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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing sugar
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:21:41 PM »
Do you have the option of adding DME, LME or honey? I'm not a fan of adding simple sugar to increase alcohol.

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I am.  Why waste the money on honey when you won't get anything from it but the sugar content, particularly if added to the boil?  DME and LME add more than just fermentable sugar.  Not a problem if that's what you want, but it doesn't sound like he does.
If sugar works for you, that's great. He's trying to free up room in his mash tun and I was suggesting other options if  they're available.  Both  LME and DME will add to the complexity as well as the alcohol level and honey added toward the end of fermentation will add alcohol and contribute flavor.

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That's a fair point.  I have no argument against using DME/LME to boost a beer that's too big for the mash tun.  You do have to be careful though, especially with a big beer, that it doesn't end up with too many unfermentables.  I would still recommend using sugar for a portion of the addition, but it doesn't need to be all of it.

As far as LME/DME, my recommendation would be to add Breiss Pils DME.  It's the lightest and most fermentable extract I have come across.  I haven't used LME in ages.
There are other questions too; what is the batch size, how many lbs. of grain, what is the final OG expected with the malt on hand? I'm not saying that you can't brew a good beer when you add sugar, but I wouldn't go more than 10% of the grain bill with sugar and I would increase the temp of the mash to offset the sugar. A barleywine is a great sipping by the fire kind of beer, it takes a lot of malt and a lot of time to get a good barleywine. I suggest considering everything before you brew and don't skimp on ingredients or in 8 months you'll be drinking a beer that's just okay. Just my opinion.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing sugar
« on: November 07, 2016, 03:32:27 PM »
Do you have the option of adding DME, LME or honey? I'm not a fan of adding simple sugar to increase alcohol.

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I am.  Why waste the money on honey when you won't get anything from it but the sugar content, particularly if added to the boil?  DME and LME add more than just fermentable sugar.  Not a problem if that's what you want, but it doesn't sound like he does.
If sugar works for you, that's great. He's trying to free up room in his mash tun and I was suggesting other options if  they're available.  Both  LME and DME will add to the complexity as well as the alcohol level and honey added toward the end of fermentation will add alcohol and contribute flavor.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing sugar
« on: November 07, 2016, 03:26:30 PM »
Do you have the option of adding DME, LME or honey? I'm not a fan of adding simple sugar to increase alcohol.

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Why not?
I prefer the flavor and complexity of LME, DME and honey added after 2/3 of the fermentation is completed. I've used sugar in the past and gotten cidery flavors that I don't care for. Just my opinion.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing sugar
« on: November 07, 2016, 01:17:34 PM »
Do you have the option of adding DME, LME or honey? I'm not a fan of adding simple sugar to increase alcohol.

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Events / Re: Guests at NHC Dinner
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:24:41 PM »
They sent out a separate link via Twitter once the AHA site got bogged down.  This saved our club.  We were able to get 18 members tickets.  I think one guy didn't get in.  They also had multiple sign on capability but I didn't know that until I was in the throes of signing up.

SteveG

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Events / Parking at NHC?
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:19:41 PM »
Does anyone know if there's a lower rate for the parking at the NHC?  The hotel is showing $45 a day, which is ridiculous.  Even if they have offsite parking with a shuttle that would be okay.

SteveG

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