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Ingredients / Re: Centennial fans
« on: April 18, 2016, 12:35:22 PM »
Centennial, similar to Cascade, is an awesome hop to grow and harvest at home.  I concur with the others who have not be wowed with the available commercial harvest.

While I don't grow Centennials, I got some grown from another homebrewer a couple of years ago.  They were awesome.  I do grow Cascades, and yesterday I brewed an APA with them.  The smell was terrific.  One theory I have is, when I opened my vacuum-sealed bag of them, there was a thick coating of lupulin gland dust inside the bag that I never see with a pound of commercial hops.  Maybe Cascade and Centennial loses a lot of their flavor when harvested and packaged through the loss of the sticky yellow stuff?  I don'y know, just a thought.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: German Hefe Step Mash
« on: April 18, 2016, 12:19:57 PM »
I like to do a 30 minute rest at 105°F (beta-glucan), 30 minute rest at 140° (beta amalyse), and 30 minute rest at 155°F (alpha amalyse) for wheat and wheat-rye ales. 

I also am a fan of the WY3333 German wheat yeast. Find it to be better balanced with fruit, cloves and banana than WY3068, which is more just clove and banana.  One could say that at weissbier fermented with WY333 to be almost "juicy".

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Wow.  I just read this, hoping to get some good tips on stuck lagers.

Instead....there may be good information here, but reading it makes me cringe. This thread is so nasty.

Denny always told us HBD B&Vers that the AHA board was polite, no politics, but just because you don't talk politics, means you can just be outright rude to other posters, no matter how much you don't agree with them.

I expected better from here.


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Sunday April 10 I brewed a maibock.  Yes, a little late, but spring in Montana usually runs until the Fourth of July.

Quadruple Bogey Mai-Bock

10 gallons, OG 1.072

20 lbs. Avangard pilsner malt
10 lbs. Avangard munich malt
0.75 lbs. Weyermann Carahell
2.5 oz. Weyerman acid malt

Mash at 152°F for 2 hours

2.3 oz. Hallertau Mittelfrueh FWH
1 oz. Clusters 120 min
0.5 oz. Northern Brewer 120 min
2 oz. Tettnanger 30 min

Boil for 150 minutes. Split between yeast cakes of WY2035 American Lager and WY2352 Munich Lager II. Third pitch for each.

Next up for this weekend....I am thinking a pale ale, with Challenger for bittering and Cascade for flavor/aroma.  Probably Fuller's yeast, or maybe WY1007 if my altbier is done by then.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 12, 2016, 08:03:44 AM »
As much as I like to support my LHBS, I am not going to start brewing those crappy pre-packaged kits they advertise on TV (they aren't really a LHBS in the true sense, anyway, they are an Ace hardware store with a homebrew section.)

I do buy my bulk grains there, and sometimes yeast, and occasionally hops.  But their yeast selection is pretty limited, and I have a real hard time paying $2.50 an ounce for hops.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: getting rid of clorine
« on: April 11, 2016, 04:14:07 PM »
I'm so lazy, I find dicking around to get a Campden tablet to dissolve to be a pain.  I add a half a teaspon of hydrogen peroxide per five gallons of city water.  Although fill the pot and let it sit overnight is a good idea as well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: most common off-flavors
« on: April 11, 2016, 02:17:07 PM »
Dankness is probably the most common off-flavor I find in home and craft brew, but usually that is the result of some chucklehead using too much CTZ hops.  ;D

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 09:25:15 AM »
Not salmon.  Rainbow trout out of Canyon Ferry reservoir in Montana.  The bite is on.

Smoked 'em over alder wood.  If any one is interested, here's a killer brine recipe for smoked fish:

http://forum.cookshack.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2291028883/m/6641065134

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:33:18 AM »
Denny knows what a dick I am.  ;)

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:24:47 AM »
The weather here is too nice.  It causes me to go out and catch these:



Which then cause me to turn those into these:


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:08:42 AM »
Irregardless of what Denny thinks, juicy is a perfectly acceptable descriptor.

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Beer Recipes / Re: I want to brew an Altbier
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:42:28 AM »
This thread has inspired me to brew an alt this morning.  That, and the fact that a guy in the local club gave me a slurry of WY1007.   ;)

Sadly lacking in Spalter hops and Caramunich, this is what I came up with my current inventory

10 gallons, OG ~1.048

20 lbs. Avangard pils
1 lb. Avangard munich
1 lb. Weyermann CaraRed
5 oz. Weyerman chocolate wheat

Mash-in at 154°F for 60 min

2 oz. Halleratuer Mittelfrueh FWH
1 oz. Perle 60 min
0.5 oz. Northern Brewer 60 min
2 oz. Tettnanger 20 min.

Edited because I am a numbskull.

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Beer Recipes / Re: I want to brew an Altbier
« on: March 28, 2016, 02:08:25 PM »
Denny tweaked that recipe.  It is actually 1.34 oz. Chocolate Roasted wheat malt.

I'm not one to stand by and let revisionist posts go unchallenged.  ;D

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As an outdoor brewer in Montana, my start time is very temperature dependent.  In extreme cold conditions, I brew in the afternoon, and let the wort chill down overnight in the kettle (too cold to run a wort chiller)*. In the spring, it's usually mid to late morning, as I wait for garden hose to freeze out.  In the summer, I like to prep the night before, and get up and fire the HLT around 6 am.

*As I have grown older, I have taken a disliking to outdoor brewing in the winter cold, and go ice fishing instead. This year, I did not brew in December or January.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You Might Be A Homebrewer If....
« on: March 23, 2016, 08:05:52 AM »
.....your wife has an endless number of stories she tells at parties of coming home and finding beer on the kitchen floor, beer dripping out of a ceiling light fixture, beer soaked into the carpet, yada yada yada.

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