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Last week's German pils is perking away,  This week I will probably do a starter for next weeks English IPA.

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: March 30, 2010, 05:10:10 PM »
maybe some A's.

Classic Philly rock!  I may be dating myself, but I used to hang with those guys when I first moved to Philly and my wife and Rick's wife used to pal around.  Fun times, what a friggin' party that was.  Still have a copy of the Four Dances EP.

Beer Recipes / Re: Let's talk about German Pilsner
« on: March 30, 2010, 04:41:55 PM »
I think that soft water is a key here as well, although the Dortmunder style seems to be more balanced even with using water that is fairly hard (my well water, high in sulfates, mixed with store-bought spring water seems to lend itself to this style).  That flavor that Ron described is also present in Czech pils, but to a much lesser extent and I believe the hop schedule (both timing and amounts) plays a big part in that.  I would think that you certainly don't want to add anything past 5 minutes and may want to keep it more to the 10 minute mark.  This will require much experimentation and tasting. :P

The Pub / Re: Too drunk....
« on: March 28, 2010, 01:03:39 AM »
I am indeed from NJ.  Born and raised in beautiful, Historic Camden NJ.

Only made the long and arduous journey to Philadelphia about 22 years ago.

At least you went from the fire to the pan instead of ther other way.  At least you're not from Chester. :o

Just finished up the pils and drinking the Dortmunder just tapped this week.  Will keg the Hefeweizen tomorrow.  Really getting into the German beers although I still have an IPA on tap for the moments I'm digging the hops.  This  one's an all Centennial (West Coast style) very dry finish, smack you in the mouth up front bitterness, lots of hop flavor and aroma.  This one is 7% crystal and no chill because of the snow issue we had back in February.  I think I will stick to the 10 - 15% crystal formula though, I seem to prefer more body and a sweeter finish.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Ale
« on: March 26, 2010, 10:51:54 PM »
Columbus, Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo.  ;D

and Simcoe

Equipment and Software / Re: Regulator won't seal...
« on: March 24, 2010, 05:06:02 PM »
Sometimes the oring doesn't seal properly.  My gas supply house gave me a plastic gasket to use in addtition to the oring and this works great.  They give me one every time I fill one of my tanks.

This weekend will be a German pils.  Need to keep that lager yeast turning over, so I'll do a lager every 4- 6 weeks.  I'll probably keg the hefeweizen I did a couple of weeks ago, too.

Beer Recipes / Re: Red Ale
« on: March 24, 2010, 04:45:08 PM »
Carared works well, as Denny said.  My favorite combo is 1/2 lb 60 and 1/2 lb 80 with and oz or two of 120.  I would lose the Carapils, it is not necessary.  IMHO Carapils is useful only in yeller beers like a Dortmunder or Bo-pils.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wee Heavy Recipe Check
« on: March 24, 2010, 04:39:39 PM »
MO will work well for this and the first gallon of runnings down to syrup is classic and will give you the character you are looking for.  May even warrant a run down to Sterling to check it out! ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: RIS recipe check!
« on: March 24, 2010, 04:36:56 PM »
Ron, I'm thinking that as long as you plan on aging this beer, the Hallertaus at the end will be lost and even your flavor additions may be quite subdued and over come by the roastiness over time.  That being said, I'll bet it turns out pretty good and we'll have to trade bottles or have a tasting with a few commercial examples next fall like our soon to be annual Oktoberfest contest. ;D

When I do clean bottles,  I soak them in PBW or the equivalent.  The stuborn ones I take a scrubby to, and the glue comes right off with minamal effort.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is it cheating?
« on: March 24, 2010, 02:25:56 PM »
Not to go on about blending or anything, but in my opinion, if you are willing to put in the time and effort to make all the beers and experiment with blending and the results, you are putting in way more work than someone who brews in a single pass.  I have blended one beer in the past.  It was a special bitter, that seemed to be missing something. I added a little bit of wee heavy to it and it improved it (to my tastes anyway) quite a bit.  The addition of lactic acid is similar in my book, YMMV.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Bottles vs Used
« on: March 23, 2010, 04:57:57 PM »
I don't have any issues with reusing old commercial bottles as long as they are properly cleaded and sanitized. It's a waste of money IMHO.

+1  I bought two cases of new bottles once, when I hadn't collected enough commercial empties when I started brewing again after a hiatus.  I don't even know if I have too many of them left.  I give a lot of beer away and I rarely get the bottles back.

The hefeweizen is fermenting away great.  Nice, subdued banana aroma, should be drinking it in a couple of weeks.  Thinking about sending a bottle Denny's way. ;)

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