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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Confessions of a Yeast Abuser
« on: April 06, 2016, 04:29:35 PM »
I abust yeast regularly and love my results. It's the only thing that I pretty much ignore advice on for the types of beers I brew. Very surprised that my lager yeast abuse has created such fine beers IMHO...
I fear I qualify as a yeast abuser do to abandoned stirplates, and pitching entire 1L starters, even to "It" beers.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing a Lager for the first time
« on: April 06, 2016, 04:15:38 PM »
I prefer to chill to the temp I need and be done with it. And personally id rather overshoot and pitch at 45F with my controller set at 50F than undershoot and pitch at 55 with the controler set at 50.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 06, 2016, 03:43:10 PM »
My LHBS is Keller's in The Dalles, Oregon, (~16000 pop) and has 1 employee (the owner). A random guess is about $900 for rent, and maybe $300 for utilities etc. He probably does his own books. He drives to Portland about every other week for a supply run on heavy items, glass/grain. If we figured $1500 overhead...?

I buy 55lb sacks of Simpsons GP and Best Pils for under $70 if memory serves. Hops vary from $16-24 per pound. Yeast is $7. So on just ingredients it seems like he would need a pretty good pile of regular customers. A ball park estimate, I probably spend around $100 a month there. Sometimes nothing, sometimes its $500 to get out of the door.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 06, 2016, 02:30:04 PM »
It would be interesting to see a breakdown. Ingredients for a 5 gallon batch (gross income to the store) and how many you would need to sell per month to break even. I'm not bored enough to do the math but I have a feeling that for most small town owner operated LHBSs its just a hobby that almost pays for itself, and the exit plan is to pocket a little when its time to sell out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 06, 2016, 12:31:12 AM »
They say Weissbier is fluffy. Do they mean caty?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Missing American Blonde
« on: April 05, 2016, 08:27:28 PM »
Seems like blonde used to be something for the BMC crowd at the local micro tap room. Lately they seem to be 5% light colored pale ales. Occasionally with something like honey to set them apart from the guy down the street.

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My Session IPA (juicied with CTZ Amarillo and Eldorado) kicked last night. I'm waiting patiently for my Blatimore Stout to finish so no brewing this weekend. I have two more packs of 2352 to use up, so I've got Helles and Dunkel on the list next.

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Dumped two batches of sour beer last weekend.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 04, 2016, 09:09:41 PM »
I want to brew a beer with a juicy aroma, creamy appearance, watery flavor, and earthy mouth feel.

Not literally

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Good article. I proved to myself recently that a step mash gains me nothing compared to single infusion. For me on my system for my needs, single infusion all the way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 03, 2016, 02:07:01 PM »
Is juicy more or less appropriate as a descriptor of beer than the word dry?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:42:08 PM »
Rager is actually pretty easy to memorize:

if you can memorize the number 7462 and 50:


IBUs for 1 hop addition

IBUs = (OUNCES OF HOPS) * %UTILIZATION * %ALPHA * 7462
           -------------------------------------------------
                 VOLUME(gallons) * (1 + GA)

if wort OG is <= 1.050 then GA = 0
otherwise:
GA = (BOIL_GRAVITY - 1.050)
     ----------------------
             0.2


Then, for the utilization constant, just assume 30% at 60 mins, 10% at 15, and 0% at 0.

See, it really is not that hard and it will get you full points because its close enough.
By boil gravity do you mean pre-boil or post boil? I am going with 5 gallons and calculating as though everything is 1.050... just to keep my head from exploding. I figure that if HBUs are sufficient... this ought to work.

Another interesting thing I found by playing with my strike temp app. If you stick with 1.5 qts per lb, and room temp grain (68f), then a strike temp of 10F over target is pretty accurate.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:51:59 PM »
Mine is kind of an American Stout. It was fun to go back in time

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 02, 2016, 04:37:01 PM »
Joe Sr, yours is on the way. I'll PM a tracking number. Hopefully UPS doesn't play soccer with it LOL

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: April 02, 2016, 01:56:28 PM »
That's a pretty light response to earn 35% of the exam. Think:
My recipe meets aroma because...
My recipe meets appearance because...
etc

If you're contemplating a long drawn out formula to calculate IBU to get the points for hops in Stats and Ingredients, how long and complete should the answer be to earn a full 35% for how the recipe meets style?
Good point, thanks. But at the same time not verbose.

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