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I got a kick out of what the stats say at the end of the article. Most homebrewers brew hop forward American ales with untreated tap water, yet they know that the key to better beer is proper water treatment.  They dont know anything about hot side aeration, DMS, FMH, or decoction. They think wirlflock is a clarity cure all. AND... they think this forum is the worst.

Ya, why would you want to use this forum? You make hoppy ales and know they'd be way better if you did water additions, and guys like Martin are right here ready and willing to walk you through it. But... Naaaaw, that forum sucks.

Ingredients / Re: Wet dry hop?
« on: August 26, 2015, 06:26:42 PM »
Would it be cheating to throw them on a fan overnight and dry them out?

Wood/Casks / Re: New barrels
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:40:27 PM »
Or, prep it with a sour? Meaning that the first one may not be very good but at least it did its job.

However, it seems to me that a barrel that's smaller than a bbl is not going to be the same as what the pros do.

Fill it with a finished beer~ 3-4 plato and pitch a smack of roselare blend in it. Leave it alone for about 6 months.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sours and equipment
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:29:55 PM »
Cheap soft coldside gear I keep separate.  But I'm a beleiver in good cleaning and sanitation being all you need, regardless of what you pitched. If you have ever left any coldside gear exposed to the air over night, unless it was in a clean room it was bathed in all kinds of airborne lambic bugs. Cleaning and sanitation seems to cure that, right?

Good cleaning + Good sanitation + Healthy proper pitches = Safe

The Pub / Re: Spocking?
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:14:32 AM »
My fav

All Grain Brewing / Re: Momentary Lapse of Reason...
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:08:52 AM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Momentary Lapse of Reason...
« on: August 24, 2015, 09:42:19 PM »
It will be completely beer sanitary. Sometimes we way, way, way over-worry about sanitation. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But stuff like bottled water is sanitary enough for beer, no problem. Things like aluminum foil, plastic bags, paper towels, bottled water are all sanitary enough for clean beer fermentation.
Ever since Denny claimed that foil fresh off the roll is good to go, ive trusted that. But just to be safe I spritz with starsan lol

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer style crossroads
« on: August 23, 2015, 11:18:42 PM »
If its a toss up, the next thing to consider is which sub cat tends to do better in its style? For example, at NHC APA dominates cat 10 and Robust dominates cat 12. You might look at that competition's history and see which sub cat does better.  Again, if it couod fit as either, why not rule out the style they tend to kick to the curb?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First time cold crashing
« on: August 23, 2015, 07:30:27 PM »
I chill my ales and lagers to 30f then gelatin fine for a few days before racking. No secondary/bottling yeast, no problems. Unless your yeast die of old age or you filter them out, you will still have plenty

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer style crossroads
« on: August 23, 2015, 03:47:02 PM »
So hard to tell without tasting. Especially when it's between two styles that already have similarities. I'd try to find a good local judge and see what they think.

Or, pour a sample with the guidelines in front of you and go down the list of attributes. The style that hits the most is it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hefe + Berliner Weisse big batch
« on: August 23, 2015, 03:13:49 PM »
Signs might not be there but it could still be dropping. I'd give it two weeks at least between two stable fg readings

The Pub / Re: Fire season
« on: August 23, 2015, 02:26:23 PM »
Today's pretty good, but we had a couple days last week when I couldn't see the mountains from my house in town. That's about 7 mi.
Worst here was the other day when we couldn't see past 100 yards. It was like a foggy day at the beach but more orange and made your eyes sting

The Pub / Re: Why I love local micros...
« on: August 22, 2015, 01:35:17 PM »
Its awesome to see sour beer growing in popularity. I was at Everybody's in White Salmon a couple days back and they had two on tap. Fun times

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 22, 2015, 12:29:59 AM »
Ive had two or three of those phenolic beers crop up, though over a year ago. One was bottle conditioned the other kegged. I have no chlorine in my system,  so it was probably a bug. I cleaned and sanitized everything with iodophor and haven't had the issue since. Now I use iodophor on everything once or twice a year just for drill.

The Pub / Re: Spocking?
« on: August 21, 2015, 06:29:25 PM »
What? Spock died? Ive been avoiding the news lately because I'm expanding the forum rules to the rest of my daily life. No Politics! Its working great but occasionally you miss out on something that actually matters, like no more Spock. I need to empty out my DVR to get ready for the marathon

He's dead Jim…  :(
I walked into that one. Well played

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