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Ingredients / Re: Good News For Hop Lovers
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:21:08 AM »
Ordered couple of 8 oz packages, got a 2 oz package of Jarrylo thrown in. Nice!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Coors Banquet
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:26:21 AM »
I haven't had one in years. It boggles my mind how easy it would be for someone to make an all malt, cheap American pilsner beer that would have flavor .... and yet nobody really does it on the Macro level. I can drink the corn and rice lagers if they are cold and it is hot outside but never can they peak my interest more than one or maybe 2.

The AC Golden Barmen Pils we had was an eyeopener, and really showed how they can make an excellent Pils if they put their mind to it. Too bad it is limited production and distribution.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 import hops release?
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:04:51 PM »
jeff said end of Feb. I was wanting UK challenger, HM and EKG myself just trying to order from one supplier and hops direct dont have UK challenger

I have heard the European crop was not a good one. If they don't have a variety now, you will have to contact to see if they have it coming over.

Much of Europe was cold and wet early, giving low bine growth. Then it turned very hot an dry, so not as much cone growth.

Watching F1 races all summer supports this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 import hops release?
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:41:12 PM »
I have my HM, St. Goldings, and EKG(or was it another one?) on the way from Hops Direct.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mosher's new book
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:39:00 PM »
Man, I could use a couple days like that in Michigan now! That was a gorgeous day. Someone told me Mark Ohrstrom and Mrs. R were giving "encouragement" from the walkway above. My story was that I was busy.

Edit - Going to order the new Randy book!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mosher's new book
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:38:15 PM »
Man, I could use a couple days like that in Michigan now! That was a gorgeous day. Someone told me Mark Ohrstrom and Mrs. R were giving "encouragement" from the walkway above. My story was that I was busy.

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Ingredients / Re: got my water analysis
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:33:15 PM »
I can buy RO for $0.44 a gallon that has beer measuring 3 ppm TDS, pretty nice, and that is used for light lagers. The other source is $0.27 a gallon, and is 45 TDS, so that is used for ales. Some of the difference is the feed water, the second being on a city with wells, and the other would be the RO system filters life cycle point.

The local brewpub has let me get nano filtered water at 13 ppm which is pretty good!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cadillac of chillers?
« on: February 06, 2015, 01:10:45 PM »
My report:  The Hydra, with me stirring, took 11.5 gallons of 1.090 doppelbock wort in my 15 gallon Bayou Classic BK from boiling to 68°F in 11 minutes.

I went to get the primary fermentors and transfer hose set up, leaving the water running for another 5-10 minutes (no stirring).  By then, the temperature of the wort was down to 52°F, and I drained it into the primaries.  Did a real nice job dropping out the cold break.

I'm happy.

In the winter I can get 10 gallons down to 65 in 14.5 minutes using a 50'*0.5" copper immersion with the Jamil return. I think i will keep it.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 06, 2015, 01:07:44 PM »
Some that I have had in the Vaterland. Some are imported.
Radeberger us ok, from the former east.
St. Pauli isn't even found in Germany.
Becks, Warsteiner, Bitburger, Oettigner, Krombacher, Hasseroeder, Binding, Veltins are all Fernseherbiers (Fernseher means far seer, similar to television) and those are viewed as the equivalent of BMC beers in Germany.
Wernesgruener is pretty good for the price at Aldis. Can find it at Aldis in the US.
Kulmbacher was OK.
Mahr's Pils is very good, imported sometimes. Kessmann is also very good, but I don't know if it leaves Bamberg.
Wuerzburger Pils is very good when I have had it.
Spaten and Paulaner are good in the softer Southern Bavarian style.
Jever and Flensburger are more assertive Northern German examples. Koernig sort of fits in there,and was a favorite when fresh.
Alpirsbacher was very good, don't know if imported.
Plank in Bavaria makes a nice pils, imported sometimes.
There are many more that I can't remember.

Trumer is brewed in Austria, just outside of Salzberg. The Berkley brewery is a partnership between Trumer and Gambrinus.








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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 835 German X Lager
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:25:47 AM »
Used it last year and liked the results on a few beers. Have it in a Helles now.


Jeff likes it; I'm sold.  Adding to cart...

I am still thinking I like the Ayinger for one of the house lager yeasts, but the 835 is pretty darned good too. Good memories at Andechs go with it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bru'n water alkalinity
« on: February 06, 2015, 06:37:04 AM »
Sorry I don't really know how those translate into measurements I'd use in Bru'n Water.

To get me back on topic...

For all practical purposes 1 mg/liter=1 ppm.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bru'n water alkalinity
« on: February 05, 2015, 05:56:17 PM »
Thanks for the run down.

Been to the Town of Blanco, the brewery was not open for tours that day. We always get a 6-er Hans Pils when in TX.

The niece in Austin likes Pizza Pint. Might stop this time if we are in Austin. We have been to Franklin twice and John Mueller twice. Many other places in the area including Lockhart and Luling.

Will just be in Drippin 2 nights. Might head farther west on some day trips to see more of the Hill country.

OP-sorry for the thread jack!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bru'n water alkalinity
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:06:38 PM »
Yeah? I get up close to you every once and a while - you should ping me when you get down to this area. There are far better breweries than Jester King to visit! :)


Ford is a customer... so you know... lots of time in Wixom. Always seems to be in the wintertime. My colleague's son is in school in Anne Arbor - hopefully going to have a trip in the summer and swing up toward the U for a few beers and steaks.

Never been to JK, but if we get in on the Sunday in time, we will stop. Staying in Drippin'. Like the area and really like the Barber Shop.

What breweries do you recommend? Been to Twisted X, not so impressed.

The Wixom plant is leveled, and a big RV dealer and a Menards are going in. Makes you do a double take every time on I-96.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Ballantine IPA Clone Recipe
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:01:50 PM »
There's The Professor! Long time, no speak! I have been dying to taste the new Ballantine they released but its only back East from what I understand. Haven't been able to find it anywhere in the PHX area.

Would you mind posting your recipe that uses Munich malt? I'd like to try another variation.

I've had to change up the hops in the past due to availability and have to admit, the recipe I posted is by far the best in my opinion. I'm always up for trying different variations though. I think I'll give Hopfen's receipe a try too.

As I said, my last iteration used BRY-97. Should be carbed up and ready to give a critical taste soon. I will post that. I am also thinking of torpedoing one keg with a healthy dose of Brewers Gold in the hop rocket. Use about four ounces and transfer back and forth between purged kegs several times. Brewers Gold because I only have Bullion in pellets, though I might add Bullion pellets in a bag to the other keg for comparison.

I am another that would like to see the Professor's Ballantine IPA recipe. Yes, please!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 835 German X Lager
« on: February 05, 2015, 01:41:40 PM »
Used it last year and liked the results on a few beers. Have it in a Helles now.

Lager X rhymes with Kloster Andechs. They make some rally good beers like Helles, Dunkel, and Doppelbock.

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