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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:56:35 AM »
Since I'm picking up some 300 lbs of grain this weekend, I guess I better!

lightweight - a real man buys in 500lb increments. ;D :D

What was that other malt you tried in lieu of TF MO?  Halcyon, maybe it was Optic?  How did that turn out.  I was off the forum for a while so I may have missed you talking about it.

I tried Optic a few years back - good, but a little too much sweet candy malt flavor for me, rather than biscuity/toasty.

Halcyon was what I tried out this time.  I did not like Halcyon at first, but I also tried it out on experimental recipes (Citra Pale Ale) rather than my stalwarts.  Turns out I think I just don't like those hops. 

I just made my house IPA with it, and I am really liking it a lot - just as described - sort of in between MO and domestic 2-row.  strangely, it is now more expensive than TFMO at NCM, so I don't know if I will order it again on the next pallet.

1937
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:16:41 AM »
A Maibock or Helles Bock. Which one depends on how the hop schedule affects the beer. 

How so?  I've never heard any such distinction between Helles or Mai-bock? Please explain.

1938
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 24, 2010, 10:01:15 PM »
firing up saturday morning:

12gal of Hersbrucker Pils then 6g of toasted oat witbier.

Is this instead of the Mt. Hood hops combo Pils?  I remember you posted a survey. I really enjoy the flavor German Hersbrucker hops passes on to lagers. Yum!

yeah - I have a little less Crystal than I thought I did, so my decision is kinda made for me.

I use H-B all the time, just never isolated in a pils - we'll see how it turns out!

1939
All Grain Brewing / Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:02:57 AM »
I was really impressed with the aggressive knurl on the rollers.

tom, put about 3-4000lbs of grain through it and they'll wear down, trust me... ;)

definitely check the gap, and if you hit any pebbles in your grind, be sure to check it again.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering Times
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:43:52 AM »
I agree with taste. In addition to that I look at clarity and attenuation. The latter may improve a little during cold conditioning. It also depends if I need the beer on tap or need to make space in the freezer. 4-6 weeks works well for most beers.

Kai

+1

typically light lagers: pils, dort, helles, etc.  2-4 weeks, my recent helles was ready to roll in 10 days, but thats not my usual.
amber/dark lagers: dunkel, maerzen - 4weeks
bocks - 10+



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Ingredients / Re: Best Dry Hop Combo
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:39:56 AM »
CTZ/Simcoe

Citra is too fruity for my tastes and needs more pine, earth and dank sharpness that combo will give you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:38:23 AM »
Since I'm picking up some 300 lbs of grain this weekend, I guess I better!

lightweight - a real man buys in 500lb increments. ;D :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 6/25
« on: June 24, 2010, 08:37:06 AM »
firing up saturday morning:

12gal of Hersbrucker Pils then 6g of toasted oat witbier.

1944
The Pub / Re: Father's Day
« on: June 19, 2010, 08:57:51 AM »
Nice - happy father's day Tom and to all you fathers out there.

1945
The Pub / Re: I want the ole '50's '60's CARS back!!
« on: June 15, 2010, 10:53:24 AM »
I own a very stock 1968 Bronco.  No power anything and three on the tree.  Man is it fun to drive- V8 power and rumble, lookin out over that classic hood with the raised fenders, heads turning.  Driving through the mountains with the top off is so grand. Yeah, it only gets 12-13 MPG but it's just so damn cool.

man, I want to get one of those.

1946
Is this under modified malt and will I need to do decoction mash, or at last step mash to get decent efficiency and break down the starches, protein? Has anyone used the malt?

I have used that type of malt in the past and don't think it is undermodified. The soluble nitrogen ratio given in the analysis has a pretty wide spread.

I don't think you need a decoction mash to get good efficiency. With pils malt I wonder how your mash pH was. Maybe that was your culprit.

Kai

that sounds more like  a crush, pH, or other water issue.  Best Pils is easily one of the best extracting malts out there - usually 81-82% yield, and the break drops like a brick in the kettle, and clears post fermentation in < 1 week at lager temps.

Its definitely highly modified - in fact, it would be rare to find any undermodified malt available these days.

Kai - looking forward to the interview.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Ranco Controller
« on: June 15, 2010, 10:29:16 AM »
I've been using the same dual stage controller for 4 years....(knocking on wood)   ;)

They seem to be pretty hit or miss.  Not sure about repairing them, what is the problem you are experiencing with it?  Also, did you wire it yourself, or did it come wired?

I have 4 of them, 2 of which I've had for ~5 years.  bought them prewired.

sorry to hear your bad luck man. 

the people at ranco seem pretty responsive, and I know of one case where they flat out replaced a friend's unit at no cost, no questions asked.  give their website a try.

1948
Another Pils is coming up and I am trying to use up what I have on hand this summer before I reload in the fall.

Having a bit of a tough time deciding between:

Hersbrucker or

50:50 Crystal/Mt Hood

*this is for the late additions only.

I usually use a mix of either Hallertau or Mt Hood and Tettnanger, but I am low on the two german hops, so I'm looking to 'speriment. 

Magnum for the 60 min addition always.

What's your vote? 


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Equipment and Software / Re: >5 gallons...how do you all do it?
« on: June 11, 2010, 10:20:03 AM »
10-12 gallon batch equipment
Barley Crusher malt mill
70 qt Coleman X-Treme mash tun (batch sparge)
15 gallon aluminum pot (brew kettle) w/ball valve
Two 5 gallon pots for mash water
15 gallon conical (homemade from an Inductor tank)
lots of Kegs & bottles
Basement kitchen all to myself

yep that's pretty much it, though I have a blichmann conical, and we don't have basements here  :'(

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Beer Recipes / Re: My latest IPA
« on: June 10, 2010, 11:14:00 AM »
Whats magnum like as a flavor hop?

I've use Simcoe, Amarillo, Warrior, and Centennial. Its a great IPA... very clean. But the best of 'em (Pliny, dreadnaught, etc) have this great earthy, dank character... Would magnum help with this?

you should try for yourself, but I wouldn't use magnum past 60 min.

that dank, earthy, almost cannabis like aroma is CTZ - I'm not certain that dreadnaught uses it, but pliny definitely does and there is something unmistakable about CTZ hops that is exactly what you describe.

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