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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:21:28 AM »
Summertime sit back need something to keep me cool...8)

The Pub / Re: Yellowhammer in All About Beer Magazine
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:36:46 AM »
Simply Awesome! 8)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just say "no" to yeast rinsing
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:37:11 AM »
I just leave a bit of beer behind in the fermenter, swirl up the yeast, trub, and beer and pour it all into a sanitized container.

This technique is used by every truly experienced brewer that I know.

I think that at least for me it's a combination of laziness and effectiveness.  It's the easiest thing to do and it works as well as anything else I've tried.

If it's simpler and produces good results...then it's a viable process in my book. I've made dozens of beers using this technique with very good results.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just say "no" to yeast rinsing
« on: July 14, 2014, 09:34:53 AM »
Very interesting post and thread. I've rinsed yeast as a standard practice when time permits, and I've re-pitched direct from a previous batch (without rinsing) many, many times as well. Honestly, I haven't noticed a marked difference in beer quality, although I haven't blind taste tested this in practice either. You make a great case for "not rinsing" yeast". Thanks for posting.

Beer Recipes / Re: A better light lager?
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:01:45 AM »
My Munich Helles is 100% Pilsner malt and has a wonderful light maltiness, but it's not as light as an American Light Lager. I recommend corn, rice and Pils malt. Try something along the lines of 60%Pils/20%Corn/20% Rice for a light American Lager.

Equipment and Software / Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: July 05, 2014, 04:17:36 AM »
David, sent you a pm response to your message. Sounds like it's starting to come together for you. Best of luck to you.

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:11:24 PM »
I have 4 Johnson A 419's and one Ranco controller.  I have to say that they are both solid controllers and it's really the difference between a Ford or a Chevy IMO. You won't go wrong with either controller. I have to flip the inner terminal tab to switch from cooling to heating with the Johnson but not a big deal. Fermentation temp control is awesome!

Pimp My System / Re: GCBC 1BBL Pilot Build
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:36:13 AM »
Very, very nice setup...and best of luck to you guys! :)

Thanks Ron.  I know you are in the process, hope you the best of luck!

Thanks Jeff! :)

The Pub / Re: Tequila
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:34:16 AM »
I discovered I never finished off the 100 Annos and so I need to rid myself of that boring Tequila. I see Margaritas in my future. ;)

Never ever buy the 100 Annos. So boring your pants might fall off.

I'll have to keep this in mind. Thanks for the review. :)

Not sure if it was mentioned but on a similar path the GABF style guide is quite extensive.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Head retention advice
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:41:22 AM »
The head forms great but then I watch it disappear .  I am betting on glassware and am going to check it this weekend before I start changing other things.

This article will help you diagnose what's happening...

Didn't see your beat me to it! :)

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. ;)

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