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Equipment and Software / I build an electric brewery and now what?
« on: February 11, 2011, 03:54:22 PM »
I am building an electric brewery with Aubere instruments PID SYL-2352.
http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=3

Any recommendation how to use it?
How to calibrate the temp probe?

Thank you

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Ingredients / Biofine Clear
« on: January 29, 2011, 05:03:11 PM »
Today I went to Midwest Supply and got me a bottle of Biofine Clear.


I have been using Gelatine for quite some time with good results but I also heard good things about Biofine Clear.
It is supposed to be Vegan friendly (if that really matter) and you do not have to prepare it (like gelatine).

I could not find dosing instruction so I asked in the store how to use it.
The answer I got was "from 3 ml to 30 ml per 5 gal".
I understand that this is a yeast strain dependent but IMO that is quite a range.

Does anybody have any experience with this product and how do you use it?

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General Homebrew Discussion / How much did you brew in 2010?
« on: January 01, 2011, 07:56:43 PM »
It is this time of the year again to check the brew logs and do the tally.
I brewed 22 times and made 110 gal of beer. (3 times less then in 2009).

How much did you brew last year?
What was the beer you brew the most?

Look in your logs and have a fun.

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The Pub / Domino
« on: December 26, 2010, 09:13:29 PM »

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All Grain Brewing / Decoction! the book.
« on: December 03, 2010, 07:07:40 PM »
Did anybody read this book?
Decoction! by Ronald Pattinson



http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/decoction/12430672

What is the review?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Tour De Bohemia
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:48:04 PM »
Recently I visited Czech and Slovak republic.
I sampled as many beers as possible and visit as many breweries as possible.
Book “Good Beer Guide Prague & the Czech Republic” was a great help:
http://www.amazon.com/Good-Guide-Prague-Czech-Republic/dp/1852492333/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1290289479&sr=1-1
These are my thoughts about it.

I visited two large and two small breweries and sampled over 30+ beers.
They were from 10 Plato (4% ABV) to 24 Plato (10% ABV).
Most of the beers were fermented with lager yeast but there were some that were fermented with ale yeast.
Beer market is quite versatile.
You can find Czech Pilsners 10, 12 and special 16.
Dark Beer 11 or 13.
Kvasinkove pivo (Unfiltered, unpasteurized with live yeast mostly cloudy).
Some Ales like ESB...
Non alcoholic beer.

Taste of Bohemian Pilsner vary by brewery from VERY malty to watery. Most of them are in balanced area. A few of them are balanced and bright. Only one had slight lingering bitterness. Aroma is mostly malty. Hop aroma is non present.

Most of Dark beers are too sweet even for natives but there are some dark beers like U Fleku that are restrained with sweetens. Dark beers have very little or no roast.

When you drink 10 or 12 beer from the same brewery you almost can not say the difference.
Czech drinkers prefer low alcohol beers and most of the beers you find are about 4.5 ABV.

Breweries do at least double decoction brewing process.
Most people in breweries fallow the traditional process and do not know exactly why they are doing it.

In one brewery I was told they use three different hops: extract, plugs and pallets but they did not know the variety. In another brewery I was told that “we use pallet hops and they come from Germany”. They also did not know the hop variety.

I tasted a malt from two maltsters. I was surprised that Pilsner malt was more chewy. It felt like it was not dryed enough but it had nice rich taste with pleasant sweetness. In one brewery I saw grain bags with Cyrillic letters.

Lager breweries have modern equipment and they are VERY proud of their packaging lines.
After EACH bottling they do preventive maintenance and they disassemble, inspect and clean packaging machinery. May be the brewery on “Brewmasters” TV show should take a notice. Smaller breweries still use wood fired brewhouses.

Open fermenters are used most of the time. You can find some breweries with conical fermenters.
I have seen one small brewery that beer was fermented in open wood barrels and lagered in closed wood barrels. Beer was fantastic.

Most of large breweries were bought up by InBev, SAB Miller or Heineken. There are still smaller regional breweries in Czech republic that are independent. In Slovak Republic it is bleaker. There are only 3 independent mid size breweries left.

Microbrewery trend is picking up and they produce great beers.
Pilsner Urquell (owned by SAB Miller) is still highly regarded beer and is available all over the country.
Budvar (owned by Czech state) survived only because of it's ownership.

If you made it down here, thank you for reading.

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Equipment and Software / New brew kettles
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:19:53 PM »
I am having new brew pots done.
I just went to see them.
I think they are quite large.
What do you think?


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General Homebrew Discussion / How do you blend your beers.
« on: September 10, 2010, 08:17:07 PM »
Would someone be willing to share technique how to blend and bottle beers?
How to be consistent across multiple batches of the same base beers?
I was thinking about it the other day but so far no cigar.
Thank you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / 12 oz six pack vs. 16 oz four pack
« on: September 01, 2010, 06:37:54 PM »
I wonder what people think about this.
In my opinion I think that every beer should be serve in 0.5 liter (or 16 oz).
Most of the beer sold in US is sold in 12 oz bottles.

To my liking one beer is not enough and two beers are too much.
What would people think if they found their favorite beer in 0.5 (16.7 oz) four packs instead of 12 oz six packs.









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Yeast and Fermentation / I am not liking me WYeast 2278 Czech Pils
« on: July 27, 2010, 06:24:09 PM »
I am brewing with 2278 right now.
I brewed four times with it (re pitching).
Chill wort to 44F.
Pitch and let rise to 46F.
Keep at 46F a few days.
Do the bulk of fermentation at 48F.
Then at the end of fermentation raise temp again to 56F.

I am brewing Czech beers and there is just something strange with it.
I am getting BANANA esters.
So instead of nice Czech Pilsner I have mild wheat beer.

Does anybody have similar experience?

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The Pub / But Light anyone?
« on: June 23, 2010, 06:34:50 PM »
You gotta love those Chinese places.


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General Homebrew Discussion / NHC Minneapolis Club Night deadline
« on: February 27, 2010, 09:51:31 PM »
Could someone point me to the info how to participate in Club night?
When is deadline to register?

Thank you

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Culturing
« on: January 08, 2010, 12:35:51 PM »
I just made my supply purchase at http://cynmar.com.

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12030895  GLASS ALCOHOL LAMP w/CAP, 4oz      US$3.40
CHA80228  DEHYDRATED AGAR POWDER, 30g      US$8.25
11527906  CLEAR GLASS VIALS w/AUTOCLAVABLE CAP, 12ml 12/PK      US$5.00
11527908 CLEAR GLASS VIALS w/AUTOCLAVABLE CAP, 16ml 12/PK US$5.75
13225101 NICHROME INOCULATING LOOP, 25 GAUGE WIRE, 8" TOT LENGTH US$1.50
13225110 NICHROME INOCULATING NEEDLE,25 GAUGE WIRE, 8"TOT LENGTH US$1.40
12030036 TEST TUBE BRUSH, WHITE NYLON, 3"BRUSH, 8" TOTAL US$0.70
13220697 GLASS PETRI DISH, 75x15mm,10/PK US$7.25

Kai and his "Yeast culturing gear" http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Yeast_culturing_gear was very helpful.

I also have "First Steps In Yeast Culture"

read "Yeast Propagation and Maintenance: Principles and Practices" http://maltosefalcons.com/tech/yeast-propagation-and-maintenance-principles-and-practices
and listen yeast culturing episodes on Basic Brewing.

Anything else I should be aware of?
Thank you

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General Homebrew Discussion / How much did you brew in 2009?
« on: January 01, 2010, 08:07:44 PM »
I tally up my brewing logs from last year and I brew 25 times and made 125 gal of beer.

How much did you brew last year?

Disclamer:
This topic is not intended to be "I brew more then you".
Look in your logs and have a fun.

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The Pub / "Velvet Revolution" 20 years later.
« on: November 17, 2009, 09:26:11 AM »
This might not be interest to you but today marks 20 yeast of "Velvet Revolution" in Czechoslovakia.
Extraordinary time for me and many other.

Quote
Czechs and Slovaks are marking the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution - which brought down the Communist government of the then-Czechoslovakia.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8363827.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8362596.stm

I just wanted to share.

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