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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 6
« on: January 20, 2016, 09:55:27 AM »
Good show guys. I nearly got a contact high from the interview.

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Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter: Balancing cost and quality
« on: January 19, 2016, 05:57:39 PM »
I think this is one of those subjects that just depends on the brewer. Kind of like the old Sears good-better-best thing. If you dont think you need a meter, then dont get one. I love mine, but it was a gift. One day I plan to upgrade and regift it. As to colorphast, I found them useless.  Probably wasnt using them right.

All in all, you can make great beer without a meter. But you dont know precisely what your ph is without one.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Helles water profile
« on: January 19, 2016, 04:19:07 PM »
Yeah, I have seen Kai's Edel hell water profile and kind of shot for in between that and yellow balanced profile.  I was just curious how low one can really go (RO water) without creating a totally bland beer.
Last winter I made a Helles with all DI and just 25ppm calcium from CaCl. It won first at Bend but only scored about 34. It had wrong Vienna (gambrinus vs best) and too much lactic.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir Plates
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:50:47 AM »
Do a quick search for the "shaken not stirred method"

Many here have abandoned the stir plate
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I am one.  After using a stir plate for years, I've found I get equal or better yeast performance without one.  And it's just one more thing I don't have to deal with now.
Me too

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Helles water profile
« on: January 18, 2016, 01:49:46 PM »
My next one will be DI/RO water with CaCl, MgSO4, NaCl added, and enough phophoric to hit 5.5ph
About...
50ppm Ca
10ppm Mg
10ppm Na
100ppm Cl
40ppm SO4

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 18, 2016, 10:58:49 AM »
Some like the original,  some dont. Joe already has his recipe figured out. So lets do this... the swap is 3 beer min. The challenge beer is totally optional. If you do a challenge beer, thats in addition to the 3.

Here are the finalized Challenge Beer guidelines.

Ingredients you have to use (mandatory)
DME
Dry yeast

Techniques you can't use
Mash
Mini-mash

Anything not mentioned is fair game

I might change up my hops, now that the restrictions are looser.  But I might not.

Hoping to brew today, but I don't want to mill grains in the house and it's 3 outside.
My challenge beer is going to pretty much fit the original requirements too

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 06:20:27 PM »
The hard part will be finding dry kolsch yeast

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 06:01:30 PM »
Since this is a challenge it may be an opportunity to try and make a convincing BDSA with dry yeast.


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Right, that's the way I was thinking. I brew extract beers quite often, but I'm thinking I want to push the boundaries a bit and brew something that I wouldn't normally do as an extract beer. Maybe a Helles...
Now thats a challenge!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:32:43 PM »
Going to make mine on a weekend that im not brewing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 02:00:00 PM »
Awesome!

So stay tuned everyone. Get your beers ready. When it gets closer we'll gather shipping info and build the list.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 12:22:08 PM »
Cool!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 09:24:42 AM »
Some like the original,  some dont. Joe already has his recipe figured out. So lets do this... the swap is 3 beer min. The challenge beer is totally optional. If you do a challenge beer, thats in addition to the 3.

Here are the finalized Challenge Beer guidelines.

Ingredients you have to use (mandatory)
DME
Dry yeast

Techniques you can't use
Mash
Mini-mash

Anything not mentioned is fair game

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 17, 2016, 08:42:29 AM »
What if we just made the challenge beer limitations dme and steeping grains?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:06:36 PM »
Sweet! Everyone keep in mind that there's no ban on tomfoolery or shenanigans or thinking outside the box. Its just for fun...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:51:17 PM »
When you say 3lbs DME must be used, is that a minimum?  Or is it no more, no less.
No more no less. Thats about 1.050 in a 2.5 gallon batch. Figured people could adjust gravity by volume. Or sugar, or both...

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