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   The discription for the Munich yeast says " Aroma is estery to both palate and nose with typical banana notes."
   The Classic says "Aroma and flavor have balanced fruity esters and spicy phenol notes"
       I am going to brew the Roggenbier.  I think I would prefer spicy phenols to banana. So I'll probably use the Classic.

  I have a pack of each of these and was wondering if anyone has tried them both and what your preferences are?
  I am thinking of brewing up a Dunkleweissen or Roggenbier.

I wasn't sure where to post this.
I know lots of folks use the vacuum sealr bags for hops.
And I thought was a pretty cool alternantive.
Haven't tried it yet.

Are you sure that your hydrometer or refractometer isn't out of whack?
 You also might want to brew the one of the same recipes you did previously that had the higher efficiancy.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain, water concern
« on: August 21, 2016, 08:19:11 PM »
I would just get the cheapest "spring" water you can find, and not worry about it to much. I know water chem. is important but for your first all grain I wouldn't sweat it. I still just used carbon filtered tap water. Maybe a teaspoon of gypsum for hoppy beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dedicated home-brew supply store?
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:13:57 PM »
I'm in South Jersey outside Philly.
There are 5 within roughly 30 miles of my house.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sumertime Ginger Ale from Zymergy Folly
« on: August 02, 2016, 09:06:04 PM »
I brewed the extract version at Big Brew Day.
It turned out well.
I just checked my notes and I never took a FG reading.
But I doubt it was 1.000.
1.010 seems reasonable.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 6 oz of hops
« on: July 31, 2016, 01:26:03 PM »
I brew an APA with about 4oz of hops and consider it hoppy. It's too bad that the extreme has become the standard when it comes to hoppyness. I like IPAs with 12-16oz per 5 gallons just fine, but IPAs with 6-7oz still have their place.
12-16 oz of hops in a 5 gallon batch!
I don't think I ever saw a recipe like that.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer quick disconnect leaking
« on: July 03, 2016, 01:10:33 PM »
Make sure you didn't put that plastic pin thing in upside down.

Other Fermentables / Re: sour cider
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:04:04 PM »
I've tried making cider a few times and they were all too sour for my liking.
That's why I don'y make cider anymore. ;)

San Diego Dark Session Ale
Cleaned the gutters during the mash.
Eating lunch now during the boil.
If I don't like this beer, I think I am going to give up on brewing milds.

That went so well I decided to do a second batch (3 gallons) of pale ale to use up some hops and grains.

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
2.00 lb               Brewers Malt 2-Row (Briess) (1.8 SRM)    Grain         1        57.1 %       
1.00 lb               Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM)                    Grain         2        28.6 %       
0.19 lb               Cararye (80.0 SRM)                       Grain         3        5.4 %         
0.06 lb               Chocolate (Crisp) (630.0 SRM)            Grain         4        1.8 %         
0.25 lb               Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)          Sugar         5        7.1 %         
0.6 oz                Cascade [7.80 %] - Boil 30.0 min         Hop           6        27.1 IBUs     
0.3 oz                Amarillo [9.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min         Hop           7        4.4 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               American West Coast (Lallemand #Bry-97)  Yeast         8        -             

San Diego Dark Session Ale
Cleaned the gutters during the mash.
Eating lunch now during the boil.
If I don't like this beer, I think I am going to give up on brewing milds.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First all grain brew day
« on: June 25, 2016, 12:09:07 PM »
Good luck and have fun.

Beer Recipes / Re: issue with Summertime Ginger Ale for Big Brew 2016
« on: June 12, 2016, 01:06:01 PM »
I did the extract version.
I think it finished at around 1.008?

The Pub / Re: Top Three: Underrated 60s/70s Rock and Blues
« on: June 04, 2016, 12:16:39 PM »
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Roy Buchanan

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