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Ingredients / Re: Lemongrass
« on: February 26, 2017, 07:41:07 PM »

This got me thinking.
I love lemon pepper when I cook (especially whenever I cook salmon).

Extend that to lemon-pepper in a saison - using lemongrass and grains of paradise.
Any thoughts? What about proportions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning auto siphon
« on: February 26, 2017, 07:19:44 PM »
I rinse well after use then hit it with starsan.
Then, rinse again and starsan before use.
The wallpaper tray works great when I have them.  If not. I always use a bucket of sanitizer and will ensure the whole thing gets soaked one end at a time and of course, running the sanitizer through it.

Ingredients / Re: German perle hops
« on: February 25, 2017, 11:01:18 PM »
I'm a big fan of Perle.  As the others said, it is a nice clean bittering hop with noble-ish character (though not as fine nor aromatic as the true noble hops).

This is just a reminder that we need judges and stewards for all of the judging centers.   Also, don't forget that each center has a bottle sort event, usually one or two weeks before the actual judging.  PLEASE sign up to help with that, too.

After you are signed up, you can go to the CONTACT page, which gives you the organizer, judge director, and head steward's contact info so you can find out about the bottle sort.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:20:32 AM »
I posted this on another forum:

Quote from: me
I went to crank out a simple extract batch about 45 mins ago.
Got everything set up. Went to pour the steeping grains into my grain sack.
Instead, they all went onto the <expletive> driveway. In the rain.

I turned off the gas and went inside instead.

<expletive> this

Brewinhard replied here to give solace.

Quote from: me
Yeah. I went inside and started to watch the Seahawks game. They played like <expletive> too.
I was in such a bad mood that my wife got up and left. (*too many loud expletives*)
A little while later, I get a phone call from her phone. She's at the LHBS asking me what I need to replace! She handed the phone to the guy and I told him what I needed, this time with a bigger grain sack and an extra lb of dme, just to bump the gravity a bit (because, hey, everyone knows more alcohol will fix things).
So, I turned the burners back on, got my water all the way heated up, added my extract, and just before hitting hot break, I <expletive> ran out of propane.

So, I ran to the store and swapped both of my propane tanks out.

But, now I have 5 gallons of IPA bubbling and the world is good again.
I should probably go put a blowoff tube on the fermenter. Something tells me I'm stupid if I don't.

I did put on the blowoff tube but it turned out it wasn't needed.
The beer turned out great.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A little brewing history
« on: February 23, 2017, 09:18:03 PM »

Cheers!   I wonder what's "Cheers" in chimpanzee?

Hey Norm!

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: February 22, 2017, 09:09:00 PM »
This thread made me thing of something though. Neil Young. What is the deal? He is the most hit and miss musician in my life. Tons of great songs, and also some of the worst crap I have ever heard. Not a lot in the middle.

Can you imagine Bob Dylan or Neil Young trying out for American Idol?
Simon Cowell would have an aneurism.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Diacetyl?
« on: February 22, 2017, 08:49:01 PM »
You are probably right that it is likely an infection.

A non-infected beer will tend to LOSE diacetyl over time, particularly if it is kept warmer.
Pediococcus is known for throwing Diacetyl, lactic acid, and acetic acid (vinegar).  My bet is that's what's wrong.

Beer Recipes / Re: CAP recipe
« on: February 21, 2017, 11:21:21 PM »
I don't fear 2o-25% corn. With 6 row it cuts the protein and lightens the grainy 6 row flavor. I haven't done one with 2 row yet, but 2 row has much more DP than it used to, so it should work just fine.

The Cluster hops at bittering add an old school flavor that makes me think of the sips of dad's and grandps's beers I had when a kid. That was back when the mainstream beers had some hops and flavor.


I agree, I like corn over rice by a long shot.  Think corn bread vs. regular bread.  There's a sweetness and grainy flavor that is really clean and refreshing, particularly on a hot summer day.

Ingredients / Re: First lager- Vienna lager
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:57:46 PM »
Sterling, Mt. Hood, Liberty, and Crystal, and Ultra are pretty much interchangeable, and all are delicious.

Beer Recipes / Re: beer tastes and kinds
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:35:53 PM »
I think there are too many fruit characteristics in a Doppelbock to fit this.
I think you should look at an American Wheat.  They tend to use very neutral or subtle yeasts, which often stay suspended.  The hops are typically low, usually of Noble-type varietals.

If you can find a fresh Widmer Hefeweizen, Pyramid Hefeweizen, or Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen (their base beer, not any of the special versions), you would be on the right track.
Be sure to get a FRESH sample.  This style loses its freshness quickly.  I'm always pleasantly surprised at how simple and refreshing Pyramind Hefe is if I get it fresh at their brewery.  Old in the bottle, not so much.

As far as a recipe, try this.  It's as simple a recipe as you can possibly get:

5 gallon batch

6 lbs wheat malt  (Great Western has RED wheat malt which is 'breadier', others are white wheat malt)
5 lbs pilsner malt
1 oz Hallertaur or Sterling or Crystal or Mt. Hood @ 60 mins
White Labs WLP320 or Wyeast 1010 American wheat Yeast

Single step mash at 151F
(for extract, subtract 7 lbs of Wheat DME, which is usually 60:40 or 50/50 wheat and pilsner malt, depending on the maltster).


For a good book on recipe formulation, I suggest Ray Daniels' book "Designing Great Beers".
Granted, it's getting old now, but all the concepts still apply.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dark hefeweizen...Huh?
« on: February 18, 2017, 04:52:27 PM »
I looked but didn't see you mention this so I'm going to throw it out there.

EVERY beer looks darker in the carboy than it is in the glass.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 11, 2017, 10:28:57 PM »
Jim, are you judging in Seattle?  I'm planning on it.

I look forward to seeing you there!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Well that was a disaster...
« on: February 10, 2017, 09:34:31 PM »
Don't sweat missing a flame out addition in a Belgian Pale Ale.  It is not a hop forward style.  If you do decide to dry hop it, go very easy.  Grassy hop flavor can become a distraction.
I would even consider using a Noble hop instead of the British hops.

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