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Beer Recipes / Re: Opinions on this recipe
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:55:01 AM »
Spruce in a Baltic porter?  I wouldn't.  Also, Baltic porters are frequently (though not always) made with lager yeast.  Cascade hops are not to sty;le for a Baltic porter, either, if that matters to you.  Take a look at some of these recipes for ideas...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Ruthless Rye IPA
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:47:22 AM »
I tried some at the brewery when they were still working on the recipe.  I admit to being underwhelmed.  Guess I'll pick some up to see what they finally came up with.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency: How Good is Too Good
« on: January 12, 2012, 03:49:18 PM »
Well, this is crazy....I just got a German pils in the fermenter. 12 lb. Best pils, 1 lb. Best Munich, target OG 1.042.  I got 10.5 gal. out of the mash at 1.044.  Promash tells me that's 99% efficiency.  I got 8.5 gal. of 1.051 in the fermenter.  Promash tells me 99% again.  When I do it by hand I get about 87%, much more believable.  I double checked all weights and measurements.

Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Abbey Malt
« on: January 12, 2012, 03:01:45 PM »
Martin, I think I recall somebody on the Northern Brewer forum using it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Getting started.
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:58:24 PM »
I'd say that temp control is a bigger priority for you than AG.  It will improve your extract beers and you'll still need it when you go AG.  Take a look at my website for the Cheap'n'Easy way to go AG.  You can start planning now and building the equipment as time and budget allow.

The Pub / Re: How to deal with an a$$hole coworker?
« on: January 12, 2012, 02:10:47 PM »
Being as big an asshole as the co worker doesn't seem like a very good solution to me....

Ingredients / Re: Zythos and Bitterless Black wheat malt
« on: January 11, 2012, 11:28:56 AM »
The brewer at our Rogue local gave me a taste of midnight wheat from a bag he had.  Very smooth, comparable to carafa.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Lager Starter
« on: January 09, 2012, 11:57:17 AM »
Not a problem...crash as usual.

Ingredients / Re: cara malt instead of sugar | Scottish Ale
« on: January 09, 2012, 11:55:43 AM »
Had a McChouffe a few days ago.  It's a winter standard for me.  While it does seem to have a low level of what we think of as "Belgian character" I wouldn't go as far as calling it a Scotch ale, exactly, either.  Let's just call it "a damn fine beer!".

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lessons learned
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:47:00 AM »
Bready, I can see...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Learn to Homebrew Day 2012
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:45:26 AM »
November 5 is a Monday

Not on 2011!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lessons learned
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:02:40 AM »
Ah, didn't realize the hefe was the second beer.  I have to admit that the words "malty backbone" never cross my mind with a hefe.  I always think of then as kind of light and thin....but I'm no expert on hefe!

Ingredients / Re: Help identifying these Hop Union Hops
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:01:12 AM »
OK, so know we now that there is a Hallertauer Northern Brewer.  But is that what HNB on the bag stands for?  Maybe.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Paint Strainer Bags...Effective?...
« on: January 09, 2012, 10:00:03 AM »
Quote from: davidgzach
I have read however that it is not good to wring out the hop bag.  You should just let it drain.

What would be the concern here?  I haven't noticed any off flavors in my beers, even in very light lagers.

The "myth" (?) is that wringing the bag will extract tannins from the hops.  I've never found that to be true personally.

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