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Homebrew Clubs / Minimum number?
« on: June 23, 2010, 09:46:50 PM »
What is the minimum number of members required to start a club?

Homebrew Competitions / Sour Ale Comp?
« on: June 23, 2010, 08:50:26 PM »
I read there is a sour ale competition?  I found it on the AHA event list the other day, is there a way we can search for just certain competitions or is there a direct link to the info?  I've never entered a comp but I might try this one for giggles and grins.

Events / Huh?
« on: June 21, 2010, 03:58:52 PM »
I was just looking at the competition pages on the AHA calendar, I've got some questions I'm just wondering about.

I've seen prices per entry ranging from $3 to $13... per entry?  The average looks to be about $6.  Whats up with that, why doesn't the AHA set a standard price?

Forms, I thought no recipe was required but its on the AHA form which is required by most clubs.   ???

Number of bottles per entry... I saw one requiring 4 bottles per entry... why so many  ???  check it out...

All Grain Brewing / How does this look to you?
« on: June 17, 2010, 11:09:20 AM »
I'm making a small IPA, all late hop additions.  Hop combination I've never tried either.  Here is my original water report.
Cal: 50, Mg: 18, Na: 6, Sulfate: 5, Cl: 6, Bicarb: 220.8

And here is what I plan to do this weekend, opinions welcomed, I'm trying to learn beersmith and use Kai's spreadsheet... as well as hoping to make a decent brew.   :D

Brew Type: All Grain Date: 6/19/2010
Style: American IPA Brewer: Dean
Batch Size: 5.50 gal Assistant Brewer: 
Boil Volume: 6.51 gal Boil Time: 60 min
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 % Equipment: C70E MT 5 gallon batches
Actual Efficiency: 0.00
Taste Rating (50 possible points): 35.0

Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU
9 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 85.35 %
1 lbs Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 8.98 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 4.49 %
2.1 oz De-Bittered Black Malt (Dingemans) (550.0 SRM) Grain 1.17 %
0.0 oz Carared (20.0 SRM) Grain 0.00 %
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (20 min) Hops 13.2 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (15 min) Hops 13.1 IBU
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (10 min) Hops 7.9 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (10 min) Hops 3.1 IBU
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (5 min) Hops 4.4 IBU
0.50 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (5 min) Hops 1.7 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (5 min) Hops 2.6 IBU
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (0 min) Hops - 
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (0 min) Hops - 
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) Hops - 
0.70 ml Lactic Acid (Mash 60.0 min) Misc 
0.90 ml Lactic Acid (Boil 60.0 min) Misc 
1.00 gm Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash 60.0 min) Misc 
3.00 gm Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 min) Misc 
3.00 gm Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 min) Misc 
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale 

Beer Profile Estimated Original Gravity: 1.057 SG (1.056-1.075 SG) Measured Original Gravity: 1.000 SG
Estimated Final Gravity: 1.014 SG (1.010-1.018 SG) Measured Final Gravity: 1.000 SG
Estimated Color: 12.5 SRM (6.0-15.0 SRM) Color [Color]
Bitterness: 46.1 IBU (40.0-70.0 IBU) Alpha Acid Units: 15.5 AAU
Estimated Alcohol by Volume: 5.66 % (5.50-7.50 %) Actual Alcohol by Volume: 0.00 %
Actual Calories: -2 cal/pint

Mash Profile Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge Mash Tun Weight: 13.00 lb
Mash Grain Weight: 11.13 lb Mash PH: 5.4 PH
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
Sparge Water: 4.37 gal Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE

Name Description Step Temp Step Time
Mash In Add 13.91 qt of water at 169.4 F 154.0 F 60 min

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) Carbonation Volumes: 2.5 (2.2-2.7 vols)
Estimated Pressure: 12.3 PSI Kegging Temperature: 40.0 F
Pressure Used: -12 Age for: 3.0 Weeks
Storage Temperature: 52.0 F

Estimated RA: 68

The Pub / Calling BS! ?
« on: June 16, 2010, 01:49:31 AM »
When is calling BS when BS is BS not correct?

For instance, the AT&T "3G" network map they air nationwide for all to see.  THAT is pure BS.... I'm in the map and tried their "3G", even talked to their reps... connection speed was worse than dialup.  No s***, honest truth.  I went back to dialup.   :o  Yet their adverts continue... when will America wake up and call BS without fear that its not PC or get sued?  How many gallons or BARRELS per hour is it.. which report is telling "the truth".   The British government wasn't happy with how America is pinning things on BP... WHY?  What does the British GOVERNMENT have to do with it?  Our President had to "call" and soothe Britain?  WTF?! 

PC is killing America!   >:(

Yeast and Fermentation / WY3724 starter tastes
« on: June 12, 2010, 11:09:47 PM »
I made a starter with 3724 and stepped it up today, when I poured off the beer from the yeast I saved it and tasted it... it was kind of winey tasting.  Is that normal?   ???

General Homebrew Discussion / Water Calculators
« on: June 10, 2010, 03:32:48 PM »
Sometimes they confuse the hell out of me.   :D  Maybe more than sometimes even.  I've got 4 different calculators on my computer now since I added brewitch(sp?) today.

One of the things that gets me is the outcome being either balanced, bitter or very bitter.  Each one of them has quite a broad range so for it to just say bitter doesn't tell me much of anything.

Look at some of the water profiles on famous beers ..... holy cow no way in hell I want my beer to have some of the chloride to sulfate ratios they show because my beer would be so bitter I couldn't swallow it.  And some of them are missing attributes... how can you duplicate that?  I guess thats why there are missing attributes?   :D

Ingredients / Overnight mash ingredient question
« on: June 10, 2010, 12:51:50 AM »
Okay, I made a sour mash, leaving the mash sit about 4 days.... wheew is it smelly, like a sweaty animal or what the bottom of a barn smells like.   :D

I had an absolutely HUGE efficiency jump because I narrowed my gap and from the very long mash itself I believe?  Anyway I'm concerned that its going to finish too dry.... is that possible with a sour mash?

Here is the grain bill which gave me 6 gallons of wort.  Actually there is about another gallon or so that I could still get from the MT due to a failed attempt at trying to mashout where I added too much boiling water and still couldn't hit mashout.   ::)  I've NEVER been able to hit 170.   ???  So after this I'm not trying again.

7 lbs. M.O. Pale
1/2 lb. Am. Wheat
1/4 lb Gamb. Honey
1/2 lb. Acidulated Malt to lower the mash ph.

Brewhead's website says I hit 81% efficiency and I didn't boil, I have an OG of 1.043 straight out of the MT.  I plan to use S05 yeast and I'm worried its going to finish like wine.  Is there anything I can do?  Or should I just let it rip and see what happens?  I've got lactose, I've got carapils...

General Homebrew Discussion / Books?
« on: June 08, 2010, 04:08:37 PM »
I've got How To Brew, Brewing Classic Styles and Designing Great Beers.  I like each of them but each one for different reasons.   I just ordered Radical Brewing and Brew Like a Monk... I hope I'm ready for them.  I've got the basic mechanics down so I'm looking for something else to tweek my brewing.  One question, are they life altering?   :D

The Pub / Speaking of Grandma's and IPA's...
« on: June 04, 2010, 08:15:03 PM »
Last weekend I attended my one of my Aunts surprise B-day parties, she's 89.  To make a long story short we had a lot of fun and one of the things that was interesting was my Aunt telling me about how my Grandfather and Great Uncles used to brew their own beer back then.  She thinks its interesting that I took up homebrewing.  She told me about a time when my Father had managed to get into a batch that was still fermenting, she said he had passed out.... he was only about 5 years old!    :o   I love listening to the stories from back then.   :)  :D  Its good to see her, its been more than 10 years since I had seen her last.

Grandma was very much like a good IPA... lightly sweet, mellow but crisp and bitter when you were out of line.  She'd wash your mouth out with soap faster than you could say "but" and didn't care how old you were either!  I can still feel the rasp of her fingers washing behind my ears when I think about her... cleanliness was next to godliness.   :D  God Bless Grandmas!   :)

General Homebrew Discussion / When is an IPA not an IPA?
« on: June 04, 2010, 02:45:57 PM »
When is an IPA not an IPA?

When its lost a substantial amount of its freshness and sinks to the level of a pale bitter or bitter pale.   

I'm going to a graduation party in Fruitport tomorrow, I'm wondering how close Founder's Brewery / Pub is?  Has Bell's opened a Brewery Pub in GR? 

My brother is driving and he doesn't drink anymore so maybe I can talk him into a short visit, he's already the designated driver.    ;D  :-\

Commercial Beer Reviews / Bell's HopSlam?
« on: June 03, 2010, 01:34:02 PM »
I haven't had one this year since they first released them a couple or few months ago, anybody had this beer lately?  When I bought mine they were Great, smooth and had huge citrus flavor and aroma.   I'm curious to how they might have aged any further? 

The Pub / Who ARE You?
« on: May 27, 2010, 11:18:50 PM »
I probably should have posted this in the new member section... I don't remember where that is honestly.   :-[   :D

Anyway... who am I?  I'm the guy that will stand beside you under any circumstance if you are my friend.  I'll put it all on the line, seriously, just don't bs me or lie to me.  Wives... I've had two, I love both of them, always will, and I'll never say a bad thing about either one because I'm not the easiest person to understand or deal with much of the time... hence why I'm saying this now for your (benefit)?  Children, I couldn't ask for better, from artists to computer geeks that served in the US military, far better people than myself and thats what we all hope for right?

Beer... now there is a subject I've known since I was 14, yeh, actually before that... first beer was a Black Label beer, in the can... same day an old friend damn near blew my ear off with a firecracker he tossed my way.   ::) 

Anyway... I'm a real DieHard... I don't give up, I'm the last person doing it is all.  And I'm kinda a prick when I look for answers that people don't necessarily want to give.  I should have been a cop or like... but I'm too old for that shyt, those boys are FIT today!  Still bet I could carry two of them off without breaking much of a sweat.   ;) :D

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