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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing and Fly Sparring
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:26:11 AM »
Someday I need to get the blue cooler and see how much time it saves. Right now I fly sparge for about 45 minutes, but my wort is at or near a boil when I am done with the sparge.  While you drain fast and have to wait for the wort to come to a boil, right?

I start heating as soon as I have started collecting the first runnings.  But since the whole process of collecting both runnings takes me only about 15 min., there's still some time after I'm dome while I'm waiting for it to boil.  So, maybe another 10-15 min.?  Your point is well taken, though, Jeff.  When I talk about time savings it would be best to specify just where the time saving is.  If you're ever in the area on one of your trips, I'd love to have you come by for a brew and see for yourself!

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The Pub / Re: Whiz Bang
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:18:03 AM »
Lemme see....what's the date today?  ;)

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The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:16:59 AM »
You can run ANY windows program on Linux. It is ok to fear the unknown ;)

I have a lot of pro audio stuff that AFAIK won't run on Linux.  Too hardware specific.

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The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:12:46 AM »
Wait, does Linux "work" because you can't run any programs on it, so there's nothing to go wrong?

Yeah, I think so.  ;)

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The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:12:05 AM »
What can I say? Use Linux and most of your pc woes will evaporate.

Linux would offer you vodka and Red Bull.

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Ingredients / Re: What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:24:00 PM »
So are you all adding these ingredients to the boil or the fermenter?  If the fermentor, how are you sanitizing your additions?  I'd like to try adding something but don't want to infect my brew...

depends on the ingredient and what you want to get from it.  Some work better in the boil, some better in the fermenter.  I've added things like vanilla beans and wild mushrooms to the fermenter without sanitizing them at all and had no problem.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing and Fly Sparring
« on: March 31, 2013, 01:21:54 PM »
Me, I make life easy and batch sparge.  I mash around 1.5-2 qt./lb. , run that off, and sparge with enough to get my boil volume.  Saves me an hour over fly sparging and my efficiency is every bit as good.

How do you decide if it's 1.5 or 2 qt./lb.?  Should the mash and sparge volumes be close to 50/50?

Not the volumes themselves, but the runoffs from the mash and sparge should be close to the same volume.  It's not a big deal if they aren't (within a gal. of each other is usually fine), but the closer the better.  And keep in mind that this is for batch sparging.  Might be different for fly sparging.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing and Fly Sparring
« on: March 31, 2013, 12:55:12 PM »
Me, I make life easy and batch sparge.  I mash around 1.5-2 qt./lb. , run that off, and sparge with enough to get my boil volume.  Saves me an hour over fly sparging and my efficiency is every bit as good.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 31, 2013, 12:53:31 PM »
I think I may start a campaign to come up with  new name for the overhopped APAs that people are referring to as session IPAs.  AFAIAC, calling them either APA or IPA makes it harder to define what an APA or IPA is.

I've found some difficulty with this when judging, too.  Suddenly a very good APA is not hoppy enough for a lot of my judging partners.  Sierra Nevada Pale Ale seems too tame.  I am not complaining about new beer styles, I just think we need a new name.

Thank you for joining the Campaign for Accurate Beer Naming!  ;)  You can say that a pig is a poodle, but that doesn't make it one!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Oops...Session IPA
« on: March 31, 2013, 12:07:37 PM »
I think I may start a campaign to come up with  new name for the overhopped APAs that people are referring to as session IPAs.  AFAIAC, calling them either APA or IPA makes it harder to define what an APA or IPA is.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Easter All
« on: March 31, 2013, 09:14:21 AM »
Enjoy your Easter, everybody.  I'm off to work in a few minutes.

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The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: March 30, 2013, 03:02:47 PM »
Mac OS X all the way for me. No free beer, but proper punctuation. ;D

A Mac would ask you if you'd like an appletini....

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The Pub / Why I run Windows
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:11:19 AM »

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The Pub / Forum attendance
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:40:26 AM »
Gotta love it!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Drunkey Monkey
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:15:42 PM »
thank you denny.  i chose this yeast because it gives off heavy banana esters, i read.  should i now refer to the beer as a weizen, simply because of the yeast choice?  i'm still very new to this so i appreciate the help/knowledge.

also - is there a "wheat" yeast that gives off heavy banana esters?

Technically, a weizen yeast IS a wheat yeast.  The abominations that American brewers call wheat beers (calm down, that's just my opinion) have nothing to do with their German origins and use a neutral yeast that adds no flavor to the beer.  For info about styles, take a look at http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/catdex.php .

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