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Equipment and Software / Re: Are Tri clamps worth the cost?
« on: December 28, 2011, 03:58:46 AM »
Aside from the sanitary aspect of tri clamps, the best things is being able to hook up stuff in crazy configurations without requiring all kinds of adapters.  Need to add a temporary thermowell, throw a Tee in there and put the thermowell through.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2012 NHC 1st Round - NW Region - April 21st
« on: December 12, 2011, 09:04:55 PM »
Put it on my calendar. Hopefully since it is on there early enough my wife won't book something else for that weekend.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lacto Starter
« on: December 11, 2011, 10:08:24 PM »
I'm not sure if there is another place that Kris posted all his awesome berliner info, but I had this post at the NB forum bookmarked.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewhemoth Brag
« on: December 11, 2011, 09:49:15 PM »
Congrats, that's a great prize just for showing up and judging.  I've had a pair of them since earlier this year and haven't even put anything besides water int hem.  I'm almost to the point in my project of putting some beer in them though

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration is out again
« on: December 07, 2011, 08:49:19 PM »
It's exactly the same as in years past...that was verified when I was at Beer Camp.  They had just released it and I drank a lot of it on tap.  Verified with several people there that it's the same recipe.  They said that SN will give you any recipe you ask for.  Here's the Cele recipe direct from the brewmaster via a friend who works in the R&D lab....note that the hops times are backwards from what we normally think of.  I.e., "0" is the first addition and "100" means after boiling for 100 min.

Pale 2-row: 89%
Caramel (60L): 11%
Mash at 157.5 F
Original Gravity: 16.0 Plato
Ending Gravity: 4.0 Plato
ABV: 6.8%
0 min: Chinook & Centennial
90 min: Cascade
100 min: 2/3 Cascade & 1/3 Centennial

100 min: Whirlpool
IBU: 65
Dry Hopped with 2/3 Cascade & 1/3 Centennial
Yeast: SNBCo Ale

Wow 1 hour and 40 minute boil?  Is this due to the fact that they are brewing something like 100 barrels at a time?  I would think on a homebrew level we should not need to boil that long.  I'm not doubting this is the recipe by any means (especially since it's a pretty direct source), but I thought that Dressler gave the recipe out during a Brewing Network episode in which he stated Chinook in the beginning, then Cascade and Centennial at a 2:1 ration for a late edition, knockout, then dry hop.  Grain ratio was the same as posted here.  Maybe this episode was a while ago and they since changed.

Denny said "note that the hops times are backwards from what we normally think of.  I.e., "0" is the first addition and "100" means after boiling for 100 min."  So it sounds like the recipe Steve gave on the BN is the same.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: amazon sale
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:16:15 PM »
Noticed this on sale too:
Oxford Companion to Beer for $26

I've made Sean Paxton (The Homebrewchef)'s Cranberry Wit sauce a few times now and its awesome and a big hit

It's of course pricey for many homebrewers but I'm certain there are some that would love it. I'd be more in the market if it connected to a smartphone/laptop over bluetooth (or similar).

I've seen graphs at craft breweries indicating that they are taking daily gravity readings. I'm not sure they'd want a floating version though (They'd have to find it after every batch). Perhaps a version mounted to the fermentor wall, it could also be hardwired (no battery replacement). It would need to be food grade and be able to endure clean-in-place chemicals.

This too has some promise.  Incorporating a hardwired or close-linked wireless connection with a SG/temperature probe would be great.  Incorporating typical thermostatic control capability like my Johnson A419 digital thermostat into the unit would be even better.  Having the temperature and SG display on my fermentor exterior would be welcome.  Having the ability to control the fermenter chamber cooling and/or heating would be even better.

A durable, sanitizable SG probe would be something I will buy.

I'd love to see that too.  Just something simple that has an analog output giving the SG.  Give the user the option to roll their own monitoring system.  Extra points for being mounted in a tri clamp, but something with 1/2" NPT threads would be ok.

All Things Food / Re: KitchenAid 575W Mixer
« on: November 10, 2011, 07:13:15 PM »
I saw them at costco last night and thought it was a great price.  I bought mine from Bed Bath & Beyond with a coupon and gift cards for a bit more.  I've had it for a few years now and have had no problems.

There is some info in the comments on amazon about which ones have plastic parts.

I'd highly recommend the mixer regardless.  I used to have one of the smaller 4 (?) quart models and I'd frequently max it out making double batches of bread.

The Pub / Re: Kindle books
« on: November 03, 2011, 05:25:08 AM »
Tom (everybody) I'm almost finished with Reamde by Neal Stephenson. Excellent! A must read. Kindle version is 57% priced off versus the hardback.

Agreed on that one.  Excellent book.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recommended Reading for Intermediates?
« on: November 01, 2011, 04:16:43 PM »
My top general picks are:
New Brewing Lager Beer by Greg Noonan
Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels

If you want some more specialized topics:
Brew Like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them by Stan Hieronymous
Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow

The Classic Style series are good to if you want to read about specific styles

All Things Food / Re: Hot ‘n Bothered Beer Mustard
« on: November 01, 2011, 04:10:08 PM »
I'm glad this thread got bumped, I remember reading it when first posted and decided I was going to make it.  Of course I quickly forgot about it but now it's back on my radar.

Ingredients / Re: Why Does Carapils Get a Bad Rap?
« on: October 20, 2011, 02:51:32 PM »
I honestly think if it weren't named 'Carapils' and described to add foam stability and body, and instead called extralight crystal' or C-5L or something like that, nobody would have a problem with it.

Lets just call it dextrin malt then instead of carapils or carafoam

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Book Topics
« on: October 16, 2011, 08:44:06 PM »
I'm pretty certain I read that John Palmer is working on a book all about water chemistry

Actually, John and Colin Kaminski.  Technical editing by Martin Brungard and A.J. deLange.  Should be a killer!

Awesome, can't wait. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Book Topics
« on: October 16, 2011, 07:29:30 PM »
I'd like something on water chemistry, beer blending, and yeast culturing. All in scientific style and in depth without fluffy swirls and basic brewing intro taking up half the book. I realize, however, that such books would have about 5-10 people reading audience and thus would never get printed.

Have you seen Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation by Jamil Zainasheff and Chris White? It covers yeast culturing and a whole lot more on yeast.

I'm pretty certain I read that John Palmer is working on a book all about water chemistry

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