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The Pub / Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« on: June 13, 2012, 06:08:39 AM »
What kind of mileage does it get?

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:53:50 AM »
I would not necessarily use Brett b - it depends on if you are talking about White Labs or Wyeast.

From Wyeast I would recommend Brett lambicus, that will give you the cherry pie character that majorvices mentioned.

From White Labs then sure, Brett b (bruxellensis), should be a good choice.

Now, admittedly, I have only tried Brett b from WL, but I can't understand for he life of me why WY would be so much different. I've always heard that Bruxellensis is the cherry pie Brett.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 12, 2012, 08:53:12 AM »
yeah, those hops would not go with cherry. Mango and or apricot would. I'd dump the hops and go for brett character. Hops and fruit and brett .... just too much going on IMO.


which hops would you dump?

I would dump going with any type of pronounced hop character. Personally, I think the cattiness of simcoe would go well if it was light and complemented rather than dominated the beer, but I would consider that in a darker beer and with cherries. OTOH mango and apricot would go with the citra for sure. Amarillo too, maybe. for my tastes this is going to be a challenging balancing game. Just be sure the hops are not dominant for your first round, you can go back and bump the hops up on your next try. That's my .02.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:49:02 AM »
yeah, those hops would not go with cherry. Mango and or apricot would. I'd dump the hops and go for brett character. Hops and fruit and brett .... just too much going on IMO.

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Going Pro / Re: insurance types
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:38:47 AM »
I'm sure it is a much bigger deal if you self distribute. Along those lines; we are expressly forbidden to pour any beer at festivals. We can be there and talk but we must have volunteers who pour the beer and the volunteers are signed on with the company who runs the festival.

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Beer Recipes / Re: which puree for a *fruit* pale ale on brett?
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:39:43 AM »
Brett b with a blend of sweet and sour cherries is another option to consider. I did this few years back and the Brett "cherry pie" character matched up well with the cherries.

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Going Pro / Re: insurance types
« on: June 12, 2012, 05:45:50 AM »
We do festivals all the time and never had anyone question us about our insurance. Since we are not self distributing we do not need to have any type of product liability insurance, that's on the distributor. Another nice think about having a distributor.

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Going Pro / Re: insurance types
« on: June 11, 2012, 04:37:22 PM »
We have something like 250 grand insurance on the brewery. We don't own the facility. We also have individual life insurance policies on each founding partner that will pay the share of the brewery to the spouse should ill fate befall one of us.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Eubayanus......
« on: June 10, 2012, 11:09:04 AM »
I think there was a thread or two in the off topic section about it a few months ago.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: June 09, 2012, 08:35:54 PM »
0.1 degrees? I'm happy if I get within one or two degrees of my strike temp. Hell, I doubt if even bud is that anal.  ;)

The thing sounds like a great thermometer. But it is way overpriced, as is obvious by their offering higher priced "limited" designs.

I didn't say I was within 0.1 degrees of the desired strike temperature.  If I get within 2 F, I've hit the target as far as I'm concerned.

What I said was that I felt that I had sufficiently stirred the mash or properly mixed the water and the grains once the temperature variations within the mash got to 0.1 degrees F.

I'd like to see you over a ten bbl mash with your thermapen waiting for the temp to stabilize.  :P ;) seriously, I think it's a great toy. Totally unecessay. Totally overpriced. But then again, I ride motorcycles as a "hobby" so stones must be set aside. I recon. ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: June 09, 2012, 12:50:14 PM »
0.1 degrees? I'm happy if I get within one or two degrees of my strike temp. Hell, I doubt if even bud is that anal.  ;)

The thing sounds like a great thermometer. But it is way overpriced, as is obvious by their offering higher priced "limited" designs.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: June 09, 2012, 10:45:42 AM »
I just can't get over my contempt. They are selling limited edition "flame" design for $96.

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/thermapen/

Seriously?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Plumb wine
« on: June 09, 2012, 07:22:31 AM »
Lol. I meant to type "cyanide" and it came out as "carcinogen". More coffee next time.  ;) so, any one ever make a plumb wine before? Thoughts on "grape tannin"?

 I have made a lot of plum wine over the years. It's very light so be careful with grape tannin, it will have a bitter after taste if too much is used. It can be "thin" also. A can or 2 of white grape frozen concentrate will help with that (no preservatives!!!).

 I make it slightly on the sweet side - just enough so the fruit flavor comes through well.

Thanks, bro. So, should I leave out the tannin? How high SG do you target for yours?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Plumb wine
« on: June 09, 2012, 07:21:06 AM »

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Other Fermentables / Re: Plumb wine
« on: June 09, 2012, 07:18:09 AM »
I have probably close to 20 lbs of plumbs (sorry, seems like it should be spelled that way) put them in the freezer  and intend to make the wine next Saturday.

Do they look like this?



Sorta.

 Ya know, I'm starting to think now I know why I got no results on the search.  :o

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