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All Grain Brewing / Re: I'm going to do a decoction, damm!t...
« on: April 26, 2011, 01:35:54 PM »
If at all possible, try to do another brew with the same recipe and no decoction.  Then do a blind triangle tasting to see if you gained anything but the fun (?) of doing a decoction.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Denny's Favorite 50
« on: April 26, 2011, 11:45:24 AM »
My most common brews with it are Rye IPA (or about any AIPA or APA), Am. brown ale (Noti brown recipe), porter (Nick Danger porter recipe), or BVIP.
Nick Danger, Third Eye has a beer named after him? Any other Firesign Theater themed brews? Lt Bradshaw Blonde Vice, perhaps? Rocky Rococo Red maybe?

Well, it's actually named after one of my cats, but _he's_ named after Firesign Theater's Nick Danger!  I like your suggestions!

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I think AJ stole that from me, lol. But, yeah, it does not work. It is sodium and phosphate. The latter is flavor neutral. The former may be flavor positive in modest amounts but is cheaper as kosher salt.

I have also found 5.2 to have no positive effects on my water chemistry.  Since I started using Martin's spreadsheet, my beers have improved in flavor and my efficiency has increased a bit.

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All Things Food / Re: Radishes
« on: April 26, 2011, 10:26:23 AM »
From what I've seen, maybe just a bit larger than normal.  I think I'm gonna try to grow some this year.  I LOVE radishes!

What kind of spacing requirements are there? I've perhaps got some room next to my carrots...

Never having grown them, I really don't know.  I'd say you just plant them like other radishes, then thin as necessary.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Forgot mash-out
« on: April 26, 2011, 10:21:46 AM »
That's what I have understood to this point. That's why batch sparging results in small loss of efficiency isn't it?

Maybe, but that's hard to imagine after getting 96% mash efficiency on my brew last Sun.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Denny's Favorite 50
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:32:18 AM »
Any thoughts on what would be best to brew with it Denny?

My most common brews with it are Rye IPA (or about any AIPA or APA), Am. brown ale (Noti brown recipe), porter (Nick Danger porter recipe), or BVIP.

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All Things Food / Re: Radishes
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:28:55 AM »
From what I've seen, maybe just a bit larger than normal.  I think I'm gonna try to grow some this year.  I LOVE radishes!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer.....
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:26:39 AM »
Someone mentioned that the SG version is very inaccurate over 1.060.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What's the best cleaner?
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:25:42 AM »
Thanks....here's the info from 5 Star if anyone is interested....

http://www.fivestarchemicals.com/wp-content/uploads/PBWTech2.pdf

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Denny's Favorite 50
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:22:54 AM »
and there's the fun Wyeast had with the numbering.  Back when it was VSS or whatever, wasn't it called WY2450 and then they eventually changed it to WY1450 - muy confusing.

Yeah, they changed their whole numbering system to be more consistent.  It was a PITA at first, but it makes sense.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Denny's Favorite
« on: April 26, 2011, 09:22:08 AM »
Even got an Oak Spiral to infuse oak flavors....  I am thinking about the Bourbon aspect and my goto is
the Purple Sack Crown...because it is blended, well rounded, mellow and smooth....



I'm not a big fan of oaked beers, but I've tasted versions of the BVIP on oak that have been really good.  Don't worry too much about the bourbon...it's a subtle flavoring, not a major component, so as long as it's a good bourbon it doesn't have to be a great bourbon.

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Ingredients / Re: Water Profile for Belgian Pale Ale
« on: April 26, 2011, 08:41:22 AM »
Your water must be very different from mine.  I did a 25% distilled water dilution, then a couple gr. of CaCl2 and a bit of lactic acid.  I'm surprised to see all the sulfate your adding.  That's something I tried to avoid for this style, but maybe my sulfate is higher than yours to start with.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What's the best cleaner?
« on: April 26, 2011, 08:38:56 AM »
+1 to PBW. Remember to wear your goggles. Alkali cleaners can really mess up your eyes. I went to the ER for getting a non-brewing related solvent in my eye, and he told me the worst accidents he sees relate to alkali products. Drain-o is strongly basic, and will "turn your cornea into oatmeal," apparently.

PBW isn't an alkali, is it?   :o

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