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Don't tell anyone but I keep all of my brewing dogma on a private server

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 27, 2016, 06:12:01 AM »
My understanding is that they changed it from Dort to GHE to open it up to all of the pale colored, balanced, export strength beers rather than just those from Dortmund. So therefore the water profile could change from region to region.  I could be wrong on that though. So its going to depend on what your judge thinks it should be, and/or what the perceive in the beer. I went the route of less is more. Just enough Ca to make the yeast happy. Only a touch of Mg and Na. And on the low side of SO4. When my grand master tasters reviewed one did not mention minerals at all, as in he didn't deduct points for its lacking. The other said he detected and enjoyed the low minerals. Minerals, like spices in my opinion, are easy to over do.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 25, 2016, 09:13:39 AM »
Well done!  Wish you were closer so we could compare our final products and process.
Ya that would be fun

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 25, 2016, 06:33:13 AM »
The German Helles Exportbier won 1st at COHO Springfling in Bend, Or this weekend.

As it should.  I can attest that this is one excellent recipe.  I have a keg of Jim's GHE on tap and it is awesome. Only difference was yeast - WY 2308.  Besides that it is even getting better at 6 wks in the keg. 

Congrats Jim on the medal!  Was that for the light lager category? How many entries in the category?
Cat 5 2015 11 entries

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 24, 2016, 06:52:59 PM »
See, Told you it was a good beer.  :D
Congrats!
And thanks again for all the help!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 24, 2016, 04:21:55 PM »
Thanks, I'm pretty happy about it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rube Goldberg Part Two
« on: April 24, 2016, 01:07:57 PM »
The German Helles Exportbier won 1st at COHO Springfling in Bend, Or this weekend.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 55% Efficiency after Batch Sparge
« on: April 23, 2016, 07:21:00 PM »
I feel like whats most important is that you can reasonably repeat based on whatever your calculations are. I don't care if you call it BU, IBU, or whatnot units. If you know that X amount of grain and X amount of hopd makes the beer you want... yippy!

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The Pub / Re: Cool gift from my brother
« on: April 23, 2016, 07:17:55 PM »
Is it odd that after watching almost 2 seasons of "Forged in Fire" that I now want to become a blacksmith apprentice?  Just for the fun, sweat, and satisfaction of making something. Oh wait, I already do that, and that's why I'm here
I'd like to think its a reachable goal for all of us to home brew beer that is every bit the quality of any beer that is for sale. Even the really good stuff. In fact, keeping my brother's awesome knife work in mind, we too can probably go places in sheer creativity and craftsmanship that commercial guys can't touch, simply because we can afford to at our scale. I mean, what knife company could afford to pay a guy 90 hours wages and end up with a knife that they could reasonably sell? Not very many, because there's not very many customers at that level. But we can drop $200 on 5 gallons of beer, and give it away.

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Right on! I say go for it. The very worst that can happen is you have fun and learn something. Welcome to the hobby by the way!

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I may be missing something but with a 2 gallon batch you will need 2 gallons of water, plus the amount that will boil off (evaporate during the boil) and you'll want to boil the hops in the wort (mixture) long enough to get the flavor and bitterness out of them. I'd probably do a half hour boil starting with about 2.5-2.75 gallons. How much hops are in the bag? Id go about an ounce or two added once the boil starts. I'd also suggest stiring in the lme dme once the water is around 150º then keep an eye on it because it could boil over when the boil first starts, but it will calm down after that.

Chill it by putting the whole pot in ice water in the sink. Try to get it down to about 65-68º before you put it in the fermenter and add the yeast.

Have fun!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager!
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:20:52 PM »
One of these days I'll give it a try. I've been wanting to do APA and Am Stout followed by American Strong and Imperial Stout, using repitches, so that would be a great opportunity.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager!
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:04:22 PM »
I'll bet fining in the keg is a great way to do it. I just dont. I don't have theories or data points against it. I just like doing it the way I do it. The downside of my method is that I have to go to my LHBS frequently to get yeast, sample beer, shoot the breeze, etc. I don't go to the barbershop, so that balances it out for me.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager!
« on: April 21, 2016, 02:40:52 PM »
I don't, but not because I'm opposed to it. Between gell fining and dry hopping and brewing different beers, I've just been going the route of convenience and not storing yeast.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager!
« on: April 21, 2016, 12:14:07 AM »
You bet

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