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Beer Recipes / Re: Quest for a great blonde ale
« on: August 14, 2016, 05:56:35 PM »
Seriously though, what do you want your Blonde to taste like? There is such a large variety in this style.  Breweries market all kinds of light colored beers as "blondes."

From your recipe, I take it you don't want hop flavor or aroma. Why a 45 minute addition and why use a  flavor/aroma hop since at 45 min you want get much if any flavor or aroma?

You have a lot of caramel malt at 10%. Even with Munich, 10% would be a lot. My favorite "blondes" are light, crisp, and clean.  That would mean 5% or less caramel. I would also go with C-10 or no caramel at all. Only add caramel if you like a hint of caramel flavor, which can be nice.

I like a bit of hop flavor and aroma. I would save a bit of the centennial hops for a 0 minute addition. For 1 gallon I would say 0.1-0.2 oz. I don't like to turn a blonde into a pale ale.

I like Patagonia Extra Pale malt. It is very light, tasty, and has a slightly sweet taste even with low FG.

Mash at 148-150 to finish dry and ferment with a clean yeast like 1056/001/US-05.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Quest for a great blonde ale
« on: August 14, 2016, 04:45:07 PM »
Brew it with a lager yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: August 14, 2016, 01:01:13 PM »
Hoppy Lager today for me. Recently, I bought 10 lbs. Briess 2-row Brewers Malt. I made 2 batches. Both batches had efficiency 71-72% versus my normal efficiency 78-80%. Is this normal for Briess Brewers Malt?

Everything else went great.

Hoppy Lager
3G, 1051 OG
88% Briess Brewers Malt
7% Golden Promise (getting rid of leftovers)
5% Caramel 10
32 IBU CTZ @ 65
0.5 oz. Cascade steeped 20 min. at 160F.
WLP830 slurry.

Mashed @ 150F 75min.
Yellow Balanced water.
Ph 5.33.
One potential reason for the low efficiency could be that the grain looks very small. Not nearly as plump as other malts. Maybe the grain is not getting a good crush.

I wonder if this is barley that was hit with a drought and didn't get as plump as normal. I am way out on a limb here.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: August 14, 2016, 11:41:39 AM »
Posted this in the "What's brewing this weekend" thread:

I am planning to rack it to a keg when it's a few points from expected final gravity though. I've been noticing major improvements from doing that alone.
Are you actually measuring the gravity or just guessing? If guessing, what visual clue do you use to know when to transfer?

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Hoppy Lager today for me. Recently, I bought 10 lbs. Briess 2-row Brewers Malt. I made 2 batches. Both batches had efficiency 71-72% versus my normal efficiency 78-80%. Is this normal for Briess Brewers Malt?

Not as far as I know. But it's not a particularly good malt either.





Looking forward to it as well, Jon.
The first batch was a 100% Briess Brewers malt lager. That beer tasted pretty good actually. Nice malt flavor. It's just the low efficiency that is a bit annoying.

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Hoppy Lager today for me. Recently, I bought 10 lbs. Briess 2-row Brewers Malt. I made 2 batches. Both batches had efficiency 71-72% versus my normal efficiency 78-80%. Is this normal for Briess Brewers Malt?

Everything else went great.

Hoppy Lager
3G, 1051 OG
88% Briess Brewers Malt
7% Golden Promise (getting rid of leftovers)
5% Caramel 10
32 IBU CTZ @ 65
0.5 oz. Cascade steeped 20 min. at 160F.
WLP830 slurry.

Mashed @ 150F 75min.
Yellow Balanced water.
Ph 5.33.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 14, 2016, 06:07:32 AM »
Looks and sounds like a good one!

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Going Pro / Re: Congrats Majorvices!
« on: August 13, 2016, 02:34:48 PM »
Keith is definitely one of the best! He's a class act, too.

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Back to the OP. The brewery is marketing itself to the eat/drink local crowd, but, the disingenuousness of this "Pilsner" ad calls into question everything they do.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: pH Effects?
« on: August 11, 2016, 05:17:15 PM »
MoreBeer doesnt sell sinimar, but I prefer to use grains.

Midnight Wheat and Carafa Special are supposed to be the least roasty.
Morebeer sells Sinamar.

https://www.morebeer.com/products/sinamar-allnatural-liquid-malt-color-1-oz.html

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All Grain Brewing / Where to Buy Malt from Montana?
« on: August 11, 2016, 02:09:27 PM »
Malteurop in Great Falls is likely your best bet. According to this article Montana is now number #1 in barley acres in the US and the article mentions farmers selling to Malteurop.

Edit: Montana is #1 in barley acres, not malted barley acres. It's not malted until it gets to Malteurop.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation?
« on: August 07, 2016, 08:39:54 PM »
No annoyance at all. I definitely have trouble identifying some of the major off flavors.

Personally, I always worry about off flavors in my beers because I drink them too early. It's amazing how much beers change in the first few weeks in the keg.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Oxidation?
« on: August 07, 2016, 11:54:04 AM »
There was a nice talk on oxidation from the 2016 HomebrewCon.  The talk covers many oxidation related flavors, their sources, and when they occur in a beer's life in addition to how to avoid oxidation.

Papery/cardboard is a later stage flavor. The caramel sweetness is also mentioned as a oxidation related issue.

"Identifying and Avoiding Oxidation Brian Bergquist"

Audio:
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/presentations/audio/2016/HomebrewCon16%20-%20Identifying%20and%20Avoiding%20Oxidation.mp3

Slides:
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/presentations/pdf/2016/HomebrewCon16%20-%20Identifying%20and%20Avoiding%20Oxidation.pdf

You have to be a AHA member to access.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxidation?
« on: August 07, 2016, 08:31:28 AM »
Card board, skunk, sulfur, butter scotch, corn are all easy to talk about on the forum but not always the easiest to be sure what your tasting.  Throw in the variety of flavors you get from young beer and things can get really confusing for me.

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Ingredients / Re: Weyrman floor malted Pilsner
« on: August 06, 2016, 07:38:23 PM »
I have a Helles on tap at Yellowhammer made with this malt that is getting rave reviews if anyone local wants to try it. Made with 95% floor malted pils and 5% floor malted Munich.
I assume this is the Helles Bock? Just bought a Crowler.



Delicious.

Thanks! If it is the Helles Bock it is made with Best Pils. The "Helles Keller" is an unfiltered Helles brewed with the Bohemian Floor Malted pils. Looks like you will have to go back!  ;)
I finally has the Helles Keller. That was a great Helles. It's clear as a bell now. I assume it was more cloudy before since it was "unfiltered".

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