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The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: February 16, 2010, 05:56:19 AM »
Yes!  Sun Ra .... "Space is the Place"

He was a very unique individual and musician. A one of a kind. He influenced many musicians in his time.

I like the story when he claimed a visionary experience as a college student, a strange event that was to have a major long-term influence on the young pianist.

 in his own words...

"… my whole body changed into something else. I could see through myself. And I went up … I wasn't in human form … I landed on a planet that I identified as Saturn … they teleported me and I was down on stage with them. They wanted to talk with me. They had one little antenna on each ear. A little antenna over each eye. They talked to me. They told me to stop [attending college] because there was going to be great trouble in schools … the world was going into complete chaos … I would speak [through music], and the world would listen. That's what they told me"

Beer Recipes / Dusseldorf Altbier - Zum Uerige
« on: February 15, 2010, 04:08:57 PM »
I'm planning to brew this one up in the next week or so. What do you think? Good, bad or ugly... 8)

Louis the Alt
Dusseldorf Altbier

Type: All Grain
Date: 2/27/2010
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Brewer: Bluesman
Boil Size: 6.62 gal Asst Brewer:  
Boil Time: 90 min  Equipment: My Equipment  
Taste Rating(out of 50): 35.0  Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00
Taste Notes:  
Amount Item Type % or IBU
7.50 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 68.93 %
1.00 lb Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 9.19 %
1.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 9.19 %
0.75 lb Caramunich Malt 2 (60.0 SRM) Grain 6.89 %
0.50 lb Melanoiden Malt (20.0 SRM) Grain 4.60 %
0.13 lb Carafa I (319.0 SRM) Grain 1.19 %
0.75 oz Magnum [14.20 %] (60 min) Hops 31.3 IBU
2.00 oz Hallertauer [4.00 %] (20 min) Hops 14.2 IBU
1.00 oz Tettnanger [4.90 %] (10 min) Hops 5.2 IBU
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc  
5.50 gal Poland Spring (R) Water  
1 Pkgs European Ale (White Labs #WLP011) [Starter 1730 ml] Yeast-Ale  

Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.054 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.40 %  
Bitterness: 50.8 IBU Calories: 43 cal/pint
Est Color: 12.6 SRM Color: Color  
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Total Grain Weight: 10.88 lb
Sparge Water: 0.78 gal Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 13.60 qt of water at 160.2 F 149.0 F
10 min Sparge Add 14.98 qt of water at 187.8 F 168.0 F

Mash Notes: Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Kegged (Forced CO2) Volumes of CO2: 2.4

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kraeusen removal, what difference does it make
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:29:51 PM »
Very interesting and enlightening experiment Kai.

Nice work!  8)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Going to rehydrate
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:28:43 PM »
I bet your not gonna rehydrate again eh?  ;D

The Pub / Re: Happy B-Day Denny!!!!!!!
« on: February 14, 2010, 08:24:15 AM »
Have a drink on me!

Happy B-day!

The Pub / Re: BFI Sighting!
« on: February 14, 2010, 08:22:39 AM »
No... but cool sweater though.  ;D

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:55:39 PM »
This band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, who were supported by Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny Johanson. While the band has been called the "principal architects of Southern rock", they also incorporate elements of blues-rock and hard rock, and their live shows have jam band-style improvisation and instrumental songs.

The Allman Brothers

A truly respected American Treasure!

Blue Sky!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Going to rehydrate
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:42:36 PM »
Just give it time...if it isn't going by 24 hours, you can have my next batch!   ;D

So,'s been 25 hours now, and nothing......... ;)


Equipment and Software / Re: Brew kettle thoughts
« on: February 13, 2010, 08:41:24 PM »
My opinon, get as much pot as you reasonably can afford.


All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: February 13, 2010, 10:52:49 AM »
I'll pass.

Pimp My System / Re: Brutus 10 Build
« on: February 13, 2010, 10:39:02 AM »
Guess we are not working on it this weekend either?

Man I cant wait for this s***e to melt. Sucks!

Suppose I could of PM,ed but this thread was about to fall off the first page.  :)

Hopefully next weekend eh?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bourbon added to secondary
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:17:49 PM »
mmmm...I love me some bourbon in my porters.  ;)

The Pub / Re: BFI Sighting!
« on: February 12, 2010, 12:24:03 PM »
No way. That's so .... I don't even know what to say.  :D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water to Grain Ratio
« on: February 12, 2010, 11:51:05 AM »
I've played around with different ratios and I can't say I've noticed a difference in mouthfeel or flavor either.  I went from a 5 gallon cooler to a ten gallon cooler, which gave me the opportunity to use a higher water/grist ratio and the only thing I've noticed is that I don't need to sparge more than once after the additional run off.

agreed - I sort of let the ratio 'find itself" so that I get equal runoffs from the first run and sparge.  as long as it is within 1.25 qt/lb and 2.0 I don't worry about it.


...equal amounts for first runnings and sparge is my target.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chiller Suggestions
« on: February 12, 2010, 11:02:39 AM »
Sorry you mean a hopback which is a sealed chamber that is inserted in between the brewing kettle and counter-flow wort chiller. Hops are added to the chamber, the hot wort from the kettle is run through it, and then immediately cooled in the wort chiller before entering the fermentation chamber.

I don't use a hopback but I'm sure others could chime in and offer advice.

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