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Ingredients / Re: Gratzer Water
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:51:07 AM »
Martin,

I contacted Jill Reading with a question about the water, and then I heard from the author. I had asked if they boiled the water or used slaked lime, and he was unaware of any treatment. He did bring up the acid rest.

Last year we made a Graetzer using homesmoked malt, and used the yellow beer water profile. It was a very interesting beer. Next time I might try your modified Graetzer  water. The Weyermann malt will make it easier to brew!

One topic on it.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=13837.0

One I started.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=13830.0

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleanup...
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:17:34 AM »
.  Also, with the film issue, I take steel wool to the inside of my keggles about every 4-5 brews before the oxyclean and starsan. 

If you have stainless steel, don't use steel wool. You will abrade the surface and even end up with iron from the steel wool, that can cause rust spots.

A copper scrubie is better. The green scrub pads are better yet.
I use a blue scrubbie to get out the visible dirt and don't worry about the rest.  Every few years I have a need for a large amount of PBW, that's pretty much the only time they get it.  If the PBW from the keg washer doesn't look too bad at the end of the day I'll throw it in a kettle to sit, but only if I expect to be back in the brewery the next day.  They never look that bad though, maybe it's our low mineral water.
One guy in our club recommends the blue scrubbie too! He says it is a little softer than the green.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA member survey
« on: November 08, 2012, 02:41:54 PM »
what survey?

The wife and I got e-mails. We both filled it out, as we are both members.

This tread started before I got my e-mail. They might be batching alphabetically.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleanup...
« on: November 08, 2012, 01:10:25 PM »
.  Also, with the film issue, I take steel wool to the inside of my keggles about every 4-5 brews before the oxyclean and starsan. 

If you have stainless steel, don't use steel wool. You will abrade the surface and even end up with iron from the steel wool, that can cause rust spots.

A copper scrubie is better. The green scrub pads are better yet.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is this a good problem?
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:02:26 AM »
Oh- gmac that is mah belly!

I think there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. This xmas my friend is getting a present consisting of a beginners setup and extract kit. There is an excess of bottles at my house so will have plenty of them to give him to get started with a 5 gallon batch.

How does that sound?
 
He'll probably out-do me if the bug catches!
That is a good solution to the situation.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermometers
« on: November 08, 2012, 05:59:06 AM »
The thermopen in our house is fast, accurate, precise, and a multitastker. We like it. They have sales on some limited occasions.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's and Caramel Malts
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:27:15 AM »
I used flaked rice in my last IPA, and the base malt was Rahr 2-row. Next one will use flaked maize with a base of 6-row (Ballantine IPA clone), and some sugar.

Of course British Pale Ale malt (even MO), some crystal malt (<5%), hops like EKG and Target, and high SO4 levels, and a British Ale yeast work pretty good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's and Caramel Malts
« on: November 07, 2012, 09:39:38 AM »
Then there is Gordon Strong's statement that he thinks Maris Otter does not go well with "C" hops. Read that on in print not too long ago and chuckled, but please don't ask me where that was in print.

I completely agree with Gordon.

I can't imagine making an APA/AIPA without some crystal malt, usually on the 10% range.  It's not about any single ingredient, it's about how you use an ingredient and your own tastes.

The reason I said I chuckled a little was that:
1 There are the people that have the opinion that MO is the best malt for anything anytime.
2 Gordon can taste things that my palate is not good enough to pick up. Really.

I am not disagreeing with Gordon on this. He was just the first to point it out that I know of.

One of the local breweries makes a really good IIPA named DRIPA. Double Rice IPA. Rice in an IPA, what is this world coming to? Gold in the 2012 WBC in the AIPA category, as it drinks like a hoppy AIPA, so they entered it there.

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Going Pro / Re: Is this a good deal?
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:54:28 AM »
Mic, don't forget about the bottling trucks in our area, and I know a guy who is running canning trucks out of Portland.  When I saw him in June he was talking about having a canning truck in our area too.  I know it's a long drive out to you, but it's cheaper than buying your own canning/bottling line.  You might even be able to bring kegs to Seattle for re-packaging.  It's not a good long term solution obviously, but it's a good way to package a lot of beer quickly and check out the market interest.

Tom, I heard about a portable canning line in a truck when visiting friends in Bend. Might be the same guy?







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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's and Caramel Malts
« on: November 07, 2012, 05:51:44 AM »
Then there is Gordon Strong's statement that he thinks Maris Otter does not go well with "C" hops. Read that on in print not too long ago and chuckled, but please don't ask me where that was in print.

It all comes down to what you like flavor wise in your beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Whirlpooling Question
« on: November 06, 2012, 03:07:51 PM »
The long whirlpool gives great flavor from the whirlpool hops, maybe only a little aroma. Dry hopping is where you get the aroma to go with the flavor.

There was an experiment done by Rock Bottom in their various breweries tha Ray Daniels covered in 2009. The best flavor and aroma was a long whirlpool followed by dry hopping.
Look for the NHC 2009 talks and I think it was the second in the sequence by Ray and Randy.

Listen to what Matt Brynildson has to say about whirlpooling on the Brewing Network, he was on a Can You Brew It.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another Whirlpooling Question
« on: November 06, 2012, 10:48:59 AM »
When we shoveled hops out of the whirlpool at Sierra Nevada beer camp, we were surprised at the amount. The head pilot system brewer, Scott Jennings, said the boil kettle hops ended up in the whrilpool. That is what I remember.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Went Shopping - there's pictures...
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:52:50 AM »
You could probably sell that giant kegerator for enough money to buy a new small one that you can use in your house!
That's what I was hoping.  I know a couple guys that have "man caves" in their garages/barn that would be big enough to handle something like that.  Problem is, do you need 5 taps all serving Busch or Blue?  These guys are hardcore crap beer drinkers.
You can serve wine on tap too, plus a soda for the kids.  One line for Blue, one for Genuine Lager, one for Ice eh?
This. Cider and Mead too!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pils malt : rice ratio
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:35:04 PM »
Midwest says that is 76 Lintner.

That puts you at 59 Lintner for the weighed average. You are good to go. Not real high, but it will work.

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/pilsner-malt-weyermannr.html

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Ingredients / Re: Mosaic Hops?
« on: November 05, 2012, 02:31:31 PM »
I still have some X-369 in the freezer. Just ordered some Mosaic to add to that. Thanks!.

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