
I included the Aromatic because I've heard some podcasts and seen a few recipes for tripels that call for it.

I usually include a small bit of aromatic in my triples because I like the little extra touch, but yeah it's not necessary.

And because you just like being contrary!  ;)


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Beer Recipes / Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 12, 2012, 10:56:47 AM »
+1 - think of a tripel as the Belgian answer to a pilsner, but higher gravity and with Belgian yeast.

Actually, the story is that Westmalle invented the tripel in the 30s to compete with all the light, pils style beers that were becoming popular.


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Beer Recipes / Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 12, 2012, 09:59:44 AM »
But a tripel shouldn't have that....at least if you want to stay true to the style.  So no, I really can't suggest anything.  My tripels are simply pils malt and table sugar and I love them that way.


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The Pub / hops!
« on: May 12, 2012, 09:42:19 AM »
No pics yet.  I was out pulling shoots by the handful yesterday. 


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Beer Recipes / Basic Dubbel and Tripel recipes
« on: May 12, 2012, 09:41:01 AM »
I'd cut the aromatic from the tripel.


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The Pub / Re: i bid you all fare well...
« on: May 12, 2012, 07:53:46 AM »
I'll take good care of your turtles, Barry...I like turtles!

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