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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Falcon - New hop?
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:21:42 AM »
It's interesting, I think my experience with Falconer's Flight has been - great flavor, great bitter, so-so aroma.

Interesting indeed...aroma is the main thing I use them for.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Rye Malt Extract
« on: August 25, 2011, 08:19:20 AM »
Would this product lend the "Extract Twang"?? Since I brew all grain
should I just stay the course and avoid the above twang ???

I detected no "extract twang" when I used it. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast (Rehydrated) pitching temps
« on: August 24, 2011, 03:07:11 PM »
It's not that they don't want to sell more yeast, it is that the customers balk at the price they have to pay for enough yeast.

Yes, but then why refer to it as a "sufficiently pitchable number of cells", when sometimes (lagers, e.g.) it is woefully inadequate?  Why not sell it as a starter level for 5 gallons and encourage the use of starters?

Because that makes things harder for some brewers.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Rye Malt Extract
« on: August 24, 2011, 03:05:38 PM »
You're like a salesman, Denny.  A good salesman.

Since I'm planning my next brew session, I'll have to add this to the list of possibilities.  Along with the D-180.

Gee, sorry about coming off like a salesman....not my intent.  I was just really excited by how much I liked the rye extract.

is it possible that the wort had stratified before transfer to the carboys so one ended up significantly stronger than the other?

Pretty darn unlikely.  And with the "clovey" reference, it sounds like infection to me, too.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Rye Malt Extract
« on: August 24, 2011, 02:28:14 PM »
Actually, I've been helping them test it!  I've been really impressed.  It's pale malt, rye malt, and 40 crystal.  It so happens that the proportions are almost exactly right to make an extract version of my Rye IPA recipe.  Add in some 60 crystal and some sugar, and it's really close.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forging bottle openers
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:12:56 PM »
Very cool!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Let's make this into a competition!
« on: August 24, 2011, 12:52:16 PM »
you won't be filling up your food freezer with bottles of water.

If you have the space, using bottles filled with water is actually a way to save energy in your freezer.  The added mass of the frozen water buffers thermal swings and makes you freezer work more efficiently.  Of course, filling it with food will do the same thing.

Pimp My System / Re: Anybody use Minibrew?
« on: August 24, 2011, 12:49:54 PM »
can't speak directly to that equipment but I have to say for the 50 bucks I have in my coller mash/lauter tun I can't imagine spending 250 on that one.

I hear ya there! I use a 10 gallon cooler right now but Id really like to find something a little bigger in the 15-20 gallon range. Does anybody know if there are coolers out there in that size but still in the cylindrical shape?

Do you have to stay cylindrical?  What about a 70 qt. rectangular?

The Pub / Re: New Forum Record!
« on: August 24, 2011, 12:43:59 PM »
And hi everyone from reddit!

Indeed!  BTW, I'm judging the German pils category of the Reddit homebrew comp!

No plans to brew this weekend. Two weeks until I try to better my BJCP score. Study, study, study... :(

Good luck, Ron!

What are ya speaking on?

Why From Homebrewing Zero to Hero in 10 Easy Steps :)

So far, everyone's in sync with what I've written, so wee! The only unfortunate part is that now I have to find something to be edgy and controversial about! :)

Oh, that's easy....decoction!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Moktoberfest yeast recommendations?
« on: August 24, 2011, 11:58:15 AM »
I agree with Keith.  But keep in mind that if you want it to be much like an Ofest, you'll need to ferment on the cool side and cold condition the beer, no matter what yeast you use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 10 easy steps to being a better brewer
« on: August 24, 2011, 11:48:06 AM »
If you're brewing a kit, take the instructions and throw them away ASAP.

I'd have to say that isn't universally true.  I've seen kits with good instructions as well as bad.

The Pub / Re: New Forum Record!
« on: August 24, 2011, 11:44:03 AM »
And that doesn't seem just the least little bit strange to anyone but me?

Don't keep us in suspense...why is it strange?  Do you have an explanation for it?

Nope, but can you explain the doubling?

I can only speculate...I have no firm info.  Maybe people have heard about this forum (as they hear about many forums) and just want to see what it's about.  Other than that, no idea.

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