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Zymurgy / Re: Vote now in the 2016 Zymurgy Best Beers in America survey!
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:25:48 PM »
I just voted for PBR!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash For Kolsch...
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:25:00 PM »
Yesterday I heated strike water to 180°F, then poured 8.5 gallons of it into a cold Coleman Extreme cooler (ambient air was 23°F).  I then stirred in 23 lbs. of 60°F grains.  Hit 154°F.  A 26°F drop.

Okay, maybe I will start dragging the cooler into the basement the night before.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Step Mash For Kolsch...
« on: February 22, 2016, 09:57:33 AM »
I step mash a lot because I am a lousy judge of hitting my mash temperature correctly.  I heat my strike water to 170°F, then drain it into a cold cooler mash tun, mix in the grains, and next thing you know, the mash is stable at 143°F.  So I let it sit for 60 minutes, add a boiling water infusion, and get it into the mid 150s for another 15-30 minutes.

I have also hit my strike temps in the low 150s, and done single infusion mashes.  I think this is good for most ales and lagers, but I do think I am getting a tad crisper beer for my pilsners and kolschs with the two step mash.  I have not done a side by side to support this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Has anyone brewed "Walter Wheat"
« on: February 21, 2016, 08:25:59 PM »
Sounds like Skittlebrau.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 21, 2016, 05:19:09 PM »
Classic American Pilsner wort has been boiling for 15 minutes now.  Time to go add some cat pissCluster hops.  ;)

You like those hops?  I am sorry, but I am just not a fan.

I love 'em.  I buy them buy the pound. Clusters for bittering, and Saaz for flavor/aroma is my favorite hop combination.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Look what die Katze dragged in
« on: February 21, 2016, 11:53:28 AM »
I would love to try the Konig Ludwig dunkel.  Their weissbier is probably my favorite weissbier.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 21, 2016, 11:50:19 AM »
Classic American Pilsner wort has been boiling for 15 minutes now.  Time to go add some cat pissCluster hops.  ;)

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Hooper, your ESB will taste like dirt.  But in a good way.  :)

My contribution to challenging homebrew conventional wisdom, is that diacetyl rests for lagers are unnnecessary.  You're welcome.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Guinness Dublin and West Indies Porter
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:24:43 PM »
I'm not sure it is a St. Pats seasonal, as when we toured the St. James Gate facility back in October on our trip to Dublin, all of those beers were for sale there, albeit in bottles.  I didn't drink any at the time, for why would you drink bottled beer at the Guinness brewery?

I think these beers represent another tempered step by Guinness to compete in the craft beer market.  These beers are certainly much better than their Nitro IPA and Black Lager, which are wretched (IMHO).

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: W-34/70 Fermentation Temp exBEERiment
« on: February 17, 2016, 03:51:07 PM »
Am I the only one who ferments lagers at 50°F for a month, then kegs and lagers at 32°F for 6 weeks?  I never let my lagers get above 50°F.

I brewed with WLP833 once in the low 60s and ended up with a fruit bomb.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:14:21 PM »
Dry hop the same beer, one keg with 2 oz. of Fuggles, the other keg with 2 oz. of potting soil, then triangle test to see if there is a significant difference.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: communion beer
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:11:43 PM »
I would go with the Klein Kabouterke.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Guinness Dublin and West Indies Porter
« on: February 15, 2016, 11:28:05 AM »
I bought a 18 pack of Guinness beers from Costco this weekend.  6 each of Guinness Original, Dublin Porter, and West Indies Porter.  I was impressed with the Dublin Porter.  Very flavorful and full-bodied for a 3.8% abv beer. 

The West Indies Porter was good, too.  Nice molasses flavor.  But a little on the sweet side for my taste.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast for English styles
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:37:14 AM »
Check the gravity before you cold crash, Porterhous.  I found that Munton's Gold is similar to Fuller's as it tends to drop fast, and you may need to rouse it a couple of times to get to your target FG.

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The Pub / Re: BA letter to Peyton
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:09:53 PM »
There is nothing wrong with Budweiser.  I am amazed on how many beer snobs are in uproar over this.

If I had played in a major sporting event, totally exhausted, somewhat dehydrated, and knowing I do not have to be ready for another game next week, I would go for a major factory beer like Coors, Bud, or PBR over an IPA or a Scottish ale any day. And drink heavily.

Now, if Peyton would have said Bud Light, then he would totally be a corporate shill and deserved of all the scorn heaped upon him.  ;D

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