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Ingredients / Re: Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:48:33 PM »
I wasn't impressed with the Gambrinus pale, but like I said I haven't tried the pale ale.

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Beer Recipes / Re: One More Time!
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:44:04 PM »
Sounds tasty to me! I don't know if your setup allows it, but on the last hoppy brew I did that needed topoff water I added the topoff water to my kettle after the initial racking to my fermenter. I essentially "sparged" the hop trub that was left in my kettle. I figured, why waste the hoppy goodness?

IIRC, Charlie talks about that in NCJOHB.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite yeast for a Belgian IPA?
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:42:03 PM »
My go to yeast for Belgian IPA is WY3522.  To me, the tartness of the yeast complements the hops.
I've never used that one.  What temp do you ferment at?

62-65F

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:36:05 PM »
I live in southern california about an hour or so away from San Diego. I hadn't even thought about yeast in the summer with the shipping! Good thought! Thank you to all for the suggestions I just got back home and will be looking at them in a few minutes!

Beer, Beer and More Beer is close to you....morebeer.com

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Ingredients / Re: Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:34:37 PM »
I've used the pale, but not the pale ale.

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Base Malts and Bru'n Water
« on: January 20, 2013, 09:06:52 PM »
Any ideas why Rahr is a lower pH?  Is it across their whole range of malts?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite yeast for a Belgian IPA?
« on: January 20, 2013, 07:10:10 PM »
My go to yeast for Belgian IPA is WY3522.  To me, the tartness of the yeast complements the hops.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 20, 2013, 07:04:50 PM »
When I started brewing I used vodka in the airlock.  When the bottle ran out I switched to tap water.  In hundreds of batches it's never been a problem to use tap water.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Overshot Mash PH
« on: January 19, 2013, 07:12:28 PM »
I wouldn't be as worried about the pH as about the effects of 5.2 on the beer flavor.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting gravity with DME
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:34:01 PM »
1 lb. of DME will get you 9 points in a 5 gal. batch.

What do you think of this process?  I had to do once recently, and everything seems to sork out.  But it kind of seemed like "cheating."

IME, adding a lb. or 2 of DME to an AG batch is pretty much undetectable.

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I recall reading about that technique years back on HBD, Dave.  I was skeptical, but reports from people who tried it were that apparently the enzymes in the grain really did increase the fermentability of the extract.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: labels...Labels
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:29:22 PM »
Wow!  Very nice!  I used to make labels, although not as nice as those.  These days, I can't even think of names for the beers!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold Wort - Warm Yeast
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:24:29 PM »
I don't think there's much, if any, negative effect of pitching cold yeast into warm wort. I pull my starters out of the fridge, decant, and pitch immediately as my standard method. So you're taking about roughly a 30 degree temp difference. The yeast always perform great.

Yeah, same method for me.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold Wort - Warm Yeast
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:23:28 PM »
Supposedly cold yeast into warm wort is good, warm yeast into cold wort not so good....but I'll be damned if I can remember exactly why.
jeez denny, alzheimers moment?

Could be....I forget!  ;)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Belgian Ale
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:22:51 PM »
Maybe I could store the slurry in capped 12oz bottles though...

Be careful if you do that.  Even refrigerated, the yeast could possibly keep fermenting and explode the bottles. 

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