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All Grain Brewing / Re: Changing step mash to single
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:13:34 AM »
I will add that Pilsners I make are 100% Pilsner malt. I don't think you need anything but Pilsner malt.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:39:54 AM »

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.

The difference in the amount of steel is minimal. I'm sure most of it is labor.  If there was a price difference, it would be very small due to materials and freight.
New 3 gal kegs cost less than 5 gallon kegs. Small difference in price. There is the same amount of parts, just a little less steel, the number of welds is the same. The labor would be almost identical.

In the used market the high cost for the 3 is due to the low number that were made. I have seen some large used cornies, 15 gallons, and the price on those was very high due to the rarity.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Changing step mash to single
« on: May 06, 2014, 04:32:56 AM »
The brewer just pulled some small amounts of the thick part to do a decoction to maintain 150F. That would not have as much pulled to do a decoction step from the protein rest to sach. rest. So that would have much less Maillard reactions happening. He did not say how long it was boiled. I would only go to 0.5 Lb. of melanoidin malt, if that much, to make up for no decoction.




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Beer Travel / Re: Asheville-Bryson CIty stops?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:43:48 AM »
Was just talking to Mrs. R that we should do a drive to Asheville and spend a few days there this fall.

Thanks for the tips Mike.

Sierra Nevada should have the tap room open later this year, so that may work out for us too.

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The Pub / Re: quotations
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:40:42 AM »
Ben Franklin didn't say that.

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

It no longer matters if Ben Franklin said it or didn't.

I have seen it printed on T shirts, so it has to be true!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:02:14 AM »
Thanks Fred.

I also say we should make it as a "Everyone online come and meet up with your groups type of situation"

Yep, good idea.  There are people from every forum I participate in going to NHC.  It would be great to have a big room for a set time and invite all forums to show up.

That will have to be a big room!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Imported German Beers and haze
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:03:06 AM »
Andechs Doppelbock is pretty tasty. I had that at the Kloster when I was in Bayern. Apparently, according to Ron Pattinson, the "wood barrels" they serve out of are fake there. Kinda weird, but the beer was still good though.

The wood barrels on the bar are for show in some places. If you never see them changed out, you know they are for show. The owner of Special told us the one on the bar was fake. At Schlenkerla you have to wait sometimes for them to change the keg, which can be fun to watch. At Zum Uerige they roll the kegs through the crowd to get to the bar - at least the first couple of times I was there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Imported German Beers and haze
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:50:11 AM »
I had a Celebrator not so long ago at my local, and it was more roasty than I expected. The same pub has had Korbinian on tap before, and that is the second best Doppelbock in my taste memory. Number one by just a little is Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2014 Brewing
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:12:34 PM »
I did a Pale Ale yesterday with Mrs. R for Big Brew. It was 5 gallons, and was the "Hop 2 It" recipe that was used at the Stan Hieronymus talk at Seattle. Empire hops were used at 6.7% AA. This is a new variety from northern MI, and are thought to be a leftover strain from long ago when that area was producing hops. The strain was found and propagated. The aroma was similar to Cascade, but some that have used it say it has a peppery note. I will post later what I get from the beer, probably in a new thread.

That's awesome! Did you order them from Empire Orchards directly? I am excited to hear how this turns out.

A guy in the club is starting a brewery. He got a box of them from Empire Farms, and offered up 8 oz. to maybe 8 or so on first come first served basis. I will share a few bottles with him.
http://empirehopsfarm.com/about-the-farm/

FYI, the Federal License should be approved next week, and he will start brewing. The location is Brighton MI, and the name is Brewery Becker.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2014 Brewing
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:20:40 PM »
I did a Pale Ale yesterday with Mrs. R for Big Brew. It was 5 gallons, and was the "Hop 2 It" recipe that was used at the Stan Hieronymus talk at Seattle. Empire hops were used at 6.7% AA. This is a new variety from northern MI, and are thought to be a leftover strain from long ago when that area was producing hops. The strain was found and propagated. The aroma was similar to Cascade, but some that have used it say it has a peppery note. I will post later what I get from the beer, probably in a new thread.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lager starter question
« on: May 04, 2014, 02:06:35 PM »
When you make a starter, you;re growing yeast, not making beer.  Yeats grows better at room temp, so that's what you want to do.  You'll be decanting the wort anyway, so no need to worry about any off flavors.  Have you looked into the size of starter you need for a lager?  For 5 gal. of lager, a gal. starter is kinda the rule of thumb.

in addition some lager strains are sluggish to start even at room temp, at least for me. start them earlier than you would for an ale.

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I thought The Stig was the semi tamed race car driver on Top Gear.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stig

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Beer Recipes / Re: CAP Help
« on: May 03, 2014, 05:20:33 PM »
Why the wheat? As Jeffy said you want some corn in there.

Why not use some Cluster early. That is a signature of the style, unless you detest Cluster. Saaz late works for me. If you were to compete with this, get the IBUs up to 38-40.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermapen or MW101 PH meter?
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:52:53 AM »
Do you re-check the calibration. Drift happens.

Just a possibility.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:33:50 PM »
So.... by june 15 those will all be podcast ready, right?

Those take a while to be posted, unless something has changed.

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