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All Grain Brewing / Re: malt crushing and wort polyphenols
« on: January 27, 2010, 10:52:37 AM »
I know Carafa can be purchased dehusked, but I'm not sure about Pils. Then there's acid dehusked malt. If Trumer is  producing beer with naked malt, then it is probably commercially available. The question still remains...will it make a difference?

The Pub / Re: I HATE dentists.
« on: January 26, 2010, 08:38:26 PM »
I was gonna say - I don't like going to the dentist - but it sure beats a mouth full of false teeth!
It depends on your situation. My teeth (gums, actually) had deteriorated so badly that there was only one place in my mouth where I could chew -- along with constant pain. I had gum disease all my life and brushing my teeth only made it worse. So, in one sitting, I had 22 remaining teeth removed, and replaced with full dentures. My gum disease is history. I can eat anything in any place in my mouth. The yellow teeth I used to expose when smiling are now perfect, white, natural looking teeth. In retrospect, it was the best thing I ever did. Plus, my general health from ridding my body of all that infection has increased amazingly – gum disease promotes heart disease. OK – would I rather have a mouth full of my own healthy teeth – of course I would, but the option I chose in my circumstances literally changed my life for the better.

Sometimes it's a real b**** getting old.  ;D

Do you think it was hereditary in your case.

The Pub / Re: Yay for the Droid.
« on: January 26, 2010, 07:59:15 PM »
Only in America.  8)

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: January 26, 2010, 07:00:08 PM »
Here's some pure funk for all you funksters from Parliament Funkadelic. Bootsy Collins on the bass in his prime.

We want the funk. Give up the funk.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: January 26, 2010, 06:17:40 PM »
I dont refrigerate it and we keep it around for about 6 months to a year, although I am sure refrigeration wouldn't hurt. Great stuff! It will add great flavor to all kinds of dishes. Try putting a little in Marsala sauce. Trust me. ;) I usually get the medium sweet it is the one with the green label.

Slovak tonight.

Pig tongues in a Paprikash style gravy served with Hungarian dumplings.

I'm just thinking about where those tongues were before they were on your cutting board.  :o  :D

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: January 26, 2010, 04:40:12 PM »
I am gonna mount a disco ball on my brewstand when I build it.

Then when brew I am gonna strip to my skivvies, dance caress and sing to it.

Ingredients / Re: Base malt for irish red ale
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:24:10 PM »
Would love some input on what base malt everybody pefers to  use for an Irish Red Ale.  I was thinking Maris Otter.

You couldn't go wrong with some MO ::)

Absolutely MO!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your Favorite Style of Beer?
« on: January 26, 2010, 02:17:41 PM »
I recently had the Thirteenth Anniversary Celebration Stone Beer (red dragon/devil logo), which is like an Imperial Amber Ale. It was really good. A more balanced beer as opposed to the sharp hoppiness of their IPA. I enjoy their IPA as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / What's brewing this weekend 1/29
« on: January 26, 2010, 12:50:17 PM »
Thought it was a good time to plan for the weekend. If my timing is right I will be brewing an ESB on Sunday.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Hops vs. FWH
« on: January 26, 2010, 12:43:46 PM »
FWIW, I wouldn't use any recipe for PTE but the one Vinnie gives out himself (

No Randall, no MASH hops and no stinking FWH either!!!    :D ;D

I see your West Coast tendencies at work.  ;D

Beer Recipes / Re: Let's see some dunkel recipes
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:29:51 AM »
Yep, last Sun.  It went smoothly.  I was aiming for 5.5 gal. of 1.054 and got 6 gal. of 1.057.


What grain bill did you end up using?

Beer Recipes / Re: Let's see some dunkel recipes
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:49:32 AM »
Denny...did you brew the Dunkel yet?

Equipment and Software / Re: Circular vs Rectangular Mash Tun
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:46:12 AM »
I don't think it should make a significant difference as long as the time /temp factor has been acheived. I use a rectangular cooler only because it was the size I was looking for at the time. Round coolers should work just as well as rectangular IMHO.

Pimp My System / Re: Brutus 10 Build
« on: January 26, 2010, 10:30:55 AM »
It has barely been started and I already think it is a thing of beauty! I am hungry for more
pics as well.

It is actually further along. I just need to download the photos and post them.

We call it "operator error".  ;D  Just kidding.

I like to use my refractometer during the mash and pre-fermentation because it's quick and easy. However, I always use my hydrometer post fermentation because it's most accurate and reliable at that point in the process.

I haven't had any success using a refractometer post fermentation as you are also experiencing. Maybe there's something we are missing, but I like to use my hydrometer because it's dual purpose. I can quantify the result by measuring the gravity and qualify the result by tasting the beer from the hydrometer tube. 

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