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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Russian River Blind Pig IPA
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:25:37 AM »
If you can get it where you live, then no, probably not worth an extra drive. If you cannot, then yes, might be worth it depending upon your likes and dislikes. I also advocate going to the brewpub.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:23:15 AM »
It all depends on your goal. If you like to drive around town in a top of the line Mercedes to go eat at the fancy restaurant and have to go into credit card debt to pay for the meal, or if you want to go there in your Ford and pay with your credit card knowing you can pay for the meal in cash if you wanted, or if you want to just get there however and be able to pay for the meal with cash. Either way you get a great meal...others just cost more ;)

I think my page is still linked in my sig, you might find some tidbits there. EDIT - over to the left, the thing that looks like a globe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Ethics
« on: December 29, 2010, 06:20:00 AM »
If a brewer entered a Russian Imperial Stout then there should be no place on the entry form or on the pull sheet given to the judges to state that he added any coffee or chocolate.  How would the judges be informed of that?  If it were stated on the entry form, then perhaps the category should have been "specialty" instead of RIS.  Those ingredients, if not mentioned, may add some complexity to the beer, which could be a good thing.
Please don't get me wrong.  I don't think anybody needs to brew "to style" to have fun in this hobby, but there are some guidelines to follow to do well in competitions.  
Ethics have more to do with blind judging than recipe formulation.

+1 (excellent response!)

All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: December 28, 2010, 01:34:12 PM »
The only burr grinder I have experience with is my Grindmaster which is a beast (see image earlier in thread). I do love it compared to the old Krups with a blade.

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 28, 2010, 01:29:37 PM »
I'm late to the party, but if the budget is unlimited, I'd suggest you go for one of these (don't confuse them with lesser brands with a similar name)...I don't have one...yet...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 07:41:25 AM »
Ahh yes, Taras of the few bottled beers I brought back when I visited Belgium. Of course we have it at our local bottle shop nowadays.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 06:36:22 AM »
Perhaps the definition I am going by should be stated. If you don't own the brewery and you don't brew on the equipment by yourself (without assistance), it is in my mind a contract brew. I'll bet they don't stick around and completely manage the fermentation and all aspects of the bottling process. Although they have done enough brews at DeProef they may be able to.

Nothing wrong with a contract scenario at all, but in my mind when I look at the back of the label and it says DeProef I think they brewed it for the "brewer" listed on the front of the label. Sure it is the recipe and creation of the "brewer", but one couldn't take that same recipe down the road and have it come out the same. A couple of good examples of that come to mind, but it might threadjack to go into that discussion.

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phil - didn't realize you were in the UK. It's sometimes amazing the selection we enjoy nowadays. Our local grocery store just had the weekly ad featuring Chimay as one of the beers on sale. I can recall a few years back when it would require a 3 hour drive just to buy it (and any beer above 6%) and now it is available down the street.

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FWIW - I couldn't remember where M is based out of so I looked it up, Denmark.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: I LOVE MIKKELLER
« on: December 28, 2010, 05:28:41 AM »
You do realize that their are a "virtual" brewery. They are basically contract brewed (they are involved in the process as I understand it) by various breweries. I've enjoyed most of their brews, but many are overpriced. The single hop series really didn't thrill me much. Most, if not all, of their stuff is available in the US.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: December 28, 2010, 05:26:00 AM »
Here's the all depends upon whether you want to sit in a chair and watch the process or whether you want to brew. Both make beer. Neither makes better beer than another, in fact many people have a learning curve when they go for a bells and whistles system with pumps and whatnot and their process suffers till they get it all tacoed out.

I can take a coil of copper, a stopper, and a bottling bucket spigot along with a cooler and some foil and end up with beer. I once had this grand plan and started purchasing pieces for a system. That was about the same time I figured out I didn't need them, so I still make it in a cooler with a crappy fact I have two coolers with coils and also a coil for a bottling bucket so I can make three brews at the same time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 109% Efficiency!
« on: December 27, 2010, 06:40:44 PM »
No, boiling does not affect efficiency...  ;D

Mashouse efficiency is what you get out of the mash/lauter vs theoretical.

Brewhouse incorporates all the loses due to transfer.

Neither is affected by boiling... ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Infinium
« on: December 27, 2010, 06:26:37 AM »
Pretty good brew. I served it up in a Duvel tulip with the etched "D" bottom. Very malt centered, no real presence of hops. The aroma was fruity, strawberries and pineapple came to mind. Lots of caramel aromatics and flavor. Alcohol warming post consumption and although it has a high level of carbonation, it does not have what I think of as a Champagne character. A nice beer, perhaps a bit on the high end in terms of price, but still a nice beer.

FWIW - I couldn't find much in common with Deus.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 109% Efficiency!
« on: December 27, 2010, 05:25:13 AM »
I guess I'll just keep repeating the factual information.

The efficiency is the same pre-boil or post-boil. So the boil has no effect AT ALL on efficiency because sugars are conserved.

Now if you lose some wort in your hoses, that's your mismanagement, and has nothing to do with the boil. If you have to runoff more wort due to an inadequacy of gravity and have to boil the resultant volume longer, the efficiency of that wort is still the same pre and post boil.

Feel free to not take my word on it. Cool a sample of wort to the proper temp and measure the pre-boil gravity and measure the volume of wort. Repeat post boil (in the kettle). You'll find the volume x pts equal before and after the boil. You could boil it for a nanosecond or for hours and that will remain true. At some point you might boil off all the water which will make it tricky to measure the gravity, but it still would remain true ;)

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Steeping Crystal Malt
« on: December 24, 2010, 12:52:45 PM »
For steeping, temp really doesn't matter so much. If partial mashing it would matter more.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Haze issues with a bag of Maris Otter malt
« on: December 23, 2010, 06:46:42 PM »
I'm of the camp who have never had a problem with it...and I use Fawcett...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Using "Twist-off" beer bottles
« on: December 23, 2010, 10:49:07 AM »
I always go the safe route and tell people not to do it, but if it's what you have, gopher it. Be careful, on the US bottles the necks can be kinda thin and may have potential to break under force.

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