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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Lennie Rosenkrans for Mayor
« on: September 16, 2011, 02:30:47 PM »
I'm just that darned interesting I guess.
And you write well, too.  Thanks for lightening up my Friday afternoon.

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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:13:34 PM »
Jeff - What is in Tawas City?  I am not as familiar with the Lake Huron side for breweries.
Wiltses is the name of a brewpub in that town, but I just googled their site and it says it is suspended.  I was looking for a town and a beer not too far from Detroit on the Huron side and that popped up.  It's about a 150 mile drive.
Any other suggestions are appreciated.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Probably infected
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:01:06 AM »
I never sanitize aluminum foil and always use it to "cap" primary carboys.
Are you saying there are actual spider webs in the head space or does it just look like that?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question on racking technique
« on: September 16, 2011, 03:58:17 AM »
They do this all the time at small breweries and brewpubs when they have fermenters that are bigger than the brew kettle.  My local brew pub just installed two 40 bbl tanks, but they only have a 10 bbl brew house.  That means 4 back to back brewing sessions to fill each one.

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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:56:10 AM »
This is a timely thread as my lovely wife and I will be spending a week in Michigan's lower peninsula early next month.  We will fly in and out of Detroit and so far plan to stay in Traverse City, Holland and Ann Arbor.  Can anyone recommend a scenic town for the first night or two on Lake Huron?  I see that Tawas City has a good brew pub and it's not a long drive from Detroit, so what's the vibe there?  Or is there a more scenic little town not a long drive from Detroit, since we will be tired from the airport ordeal that day.

Looking forward to some cooler weather after working through the Florida heat all summer.  Fall colors, apples, lots of good craft beer..... :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/16 Edition
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:53:29 AM »
No brewing, but I need to get 20 gallons of beer into kegs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: German Hefeweizen
« on: September 14, 2011, 04:46:56 PM »
Never heard of that one before.  Does the partially mashed grist help with the ferulic acid rest or what?

As I understand it, 86-104F is the temp range at which the maltase enzyme is active (denatured above 115F).  Maltase breaks down maltose into glucose.  Maltose gets produced in the mash at sacc temps (145-155F or so) so when maltase is active there's no maltose and by the time there is maltose, the maltase has been denatured.  This mash schedule is a way around that.
So it is a method of making glucose.  How does this affect the flavor and fermentability?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: German Hefeweizen
« on: September 14, 2011, 02:18:09 PM »
Oh yeah.  For the mash schedule on the one I'm doing this weekend, I'm gonna play with the "Markus Hermann Weihenstephan reverse step mash".  Something (haven't done the math yet) along the line of...

Mash half at 145-149F to completion

Add remaining mash to cool to 95F (86-104F)

Pull 1/3 into small pot, pressure cook pseudo-decoct

Add to cool 2/3 to raise temp

Add boiling water to raise to 152F

Mash to completion.

Never heard of that one before.  Does the partially mashed grist help with the ferulic acid rest or what?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mixing Yeast?
« on: September 14, 2011, 06:53:46 AM »
And then there's the split batch method. You can then blend the results in whatever proportions to get the best of both strains.
I did this recently with a 10 gallons batch of Weizen, split between two German Wheat strains and then blended into a keg.  I reused the combined yeast on the next batch, but I think I prefer the single strain (not Weihenstephan, the other one).  It was an interesting trial.

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Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: September 14, 2011, 03:12:36 AM »
What secret?  After the wort is fermenting for a couple days, pour the sugar into the pail or carboy.  What is so difficult about that?  Not pragmatic enough I guess......

I'm talking about adding syrup, which can be a goopy mess if you try to add a pouch straight into the carboy

You add syrup and/or sugar with no worries about mixing?  No boiling of them in water first?  Just curious
No, no worries, just pour it in.  I figure the pouch contains a food product.  The syrup I used recently wasn't so viscous that much at all stayed in the pouch.  You could mix it if you want, but I think the yeast will find it at high kreusen even if it sinks to the bottom.

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Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: September 13, 2011, 05:22:00 PM »
My rule of thumb is always - if I'm hoping to get aroma and flavor contributions, in late she goes - 10 minutes or so of boil time. If not, chunk it in early.

But I get aroma and flavor contributions from it when it's in for the whole boil.  What am I doing wrong?   ;D

I've tried 60, 40, 20, 0 and at high krausen.  I agree with denny, I think I get more flavor when I add it somewhere between 60 and 40.  My second favorite choice would be after high krausen, but it's a pain in the butt to add then.  Jeff, what's your secret?
What secret?  After the wort is fermenting for a couple days, pour the sugar into the pail or carboy.  What is so difficult about that?  Not pragmatic enough I guess......

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Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: September 13, 2011, 07:24:29 AM »
To answer the original question, it looks like, "whenever you want!"

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: different yeast experiments
« on: September 13, 2011, 03:17:44 AM »
An American IPA fermented with a Belgian yeast is a different beer, a Belgian IPA.  The yeast adds phenolic spiciness to the flavor, where the US-05 ferments very clean.
Lots of folks split batches and use more similar ale yeasts, to compare between an English yeast and a California yeast to see which one works best for future reference.
Home brew is all about experimenting and yeast is one of the biggest flavor contributors.

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Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: September 12, 2011, 04:03:06 PM »
I add mine after the fermentation is at full kreusen, or after about three days in the primary.  Less stress on the yeast this way.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Oktoberfest
« on: September 12, 2011, 09:29:38 AM »
They do use a darkening agent to make sure the color is consistent from batch to batch, kind of like sinemar, but a different brand.  Perhaps using this and their regular lager would make sense.  As I recall, the beer was not as malty as a "real" German Bock beer that year, more like Shiner or Michelob Dark, which to me are not much more than darkened American Lager. 
He told me that in that first year of specialty production at the Tampa brewery, they didn't want to make 500 barrels in an untested market.
In 2011 they made a regular all grain batch.
Sorry my memory is not so good on the quotes.  I'll see if I can get more info from the brewer.
It's good to see that they are responding to the craft beer market.

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