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All Grain Brewing / 55% Efficiency after Batch Sparge
« on: April 09, 2016, 08:14:31 AM »
That's a lot of grain so you will have a lower efficiency.

Your mash water volume (quarts) to grain weight (pounds) was 1.2. I like to mash at a 1.75-2 qts/pound. I get a nice efficiency boost with the higher ratio. Admittedly, that may not work so well with a big grain bill.

PS. I don't think switching to fly sparge will help. You should probably try to perfect one method before trying another.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 09, 2016, 06:05:33 AM »
They should probably move the Nashville site to a larger city. Maybe Atlanta. Atlanta could draw judges from Florida, the Carolinas, and the Deep South.

Judges from the south will drive to Atlanta just as easily as the would Nashville.

I think this region (the Deep South) likely has a smaller number of judges to draw from. Tennessee sits on top of Alabama and Mississippi. We just got legalized Homebrewing less than 3 years ago and we are in the Bible Belt.

The Pub / Re: Shipping Unshippables
« on: April 08, 2016, 04:31:32 PM »
Shipping my first beer package. I'm labeling it from my law firm with a big notice that the contents are privileged by attorney-client relationship. Can't wait to see how that goes over when I drop it off.
I hope the competition is brave enough to open the box.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Gaffel
« on: April 07, 2016, 05:40:08 PM »
That looks great. I need to go to Cologne.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Missing American Blonde
« on: April 07, 2016, 10:32:56 AM »
I am thinking about diving in on my own xBmt recipe.  I will 4 way blind taste with 4 people to see what is the fav.  Overall I think I will need a better idea of what water profile to go after.  Yellow Malty was my first thought but then I am 2nd guessing myself.  Balanced is probably the best route.  Then I thought about maybe a chimay or orval... Yeah I am unsure.

As far as recipe goes I am thinking this
1.055 OG
5.5% ABV

91% 2-row
5% White Wheat
2% Carabrown
2% Honey malt

the batch will be split 4 ways prior to boil with hops different in each then do a 4 way blind to see what plays the best in aroma and bitterness with a single hop add at 35 min boil.

going for a 0.40 BU:GU

Amarillo, Cascade, Willamette, and Citra hops will be used to get 22.1IBU's
Sounds fun. Wish I could be a taster.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Confessions of a Yeast Abuser
« on: April 06, 2016, 12:36:05 PM »
Glad to read that. I think I under pitched my current lager.  It too was 2.5 gallons. I did a 1.5L starter for 12 hours planning to pitch at high krausen. I tried to cold crash a few hours  and decant. It didn't work I poured out about half the liquid and I think a lot of yeast decanting. It took 48 hours to show a small krausen. I'm hoping for good beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 06, 2016, 08:59:25 AM »
Here we have at least one brewery that will sell grain and hops cheap. We have several beer stores and a health food store that moon light in homebrew supplies. No dedicated stores. None of the local options is compelling.

One of the local beer stores is promising a full scale LHBS. They used to have a decent selection of supplies. But, they sold off their stock of homebrew supplies a few months ago and don't plan to open the new stand alone LHBS until late summer. I don't like that lack of commitment to the market and customers. They are making me go elsewhere for 6+ months. I may not come back.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 06, 2016, 04:59:59 AM »
I guess it would be even more patriotic to buy a bunch of blicmann gear or a Picobrew.

When the market needs me to do something I wouldn't normally for it to survive, the market has more problems than I can fix.

None. I drink my mistakes as punishment. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Missing American Blonde
« on: April 04, 2016, 03:48:28 PM »
I love a good blonde ale myself.

I make mine as mentioned above except I hop them a bit more late. I like a nice 0 minute addition to get hop flavor and aroma without turning it into a pale ale.

PS. There are a lot of styles that don't sell. I love a good bitter but those are hard to find commercially in the US.

This will be my first time with the Patagonia. Hence the simple recipe.

I won't mind a slight hop flavor.

Patagonia Lager

5# Patagonia Extra Pale malt
20 IBU Warrior @ 60
Yellow Full water.

We'll see how Warrior turns out buttering a lager.  I am hoping OK.

Sounds good. Warrior is very clean (like Magnum), so @ 20 IBU I think it'll be fine. Be sure to post how it comes out.
Thanks! I was hoping you would chime in.

General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:01:13 PM »
Patagonia Lager
3 gallons, 1050 OG

5# Patagonia Extra Pale malt
20 IBU Warrior @ 60
Yellow Full water.

We'll see how Warrior turns out bittering a lager.  I am hoping OK.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: S-189
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:33:28 AM »
I hate when there's a flavor you like or don't like and you can't quite describe it.

I brew 3 gallons into the fermenter and 2.5 into the keg. I love this batch size. I am always sad when a keg kicks but it happens fast enough I get to brew at least once per month. I actually run fairly often because I give away beer to friends.  I kind of like running out though.

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