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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is your boil-off volume reproducible?
« on: September 22, 2011, 08:45:09 AM »
Several factors contribute, including:
Starting gravity

Hmmm, something I've never considered.  How does starting gravity affect boil off rate?

Dissolved sugars raise the boiling point of water, so higher gravity means the temperature of the boiling wort is higher. I was trying to figure out how much higher, but can't find a reference.
If you search enough you will find the answer, and it is not much even for a 1.100 wort.  It doesn't even make up for the decrease in boiling temp. for where I live (at the nose bleed altitude of 900 ft above sea level).

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Timothy Taylor Landlord Best Bitter
« on: September 21, 2011, 12:25:12 PM »
Interesting that you mention "separate flavors."  One of the thing I find with the best versions of English ales is that they present a single, unified taste to the drinker.  Which isn't to say that you can't taste the malt/hops/yeast character seperately... but they come together in a way that gives you a single taste of the beer.  A lot of the more extreme styles of craft beer don't really have this harmony.  I think it comes from balance-- not just in terms of intensity, but also in terms of harmonious flavors.  EKGs and Marris Otter and a bit of diacetyl and so forth just makes for a nice combo. 

Landlord is said to use Styrian Goldings (Fuggles grown in Slovenia) and Golden Promise malt.  It is still on fine pint.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: great beer article
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:06:50 PM »
I think the article is referencing historical origins rather than current trends.

At one time, remember, beer was the thing everyone drank as it was safe while plain water was not. Wine was too strong and in colder climates too difficult to grow, booze was too strong for a morning or afternoon drink for the most part and traditionally in many cultures there would be a weaker less agressive version of any drink for the ladies.

I grant that the author does attempt to imply that the loss in market share from the big guys is all going to the craft brewers which is obviously false. He also implies that bud lost 30% market share which I think is probably not accurate, perhaps 30% of the share of the market it previously enjoyed which is a different number altogether.

But the central argument that it would be (and is) nice to see a trend towards more locally produced suds is right on in my opinion.

If Budwieser - the brand - lost 30% of the market share, where did it go? A little to craft, a little more to imports, and a lot more to Bud Light, which is the biggest brand in the USA, no?

His research leaves something to be desired.  This looks like some better research to me.  Nothing about ladies demanding less flavorful beers.  If you look into the history of Belgian beer, it was pretty much table beer when Pilsner was invented, not the stuff we see today.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewer's Gloves?
« on: September 20, 2011, 12:12:39 PM »
Blichmans are nice, but are not that well insulated.  I have a pair.

I also have some yellow lined rubber gloves that are insulated, but only go past the wrist a little bit.

If only the Blichmans were as well insulated, they would be perfect.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle Condition Before Lagering?
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:34:52 AM »
The commercial breweries bulk age in the lagering tanks.  The beer is primed and  bottled, the bottles are kept at a little higher temp (50F) so they will carbonate, then to cold storage.  This is what I remember, but I am only on the first cup of coffee this morning.

Your way might work fine.

I lager in the keg, force carbonate, and bottle what I need for competitions from the keg.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Toronto Beer Week - My results
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:30:09 AM »
That is a very good result.  3 out of 5 is a high medal to entry ratio.  Some guy named Gordon talks about a 1/3 ratio being typical for a good brewer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: great beer article
« on: September 19, 2011, 02:14:31 PM »
It is raining.  Nothing better to do than surf.

Well, did the yeast started earlier, so that is done.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: great beer article
« on: September 19, 2011, 11:25:04 AM »
That was high on emotion and low on facts, from what I can see.

Some brands like Bud are down.  Bud Light has probably captured most of that loss.  The large brewers were down what this year, 2%.  My number may be wrong, but craft did NOT get all of that lost volume as conquest sales.  Doesn't pass the sniff test to me.

This part is very inacurrate.  Ladies!  Come on.

"When AB started, there were over 100 small breweries making virtually the same beer as Bud, the mild, aggressively-inoffensive, watery Pilsner, a style that originated in Czechoslavakia as a ladies’ beer; a wimpy alternative for the delicate palates of proper Czech ladies who couldn’t stand the big German Alts and Lagers or the muscular Belgian ales."

Edit - was to say craft did not get all the lost volume.

Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 19, 2011, 11:10:35 AM »
As a judge, I find that oxidation is the single most common problem in beers entered in competition. Who knows, perhaps a pinch of cinnamon in the mash could give your beer an edge.

I agree that oxidation is probably the most common fault I find.  I guess if you're having issues with it then cinnamon would be something to try.  FWIW, I experimented with campden tabs in the mash for a year.  They're supposed to reduce or prevent oxidation, too.  I quit after a year because it didn't seem to make any difference.  I concluded from that I must not have an oxidation problem and I had a solution in search of a problem.

I have done/do the Campden tablet thing too.  Sometime when I forget, there does not seem to be a big issue, even with lagers that I have around for 10 months or more.

The Campden tablet trick was somethign I picked up on the HBD.  There were also discussions about corriander being an anti-oxidant, and the Belgians would use it in the mash.  Too lazy to do a search right now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/16 Edition
« on: September 18, 2011, 07:19:44 AM »
I brewed a simple Southern brown ale yesterday, pitched my Bedford platinum strain starter this morning.

Cider sounds good, I'm going to call the local orchard and see what they have.
Lennie, you might want to wait a while.  Here in Michigan the best juice for making hard cider is had after we have a frost(s) to set the sugar in the apples.  That is what the orchard people say. 

Our club will do an activity with a local orchard.  Maybe 4 pressings this year.  The day has not been set, but it will be the last weekend of Oct. or the first in Nov.

We will also pick up some juice from the famous Hill Brothers Orchard near Grand Rapids.  That will not be available until after Nov 1.

Might be later in your area.  Talk to the orchard owners.  See if they have any knowledge on cider and the blends of apples that they can do.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« on: September 18, 2011, 06:31:43 AM »
That cheese and some dark dense bread along with a couple beers sounds like a meal. And the cheese looks perfectly doable.

The wife does that for a club meeting sometimes.  She says it is pretty easy to make, while I find it easy to eat.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Moon Man No Coast Pale Ale
« on: September 18, 2011, 06:28:23 AM »
When we were at my sisters in Wisconsin, picked some Moon Man and the Two Women Lager up.  Both great beers.

New Glarus is a top brewery.  Try some more of their beers next time in WI.

Ingredients / Re: Ordering hops
« on: September 17, 2011, 07:59:51 AM »
They won't be warm for that long.  If you wait a little, the 2011 crop will start showing up.  Already on for some varieties Freshops.  Hopsdirect says most of theirs go on sale Oct 5.  It will be cooler then.  I don't worry about this one.

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:31:46 PM »
The following might help for your trip plans.

Wiltse's is more in Oscoda.  Using Brwery Guide just under the main banner in the above link, I found this link, looks like they may still be open.  I would call.

Ingredients / Re: hops direct stock
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:23:10 PM »
imported generally arrive after the first of the year, based on my observations from previous years.

Also depends on where they are imported from. (i.e. hops from Australia or New Zealand vs those imported from Europe.)  I just received an order of Galaxy, which I'm anxious to try. 

You are correct.  I have a pound of Galaxy to put to use also.

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