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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 25, 2017, 06:55:24 AM »


SMASH IPA for me and the Mrs...

Marris Otter and Chinook....not exactly traditional but oh well


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very nice!  what are your impressions?  I go back and forth on Chinook.

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Events / Re: German American Festival Beer List
« on: August 24, 2017, 02:24:46 PM »
that's quite a list.  is it a one day event?  too many good ones to try.
No, it's Friday through Sunday. I'm going on Saturday and there is no possible way to try them all. Just wondering if any stand out to anyone that I must try.

If I were going I would focus on:

The Augustiner is not the easiest to get and is excellent
I am personally very partial to Weihenstephaner Festbier - its the perfect Festbier IMO
Anything Ayinger
I like Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest a lot, but its so easy to get, just grab a sixer another time.
Hofbrau and Paulaner Ofests
Paulaner Salvator

assuming half liter servings and the likelihood of a repeat or two, and that'd be all I could get to.

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Events / Re: German American Festival Beer List
« on: August 24, 2017, 02:08:45 PM »
that's quite a list.  is it a one day event?  too many good ones to try.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: blichmann thermonator. Didnt help
« on: August 22, 2017, 08:33:47 AM »
yeah, I live in So Fl and that is one of the main reasons I got rid of the Therminator, and went back to a 50' 1/2" coil in the kettle, using hose water until I hit about 90df, and then switched to a sump pump closed loop with a bucket of ice water as the feed (JamilZ's method).

That said, in 2012 I switched to an all electric rig and use 2 Counterflow Chillers back to back - one uses tap water, and the second is a loop of ice water - wort can run out as low as 45 if I want it to

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Beer Recipes / Re: festbier help
« on: August 22, 2017, 07:41:53 AM »
My marzen is going to be kegged this weekend and start lagering, I'm going with the following for fest on my next brew session:

65% Pils
30% Munich I
5% carahell

was thinking of cutting the munich with Vienna 50:50, but still toying with that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "We Might Have Been Wrong About FWH"
« on: August 21, 2017, 10:25:13 AM »
I find it very style dependent - I do FWH for my Helles and pilsners with noble hops, but not so much for my American beers.  I like the "rounder bitterness" I perceive.  It could be totally biased and I have not conducted triangle testing on this, so I appreciate that it is not sensory panel derived, nor lab tested.  Just my 2 cents.

pretty much in the same boat.  article was interesting, but I like the recipes I use FWH for (a few german lagers, really) and I'm not interesting in changing them, based on some finding, as I like the results I get. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question About Chilling
« on: August 21, 2017, 09:01:07 AM »
I live near Atlanta and during the summer it's impossible to get wort cool enough using just tap. Bought a small submersible pump from harbor freight for about 20 bucks and put some qd's on my immersion chiller hoses. Put the pump in a cooler drop a bag of ice in and I'm down to pitching temps pdq.

this is the way to go in the south; been doing this for years. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:24:51 PM »
Perfect beer for a sticky day! Thanks, Paul.

I'm in the middle of taking a week off beer to give the body a break;  I should NOT be looking at the forum, much less this thread.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:21:38 PM »
Dayum that looks good Jon


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Beer Recipes / Re: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:47:38 AM »
where is everyone buying sinamar these days?  my normal sites say it is discontinued, not to mention that they only sold 1oz when they did sell it, which I think would be awful small for the 10gal batches I do.

bryan - your normal hockhurz mash?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have to have this....
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:19:50 AM »
I want one too;  have it bookmarked.

but then again, I rarely desire to check pH these days - sort of have everything dialed in with brunwater.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:03:27 AM »
Kolsch up on deck for Tuesday.

91% Barke Pils, 5% German Wheat, 4% Carahell. 25 IBU's Magnum, Hallertaur additions. WY 2565.

Been really enjoying getting fresh packets of yeast and making vitality starters  (500mL or so) with them using the remainder of runoff from my mash tun (boiled, cooled). So easy, and pitching active yeast into my cooled batches gets them to work right away with active fermentation in well under 6-8 hrs.
Are you storing those starters and getting them going a day ahead or are you using leftover from the same days batch?

just fyi, but I do something similar.  sort of like drauflassen, but not really.

I 'wake up' the decanted yeast starter with 2-4L of the actual batch's wort while I am waiting on the cold break to settle:

while running off the cooled wort into the fermenter, i'll pause and run some into the Erlenmeyer flask containing my decanted yeast, shake the hell out of it and then put it in with the fermenter (at ferm temps of course).  once that hits high krausen (2-4 hrs), I'll dump my settled cold break, pitch the flask and oxygenate.

this works very very well for me - been doing this consistently the past dozen or so batches;  Saturday's Oktoberfest was bubbling within 8 hours of pitching.  YMMV

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: August 05, 2017, 02:06:00 PM »
Brewing a Boston Lager like beer. 91% Pils, 9% C60, 30 IBU Magnum, Mittelfreuh and Tettnang at flameout and dry hops, and M76 yeast slurry. 1050 OG.

Interested in hearing how that turns out


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: August 05, 2017, 02:05:22 PM »
Das-a-Fest, my '17 marzen went into the fermenter a few hours ago.  Perfect brew day.


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest
« on: August 04, 2017, 03:33:47 PM »
Who cares, it's an excellent, very drinkable beer. I'll be buying another 12 soon.


Agreed.  i think this is the best of the 3 they have put out so far.  excellent beer.

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