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Equipment and Software / Re: A better feeler gauge
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:18:09 PM »
That is a great idea Steve!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:45:02 PM »
I don't think it's a clone unless it says clone. The rest just think they are clones. Psy clones


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 01, 2013, 06:16:21 PM »
Never cloned any sheep, but I did find some rubber boots on sale on Black Friday!   ;)

Now we're talkin'!!! :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:21:14 PM »
I will be repeating myself here but......  Everything you brew using and following a recipe is a clone.  It never turns out the same.  It turns out as a reasonable facsimile (clone).  Maybe brewing in a lab and having precise control of everything you could "copy" a brew.  Hops get older or are a different crop. Grains change with age and or you use new crops. Then there is the water.  Yeast cell counts in starters?  I could go on but I think that gets the thought out.  The only time it's not cloning is if you just decide to make something up and brew it for the first time.

It's the same for cooking.  Baking is more precise but still has factors that are clone-ish like temperature, humidity, etc.......

Now, if your cloning sheep like punatic.  I believe that is a different definition of "clone".

Okay, Now I want to apologize for the rant.  I had to get that out of my head.  Lets brew!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:01:10 PM »
Funny punatic!  Very funny.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:00:01 PM »
Define what your meaning of cloning is.  Is it coming up with a clone from scratch or brewing one that has been tried and true?

I am all about and do make beers that I call my own.  But I do enjoy some West Coast IPA from Green Flash and Stones Enjoy By is another favorite of mine.  There are some tried and true recipes and techniques that let you brew these.  So this "cloning" then gives me not only some truly awesome beers but also insight to how these brewers came up with them.  Are they the same?  I'm not sure.  They are pretty close.  I don't expect an exact copy though.  It's more like brewing in the style of these beers is what I'm after.  Then I try to incorporate (or not) what I learn from brewing them into my own beers.....

Every recipe is a clone unless you just made it up!

The Pub / Re: Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:58:45 AM »
Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to all!

What a great group of guys and gals to share this cyber wish with! 

Now go forth and cook, quaff, eat, quaff, cheer, quaff, quaff, quaff........

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:51:57 AM »
I share freely with my guests and expect nothing in return. When I go to their house I bring enough homebrew to share. When I attend a party I'm the guy who shows up with a keg or two. When my club has an event they can always count on me to bring a keg. I don't keep score and never expect anything in return. I brew often and always have a steady supply so I share what I can. Homebrewers are kind, generous, and cool.


I live by the "Give more than you take" philosophy...  I have plenty of homebrew to share.  If not, or I am too far from home to bring some, I'll stop, support a local brewer, and pick up a few growler's to share.  I've even started bottling again just to have a supply to travel with.  The best part is when a newbie may for their very first time have that "Ahhhhhhhhhh" moment while having quaff or or two.  Then I have the satisfaction of helping to create another craft beer junkie!

Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:38:47 AM »
SAAWEEET!  Nicely done!

All Grain Brewing / Re: TDS and Water Hardness
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:10:46 PM »
Two atoms were sitting in a bar, talking over a beer.  One atom says to the other, "How's it going?"
The other atom replies, "Not so good, I'm afraid."
"Oh yeah, what seems to be the problem?"
"I lost an electron the other day."
"Oh man, that's not good at all!  Are you sure?"
"Yep, I'm positive."


The Pub / Re: A great beer story
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:06:53 PM »
Thanks for posting this thirsty!  A great tale!

Ingredients / Re: Red IPA?
« on: November 24, 2013, 05:36:08 AM »
Carafa III Special

This roasted malt is dehusked.  It is very similar to a debittered black malt. No ASS-hy taste....

Kegging a Chocolate Coffee Stout this evening. 

Brewing an Enjoy By IPA clone tomorrow.

Racking 55 or so gallons of Belgian Golden Strong into an Apple Brandy barrel on Sunday.  Five brewers are involved with this project.  The barrel is being stored in our LHBS warehouse.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing High, possible issues?
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:08:56 PM »
I mash in a cooler as well.  With a grain temperature of 72-75 I add my strike water and let it cool and mash in when the water is 9-10 degrees from what I'm striving for.  The results have been very consistent.  My typical mash is 14 to 18 lbs of grain with about 1.35 quarts of water per pound.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water profile and IPAs
« on: November 17, 2013, 05:56:26 PM »
Honestly that's where RO water comes in for me. Indy water is not great for brewing most beers. RO is a nearly mineral-free base to build on. I use 100% RO, so I go to the "Water Input Tab" (#3) and look for the dilution percentage drop=-down. Set it to 100%. Then from there you can use the pale ale profile to find your target mineral levels.


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