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Messages - dordway29

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Beer Travel / Re: Ft. Collins for the holidays
« on: December 19, 2013, 04:13:41 PM »
There's also a Burger place walking distance from Equinox called Big Al's Burgers and Dogs

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Beer Travel / Re: Ft. Collins for the holidays
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:46:40 PM »
I was thinking to get the most out of a short amount of time new belgium, odell's, funkwerks and equinox are all close together. Trying to hit all of the breweries and beer bars in Fort Collins would take a couple of days. Lots of options.

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Beer Travel / Re: Ft. Collins for the holidays
« on: December 19, 2013, 01:04:15 PM »
In order... Equinox Brewing, Odell's Brewing and Funkwerks. If you go to Equinox, next door is the homebrew shop, Hops and Berries. That's where I work.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction yields greater?
« on: December 16, 2013, 03:57:43 PM »
Decoctions have always increased my efficiency as well. My normal range is 70-76% depending on the gravity. The double decoction schedule I usually follow for most of my german beers will put me around 82-86% efficiency.

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Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Abbey Malt
« on: November 13, 2013, 05:10:15 PM »
Not at all. I don't think it resembles honey malt. It's rich but not sweet

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Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Abbey Malt
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:50:56 PM »
I brewed 20 gallons of beer using only weyermann's abbey malt. Got around 76% efficiency. Varied attenuation results as I used a few different yeast strains. Really intense munich-style malt character. Somewhere between Weyermann Munich II and Aromatic. I can see how it'd be considered sweet but I didn't get much sweetness.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Phenolic off-flavour issue
« on: November 05, 2013, 10:50:23 PM »
Alright, I was under the impression you wanted help diagnosing it. I suppose a thorough cleaning is in order. Like I said before, the pbw/star san combo has never failed me.

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Ingredients / Re: smoked malt
« on: November 05, 2013, 10:36:42 PM »
The Cherry wood smoked malt from Briess would go well in a porter.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Phenolic off-flavour issue
« on: November 05, 2013, 10:34:09 PM »
Plastic probably isn't your issue. As long as you're using food grade plastic which is what most homebrew shops sell.
Phenolics can come from a few different sources such as fermentation, grains, water source, infection, chlorine etc. What kind of phenolic flavors are you getting? Spicy? Clove? Band-aid? Tannic? That could help narrow it down. My guess, since the beer is an APA and you aren't getting any hop character, is infection. And if you don't notice it prior to kegging, I'm assuming it's happening somewhere in the keg. I would always take apart the posts and dip tubes to clean, sanitize and reassemble between each batch. There are quite a few good cleaners and sanitizers out there. I use PBW to clean and Star San to sanitize. Hope that helps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 13, 2013, 11:10:55 AM »
I was there. Moving a little slow from the friday night session.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 13, 2013, 09:26:56 AM »
Congrats Jeff, I'm Derek. This years bronze pro-am winner. Pretty awesome experience

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my "American Bitter" recipe
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:17:12 PM »
It's Midnight Wheat (about 550 lovibond) probably mostly for color adjustment in this recipe. and yes cara-vienne is a lighter crystal malt. personally i would drop the acidulated malt. the midnight wheat will most likely bring your pH low enough.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Calculating ABV
« on: October 07, 2013, 03:29:43 PM »
you can multiply ABW by 1.25 to get ABV

(1.080-1.020)105*1.25 = 7.875

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Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:15:59 PM »
The author makes a lot assumptions and alters information. A number of these things are used by your local craft breweries (and homebrewers). This person obviously doesn't understand brewing and is just trying to create a controversy.

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Beer Recipes / Re: German Pils - hop and malt questions
« on: June 03, 2013, 10:48:57 AM »
I think the recipe looks fine. Not sure what the AA% on your magnum are but that should get you where you want. The vienna isn't a bad idea, I had a friend use pilsner with a touch of ashburne mild. Turned out great. The mexican lager is also great and is not used often enough. Stick with the hallertau.

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