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Ingredients / Re: Using DME for Bottle Priming?
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:55:08 AM »
DME takes longer to carb the beer than sugar and you have to know the fermentability of the DME in order to predict the level of carbonation.  A PITA IMO.  DME offers no benefits in taste or quality of carbonation, I found in an experiment I did years back.  I'd say stick with sugar.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Hobby Survey
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:51:42 AM »
Knowing Eric, I think his concern was more that the more government knows about homebrewers, the more likely they are to tax it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing Hobby Survey
« on: November 04, 2012, 02:28:44 PM »
call me paranoid

You're paranoid.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging on a Single-Tier System
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:53:00 AM »
I'll be starting to brew on a single-tier stand in the near future and would like to continue to batch sparge.  All of the liquid will be transferred via my march pump.  For mash in, I am going to transfer my hot liquor to the cooler mash tun via the ball valve I have going into the cooler.  Could I do the same thing for the sparge?  Or would it be better to just run the hose into the top of the cooler and let it flow on top of the grain?  I realize this would be dangerously close to fly sparging. :P

Also, with batch sparging, how important is it to add all of the sparge water at once?

Sure you can underlet the sparge water, if I understand you correctly.  If you don't add all the sparge water at once, you're not batch sparging, unless you mean multiple sparges becasue your cooler isn't large enough.  In that case, get a bigger cooler.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pulleys
« on: November 04, 2012, 09:49:12 AM »
How about a hand winch?

I don't have one myself but after seeing this I may buy one.  The winch appears to be on a ratchet, so you wouldn't need overhead space.

That could work.  And it would also be flexible enough that you could move it around the brewery as well.  Thanks!

How are you going to attach the carboy?

Beer Recipes / Saison de Noel part II
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:29:07 PM »
Meh, did that once.. wasn't as impressed with the final product. It'll do in a pinch, but..

Agreed.  I've tasted maybe 5-6 versions of syrups that people have made.  None of them held a candle to the real thing.  Spend the's worth it.

The Pub / Hurricane broke the house I"m buying D:
« on: November 02, 2012, 03:27:49 PM »
I should have bowed out when the "tighten the bolts" comment was made...  ::)

Discretion is the better part of valor.

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The Pub / Hurricane broke the house I"m buying D:
« on: November 02, 2012, 01:12:00 PM »
Uh, Mike, don't forget who you're "talking" to.

I like turtles.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Went Shopping - there's pictures...
« on: November 01, 2012, 03:32:29 PM »
Where's the jealousy emoticon?  Good score, man.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Will Double Crush Improve Efficiency?
« on: November 01, 2012, 11:49:21 AM »
But what about the itsy-bitsy nano husk particles that may escape through the bag and end up in the boil?

Does a risk exist for those "escapees" to contribute in any way to astringency resulting from the boil?

To me, a novice all grain brewer, it seems to be imaterial.

You;re just doesn't matter.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Will Double Crush Improve Efficiency?
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:53:45 AM »
Improving efficiency can be done by adjusting the crush or double-crushing, sure, but do be mindful the tighter you go or if you double-crush, the more chance of damaging the husks to the extent you'll start extracting tannin.

I invoke shenanigans. Tannin extraction is a function of pH and, to a lesser extent, temperature. A super-fine crush doesn't change either.


All Grain Brewing / Post Boil Gravity Question
« on: November 01, 2012, 08:37:56 AM »
are you sure the preboil gravity was well mixed - until it boils, the wort can be stratified a bit - maybe that is your issue?

I'm betting the preboil wort wasn't homogenous yet, though.  Happens to me all the time, hence why I wait until a couple minutes into the boil to pull a sample.

I agree with Paul that this could be the problem and use the same technique he does.

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I'll be brewing an extract batch of Waldo Lake Amber for a LTHB Day demo.  First time I've brewed in almost 3 months!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Passed my bjcp online entrance!
« on: October 31, 2012, 12:01:45 PM »
Drink the commercial examples in the BJCP guidelines.

And drink them as you read the descriptions of each in the guidelines.

Beer Recipes / The Avery Whirlpooling discussion got me started....
« on: October 31, 2012, 08:32:21 AM »
think I should add one more ounce of high alpha as FWH?

Can't hurt, but that's my palate.

On a side note, I've never used Simcoe as FWH or bittering in fear of the dreaded cat pee. Have you used it as FWH before? Ever got any cat pee flavors? I'm working on a dank/piny IPA with Simcoe/Chinook/Columbus. I'd love to FWH with some Simcoe, but I've heard a few reports that boiling Simcoe too long can give some cattiness.

I've used it for FWH many times.  Never been a problem for me.

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