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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lager starters cooled?
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:46:53 AM »
Rooms temps are fine. You are growing yeast, not making beer, so you will be good at room temp. You definitely want to pitch the starter cold, into cold wort, however.

edit: dang, david beat me to it.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:44:02 PM »
Well if you start with RO, it's probably close enough...

Missed where he said he used RO water.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:08:59 PM »
Bru'n water software would be a total waste for me. My water changes often. I'd be willing to bet all ya'lls water changes regularly as well if it is coming from a municipal source. You can type your report into any field you want but that doesn;t guarantee that your water is anything like that report on any given day.

On light beer or dark beers I have to make adjustments (amber beers almost always hit spot on) and I personally wouldn't trust anything but a meter. I keep the strips around "just in case" but I don;t really trust them either. I never have been able to find the exact color match, even on the colorpHast strips.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:53:06 AM »
Even at $88 that sounds like a rip off for a thermometer. How many of you have an $88 thermometer but don't have a decent pH meter?  ;)
I have strips.  I don't use them, but I have them

Now I just wouldn't have admitted that. ??? ;)

$88 for a damn designer thermometer. Sheesh. I bet all you kids have jordash jeans, too. ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:22:34 AM »
Even at $88 that sounds like a rip off for a thermometer. How many of you have an $88 thermometer but don't have a decent pH meter?  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Inconsistent pH readings...
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:20:44 AM »
edit: I just looked at those thermapens. Personally I think your money would have been better spent on a pH meter.

Actually, I love the thermapen!  Taking temps is so much quicker and easier with it.  But a pH meter is likely in my hopefully-not-too-distant future. ;)

Priorities man! Getting accurate pH reading is better than a quick temp read.  ;)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alternate Ending release 2/22 in Eugene
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:05:00 PM »
What size kegs are they?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does this sound right?
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:54:45 PM »
You checked the hydrometer, but is it calibrated? the one I have now is off by 4 points. In fact, I'm not sure I ever had one that didn't eventually go off by at least 2.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:32:12 PM »
WTF are these things so expensive??? I'd prefer to stick with my $7 lab thermometer. Hell, Amazon is selling them (thermapen) for $199!!!!  :o That is NUCKINg fUTZ! Some of you obviously have more money than sense.  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Inconsistent pH readings...
« on: February 20, 2012, 07:24:39 PM »
I think I spent $60-70 on my bench meter. well worth the investments. Those colorpHast strips are trash IMO. I keep some "just in case" something goes wrong with my meter but the color never looks the same as the color key and I just hate 'em.

edit: I just looked at those thermapens. Personally I think your money would have been better spent on a pH meter.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Aging a Stout
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:17:50 PM »
If your brewing practices are sound you can start drinking it after a couple of weeks. It may improve some over time, but I prefer fresh beer in most instances.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Go big or go home!!??
« on: February 19, 2012, 12:52:06 PM »
I just use a bog cooler with a stainless braid from a water return line. cheap. easy. ala Denny Conn. see www.dennybrew.com

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wanting Malty Ale With Lighter Body
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:13:57 AM »
I just personally like the flavor of flaked maize over rice. Either one would work better than sugar IMO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wanting Malty Ale With Lighter Body
« on: February 19, 2012, 09:07:02 AM »
Actually, the first thing I thought about when I saw the title of this thread was Helles or even Dunkle. Malty lager beers with medium to low body.

I'm not sure I agree completely that the addition of flaked maize would be contrary to what the OP is going for though. A couple pounds of flaked maize in addition to the cara aroma and a munich basemalt (with a good share of pils or 6-row for the enzymes) may be exactly what the OP is looking for. I find that flaked maize lightens the body nicely without thinning the beer out the way sugar does.

I'm thinking something like

40 percent munich
40 percent pils
15 percent flaked maize
5 percent cara aroma or melanoidin or something

Magnum for bittering and moderate amounts of "noble" type aroma hops. I particularly like crystal. Or, simply go bittering addition only. Hops tend to detract from maltiness, though they can give the perception of a thinner body. That's my take.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wanting Malty Ale With Lighter Body
« on: February 19, 2012, 06:54:48 AM »
If you are going to use six row you should really use an adjunct such as flaked maize or rice over just plain sugar. The flaked maize option IME just tastes better than adding simple sugar to the recipe. I also agree with the coments above, more munich might be in order to boost the maltiness, and with the 6 row, munich and flaked main or rice you would have plenty of enzymes. Otherwise I'm not even sure what the 6-row is for.

You also might want to just ditch teh crystal malt completely. I'd also consider going with more "noble" type hops like crystal or hallertauer or tettnanger or something that is less citrusy.

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