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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: malt rye & extract
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:10:55 PM »
I doubt you'll regret it.  I also don't think you need to worry about a low final gravity.  The dark DME should have plenty of unfermentables.

If I were you, I'd throw at least one pound of two row in with the grains and steep them for a minimum of 30 minutes, probably longer.  But I think rye also has enough diastatic power to convert on it's own so you should be fine.

Briess rye malt does.  Some of the continental rye malts might not.
Weyermann malted rye is >200 WK which is about 60 lintner. It will convert. Briefs is 105 Lintner.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsh
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:10:28 AM »
I have found though trial and error after figuring out that in the professional literature I read assumes zero hardness. In my trials I MUCH preferred beer brewed using water with no hardness. YMMV, IMO, etc etc.


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Have to ask, since hardness is the Ca and Mg content, you are saying none of those? Or are you referring to the alkalinity?

Alkalinity. I make the same flub occasionally as well.

Agreed that alkalinity should be no to low.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsh
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:03:33 AM »
I have found though trial and error after figuring out that in the professional literature I read assumes zero hardness. In my trials I MUCH preferred beer brewed using water with no hardness. YMMV, IMO, etc etc.


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Have to ask, since hardness is the Ca and Mg content, you are saying none of those? Or are you referring to the alkalinity?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New to kegging
« on: February 18, 2017, 07:33:53 AM »
Someday you will have to take a keg apart to clear a clogged post. This should help.
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/1312/Summerzym95-Kegging_How-To.pdf

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Fellow homebrewers,
I started this thread not to promote any candidates but to help coordinate the raising of issues/ topics/ actions that can make our hobby better.

You may have seen by now that for good or bad, I am very science-oriented. Cannot help it :-)

What can help me personally and I am sure it would help many other homebrewers is for the GC to facilitate our access to research publications on brewing.
Ideally of course, would be free access to a given journal for AHA members, but more realistically, I think a student membership for AHA members (that are not pro brewers) can be negotiated with most journals.
Examples are :
MBAA technical quarterly
Brauwelt international

There you go.. What do you fellow homebrewers wish to see done that is not part of the commitments of current candidates?

I'm not sure you understand the role of the Governing Committee. While you have a cool idea, it's outside the scope of what we do.
Where is the scope of what you (GC) do defined, Denny?

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The bylaws are downloadable on this page.
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/aha-governing-committee/

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It does eliminate some confusion. Now NHC just means the National Homebrew Competition. HomebrewCon can be referred to as HBC, and no confusion.

Edit - I got used to it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 17, 2017, 11:49:43 AM »
The grains are hammer milled, and the husks are removed, so no astringency that way.


That seems like a difficult process. I guess the usable part is pretty much pulverized into flour, and is filtered away from the husks? With the payoff being upwards of 100% efficiency. Obviously it works for them.
They can exceed 100%. You have it right on the flour part.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 17, 2017, 10:18:10 AM »
Shouldn't batch spargers be pushing down on their grain bed to get every last drop?
Some breweries do this. Alaskan pays such a premium for their ingredients that they need to optimize them as best as possible. They also use their spent grain to generate steam, so having it as dry as possible helps there too.


https://alaskanbeer.com/beerpoweredbeer/
I don't have a thin profit margin to worry about. And the chickens don't care if it's wet. If there is a beer quality increase from bag squeezing it ought to carry over to batch spargers

Alaskan has a mash filter. The grains are hammer milled, and the husks are removed, so no astringency that way.

Yes, if you don't remove the husk the beer is terrible though. I have been to a TN brewery that hammermills and uses a mash filter and the beers were so astringent I could not drink them. All except the wheat and rye beers, and I think ya'll can figure out why that would be. ;)
Wow. And yes, I know why that would be.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Clear wort ???
« on: February 17, 2017, 09:58:16 AM »
Shouldn't batch spargers be pushing down on their grain bed to get every last drop?
Some breweries do this. Alaskan pays such a premium for their ingredients that they need to optimize them as best as possible. They also use their spent grain to generate steam, so having it as dry as possible helps there too.


https://alaskanbeer.com/beerpoweredbeer/
I don't have a thin profit margin to worry about. And the chickens don't care if it's wet. If there is a beer quality increase from bag squeezing it ought to carry over to batch spargers

Alaskan has a mash filter. The grains are hammer milled, and the husks are removed, so no astringency that way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 16, 2017, 05:55:57 PM »
I've definitely noticed more people talking about getting rejected this year than last. Either interest went up or something in the process changed.
Interest is up. One key thing to get in is to list all sites as alternatives.

Participate in first round judging or stewarding if you can, that will get you preference for next year.

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA GC Election is Live
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:20:37 PM »
The AHA Governing Committee Election is now live. You can read about it and the candidates on this page.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/aha-governing-committee/election/

Yes that is me with a Maß of Augustiner Helles served from the wood at Augustiner Keller late last Summer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HomebrewCon schedule...
« on: February 16, 2017, 11:06:22 AM »
Bauhaus is a little north, and is one started by a former member of the forum, he went by Pawtucket Patriot. Might drop by and say hi.

I was actually thinking about doing that as well.
We are driving, and plan to spend a night in Eau Claire to check out Lazy Monk and say hi to Leo's.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HomebrewCon schedule...
« on: February 15, 2017, 02:29:40 PM »
We deleted the banquet since it was becoming impossible to provide high quality food that conformed to our (AHA's) chef's artistic goals. In addition, more attendees want to participate in the NHC awards than we had banquet hall seats. So the change to an open entry into the awards session and a closing 'happy hour' after that, should give attendees more bang for their buck and also enable everyone to plan for a night out on the town on Saturday night. I'm really excited that there is the light rail line and venues along its path.

The other good thing is that attendees that don't have an interest in attending the awards session, will have the opportunity to continue attending conference sessions. These late sessions will all be repeats of earlier presentations, so you won't necessarily miss anything.
It looks like we will be ~6 blocks from the green line that runs past the University and goes to St. Paul, so walk or take a bus to the llght rail. Many of the breweries are a short walk from the green line, from what is see on Google.

Bauhaus is a little north, and is one started by a former member of the forum, he went by Pawtucket Patriot. Might drop by and say hi.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HomebrewCon schedule...
« on: February 15, 2017, 12:02:49 PM »
Jeff, I bet Susan remembers a horde of hungry bearded brewers descending upon the Pro "Night" hors d'oeuvres in Grand Rapids.  ;D  hopefully having another pre-dinner party doesn't lead to more of the same.

I got there 20 minutes late and there was nothing left.

Almost the same for us. She was head steward for the second round, we got there a little late and not much was left. We did a meet up with a big bunch of friends at a GR restaurant with others and enjoyed it thoroughly. Susan was glad to just set down and rest.

Edit - just read this.
https://www.homebrewcon.org/news/homebrewcon-celebration/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HomebrewCon schedule...
« on: February 15, 2017, 10:35:19 AM »
Jeff, I bet Susan remembers a horde of hungry bearded brewers descending upon the Pro "Night" hors d'oeuvres in Grand Rapids.  ;D  hopefully having another pre-dinner party doesn't lead to more of the same.

Also, if AHA Forum Meetup happens at Friday lunch again, I'll be at BJCP meeting instead. *Shrug* can't please everyone; I get it.
She does.


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