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Beer Recipes / Re: Designing Christmas beers
« on: August 18, 2010, 02:53:26 PM »
Whatever you do, design the beer so that after you've had one - by golly - you simply have to have another one! Too many Christmas beers are a half a pint - thanks that's enough - affairs. I like dark, belgian inspired beers for christmas. Oh, and dark, strong doppelbocks, too.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch tastes like a rubber band
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:58:04 PM »
I can't either this time of year. Your pitching temp was fine. Maybe just some fluke, hard to say. If it is a wild yeast it may not age into a very good beer. But maybe whatever you are picking up will age out.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch tastes like a rubber band
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:41:22 PM »
If, when you say, "clean" you mean clean like a kolsch .... no. The "burn rubber" character I find in my belgians fades into a nice clove phenol though. Not appropriate in your case.

So what temp did you actually pitch the yeast? Curious...

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:38:38 PM »
Mein nachname ist nicht "prosit". ;)

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:31:54 PM »
My name has always been on every post I make. You have to exchange beer with me to get the last name, though.  ;)

Speaking of "winkies" and emoticons I have noticed that a lot of TTers feel uncomfortable about them (a few have mentioned "it ain;t their bag" and so forth), and I used to be the same way. I do realize that they kind seem like something a 7 year old girl would scribble in a note passed in English Lit., but I have also come to realize they do a very good job of communicating when you are being serious or not.  :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaning 'large' boil kettles
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:26:00 AM »
+1 - I do the same thing with my 55 gallon kettle too. Oh, and if you really want to make it easy pick up some acid #5 and heat to about 165.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Irish Moss with a Conical Fermenter
« on: August 18, 2010, 08:49:49 AM »
I've never seen the advantage to conicals. Hard to move and very expensive.

I personally think buckets take the cake for homebrewing. easy to move. Easy to clean. Cheap. No breakable. Replaceable. I use a conical for large batch brewing though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Amarillo Wheat?
« on: August 18, 2010, 06:28:34 AM »
What temp do you ferment?  I used Bavarian Wheat last time, but think I fermented too high - too much banana not enough clove flavor.


My personal opinion is you need to use a clean yeast for this, not a weissbier yeast. The banana/clove really clashes with the hops. US-05 or WLP029 is what works for me. Ferment in low 60s.

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 05:50:03 AM »
Major--

Don't worry Joey - your posts will increase eventually.  :P :D Seriously though, I'm sure you are right. There's simply going to be a group of people who are going to hold on to TT and not really give the forum a try. Thats a shame. What's really a shame is how this is being turned into "US" and "THEM" - it really should just be "US". Too bad for everyone I fear.

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 18, 2010, 05:10:56 AM »
I have to admit, the whole "if you spend time on a forum you don't have a life" gets on my nerves. For instance. I have 2 boys - one's in Cub Scouts and one plays Football, both are straight "A" students, both play instruments. Both are well behaved and I spend a lot of time with them.

I also have 2 dogs that I walk 2Xs a day,  I live on 7 acres of mountain-wilderness land (with a wilderness the size of the smoky mountains behind my house), I don't have cable TV, don't watch any TV except for during football season, I run between 20 and 30 miles a week. I hike 2 or 3 times a week. Lift weights regularly. Read every day. I'm a frequent backpacker, going out between 2 and 5 nights at a time. And and I ride a motorcycle and do freelance work for a living. Oh, and have I ever mentioned I'm also a homebrewer???

And I have around 1200 posts on this forum (and more on others.) Gosh darn-it!! How much more of a life do I need??? :-\

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch tastes like a rubber band
« on: August 18, 2010, 03:10:39 AM »
First off, you have to use a kolsch yeast to brew a kolsch. With 1056 you brewed a blonde. You won't get the unique kolsch-like characteristics from 1056.

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... couldn't get the temp past 80F. Put it in my keezer overnight to get down to 65F.

What temp did you pitch the yeast? I can't tell if it was 80 or 65? Leaving it over night to get it down into proper pitching range won't hurt anything as long as you are sanitary.

I see you use star san. Did you filter your water? Chlorines or Chloramines can leave a rubber band or band aid character.

The other possibility is you picked up a wild yeast. A lot of times I get "rubber band" flavors in my young belgians, especially saison strains, so this could certainly be a yeast off flavor - something other than 1056.

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Ingredients / Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« on: August 17, 2010, 07:55:20 AM »
Definitely tropical fruit. Mango fits the bill. More "bright" then I expected though. Although some of the "bright" citrus may be coming from the Amarillo.

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Ingredients / Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:31:49 AM »
Hmmmm - this might also explain why I don't have a cat.

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Ingredients / Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:16:32 AM »
Speaking of tea it just dawned on me that this is what it reminds me of - that fruit infused iced tea you get at restaurants. I hate that stuff.

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Ingredients / Re: Citra hops smell like cat urine to me
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:15:17 AM »
Nope. blended it 50/50 as an aroma hop with Amarillo. This beer is also a regular rotation of mine so I generally know what to expect. Its not terrible and I will drink some of it (and give some more of it away), just not my cup of .... err ... pint of beer.

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