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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA late hops additions combos advice
« on: September 14, 2012, 02:18:09 AM »
Willamette is not going to get you much in the way of citrus, but it can bump up the hop complexity. I like to add it to my IPA, along with Amarillo, Centennial and Columbus all at late hop additions.

General Homebrew Discussion / When can you call yourself a Homebrew Master?
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:03:53 PM »
Keith, I disagree.
If you are responsible for the recipes, production schedules, and quality control of your commercial brewery then you are THE Brewmaster.  You may also be, by default, the head brewer and chief keg washer, but I would take being THE Brewmaster of my own successful brewery over any educational credentials any day.

Like Nateo says, it is a degree that you earn. You would be ridiculed for calling yourself a Dr. or a PHD if you did not earn the degree.

I am also chief bottle washer and I have been known to clean and unclog the toilette, too. :D

Yes, even though I own my own commercial brewery I (usually) make sure to correct people when they call me a "brewmaster" because I have no formal education or degree in brewing. I think it is a good thing to be humble about such things, just laugh it off and appreciate the praise but make sure you explain that a true brewmaster has a formal education.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Checking Back In.
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:30:21 AM »
;D, heh.  Hey Blatz.  Nice to have you resurface.  I miss my fake friends. ;)

They are invisible friends. Not fake.

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:42:50 PM »
Coming from a guy who has been lifting weights somewhat religiously since I was 18 (and younger if you count school athletics), I can tell you it can be done. But it is difficult to stay lean and drink regularly. The only success I ever had was when I abstained from drinking for the entire week-days and then drank moderately (usually) on the weekends. The type of beer we like is so full of calories that two beers a night even pushes close to or over 500 calories. Have a few more on the weekend and you are up over a thousand. The entire week can climb over 5000 calories for the entire week in carbs, which is not a recipe for maintaining a low body fat count. And it gets worse the older you get.

Don't want to be a downer but just thought I'd share my experience. And when I did have a six pack back in my twenties I didn't ever even give it a thought. Was just the way my body was. There is no way I could work hard enough (or cut my beer drinking back enough) to ever have a sixer again. But that's just me - good on you Ryan. Very impressive.

General Homebrew Discussion / Checking Back In.
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:12:55 PM »

Major - I guess I still owe you beer?  I thought the Jags/Titans split last year, but I don't mind - I'm bottling  a six pack this weekend of some IPA for my brother, so I'll put a few together.

Good to know you still don't know when I'm messing with ya. ;) I think we decided last year to exchange some beer but just never got around to it.

The Pub / I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:43:05 AM »
i haven't had a six-pack since my late 20s but I got pretty close in my late 30's up until my forties with running 24-30 miles/week and lifting weights 4 - 5 days. I had cut back drinking to weekends only. Since I opened the brewery, though, my mid section has continued to spread.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oh no! All grain!?!?
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:43:25 AM »
Thanks!  My goal is to buy now but plan for the future.  I know I want to get to brewing 10 gal batches.  Currently I am doing a lot of reading to understand the use of a cooler for mashing.  Still don't get why its better than a pot. 


I mash in a kettle and will never go back.  That way I'm sure I can maintain the temperature and can do step mashes (you need it for Hefe's and German styles).  Otherwise, I have to hit the mash temp exactly and watch the temp free-fall in a cooler. ) I had little success with adding boiling water.  The more you add, the worse it gets to raise.)  The transfer to the Igloo cooler for the lauter/sparge can be messy if I'm not careful.  Don't worry about hot side aeration.  It's an old homebrewer's myth

Never had an issue with hitting my temps and maintaining my temps in a cooler. Maybe you have the wrong color. ;) I have had problems trying to dial in my temps by adding bottom heat. It always climbs higher than I mean for it too.

Equipment and Software / Re: Oh no! All grain!?!?
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:04:43 AM »
A lot of people have different thoughts on this but I recommend an immersion chiller. Much easier to clean and sanitize than a plate chiller. Simply hose it off and add it to your BK 20 minutes before flame out. Then hose off after use. SImple!

I like the recirculate with a pump method (Ala JZ whirlpool - se here: )

Also, because of the ease and speed of the process I recommend using Denny's batch sparge method:

The Pub / Re: I'm back
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:50:35 AM »
Welcome back, ryan! Congrats on the six pack, assuming it is yours. Of course, once you start drinking again it will be gone, ya know.  ;)

OTOH maybe your hair will grow back!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Checking Back In.
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:38:13 AM »
Hey, don't you owe me beer?  ;)

The Pub / Anyone Know a Garbage Truck Chaser?
« on: September 11, 2012, 05:48:57 PM »
Damn! Good thing you weren't seriously hurt. I smell a few new fermenters coming your way. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning lines
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:09:28 AM »
Replace them. NOt even a question. When you go to clean your own lines be sure to use an caustoc line cleaner. You don't want to just sanitize them, the point isn't sanitation, it's removing the build up in the line that changes the beer flavor.

If you have taps, maybe sure you completely disassemble them. If they have never been cleaned you will be amazed at how disgusting they are. Plastic picnic taps probably should be replaced.

Last I recall, Denny does not care for wheat beers.

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