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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How fast is too fast to move to all grain?
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:42:43 PM »
Go see someone do it end-to-end before doing it yourself, though.  A lot of what you do is visual, so you need to know what "looks right."

While that's undoubtedly the best way to do it, that's not the way I did it.  I'd never seen anyone do AG before I started.  I just read a lot of books and the usenet group rec.crafts.brewing and jumped in.  Once I was done, it was kind if like "wow, is that all?".  The point being that if you can't brew with someone else to learn, don't let it stop you.

nowadays its very easy to find a solid youtube video (think Kai) series that can show you the steps in case you don't have a friend to show you the ropes.

FWIW, I would have gone all grain my first batch as well, but I had a brew partner who insisted we do extract first.  He lasted 3 batches before his ADHD took him elsewhere.  He loves coming to drink my beer though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/3 Edition
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:37:38 PM »
back to back 12gal batches on Saturday morning - DC Rye IPA and House IPA.

Yes, that's right Denny, Rye IPA - figure its time to give it a whirl again after about ~4 years.

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The Pub / Re: Give us your Chuck Norris jokes
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:03:33 PM »
Chuck Norris chills hot wort just by staring at it.

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The Pub / Re: Give us your Chuck Norris jokes
« on: September 02, 2010, 12:34:56 PM »
www.chucknorrisfacts.com


Also, go to google, typre in "Chuck Norris", and the click "Feeling Lucky".

damn - you beat me to it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest
« on: September 01, 2010, 09:38:21 PM »
I think an all munich oktoberfest is going to be more dunkel or even small bock than fest.

high proportions of Vienna make fest more distinct, IMO, and nummy - that toasty malt goodness is the signature flavor of a fest bier to me.



More dunkel in color or in flavor??

75% munich, 21% vienna, 4% CaraMunich gives 13 SRM. 7% CaraMunich gives 15 SRM. Fest is 7-14

I meant both in flavor and color, but I also thought you meant 100% munich.  what you have looks fine. 

13 is too dark for my liking for this style, but that's a personal preference.

Good luck - post back with your results.

Cheers!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:18:29 PM »
I think an all munich oktoberfest is going to be more dunkel or even small bock than fest.

high proportions of Vienna make fest more distinct, IMO, and nummy - that toasty malt goodness is the signature flavor of a fest bier to me.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Munich Helles fermentation temp?
« on: September 01, 2010, 06:35:12 AM »
47-48df is what I've been doing for all my light lagers, ramping up at the end to finsh out.

Good info Tom.  Thanks.

I'd like to read that study.  

I am curious to find how many I can get without any noticeable degredation of beer quality.

don't forget you can branch out each generation quite a bit and keep that yeast going for a long time - I usually save the slurry I don't repitch from Gen 1 and both Gen 2s (assuming I split Gen 1 in half) which gives me a lot to work with.   in fact, I never even use all of it - wind up dumping some.

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Ingredients / Re: Zymurgy Cover Red Ale/ Specialty Grains
« on: August 31, 2010, 01:16:18 PM »
I've used an ounce of chocolate malt or darker in a 5 gallon batch to get this color. Go light, because you usually don't want the flavor.


1-2oz of dehusked carafa II or III works best, IMO - less chance of getting the harsher bite than chocolate too.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Oktoberfest
« on: August 31, 2010, 12:48:49 PM »
Had a Sam Oktoberfest on draft today... not good at all.  I used to think it was a decent (if American tasting) beer,  but this one didn't even taste fresh.  I'd blame the bar but I doubt it's even been out for more than a week or so.

rather funny - I think this year's SA O-fest is the best I've ever had of theirs, and one of the best Fests of the season so far (though I haven't picked up any German versions yet). Better than Shiner, Harpoon, Flying Dog and Left Hand, though I like Left Hand as well.

I bought a 12 pack and will definitely buy more.

Maerzen is my second favorite style, too. go figure  ???

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should the AHA Keep TechTalk?
« on: August 26, 2010, 01:55:27 PM »
I have to click on each board name to see what messages have arrived since I last checked.

not true - use the "unread" button in the upper right hand corner.

oh and welcome to the forum - stay a while - it might grow on ya  ;)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Removing Dry Hops From a Keg
« on: August 24, 2010, 02:18:01 PM »
I had problems at times with fishing line and floss

I'm tellin ya - teflon tape works better than anything  ;)

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The Pub / Re: In case you wonder what happened to me
« on: August 24, 2010, 02:16:21 PM »
I was hoping you were going to stay away another month or so until I caught you in the all important post count  ;D ;)

good to see you back and glad to hear you adopted a dog.

I'm thinking I might open that doppel in a few weeks!

Cheers!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Irish Moss with a Conical Fermenter
« on: August 24, 2010, 05:46:22 AM »
I'm starting out again, I think I prefer glass carboys, what do you all think?  I just feel that there's a lot more cleanliness in using glass.

better bottles are pretty good as well - I have a bunch of them (though they only get used maybe twice a year) - advantages of a carboy shape and without the disadvantages of glass.

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: August 24, 2010, 05:42:21 AM »
thoughts and prayers your way, jeff.  get better soon.

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The Pub / Re: Only 79 Liters Per Person?
« on: August 21, 2010, 01:03:03 PM »
I saw that too - We're both doing our fair share!

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