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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing Water
« on: March 09, 2016, 01:23:00 PM »
I brewed with tap water supplied by the city, sometimes treated with hydrogen peroxide to remove the chlorine.

Or sometimes I just let it come to a boil.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How come Starsan turns cloudy?
« on: March 06, 2016, 01:37:31 PM »
I'm glad I read this thread, as yesterday when I made up a batch of star san solution and it looked like skim milk, I knew the reason why.  Generally, my brewing water is very soft, coming from the Continental Divide.  The local WTP, however, is getting an upgrade, however, and I am stuck with disgusting Missouri River water until April.  The stuff tastes like moss.

http://helenair.com/business/helena-supply-change-may-tarnish-taste-of-tap-water-but/article_a618fecf-28ce-5a34-85ad-61e20844dda6.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Introduction/ newer brewer
« on: March 02, 2016, 02:54:40 PM »
That must be in reference to something in Dan's past but I am not familiar with it. I only bought 3 kits or so before I went to doing some clones, then on to All Grain, but I had no issues with those kits that I could detect as a newbie brewer. Or maybe its an inside joke I am not privy to, either way I think they are a great LHBS and now run a great tasting brewing operation that is spreading quickly through Cincinnati area. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any new brewer in the area, and their brewing education classes are run by Siamese Moose from here on the forum.

http://hbd.org/discus/messages/20001/24179.html

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The Pub / Re: How Many States Have You Been To? A Bucket List Thing.
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:48:54 AM »
47.  Missing Hawaii and both Carolinas.  Some day I will get them.  The Carolinas for the beer and barbecue, and Hawaii for obvious reasons.

I am glad that work sent me to most of the south and midwest, for I would not visit them again voluntarily.  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Introduction/ newer brewer
« on: March 02, 2016, 09:41:50 AM »
A  Listermann kit, eh?  I have read that cicada legs ruin head retention.  ;)

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Ingredients / Re: Malts malts malts
« on: February 23, 2016, 09:00:37 PM »
Here's another good reference, on the taste of different malts, albeit it a bit dated.

http://www.amazon.com/Homebrewing-Volume-I-Al-Korzonas/dp/0965521907

But you can pick it up pretty cheap.

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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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