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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roggenbier!
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:58:33 PM »
I brewed my first roggenbier last month. Used the recipe at AHA. IIRC correctly, it's about 45% rye and it does use a decoction mash. I like the beer and I, too, like a good hefe. It definitely has all the clove, bananna flavors; the rye adds a nice peppery bite. At least, I attribute that to the rye. That much rye was a pain to lauter. The recipe calls for rice hulls and I might up them when I do this again. All in all, I do like this beer.

Rogue makes a roggen that's very good and absolutely nothing like what brewed.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:31:11 PM »
Lots of good info in this thread. I noticed the O/P said he had  5* drop after stirring. I noticed early in my brewing that my first temp readings were terribly inaccurate right at stirring. Now I stir really well, close the lid on my cooler, wait a few minutes for things to stabilize and then adjust if necessary. To Denny's point- calculate and prep the water and then use what you need.

I do stir a couple times during my 60 - 90 minute mashes. I don't get more than 1 - 2 degrees temp drop, so I'm not all that concerned. Seems folks have different opinions on that.

I thought it interesting that he had .75 more gallons of wort than planned on. I didn't do the math, but that'll have an impact, too.

Oh, +1 to brewers friend. I only started using it yesterday, but there's lots of good tools in there. Loved the check lists.

Brewing the Bombay Bomber from Steele's IPA. So far, so good. Sparging now. Put up an American Pale last week and a Vienna the week before. 'twas a good summer so far.
I've not seen bomber here in Michigan. Gotta get out west some day.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:48:07 PM »
Me, myself and I - John Prine

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 01, 2013, 01:07:55 AM »
The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down - The Band

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: advice on dry hopping
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:39:31 PM »
I use pellets. They go in easy enough, sink to the bottom and I siphon with the cane above all the sediment (trub, yeast and hops). Easy enough. If I pull a little trub at the very end, it just doesn't bother me. That typically falls to the bottom of the bottling bucket of keg pretty quick.

Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:27:39 PM »
Great discussion. Good points all the way around. I'm a home brewer. That's it. When some one likes my beer and pays me a compliment, I smile and thank them. I have a ton of respect for anyone with the guts to start their own business. Any business. Would I work in a brewery if I just got to play with the equipment, create recipes and flap my gums about beer all day? Hell, yeah! Who wouldn't? But I'm sure there's a lot more than that...see all the comments above.

So, you guys that have the drive, talent, resources...Thanks! I appreciate the effort and I'll  come by and buy a pint.

Oh, and thanks for the feedback on volunteers. I met a guy who is opening a brewery with tap room and a HBS. I was going to offer to "help." I want him to succeed. He's :30 minutes closer than my current LHBS. Maybe I'll reconsider.

Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 28, 2013, 05:04:23 PM »
Well, she seems to have got this much right "With cheap beer – you are not just getting a cheap buzz, you are getting the worst of the worst." Ok.

After that, it just seems to be a mindless rant. Isinglass has been around how long? It and gelatin are pretty natural ingredients, I would think. The beaver anus doesn't make much sense to me. I remember years and years ago Wendy's fighting off some story that they used earth worms in their burger versus the 100% beef they claimed. Turned out earthworms are incredibly expensive compared to beef; so, it just doesn't make sense. Now, I don't claim to know the going rate for a beaver anus, but I'll bet actual berries are cheaper.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cool trick
« on: July 28, 2013, 12:56:40 AM »
I think it looks great. Never would have thought of that really; jay wouldn't have occurred to me. My stir thing has plastic wings, so they wouldn't pick up the copper...or would they? Might have to try.

Equipment and Software / Re: First brew day on unistrut
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:38:53 PM »
Looks awesome. Good luck with that.

Ingredients / Re: Amber Malt
« on: July 21, 2013, 02:26:29 PM »
Thanks everyone. Good point about the style guidelines and no, I'm not concerned as this is for me and friends. I suppose I'd be more conservative with the recipe if I was brewing for a comp. this will be a stretch for friends, though. The most popular beer in the neighborhood is currently IPAs that are lighter, drier and citrusy. That's what I'd been brewing the last several batches and I wanted something different. Sounds like this'll be different, so hey, success!

Ingredients / Amber Malt
« on: July 20, 2013, 08:51:57 PM »
Have a question about amber malt (Fawcett). Decided to do an APA and wanted something a tad different. Without really thinking about it I grabbed some Amber malt. About 5% of the grain bill. The rest is Briess Pale (85%) and Munich 10L (10%).

So, after I'd already committed to the recipe, it's in the fermenter, I decided to read about Amber malt as I'd never used it. I really can't find much. At 5% I don't think I've crossed into the American Amber category - and the Amber recipes i saw used crystal and some Munich, but no amber. I used the forums search function best I could and at best it seems amber just isn't a popular malt to use.

So, lots of questions. Does any one use amber? What types of beer? Preference over Victory or Biscuit? What % in the grist?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:45:03 PM »
5 pages of absolutely wonderful entertainment. Really, lmao one line after another.

Oh yeah, guess I should have opinion. Put me in the "get me in ball park" if I'm out on the town relaxing. I'd be stricter if I was judging or helping a fellow brewer tackle a problem.

Beer Travel / Re: Germany spoiled me
« on: July 07, 2013, 09:26:21 PM »
Taking a family vacation to Gernany this Christmas. My wife and I met in Germany 20 yrs ago. We were both in the Army, so we got to spend about 4+ years there. This is a chance to take the kids as they're old enough to enjoy and appreciate the trip. Really looking forward to enjoying the beers I first tried way back when. I think I'll appreciate them even more now.

Primary trip is to Berlin with some side trips planned-possibly one to Pilsn; oh my! Any thoughts or suggestions?

The Pub / Things we do for love...
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:59:33 PM »
So, my wife texts and wants me to pick up something called Tequila Rose Cocoa. God only knows what that is. I guess I'll have to find a liquor store outside my normal route, 'cause I ain't ever showing my face after bellying to the register to buy that. Not sure I wanna shop at a place that even sells something like that.

"Yes sir, that Tequila Rose Cocoa looks lovely with your purse."

Man, she goes through child birth twice and you'd think she never let me live that down. SWMBO indeed!

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