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The Pub / Re: Best Portland neighborhood for breweries/restaurants?
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:21:06 AM »
Which breweries are the best to visit?

IMO, Hair of the Dog is a must.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First timer here
« on: August 13, 2012, 08:20:33 AM »
What temp did you ferment at?  My first brew I didn't pay too much attention to the temp and it got up to 80 degrees and fermented really fast.  Result was non too pleasant but a very good learning experience.  As long as your temps are good, I wouldn't worry too much about how fast your krausen rises and falls.

Well I would have to say it never got above 75 degrees, I have been checking every chance I can on it.

When you say 75 degrees, is that the reading on the thermometer strip (assuming this is what you are using)?

Yes, I moved it to a cooler spot in the basement just to be certain, I will see if it cools it anymore.

F or future reference, try to keep it around 65F.  You'll end up with better beer that way.  Using a secondary is kind of an outdated idea any more.  It's seldom really necessary.  As was said above, if you just leave it in the primary for 2-3 weeks you'll be fine.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt Analysis
« on: August 12, 2012, 01:10:03 PM »
Thanks!  I have yet to find a Briess base malt I care for.  Maybe this will be the first!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt Analysis
« on: August 12, 2012, 10:14:20 AM »
I'll be curious to hear what you think.  I haven't tried that particular malt from them.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency Issues
« on: August 12, 2012, 10:13:29 AM »
Yeah, that's about the same amount I improved by going to thinner mashes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt Analysis
« on: August 12, 2012, 09:20:24 AM »
Hi all,

Got a question for you.  I am new to all grain brewing and an trying to approach this very scientificly.  Today I purchased 9 types of 2-row and 6-row base malted barley and made teas out of 2 oz of each to test each type of grain the way Denny described in a Zymergy article a few months back.  I made notes and will be posting them Monday.

I am also reading Greg Noonan's New Brewing Lager Beer and am also trying to teach myself to look at malted barley and judge if it is well suited for making beer.  I have 4 types of Rohr 6 row and 2 row barley and the endosperm is white and kind of hard.  Noonan says tha thard greyish white malt isnot suited for brewing, is that what I am seeing.  Anyone else taken a look at Rohr malt and decided if the malts are usually mealy or glassy?

Thanks for your help!

I don't look at it, I brew it and assess the results.  No matter what the color of the endosperm is, I find Rahr 2 row pale malt to be my favorite out of all the domestic pale malts I've used.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency Issues
« on: August 12, 2012, 09:14:39 AM »
Then I do a batch sparge and leave that in for 20 minutes before draining the sparge as well.

It won't affect your efficiency, but you really don't need to do this.  There's no benefit from it.  Just stir in the sparge water, vorlauf, and run off.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Harvest
« on: August 12, 2012, 09:10:50 AM »
I do what Jeff describes above sometimes.  I also use a food dehydrator, but it holds considerably less than I can get on a screen.

Equipment and Software / Re: Repairing cooler mash tun
« on: August 11, 2012, 09:31:27 AM »
This gives you the chance to get a rectangular cooler!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:39:49 PM »
I didn't even think that this would be available in the US. But then again, a lot of the smaller German beer brands find more appreciation in the US than in Germany.


Our local bottle shop (The Bier Stein for those in the area) has an amazing array of imported beers that I haven't seen elsewhere.  And they're generally in pristine condition.  IIRC, they have at least 3 varieties of the Allgauer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:10:29 PM »
- Allgauer Brauhaus: Teutsch Pils - This was amazing and how a Pils should taste. Very nice hop character (

This is sold at a local bottle shop and is amazingly good.

The Pub / Re: Spider in living in woman's ear canal! Fun pet story!!
« on: August 10, 2012, 11:57:42 AM »

Going Pro / Re: And now comes the REAL test
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:23:30 AM »
Best of luck to you guys, Mic!  I know how much this means to you two.

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