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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hoppy sparge water?
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:49:13 PM »
Based on my trials, the only effect from hopping your sparge water is that you waste hops.  It has absolutely no effect on the beer.  Hopping the water for your priming sugar gives you a harsh, astringent, vegetal liquid that I personally wouldn't want in my beer.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but some ideas are better as ideas than as reality.

The Pub / Exploding keg kills Redhook Brewery worker
« on: April 24, 2012, 10:53:29 AM »

Zymurgy / Re: Denny's Article in the Current Zymergy
« on: April 24, 2012, 08:51:06 AM »
Glad you got something out of the article.

The Pub / Re: Met John Palmer This Morning
« on: April 23, 2012, 02:50:24 PM »
Did you tell him to, "Relax!  Don't worry!  Have a homebrew!"?  No, wait...that was in somebody else's book.  ;-)
I would never advise John to relax, he might slip into a coma ;)

He almost made me slip into a coma trying to listen to him at an early morning conference seminar once.  No disrespect, he's a heck of a nice guy, but listening to John talk about alkalinity as related to beer color at 9 in the morning after having been drinking all night was a bad choice on my part.

Especially since he'd been drinking all night, too!  That was one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

Pimp My System / More Brewshed Ideas...
« on: April 23, 2012, 01:28:22 PM »
Very cool!

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The Pub / Met John Palmer This Morning
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:36:51 PM »
This is how I like to think of John...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Re: Grain Mill
« on: April 23, 2012, 09:33:50 AM »

I use one of those also...the adjustable version.  I've been using it for maybe 12 years, and the friend who co owns it and I have run well over 700 batches of grain through it.  Still works great.

That is about a batch per week...that is a lot of brewing!


To be accurate, I should have "we" have run that much through it.  Since we co own it, we both use it for our own brewing.

All Grain Brewing / Re: No head!?!?
« on: April 23, 2012, 09:29:33 AM »
There are a lot of factors that can affect foam formation. A healthy fermentation is one thing to consider. Read this short article that will point you in the right direction.

Beat me to it, Ron!

Ingredients / Minute Rice
« on: April 22, 2012, 11:50:21 AM »
I've never bothered to grind it and still has worked fine.

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The Pub / Hey Guitar Players...
« on: April 22, 2012, 11:49:45 AM »
That wasn't an attack delay, whatever that is.  They flipped the tape over so it played backwards.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Swift kick to the nuts!
« on: April 22, 2012, 11:45:23 AM »
Diacetyl cam also be a sign of an infecetion. 

I take a bit of issue with the "if it tastes good to you, it is good" theory.  I've had judges find flaws with beers that I thought were great.  Bit after receiving their comments and
reevaluating the beer with the comments in mind, I found that the judges were right.  I was able to fix a few things and make what I had thought was a great beer even better.  So, even if you love the beer, don't discount what someone else tells you.

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All Grain Brewing / Dry Lagers
« on: April 22, 2012, 08:46:51 AM »
170 is definitely not too hot for sparging.  I usually use 190ish water for sparging.

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Yeast and Fermentation / WLP001 fermented cold
« on: April 21, 2012, 07:06:00 PM »
I think I could say that WLP001 is THE cleanest ale yeast available today. The key to this yeast is pitching cool 58-62F, then controlling the ferm temp by keeping less than 68F. YMMV.

Have your tried Denny's Favorite from WYeast?  That is even cleaner.

Check's in the mail, Tom!

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Equipment and Software / Irish Moss Mill
« on: April 21, 2012, 06:07:31 PM »
More surface area and better release of the carageenan.

OK, it makes sense that would happen.  I wonder how much more effective it actually makes it?

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The Pub / Re: Met John Palmer This Morning
« on: April 21, 2012, 03:15:32 PM »
At an NHC seminar one year, I introduced him as "a former adult movie star".

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