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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:10:08 AM »
1. I currently brew 1.7-2.0 gallon batches (1/3 of a standard size batch).

2. There are a bazillion advantages to small batches, including a somewhat faster brew day (3-3.5 hours for all-grain!), less beer on the shelf (for those of us with a drinking problem, i.e., we don't drink enough!), more excuse for experimentation with less beer wasted if the batch turns out crappy, you can easily BIAB on the stovetop, dirt-cheap equipment, the list goes on.

3. all grain

4. BIAB, colander sparge or sparge in a bucket, stovetop boil, chill in the sink in cold water bath...

5. small and cheap kettles, stove, scale for measuring hops in grams instead of ounces, 3-gallon carboys

6. I just brewed 6 gallons a couple of weeks ago.  Used 3 kettles on the stovetop.  Wanted/needed to use my cooler mash tun instead of BIAB.  Brew day took about 5-5.5 hours, so it does take an extra 90 minutes or so for a bigger batch.

7. Dude... it's just fun and super-ultra-mega easy to make smaller batches.  It's all good.

Beer Recipes / Re: Adding rye to Scottish Ale
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:01:58 AM »
I think it's an excellent idea.  Rye does not have a very powerful flavor at all so you might not even pick it up besides in the mouthfeel.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash out questions
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:30:39 PM »
I think we need to use "foam" when talking about getting it.


Oh, so you saw what I did there?   ;D
Maybe. All I know is my wife doesn't care if I get foam or not.

As I get older, I am beginning to wonder if the real true purpose of marriage is to serve as a daily reminder of all the foam we're not getting anymore.

Back on topic, I'm a believer in an adage something along the lines of, if it ain't broke, it ain't broke.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash out questions
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:24:44 PM »
I think we need to use "foam" when talking about getting it.


Oh, so you saw what I did there?   ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash out questions
« on: January 18, 2017, 08:51:06 PM »
I get plenty of head with no mashout.  If the head is so terrible that you need to mash out, I think there's other stuff wrong.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash out questions
« on: January 18, 2017, 08:09:00 PM »
We live in the 21st century, and we are homebrewers.  With exception of Munich malt-based beers, all malts have plenty of enzymes to get the job done in 40-60 minutes.  (With Munich, 60-90 is probably a better idea, due to the higher kilning.  But other than that...)  We can also get up to a boil pretty dang fast -- it's not taking us hours to get to a boil.  As such, we can -- and dare I say, SHOULD -- skip a mashout step as homebrewers in the 21st century.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hop Bag or no?
« on: January 18, 2017, 07:12:01 PM »
Hop leaves get into everything and clog up tubes and things.  That's why I think it's better bagging the whole hops at minimum.

Also I have done pellets both ways, bagged and not, and can't really notice a difference -- even bagging I still get plenty of bitterness and flavor in line with whatever the recipe says.  If a bag reduces these amounts, it's not noticeable, to ME.  YMMV.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hop Bag or no?
« on: January 18, 2017, 05:07:26 AM »
I like bagging mine.  Whole hop cones especially.  Pellets, don't need to so much unless using a lot.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What flavor should I expect
« on: January 18, 2017, 05:05:51 AM »
It'll give you a toasty, somewhat deeper malt flavor as opposed to the pils alone,ie., a very nice beer.


I'm speaking of non-lodo brewing as I haven't used it in that format.

Here we go again... ;)

Other Fermentables / Re: Secondary headspace
« on: January 17, 2017, 02:01:11 PM »
Excessive headspace can occasionally lead to acetobacter and vinegar, since acetobacter uses oxygen to live and since ciders can take months to ferment and we sometimes don't monitor as well as we should.  I'll admit, vinegar has happened to me 3 times over the past ~10 batches, so it is a real risk.  If you're concerned, add more juice, or marbles, or purge with CO2 occasionally, as you and others have suggested.  I was fortunate on my current batch... when I racked 3.6 gallons to a 3-gallon carboy, it filled up to the top of the neck perfectly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 15, 2017, 03:56:33 PM »
I generally don't take any advice from a guy who drinks Vanilla Cream Ale or Cookie Dough Ale.  However, I do agree with his disgust for the Leinenkugel’s Bavarian Dunkel.  Not great.

Derailing threads is a sign of my ADHD...wait, what was that?

If anyone actually monitored what I was doing or thinking from second to second...... I'm pretty certain I have undiagnosed adult ADD (not hyper)..... it's as if I loved to multitask, but am really really REALLY bad at it!  :D

Don't worry about it but it is true.  In fact the Cavendish variety we eat now is what replaced the previous banana of choice years ago. They just need to get on with the selection of a new breed and begin cultivation

I'm not worried.  Regardless of all other madness in this world, I actually still have just enough faith in humanity that we will be able to save the banana.  There are other varieties besides Cavendish.  Even plantains aren't half bad if allowed to fully ripen.

wait, what the heck is happening with bananas?
A fungal disease. Since its a huge monoculture crop, with only one cultivar commercially grown, it may get wiped out.

How the hell am I just hearing about this. That really sucks.

And Y2K might spark a nuclear war, and aliens might take over the planet, and Donald Trump might become president.

Pffft, don't worry about it!  ;)

Perhaps not an opinion as much as a practice that I doubt is popular. As a bottler, I fill my bottles right to the top so that the beer is almost touching the cap. Almost no headspace. Hard to say if it makes any difference as I haven't done side by side and I'm sure the variability of cap ingress probably wouldn't allow me to conclude anything anyway. Not sure if it makes any difference but it isn't hurting anything as far as I can tell.

I don't do this but I don't think it hurts anything either, and I know some other homebrewers agree with you.  It drives me nuts when I'm judging a competition and the other judges write "filled to the top" on top of the score sheet, because this doesn't affect flavor at all as far as I can tell, so their comment is meaningless.

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