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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Ale yeast for a Robust Porter?
« on: May 18, 2012, 09:14:41 AM »
while I didn't have much luck with it as a house strain, there are a lot of commercial breweries and brewpubs who use wlp029 in everything from kolsch to IPA and porter.

Ingredients / Re: Sanitizing pecans
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:14:24 AM »
Toasting them will completely change their flavor. How about a short microwave? I've never tried this myself.

Thats a flavor you want however, imo all nuts should be toasted before consumption or use or whatever. Brings the oils of the nut out and makes it taste like it should.

My thought as well.

The Pub / Re: Project Fedora
« on: May 18, 2012, 05:55:16 AM »
Sorry.  My hat is a custom-made grey derby.  Which is much more fun than a fedora!

I need to add a derby to my haberdashery.

Ingredients / Re: Sanitizing pecans
« on: May 18, 2012, 05:22:48 AM »
You are probably alright not sanitizing them but toasting them at 350 for twenty minutes should to the trick.

Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: May 17, 2012, 07:52:25 PM »
Absolutely!!! Agree 110%. I just remember how silly I felt brewing on a 1 bbl system when I started so I can't help but pass on the advice. But like I said, maybe I misunderstand the situation.

Without a doubt I wish you the best of luck. And fwiw it's not negativity, just hard earned experience. But everyone's situation is different. Here's hoping you make the most of yours!

Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:22:22 PM »
You can. Having time or wanting too is two different things. The last thing I want to do Sunday on my one day off is brew another batch of beer. Maybe your situation will be totally different than mine. But as easy as it is to set up a 2.5 - 3 bbl system it would just be pointless brewing commercially on a ten gallon. Maybe that's not your gig though, just the way I read it.

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe substitutes
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:35:32 PM »
He must've gotten the idea from me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pennsylvania Brewers
« on: May 17, 2012, 11:01:16 AM »
Your good. As long as you are not selling anything you are fine.

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe substitutes
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:30:23 AM »
I just kegged a DIPA with a blend of Columbus, Cenntenial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops.  I have to say that this might be my all-time favorite blend of hops.  :)

That's what I used to use in my IPA at YH.  :(

Ingredients / Re: Simcoe substitutes
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:50:36 AM »
I have heard of a blend of 3 parts Columbus, 2 parts Centennial, and 1 part Chinook may get you reasonably close.  But, I have not tried it.

I gave the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe another try last night after there was some discussion on another thread here about it. I really picked up a lot of similarity with Columbus. There was a lot of dankness. I think the combo with Columbus, Centennial and Chinook makes a lot of sense to me. I think Columbus will get you close with Centennial for some citrus and Chinook for the pine.

I agree. You need a blend to get it remotely close. The pine is what sets it apart and what you never will quite nail without the actual hop.

we don't mind being outlaws.  ;) It's the principle of the thing though.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: is this normal?
« on: May 17, 2012, 04:26:03 AM »
weissbier strains in particular are very low flocculating and can have a yeast krausen floating on top a good time after fermentation is finished. That's what makes them "top cropping". Take a gravity reading.

I have never understood why our elected officials have to be involved in bottle sizes. I can remember when 8oz. stubbies had to be approved by state government. How ridiculous is that?
I'll take a stab at why it might not be so ridiculous.  40s of malt liquor.

I should have the right to buy as much beer or other alcohol as I want without the government looking over my shoulder.

Hard to believe that I now live in a place where many of the beer laws are more relaxed than where I came from (PA). PA has some seriously backward beer laws that need changed.

Nothing over 16 oz. stupid, eh? You could buy wine in double wide or a gallon of ever clear but beer noore than 16 oz, and there was a special tax on anything over twelve oz.

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