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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA thoughts
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:28:57 AM »
I'm curious about the 'more grain to make it an IPA' comments.  I thought the primary differentiating characteristic separating a Pale Ale from an IPA was IBUs.  I understand if the issue is BU:GU balance, but balance is a quality characteristic, not a category characteristic, is it?

Not trying to throw bombs here.  Maybe this is in the category of 'can there be such a thing as a Session IPA?'.

But additionally the OP didn't state the batch size, but assuming it is a typical 5 gallons, it only has to get to 1.056 OG to be in the BJCP IPA range.  Seems to me that 10.5 lbs of malt would be pretty close.

I guess to sum it up, I'd ask how much is in your bittering charge, rather than addressing the amount of malt.  What am I missing?

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:11:51 PM »
See I'd go the other way. Buy tower of power x2 and build the rest.

But I already have the hop rocket. 

Seems like it would be easy to put a a Thermowell into the input side of the HR then use a typical temp controller to turn the power on and off.  But I'm no expert.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:47:08 AM »
I'm interested in the Blichman RIMS system.  Any idea about the best way to get temperature control without getting their Tower of Power?

Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:45:55 PM »
Second day at Peoria Artisan Brewery and Sun Up Brewery.  The Peoria Artisan was a class act.  Not an average beer in the lot.  I got a sampler of 5.  My favorite was their Haboob Black IPA.  Sun Up was good, but nothing I thought was remarkable.

I will also say that the bars around my motel suck.  They each have 6-15 taps of light lagers and other bland beers.  Why that sucks is that I have to drive to the breweries, but an walk to about 6 bars. @$;-?%#{!

Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:50:23 AM »
Oh BTW, My login is yso191

Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:40:13 AM »
I have received 4 or so emails from Untapped since this thread started, but upon logging into Untapped app and online, only 1 new request has appeared. I'm not ignoring you, just dont have the request

I couldn't find you either.  I thought I found you yesterday, but as it turns out I sent a friend request to frank l, who is a Frank Laske in Cleveland.

Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:35:14 AM »
I have been using untappd pretty regularly for 3.5-4 years.  I use it to keep track of which commercial beers i've had and have not had... and roughly what my opinion of them was (to taste not style).  One of the drawbacks to such use is sometimes I'm friends with the brewer and forget about it... then they are like 'hey why do you hate my beer' lol.... At any rate... I'm on there as 'mors'

I could not find you

Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:40:50 PM »
First night is at North Mountain Brewing.  So far: a flavorless Cream Ale, a decent IPA which was only lacking in dry-hopping, a good Scottish with (quote me here) a discernible peaty/smoke/earthy flavor.  I wish there was a BJCP judge here to either correct or confirm it.  But my favorite is their 3 strings Porter.  Seriously the best Porter I have had to date.

Beer Travel / Untappd
« on: June 17, 2014, 05:55:52 PM »
So who's on untappd app so I can friend you and we can see what we think of the beers we drink?

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 17, 2014, 04:53:34 PM »
The other sizes are the commercial pitches.  It's going to be the same size culture just in a pouch instead of those horrible vials that explode all over you.

Am I the only person who would be interested in larger pitch sizes being available to homebrewers?

No.  It would be nice, especially for lagers, big beers, etc., or just when you suddenly realize that you can brew TODAY.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Review
« on: June 17, 2014, 04:48:26 PM »
...Find out volume of cone, to any valves, to any thermowell.

Oooo... nice save. Don't mean to hijack your thread, Steve, but I gotta know - do thermowells come in custom locations (through the top or through the side anywhere you want it) or are they pretty much fixed by the particular manufacturer? Does one mfg put it in the top, and another put it in the side near the cone? Which is best? I'd think you'd want to take your controlling temps near the cone where the heat will be higher, no?

Again; sorry, Steve, for hijacking, but you started a great topic here...

No hijack, just topic development.  For me,mthe bottom of the cone is just for dumping.  Mid cone I'd where I have the racking arm for draining the beer to the keg, and the TC port just above the cone is where I have the Thermowell.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:20:00 AM »
Not to hijack the thread, but what are the beer styles for your recipes?

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:13:38 AM »
BrewCraft is introducing 4 "Denny Conn Signature Series" brew kits in both partial mash and all grain.  Other kits from "famous" homebrewers will follow.

I'm curious how the all grain kit would work.  Everything in it but the base malt?  Seems like it would be kind of bulky otherwise.  I'm thinking shipping issues/costs.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Review
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:28:33 PM »
I think maybe you just need a little more practice with getting the yeast/trub out of the dump valve.  Once you get the hang of it there is very little waste.  Or like Martin said... You don't really need to dump it at all.  I usually do do a trub dump and harvest my yeast (to repitch). But you certainly don't need to. 

As for the clogging that may occur at the dump valve.  This is usually if you let the yeast sit too long.  It can get quite compact.  It will eventually... um... 'poop' out though. lol.  For the racking arm I ferment with it facing down and then when transferring always start with it in the 'up' position and just slowly turn it down while watching to make sure there is no yeast pick up... Then once I get even the slightest bit of yeast I either stop there or slightly back off (back to up).  I've never had my racking arm clog before.

I don't have the exact same conical as you (mine is their 14.5 gallon) but the lid gasket is not very intuitive as to which way is up and which way is down on it ;-).  I fermented my first few batches with the gasket in upside down... Maybe try flipping it and see if it seals easier/better.

Yes not being able to see through it can be a bit of a pain at times... When are we going to get that Star Trek 'Transparent Aluminum'?  Though I guess we'd want Transparent Stainless Steel.

Interesting about the gasket.  I'll have a closer look at that.  And yes I may stop dumping so much.  Thank you.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Review
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:25:13 PM »
Great food for thought, Steve. Still in the "thinking about it" phase. I'm in glass carboys now, and would like to change to somethig that isn't glass. But do I go to the $53 Spiedel, Better Bottles, or do I continue my quest for the almighty conical?

One question that I am stuck on at the moment is size. I don't go through 5 gallons very fast and usually only have 2 or 3 beers on-tap at any given time so I feel like I will be at the 5-gallon batch level for a while until I start "thinking about" a stand and some automation...

If I went conical; would it be worth the big step to go with a 7-Gallon size, or can I do 6 gallon fementations just as well in a 14? Would a 14-Gallon conical be impractical or limiting with only 6 or so gallons of wort? Trying to think long-term investment here.

One thing is clear, that I would not go with carboys again. The Speidel was a BIG improvement.  I have no insight as to size except that I'm sure you don't have to fill a conical to have it work well.

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