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Beer Recipes / Doppelbock recipes
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:16:08 PM »
Believe it or not, I've never brewed a doppelbock.  My window of opportunity for brewing lagers is so short that I just haven't gotten around to it.  So, I'm looking for a great doppelbock recipe.  I'd prefer one that doesn't need decoction, although I might be able to talk myself into if I have the time.  Step mash is OK.  So, anybody got anything for me? (BTW, I already checked the recipe wiki).

The Pub / Re: Real men wear coveralls
« on: February 01, 2013, 11:51:14 AM »
You're look like Drew's dad!   ;D

These are the caps, right?  As far as labor-intensive goes, I bottle now.

The gas fitting doesn't look right.  I was thinking of these...

The Pub / Re: Real men wear coveralls
« on: February 01, 2013, 11:46:32 AM »
I plan to try to be a little more sober next time. Don't remember much of Seattle.

You were drinking??  ;)

at least you ain't drinkin' outta the fermenter!

Some people call it a racking cane...I call it a straw.

Silly question: could one theoretically forego a kegging system with bottles, carbonator caps, a CO2 tank, that the requisite hoses and regulator? (Currently lack space for a kegerator, but I could see this setup for, say, a small batch and a canoe trip.)

You could do that.  It would be kind of labor intensive and expensive for the caps, but it would work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 01, 2013, 10:44:19 AM »
If you have any interest in brewing, you'll regret not going to the seminars.  The banquet is a lot of fun.

The Pub / Real men wear coveralls
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:33:16 AM »
Are Keith and Drew the same person???? Double life????

If I hadn't seen them both at the same time at NHC, I'd wonder.....

The Pub / Real men wear coveralls
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:28:40 AM »
Ya know, you look a lot like Drew in that pic.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash/Sparge H2O Amounts
« on: January 30, 2013, 04:13:50 PM »
Batch sparging or fly sparging?

All Grain Brewing / Re: What is an adequate wort boil time
« on: January 30, 2013, 04:13:04 PM »
AFAIAC, 1.026-30 is perfect for a starter.  Tom, if you're reading, any significant difference to the yeast between 1.026 and 1.040?  Would you prefer one over the other?

To your question, Diane, I agree with everybody else....that should be plenty of time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging pH
« on: January 30, 2013, 03:18:12 PM »
Much more alkaline than my water.  I'm going to try to check the unadjusted sparge pH of my next few batches and compare to the mash pH.

I just took a gravity sample on a 10 day old IPA.  After I got my reading I put it in a PET bottle with a carbonator cap, hit it with 30 psi and stuck it in the freezer.  In an hour I'll have a cold, carbed sample to taste.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging pH
« on: January 30, 2013, 02:25:05 PM »
Martin, IIRC you fly sparge.  Is that correct?  If so, have you tried batch sparging to see how it compares pH wise on the sparge?

I've only fly sparged in all my brews. (BTW, I finally passed the century mark with last week's brew. :-)  It pales in comparison to Denny's 400+ batches, but I'm working on it). 

I wouldn't think the pH results should differ between fly and batch sparging.  The same volume of water is pushed through the grain bed and the same quantity of buffering from the malt is exhausted. Interesting question though.

I've found that if my mash pH is good, the pH through the sparge is almost always good with no water modification.  I have fairly neutral water, though, so that undoubtedly has some bearing.  If you decide to take the plunge into batch sparging a batch or 2, I'd be curious to hear what you find.

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