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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.  ;)

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

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.

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.  ;)

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ingredients / Re: I need more flavor.....
« on: February 18, 2012, 07:17:09 AM »
With my limited space I now brew mostly extract brews.  My recent and a couple in the past few years never seemed to taste right.  If I had to describe it, I would say they tasted dry.  That's as good as my explanation gets.  That taste made them seem like they needed aging to come together. 

These brews had no whole grains.  I think the taste I might be missing is unfermentable sugar. 

What do you think?

we need much more information on your process. Just speculation here, but I have noticed that a lot of beers that are fermented warm can be "boring". Fermentation, including pitching rates, pitching temp and temp control really is the key to bringing out flavor in beer.

the reason why I speculate that is because extract beers usually have problems drying out, as opposed to you saying your beer tastes "dry". That reminds me of the way higher alcohols, such as fusels from high fermentation temps or low pitching rates, make a beer taste.

Also, a mini-mash may help bring out some more flavors, and could help the fermentation by adding FAN (Free Amino Nitrogen,) which is often missing in extract.

Ingredients / Re: Be afraid....
« on: February 18, 2012, 06:47:56 AM »
First time I saw Denny post this thing about mushrooms in beer I was - revolted is too strong of a word - mildly grosser out, then someone reminded me that yeast, too, is a fungus. Now I want to add the to my tripel recipe. I saw them in bulk last year at costco.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Go big or go home!!??
« on: February 18, 2012, 06:39:18 AM »
I think this is a sign you need a bigger mash tun. $30 bucks and you càn have one big enough for twice that size mash. And you will only run into this problem again, soon.

Going Pro / Re: Where do breweries buy their ingredients?
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:50:12 PM »
Alaska and Korea are world apart.

I'm pretty sure they are on the same world. ;)

The Pub / Re: Happy 60th Birthday Denny!
« on: February 17, 2012, 10:42:18 AM »
Hey, Happy Birthday Denny.  What do you get the man who can brew anything???

Anything???  You wouldn't say that if you tasted this pils I've got around now.....

Dude. Don't shatter the image!  :P

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