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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:01:46 PM »
Just pitched yeast on a hoppy blonde (little APA).

This was my first time trying low oxygen brewing methods. I preboiled,  added SMB plus Brewtan-B to no sparge mash, used a mash cap, tried to be gentle. A few notes. (1) I followed old instructions and added 55ppm SMB. (2) My grain was chewy/moist. Stored in paper bag in humid basement for a month. I'm guessing that is not a plus for LO brewing.

I also tried out my new heat stick for the first time today. Very nice. My old heat stick finally gave up the ghost. This one is worth the extra money.

I am fermenting in a pin lock keg I picked up for $40 shipped. I plan to spund.

Recipe: 3 gallons, 1051 OG
100% Golden Promise
24 IBU Magnum @ 60
5 IBU Galaxy @ 5
0.75 oz Galaxy @ 0
0.25 oz CTZ keg dry hop
WLP029 slurry

All Grain Brewing / Re: Chewy malt
« on: July 03, 2017, 10:57:12 AM »

Conversion went fine. I may be wasting hops, but, I'm just finishing the batch. I will see how it turns out.

I use this $19 thermometer also from Thermoworks.

Slightly less accurate +/-0.9F versus +/-0.7F.  Also slightly slower 5-6 second readings instead of 2-3 seconds. $60 cheaper.

All Grain Brewing / Chewy malt
« on: July 03, 2017, 09:24:56 AM »
I have a 10# bag of Golden Promise. I just milled and the milled grain didn't look right. Didn't break in half. Lots of it still looks whole but bloated after milling. Some of it is floating in the mash.

I tasted the uncrushed malt. It tasted soft and chewy instead of dry and crisp.

I am mashing now. Not sure what the conversion will be like.

Should I toss it? I bought this malt at the LHBS about 1 month ago.

The Pub / Re: "High End's" Message to Craft
« on: July 02, 2017, 09:04:07 AM »
I am a beer aficionado (relative to most consumers) who learned about this new label the day it was introduced and I will look for it on beer labels.

Most consumers will see this label for the first time on a bottle in a store. I expect BMC to respond with other labeling and advertising that confuses the issue and confuses the consumer. That's how they roll.

The Pub / "High End's" Message to Craft
« on: July 01, 2017, 06:49:09 PM »
I will appreciate when the new logo is rolled out and widely used. The macros are buying so many breweries it is hard to remember who is independent.

Why do I care? Because the macros have unfair business practices and I prefer to take my money elsewhere.

Regarding what mark consumers can use as a signal of quality versus non-quality; that's the brewery's name and logo. As a consumer you learn who has beer (or any other product) you do and don't like.

The Pub / Aaaaaarrrrrrrgh!
« on: July 01, 2017, 11:47:14 AM »
Ouch! A lot of labor went into those four kegs! Now probably a lot of labor to clean up the garage floor.

I really like the new white lab pure pitch packaging. I shake vigorously, then cut along the dashed line on the package, then pour. I squeeze the pouch between my fingers to get any remnants out.

I have always found the new packs to be really fresh (based on lag time) regardless of package date.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Who owns your beer?
« on: June 25, 2017, 10:29:15 AM »
Hi everybody,

I was having trouble keeping track of which international brewing behemoth now owns which formerly craft breweries. So I started working on an online list for myself and it turned into this:

It's a mobile-friendly searchable index of breweries and their ownership status. Statuses include Craft, Crafty, and Crap. Basically a tool to help beer lovers make informed decisions at the point of sale (i.e. in a bar or bottle shop).

Check it out when you have a moment. Thoughts, suggestions, and complaints are all welcome.

I think you should rename the "crap" category. Your sight loses credibility by labeling many old world highly regarded breweries "crap". If you limit your taxonomy to market size and ownership and leave out your taste or quality opinions, I think the site will be better received.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Funny
« on: June 24, 2017, 08:30:13 AM »
I like the taste of Bud. I don't like their business practices.  The OP's ad reminds me of the grocery store shelves. 150' of cold Bud/Miller/Coors in 7 different packages for each variety. Local craft gets 24" of cold store. Craft owned by BMC gets 5 feet of cold store. All other craft beer is warm if they have it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:09:05 PM »
Yeah, simple is almost always better IMO. I've used biscuit and Victory to get a little toastiness, but the MO is a softer toasty character, and doesn't come off like a bitter at that small amount . The glass is one of the Spiegelau IPA glasses - it's smaller but weighted on the bottom, and the glass is light, thin crystal so it's pretty stable actually.
As for the hops, FWIW I added 40 IBU Magnum @ 60 (no more boil hops), then cooled to 175F and added 2.25 oz each of Azacca and Lemon Drop to steep for 30 mins. Dry hopped 1.5 oz of each.
Thanks! Hops sound good too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 23, 2017, 07:17:03 PM »
Man I have to get rolling. Looks awesome Jon, that foam!

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Thanks, man!  It's tasty.
Looks great. Do you mind sharing your grain bill?

Not a bit. It's silly simple.

75.5% Briess 2 row.
17.5% Muntons MO (not my very favorite MO, using up what I had. Works fine here, though).
7% C40



Next sunny day, I'll get another pic- it's paler than it looks there.
Thanks for the recipe. I find simple is often better.  I have been into hops lately. I have been brewing reds and SMASH pale ales. I want to brew a more traditional APA.

I was wondering about the color. The glass you have it in looks pretty wide up top. The bottom section looks a lot lighter.

All Grain Brewing / Re: No sparge brewing
« on: June 23, 2017, 07:08:16 PM »
I moved to no sparge BIAB lately. I really like the simplicity and like many others, I find the efficiency penalty to be quite manageable. My efficiency dropped from 78% to 72%. Although, I had one BIAB batch recently with 78% efficiency.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 23, 2017, 06:54:49 PM »
Man I have to get rolling. Looks awesome Jon, that foam!

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Thanks, man!  It's tasty.
Looks great. Do you mind sharing your grain bill?

The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:59:39 AM »
I don't know if it will stick, but, the forum has been pretty civil for the lasts couple of weeks.

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