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The Pub / Stuff brewers already knew
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:03:15 AM »

Not that I recommend heavy drinking to pregnant women, but I told my wife I thought it was perfectly fine to have a beer everynow and then when she was pregant.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crickets
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:00:43 AM »
That's very noble of you, but I think I can survive. I washed everything in the sink and have clothes drying everywhere. Makes me feel a little more alabama.  ;)

garc_mall, are you not at the conference? I'd buy you a beer if you got some time to spare Sunday.

Beer Recipes / Re: Panama Red American Wheat
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:51:53 AM »
I disagree. I think Cara Red makes a very red beer. You do have to use a lot of it, but it seems to be more fermentable than other crystal malts. But in a good portion it gives a deep red color. I don't have my recipes right now in front of me or I would give you the percentage.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crickets
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:49:26 AM »
Pretty fun time so far, except one of my bottles of tripel I was carrying over in my luggage broke and my clothes soaked up all of it. So now I don't even have a spare change of underware that doesn't smell like beer. I guess this is the one place on the planet that it doesn't matter that my underware smells like beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: where is my brett b?
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:46:08 AM »
Just a guess but I'm thinking with brett a slow start may not be such a bad thing. It may give you more brett character.

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC Second Rounders...Batch or Fly Sparge?
« on: June 19, 2012, 09:00:20 PM »
i brew all grain, but i am not so sure that extract is easier to make winning bears.  the extracts are limited and make up a large percentage of the fermentable sugars, that means specialty grains have to be selected and managed well. just my .ought 2.

oh, i like snarkiness., i didn't make it past the first round with the one brew (all grain 8) i entered.  batch sparged.

Thing is, I don't have any qualms making extract beer. Fermentation is more important than how you make your wort (for the most part) IMO. But my only point is someone else brewed your extract for you. Obviously you can make great beer with extract, so no argument from me there. And I agree, it can be tricky. But so can dialing in pH.  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC Second Rounders...Batch or Fly Sparge?
« on: June 19, 2012, 03:48:48 PM »
I don't "hope to find" anything.  Just curious.  I doubt anything can be determined conclusively from this.  Also, I posted this in the All Grain subforum since that's how I brew, and I have zero interest in extract beer making (I can't bring myself to call it "brewing"...sorry).

you can't really call it brewing unless you malted the grain yourself. so much of the flavour is developed in that step. come to think of it you can't really call it brewing unless you GREW the grain youself, that's where the terroir develops. Course, to be really hands on you gotta capture your own yeast, grow, malt, and kiln your own grain, grow, and dry your own hops. manufacture your own equipment from raw materials...

extract is brewing, it's just not mashing. Now that I have all that snark out of my system I can sort of agree that when I brew extract it feels like cheating a little. and I don't like that I didn't have any control over the mashing process. luckily I feel like very talented experts did the mash for me.

Brewing is the act of extracting, though, isn't it? You don't brew instant coffee or tea, do you? The act of brewing coffee is the part where you run the water over the ground coffee beans. I guess the same thing can be said about water over grain.

You don't brew a batrch of soup or stew, you cook it. So I guess by that line of thinking extract isn't really brewing. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How Full Should We Fill Our Kegs?
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:20:38 PM »
I'm seeing this on anywhere between 5 gallon corny kegs and 350 gallon bright tank. I can't remember the explanation behid it but it correlates to the amount of Co2 in the head space.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How Full Should We Fill Our Kegs?
« on: June 19, 2012, 11:45:30 AM »
definitly leave some some headspace if you are force carbonating. the more headspace the faster it will carb.
I don't think it would matter with a regulator set as long as the surface area is the same.

Tell you what, try it for yourself. Set aside one keg with 1 in of head space and one with 4 inches and see which one carbonates faster. The more headspace for Co2 to fill the faster it will absorb if you are going with top pressure. This goes for the shake method too, the more headspace the less amount of time you have to shake. If you leave NO headspace the beer won't carbonate.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat stout, because...why not?
« on: June 18, 2012, 06:57:32 PM »
you had me all the way ... until the citra hops.  ;)

Also, no reason to bother with whirlflock on a wheat beer IMO.

Other Fermentables / Re: Fermented grapefruit juice
« on: June 18, 2012, 06:50:26 PM »
kick off your high heel sneakers, it's party time

Other Fermentables / Re: Fermented grapefruit juice
« on: June 18, 2012, 12:08:15 PM »
Worry the bottle, mama. It'ds grape fruit wine.

The Pub / Re: Getting close to freedom...
« on: June 18, 2012, 12:05:20 PM »
gonna be enough room to homebredw in the apartment?

The Pub / Re: Irony at its finest...
« on: June 18, 2012, 11:48:26 AM »
Is it ironic that the song is titled "Isn't it ironic?" when nothing about the song is ironic?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kegged APA/IPA...Prime condition?
« on: June 17, 2012, 04:44:14 PM »
2-3 weeks depending on yeast flocculation, use of fining agent, how careful I was when racked it into the keg, and other such stuff.

One super-hoppy red ale (think a super-hoppy APA with 2 oz of Carafa II) was a cloudy mess for 3 weeks and then only cleared fully for the last couple pints.

I would think that clarity would be somewhat of a minor issue for ales when compared with peak flavor/aroma.

I don't even fine my APA/IPAs as it seems to remove some of the hop aroma when I do. I the case of the Biofine Clear it has totally stripped all hop aroma and flavor leaving a very bitter and clear but boring IPA.

For IPAs, the fresher the better for my tastes, after about 4-7 days cold crash to drop yeast.

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