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The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 07:49:42 AM »
Titans fan here. But I like to watch football, college or pro, but especially pro. Just glad the season is officially here. Means I have to get the antenna rigged up again.

Ingredients / Re: CaraPils alternatives (two?)
« on: September 08, 2011, 07:47:16 AM »
but I'd be willing to bet "Pilsner Caramel" is another maltster's version of CaraPils.

I dunno Keith - 8-12L seems more like "Carahell" than Carapils/Carafoam/Dextrin which are 2-3L.

if that's the closest thing you can get, Phil, go with it, but its likely to contribute a bit of caramel sweetness

Yeah, you're right. I read that before my first cup of coffee today, missed the 8-12L.

Ingredients / Re: CaraPils alternatives (two?)
« on: September 08, 2011, 06:20:26 AM »
Obviously it is not Caramel Wheat, but I'd be willing to bet "Pilsner Caramel" is another maltster's version of CaraPils.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Isinglass
« on: September 07, 2011, 02:28:12 PM »
I'm not sure it has much effect on protein haze. Works well on yeast haze though.

The Pub / Re: Another One for Denny.
« on: September 06, 2011, 02:37:30 PM »
First saw that sign 3 or 4 years ago at The Shrimp Shack in Gulf Shores, AL.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: safale wb-06
« on: September 06, 2011, 02:16:02 PM »
Yeah, Denny and Tom. That's what I am saying, sounds like surfeit to me.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Sour Beer Website
« on: September 06, 2011, 01:23:30 PM »
We were invited as a brewery but haven't decide yet if we are going. Probably figure it out this week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: safale wb-06
« on: September 06, 2011, 01:12:40 PM »
You just don't understand the dislike I have for American hefes.  I prefer BMC to them.  When it's 100F+ on the river, Coors Banquet is very refreshing, but I wouldn't touch any of the Am. hefes I've tried.  In Seattle weather, I'll pass on the macro lagers and Am. hefes and drink water.  It's happened before and will again.  We were at a water park two days ago - they had Bud and Bud Light.  I had water.

I pretty much feel the same though maybe not quite as strongly.  So via a full beer profile explain what would constitute an exceptable american hefe or if you can't do that then your personal ideal german hefe (I'm talking the flavors, aromas, mouthfeel, overall character, etc.)

The reason I ask - I've made what I would call an american autumn wheat, its still has the refreshing wheat character but with a little more body or oomph.  I'm curious what other american wheat haters would think of it.

My vote would be for 380 otherwise.

Wheat malt itself doesn't have a strong character, which is why I find it odd that people would hate US Wheat beers so vehemently. To me they are more like blondes or kolsches. Just not enough character there for me to hate. Perhaps they are not super exciting but if it's 95 degrees pool side I could find one quite refreshing. Generally I'd prefer an authentic hefeweizen. But I wouldn't necessarily turn my nose up to a widmer "hefeweizen" depending on the circumstances.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: safale wb-06
« on: September 06, 2011, 07:25:48 AM »
Well, WB-06 is a german weissbier strain so it should give you the typical ester and phenol profile. Surprised you didn't get that, Tom.

Equipment and Software / Re: march pump
« on: September 06, 2011, 04:46:29 AM »
For a few bucks more you can get a self priming version. I did not....Plan on having it low.

I have never heard of a self priming march pump. I am not sure impeller pumps can self prime.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Beer infected and I'm not sure why
« on: September 06, 2011, 04:33:37 AM »
"Band aid" also can scream wild yeast. Sometimes it happens. Could have been fruit flies, they can get in under the bucket lid and are prevalent this time of year. Or who knows, all I can tell you is it happens sometimes. I will say I try to move my finished beer out of buckets pretty soon after primary fermentation is finished. They are not air tight and you have more chance to pick up aerobic type infections, which can take off pretty quickly once the Co2 has all leaked away.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: safale wb-06
« on: September 05, 2011, 03:20:31 PM »
OK, Tom. I'll let you have your dislike for Am. Wheat beers. Not my first choice either. But Denny, you have been in beer paradise too long. You are spoiled rotten. I'm just saying: if you were lost in the dessert for a week and you were rescued by a refrigerated Bud Light truck. I guarantee you that your snobbery be damned, you are going to drink that bud Light and you are gonna f-ing love it and want a second. I have been in situations, mostly back packing, for days at a time and I have been surprised at how delicious any beer can be when you haven't had one in a while. I can remember coming across this young group who had hiked in a case of Miller Lite and it wasn't even cold and I drank one and asked for a second. True story.

And It's not just because I'm a drunk, though that may be part of it. Because I normally carry bourbon out in the mountains. But I love beer. In fact, there's a little neon "High Life" sign in my brain that comes on every afternoon at about 3:37.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: safale wb-06
« on: September 05, 2011, 12:57:27 PM »
:) I'd honestly rather drink water.

I'm gonna call your BS here. I guarantee you if you were in the right circumstance you would even drink a Coors Light over water. A few years ago I had spent several days and nights back packing along the pinhoti trail. It was a very dry and hot trip and when we got out of the mountains we stopped off at a convenience store for a six pack of beer. Being in the middle of BFE the best beer they had, literally, was MGD. Oh, I turned my nose up at first. But I can honestly say that it was one of the best beers I ever drank. Ever. Period.

I haven't had Widmer in several years but I don;t recall there being any obvious flaws. I can;t say that for every craft beer I have had out there. For instance, bringing up a previous thread, I'd probably take a Widmer "hefeweizen" over just about anything I have ever had from Weyerbacher.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: hefeweizen starters
« on: September 05, 2011, 06:48:07 AM »
My standard operating procedure for 5 gallons of hefeweizen is to pitch a 1L starter active. No stir plate, just a shot of o2 in the beginning and some incremental stirring. Just make sure you have fresh yeast (not even close to expired vial/smack pack) and you are good to go.

I have not had as much luck harvesting bottom yeast from successive generations, seems to start lacking in ester profile. There's a good reason why the best weissbiers in the world are open fermented in shallow fermenters and top cropped.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: safale wb-06
« on: September 04, 2011, 08:57:24 AM »
Snob.  :D Can't really blame you though, I love authentic hefeweizen. Troeg's Dreamweaver Hefeweizen is a great, authentic example. Love that stuff. But Widmer is at least devoid of major flaws and has more flavor than BMC, so give 'em some credit. You could do worse after a lawn mowing session. ;)

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