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All Grain Brewing / Re: Wheat malt and lower efficiency
« on: August 01, 2015, 09:47:01 PM »
That kinda makes sense. I still say grinding finer works though.

I feel we're being ignored.  Here, let me be more clear:

There's no need to dick around with mill gap settings.  If you don't crush the wheat properly, your efficiency will suffer.  If you don't crush the wheat properly, you aren't crushing anything hard enough.  Set the mill gap tighter, and crush everything tighter.  That includes barley malt, wheat malt, rye malt, oat malt, corn malt (where can I buy some of that!?), you name it.  Set the gap tighter, crush everything harder, and be done with it.

</obnoxiously ranty-sounding but helpful communication>
Nah, Dave, you're definitely not being ignored. I had my mill gap set at .032" for a while, but was starting to see some slower runoffs, and didn't care for that. So I widened it back to .035" and it's been fine since.

I think I will try decocting on my next hefe. Might be done brewing hefes for the year though. Maybe I'll do a winter hefe, for kicks. Decocting is always good to do in the winter when it's chilly inside.
Beersk, I am right there with you on my gap settings. Last several brews I had it set at 1.032 and very slow runnoffs, thinking about going back to 1.035 and seeing where that gets me. I have been happy with my efficiency at 1.032, just taking a little longer

Equipment and Software / Re: BJCP 15 App
« on: August 01, 2015, 08:25:14 PM »
Installing it now. Thanks Jim

The Pub / Re: Mr. Robot
« on: July 30, 2015, 05:43:59 PM »
I am liking it a lot myself. Don't like the addict part but the computer work is fun and that crazy guy who did not get the CTO position adds some great flavor as well

"I've only used fresh blackberries, but they can certainly be messy and can be expensive. I've heard good things about puree. 1lb/gallon is the absolute minimum, but I'd push it to 1.5-2lb/gal if you want any significant fruit flavor." erockrph

Are those weights for both purees and fresh fruit?

Going to try and brew Saturday
       4.5# pilsner malt
       4.5# wheat malt
       1.2oz chocolate wheat for some color
       1.0 oz Styrian Golding 60 minutes
       1.0 oz Styrian Golding 5 minutes
       Saisonstein's Monster yeast
       49 oz apricot puree after primary fermentation

Been on a saison kick lately and adding some fruit (albeit puree and not fresh) is something I've been wanting to try.
Saison is one of my favorite styles for adding fruit. The tart, dry finish works really well with a lot of fruit. My freezer is loaded with currants and gooseberries right now. I think a good amount of it will be going into a saison.
erockrph, I have a saison with pilsner, munich, and wheat 75/20/5 almost done fermenting with Belle Saison(1.049 down to 1.05) and another lined up for this weekend with 90/10 pils to munich II with a blend of 3724 and 3711). I have been thinking about blackberries in secondary. Either puree from the LHBS or trying to source local fresh berries. Any thoughts on which might be a better base for the blackberries? This will be my first fruited beer. The LHBS has one 3# can of Beer/wine puree and a larger 6# can labeled as wine use. I will be in local farmer's market tomorrow and should be able to find fresh, just not sure on price point. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 10 Barrel Joe IPA
« on: July 30, 2015, 11:43:28 AM »
They were giving away samples at NHC...incredible!  Unfortunately, due to my meds, I couldn't try the grapefruit version.
Found the grapefruit here in bottles, tried it and went back for more! Sorry your meds kept you from it, but you gotta stay safe with health issues

I'm glad that you are having some luck with a vial that old, as I have purchased some about that age and been pretty uncertain how they would turn out. I was hesitant, but help out for a better discount than 50%  for yeast that was already 2 months past best by date. In the end they worked for me as well, just longer lag times than I had been used to

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 10 Barrel Joe IPA
« on: July 30, 2015, 11:19:15 AM »
Just picked up a 6 pack of Sculpin...far from dead!
Agreed, I have had Sclupin in bottles and cans and both were wonderful! Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of it on draft, but I am sure it is equally if not more wonderful

Pimp My System / Re: Poolside Brew Shed
« on: July 30, 2015, 09:20:05 AM »
Looks like an awesome space! I see something like this for me in the nearish future, and I have plenty of supplies leftover at our 7 facilities, I need to start searching through a little more in depth. I really like the reclaimed wood overhang.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dumping a batch
« on: July 30, 2015, 09:12:34 AM »
I have no problem dumping bad beer or giving away good beer if I just don't care for it.

+2, I also have no problem with this. Been brewing for 2 years last month, probably 25-30 batches. I have dumped 1 batch where I got a very band aid phenolic smell and taste. I also have left 2 batches for my SO other to drink herself as she liked them and I found off flavors/ poor attenuation that I just could not drink myself. I don't want to dump a batch, but I also don't want to drink beer that I won't/don't enjoy

Great write up. The 3 kids around my household(my girlfriend's) were interested in helping me brew and/or bottle for about 2 batches. I guess I just need to show them the WIIFM to get them interested again, as I could use a good hop dropper and a cleaning agent

Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: July 29, 2015, 11:57:16 AM »
Slowly making my way through all the posts and topics I missed while on our RV trip earlier this month. So I know this is late but here is my .02:

My bins are stocked right now with:
    Crisp MO: 1st sack, no previous exp with MO, but have loved the 2 brews I used it in
    Weyerman Munich I&II: I like what they bring compared to the domestic (likely Briess that I used before buying these)
    Avangard Pilsner: just picked up my second sack, been very happy with it
    Rahr 2 row: also just picked up 2nd sack of this. Have not been able to pick out differences between this and Briess(my first sack of 2 row)

I am still new enough to just be playing around with whatever style interests me and have not duplicated many recipes, so again, this is just what I have on hand after hearing so many suggestions here over the last 2 years

Homebrewer Bios / Re: MicroBrew's Introduction
« on: July 29, 2015, 07:22:45 AM »
Welcome aboard. I love the system check scenario,  my system could use a check now that I'm 2 years into the hobby. Will be great to read your experimentation stories

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water chemistry question
« on: July 29, 2015, 06:54:40 AM »
+2, I have paid for both and have never used beer smith's water treatment section

Beer Recipes / Re: Comments and Suggestions for Gose
« on: July 27, 2015, 06:10:35 PM »
Sounds great Johnny. Gose will likely be my first sour venture whenever I'm ready for that step

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