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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using Munich Malt
« on: December 13, 2010, 06:05:06 PM »
I used the FB light Munich this year and didn't care much about the flavor when used as 100% of the grist. I thought it was way too toasty. It aged out after a while but I never really liked these beers as much as I liked others. But I can't compare with a 100% Weyermann Munich I or BM light Munich beer.

Kai

ok I will have to give the BM light munich a try. looks like they also have a 10-12L dark munich, do you have any experience with it?

ummm...check the first page of this thread  ;)

FWIW, I am huge Best Malz fan and typically prefer that over anything else, but I think Weyermann takes the cake on Dark Munich.  More research is needed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kai in Popular Mechanics!
« on: December 10, 2010, 12:58:29 PM »
Although we're are going to use a single infusion at 156F.
I was going to decoct but changed my mind.

Ron - that's pretty high on that temp given the grist, OG and yeast, no?

I just did a 50/50 munich I/II bock with 3% caramunich III, mashed at 152, 1.066 OG  and got 76% AA (and this is with super yeast - 4th pitch).

carbed up what didn't fit in the kegs in a 2L bottle and the body is spot on.

Just a data point to consider if you go the single infusion route with these lower DP munich malts.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What's the record?
« on: December 10, 2010, 08:55:51 AM »
so long as the short lag time isn't the result of pitching too warm or wayy overpitching (like a 1.060 beer on an entire yeast cake) yes, it is encouraging!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Banana Taste
« on: December 09, 2010, 03:32:25 PM »
yep - english ale yeast at too cold of temps.

this shows up for a lot of people using WL002/WY1968.

it will fade, but it will not go away, based on the couple of times I had that happen.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kai in Popular Mechanics!
« on: December 09, 2010, 02:22:02 PM »
way to go Kai!

I've tasted that beer, and it is easily one of the best doppelbocks I have had.

Prost!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: About being fresh.....
« on: December 09, 2010, 02:17:46 PM »
Home Depot sells buckets and gasketed lids. I believe for less than 3-4 bucks total. Two will hold a 50/55 lb sack of grain. As long as you keep the grain dry, it lasts a long time. Although I can't really say I've gone past maybe 6 months since I go through them pretty quickly.

or make friends with the bakery dept at your grocery store - most of the ones here ship icing in 5gal food grade buckets with gaskets and _throw_them_away afterward. 

my buddy's girlfriend is a baker and she brought me a few a week until I had more than I needed.

just a thought.

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I really like it in Brooklyn's Saison.  That's what I was thinking about.  A blend of a beer like that with the key lime mead sounds nice.

I think I've seen you and a few others mention that one, so perhaps I will seek it out - I remember when that hop hit the homebrewer venues and I tried a lot of beers heavy with SA and I didn't care for them, maybe the saison expresses it in the right light (as opposed to Sapporo  ;D ).  

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Never really made mead before.  Would you ever dry hop with something like Sarachi?

you would not use hops in straight mead - honey's expensive why cover it up!  ;D

but you would in a braggot (which is mead/beer hybrid) which is what jeffy was talking about.

I personally would never use Sorachi Ace in anything, but that's personal taste.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Could this be all the yeast I have??
« on: December 09, 2010, 10:06:40 AM »
Hard to tell for sure from the photo, but it looks to me like quite a bit of yeast still in suspension above the trub/yeast layer at the bottom of the flask.

yeah - it was still crashing at the time I took the pic.

however, I had NO problems with the pitch - I pitched a sloppy 2/3rds of it - activity in 4-5 hours and it appeared to finish in about a week, though I haven't taken a reading to be sure - not really worried - it ain't getting kegged for a couple more weeks anyhow.

thanks.

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I also enjoy the Sierra Nevada Merry Christmas Ale (or whatever they call it) that comes in magnums.  I have a small collection of magnums that I will be using for some of my own Christmas Ale.

I think you mean Anchor Brewing?

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+1 Actually, it's the only holiday beer I look forward to...

agreed - its probably single most purchased commercial beer for me for the whole year in terms of quantity.   I've bought 1.5 cases so far, and I might buy some more  :o

I do look forward to Avery Old Jubilation though. 

Never tried Santa's Reserve - maybe i'll grab a 22ozer.

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try rimming those glasses with caramel - I don't like it, but my wife goes ga-ga over it.

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I'll be making a key lime melomel

nice - jeffy, I'm making Joe P's Mojito Mead (tho I may just call it a lime mead dependent on the level of mint) over Christmas break - would love to try yours when its ready.

no brewing this weekend - not till Christmas eve  :(

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help a veteran
« on: December 08, 2010, 03:18:10 PM »
I need some more.

ahem, third person...

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