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The Pub / Hi there
« on: August 03, 2012, 05:16:53 PM »
Hi Kai, welcome back.

I just brewed a German Pilsner with Hochkurz decoction.  This time I lowered the kettle pH to 5.35 with lactic acid to try out the supposedly positive effects of a lower wort pH.  I think I got the idea from some German brewing blog you may have heard of  :)

But ... but .... what of the Reinheitsghebot????

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The Pub / I'm sick of summer.
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:34:34 AM »
I actually love the weather is Seattle. If I didn't have roots here I would consider moving there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What makes it "Belgian"?
« on: August 03, 2012, 04:01:33 AM »
I find that in most cases the hops or roast clashes with the yeast character.

+1. In most, but not all.

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The Pub / I'm sick of summer.
« on: August 03, 2012, 03:58:56 AM »
Today - high 79, low 65

I work for myself. 

I'm not mad as hell, and I'll take all of it I can get!

Hawaii!

Anyone besides me ever feel like kicking Carl in the shins?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alabama Beer Success
« on: August 02, 2012, 04:59:08 PM »

One sour note: Arrogant Bastard has been denied in Al due to the name. (insert eyeroll).


Guess the "Bastard" ban has been lifted! :o

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/08/02/alabama-lifts-ban-on-selling-bastard-named-beers/

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Going Pro / New monastic beer in Italy
« on: August 02, 2012, 10:19:58 AM »
Very cool!

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The Pub / Hi there
« on: August 02, 2012, 07:37:42 AM »
Great to see you back on the forum! We all feel a little more intelligent as a result.

or a little less, as the case may be. ;D

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The Pub / Olympic Divers ...
« on: August 02, 2012, 07:31:38 AM »

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The Pub / What is your Bench?
« on: August 02, 2012, 05:50:51 AM »
Major, I always thought you were tall, like me. I'll be damned. Funny how you get images of people you never met in your head, then are shocked to learn they are all wrong. Are you sure you're not over six foot?
He's definitely not!

But my ego is 7' 8".

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Yeast and Fermentation / Sugar and yeast nutrient
« on: August 01, 2012, 12:10:11 PM »
My tripel usually hits about 90aa, with the incremental feeding technique I hit closer to 95. This was with 20% sugar and a loooong mash at 146-148 for both recipes. I've also sen it work well in one of my saison recipes that uses sugar.

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The Pub / What is your Bench?
« on: August 01, 2012, 11:44:47 AM »
When I lay on my back, I tend to fall asleep.


You better have yer ass out there runnin'! ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / 5 gallon starters and you drink them.
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:43:50 AM »
I will admit a little something. I have not made a starter in two years or so. I just make 10 gallons of low gravity beer and pitch 2 or 3 vials (or 1 vial for low gravity belgians and wheats if they are fresh) per carboy and aerate very well. Then I keg that and drink it while I use that harvested yeast to make my other beers. Yeah, the harvested yeast does tend to make better beer very often, but the 2-3 vials per makes perfectly acceptable beer.

I figure it costs about the same to pitch 2 vials per carboy than it does to make two starters when you count in the DME.

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The Pub / What is your Bench?
« on: August 01, 2012, 08:58:58 AM »
Awesome! I agree with your thoughts on squats. I doubt I could hit 315 on squat anymore but I used to. I keep the weight pretty low on that now, rarely going over 225. But I run 3-5 times a week (less mileage in the summer) and the combination of running and squats is just too much. I only do squats once a week now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Alabama Beer Success
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:12:33 AM »
+1

The laws here in the south still need some work, but these steps are signs of progress.  Props to Free the Hops in AL and Raise your Pints in MS for all their hard work to change antiquated laws.

There are three things I would like to see. 1) homebrewing prohibition lifted. 2) On premise sales for breweries. 3) Relaxation of some of the strict brewpub laws. Homebrew prohibition is going to fall in the next couple of years. The other two I'm not so sure about, especially the 2nd because it takes profits out of the hands of our distributors. But if we get those three lifted then there is not much more work that needs done.

One sour note: Arrogant Bastard has been denied in Al due to the name. (insert eyeroll).

Also, the Alabama Brewers Guild had as much, if not more, to do with the passage of the bottle law as did FTH.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Alabama Beer Success
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:05:35 AM »
Thanks guys. Very excited to see bottles on the shelf that we could not get before. The free the hops organization, which I have been an active member in from the start (and now the Brewer's Guild of Alabama is partnered with FTH) has done an outstanding job of unshackling us from antiquated and ignorant beer laws. Many of you may know that it was illegal to sell beer over 6% only a few years ago. Now we have a huge selection of beers and today it will be getting even better.

Also, we will be selling our first beer packaged in 22 oz sometime in September.

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