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The Pub / Re: I have a fever
« on: April 15, 2012, 11:48:55 AM »
Looks like someone started hitting the sauce early today.  ;)

My thoughts are, I don't think that book is outdated at all. It is a thoroughly written book on the process of brewing traditional german wheat beers. It's also probably the best book in the series, along with his Kolsch book. The bock book is pretty great too.

That said, I do believe you can single infuse hefeweizens (or any wheat beers) but you might have problems with a gummy mash if you don't break down the beta glucans. It's not as much of a problem for homebrewers with a 10-20 lbs mash, obviously and can be worth the risk of simplicity by simply doing a single infusion. I do personally think the beers tastes better with a step mash (starting with ferulic acid rest) and double decoction though.

Ingredients / british pale ale malt vs american 2 row
« on: April 14, 2012, 10:11:59 PM »
The difference beteen English biscuit and American cookie is the sweetness. Whatever the hell you want to call it it is two completely different things.

Ingredients / Ingredients storage
« on: April 14, 2012, 04:30:06 AM »
Just keep the grain dry and sealed until use and refrigerate the yeast and freeze or refrigerate the hops and you should be good.

The Pub / Anybody Fish?
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:57:25 PM »
I used to fish a lot. Did a good bit of fly fishing too. Then one day I realized I f##king hate fishing, so I quit. Been happy ever since.

Ingredients / british pale ale malt vs american 2 row
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:11:31 PM »
Crisp and Thomas fawcett are the only Maris otter malts I've ever had that I really got a distinct flavor from. Both of them are floor malted, maybe that's the difference.

All Things Food / Re: lime leaf source
« on: April 13, 2012, 02:42:53 PM »
It's more than the "one leaf" thing. I think one bag is about 20 grams or so. The quality is top notch, fwiw.

All Things Food / Re: lime leaf source
« on: April 13, 2012, 02:06:12 PM »
no worries. glad i could help.

All Things Food / Re: lime leaf source
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:55:03 AM »
ha, well, this was redundant.

Ingredients / british pale ale malt vs american 2 row
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:57:17 AM »
I agree, even the Briess pale ale malt is pretty good. I'd say, for my tastes, the American varieties have a more "cookie" like taste and the British has a more "biscuit" like taste. The differences might be subtle of you are not sure what you are looking for, but for simple beers such as OrdinAry biter it can make all the difference in the word. Hop bomb American ipa, not so much.

Yeast and Fermentation / Sour finish in beers using S-05
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:52:40 AM »
Dee - what temp ate you fermenting the us-05 and what temp did you start it out?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour finish in beers using S-05
« on: April 12, 2012, 08:10:27 AM »
I had some tart taste in a Mocktoberfest brewed a little too warm (65F or so).  I blamed it on the fermentation temperature, because I will use US-05 in cream ales all the time (at about 58-59F or lower) without that sharp finish.

I did as well.  It was a split batch 1/2 S-05, the other WLP833.  The lager half turned out great, the ale half had some tartness.  I'm thinking it may be related to sparge pH and the attenuation of the yeast making that fault more noticeable.  I too, ferment S-05 at 65-70F (beer temp) most of the time.

cool it down a bit and I think you will notice it much less. I pitch at 58-60 and ferment at 64 ramping it up only after the krausen starts to fall.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast nutrient, worthwhile or not?
« on: April 12, 2012, 04:19:09 AM »
Servo is not any better than any other nutrient IMO. It is just a way for the Germans to get past the reinheitsghebot because what servo really is is just zinc fortified yeast (with other nutrients). I use the wyeast or white labs nutrients (not servo) interchangeably with fine results.

All Things Food / lime leaf source
« on: April 12, 2012, 04:14:32 AM »
I had a tree for five years and it died suddenly last year. I kept it in my solarium. Not too expensive and fairly easy to keep alive.

Still waiting to hear back on source.

The Pub / A letter to my wife during the NHL playoffs
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:34:45 PM »
I got a chuckle out of the "end you child producing days" part of the rant.  ;D

FYO I'm Already way ahead of the game on that. Child producing days have been over after the second one. Kid was a terror. No mo.

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