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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White Castles and Beer
« on: December 23, 2011, 09:18:54 AM »
As a connoisseur of sliders, I must come to the defense White Castles.
Their sliders are excellant. Recent years have seen other restaurants attempt to replicate the slider without compare.
Their fries,
Their coffee (some of the finest in the land).

And where else can you see all walks of life including the rich coming together in the middle of the night.

And now serving beer. It is like dying and going to heaven.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Efficiency for no-sparge?
« on: December 22, 2011, 04:24:05 PM »
I realize that it has been a while since this thread developed but: What is the difference between no-sparge method as described in BYO and "Brew-in a-bag method made popular in Australia?

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General Homebrew Discussion / alt vs. bock
« on: December 07, 2011, 05:27:37 PM »
Not having tasted a true altbier (to the best of my knowledge) but have tasted professionally made bocks and dopplebocks, I was wondering how the two styles compare, how do they contrast? But more in the areas of taste and malts and hops? Anyone have an opinion?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wild Blue (pic) Blueberry blue dog brewery
« on: December 06, 2011, 07:02:14 PM »
Several summers ago the family and I went camping at Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan which has a brewery on site. I had a blue ale there that they made. It was ok and I raved about it. That evening we stopped for supplies and the wife decided to treat me with Wild Blue  Blueberry ale. I about died and struggled to finish the six pack. When I got home I found out it was owned by AB. Haven't touched  the stuff since. I prefer my fruit beers to be more subtle.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: October 30, 2011, 08:22:23 AM »
Regarding safety issues e.g. being electricuted, I found that when I was using my first heatsticks and moisture was getting in, the short was immediately triggering the circuit breaker.

For me the more basic issue was forgetting to keep them immersed while in use. Pulling them out and watching them immediately fry, has kept from working in haste and not drinking too much homebrew.

Also in terms of heating up water in the basement, I get a headstart by using the hot water from the tap.

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All Grain Brewing / long mash times
« on: July 31, 2011, 12:03:27 PM »
Other than not to mash for over 10-12 hours because it would lead to sour beers, I was wondering what would be the effect of mashing for say 3 hours.

The reason I ask is that occasionally like I had to leave the mash tun for about four hours (Today it was church and brunch with the family). I mashed in at 154 and returned to mash out at 150. For what it's worth I am brewing in this case a Blond Ale.

I was just wondering. I had done some searching but came up with no real answers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Conference Talk - Power Points
« on: July 10, 2011, 07:43:49 AM »
James Spencer's Basicbrewing.com's podcasts just released an audio of the entire keynote address.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Electric stove-top: how far can you go?
« on: May 25, 2011, 03:59:30 PM »
I would agree with the suggestion of a heatstick. Jim Spencer of Basicbrewing a year or two ago did a radio and a video podcast on them and came up with the idea (I believe in the video) that it would be great to use if your main source of heat is a stove.

Me. I just use two heatsticks and get my boil.

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General Homebrew Discussion / lightbulbs
« on: February 10, 2011, 04:10:07 PM »
The other day I came across this article that got me thinking:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/2011-02-07-lightbulbs_N.htm

Has anyone wondered what would be the implications that the new lightbulbs would have on homebrewing?

For example, I brew in the basement and store my bottles in the basement and so, I have always been conscious of using incandescent lights to minimize skunking. What am I going to do once I cannot get such lightbulbs?

What about those who use incandescent lightbulbs as a heat source in their fermentation chamber?, etc?

Just wondering with a homebrew in hand.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Electric Alternatives to turkey fryer.
« on: January 04, 2011, 02:44:04 PM »
I, too, use heatsticks - 2 110watts ones that I use on outlets near the washer and dryer in the basement; I'm on my second set. I'm pleased with them and am able to brew all year long, even during snowstorms in the warmth of my basement.

I did experience carmelization (or at least, some sort of buildup) on the first set I used that really did not affect the beer until the buildup started to flake off and leave a burnt taste - just at the time I started to enter competitions. I started to have moisture problems and had to build new ones.

With the new ones I have been able win awards with Blonde Ale (one year after making them). I have been wiping the heating element to eleminate any buildup. Anytime now that I have a major buildup, it has been when I brew a wheat beer which fortunately I do not care for.

Now here  is my problem: how to build a simple PID controller. Are there any plans available?  I am not an electrician and the beauty  of heatsticks is that they are so easy to make and use.

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I use heatsticks in the basement. Two in fact; both 110 volts. The sockets are near the washer and dryer. I won awards using them but the only drawback is one I experienced today as I was brewing today. It seems that wheat will leave a buildup on the heating elements.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Diabetic and Beer
« on: August 29, 2010, 03:13:43 PM »
Besides drinking it along side a meal, one of the things I try to do is monitor the number of carbs in the the beer. There are several websites as well as brewing programs such as Beersmith that when you try to calculate the alcohol content base on the hydrometer readings, they calculate the carbs.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: STROH'S?
« on: August 21, 2010, 09:50:45 AM »
I am glad to see someone else grew up drinking stroh's.

When I first started brewing several years ago and before my computer crashed with my brewing notes, I once brewed a batch that had a taste similar to something that I had had but I couldn't put my finger on it. That is, until the last few bottles when I realized that it was very similar in the hops to Stroh's. Ever since then, I have been on a quest to learn what hops did Stroh's use. The current official website says they use now cascade and willamette but that is for the new stroh's.

Does any anyone have an idea what the hops they used?

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