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Smoked Porter today, using malt I smoked over alder chips last weekend.

Beer Recipes / Re: Altbier Recipe
« on: April 18, 2014, 06:47:45 AM »
I have never been impressed by his level of expertise.  Being German does not make you an expert on beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another Starter Question
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:34:04 PM »
The main reason I advise against transfer to secondary is because so many brewers complain about slow or stuck fermentation after racking to secondary on day 3 or 4 because the recipe and instructions said to do it.

I agree that racking after an arbitrary number of days is a poor practice.  Many poor practices are preached in amateur brewing like they are gospel (e.g., rinsing yeast with boiled tap water).

The protective blanket of co2 argument is not accurate as in a dynamic situation like racking there will be significant mixing of gases in the head space.

However, the oxidation while racking non-filtered green beer argument holds water no better than the hot-side aeration in a small brewery argument.  Unless the yeast culture is in absolutely horrendous shape, any oxygen that is introduced while racking will be scrubbed by the viable cells, even if terminal gravity has been reached.  Yeast cells do not need a carbohydrate source to use oxygen.  Yeast cells will happily utilize ethanol as their carbon source in the presence of oxygen via diauxic shift.

I am not trying to discourage you from contributing to this conversation because I think that your perspective is important but you can't assume optimal conditions and draw conclusions about best practices from that when the real world situation is not optimal.

I am not discouraged in the least.  I do not mind being the underdog in a discussion.

I am learning quite a bit through this discussion also.  Keep it up.

Beer Recipes / Re: Brewing a Wit today
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:07:54 PM »
I can't find the recipe anymore.  The link to the recipe at is no longer valid!

It's kind of funny, but if you do a search for it it leads to two threads on this forum looking for the same recipe.  Here's the current link:

The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:45:52 AM »
I'm getting tired of people telling me I'll brew them a batch if they buy me the "ingredients". I say make your own effing beer!

Same here.  Everybody wants me to bring them beer that I made.  Like Charlie says in the Zymurgy ad, "This is my beer - make your own."
Another thing that seems clueless to me is how many people see my brewery and call it a still.
And while we're on the subject, do you ever get tired of the question, "What is your favorite beer?"

We should start another thread just for curmudgeons like me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:23:04 PM »
Ahh experience.

Just got my sheets back from NHC first round and on one of the ones that didn't make it (pretty sure it would have if not for what I am about to share) I had three sheets in the high 30's with evident erasures that appear to have it in the low 40's and one at 31 that reads like the judge was drinking a different beer. Flaws galore that apparently only that judge could perceive. From cheesy hops to burning alcohol flavor. Also, apparently too many esters for an english barley wine (???)

anyway. This will be the only complaining I do about this but I thought it was cogent to this discussion and my wife won't let me talk about it at home soo....

I took 1st in strong ale in that region, when I get my sheets back I'll let you know how they look.  Of course with 30 entries I'd hope there were at least 3-4 flights for the category. 

I've judged a dozen strong ales in a flight before and that wasn't fun
I've also judged that many in a flight and on the contrary it was great fun.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 02:20:37 PM »
I wonder what it would take to get the AHA to put the names of the beers in the winners' lists.  Homebrewers are pretty creative and clever with names and I for one would enjoy seeing this.
Hi Jeffy,

Don't hold your breath for this.  That creativity has it's unprintable side to it, so we specifically don't include the brew names.


Hey, we're all adults, in a way.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:13:53 PM »
I wonder what it would take to get the AHA to put the names of the beers in the winners' lists.  Homebrewers are pretty creative and clever with names and I for one would enjoy seeing this.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:08:04 PM »
Congratulations, guys!  Looks like I got nothing this year.... :(

Ingredients / Re: oats in Witbier
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:21:55 PM »
I use the oats from the grocery store.  I think they're rolled, whatever that means.

Going Pro / Re: Woohoo!
« on: April 13, 2014, 01:31:31 PM »
Very cool.  That competition is huge!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:23:52 AM »
Ummm, the bigger ones?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoke Signal
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:05:13 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoke Signal
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:58:53 AM »
They did a double batch, so it was actually 6 sacks.  My box holds one sack on eight shelves and a pound of chips burns for about 90 minutes. 
They like to use alder wood chips, but I keep telling them to source the local stuff since their motto is "inherently Floridian."  Citrus wood makes a smoke very similar to Beech in my opinion.
I have some photos of the smoker in an old thread.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoke Signal
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:28:27 PM »
Have you gold them that your smoked malts=win?
Craig called me this afternoon to say, "thanks."

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