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The Pub / Re: Kids in brew pubs/tasting rooms
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:41:13 PM »
You wouldn't have a bar to drink in Germany then. ;)

We are pet and kid friendly at my tasting room/biergarten. I know it offends some people but I enjoy a family atmosphere. Luckily for us the kids usually stay outside and aren't running around the tap room. We have a very big "green" venue next to us.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:56:24 PM »
LOL I didn't drink anything but IPA all weekend. But it does affect my taste for other beers. We have a SMASH Amarillo IPA right now that is very delicious.

I recommend that you pace yourself. Start out with a plain vanilla APA, then progress to a slightly more aggressive style and so on. Finish the night with a nice hoppy DIPA.

That's what I do. Keep it interesting!

Charlie

lol I do know how to drink beer. But thanks for the tip. ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:30:24 PM »
Haha! Yeah but it's still pretty amazing. ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best all grain hefeweizen kit?
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:02:40 PM »
Awesome thx. I don't ferment much at 58d but I'm going to try to make a low ester blonde for summer, and I think 58f 3 days then 68f would work exceptionally on that, so my heffeweizen will have a buddy in the chest

The fermentation temp can also be played around with. Supposedly some breweries in Germany ferment much warmer.

The Brewers Publication book "German Wheat Beers" is actually an excellent resource.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:01:05 PM »
I haven't tried a whole lot of hoppy beers aside from the one I was disappointed with so I'd rather hold my opinion on that for now because it could have been a programming error on my part. I'm going to try it again soon and will report back.

For really hoppy beers I increase hop amounts by 20%.  Seems to work for me.  I believe that will be dealt with in the new unit.

Don't have the handbook in front of me but there is a max they recommend for each bin. Do you just exceed that?

I assume you're using pellets?  You could probably get 3 oz. per bin easily.  Plus if you want to you can program a pause, pull out the step filter, and refill a cage.  If you use whole hops, the amount would be significantly less.


I believe picobrew recommends a max of 1.5oz per cage...I assume to allow for expansion once the pellets get wet.  You can do as Denny suggest  by using a pause step in the advanced editor.  If I am looking for a big 10min addition I often just program one for 11min and one for 10min and split the addition between 2 cages if I am not using all 4.

Yeah, I do realize you can pause and add more pellets. The potential for hops stands is also amazing. You could do a 24 hour (or longer) hop stand at 185 if you wanted.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:40:01 PM »
Well, I just looked it up and it says 1.5 oz per compartment. Still, that's a lot of hops for a 2.5 gallon batch. I think I have gone 2 oz before. I'll try 3 for grins. ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:10:22 PM »
I haven't tried a whole lot of hoppy beers aside from the one I was disappointed with so I'd rather hold my opinion on that for now because it could have been a programming error on my part. I'm going to try it again soon and will report back.

For really hoppy beers I increase hop amounts by 20%.  Seems to work for me.  I believe that will be dealt with in the new unit.

Don't have the handbook in front of me but there is a max they recommend for each bin. Do you just exceed that?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best all grain hefeweizen kit?
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:05:09 PM »
oh yeah malt

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:02:04 PM »
In terms of hobby stuff, it's fairly cheap. A pair of Yamaha 150 outboards are about $24k, to go salmon fishing at bouy 10 twice a year.... now That is money

Haha! That's a good point. I'm into HiFi and the stuff I want is so expensive I'd have to get a divorce to buy it and then I couldn't afford it.

The stuff you can do with step mashes with the pico is incredible my only real gripe is the way it handles hops. I much prefer the hops directly in the boil. I guess you can do that if you use a large enough hop sock.
What is the resulting problem with their method for adding hops? Less flavor, aroma, bitterness per ounce of hops? something else?



I haven't tried a whole lot of hoppy beers aside from the one I was disappointed with so I'd rather hold my opinion on that for now because it could have been a programming error on my part. I'm going to try it again soon and will report back.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:42:04 PM »
In terms of hobby stuff, it's fairly cheap. A pair of Yamaha 150 outboards are about $24k, to go salmon fishing at bouy 10 twice a year.... now That is money

Haha! That's a good point. I'm into HiFi and the stuff I want is so expensive I'd have to get a divorce to buy it and then I couldn't afford it.

The stuff you can do with step mashes with the pico is incredible my only real gripe is the way it handles hops. I much prefer the hops directly in the boil. I guess you can do that if you use a large enough hop sock.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best all grain hefeweizen kit?
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:37:12 PM »


I would also note that I have made this before with 40% Avangard pale ale malt and it comes out excellent as well.  I find the ones I have made with just pils and wheat malt to be lacking, but that's just my taste.

That's interesting I may try that. I have gone vienna instead of pils and like the result.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best all grain hefeweizen kit?
« on: February 18, 2018, 05:34:47 PM »
Anything weird with the yeast? Airlock or no, that kind of stuff?

Water? I'm assuming Cl mostly

I adjust the pH of the mash to 5.4 with Cl and lactic. I have gone back to using airlocks for everything because I am forgetful of 5 and 10 gallon batches. lol

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Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:37:53 PM »
This post (post #34 in the thread) on HBT has an email from PicoBrew support. The email says that each module can run different brew.

https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/picobrew-z.645332/

That's kinda neat but I still don't get why they didn't just make a larger unit with one grain bin, figure out a way to add the hops to the actual wort rather that recircing them in a loop and add chilling compacity. 5 gallon automated batches would have been great.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best all grain hefeweizen kit?
« on: February 18, 2018, 01:22:10 PM »
You may or may not need rice hulls. Depends on the design of your tun. But it's not a bad precaution to throw a few handfulls in.

Kieth,

What is your method for adding rice hulls?  I’ve only used them once and quickly realized they are thirsty little buggers: they drank my wort. I’ve never seen this mentioned but is it recommended to soak them in water first?


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Never soaked them, I just throw them in with the grain. If they have a lot of absorption I never noticed it.  You just need to calculate them by weight and add it to the grain bill.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best all grain hefeweizen kit?
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:58:32 PM »
You may or may not need rice hulls. Depends on the design of your tun. But it's not a bad precaution to throw a few handfulls in.

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