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All Grain Brewing / Re: Head retention advice
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:40:13 AM »
Healthy yeast and temperature control do wonders for head retention. Are you doing that?


The right protein is best...also some good info. here as well.

Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:33:25 AM »
Anyone have any experience with oaking Saisons that they would like to share. Tips, tricks or extreme ideas. :)

Pimp My System / Re: GCBC 1BBL Pilot Build
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:39:27 AM »
Very, very nice setup...and best of luck to you guys! :)

The Pub / Re: Beer Name Poll
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:33:58 AM »
A little late to the gate but got my vote in anyway. Simpler is better IMO, so I went with the first choice. Apparently I'm in the minority but...that's ok. ;)

Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:28:37 AM »
I've had very good results with 565. I think I've only had one occasion where the yeast slowed down and required some manipulation, but otherwise it has performed very well especially in the attenuation department.

Currently, I have a blend of 566 and 568 going, where I'll also add some Brett C after three days of active fermentation. This is the first time blending them together so it should be interesting. I'm also going to add some oak chips for a week or so.

Love the Belgian Saison style. :)

The Pub / Re: Tequila
« on: June 25, 2014, 09:45:34 AM »
Just another love of mine...:)

Good Tequila comes at a price around the Mid-Atlantic, but I will still grab a bottle of some 100% Agave from time to time. Tres is an old stand-by. Patron, Cabo Wabo, Don Julio and El Tesoro are some of the brands that have graced my liquor cabinet.

I would like to try Partida, Don Julio Real and Gran Patron just to name a few.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:31:22 AM »
Not sure where to post this... but noticed when going through the seminars posted that the wrong presenter is listed for "Brewing with New Hop Varieties".  It's listed as Brad Smith when it's Nathan Smith...

Thanks...I'll send a message to Duncan to get it corrected.

Beer Recipes / Re: Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:45:49 AM »

Is the dark Munich something like 30L?

20L I think

Briess makes 20L Munich that is quite strong. I would not use it as a base malt. Shills dark Munich used to be 15L but now it is about 10L.

Agreed...dark Munich typically runs 10L range.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Banana from WLP029?!
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:44:31 AM »
I use WLP029 for my Kolsch and have used it a dozen times or more without ever getting banana. That's very strange. I too would contact White Labs for further discussion.

Thanks for posting this Duncan. I plan to review and post my viewpoint/assessment in due time.

Going Pro / Re: Good article about malts.
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:27:10 AM »
Where are you sourcing all of your malt for the brewery Leos?

Beer Recipes / Re: Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager
« on: June 19, 2014, 09:34:18 AM »
I have a great Vienna Lager recipe that I want to brew soon, and I'll be on the lookout for Devil's Backbone VL after reading this thread. Thanks for posting!

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:42:58 AM »
Blichmann always has a new gadget in their lineup at NHC. Not sure if the mashheater/hoprocket gadget is brand new but did get to hear the details on that one. The disposable beer bag (growler) system seemed interesting. I always enjoy walking around and seeing new and interesting inventions at the expo.
They had a prototype hoprocket/heater in Philly, so it is pretty new. Are they selling it yet?

Yes...I believe they are selling it now.

Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:39:00 AM »
I recently joined. My username is ronprice, listed as ron. I don't have a lot of time to use it but would like to make more time.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:33:24 AM »
Anyone else get a really sore throat after the conference followed by sickness?  Seems several people I know did... Someone was the Outbreak monkey this weekend.

Fortunately, I didn't get sick after coming home from the conference on Sunday. I actually feel good today.

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