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Ingredients / Bulk Base Malt suggestions
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:55:05 AM »
I am out of both Pale Malt and Maris Otter - the two base malts I want to keep on hand.  The last time I purchased 50# bags of each I paid no attention to the malting company.  Since then I have been reading that some of you clearly prefer one malting house over others.

What do you suggest, and if you don't mind can you tell me why?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:45:16 AM »
Sorry homoeccentricus, can't agree with you on this one.  My vote for the classiest beer would be Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw/Blue.  Brewed for a king's birthday.

Equipment and Software / Experimental size batches
« on: January 11, 2015, 07:04:09 PM »
I've got a 1st World problem.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who is torn between experimenting and brewing beer for drinking.  I've got the system for brewing 5 gallon batches of beer to drink.  But I don't want to waste all the ingredients and work making that much beer that will likely be dumped after I taste the results of the experiment. 

So I'm thinking about assembling a system to brew a gallon or less. 

I know I would really enjoy a lab grade setup, but I don't have any experience with that except for my 2 & 5 liter Erlenmeyer flasks for making yeast starters.  So I'm coming to you all.  How would you do this?

My values are: easy to clean, elegance of design and efficiency.  A lot to ask I know, but I can't be the first one to invent this wheel.

Equipment and Software / Re: keggle
« on: January 11, 2015, 03:40:53 PM »
The easiest, cheapest way which really holds temperature is a cooler mash tun.  Check here:

The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:10:58 PM »
I assume when you say "interesting" you mean "worrisome".

No, not worrisome.  I really did find it interesting.  Though not a scientific, double-blind, etc. study, it is surely valid - or at least instructive. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New toy
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:00:37 PM »
Pretty stinkin' cool Jim!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir bar in Fermentor
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:34:42 PM »
The only downside is forgetting it when you go to dump your fermenter and lose your stir bar.  Peace.

Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA recipe (please critique)
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:35:35 PM »
It also seems to me to be light in the hop category for an IPA.  If it were mine I would bump all three additions 60 minute, late additions and dry hopping - by at least twice the amounts listed.  This looks like a Black Pale Ale to me but maybe that is what you are going for.

All Grain Brewing / Re: New equipment
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:09:55 PM »
Perfect!  I (we, I'm sure) just like seeing other people's setup.  Looks great, and I'm sure you will enjoy using it.  Love the Speidel as well - they are great.

All Grain Brewing / Re: New equipment
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:53:11 PM »
I think the rule is 'It didn't happen unless there are pictures.'  ;)

The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:52:03 PM »
I will add to this thread that I recall reading something a year or two back that there is a significant social movement in the UK where individuals choose to make all of January a dry month for them to 'clear the system' so to speak.  The article quoted a gastroenterologist who said it was silly.  What would be more beneficial health-wise is to periodically take 3-4 days off from alcohol consumption.  Apparently that is all your body needs.  More time off isn't bad, it just doesn't increase the benefit as I recall.

My 6 weeks during Lent is a spiritual discipline that has only a secondary purpose of rejuvenating the physical system.

The Pub / Re: Now White Labs - take that!
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:43:05 PM »
The surprise to me in that article was the top salary of $60K/year for microbiologists.  Yike!  I hope that means a BS rather than MS or PhD.  Seems very low to me.

That was a good one.  I enjoy those experiment shows.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:53:49 PM »
Are we talking about black IPAs here?

Sshhh.  Don't say Black IPA!  There are certain word-oriented OCD types that cannot reconcile Pale with Black.

Just kidding of course.  Yes that is the context.

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