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All Grain Brewing / Re: DI Water
« on: Today at 02:55:41 PM »
What's DI water?

deionized

I'm waiting to see a response from a water expert on this thread though - I've never of this resin beads issue - I know a few pro breweries locally that use DI since its less waste (I think) than an RO system.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Amber Lager Recipe Help
« on: Today at 11:11:39 AM »
I brewed this in November.  It came out awesome.

Polotmavé Speciální (Czech festbier)

10 gallons, 1.057 OG, 28 IBUs

11 lbs. Avangard Pilsner
9 lbs. Durst Turbo Vienna
7 lbs. Avangard Munich
10 oz. Weyermann Caravienne
6 oz. Weyermann CaraRed
5 oz. Weyerman CaraFa III

Mash 60 min at 148, add boiling water to 158°F for 15 min

Batch sparge to collect 14 gallons of wort

1 oz. Perle 90 min
1 oz. Spalt 90 min
0.9 oz. Hallertauer Mittelfrueh 30 min
1 oz. Spalt 10 min
1.4 oz. Saaz 5 min

looks very nice chumley - what yeast did you use though?

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In all seriousness, make as much of this beer as you can.  We made one on our 14-gallon system in 2014,

+1 - I made a 10gal batch of my RIS in 2008 and was crushed in 2012 when it was all gone.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Minimizing Oxidation During Dry Hopping
« on: February 09, 2016, 11:32:04 AM »
Dry hop #2 is done in a CO2 purged dry hopping keg.  I use a double screen over the dip tube.  I fill keg with star san, push it out with CO2.  Open lid, add dry hops to keg (free, not bagged).  Rack from fermenter onto hops.  Purge head space with CO2 again.  Let it sit for 2-3 days and then jump it from the dry hop keg to a serving keg.  Leaves all the hop material behind.  This is the strategy I use for the dry hop keg - it takes a time or two to get a process down, but once you do, it works great: http://www.bear-flavored.com/2014/09/how-i-dry-hop-my-ipas-with-no-oxygen.html

I do this as well, although I use a surescreen which works fine.

I go back and forth of whether to purge again after adding the dry hops to the sanitized then purged keg and rack the beer on top, or just add the hops to the keg after racking.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 08, 2016, 04:25:55 PM »
Yeah 1.112 RIS

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 08, 2016, 03:13:50 PM »
That's a serious stout Blatz, how long do you age it? 

probably won't start drinking it in earnest until about this time next year to be honest.  The last time I made this in 2008 (albeit smaller that time ~1.102) it really hit its stride about 2-3 years in - I won 4 medals with that one including a BOS and a Runner Up BOS a year apart.

Am going to keg 5 gal regular and the rest into two 3 gal kegs, plan on treating one or both of them.  One will get mission figs and espresso beans - sort of a "Roman" Imperial Stout  ::)

Sounds killer. The figs is a great idea.

pulled a sample of this from one of the kegs that is currently aging at room temp, carbed/chilled and had Saturday night.  even at this young age, it is incredible - the figs add such a depth of rich dark dried fruit and sweetness (in a good way), while not overpowering the massive stout base.  the espresso roast is there but not quite as prominent as I would prefer - might add some more beans.  great complements to an already great base RIS.  rich, velvety, smooth.  one of the top 10, if not 5 beers I've made - and it may advance up the scale as it ages - who knows?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 06, 2016, 11:43:15 AM »
Nice wort!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alaskan Hop Turn
« on: February 05, 2016, 08:06:06 AM »
Is Sterling not American? Maybe I am confused...

no it was me who was - hence why I asked - I knew that magnum is both german and us grown but I'm not too familiar with sterling.

yeah, my local makes an all german pale ale - mitt and tett are the finishing hops and its just, well, odd.
Got ya. I guess they realized it wasn't the best idea to do an IPA with traditional German or noble hops. I use sterling in a pale lager and it is quite nice. This beer makes me want to try it in something a little more hoppy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:35:30 AM »
yeah - I used a lot more in that marzen I pictured above - i'll have to check how much but I think it was pretty close to what you posted above. .

I just worry with maibock/golden bock of maintaining the dry finish. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:30:24 AM »
I'm dry hopping after gelatin lately, so the hop character only gets better from here.

warming back up or keeping cold during DH?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alaskan Hop Turn
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:27:03 AM »
Is Sterling not American? Maybe I am confused...

no it was me who was - hence why I asked - I knew that magnum is both german and us grown but I'm not too familiar with sterling.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for ideas on a new garage setup
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:17:53 AM »

I'm going to have to work on getting a collection of ribbons to add to mine. :P

Gitcha one of these :


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Hop Slam 2016
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:15:44 AM »
I agree.  Almost identical feelings and path of experience with it as fmader , but now I don't even buy it - in the past 4-5 years it's  been a let down with its overly syrupy malt body and the hop aromatics have only been there for me in the freshest of fresh examples.  When I want an American barleywine, I'll pick up a 4pk of either Bigfoot or Old Ruffian for the same price that my local store charges for a single 12oz bottle of HS

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 05, 2016, 07:11:35 AM »


Just picked up some carahell for a maibock. I'll give it a run on Sunday.


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8-9% is nice. Doing one also this weekend.


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Wow I was thinking 5% tops - will have to rethink that I guess - you have a lot more experience with it than I.

I did really well with a golden bock modeled after Glissade a few years ago.  I think I will have to resurrect that with German Lager X.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alaskan Hop Turn
« on: February 04, 2016, 06:30:45 PM »
Which hop is American?

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