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Ingredients / Re: Using coffee in stouts - what works best?
« on: April 03, 2015, 12:28:37 PM »
So I've tried using about 30oz of cold brewed medium roast Ethiopian into the bottling bucket of a 5 gallon batch, and the flavor was minimal, and I'm wondering if it's what killed the head retention. So I'm debating on using a dark roast espresso to being out the flavor more, but would this be ok? Do the oils kill head retention? What do you guys use?

When cold steeping, the type of coffee you use is really important. I've made two coffee stouts to date by adding cold steeped coffee. One came out pretty great and the other was bland and underwhelming.

The great one had a really dark, robust coffee (I think it was a Mexican roast) with lots of roasty flavors. The bland one used beans (Sumatran, I think) that had less roasty characters and more acidity and fruity qualities. You could definitely taste the acidity, but it wasn't really the roasty-ness I was hoping for that compliments a oatmeal stout (though I could see it potentially being interesting in a Foreign stout). I spoke with some local baristas about making cold brewed coffee just for drinking in the morning, and most said you should definitely opt for the darker, more robust roasts when cold steeping since less flavor is extracted than a hot brew. I made cold steep coffee out of the rest of the acidic beans mentioned above, and I didn't even really enjoy that on it's own, never mind in a beer, though it's my go-to hot coffee.

Oh...and espresso sounds like it would be delicious, too!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:16:28 AM »
Video: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/videos/how-to-brew-beer-in-a-minute/

The AHA has developed a groundbreaking technique that drastically reduces the time it takes to brew beer and get it in your glass! Check out the video above for a tutorial.

Cheers,
Duncan

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:15:20 AM »
Hey all,

Great to hear there's interest in bring back Ask the Experts! Currently there aren't any scheduled but we have a few ideas in mind. If any one has any suggestions for people they'd like to see as the expert, post in here and we will take them into consideration!

Cheers,
Duncan

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Candidate statements are posted on the AHA website.  In addition, all of the candidates have done interviews on the Brewing Network, and links to these are on the AHA website, too. 

I'm still waiting to receive the last two interviews before posting them all on HomebrewersAssociation.org. I'll reply here once they are accessible!

-Duncan

...and they are now up and ready! You can access the interviews on each Candidate's statement page.

-Duncan

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Candidate statements are posted on the AHA website.  In addition, all of the candidates have done interviews on the Brewing Network, and links to these are on the AHA website, too. 

I'm still waiting to receive the last two interviews before posting them all on HomebrewersAssociation.org. I'll reply here once they are accessible!

-Duncan

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The Cicerone program details how they suggest glasses are to be cleaned and how to test dirty glasses. It was too funky to copy and past, but it's on page 4 of this doc:

http://www.glastender.com/PDF/remote%20beer%20dispensing%20opman.pdf

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The Pub / Re: Doctors Orders. Now what?
« on: February 24, 2015, 11:07:00 AM »
Some thoughts (though these may or may not be helpful since I don't know the exact situation):
  • Brew low ABV beers. Some traditional Berliner Weisse recipes can be as low as 2-3%. If you can have low levels of alcohol in a small pour of beer, that's a decent compromise. Or water down some beers to get the ABV to a tolerable level, like the big guys do to make three-two beer (or whatever they call it in your area)
  • As others have said, try fermenting kombucha. While it's fermented, it usually comes in under 1%ABV. There's lots of options for different flavor combinations.
  • Soda. Drew Beechum did a spread in a Zymurgy from a year or two ago on making a bunch of soda. The recipes sound insanely delicious. If you're interested I can go back and find the exact issue.

Good luck!

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Zymurgy / Re: iPad app issues
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:33:48 AM »
For some reason my zymurgy app quit working after downloading the March/April issue. I have tried deleting and reinstalling it As well as doing a reset on the iPad with no luck. Anyone else having any issues??

Shoot me an email and we can see if we can figure out what the issue might be.

duncan@brewersassociation.org

Cheers,
Duncan

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Zymurgy / Re: ezymurgy on a desk top
« on: February 20, 2015, 03:41:21 PM »
ok, its Firefox. any idea of what plug-in?
thanks again.

Hey Jaywoz,

The only plug in needed is Flash. Feel free to shoot me an email if you're still having issues: duncan@brewersassociation.org

Cheers,
Duncan

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Radegast Club of the Year!
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:25:39 PM »
Just a reminder, we are currently accepting entries for the 2015 Radegast Club of the Year award. Enter your club by March 31, 2015!

Enter here: Radegast Club of the Year

Cheers,
Duncan

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The Pub / Re: Bob's burgers
« on: January 22, 2015, 04:49:09 PM »
I was watching this when it first aired and was super stoked to see it be about homebrewing (and serving homebrew at a bar). I was pretty surpised how accurate the auto-siphon drawing was. Good on them for the accuracy  :P

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... When making stew, you add the peas at flameout.

This cracked me up  ;D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1 gallon batches - Too much Trub
« on: January 09, 2015, 10:44:16 AM »
I had the same issue. I started brewing 1.5 gallon batches and primary fermenting in a 2 gal bucket (I think I got it on Northern Brewer). If you feel compelled to rack, you will have enough wort to fill a 1 gallon jug.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Poem on Homebrewing
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:40:53 AM »
This is awesome! Loved the ending  ;D

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Questions about the forum? / Re: issues joining
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:51:07 AM »
Thanks for letting us know, JT! I am going to work with our web team to make this more clear.

Cheers,
Duncan

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