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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Chemistry
« on: January 16, 2015, 04:49:43 AM »
Is the SO4-2 really SO4-S?

Ward labs reports the Sulfur ppm, to get SO4 multiply by 3 on that case, or 78 ppm.

Equipment and Software / Re: Boilermaker Valve
« on: January 16, 2015, 04:23:49 AM »
Did a project on a locomotive, the torque spec for the bolts the held the generator to the frame was 1200 ft-lbs.  :o

That sounds like a GM Electro-Motive Division project.

Yes, that was 30 years ago. Time flies.

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 15, 2015, 05:16:16 PM »
I live in Florida, but my favorite part of the country is the Pacific Northwest.  I think you could easily spend your week between Portland and Seattle and have a great trip.  Heck we did a whole week just in the western part of Oregon a few years ago.  Weather there is usually great in the summer months - long days, plenty of sunshine despite what you may have heard.
You could also fly in and out of San Francisco and spend some time in Sonoma County.  We did that for a week once.
Keep in mind that dropping off a car in another city is sometimes cost prohibitive, but also realize that driving hundreds of miles back to the original airport can be daunting on the final day or two of a trip.  It's bigger than you think.

Jeff likes Jeff's advice.

When we were in the  PNW for the NHC we flew into PDX, and flew out of Seattle. Rented cars in both cities. Used Amtrak Portlandto Seattle.

One can do a lot in both cities without a car, if so inclined.

Ingredients / Briess Goes to all 2-Row
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:55:51 PM »
I like the 6-row for some beers. Might have to play with high DP 2 row in the future for CAPs.

Ingredients / Re: Bulk Base Malt suggestions
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:51:03 PM »
I like Rahr two-row also, but I usually have a sack of Weyerman Pils and Munich II on hand.
I'm not sure which MO I prefer.  Crisp and Fawcett are both nice.
I had to stop using Briess because my efficiency sucked.  I went through a couple sacks of their Malteurop a few years ago and prefer Weyerman. 
I wish Southern would get Best malts.  I hear good things about them and I'd like to try a pilsner with it.

I also wish my LHBS carried Best Malz.

Malteurop bought the ADM malt operations a few years back. IIRC they are the world largest maltster.

Edit - Briess 6-row is about the only base malt I use from them, but heard at the LHBS that they are not going to be making 6-row malt in the future. It is true.

Ingredients / Re: Bulk Base Malt suggestions
« on: January 12, 2015, 03:27:10 PM »
For MO I like Crisp, as I can get it.

For NA Pale Malt I have been using Rahr 2-row.

AiH has MaltEurop 2-row for a price that is attractive to me as it is my LHBS - no shipping. Light for a base malt in color, but a friend said it tastes like a cross between other NA 2 row and MO.

Equipment and Software / Re: Boilermaker Valve
« on: January 12, 2015, 03:23:13 PM »
My old boss used to say, "tighten it until it breaks and then back off a half a turn."
40 ft# is fairly tight, but not quite as tight as Jim suggests.  A car's lug nuts are usually about 85 ft# and spark plugs are about 15 if that helps.

Did a project on a locomotive, the torque spec for the bolts the held the generator to the frame was 1200 ft-lbs.  :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:37:57 PM »
After the Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Royalty had wheat beers brewed only for their consumption. Then there was the old Bavarian royal when asked how he reached a ripe old age replied a liter of Doppelbock at Lunch and another liter at Dinner.

The British Royalty are of German descent since King George I. Just saying.  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: keggle
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:23:10 AM »
Got an old sleeping bag? Put it around the Aluminum Kettle while you mash.

Equipment and Software / Re: keggle
« on: January 11, 2015, 10:56:28 PM »
I brew via biab and battle heat loss when mashing with my alum kettle. I am wondering am i better off going to a keg conversion or just build a mash tun? Would stainless hold the heat better?

Stainless won't give you a noticeable difference.

Beer Recipes / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: January 11, 2015, 03:00:20 PM »
I know squat about competitions. Why are there years without gold medals? Is there a minimum score?
The way NHC works the category wins gold, silver, bronze, one each. So for example if a Dark American Lager wins Gold this year, then Munich Dunkel and Schwartsbeir will not. They are the 3 subcategories for category 4.

I would not take the web link as gospel. If you look there are some years with 2 golds in a category.
See Category 6, where there are 2 golds in 2004. There may be some where he missed a year. Still nice work.

Beer Recipes / Re: ESB Critique
« on: January 11, 2015, 06:26:00 AM »
Special roast is not needed if you're using MO. My surefire ESB recipe is simply 93% MO and 7% Dark English Crystal, based on Fuller's recipe.

If you're looking for a bit more base malt character you can also stand to bump up your OG a bit. The 1.055 range is a good spot for an ESB.
What brands of MO and Crystal give the flavor you want?

All Things Food / Re: Pretzels
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:27:59 PM »
Those look yummy. Makes me hungry for a German Breakfast.

Ingredients / Re: golden promise for lager?
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:24:44 PM »
I would try the Simpsons GP for a light lager as it is about 2L. For a darker lager Thomas Fawcett GP might work, it is around 3.5L.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: January 10, 2015, 01:51:41 PM »
Hi-Wire is my least favorite brewer, no, actually Altamont is my least favorite in Ashevegas.

Go to The Wedge, Green Man, Twin Leaf is a quiet place across from The Funkatorium, Catawba has a tasting room in Biltmore Village and you can hit French Broad not far away. Pisgah is a great brewery, make sure you go to Highland. I hear good things about Burial which is close to Green Man. One World (under Farm Burger) is putting out some good stuff. See if you can find Open Brewing.

I'd suggest a ride to Brevard to Oskar Blues might be fun.

Get some Ribs as 12 bones - go early. Get a dinner reservation at The Admiral, but do it ahead of time or it will sell out. Get in line at French Broad Chocolate Lounge and get whatever looks good because it is all good.

Shoot me a note if you need more.

Thanks for the advice, time and liver capacity will be limiting factors. I think we can walk to some of those, weather permitting.

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