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Ingredients / Re: Pellet vs. Leaf Hops
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:12:50 AM »
I just got 7 lbs from hopdirect, 6 were leaf. Those went into a freezer that is hops, and one that is shared with food. Whole hops work well in my system.

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Ingredients / Re: got my water analysis
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:18:34 AM »
Is being able to purchase RO water at a supermarket or in a WalMart store a Midwest thing?

Mark, I don't know where you are at, but around here the water is very alkaline and hard if from wells (my town), or moderate alkalinity if from the Great Lakes (next town to the east). Many use RO for making coffee, drinking water, and so on. There are plenty of roadside RO dispensers in the Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island area too. Some parts of the US have water with almost no mineral content, others have a boat load.

My local brewery lets me get water from their nano filtering system. I give them a couple of bottles of beers I am liking, and sometimes they ask for a recipe, which I gladly give! Win Win!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:12:11 AM »
Wait a minute!  You guys have already gotten notified about the number of beers getting accepted into NHC?

I have heard nothing yet...

Report back when you hear you are in. They said everyone was accommodated, so RDWHAHB!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:28:05 PM »
dying to know what demand is...if we all got what we requested, would we have 15000 entries?  20K?   :o

apparently lower than I thought...

whatever - I'm happy to be in with my 4 again.




Got my 4 in again...let's see if I can get at least one through this year.

I would also like to get one into the second round again, just to keep my focus after the banquet.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:57:47 PM »
dying to know what demand is...if we all got what we requested, would we have 15000 entries?  20K?   :o

apparently lower than I thought...

whatever - I'm happy to be in with my 4 again.

Same here.

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Ingredients / Re: Good News For Hop Lovers
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:54:01 PM »
Jeff, I see that you use mostly whole cones.  I too use whole cones almost exclusively.  I purchased whole cones from YVH last year that were not in the best condition.  Has your experience with the organization been better?  They definitely have more size options than Hops Direct.  The quality of the hops that I have received from Hops Direct over the years has been outstanding; however, the smallest package that they offer is 1lb, and shipping from the West Coast can be prohibitive on whole hops.
This was my first order from YVH. The bags have not been opened.

Whole hops work best in my system, but I will use pellets if that is how I can source certain ones.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What grain mill to go with
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:23:40 PM »
No adjustment capability, which makes it harder to get a good crush on some smaller grains like rye.

That shortcoming can be mitigated by mixing one's grist well before crushing.  It's not a complete fix, but it beats having to break out the feeler gauges to readjust one's mill.

Which I have done in the past.

As far as the feelers, I marked settings on the knob and base so I can adjust quickly. Will check again with the feelers someday.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What grain mill to go with
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:51:32 PM »
I bought the JSP mill.  http://schmidling.com/maltmill.htm based on some recommendations here. I got the single adjustment. I condition my grain, have it adjusted to .025), and turn it with an 18v drill.  It works great and from my 4 uses so far: I believe it is bullet proof.

I recently purchased a JSP, non-adjustable. $110. for a piece of equipment that seems virtually indestructible. I'm very happy with its performance so far. I've brewed four batches with it so far, and it has been great. I have finished all the brews with just under 80% efficiency, and quick and trouble free lautering.

Another thing (this is being discussed on another forum right now) is that the JSP is pretty easy to hand crank. Its rollers are ten inches long, and the fixed gap is set at .040", so it'll crush 10 lbs. of barley in about 10 minutes by hand. It used to take about a half hour with my old Corona.

I have heard great things about the JSP and Barley Crusher. After posting this I did see that other post and kinda feel like a schmuck for not reading it. So with the nonadjustable mill (JSP), does that just mean it comes at one set width and that's it?
No adjustment capability, which makes it harder to get a good crush on some smaller grains like rye.

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Pimp My System / Re: Motorized Monster Mill
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:24:57 PM »
It looks like you received 2-roller mill side plates.  The side plates for 3-roller mill are longer.  They go all the down to the base.

You are correct, Mark. That will be a source of dust, so I would contact MM and arrange a swap of parts.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 for altbier?
« on: February 08, 2015, 05:22:39 PM »
I prefer Wyeast. Didn't know you could use an American yeast to make a german beer. Normally I catch flack for things like that. Good to know.

sure.  The yeast just needs to be very clean and attenuative.  1056 fits the bill.  You can also go the other way and make American styles with 1007.

So Denny, what's your altbier recipe?

My favorite and the won I've won the most with is this one...http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/MilosAlt .  Named after a beloved, departed huge gray cat.  But it's not a real traditional alt due to the high amount of Munich.  I love it, but that's not how they do it.  My favorite German alt is Zum Uerige.  In "The New Brewer" a few years back, the brewmaster there relayed the recipe.  I posted it here....https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=19049.msg242766#msg242766

I will have one on tap soon, lagering now. Initial tastes do remind me of sitting "at the place of the grumpy fellow". Used Martins Duesseldorf treated water profile, which gives a nice bitterness that does not linger too long - just like I remember it.

Zum Uerige is an outlier in some ways. The bitterness stands out compared to the other places. It has some maltiness, but no Munich malt character, other than what you could say you get from caraMunich.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 835 German X Lager
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:12:34 PM »
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Wyeast 2487 Hella Bock Yeast
Beer Styles: Lager, Oktoberfest/Marzen, Munich Dunkel, Schwarzbier, Traditional Bock, Maibock/Helles Bock, Dopplebock, Eisbock
Profile: Direct from the Austrian Alps, this strain will produce rich, full-bodied and malty beers with a complex flavor profile and a great mouth feel. Attenuates well while still leaving plenty of malt character and body. Beers fermented with this strain will benefit from a temperature rise for a diacetyl rest at the end of primary fermentation.
I have seen that before.

You can see the Bavarian Alps from the town of Aying, but it is surprisingly flat around there.
For one thing.. Ayinger is definitely not in the Austrian Alps ;)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 07, 2015, 10:11:13 PM »
Just because I'm in PA, Penn Pilsner is pretty good. Very crisp and dry ... First time having one.
Penn's Kaiser Pils from Penn was one I enjoyed even more.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:55:57 PM »
Could be the transport and freshness issue.

It was in green bottles then, now?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: German Pils recommendations
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:53:33 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.

The beer from Aldi's that starts with W was terrible. My advice when you are at Aldi's: "just stick with the chocolates".

I haven't had it since I lived in Germany some time ago. It was one that Michael Jackson had recommended in one of his books, so I tried it and liked it then. Might have to avoid it based on what you say.

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Ingredients / Re: Good News For Hop Lovers
« on: February 07, 2015, 03:21:08 PM »
Ordered couple of 8 oz packages, got a 2 oz package of Jarrylo thrown in. Nice!

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