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All Grain Brewing / Re: When to measure mash pH...
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:33:23 PM »
Mash in, stir, check/adjust temp, stir some more. Gee, it is 10-15 minutes in, time to check the pH.


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Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:42:07 PM »
While attending a hop conference here in Ohio two weeks ago, a fellow mentioned to me that one of the big players in Yakima was considering establishing some test acreage (200A?) in Northern MI. $2000/A in MI is quite a savings from what land is going for in the Yak Valley.  Business is business I guess.

Wonder where in N. MI?

The guys I know on teh brewing side like some of the qualities of the Chinook and Cascade from MI. They say the aromatics are very nice.

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Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:29:12 PM »
Talking with some hop growers in NC, they said the yield is lower there than MI, about 25% of Yakima. They become very competitive for the fresh hops, as they do not have the express shipping charges.

I know a guy who has 1/4 to 1/2 acre of hops. All of those go to Arcadia for a fresh hop beer.

If you are in Grand Rapids go to Siciliano's, they sell some MI hops packaged for the homebrewer.

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Ingredients / Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:06:18 PM »
Michigan is the #4 state for acres of hops grown, with a whopping 300 acres strung this year. If this goes through it will more than double that.
 http://michiganradio.org/post/investors-move-michigan-hops-industry

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Beer Recipes / Re: SN Pale Ale Clone
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:39:56 PM »
SN on their website...no mention of Bravo.

Overview

    Alcohol Content 5.6% by volume
    Beginning gravity 13.1° plato   1.053 OG
    Ending Gravity 2.8° plato  1.011 FG
    Bitterness Units 38

Ingredients

    Yeast Ale yeast
    Bittering Hops Magnum, Perle
    Finishing Hops Cascade
    Malts Two-row Pale, Caramel

No mention of Chinook or Centennial either.

There were no Magnum or Perle in the hop staging room. They were brewing Pale Ale that day.

They may have had to do some changes due to the hop crop.

could be. when was that picture taken?

First week of September.

I was there last month.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Altbier Recipe
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:10:20 PM »
I was around 5.45.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:08:10 PM »
Had my well tested out at the new place. Here it is for Champaign IL:

pH 7.8

Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 362
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.60
Cations / Anions, me/L 6.7 / 7.0
ppm
Sodium, Na 66
Potassium, K 1
Calcium, Ca 39
Magnesium, Mg 22
Total Hardness, CaCO3 189
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.2 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl < 1
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 424
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 350
Total Phosphorus, P 0.03
Total Iron, Fe 0.25

"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit
That is pretty poor for brewing. Congratulations, it is even worse than mine.

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Ingredients / Re: Bell's Two Hearted Ale malts
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:04:25 PM »
Can you find Bell's beer in Belgium?

Haha, you must be kidding. Please send me a sixpack. I'll pm you my address. Muchas gracias!
Worth asking as some US beers go to Europe in small numbers.

I have seen many US beers in England. Anchor and Sierra Nevada send beer to Denmark.


I'm pretty sure. Only through trading...

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Beer Recipes / Re: SN Pale Ale Clone
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:58:49 PM »
SN on their website...no mention of Bravo.

Overview

    Alcohol Content 5.6% by volume
    Beginning gravity 13.1° plato   1.053 OG
    Ending Gravity 2.8° plato  1.011 FG
    Bitterness Units 38

Ingredients

    Yeast Ale yeast
    Bittering Hops Magnum, Perle
    Finishing Hops Cascade
    Malts Two-row Pale, Caramel

No mention of Chinook or Centennial either.

There were no Magnum or Perle in the hop staging room. They were brewing Pale Ale that day.

They may have had to do some changes due to the hop crop.

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Ingredients / Re: Bell's Two Hearted Ale malts
« on: February 19, 2015, 02:07:08 PM »
Can you find Bell's beer in Belgium?

Haha, you must be kidding. Please send me a sixpack. I'll pm you my address. Muchas gracias!
Worth asking as some US beers go to Europe in small numbers.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Altbier Recipe
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:30:34 PM »
Another thing to consider is that there are lots of different alts in Dussledorf and Germany and they don't all taste the same! There are variations on the style.

That is why I said Zum Uerige is an outlier. There are ones I had in Germany that were not so great. In Duesseldorf there is variation as you say, more than most would think.

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Ingredients / Re: Bell's Two Hearted Ale malts
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:28:38 PM »
Before I go really crazy: in Belgium we have pils, pale (7-10 EBC) and vienna, and that's it.

So what's the best 'translation' of 2/3 2-row and 1/3 pale?

I would use the pale, slightly darker than the Briess pale ale. I don't get Vienna flavor from Two Hearted. Can you find Bell's beer in Belgium? The Chico yeast works OK, the Bell's is a little fruitier and has an Orange character to that fruit. You can culture the Bell's from a bottle of their ales.

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WLP-022 is also a top cropper.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Altbier Recipe
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:03:40 AM »
I don't have time to look up what I did exactly, but I used the %s to come up with a 10 gallon batch using that malt bill, and had the bittering at 50 IBU. I really like it! Of course I have spent wasted several afternoons and evenings at Zum Uerige drinking the alt there. It is an outlier, but my favorite. No Munich malt for me.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Altbier Recipe
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:45:08 PM »
That does look light on the grain.

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