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The Pub / Re: Hiking around Seattle
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:51:50 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions guys. Has to be storming pretty hard to scare me off, but we shall see. All options on the table, including being too hung over to function on my feet.  :o

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The Pub / Re: Flying w/beer in checked-in luggage
« on: June 14, 2012, 08:01:41 AM »
Thanks guys! I want to only bring about nine 12 oz bottles out to Seattle. Might bring twelve or so back.

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The Pub / Hiking around Seattle
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:10:16 AM »
I'll be at NHC and have all day Sunday and Monday. Looking for some serious day hikes, 4-12 miles, preferably loops.

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The Pub / Flying w/beer in checked-in luggage
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:08:17 AM »
I've done it before but it's been a few years. Anyone have any issues lately?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st wheat brew
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:38:13 AM »
Whether or not you need a protein rest depends on your malt. I've seen some very well-modified, low protein wheat malt in the same range as "typical" NA pale malts. I personally own some very undermodified, high protein wheat malt. My efficiency when using that malt is easily 10-15% lower if I don't do any low-temp (protein) rests. Running that malt through my mill at my "standard" barley setting wouldn't even crush the kernels.


Good point, and wheat does have a higher percentage of protein but the main reason for doing a p-rest would be to break down the beta-glucans to make a less gummy mash. I use Best Malz wheat malt now exclusively. It tends to crush better at my mill setting and gives me about the same efficiency as two row without a step mash. What wheat malt do you use? Sounds like it is one to recommend to stay away from.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:07:24 AM »
Orval is one of my favorite beers. Period. I totally get cherry pie from Orval. Do get the horse blanket, too. But the cherry pie is my overall impression.

Me too major! Maybe those flavors are present in both strains of Brett and you get more of one or the other depending on how it was cultured? hmmm...interesting.

I guess I'll have to order one of each and give them both a try side by side. Oh, shucks. ;)

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:05:24 AM »
Quote from: hoser

You will be surprised at how clean a 100% Brett.

+1. You will probably get more Brett character in the secondary after using a primary yeast. I have had some very nice all Brett beers though. But the funk can be surprisingly subdued. In that case might go perfect with what you are proposing (Amarillo, citra, mango, apricot). Now I wanna try it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st wheat brew
« on: June 14, 2012, 04:50:39 AM »
I brew a wheat beer regularly with 60% wheat and never use rice hulls and never have any problems (knock on wood, right?). In fact, it's been over 10 years since I messed with rice hulls. That doesn't mean you shouldn't but I feel confident that you won't have any problems with you mash using them.

I also only do a single infusion at this point, though on smaller batches I like to do a step mash starting with a ferulic acid mash and maybe even a couple decoctions. But single infusion works well.

Aside from the potentially gummy mash and the potential that the wheat kernels themselves may be slightly smaller than your two row thus needing a different mill gap on your crush I don't think you will notice much difference from any other brew.

What yeast are you using? Wheat iteself doesn't seem to give up larger krauesen, but it could be strain dependent.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:48:35 AM »
Orval is one of my favorite beers. Period. I totally get cherry pie from Orval. Do get the horse blanket, too. But the cherry pie is my overall impression.

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The Pub / Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« on: June 13, 2012, 06:08:39 AM »
What kind of mileage does it get?

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:53:50 AM »
I would not necessarily use Brett b - it depends on if you are talking about White Labs or Wyeast.

From Wyeast I would recommend Brett lambicus, that will give you the cherry pie character that majorvices mentioned.

From White Labs then sure, Brett b (bruxellensis), should be a good choice.

Now, admittedly, I have only tried Brett b from WL, but I can't understand for he life of me why WY would be so much different. I've always heard that Bruxellensis is the cherry pie Brett.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:53:12 AM »
yeah, those hops would not go with cherry. Mango and or apricot would. I'd dump the hops and go for brett character. Hops and fruit and brett .... just too much going on IMO.


which hops would you dump?

I would dump going with any type of pronounced hop character. Personally, I think the cattiness of simcoe would go well if it was light and complemented rather than dominated the beer, but I would consider that in a darker beer and with cherries. OTOH mango and apricot would go with the citra for sure. Amarillo too, maybe. for my tastes this is going to be a challenging balancing game. Just be sure the hops are not dominant for your first round, you can go back and bump the hops up on your next try. That's my .02.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:49:02 AM »
yeah, those hops would not go with cherry. Mango and or apricot would. I'd dump the hops and go for brett character. Hops and fruit and brett .... just too much going on IMO.

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Going Pro / Re: insurance types
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:38:47 AM »
I'm sure it is a much bigger deal if you self distribute. Along those lines; we are expressly forbidden to pour any beer at festivals. We can be there and talk but we must have volunteers who pour the beer and the volunteers are signed on with the company who runs the festival.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:39:43 AM »
Brett b with a blend of sweet and sour cherries is another option to consider. I did this few years back and the Brett "cherry pie" character matched up well with the cherries.

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