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Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:09:55 PM »
I tried to find it, couldn't. What are you planning on doing? They say it will convert itself at 100%. I would probably not try to use it to convert an adjunct though.
Doing a Red Rye IPA 19lbs Red X, 4lbs flaked rye, 2 lbs Carared.  Maybe I'll just swap 4 lbs of the Red x, for Best Pils.  It has a diastatic power of over 200!
A DP over 200 for a Continental malt? I would think that maybe that is the WK index not degrees Lintner. 6 row is in the 160-180 degrees Lintner range.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 01:59:30 PM »
Back on topic, we don't plan on going. Mrs. R says she will just want a quiet evening with a beer and dinner after stewarding all day for the 2nd round. Sounds like a plan to me.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:04:15 AM »
I have looked at a couple of the BNA NHC threads over there.

This one has to be corrected next to last [post.

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31664&start=32
The guy who said Disco Demolition was at Tiger Stadium has that all wrong. It was at Comisky Park in Chicago with a local DJ, Steve Dahl, as the master of cerimonies.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Happy Mom Day
« on: May 11, 2014, 07:15:34 PM »
I miss my mom.
I do too, she has been gone almost 30 years.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:53:27 PM »
It was very disjointed and crowded and there were private beers for VIP and IIRC it was not clear they would be unavailable. There were three places for the regular Joes to get beer and over time the crowd cleared out. For awhile it was nearly impossible to wet the whistle. It was also hot has heck in some areas.
You forgot to mention the high noise level. Real high. We left fairly early, and the bus was full.

This years venue will be in a minor league ball park parking lot. The MI Brewers Guild holds the winter fest there. The VIP area will probably be in the Stadium Club, that's where the beer fest has the VIP area. Hopefully BN has similar food venders lined up. Oh, the winter beer fest has about 7500 people including workers, so the venue will hold the BN party.

My favorites were SD and Minneapolis, followed by Seattle, then Philly.






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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bigfoot 2014
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:17:00 AM »
They do age much better since they stopped using screw-tops, but Bigfoot has always been fantastic fresh as well. I usually but a pack to stash in the cellar when they come out, and then just buy as needed for general consumption.

To me, Bigfoot isn't necessarily a brandy-snifter type barleywine. I save that for English Barleywines/Quads/RIS/etc. I'll gladly drink Bigfoot out of a pint/Sam Adams glass/Red Solo Cup/etc.

When we did a vertical there was a marked reduction in the aging qualities from 07 to 08. They went to the pry off cap in 08.

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As Eric says, pay attention to the levels. Look up Munich water, that should be for hoppy beers if you go by the ratio. The number from Martin March April Zymurgy article are Cl=10 ppm and SO4=18 ppm. Pretty low, so you don't think it emphasizes the hop bitterness.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering in a keg on it's side?
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:56:05 AM »
The height of a corny is not near the height of a 7 bbl conical. I have found I get clear beer fairly quickly by lagering at -1C, which is what is typical in Germany. Colder is better, but -1C is essentially Tom's 30F lower limit, so I would not go lower than that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering in a keg on it's side?
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:44:23 PM »
Horizontal lagering tanks are how big lager breweries do it. The beer clears quicker as the "stuff" has less height to settle out of. If you can keep them sealed good. Then if you can rack to a fresh keg while the original are on the side it would work.

I have time to let my Cornies settle, FWIIW.

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Going Pro / Re: Hop contracts and obtaining hops
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:17:01 PM »
So I know as a homebrewer I can find the most popular hops for somewhere around 16-22 dollar a pound. Just curious as to what a brewery with a hop contract pays per pound for the popular varieties.

Retailers usually double up at most.  if they sell them for 20 bucks id bet 12-14 with shipping etc.  Im planning worst case at 20$ a pound and if i do better, awesome.  Atleast im ready for the worst case.
In Ken Grossman's book he says the hops they raise are expensive at $30 a pound, while the ones they buy on contract are 1/10 that. You do the math. One might not have the buying power of a Sierra Nevada when starting out.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: May 07, 2014, 02:09:58 PM »
I wish the 3 gallon kegs cost less. But they cost just as much, and more in some cases, than the 5 gallon kegs. It's crazy. I usually put in the comments of the order to make sure the posts can be removed before shipping.

There are some good prices for 4 3-gallon pin locks here:
http://www.homebrewing.org/FOUR-3-Gallon-Cornelius-Style-Pin-Lock-Used-Kegs-_p_4673.html

Also, I'm looking to grab these 4 pin locks (http://www.homebrewing.org/Set-of-Four-5-Gallon-Pin-Lock-Kegs-Used_p_3179.html) to separate out my typical beers in my ball locks from sours in my pin locks. But if you're just looking to get the cheaper kegs, this cannot steer you wrong.

Somehow Jason at AiH keeps finding kegs. I am resisting temptation on the 3 gallon pin locks, well so far.

A while back I bought some from the front of the store that had lose handles or feet. For $29 each I picked up 2. That brought me up to 32 5 gallon kegs and 2 3 gallon, all ball lock.

Wow...I need to get on your level. Still rocking 8 5gal Ball lock cornies, but it works for what I have!

More than half of those get ties up with lagers. Add in some ciders and big beers for longer aging, and soon you find that you need to manage the ones that are available for everyday beers. The 3 gallon kegs come in handy for a beer that is half gone, but I want to keep for a while.

I know some with more kegs than I have.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:11:11 PM »
I wish the 3 gallon kegs cost less. But they cost just as much, and more in some cases, than the 5 gallon kegs. It's crazy. I usually put in the comments of the order to make sure the posts can be removed before shipping.

There are some good prices for 4 3-gallon pin locks here:
http://www.homebrewing.org/FOUR-3-Gallon-Cornelius-Style-Pin-Lock-Used-Kegs-_p_4673.html

Also, I'm looking to grab these 4 pin locks (http://www.homebrewing.org/Set-of-Four-5-Gallon-Pin-Lock-Kegs-Used_p_3179.html) to separate out my typical beers in my ball locks from sours in my pin locks. But if you're just looking to get the cheaper kegs, this cannot steer you wrong.

Somehow Jason at AiH keeps finding kegs. I am resisting temptation on the 3 gallon pin locks, well so far.

A while back I bought some from the front of the store that had lose handles or feet. For $29 each I picked up 2. That brought me up to 32 5 gallon kegs and 2 3 gallon, all ball lock.

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The Pub / Re: Tangents
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:45:45 AM »
I hate the Giants.  Go Dodgers!

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Baseball, what a great sport. Ted Williams was a Korean War fighter pilot when he wasn't playing for the Sox. Fighter planes are really cool, too.
His wingman in Korea was John Glenn.

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Ingredients / Re: Enriched Corn Meal
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:54:12 AM »
I have used the Kroger brand degeremed enriched corn meal for years in my CAPs with good results. The store is local and the store brand price is much less than polenta. Course ground grits can be hard to work with sometimes.
Well then I don't feel so bad... This is Meijer brand but also for a CAP ;-)
That will work fine. The Meijer closest to me is about 10 miles, the Kroger in the Village is <1 mile.

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Going Pro / Re: Hop contracts and obtaining hops
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:25:26 AM »
One of the best takes on the rapid rise of new breweries opening was something like this.

"There are hundreds of new breweries opening or in planning with recipes designed around hops they will not be able to get."

One of the realities of the supply chain of hops.

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