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He "may" be getting a higher efficiency by the use of a "sparge" as opposed to simply draining the tun, but my no-sparge yielded a 64% efficiency. Now it may depend upon how his pump is setup. If the wort stratifies (and we all know it will), and if we suppose he is pulling from the area with the lowest sugars, he is in essence sparging and collecting in the same vessel and may be maximizing his efficiency by inadvertently taking advantage of the natural stratification.

I might be missing something, but it sounds like a no-sparge with the exception of being more complicated.  ???

I've worked for years with nothing more than a boil kettle and a mash tun AND something to collect the wort until the boil kettle is no longer functioning as a HLT. A bucket, a smaller kettle, a pot, whatever... It's how I pulled off four brews in a 12 hour timeframe with one mash tun, two kettles and two burners.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Chimay
« on: October 30, 2010, 04:52:04 AM »
What's funny is Chimay was the first beer which was distributed when we changed the laws in NC and upped the ABV percentage. Because it was first on the market it went in everywhere. I can get it at almost every grocery store. So one day I have to drive at least 3 hours to get it and the next it's 5 minutes away.

I've always found it to be pretty consistent, but I don't often reach out for a bottle...YMMV

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
« on: October 28, 2010, 02:41:08 PM »
I remember liking it, but my socks never left my feet...YMMV

All Grain Brewing / Re: BJCP Classification
« on: October 25, 2010, 05:00:52 AM »
Belgian Specialty for the first, the second is not so cut and dried, if it has the attributes of a Robust Porter then a Robust Porter, otherwise it may not fit anywhere and head to the catch all Specialty category. Many times people try to take a beer and make it fit into one of the categories. Much better to set out to brew a particular style and then enter in that style. Brewing to style is not an easy thing to do  ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: October 22, 2010, 04:32:04 AM »
I saw that one last year, but it was only in our area in 12 packs. I did not realize it had peaches, kinda an odd bird. I'll give it a whirl if it makes it this year, I tend to like the Shiner stuff, but pecans and peaches doesn't sound promising.

All Grain Brewing / Re: "double" sparge in a batch sparge
« on: October 21, 2010, 05:50:02 AM »
I batch my first runnings and then fly the rest. I've also done a "no sparge" and we didn't have room for it all in the tun so we added more mash as the volume decreased. Kinda weird to sparge with mash, but it worked well. I get very high efficiency (not that it matters) using the batch/fly methodology. One key is to be sure you don't compact the grainbed before starting to add the sparge water. If you run too long and do compact, just stir it up and vorlauf again and then add sparge water before it compacts again.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: payment plan for lifetime membership
« on: October 21, 2010, 05:01:40 AM »
I'm going to bump this to the top since the question popped into my head today as well.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Midnight Sun Brewing!
« on: October 17, 2010, 12:48:38 PM »
At one time several were available in VA and I remember none were slouches...I'll have to check and see if they still are distributed there...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in the Bible
« on: October 15, 2010, 11:49:41 AM »
I've always questioned how exact the translation of the Bible really is. I did a search regarding the KJV not too long ago. Start reading at 1535 and progress forward, also note how 14 books disappeared over time.

So, my thinking is if people can cut and paste and choose what to include and exclude over time, they can certainly change verbiage or it could be that some things just don't translate well.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Delerium Tremens
« on: October 15, 2010, 05:54:38 AM »
I've never seen it in Nocturnum, but have seen it in Tremens on several occasions. Kwak as well. I assume it's proteins and yeast, maybe Gordon knows what it is or could be, but it looks nasty. (Still tastes fine).

I couldn't find anything on a Delirium sediment search, but Kwak came up with an interesting photo using Google:
One time with an aged Kwak it came out like egg drop soup, that is what happened to well the well aged bottles of Tremens I had.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Delerium Tremens
« on: October 15, 2010, 05:03:28 AM »
Delirium doesn't age well, it forms some nasty looking globules if held. Kwak does the same thing...try to drink soon after you buy. The taste doesn't change so much as the appearance will...

euge - are ya in the middle of nowhere?  Waited three years?

Beer Travel / Re: cancun
« on: October 12, 2010, 04:47:21 PM »
I've never been to Cancun, but when in Puerto Vallarta the beer of choice was Negra Modelo and we drank a bunch of it. Also have some Don Julio tequila. It was the standard pour in PV and is good stuff, I like the Reposado and Anejo.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Great Divide's Tripel
« on: October 11, 2010, 02:28:10 PM »
Let's look at marketing a little deeper. Picked up a bottle of Le Bleu water at a hotel as my arrival gift. I was kinda excited thinking, "Wow, that water must come from France. Wonder if it will taste any different than regular water." Get to the room and look closer at the bottle and it is packaged in Advance, NC. That's about 20 miles from where I grew up  ::)

Want me to really bust your bubble, grab that bottle of Texas'd assume it was from Texas right? Nope, Winston-Salem, NC, again about 20 miles from where I grew up...  ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA
« on: October 09, 2010, 05:13:02 AM »
The chunkies are probably yeast or proteins - enjoy the effects ;)

The interesting thing is breweries can call beers anything they desire. They could make a very nice Pilsner and call it a Mumbo Jumbo Flashdance Stout. Most people would think it was a stout, but no, it's a pilsner. There's no rules about naming the beer unless it has some ingredient such as Pumpkin or Coconut or spices and then it only comes into play with labeling laws.

I've often thought if I ever do own a brewery (note I said own, not be the brewer) I'll make a Torso Series of beers with names like Matt, Bob, Art and Phil...  ;)

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