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I am brewing Janet's Brown Ale on Sunday, and Pecan Porter on Thanksgiving Day.

Events / Re: 2011 NHC?
« on: November 19, 2010, 05:35:29 PM »
Just booked my room in the Royal Palm tower.  Supposedly the biggest rooms and the closest building to the convention center.
Sweet.  I booked blindly and chose the tower!

Is it June yet?

The Pub / Re: Beer Lubricated the Rise of Civilization
« on: November 09, 2010, 08:54:00 AM »
Interesting article for sure, but am I the only one who has read Micheal Jackson?  He made that argument a decade ago.

Beer Travel / Re: San Antonio beer tips?
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:53:10 AM »
And if you're in town on Friday afternoon, run out to Real Ale Brewing in Blanco,  Their brewery tours are pretty good and they always have something experimental on tap.  Also check out Ranger Creek Brewing and distilling,, and ask Mark McDavid for a tour.  They aren't on shelves yet, but getting a look at their still is simultaneously a religious and a sexual experience.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: October 22, 2010, 08:10:53 AM »
Not my favorite Shiner seasonal, but not too bad.  I wonder, though, how it would work in pecan pie or holiday baking?

So I have recently come across a recipe for Lagunitas IPA, which I would really love to try and recreate.

The only issue is, the recipe is designed for all grain brewing.  I am only 4 brews deep in my homebrewing career and not quite ready for the whole grain brewing yet.  Does anyone have any idea how to convert this recipe to extract brewing?  I usually use coopers liquid malt extract and add in specialty grains.  I know it wont turn out exactly the same, but I am just looking to get practice using a delicious blend of hops without intense bitterness.  Anyway here is the recipe.

Grain build:
10.9 lb - 2 row pale malt
.87 lb - malted weat
.82 lb - munich malt
.55 lb - crystal 60
1.3 lb - crystal 10

4 grams Summit pellets (60 min)
10 grams Horizon (60 min)
23 grams Willamette (30 min)
11.5 grams Centennial (30 min)
34 grams Cascade (1 min)
21 grams Cascade (dry hop)
21 grams Centennial (dry hop)

Also, they mentioned this recipe is for 6 gallons at end of boil... What does that mean?  That is just 6 gallons total right? 

I use a 6 gallon carboy and brew 5 gallon batches.

Sorry for the novice questions, but I would really appreciate any advice!

First, they do a 6 gallon batch so that 5.5 gallons goes into the fermenter and 5 gallons goes into the keg or bottles.  They are anticipating losses in the process. 

Second, if I were to covert this to extract I would substitute the two row and Munich for 8.8 gallons of extract (You can multiply the base grains by .75 to get the amount of extract needed) , replace the wheat malt with wheat flakes (or omit it altogether).  Steep the flaked wheat and the rest of the grains before adding the extract.  It won't be a perfect clone, but it'll get close.

The Pub / Re: Gawd I need a Promotion
« on: September 27, 2010, 04:28:11 AM »
Post counts, and titles based on them, are stupid in my opinion. Just because you type a lot or have a lot of excess time on your hands, doesn't make you a better brewer.
Yes it does.  Look at Denny! ;D

The Pub / Re: Brewpubs that serve BMC
« on: September 17, 2010, 07:15:02 AM »
Perhaps the question one should ask themselves while at a brewpub..."Do I want to order a MGD or do I want to order a Munich Helles" as crafted by the brewpub. I personally believe 99% of the folks that are reading this right now will choose the Helles and the other one percent are surfing the web and don't even know what a Munich Helles is.

A good business owner will want to please that 1% of folks you guess are surfing the web.  I have heard brewpub owners say they keep bottles of BMC for large groups that have people who don't like craft beer.  (Yes.  There are people who don't like craft beer.  That's why so much BMC is sold.)  They want those people to spend money in their establishment, too.  They make their money on drinks, and to exclude 1-2% is bad business.

The Pub / Re: Why Grammar is Important
« on: September 15, 2010, 09:35:42 AM »
Funny that this topic was started by a guy who said this (my emphasis):

I've always thought that it did add a slight honey taste to the beer, but I really wonder how much of that is psychological.  I've done enough study of how preconceptions effect perception to be skeptical of my own tastings when it isn't done blind.  And I haven't done that with honey malt.

Maybe they need to change that pie chart to include audio post production types . . .  ;D

I was an English major in college, and that's one I still get wrong almost every time!
I grew up in a German town full of Meiers (Kohlmeiers, Sultemeiers, and plain old Meiers) and Steins, etc.  I still can't do the "I before E" thing correctly.  Damn Germans.  I'm an English major, too, and my teachers couldn't understand why I got it confused.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:10:07 AM »
Macht's Nicht Brewing Company/Club

My cousin and I were making a beer when we realized we didn't have a particular ingredient.  "Macht's nicht," he said and we made a dunkelwiezen that went to the second round of Nationals.

I wanted the logo to have the look of a parachutists airborne wings.  Now you see why I'm not a graphic artist.

I'm brewing an extra bitter APA.  I think I'll call it "'If Tech Talk Ends I Quit' Pale Ale."  Too long? 

Ingredients / Re: I'm thinking about a tobacco RIS... any thoughts?
« on: August 07, 2010, 09:45:36 AM »
I have a recipe for Brew Dog's How to Disappear Completely from a Brewing Network interview that has an aroma that reminds me of pipe tobacco.  I can't decide if it's the malt or the blend of hops.  Here is a link to the recipe.

I'm not against adjuncts, just against rice.
It brings nothing to the table

So you wouldn't drink a Trade Winds from The Breuery because he uses rice? 

Brewed an Oatmeal Stout yesterday.  Ran out of propane so I can't brew again til next week, when I get paid. :(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Maybe I could change my mind...
« on: July 28, 2010, 04:05:26 PM »
Yeah, if brewing was more of a concern than hanging with Morimoto and getting to develop recipes with him and eat his food!
I'd rather hand with Morimoto, too.

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