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Ingredients / Re: Vanilla flavors
« on: April 26, 2012, 09:46:13 AM »
I guess the thing I like about the oak is the complexity it gives you besides just "vanilla". But if straight vanilla is what you want I say definitely use the beans.

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Ingredients / Re: Vanilla flavors
« on: April 26, 2012, 07:44:41 AM »
I'd recommend going with the oak, if you want it more subdued. Vanilla bean will be more straight forward vanilla flavor but the oak will have subtle vanilla. Sounds like that is what you want.

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Ingredients / Re: ahtanum hops
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:06:09 PM »
Yep, that's what I was hoping for. They made a poor substitute though. I tried a single hop beer with them as well and just didn't have the "punch" that cascade and especially amarillo have. Quite frankly I didn't care much for them. I think I still have half of an 11 pound bag.

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Yeah, 90 minutes to drive off SMM for pils malt, 60 minute should be fine for all other styles, though I always boil at least 90 min. I have read that boiling too long can degrade head retention. On higher gravity beers I normally boil for closer to 2 hours to boil down to my OG.

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Ingredients / Re: ahtanum hops
« on: April 25, 2012, 06:05:45 PM »
definitely nothing at all like simcoe. Not like chinook either.

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Ingredients / Re: ahtanum hops
« on: April 25, 2012, 05:03:33 PM »
I tried them last year as a potential sub for amarillo - they did not have enough citrus character for what I was trying to do with them. Not sure what I would recommend them for, if anything.

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The Pub / Re: Exploding keg kills Redhook Brewery worker
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:19:16 AM »
I've read of people setting up basic keg washer for $5k, but I think they usually cost a lot more than that.

That's about right for the automated units, but a "basic" keg washer can be put together for about $200-300. All you need is a coupler, a pump, some tubing, and a jerry-rigged stand.

And an air compressor and/or Co2. I use air for clean side and co2 for santi.

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The Pub / Re: Exploding keg kills Redhook Brewery worker
« on: April 25, 2012, 07:03:02 AM »
I had never heard of it either, so I tried a simple google search.

http://www.keykeg.com/

 ;)

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Going Pro / Re: I froze my Mizer.
« on: April 25, 2012, 06:34:53 AM »
Are you renting or did you buy the tank? How much does it cost to have it filled?

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The Pub / Re: Exploding keg kills Redhook Brewery worker
« on: April 24, 2012, 02:18:02 PM »
That's awful! I can't understand how in the world that could have happened.

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my first homebrew kit  was a christmas present from my mom. I was actually disappointed it wasn't a Mr. Beer kit at first. ???

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Coors Light Iced Tea
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:08:06 AM »
Their commercial should have someone doing the "nestea plunge" but flat on their face an don concrete.

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Going Pro / Re: Brewers have all kinds of beliefs
« on: April 24, 2012, 06:18:54 AM »
I believe it forces it to boil at a lower temp, that's the point. I remember reading about them a little but know very little about them.

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Going Pro / Re: Brewers have all kinds of beliefs
« on: April 23, 2012, 11:40:10 AM »
I doubt they take any hardness out. My water is not super hard anyway. I change them every 3 months or so.

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