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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old Style Bavarian Lager
« on: August 04, 2010, 05:30:56 AM »
Marzen/Oktoberfest are the same with slight variations?

Vienna: creamy and smooth, with slightly less ABV than Marzen?

Charles


marzen/oktoberfest are interchangeable monikers for the most part.  some brewers make a 'festbier' which is a bit stronger, but that is rare to see today.

vienna and marzen are very, very close. vienna is usually a little smaller OG than marzen, and is usually most of all vienna malt (duh) whereas marzen is often some mix of vienna, munich and/or pils.

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Pimp My System / Re: Building the Ultimate Brewhouse?
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:40:29 PM »
Has anybody thought about some kind of trash shoot/compost bin/giant trash can?  All of that grain has to go somewhere. 

another good idea, but I'm gonna have to bucket the spent grains to the compost pile out on the other end of  the yard  :(

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Pimp My System / Re: Building the Ultimate Brewhouse?
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:16:02 PM »

but seriously...a small wet bar with a kegerator is a plus.

true, but the main 'house bar' including 5-6 taps will be a mere 60 air conditioned feet away from the brewhouse, so its not necessity, but its a consideration.

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Pimp My System / Re: Building the Ultimate Brewhouse?
« on: August 03, 2010, 04:50:37 PM »
Wifi and a water proof keyboard, nice sound system. If money were no object a dishwasher...

haha  - a dishwasher might be pushing it.  wifi will be all over the house, so no issue there - will just keep the laptop away from any water sources (or 'sampling' friends).  but speakers in the brewhouse is one thing I'd forgot, good idea!

BTW, a nice alley for cornhole will be right outside the door.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2010 Longshot finalists
« on: August 03, 2010, 03:08:49 PM »
How does an Imperial IPA make it to finals of Cat 23??????????????????

I swear if something with peppers wins I'll lose it.

isn't that you?

Me
Peppers?

Yeah, and Denny is brewing a fruited Hefe this weekend

no, Jeff Fuller: Imp Black IPA?

I'd be happy with top 9 - then you have the pride of making the top ten without the disappointment of SA not making the production beer anything like what you submitted  ;)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2010 Longshot finalists
« on: August 03, 2010, 03:02:26 PM »
How does an Imperial IPA make it to finals of Cat 23??????????????????

I swear if something with peppers wins I'll lose it.

isn't that you?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old Style Bavarian Lager
« on: August 03, 2010, 10:55:15 AM »
Looking through the BJCP Style Guideline, is Marzen/Oktoberfest a Traditional Bock or Dark Lager?

it's European amber lager 3b

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old Style Bavarian Lager
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:00:24 AM »
I called and asked them, they replied that it is an Amber Lager.

I'm confused, the beer is bread like filling, smooth and clear, copper in color and strong.

Maybe I should try to brew a Bock.

Charles


amber lager says vienna/marzen/oktoberfest to me.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest!
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:59:05 AM »
What are our thoughts on using caramel malts in festbiers?  I haven't personally used them in my Oktoberfest recipes, but I've tasted plenty of examples (mostly American) that have a caramel presence (Left Hand's comes to mind).

I stay away from them - while I do enjoy it occasionally, Sam Adams Fest can really become too caramelly and sweet for me, and I guess I assume thats the use of crystal malts.  That said, Left Hand Fest which you mention is usually one of my favorites, though last year was a bit disappointing.

I did use a very small amount of Carabrown this year, which I believe isn't a caramel malt at all  ;)


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its a good idea IMO for insurance - uncarbed bottles are a PITA. 

you could use something neutral like US-05 or Notty if you like, or the best is if you recently made something with that same yeast strain as the saison and you could put ~TBL of the yeast slurry in the bottling bucket.

only need about 1/2 a packet of US-05/Notty if you go that route.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wheat Beer Maturity
« on: July 30, 2010, 09:07:33 AM »
yeah - that's pretty much normal. 

its silly to secondary a wheat beer though  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:50:23 AM »
um, fred, they do make bigger coolers  ;)


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Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest!
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:49:45 AM »
I'm always saddened when I hear that someone hasn't seen that movie. 

ok, seriously, what movie??

Blazing Saddles.

oh, yeah - its been a long, long time since I saw that.  doh!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest!
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:40:39 AM »
I'm always saddened when I hear that someone hasn't seen that movie. 

ok, seriously, what movie??

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:19:36 AM »
welcome to the Dark side...

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