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Ingredients / Re: Bulk Base Malt suggestions
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:27:10 AM »
For MO I like Crisp, as I can get it.

For NA Pale Malt I have been using Rahr 2-row.

AiH has MaltEurop 2-row for a price that is attractive to me as it is my LHBS - no shipping. Light for a base malt in color, but a friend said it tastes like a cross between other NA 2 row and MO.

Equipment and Software / Re: Boilermaker Valve
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:23:13 AM »
My old boss used to say, "tighten it until it breaks and then back off a half a turn."
40 ft# is fairly tight, but not quite as tight as Jim suggests.  A car's lug nuts are usually about 85 ft# and spark plugs are about 15 if that helps.

Did a project on a locomotive, the torque spec for the bolts the held the generator to the frame was 1200 ft-lbs.  :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:37:57 AM »
After the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Royalty had wheat beers brewed only for their consumption. Then there was the old Bavarian royal when asked how he reached a ripe old age replied a liter of Doppelbock at Lunch and another liter at Dinner.

The British Royalty are of German descent since King George I. Just saying.  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: keggle
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:23:10 PM »
Got an old sleeping bag? Put it around the Aluminum Kettle while you mash.

Equipment and Software / Re: keggle
« on: January 11, 2015, 03:56:28 PM »
I brew via biab and battle heat loss when mashing with my alum kettle. I am wondering am i better off going to a keg conversion or just build a mash tun? Would stainless hold the heat better?

Stainless won't give you a noticeable difference.

Beer Recipes / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: January 11, 2015, 08:00:20 AM »
I know squat about competitions. Why are there years without gold medals? Is there a minimum score?
The way NHC works the category wins gold, silver, bronze, one each. So for example if a Dark American Lager wins Gold this year, then Munich Dunkel and Schwartsbeir will not. They are the 3 subcategories for category 4.

I would not take the web link as gospel. If you look there are some years with 2 golds in a category.
See Category 6, where there are 2 golds in 2004. There may be some where he missed a year. Still nice work.

Beer Recipes / Re: ESB Critique
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:26:00 PM »
Special roast is not needed if you're using MO. My surefire ESB recipe is simply 93% MO and 7% Dark English Crystal, based on Fuller's recipe.

If you're looking for a bit more base malt character you can also stand to bump up your OG a bit. The 1.055 range is a good spot for an ESB.
What brands of MO and Crystal give the flavor you want?

All Things Food / Re: Pretzels
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:27:59 AM »
Those look yummy. Makes me hungry for a German Breakfast.

Ingredients / Re: golden promise for lager?
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:24:44 AM »
I would try the Simpsons GP for a light lager as it is about 2L. For a darker lager Thomas Fawcett GP might work, it is around 3.5L.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:51:41 AM »
Hi-Wire is my least favorite brewer, no, actually Altamont is my least favorite in Ashevegas.

Go to The Wedge, Green Man, Twin Leaf is a quiet place across from The Funkatorium, Catawba has a tasting room in Biltmore Village and you can hit French Broad not far away. Pisgah is a great brewery, make sure you go to Highland. I hear good things about Burial which is close to Green Man. One World (under Farm Burger) is putting out some good stuff. See if you can find Open Brewing.

I'd suggest a ride to Brevard to Oskar Blues might be fun.

Get some Ribs as 12 bones - go early. Get a dinner reservation at The Admiral, but do it ahead of time or it will sell out. Get in line at French Broad Chocolate Lounge and get whatever looks good because it is all good.

Shoot me a note if you need more.

Thanks for the advice, time and liver capacity will be limiting factors. I think we can walk to some of those, weather permitting.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir bar in Fermentor
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:03:30 AM »
No biggie. Done it many times. Get a strong magnet for the next brewday. Simply attach the magnet to the flask and pour. And yes, don't forget that it's in the fermenter.
This.  But you should also be able to use that strong magnet to walk the stir bar up the side of your fermenter and retrieve at any time.

+1. This works.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brew partner
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:00:57 AM »
My cats would not be good helpers. Nope.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Air distribution manifold expansion
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:58:53 AM »
I did this to turn a 3 into a 4. The end plug has the same threads.

That talk is in the list from 2014. You have to log in to the main AHA screen, different to the forum log in.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:16:25 PM »
Check out the tasting room at Hi-Wire Brewing, it's close to Wicked Weed. Also I've always thought Asheville Brewing Co. was a bit underrated. It's just a solid brewpub.

At SN snap a photo of their hop schedule - it should be on a white board in the corner by the hop bins.

Not my first time on a SN tour!  8)

Still good advice.

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