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Beer Recipes / Re: Thinking about trying my first Lager....
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:02:49 AM »
I like the idea of the floor malted pils but you don't need any of that other malt. You will find recipes with other grains in them but I think they are unnecessary.

IBUs should be around 35-40.

Needs a lot more hops in the late boil. Should look closer to around an ounce at fifteen or twenty minutes and another ounce at flameout.

Czech pils also needs a soft water. Look at RO water with a small calcium addition if water chemistry is not something you are familiar with.

Good advice.
+1. I think lagers are amazing beers and an under appreciated style. When done right, they are very satisfying. I think you made an excellent choice with your first lager. God speed on this new adventure!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fun senior momentness experiment
« on: July 10, 2016, 03:32:30 PM »
Some of the greatest inventions in history happened by accident, like viagra.  :)

All Things Food / Re: Crock Pot
« on: June 28, 2016, 12:39:11 PM »
I enjoy my crock pot. I love to make soups and stews with it in the winter time.
I also make my own poultry stock (using turkey and chicken bones) and beef stock (using beef marrow bones). Coming home to a home-made chicken noodle soup, or a beef-vegetable soup and a good home brew is heavenly. I like a porter with the beef-vegetable soup and a amber ale with the chicken noodle soup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st brew
« on: June 28, 2016, 12:28:42 PM »
Congratulations on your first batch. True learning begins when you put into practice what you have studied. Please feel free to come back to this forum with your questions. There are a bunch of good guys here eager to help without any condemnation. I love this forum.
Enjoy you time brewing!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Possible Infection?
« on: June 26, 2016, 04:23:30 PM »
Thanks all for your input! I thought it would be fine. But, I wanted to check what you all thought. I love this forum!
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.-Proverbs 11:14

Yeast and Fermentation / Possible Infection?
« on: June 26, 2016, 12:52:26 PM »
So I brewed 1933 Lees' Export recently. The recipe is from Ron Pattinson book, "The Home Brewer's Guide to Vinatge Beer". When I was cooling the wort, I accidentally dropped a piece of ice from the ice bag into it. The temperature of the wort was 120 degrees. Do I have anything to worry about? Thanks in advance for your comments. It is very much appreciated.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First all grain brew day
« on: June 25, 2016, 05:12:04 AM »
Awesome! Enjoy your time brewing.

Equipment and Software / Re: cleaning immersion chiller
« on: June 21, 2016, 08:33:30 AM »
I rinse mine off well after each use and put in boil with 10-15 minutes left on next brew day. Never had an issue.

The Pub / Re: Farewell for now
« on: June 19, 2016, 01:19:49 PM »
God bless and Godspeed.

The Pub / Re: Week 1 done
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:21:49 PM »
God bless and God speed!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers in America
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:23:09 AM »
I am also disappointed. There are so many excellent, satisfying beers that are not loaded up with hops. For example, I think a good German Pilsner is an amazing beer, when done well. But, it will never win any popularity contest.

I recently had that dilemma. I had prostrate cancer and had surgery in April. I didn't have a beer for six weeks. You want your first beer to be fantastic. So, I picked my favorite beer, a Porter I brewed and entered into NHC. His favorite beer is what I would recommend.

Beer Recipes / Re: Barrel Fermented Farmhouse Saison?
« on: June 12, 2016, 10:25:48 AM »
(BTW, my saison is on its way to NHC finals.)

Glad to hear it!  Let us know how it goes.

My saison did not win a medal. In fact, in category 19, the 3 medal winners were saison. I am looking forward to reviewing my score sheet. Congrats to the winners!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Giving up the glass
« on: June 11, 2016, 09:21:52 AM »
Obviously, safety has to be a priority. Which means you do what you are comfortable doing.
I have 2 glass carboys break because I had wet hands. Whenever I handle glass carboy now, I stop, check my hands. I also put the carboy in a large grain bucket. So if it breaks, it is self contained. I haven't had a problem since.
I am constantly urging my fellow club members to slow down, think safety, and constantly review your procedures. Home brewing is a great hobby. But, it not worth getting injured over.

I understand what you are saying.  I probably could have gone slower and I KNOW I should have dried my hands and the carboy before picking it up.  It was definitely a preventable thing for sure.  I was careless and I got lucky.  I actually did consider a new glass one, but decided on the buckets from a cost standpoint as well as just not wanting to be worried about it happening again and not getting so lucky.  Brew is fun, and I have found it relaxing (actually brewing and reading all I can to learn as much as I can), even though it is a lot like cooking which I do for a living.  And you are right, it's not worth winding up in the hospital for.
My best to you. I agree it is enjoyable. Stay encouraged and enjoy!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2016 Final Round scores
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:26:44 PM »
So, I am not there in Baltimore this weekend. If I medal, will I be contacted?

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