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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:28:40 PM »
Im not opposed to input, after all i asked for thoughts. But, Its only for people who want to do it. And, generally speaking, I would not worry about getting stiffed by receiving one. 3 beers is the suggested minimum so there's no complaints of only getting two... most people send very generous offerings. And I have no doubt that most people get the biggest thrill from what they send, not what they receive. Having said that, I would not be surprised if the challenge beer I receive is as good or better than any of my "pride" beers. We have some amazing brewers in this group. In any event, its you guy's swap too. If you want to skip the challenge beer idea, thats no harm no foul to me.

Don't get me wrong. The whole thrill of me sending my beers and local beers is pretty much what has me intrigued. I'll probably end up shipping a 12 pack. But that's the thing. I want to send "my beers." I'm not knocking extract beers, but I have no idea where to begin lol. I made 5 extract kits four years ago. I never drank them, because they weren't what I wanted in a beer, so I switched to all-grain. I actually just dumped two and a half cases of them last summer lol.

That's just my two cents. I'm still in regardless, but I won't be doing a challenge beer.
It's all good! I get it. You might be the smart one. This is just a side thing, optional and just for kicks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:15:46 PM »
Spring swap talk is making me feel guilty.

These are my tasting notes from the Bayou Tech Bayou Pesche IPA that Toby sent me.

I was, unbeknownst to me, coming down with pneumonia when I sampled this beer back around Thanksgiving so I think my senses were dulled.  It (pneumonia) kicked me good this time. I'm still on an inhaler.

Anyway, the beer was a nice golden color, but had a thin head (I think I need to be more diligent on beer clean glasses).  There was very low hop aroma (perhaps the pneumonia stifling my sniffer).  I was searching for peach in the aroma, and think it was there.  It's the only aroma noted in my notes. 

Bitterness was assertive up front and lingered.

All in all, a tasty beer.  My notes don't indicate if I shared it with the wife.  I probably tried to and she refused to share a glass with someone as obviously sick as I was. 

Next time:  beer clean glass, pictures.

I've got one more pint I haven't poured yet.  Maybe tonight, but I have to run out later to pick up a kid from a party.
Good job, Joe. I think dying from pneumonia is a valid excuse for running late.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 06:03:38 PM »
Im not opposed to input, after all i asked for thoughts. But, Its only for people who want to do it. And, generally speaking, I would not worry about getting stiffed by receiving one. 3 beers is the suggested minimum so there's no complaints of only getting two... most people send very generous offerings. And I have no doubt that most people get the biggest thrill from what they send, not what they receive. Having said that, I would not be surprised if the challenge beer I receive is as good or better than any of my "pride" beers. We have some amazing brewers in this group. In any event, its you guy's swap too. If you want to skip the challenge beer idea, thats no harm no foul to me.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Choosing a brew kettle
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:48:12 PM »
10 gallon, ball valve. The thermo and sight glass are pointless (even though my kettle has this)!
I like my thermometers but ya, I always thought a site glass would be just something to clean and break.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:27:55 PM »
So let's say I make five gallons of this beer.  I keep most of it and bottle enough to send to my swap-mate.  Is there some competition involved?
Ya thats fine, as long as what you send is bottle conditioned. And comp can be bragging rights, not sure how we'd score things otherwise...

Also, I went back and made two edits. Changed crystal to steeping grains, changed no fining to no post boil fining

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:24:05 PM »
Seems restricted but if you think about it there's several good beers could come out of that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap
« on: January 16, 2016, 04:06:37 PM »
I've been toying with the idea of doing a challenge beer for one of the 3 beers. Maybe make it suggested and voluntary so no one feels like they have to do it or not join the swap.

2016 Spring Swap Challenge Beer
Ingredients limits
3lbs DME must be used (any kind or color)
Not more than 8oz of any steeping grain may be used but not required
Not more than 8oz sugar (any kind) may be used but not required
Hops may be Cascade, Centennial, or Magnum, or any combo of the 3, used any way you want in any amounts
Yeast may be US04 or US05

Equipment and process limits
Stove top with no pumps, chillers, or filters
Thermometer, hydrometer, and spoons are allowed
Electronic fermentation temp controls not allowed
No post boil fining allowed
Must be bottle conditioned

What do you guys think?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much water?
« on: January 16, 2016, 03:38:34 PM »
You can create a smaller volume of wort and dilute later to get your volume as you mention. But since your pot is plenty big enough to accomodate the full batch, there are advantages to a full volume boil. First, your hop utilization goes down when you have to dilute with large volumes of water, and secondly your beer can be darker than intended by concentrating the sugars. You'll get a better overall product by boiling the entire volume. Now you need to figure out your boiloff rate for your pot. Add 2 or 3 gallons of water ( be accurate whichever you choose) to your pot and boil it for 60 minutes. Now measure what's left. The amount that evaporated is your boiloff rate/60 minutes.

Steep the grain in 155F water for 30 minutes and strain, leaving all the grain husk behind. Add the liquid to your pot along with enough water to hit 5 gallons + the amount of water that boiled off in an hour (often 1-1.5 gallons) . Bring to a near boil, turn off the heat, and add your malt extraxct. Stir thoroughly to dissolve then bring to a boil for 60 minutes. Add hops as directed, then cool to 65F if possible and add your yeast. 

And welcome !
This post plus a couple lines about cleaning and sanitation, couple lines about yeast starters, couple lines about temp control, couple lines about bottling... you are way way ahead of the typical first batch, kit recipe follower!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Stout Thoughts
« on: January 16, 2016, 03:31:23 PM »
Verified terminal gravity and ph is 4.0 on the irish, 4.3 on the American. I think I'll leave them alone cuz their tasting pretty good. Kinda crashing them, dropping them to my lagering chest temp, but not going to gel. I'll keg them tomorrow.

Built a keg pressure gage so these will be my test run beers for that. Hoping to eliminate the over/under carbonation issue. I hate having a keg lagering for a month and when you tap it its a crap shoot. No more of that hopefully

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Equipment and Software / Re: Choosing a brew kettle
« on: January 16, 2016, 02:49:22 PM »
Whenever I read discussions of gear for beginning I always think it's best to buy gear that you can use down the road in all grain. Either that or just scrounge around and borrow any old pot that's big enough.

My boil kettle with valve and thermometer is probably $250-280 brand new. But I've used it about 150 times and plan to use it for another thousand. My first kettle was about $30 and I used it once then gave it away.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much water?
« on: January 16, 2016, 02:40:45 PM »
Greetings and welcome!

I like the full volume boil method if you've got the room!

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Characteristics of AHA Forum users
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:16:11 AM »
Just an observation not based on taking notes or charting stats

Each fall several newish brewers drop by with a question. Very few of those post more than two or three times. Occasionally one sticks around.

Probably the vast majority of forum members don't post, or haven't in a long time.

The core group of daily posters, which is maybe 25 people?, seem to be also pretty active brewers. Some are pros. A few own breweries. A few are notorious home brew living legends, authors, speakers. Most of the core group are consistently brewing above average beer and in multiple styles. Some brew consistently awesome beer. All of us are actively learning, regardless of level of accomplishment.

Life outside the brewery, a lot are technology pros, engineers, and use some form of science at the day job. A few are from all walks of life with no discernable pattern related to brewing.

Its hard to say how the forum reflects regular average home brewers, if it does at all. I suspect it's not the same, in that by default an internet forum may atract more desk job techy folks. But I do suspect that if we could line up every home brewer in the US that at least half are one and done. Someone bought them a kit, or they did out of curiosity, and they either never got around to it, or never brewed a second time. The percentage who brew at least monthly and for multiple years... very few.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl?
« on: January 15, 2016, 06:47:57 PM »
With 225 grams of hops not counting dry hops... its going to take someone with amazing skills to detect D unless its pretty booyaw

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl?
« on: January 15, 2016, 05:36:24 PM »
It could be diacetyl, but awfully hard to say without a sample. And it can come from an infection like pediocaccus. Good way to tell is if it gets stronger over the next few days, it's an infection. Can you describe what you're tasting smelling seeing and feeling?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Stout Thoughts
« on: January 15, 2016, 06:29:51 AM »
So what do you think of the Am stout at the higher pH, Jim ? It's nice, right ?
Yes it sure seems to be. I'll see what the final ph is on these tonight

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