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Going Pro / Re: Craft & Homebrew Supply Startup
« on: April 07, 2014, 01:13:04 PM »
To add to Sean's list. These are used in many recipes, but not in large quantities.

Flaked maize (corn).
Flaked rice.
Flaked wheat.
Flaked barley.

Some rice hulls?

Once you get the business going, consider adding Golden Promise malt to compliment the Maris Otter. I buy about the same between those 2 UK malt types.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:21:32 AM »
I had 4 in, and while none were under 30, none advanced. Two went to mini-BOS, but did not advance. Both of those were scored at 40.5, so there were even better beers on the table. Not the first time we have struck out, but there is always next year. Just have to brew a little better next year.


great scores.  sounds like tough competition.  What categories were they?
5c Doppelbock.
9e Strong Scoth Ale

The others were a German Pils and a Munich Dunkel.

I will enjoy drinking those those summer, if summer ever comes to MI.

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I'm a skimmer, as it gives me something to do while waiting for the boil.

+1.  Me too.

I'm not a skimmer because I've got better things to do during the boil than stand there skimming!  In addition, I usually FWH and I don't know how I could skim the foam but leave the hops.

Yes, Denny, when we FWH, no skimming. The hops do help to control the break. When I do skim, it is only for a little bit, until the boil is behaving. My assistant, aka wife, is cleaning out the mash tun while I skim.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 07, 2014, 09:12:22 AM »
We were at Zanesville over the weekend. Mrs. R worked as a steward, I judged. Had a fun time. Saw many that we knew, met some new people, will see many at the NHC in GR.

It is a well run competition, Big Frank does a great job as organizer, Bill and the rest of the team work hard, and they had the envelopes stuffed with score sheets by the time for pizza and the raffle. Good job.

I had 4 in, and while none were under 30, none advanced. Two went to mini-BOS, but did not advance. Both of those were scored at 40.5, so there were even better beers on the table. Not the first time we have struck out, but there is always next year. Just have to brew a little better next year.

On the plus side, Saturday before NHC Mrs. R will be in GR to sort bottles at the 2nd round drop of site, as she is head Steward. Now I can pitch in and help, as I have no conflicts of interest with beers in the second round.


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I skimmed a couple times then I heard (Bamforth I think) on the BN say that the top foam at hot break, if left in, will bind to tannins and other polyphenols. I dont recall which episode, and cant vouch for my memory on this. I do recall them saying that skimming vs not skimming is not much difference, so I just quit doing it.
I know it doesn't make much difference in the final product if you skim or not. It does help eliminate boil overs if you skim. Sometimes I don't skim if it looks like the boil will behave, and no problems there.

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Keith is correct. I'm a skimmer, as it gives me something to do while waiting for the boil.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mitch Steele excerpt
« on: April 06, 2014, 04:33:47 PM »
Yeah, it is his opinion. But it's also a pretty good guideline for brewing IPAs. Too many IPAs out there have too much crystal and are too sweet. If you are trying to dial in your IPA these are good guidelines to follow. Brew the beer you want, for sure! But most likely the beer you want won't be a crystal overloaded high finishing gravity IPA.

But crystal malt and sweetness don't necessarily go hand in hand.  You can use crystal for the flavor, and balance it with the rest of the grist, the hopping, the yeast, the mash temp.

I don't think crystal malt really adds sweetness, per se. But it does add flavors I find that clash with hops if used too much. As I said, I do think some is important. Around 5% is the key for me. Don't care for higher Lovibond crystals in IPA.

It depends on the IPA, and the amount of crystal malt. Have you ever made this one? It is a classic that old guys like me like. Just realized I need to do it again!
http://realbeer.com/hops/sister.html

Yeah, I always forget about English IPAs. I mean citrus hop bomb American IPAs. And even there a 1/4 lb of 120 crystal isn't going to sink the boat.

I also have a few recipes I have brewed over the years that break the mold I am talking about. But as guidelines, I think Mitch's advice is sound and mirrors my experience. If the OP is having trouble dialing in his IPA recipe maybe cutting back on the crystal or cutting back on higher lovibond crystal might be the key.

As an aside, I wonder what Denny would say about the wheat added to that recipe. ;)
When I brew it, I nix the wheat. No need in my book.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mitch Steele excerpt
« on: April 06, 2014, 04:20:34 PM »
Yeah, it is his opinion. But it's also a pretty good guideline for brewing IPAs. Too many IPAs out there have too much crystal and are too sweet. If you are trying to dial in your IPA these are good guidelines to follow. Brew the beer you want, for sure! But most likely the beer you want won't be a crystal overloaded high finishing gravity IPA.

But crystal malt and sweetness don't necessarily go hand in hand.  You can use crystal for the flavor, and balance it with the rest of the grist, the hopping, the yeast, the mash temp.

I don't think crystal malt really adds sweetness, per se. But it does add flavors I find that clash with hops if used too much. As I said, I do think some is important. Around 5% is the key for me. Don't care for higher Lovibond crystals in IPA.

It depends on the IPA, and the amount of crystal malt. Have you ever made this one? It is a classic that old guys like me like. Just realized I need to do it again!
http://realbeer.com/hops/sister.html

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mitch Steele excerpt
« on: April 06, 2014, 04:14:52 PM »
Not to derail my original question, but here are some IPAs/DIPA's I'm fond of...
Cigar City Jai Alai
Bells Two Hearted
Bear Republic Racer 5
New Belgium Ranger
Ithaca Beer Flower Power
DIPA's
Pliny the Elder
Victory Dirt Wolf

That helps a lot.

You can find some homebrew clones for the Two Hearted and Pliny the Elder in Zymurgy issues. You can do the online editions if you are a new AHA member and find those.

Web searches can find other clone recipes for the popular ones that have been out for some time. Dirt Wolfe might be too new.

Buy Mitch Steele's book and read it in detail. I am drinking an IPA right not modeled on Fathead's Headhunter, and I am really liking it. 3rd time brewing that one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 06, 2014, 04:01:55 PM »
We all have met Denny somewhere in the Homebrewing continuum. Jim, you will too someday.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mitch Steele excerpt
« on: April 06, 2014, 03:59:30 PM »
If someone would kindly fork over the perfect IPA recipe I'll stop asking questions...otherwise the questions will continue until morale improves.
That depends on what you consider to be the perfect IPA. Can you elaborate on the best example of perfection?

That is not a flippant reply. I have a fondness for something like Ballantines IPA, as I had that in my misspent youth. I like some Classic British IPA recipes. Some of the new American ones I like, others not so much.


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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 06, 2014, 02:12:56 PM »
South Loop has been undergoing gentrification, but no breweries or good bars that I know of. There may be some now, but you will have to ask a local.

Downtown there is Jake Melnicks, an OK beer bar.

Haymarket is a favorite. You can get close with the green line, it is on Randolph west of the expressway.

The blue line can get you up to near Peace and the MapRoom, the later is tops for me in Chicago.

The red line can get you to Goose Island, Sheffields and Hopleaf, though that last one is a long way north.

It is a big city with decent transportation, so with some planing you can find your way to a few.

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Ingredients / Re: How to tell if a malt is under modified?
« on: April 05, 2014, 02:03:02 PM »
If you do done searches, the Weyermann Floor Zmalted Pils is listed at 38-44=S/T.

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Now what do I do? I won. Was very surprised, as the field was big and filled with good candidates.

I have heard it is tradition/required that the new members bring rare and expensive beers to the first meeting. Time to get some old dusty bottles out.
As further hazing Jeff, you are required to give me a ride from The Hudecek Compound to GR on Tuesday before the conference, so we can be at the meeting 8AM Wednesday morning.  I will try not to drink the dusty bottles on the way. :)
As it happens we were already going over on Tuesday, time TBD. Mrs. R is the head steward, and also has work to do on Wed.

We will give you some quiet time after the compound. You are going to have some fun. Brewing with Joe and Andy for Octoberfest?

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Now what do I do? I won. Was very surprised, as the field was big and filled with good candidates.

I have heard it is tradition/required that the new members bring rare and expensive beers to the first meeting. Time to get some old dusty bottles out.


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