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Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« on: August 04, 2011, 06:05:36 AM »
What is chimay yeast.

WLP500, but I would recommend a good wheat beer yeast just to be safe. WLP300 is what I normally use for dunkelweiss. It has a nice banana balance. I'll admit I am not a fan of WB06. Too tart for my tastes. That said, I would consider trying it again, maybe warmer temps to see if I like it better.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Broke a carboy,.... salvage the beer?
« on: August 04, 2011, 05:53:39 AM »
Do yourself a favor and move away from glass. I was very stubborn about not giving up my carboys - heck, I had 8 of them at one time. But a few months ago I got some better bottles and started using them and not only are they much lighter and easier to move than carboys, they come clean easier too. I won't say I'll never use a carboy again but for most of my homebrew batches I use the better bottles.

The Pub / Re: Done. Passed.
« on: August 03, 2011, 06:12:25 PM »
Congrats Tom!

Education is the best provision for old age.  ~Aristotle  ;)

That's not the only thing that guy said that was wrong, either.  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: Sorachi Ace Saison, feedback time!
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:45:09 PM »
I'd just go with the honey raw. Its a saison, a little "wildness" won't hurt the beer.  ;) Seriously the yeast will out compete anything in the honey and dry the beer out so thoroughly that nothing will have a chance to compete.

Good job dropping the honey malt.  ;)

Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat, Octoberfest, Ale?
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:20:43 PM »
After doing some reading I have discovered what I have here is a dunkelwiezen.

Not with US-05 your not.

The Pub / Re: Done. Passed.
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:15:27 PM »
Congrats. I wasn't going to have a beer tonight, but this calls for a celebration! Gonna hit the taps now!  :) (thanks for the excuse!)

Ingredients / Re: Yeast for a Biere de Garde?
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:12:37 PM »
US-05 would be your best bet for dry yeast IMO. Definitely not nottingham. That said, I'd give it until tomorrow and see what your liquid yeast has done.

Ingredients / Re: Best Low Cohumulone Hops
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:09:42 PM »
Ahtanum is supposed to be a low co-humulone version of cascade. I've used it in a few side, experimental beers.

Ingredients / Re: Lime zest causing a stalled fermentation?
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:06:45 PM »
I use Lime Leaves for what is becoming my flagship beer and once or twice I have subbed in lime zest when the leaves were impossible to come by (I used key limes) and I never had a stalled fermentation. Shouldn't affect pH much unless you are adding a friggin' ton of lime zest. My guess is what Euge suggests - you racked too early. Never rack a beer until the beer is where you want it to be attenuation wise.

The Pub / Re: What is Your Favorite Time of Day?
« on: August 02, 2011, 07:52:11 PM »
I'm a morning guy. I like the first cup of coffee on the back porch with the dogs. Second cup too. Then a long walk. especially during the fall or early spring.

The Pub / Re: Working on finances
« on: August 02, 2011, 07:50:06 PM »
Besides, a commute through the city at 30mph on a motorcycle isn't dangerous; falling off at that speed would be fun at best, annoying at worst, a hospital trip for a broken arm if you're spectacularly bad at this.  Wear your helmet, leathers/mesh, boots, and gloves.

Would you stop talking out your @ss about motorcycles.
I along with the world watched a racer die on live tv when he crashed and was hit by the bike ( Assen,NL), care to guess how fast he was going? less than 30mph.

Its not the speed but how fast your body/brain stops that matters:

The 3 impacts of every crash:
Vehicle impact >> body impact >> organ impact

example> falling at 115mph but sliding/rolling for a 100ft before stopping vs 30mph and stopping within a few ft, the later will always suffer more injuries.

I agree, but there are certain things motorcycles are better at than cars, such as stopping (assuming you know how to do so correctly) and avoidance (assuming you are a competent rider). People should still remember that car accidents kill people too. That said, obviously motorcycles are more dangerous. Worth it, though, if you don't kill yourself.  :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Jaggery Cream Ale/Kolsch
« on: August 01, 2011, 07:49:55 AM »
I know a few breweries who use WLP029 as their "house yeast" so I tried to do that with my brewery. Just doesn't taste right in Alt or IPA. In fact, I had more success with US-05 for both of those styles. Now using WY1007 for the alt.

Also brewed a stout with WLP029 once and it just had a yeast character that came through even the dark roast malt.

I really like the WY2565 for my kolsch as well, but that yeast is very stubborn to drop out of suspension and has even more yeast character than the WL strain. So I guess in the end YMMV.

Ingredients / Re: Substitute for Simcoe
« on: July 31, 2011, 06:00:51 PM »
It finally dawned on me that's crazy. Hops are for brewing. Can't enjoy them in the freezer!

Damn right!!!

Ingredients / Re: Substitute for Simcoe
« on: July 31, 2011, 11:58:54 AM »
...It's funny you guys can still get Citra. I can't get it anywhere.

I found it at The Beverage People in Santa Rosa, CA.  The staff acted as though it was not in short supply.

I guess I should clarify that as a pro-brewer I can't get it. The homebrew shops pay the same price I would wholesale. I'm not paying retail homebrew price for hops. It would break me.

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