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All Grain Brewing / Problems with Single Decoction mash
« on: April 05, 2012, 07:49:23 PM »


I'd have to conclude that Denny is right, don't bother using decoctions.

I don't want to go quite that far.  Let's say "Don't be surprised if you don't get the effects you expect from a decoction".


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Beer Recipes / Re: American wheat
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:38:57 PM »
I learned about styles by reading the BJCP style guidelines.  I'd read the description of the various styles and if one looked interesting I'd go get 1 or 2 of the commercial examples to taste.

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What a homely bunch of dudes. I don't know why they insist on taking that photo as the meetings ended and we're bleary from the beverages and hours of staring, sitting and talking.

At least the meeting is down to 4 hours this year.  They used to run 6+.


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I don't care what Wyeast says about it.  I've tasted my starter wort and I don't want that stuff in my beer.


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Denny...I see you're sporting your Chucky T's for the photo.  :)

Yep.  It's an NHC tradition!


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I picture the AHA GC more like this:



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Actually, it's more like this....




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Work all day....


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Beer Recipes / American wheat
« on: April 04, 2012, 08:02:05 PM »
but... you sound like you want an american wheat, both white labs and wyeast have an 'american wheat' strain...

Yep....I'm confused.  He said he wants an Am. wheat in the first ost, but changed to a dunkelweizen later.


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Beer Recipes / American wheat
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:40:17 PM »
I guess we want some sort of dunklewiezen/wheat pale ale style. the desired color is less important than the balance between the wheat and hops.

Also what  type of yeast would work best?

A dunkelweizen uses a traditional German wheat yeast, like WY3068.


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Beer Recipes / American wheat
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:15:00 PM »


I don't know why you want to add dark extract and chocolate malt, but that's a personal choice I guess.  1 1/2 lb. of crystal is a bad idea in extract beer.  There are plenty of unfermentables in there already.  You'll need to do a minimash for the wheat malt and flaked wheat.  The wheat may may have enough distatic power to convert the flakes, but if it was me I'd add at least .5 lb. of pale malt to be safe.

So if I sub the dark malt with pale malt that would still get a "amber color" and then decrease the crystal malt does that sound better? Would you add anything else?
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Yeah, you'll still get an amber color.  What you had originally would have made it real dark.  I don't really have any other suggestions about what to add since I can't really tell what you want to end up with.


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Beer Recipes / Re: American wheat
« on: April 04, 2012, 04:40:18 PM »
    so i was thinking of making an American Wheat beer, i wanted to make it hoppier than normal. I like the balance between the wheat and hops. Does this recipe look good?

6.6 pounds, wheat malt extract
    1--1/2 pounds, dark dry malt
    1--1/2 pounds, crystal malt
    1 pound, wheat malt
    1/2 pound, wheat flakes
    1/4 pound, chocolate malt
    2 ounces, of Hallertauer hops (Alpha 4.2) for full boil
    1/2 ounce, Saaz hops (Alpha ??) for 20 minutes
    1/2 ounce, Saaz hops to finish
    yeast

I don't know why you want to add dark extract and chocolate malt, but that's a personal choice I guess.  1 1/2 lb. of crystal is a bad idea in extract beer.  There are plenty of unfermentables in there already.  You'll need to do a minimash for the wheat malt and flaked wheat.  The wheat may may have enough distatic power to convert the flakes, but if it was me I'd add at least .5 lb. of pale malt to be safe. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: All grain lawnmower ale
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:40:17 AM »
Agreed on the 2 row vs. 6 row.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP and carbonation volumes
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:20:01 AM »
Tastybrew is always on the low side.  I recommend not using that site for carbonation values.

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All Grain Brewing / Problems with Single Decoction mash
« on: April 03, 2012, 07:50:30 PM »
Here's another decoction experiment: http://www.wahomebrewers.org/clinics/242-decoction-clinic-notes

A quote from hopfenunmaltz over at beeradvocate: "I tasted those beers at the 2009 NHC. There was no doubt in my mind that the tripple decocted beer was the one, and the best of the lot. It remeinded me of Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel. Michael Fergason said that all he had to do was to look at the clarity of the beer. The tripple decocted beer was brilliant, the others - not so much."

 Triple decocted is the key here.  All of the beers in my experiment were single decocted.  I put no restrictions on the experiment in terms of number of decoctions because I was interested in what the "typical" homebrewer might do.  Every brewer who participated chose to do a single decoction, and I've found that's normal for most homebrewers who do decoctions.  I don't doubt that a triple decoction might have different effects than a single.  The conclusion I reached was that a single decoction might very well not make enough impact on flavor to be worth the effort.


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Going Pro / I don't miss homebrewing
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:27:53 PM »
I don't think I could ever get tired of doing something I like.


Unfortunately, you might be surprised.


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