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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lemonade in beer
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:51:08 AM »
I've never used lemon-ade. I did use real lemons in a wheat beer a long time ago; looking for a summer thirst qiuncher. I went way over board on the lemons and it was sour. It mellowed out after a time and was drinkable, but man did the lemons come through.

Having said all that, I was watching a Leiny commercial last nght and they say they use lemon-ade in their Summer Shandy. I have no idea how much they use and I haven't tried their Shandy, but it appears to be a ommercially viable way to get lemon into beer.

Good luck. I, for one, would be interested to know how 1 gal into 4 gal works.

This has been a great thread for me to read through. I've been brewing for quite awhile, but only recently joined a club. Recently had the opportunity to help judge. I made sure I was paired with someone experienced and learned a lot. It's still very new to me and really, during the judging event I just didn't always know what to say that might add value value to the process. Reading all these various opinions about what helps and doesn't help the brewer/entrant puts things in perspective.

How do folks typically feel about comments regarding the brewing process (making comments on the score sheets?). I may not know specifically how a beer was brewed, but there are generally accepted ideas regarding late hop additions impact on hop aroma/flavor for IPA's, fer example...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 20, 2013, 02:00:42 PM »
I brewed in the kitchen without a chiller for 3 or 4 years. My wife said it stunk up the place, but over time came to appreciate it all. Now she actually likes it. Don't worry about all the stuff you haven bought yet or may never buy actually. Do you have a book. Papazian's Joy of Home brewing is great starter book because its such a relaxed read- in my opinion.

Thanks. I find myself looking for your water related articles quite often these days. I've just begun paying attention to my water. I downloaded Bru'n water and am looking forard to getting my water report back. Sometimes I get a bit twisted in my thinking in regards to the chemistry, but the more I read, and the more often I read, the more it seems to make sense. I'll post my water report on that other water thread in the forum and look forward to peoples' thoughts.

Thanks for all the help.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A few ideas for better beer.
« on: April 13, 2013, 11:39:23 AM »
You mean check my assumptions with quantifiable data? I don't know...but you may be on to something

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A few ideas for better beer.
« on: April 13, 2013, 07:24:01 AM »
I've generally used my basement for ales. I'm in Michigan and my basement stays at a pretty consistent 65-66. I know that's ambient, so true ferm temp is probably higher, but I just don't see a glass carboy holding heat. I used a fridge for my lagers until it finally gave out. It's been two years and I really want to do another lager. SWMBO recently gave me the green light to actually buy a new fridge; hopefully more reliable than than the used ones over the years.

Next is water for me. I'm on a well and I know the water is hard. I think better understanding my water will make the next biggest difference. I think the next big step is my very recent joining a local homebrew club. I need more objective feedback than friends and family.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 13, 2013, 06:48:40 AM »
You had to go there, did you? That was pretty damn funny, though

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 12, 2013, 09:31:45 AM »
Fascinating discussion. To Kilt or not to kilt...well, summers coming (I think, man it's cold :o) and we'll see if the utilikilt makes it's way into my ward drobe.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founder's Dry-Hopped Pale Ale
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:23:13 AM »
I live here in Grand rapids, so Founders is a stone's throw from my house...Ok, two stone throws. Anyway, Getting fresh beer is obviously not a challenge and just about every body has Founders (and Bell's) on tap. I think you'll appreciate the beer a great deal if you can get it fresh.

Good luck,

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 10, 2013, 09:16:43 AM »
OK, I was completely unaware of the Utiliklit...Thanks Amazon! My wife may be ashamed and the neighbors may complain, but wow!, there may be one of those in my future.

Although I do have to agree that I, too typically wear pants when brewing...

Congratulations, guys.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Wort Hopping question
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:54:55 AM »
Thanks for the article. I've been experimenting with my last couple batches with loads of hops and adding them late. There's the Q&A session on this forum with Steele and there's his book "IPA." The article you linked seems to go along the same lines; though I only scanned it today and will read later. The boss hates it when I'm reading beer articles during work

Thanks again,

You may be right about people drinking bad beer. I hope you're wrong, but time will tell. I think, based on absolutely nothing quantifiable, that we'll "thin the heard" and eventually the bubble will burst. Hopefully, the best will manage to hang in there.

These guys are going to get their feedback - one way or another. Might as well be with some one they can have a conversation with versus an empty bar room when customers stop showing up. I'd agree that off to the side is probably more polite and tactful than in front of a group. Starting up a new brewery -  Man, it's a ton of cash and risk. I'd like to think they'd be interested in all the feedback they can get; and they'll have to be tough skinned anyway to survive in a consumer driven market with so much competition.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash-in
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:09:48 AM »
Back when I first started AG I added water to grain. Now I add grain to water. I stir well with a paddle and dough balls have never been an issue. I'll agree with several others and say I'cve been more consistent hitting my strike temps; at least I've had better luck. I can't imagine it makes any difference to the mash - what ever you're comfortable with.

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