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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best Method to Crush Raw Wheat?
« on: Today at 03:59:01 PM »
I crush it into flour and use rice hulls.  The most raw wheat I have used this way, without getting stuck, was 35%.

I should add that the raw wheat that I have used, a white winter wheat with low protein content grown by a farmer friend of mine in eastern Montana, has not contributed much in the way of flavor.  I get more wheat flavor out of malted wheat.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bleach solution to kill yeast?
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:36:16 PM »
I use 1 shot glass of bleach (~2 ounces) per 5-6.5 gallon bucket/carboy.  20 minute soak.  Triple rinse with cold water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewversary 39
« on: March 21, 2017, 10:47:36 AM »
Awesome!  This November will be my 27 Brewversary, so I don't feel so old now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 21, 2017, 08:16:40 AM »
As has been pointed out in this thread, there are many brewers and homebrew stores who don't like to give out their recipes.  It seems like NB is getting singled out because of the anti-corporate backlash that is somewhat pervasive here. Statements like "I'll never buy from them again now that they're owned by Inbev!" appears to be a little self-righteous to me, kind of like Gerald Broflovski smelling his farts because he owns a Prius.

Brewers maybe, but homebrew stores?  None that I've visited.

Earlier in this thread, majorvices mentioned that he quit shopping at William's years ago because they don't post their recipes.  I just looked at their site, and looked at their American IPA kit.  The recipe listed is limited to "Includes 8 pounds of blended malt extract, 4 flavoring hop additions, 125 ml of liquid yeast, and corn sugar for carbonation. Makes 5 gallons with a starting gravity of at least 1.053."  Not much more that what NB is providing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: March 19, 2017, 02:48:21 PM »
Today I am brewing my first attempt at the New England IPA, a style I haven't even tasted.  But, I am a notorious bandwagon brewer.

OG 1.068, 10 gallons

16 lbs. Briess Brewers Malt (2-row pale)
8 lbs. Munton's Maris Otter (2-row pale ale)
3.5 lbs. quick rolled oats
2 lbs. spelt flakes
2 lbs. Simpson's Golden Naked Oats
1 lb. Weyermann Caravienne.

Mash-in at 148°F for 90 min. Batch sparge. Add 2 tsp CaCl, 2 tsp CaSO4. Boil for 60 min.

0.5 oz. Sorachi Ace (FWH)
4 oz. Amarillo 5 min
1.5 oz. Centennial 5 min
0.75 oz. Equinox 5 min
0.75 oz. El Dorado 5 min
3 oz. Mosaic Steep at 180°F
1.5 oz. Euqinox Steep at 180°F
1.5 oz. El Dorado Steep at 180°F
1 oz. Amarillo Steep at 180°F

To be split between WY1272 American Ale II and WY1318 London Ale III. Dry hopping will be two additions, 5 days each, 4 oz. per keg, a mix of Mosaic, El Dorado, and Equinox, with a little Amarillo and Centennial available for makeup hops if I don't have enough. P.S. This beer is expensive!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 19, 2017, 11:20:46 AM »
As has been pointed out in this thread, there are many brewers and homebrew stores who don't like to give out their recipes.  It seems like NB is getting singled out because of the anti-corporate backlash that is somewhat pervasive here. Statements like "I'll never buy from them again now that they're owned by Inbev!" appears to be a little self-righteous to me, kind of like Gerald Broflovski smelling his farts because he owns a Prius.

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The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries 2016
« on: March 17, 2017, 12:24:45 PM »
I agree that Yuengling is a nice beer, and I enjoy it immensely when I back in the Land of Scrapple.

But, I also think PBR is a fine beer.  And Yuengling isn't any better or worse than PBR. Both of them are made at factories.  My guess is that Yuenging is a craft beer because they busted their union several years ago.  Sweaty clean-shaven Teamster employees have been replaced by bearded Brooklynites in skinny jeans.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 16, 2017, 04:00:14 PM »
Paranoia
The Destroyer

....if you are buying pre-made kits to clone a beer you like, do you really care what the grain bill is?

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Ingredients / Re: How many ounces of hops in your American IPA?
« on: March 16, 2017, 01:27:51 PM »
I try to brew mainly with whole hops, as pellets tend to clog up my sure screen.  As such, If I used more than a half pound of hops, I would be concerned about how much wort is absorbed by the hops.

Last week I brewed a 10 gallon batch of Belgian blond with 8.5 ounces of hops, all leaf.  I stopped the boil with 11 gallons of wort in the kettle, but only managed to collect 9 gallons into my two fermentors.  I left the kettle to clean the next day.  When I went to clean it, it felt somewhat heavy....so I opened the drain valce, and collected 1.5 gallons more wort!  Evidently that had drained from the pile of spent hops sitting on top of my false bottom overnight.  I re-heated that wort, chilled it, and topped off my fermentors.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 16, 2017, 12:29:28 PM »
After going 3 months this winter without brewing, I can see the appeal of an indoor system.  Only my being a cheap fink keeps me from buying such a system.

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The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries 2016
« on: March 16, 2017, 09:05:18 AM »
Thanks. a10t2.  In other words, don't pay any attention to what the BA considers to be craft beer.   ;)

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The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries 2016
« on: March 16, 2017, 08:58:38 AM »
Okay, then why is Yuengling a craft brewery and Pittsburgh (Iron City) is not?

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The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries 2016
« on: March 16, 2017, 08:49:11 AM »
Interesting list.  A bit confusing to me.

Why is Duvel Moortgat USA considered to be a small and independent brewer, while Ballast Point is not?

I had to look up North American Breweries.  I see it includes Genesee, as I suspected, but also "Labatt Lime".  I did not know that Labatt's made a lime beer.  I bet that is wretched.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for experimentation
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:56:00 AM »
To me, a far more interesting experiment would be to take a case of skunked bottled beer, and see how long they have to sit in a dark cold fridge before the skunk flavor goes away.  I recall it is about two months, but the time I did that, it was a long time ago.  And PU doesn't come in skunky green bottles anymore.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tangy Aftertaste
« on: March 15, 2017, 08:52:59 AM »
Note that water with a high iron content can taste perfectly fine, but once you brew with it all sorts of off-tastes can pop up in the resultant beer.

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