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Beer Travel / Copenhagen Beer Celebration?
« on: March 20, 2012, 08:12:38 AM »
Anybody going? I'll be there 10-13 May. Here's the list of breweries:

    Amager Bryghus
    Baird Brewing
    Brouwerij De Molen
    Cigar City
    Crooked Moon
    De Struise Brouwers
    Dieu Du Ciel!
    Evil Twin
    Fanø Bryghus
    Hill Farmstead
    Hoppin Frog
    Jolly Pumpkin
    The Kernel
    Kiuchi Brewery
    Lost Abbey/ Port Brewing
    North Peak
    Nøgne Ø
    Shiga Kogen
    Stillwater Artisanal Ales
    Three Floyds
    To Øl

Yeast and Fermentation / reinheitsgebot co2 recuperation
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:00:02 AM »
Anybody tried it? I've got a couple kegs' worth of lager in the fridge and I'm having to pull the release valve every few hours to keep them from carbing and stopping fermentation; seems like such a waste to let all that CO2 just float away. I have a check valve cask aspiration via co2, perhaps I could run that in reverse?

All Grain Brewing / Hop absorption rates?
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:32:20 PM »
Just finished (phew! Only 10 hours!) brewing the massive 1.115 imperial stout tonight. I had accounted for grain absorption, but as I finished filling my first 20L fermenter and heard the march pump straining, I knew I had forgotten to take into account the absorption rate of nearly 1.5 pounds of hops. How does one calculate that exactly?

Furthermore, WHY does it always rain rain rain every brew day?

All Grain Brewing / CaraAroma vs Aromatic?
« on: March 16, 2012, 09:20:06 AM »
What's the difference (other than color) between Weyerman CaraAroma and Dingemans Aromatic?

Is it going overboard to do a Hochkurz and a 150 minute boil?

Here's the recipe overall:
Cuvée J+D
   Style: Imperial Stout   OG: 1.123   
   Type: All Grain   FG: 1.031   
   Rating: 0.0   ABV: 12.05 %   
   Calories: 401   IBU's: 115.29   
   Efficiency: 70 %   Boil Size: 42.29 L   
   Color:   49.6 SRM     Batch Size: 37.80 L   
      Boil Time: 150 minutes

Grains & Adjuncts
Amount   Percentage      Name   Time   Gravity
18.00 kg   79.12 %      Fawcett Maris Otter Pale Malt   60 mins   1.038
500.00 g   2.20 %      Briess Caramel 120L   60 mins   1.032
1.50 kg   6.59 %      Dingemans Special B   60 mins   1.030
500.00 g   2.20 %      Black Barley (Stout)   60 mins   1.025
250.00 g   1.10 %      Black (Patent) Malt   60 mins   1.025
1.50 kg   6.59 %      Aromatic Malt   60 mins   1.036
0.50 kg   2.20 %      Barley, Flaked   60 mins   1.032
Amount   IBU's      Name   Time   AA %
0.10 kg   44.19      Nugget   60 mins   13.00
75.00 g   38.23      Warrior   60 mins   15.00
90.00 g   15.18      Centennial   15 mins   10.00
90.00 g   8.35      Williamette   15 mins   5.50
50.00 g   0.00      Centennial   0 mins   10.00
50.00 g   9.35      Williamette   60 mins   5.50
Amount   Name   Laboratory / ID
1.00 pkg   Safale US-05   Fermentis US-05
Amount   Name   Time   Stage
1.00 oz   Oak Chips   15 mins   Secondary

Full Body Infusion In   25 min @ 55.0°C
 Add 60.28 L ( 2.96 L/kg ) water @ 62.8°C
Full Body Infusion   5 min @ 62.0°C
 Add 12.85 L water @ 100.0°C
Protein Rest Decoction   60 min @ 70.0°C
 Decot 17.39 L ( 0.00 L/kg ) mash & heat to 100.0°C
Protein Rest Decoction   30 min @ 75.0°C
 Decot 13.77 L ( 0.00 L/kg ) mash & heat to 100.0°C

Beer Recipes / BeerDuJour
« on: March 09, 2012, 07:39:51 AM »
Hey Fred - just checked your site a few times this week and it seems nearly all of those recipes are dead links. Whahappen?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Westy XII special edition
« on: February 22, 2012, 06:38:07 AM »


Will try it when I get home, and post more pics. Only 45 euros! Wondering if theoman got his pack too...

The Pub / Mashing out a little early
« on: February 01, 2012, 03:21:53 PM »
Wife's water just broke - due date was theoretically in 3 weeks but I have been advised to 'not worry about it and get some sleep.' riiiiiiight.

Beer Travel / Anybody in Paris Sunday, 22 April?
« on: February 01, 2012, 05:27:55 AM »
If so, PM me. Very Special event for which I have a few extra places available. I will only say that it involves Jean Van Roy.

Beer Recipes / Barleywine -- NO, ACTUALLY: Imperial Stout
« on: January 26, 2012, 04:03:16 AM »
Whadaya think of this one?

Whaddya think:
% Malt              Malt Type                          SRM
0.829268293    Pale Malt (2 row) US           2
0.073170732    Caramel/Crystal Malt 120L  120
0.024390244    Special B Malt                    180
0.036585366    Black Barley (Stout)            500
0.012195122    Black (Patent) Malt             500
0.024390244    Aroma                               100    

Hops (g)               Boil add
1275  Nugget        60min
500   Warrior       60min
500   Centennial   15 min
500    Willamette  15min
Spice (g)       Boil add
150    Génépi    5 min

Est IBU 69.3, OG 1.104, ABV 11.30%

But... what yeast? Critique away!

The Pub / A low blow
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:59:01 AM »
A good friend is having a wedding in a few months, and is a big beer fan. He also knows a decent number of brewers, but when I asked about brewing, he told me he'd rather go with someone he knows than a friend, because 'what if it gets screwed up...' The guy he's going with, the pro brewer, almost lost his business because of infection issues. He will also probably charge an arm and a leg for several HL of beer plus bottles plus time plus everything, whereas I wouldn't charge anything. Anybody else have this happen before? It's a bit of a punch below the belt for me :-/

Equipment and Software / HOmemade mix stir
« on: January 17, 2012, 05:10:25 AM »
I have a carboy and corny cleaner with detachable cleaning pads. I looked at the pics of mix stirs and they seem to operate on exactly the same principle. So, can I fabricate my own? Any ideas on how it should be designed?

The Pub / How to deal with an a$$hole coworker?
« on: January 10, 2012, 04:24:24 AM »
So, this guy, he's not my boss, but he's the boss of the other department I have to work with, and he's been there for a long time, so everybody knows him. Apparently he doesn't like me, although he doesn't have the balls to say so to my face. He's been talking bad about me behind my back to practically everyone else in the office, including my boss, even though he has no supervision over my work or anything I do. What should I do? I'm already looking for a job somewhere else, but I'm not sure how long that will take.

If he didn't like me and said so to my face, that'd be one thing. The only thing he does to my face is make fun of my inability to form grammatically perfect sentences in French. I have done nothing but nice things for him, including getting him a sixer of Tsing Tao when he said he couldn't find it anywhere.  ???  :(

Yeast and Fermentation / Is lagering necessary?
« on: January 06, 2012, 04:22:00 AM »
I remember reading something about this a while back, but I can't find the thread anymore. Anyway, I can get down to 10-11 C without much effort, but as I don't have room for a chest freezer and the non-freezer alternatives cost $$$$$ here, can I skip lagering all together? Or, can I just keep them at 10-11, or perhaps 4-5 C instead of 0.5/1c? Is the point of the really low temp just to encourage floculation / try to clear the beer?

Commercial Beer Reviews / BrewDog Hardcore IPA
« on: December 23, 2011, 04:02:52 AM »
Deeeelish. Especially when served fresh, on draft. You could drink four or five of these easily. And then you could try to get cash out of the ATM and type in the PIN for a different card, and have the machine eat your card for 'security,' but thankfully you still had the other card. Then you could go buy some Ben & Jerry's, put it in a bag with your phone and hop in a cab and when you roll down the window to... express yourself down the side of the cab. The cab driver gets pissed and pulls over on the side of the interstate and hands you a roll of towels and says 'get to work.' Then you could come home (after giving the guy a nice tip) and leave a trail of clothes from the front door, up the stairs, into the bathroom, into the bedroom, back down the stairs because you forgot to take some advil and drink some water, back up the stairs, and then wake up the next morning and be scared that your phone was lost because you can't find it, only to use Find My iPhone and discover that it's in the plastic bag with the ice cream in the middle of the yard. Then you get to work two hours late because now you're the boss and you're not allowed to take vacation for Christmas because everybody else already requested it and there has to be someone 'at the desk.' So you spend the day tellin' lies on the AHA forum and dreaming of a full English breakfast, hot cup of tea and staying as far away as possible from Hardcore IPA.

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