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Beer Recipes / Critique my Wit
« on: September 29, 2012, 09:29:12 AM »
oats are very traditional in a wit. I'm pretty certain the are used in hoegarten as well. you want a large portion of starch in the grain bill.

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Going Pro / How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 29, 2012, 06:09:45 AM »
I could not have groan my business to where it is now without a loan. We didn't start with a loan but it became quickly apparent that we needed cash if we were going to grow into a real business. We are ready to take on another 120K right now and we are looking into taking on another partner buying a 10th of the company.

After this next loan is paid off the scary one comes because we will need a couple million to build out a new facility and hopefully grow into a truly regional brewery.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First German Dark Beer
« on: September 29, 2012, 05:50:40 AM »
If you can get the temp into the mid to high 50s give WY1007 a try for you German Mock lager. It's very clean and has some "lagerish" characteristics.

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Ingredients / Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« on: September 28, 2012, 01:33:30 PM »
Yeah, 2" ports. I forgot about that part. Still, I dry hop in carboys/buckets without a bag. But with a .5" port on a conical that could cause some problems.

you should be more cognizant of that distinction my good man  :P

At least I have dudes like you to keep me in check!  ;) Nice catch.

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Ingredients / Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« on: September 28, 2012, 12:47:58 PM »
Yeah, 2" ports. I forgot about that part. Still, I dry hop in carboys/buckets without a bag. But with a .5" port on a conical that could cause some problems.

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Ingredients / Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« on: September 28, 2012, 12:44:49 PM »
Never use a bag. Haven't in years.

OTOH I have 2" ports.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Transfer to secondary with March pump
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:14:27 AM »
It is preferable to transfer beer without a pump if possible because you don'tr want to knock the co2 out of the beer - foaming like that can erase some volatile aromas. But I do use a pump for beer transfer out of my non pressurizable tanks out of necessity. The preferred methos is to transfer via co2 pressure on the tank to be racked.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Alpha-mashing ginger
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:07:15 AM »
IIRC if you mash corn with malt enzymes it turns to maltose. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

Interesting topic about the ginger being mashed. I use a lot of ginger, mostly all at knock out and whirl pool. One  thing I have seemed to notice with ginger is the longer you boil it the "spicier" (IOW hotter) it becomes. I am planning on doing some actual tests on that soon to see how rue it is.

I just brewed a honeyed ginger ale with lemon rind a few weeks ago and it is pretty tasty, though perhaps a little over the top on the ginger.

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Ingredients / Re: Pellets or whole for dry hopping?
« on: September 28, 2012, 02:03:25 AM »
What hasn't seem to have been mentioned is that there are less vegetative matter in pallets as opposed to whole so you should get less vegetative flavors with pellets. Also, whole hops soak up a lot more beer so you will lose more with whole hops. I have never had a problem with pellets dropping out. I use conicals now almost exclusively and I dump my hops in and don't have any issues with carry over. OTOH I do BBT every beer.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Sour beer
« on: September 27, 2012, 04:16:55 PM »
+ 1. "Wild Brews" is the book to get on the topic. Way more to discuss there than you will get here. Also check out the burgundian babble belt forum.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Topic Posting
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:07:00 AM »
Bump up to active threads. I don't mind moving the threads around but it seems like the AG sections is becoming more of a "catch all" again lately. Again, putting the threads in the right section helps with the search function. In other words, just because you brew AG doesn't mean you should post a fermentation question in the AG section. Thanks!

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All Grain Brewing / MOVED: Sour beer
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:05:11 AM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / Do you rinse sani-clean?
« on: September 24, 2012, 11:28:57 AM »
yeah, they are told what they are supposed to say as far as air drying and what not. I never air dried it.

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Going Pro / How I Raised $1.25 Million To Start My Brewery
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:16:17 AM »
It's important to get the right ones. Works perfect for me. Each of us has a job to do (which is why I am not always clear on TTB issues - I don't deal wioth it :) ) I will say, it is important to have the right partners and make sure that you are all moving in the same direction. Otherwise, it will not work.

Another important item to implement is to make sure that there is 100% consensus. We have to agree 100% between all of use to move forward. You don't want one person constantly outvoted or there will be major discord.

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