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All Grain Brewing / Ph questions for a Kolsch
« on: April 22, 2013, 07:00:37 AM »
In the future you might have better results building your water from RO. I dilute my water 60/40 with RO/tap and add a small amount of calcium chloride to bring the total calcium ppm up to around 50. It will depend on how soft or hard your water is, of course.

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Ingredients / black hoppy ale hops
« on: April 20, 2013, 05:34:06 AM »
Don't know about a CDA/BIPA but I really like Nugget hops in my dark ales.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 20, 2013, 05:32:37 AM »
I started out brewing on an electric top stove in a small apartment and used a wet towel and fan to keep my wort cooled. Now I own a 15 bbl brew house and back to back 30 bbl batches and distribute been all over the state. Don't turn the kit back, grow as you allow yourself to grow. The propane burners and copper heat exchangers and temp controlled chest freezers will all come in time.

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Kegging and Bottling / Problems serving beer!! Help needed!
« on: April 19, 2013, 06:26:02 AM »
I know you say all the pieces are in the faucet but are you sure the restricter is in place? Doesn't make sense that it is coming out "way too fast" at 25psi

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All Grain Brewing / Angry Beer?
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:31:25 AM »
Do you have any control over fermentation temp?

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The Pub / Why I run Windows
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:48:23 PM »
People have been calling Microsoft "idiots" and saying they're doomed for years. What's different about this time? I remember people saying all the same stuff about Vista and 7 too.

I don't think they are idiots nor do I think Windows is going away. But egads Windows 8 is a nightmare.

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The Pub / Why I run Windows
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:36:49 AM »

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The Pub / automatic tip
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:17:16 PM »
Depends on the marketing - for instance, even if it says "Hot, fresh and steamy".

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Going Pro / What Am I Missing in This Artcle?
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:05:05 PM »
Interesting take. 

I don't think any brewery "deserves" business. 

I think if your brewery has horrible chlorophenol problems, or sells infected beer, you "deserve" to go out of business. You're doing the entire craft industry a disservice by selling s***ty beer, as well as siphoning off sales that would otherwise support a good brewery that knows what they're doing.

Oh I certainly believe some breweries deserve to go "out of business,"  I just don't think any deserve to be in business.  They must earn it.  Every day.

Shouldn't that go for every business? Except Microsoft, of course. ;)

Most certainly.  (even microsoft)  I just didn't think my first post was clear.

But .... obviously we have given Microsoft a pass. Just look at Windows 8. I have it on my computer. And it sucks!

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The Pub / automatic tip
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:03:18 PM »
This thread has inspired me to come up with an "automatic tip of the day"

Tip of the day, don't drink a beer labeled "Urine Specimen".

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Going Pro / What Am I Missing in This Artcle?
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:59:59 PM »
Interesting take. 

I don't think any brewery "deserves" business. 

I think if your brewery has horrible chlorophenol problems, or sells infected beer, you "deserve" to go out of business. You're doing the entire craft industry a disservice by selling s***ty beer, as well as siphoning off sales that would otherwise support a good brewery that knows what they're doing.

Oh I certainly believe some breweries deserve to go "out of business,"  I just don't think any deserve to be in business.  They must earn it.  Every day.

Shouldn't that go for every business? Except Microsoft, of course. ;)

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Going Pro / What Am I Missing in This Artcle?
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:44:59 PM »
I think breweries better get used to getting a smaller and smaller piece of the market share. Part of the problem is that everyone thinks they are going to make money with a brewery....at least enough to support themselves.  This is where I think we can learn from the wine industry. Many, in fact I would say most, wineries/vineyards are started by people who made their money somewhere else.  I have looking at the plethora of new wineries in my general area and most, if not all, are started by people in their 40's-60's.  Most are only open 3 days a week and have very limited distribution.  I see this as the future of breweries.....not a 15bbl brewery that is trying to get their beer in every store, bar, and restaurant in sight.

I hear what you are saying except they are two entirely different business models. How many people are going out to local pubs and ordering local wines? How long does it take to produce a wine as opposed to a beer? I think there are things in both industries that can be borrowed and/or copied, but at the crux of the issue they are two different business models entirely.

IMO you have a lot of pico breweries who are either going to succeed because they have great beer and great passion to work for pennies or are going to fail because, regardless of the quality of the beer the brewers are going to decide the passion is not worth the loss of freetime and weekends.

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Going Pro / What Am I Missing in This Artcle?
« on: April 15, 2013, 07:11:41 PM »
You guys scoff, but it can be done. Assuming magic elves will be involved.

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Ingredients / citra with?
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:44:41 PM »
Think out the box on these hoppy beer additions. I use French Strisselspalt in combo with Simcoe and Centennial with fantsastic results.

That said, for a saison I think you should use citra sparingly. Have it accent the yeast character, not dominate it.

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All Things Food / Fermenting Crock
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:41:13 PM »
I make it once or twice a year but I can see keeping a batch going year round now. I'll post photos when I get mine.

If this one works out a may get the 20L as well. :)

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