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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter time question
« on: October 12, 2014, 07:55:18 AM »
This is a great thread.  I thought I knew all I needed to know about starters.  I've even printed a couple of posts for future reference.  Thanks S.C!

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The Pub / Re: diesel trucks new v old(er)
« on: October 08, 2014, 10:10:12 PM »
I had a 3/4 ton Dodge with a Cummins in it.  I LOVED it.  You won't find a better motor IMO.  The older ones had some automatic transmission issues (older than ~2000 if I recall correctly).  They also had some engine seal problems that developed around 200K+ miles.  I heard someone say once that the Dodge Cummins was a million mile motor in a 250K mile truck.  I tend to agree.  You'll get other opinions but the Cummins is the only motor I'd buy if I was in the market.

I had a manual transmission with a 5 speed/granny gear.  It would pull stumps.  And I had a 90's era 26' travel trailer that it would pull up any hill at 60 as long as I hit it in its power band.  One time a pulled a single trailer semi off of a snow berm with it.  That was cool.

I also would only be interested in a 4WD.  Trucks are so light in the back end that I'll never buy a 2WD truck.  It is surprising how often I need it.  (I have a Toyota Tacoma 4WD now and love it but it is not in the same class)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:19:39 PM »
My first kettle was a keggle (that was long before keg theft was a problem).  I used my keggle for exactly five batches before giving it away. I would quit brewing before going back to using a keggle.

What do you use now?

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Pimp My System / Re: My automated brew system
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:13:51 PM »
Wow.  I thought I wanted to see it in person until I saw where you lived.  Seriously cool.

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I do appreciate the gentle rebukes above because it will help me remember the point.  I honestly don't remember if I wrote 'too much caramel malt' or 'too much caramel flavor,'  but that is beside the point.

The main reason I posted this is about the insight I learned into my own APA/IPA grain bill.  I found myself agreeing more with the sentiments described earlier in this thread about decreasing crystal malts in these beers.  Such is the value of tasting several beers at a sitting.  So I am going to use less in future brews of this style.

While I agree that there is know way of knowing with certainty, I will say that crystal malts are the most likely cause.  Regardless, any flavor that dominates a fresh hop APA, other than hops, will result in a lower score than another beer that appropriately highlights the hops.

One further clarification: Jim, I am not yet a certified beer judge.  The organizers asked my BJCP study group to help with the judging, and then made sure that there was at least one BJCP certified judge at each table.  I was very pleased that my scores were within 2-3 points of the other two at my table!  And best of all was when I was helping judge Best of Show between an IIPA, IPA, and APA.  The IIPA was eliminated first, and we were having a hard time deciding on the other two as they were both equally good - until I pointed out that the IPA had the bittering level of an APA - that was the deciding factor and the APA won.  I am happy I was the first to notice it.

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I just finished helping judge the homebrew section of the Fresh Hop Ale Fest here in Yakima.  the most common flaw my table saw?  Too much crystal malt.

I learned a lot.  It was a great experience.  I am even more jazzed to get certified.
Out of curiosity, how did you determine it was specifically too much Crystal vs underattenuation or some other fault? I'm still not sold on "too much Crystal malt" being a glaring flaw on its own. Otherwise Celebration would be undrinkable from what I understand.

I will state again that this was my first experience at judging, so I'm a little shy about this, but here is why I said that:

1. The other 2 judges at the table said it.
2. The beers in question were too dark for style.  (We were judging APAs)
3. The flavor of the crystal malt dominated the hop flavor.

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The Pub / Re: Got to meet my idol today
« on: October 05, 2014, 05:08:49 AM »
Very cool!  And in Goldendale of all places.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 04, 2014, 03:46:31 PM »
Yeah, for a total cost of around $900, 48% of my brain says it isn't worth the money to buy new.  I could polish the keggles (I already wire-brushed them so they don't look horrible). 

But honestly another part I didn't mention is the whole stealing the kegs part.  I didn't know that when I bought them off of Craigslist.  When I learned that I even went to the local distributor to see how I could pay AB/InBev for them - they told me I couldn't.

I do want to keep one which is from Bert Grants though.  Partly because it was purchased legitimately, but mainly for the historical connection.  I plan to use it for the HLT.

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I just finished helping judge the homebrew section of the Fresh Hop Ale Fest here in Yakima.  the most common flaw my table saw?  Too much crystal malt.

I learned a lot.  It was a great experience.  I am even more jazzed to get certified.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:04:49 PM »
Jim do I understand correctly that your mash tun will not maintain temperature without the low flame/recirculation?

Because of the mass involved, preheating, and a layer of insulation, I lose maybe 2* over 60 minutes with my keggles.

I would like to save the $ by buying the MoreBeer kettles.  What do you use for a false bottom/screen, and do you like it?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:55:05 PM »

... and cooler.

As I brew in my garage for all the neighbors to see, I can relate. I get a lot of stares and I attribute part of it to the fact that it's a hacked together system with a beer keg and whole lot of copper. "Must be making liquor or meth."  A proper kettle adds some legitimacy to the operation.

And my next door neighbor has an all-Blichmann electric brewery.  Very shiny, with cool lights and numbers and stuff.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:30:48 PM »
What is it about your keggles that is making you want to change?

Lighter, easier to clean... and cooler.

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Equipment and Software / Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:56:19 PM »
Apparently I hate money because I'm talking myself into throwing a wad away on upgrading from keggles. 

I'm inclined toward Blichmann primarily because their thermometer face can be positioned to where i dont have to get on my knees to read it.  But I've never used one and as you know they are the most expensive.  It would be so nice to have a resource like Consumer Reports for Homebrewers...

So what brand of boil kettle/mash tun do you recommend? 

Apologies to Denny, et al., but I just can't bring myself to use a plastic cooler mash tun.  They hold heat better than anything, but even in the face of scientific evidence I would feel that carcinogens or other nastiness would be leaching into my beer.  Irrational or not, that is not an option for me.  Chalk it up to OCD.

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Ingredients / Re: Water report for Culligan RO system
« on: October 01, 2014, 08:31:21 AM »
That is just the issue Martin.  My water comes from three wells, so it changes.  Couple that with the need to remove chlorine and RO water it is!  I like starting with a blank canvas as well.

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Ingredients / Re: Water report for Culligan RO system
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:19:23 PM »
I do!  The test below was done in 2012.

pH 8.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 179
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.30
Cations / Anions, me/L 2.9 / 3.2
ppm
Sodium, Na 40
Potassium, K 5
Calcium, Ca 12
Magnesium, Mg 5
Total Hardness, CaCO3 51
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 3
Chloride, Cl 6
Carbonate, CO3 9
Bicarbonate, HCO3 154
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 141
Fluoride, F 0.53
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

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