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The Pub / Re: I'm back...
« on: July 27, 2016, 05:24:02 PM »
Welcome back. My wife was a second grade teacher, so I understand all the other stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Medal displays
« on: July 25, 2016, 06:46:27 AM »
I just have mine on the top of some IKEA bookcases in the Basement.

37 pounds, wow!

I bought a cheap roll of roof flashing at Home Depot and made a shield that wraps around the kettle. It's held together with two small bolts and hangs on the kettle handle with two small carabiners. When brew day is done, it unbolts and wraps small enough to slip inside the kettle for storage. I made it for my 15 gal pot so it would heat faster but I mostly use it with my 10 gal pot as a windbreak and it helps use less gas.
Yes, a windshield is essential on a windy day.

The Pub / Re: Tribute Brewing, Eagle River WI
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:19:00 PM »
I had a great time visiting with you Jeff (hope I didn't talk your ears off). Nice to meet your wife and sister also.

It was hot and humid in the brewery due to the weather and a just finished brew day, which could have added to skin tone color.
Thanks again, Marc. When I got back to the bar, Susan said I had a nice sheen from the persperation.

I thought they were still on their first beers, but they had gotten another Dortmunder as I had been back in the brewery for a  "while".

The Pub / Tribute Brewing, Eagle River WI
« on: July 22, 2016, 10:01:26 AM »
We started the day at the Fitz in Eagle River MI. The wake up call was a big thunderstorm, with a loss of power.

Drove to my sister's house, and after some coffee and lunch, we then went over to Eagle River WI and visited Boulderbrewer's Tribute brewing. Had a good visit and look around the brewery with Mark. The Dortmunder and IPA were tasty. The taproom was busy for just after opening on a Wednesday, but it is Wisconsin!

Now I owe a visit to Keith, Leos, Sean (when he is open), and anyone else from the forum that has or will open a brewery.

The photo-

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing as you age
« on: July 22, 2016, 06:02:42 AM »
One of the award winning guys in the club went to a BIAB system to save time. His beer are still winners.

As I age, lifting is minimized with pumps. Being in shape helps, so trips to the gym are part of my routine.

The horn is a thing of beauty.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Experience with Saflager 34/70?
« on: July 21, 2016, 10:19:39 AM »
A friend of mine swears WLP833 is the secret to the finest lagers and I totally believe him, as they're great.

Now today I just read on that people can't taste the difference between WLP833 and W-34/70.  So there's that.

There's a lot less variation between lager yeasts than there is in ale yeast.  Doesn't really surprise me that people have a hard time telling them apart.

The difference for me is that the 34/70 yeasts will give a more bitter finish than 833. I had split a 10 gallon batch of Pilsner this year, and while the 833 turned out to be a fine beer,the 34/70 (WLP 830) just vanished.  :D

Beer Recipes / Re: Thinking about trying my first Lager....
« on: July 20, 2016, 07:56:33 PM »
I like the idea of the floor malted pils but you don't need any of that other malt. You will find recipes with other grains in them but I think they are unnecessary.

IBUs should be around 35-40.

Needs a lot more hops in the late boil. Should look closer to around an ounce at fifteen or twenty minutes and another ounce at flameout.

Czech pils also needs a soft water. Look at RO water with a small calcium addition if water chemistry is not something you are familiar with.
His OG was to be 1.039. This would fit in 3a, and 35-40 IBUs are too high for 3a, but fit in for a 3b.

The SRM for both 3a and 3b max out at 6, he was at 4.8, so on a single infusion beer a little Munich and Vienna will add some Maillard products, and color.

It all depends on what he wants to target for his beer. I only have limited experience drinking beer in the Czeck Republic, but many are 10P beers, to be consumed in mass quantities.

Events / Re: Great American Beer Festival Denver---Presale Tickets
« on: July 20, 2016, 03:36:13 PM »
That's $38 more dollars for the other stuff :)
If you haven't researched how membership will allow you get that $38 back, and then some, then you are Going about the whole thing wrong.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 20, 2016, 07:42:17 AM »
Jealous of the Konig pilsener! I had some Zywiec lager in cans about a month ago when I was in Baltimore. That's some tasty stuff.
the konig was the first I tried and it was great, it really tasted great. The carlsburg was nice too, a great lake beer.
König was my go to beer at our favorite Pizza place in Wiesbaden, as it was better than the other Fernseher beers they had.

All Grain Brewing / Re: mashing at 148F
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:45:14 AM »
Some lite beers are mashed around 140F for 3 hours with NA malt that has very high Diastatic Power.

Read that a few times.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 16, 2016, 09:38:14 AM »
Absolutely agree. I don't buy beer in bottles anymore. Only cans.
I don't go that far, too much in bottles only I like.
Wish I could can at home.

There's a newish brewpub in Chicago that does 32oz cans to go. They have a cool gadget that I'm sure cost a ton of money, but it's fun to dream. It's a lot more convenient than hauling a growler, too.
Those are called crowlers. The machine is made by Oskar Blues.

Hadn't heard of that - it's a great idea. Would stay fresh longer obviously.

I thought so too, but then I saw how they were filled at Oskar Blues in Brevard NC.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: No Beer
« on: July 16, 2016, 06:38:55 AM »
Double check your "out" poppet for debris.  Sounds like a clogged poppet.
I have had that happen. I have also had clogged dip tubes that had to be removed and cleared with a dip tube brush. Have had frozen lines, and even partially frozen kegs.

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