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My understanding is that adjuncts create smaller chain dextrins which is why they lighten the body of the beer.

My other understanding is that nitrogen is important mainly for yeast health.

Another important factor to body may be colloidal formation.

I honestly am not anywhere near schooled enough in chemistry to really know what the hell I am talking about. ;) But from experience: I do think that hops aid in head retention far more than wheat. In fact, I am to the point of thinking that the whole "wheat/extra protein" thing is a little over rated. Some of the beers I get the best head retention and lacing on have no wheat at all in the grist.

I also think that wheat tastes "lighter" that pils, so the extra protein in wheat malt must not be adding body.

Yeast and Fermentation / Pumpkin beer and Belgium yeast
« on: October 28, 2012, 12:39:51 PM »
I think it would work fine. Spices and Belgian yeast work well together. I'd add the spiced in the keg or secondary to taste. I'd go easy with spices and add more to taste.

The Pub / Re: Sandy
« on: October 27, 2012, 03:27:48 AM »
Stay safe folks. Make sure to but a couple extra bags of rice, beans, a few cans of sardines and a couple extra bottles of whiskey. And make sure that spare Co2 tank is full and you will ride this thing out fine.

Ask the Experts / Ask the Experts: Mitch Steele on IPA
« on: October 24, 2012, 01:43:46 AM »
I have been homebrewing for 10+ years - bottling & kegging.  I never have gotten good results from dry hopping.  Currently, I put whole leaf hops in a hop bag, drop in keg & rack on top.  I then remove after 5-10 days & add another charge the same way (hop bag) if called for.

However, every time I've gotten just vegetal, grassy flavors regardless of the varietal used.  Because of this, I have cut out dry hopping in all my beers 100% & just add those same hops at flameout which provides exactly what I am looking for.

Do you have any clue what could be cause the unpleasant flavors in dry hopping using the procedures above?  Is late hopping just as effective & dry hopping unnecessary?


Obviously I'm not Mitch, but have you ever tried dry hopping at fermentation temps? Dry hopping cold leads me to the flavors you are talking about, especially with whole hops.

Yeast and Fermentation / Repitching post lager?
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:27:28 PM »
Anything over 4 weeks is not necessary. Breweries on Cologne lager for a couple of weeks, not usually more than 3. I have brewed a lot of kolsch over the years and 2 weeks lagering is all you need (a little fining is recommended though).

Yeast and Fermentation / Repitching post lager?
« on: October 23, 2012, 03:35:52 PM »
Why are you going to lager a kolsch for more than 2-3 weeks (4 at most)? These beers are best when fresh.

Ingredients / Chamomile
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:17:17 PM »
Chamomile is great for Belgian white, not a great addition for Tripel IMO.



All Grain Brewing / My first brew
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:15:53 PM »
All part of the learning process. Congrats on your fist batch!

Ingredients / Chamomile
« on: October 21, 2012, 01:48:57 AM »
Chamomile is great for Belgian white, not a great addition for Tripel IMO.

The Pub / Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 20, 2012, 02:40:23 PM »
looks great!

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 19, 2012, 11:23:49 AM »
You pretty much need one to stay at NHC.  ;)

Boulder - need a link. Also, if you have to have a FB account then I'm outta luck.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 19, 2012, 02:04:40 AM »
You too Tom. Hope to make it to philly next year!

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 17, 2012, 09:29:38 PM »
Thanks y'all! :)

The Pub / Re: Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:29:49 PM »
Not really looking to get a deposit back.  Just trying to figure out an easy way to get the kegs returned.

Otherwise, they'll get put out on a dock by the trash and a scavenger will grab them.

It isn't likely the distributor has the deposit anyway.  Returning them would gain you karma points but that's about it.


That depends. A lot of distributors charge the deposit. Sometimes the brewery charges a deposit to the distributor and the distributor charges the deposit to the establishment the keg is sold too. I can tell you lots of horror stories about distro's "forgetting about kegs".

Joe - If you want some karma points, call the brewery and tell them what you saw. Let them handle the distro. Guarantee you they want their kegs back.

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Keith!
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:26:23 PM »
Hey, thanks guys! Scouted out a new brewery location for my birthday yesterday. Would be an impressive expansion. Not sure if we can make it work or not but it would be awesome to get out of the place we are now. New location would afford us the luxury of a tasting room.

Also went to my favorite local German restaurant for dinner. Overall pretty good day.

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