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Pimp My System / Re: Mash-In Grain Hopper
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:21:04 AM »


Speaking of dough balls, I might try that 133° rest sometime to prevent.

I don't think it will.  You'd have the dough balls before the rest, when you add the malt.

I think dough balls are more maltster (brand) specific. Some are more prone to form them then others.

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Beer Travel / Re: Wisconsin - Madison & probably anywhere
« on: August 30, 2015, 08:17:52 AM »
Glad you liked it here. If you ever travel to western Wisconsin, stop by in my brewery.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 25, 2015, 01:47:59 PM »


I'm hoping and praying that the growler bill goes through next legislative session here in Alabama. Because then I will be brewing beers EXCLUSIVELY for growler to go that you will only be able to get at the brewery.

Cleaning growlers yuck!

I hope they pass the law. It just makes a lot of sense to allow that. I just hope you counter pressure fill instead of off the tap lines.

Oh did I say I hate cleaning growlers.
I have no idea what are you talking about Marc.

Is that why you bought a canner before bigger fermenters? I think I have washed almost 20K of them.
Yes I try to phase them out. We still do a little. Great package for Christmas as a gift. I little hired help can do wonders.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 25, 2015, 01:07:16 PM »

I'm hoping and praying that the growler bill goes through next legislative session here in Alabama. Because then I will be brewing beers EXCLUSIVELY for growler to go that you will only be able to get at the brewery.

Cleaning growlers yuck!

I hope they pass the law. It just makes a lot of sense to allow that. I just hope you counter pressure fill instead of off the tap lines.

Oh did I say I hate cleaning growlers.
I have no idea what are you talking about Marc.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Dark Lager
« on: August 20, 2015, 06:50:14 PM »

Personally for a czech dark I would have went the route of 99% floor malted bohemian dark malt 1% carafa II.
I've been wanting to try that malt but our club buy didn't have any weyermann so I have a sack of Best Pils and Best Red X to use up.

You can compare FM Bohemian Dark to Munich 2. 99% of FM BD and 1% of carafa 2 is not dark enough.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Dark Lager
« on: August 20, 2015, 11:46:07 AM »

This beer turned out pretty nice, a little lighter colored than I wanted but it was very smooth and balanced. It think it could of used a little more malty back bone and a bit more caramunich. Since I have a sack of Red X to play with I'm going to give this a try.

Red X 71%
Pils 18%
Caramunich 9%
Debittered Carafa III 2%

I thought about bumping up the caramunich but the Red X is supposily a blend of Munich, Melanoiden and some kind of Cara malt so maybe I don't need as much? This malt bill should come in around 20 SRM, I want it dark with a reddish hue.

I wanna a sample :).

Red X is not a blend. It is a base malt that they developed by "accident". Then it took Best malt another year to recreate the accident. At least I was told that by sales rep.

If you want more malty beer I would replace some portion of Red X with Munich 2. Make it the same proportion as your Pilsner. I do not know what is enzymatic power of Red X.

Good luck.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering/Filtration
« on: August 19, 2015, 04:26:23 PM »

Just filtered my first lager into a keg the other day. It didn't seem like a big deal, just used gravity straight from the fermenter through a 5 micron filter down to the keg on the floor. I'll see how it turns out in a month or so, I'm not in a big rush, I wanted to try filtering to help more with some gout symptoms I'm having.

I saw pictures. It looked good. Were you able to wash the cartridge?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering/Filtration
« on: August 19, 2015, 04:24:11 PM »

I can turn lagers around, crystal clear, in under 3 weeks without filtering.  I had a filter setup and gave it away because it was a PITA.

Correct. If you fermented correctly there is no need for extended cold conditioning.

Gelatin is most friendly and effective way to remove yeast and haze. Filtering is the fastest way.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 16, 2015, 06:31:35 PM »

You come up with some good threads Jim. 

I agree with all the above.  What I would add is that I think breweries should pay their brewers more.  The starting wage for a person who is competent and who is expected to care about the little things that make a big difference in the beer, hence the businesse's profits and future, should be at least 40K in today's dollars.

I am shocked at how little brewers make.  You expect art, science, and physical labor from someone you pay 14 dollars an hour?!  Dream on.

I will say that I think brewers, like most people, should be better paid. However, the pay rate for brewers is probably in line with what the labor market will support. Most of the work done by brewers is cleaning and other physical labor tasks. Operating the brewhouse is mostly about following a procedure set out by the head brewer/owner. Most brewer positions are assistant brewer positions where the work is roughly similar to other labor-intensive jobs in the same pay range. These are positions that do not require a college degree and can be learned on the job in a relatively short period of time.

What unfairly drives wages low for brewers is the massive amount of demand for the position. You have so many people trying to get these jobs that breweries have their pick of people with biology and engineering degrees that they can tap to do much more complex work at a low wage. The people offering up free work to breweries also drives down their wages. Every homebrewer who comes in and "helps out" at the brewery is taking a job away from somebody and depressing the wages of people who do have those jobs.

A lot of good points.

It is quite hard to get a knowledgable staff. Brewer is not just labor monkey. He/she is more like a farmer. Mechanically adept and fast thinking. It is a big deal when I lose knowledgable employee.

I would like to pay everybody 40K a year. Believe me. But I also have other obligations then just a labor cost and my biggest concern is not to run out of money. And by the way. I hold the bag of loans and I am responsible for them. So I have skin in this game that no one see.

What drives wages down is the whole notion of small business and scale. Do you know how much beer I have to sell for 40K? It is quite easy to require employers to pay more from people who do not employ anybody.

Now back to usual programming.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing
« on: August 16, 2015, 09:32:10 AM »


I've had Leos Beers and, yes, I'd hang out at Lazy Monk on a regular basis if I lived up there! Great beers! Some of my favorite styles!
Thank you Keith.
I would hand out in your place if I was in Huntsville. You also make great beers.

I need to invent a transporter so I can hang out at BOTH!  You guys both make such great beers.

A transporter would also make it easier to have a group hug. ;)
Love the group hugs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: August 15, 2015, 07:19:23 AM »

That thread seemed pretty mild. I like cans fine, but I have had some crappy cans. One brewery, can't remember which, always overfilled the cans which makes a mess when opening and pouring.
It is important to fill can all the way up. If there is too much head space you will have a flat beer.

This can be a challenge with smaller canning lines.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing
« on: August 14, 2015, 04:52:37 PM »


I've had Leos Beers and, yes, I'd hang out at Lazy Monk on a regular basis if I lived up there! Great beers! Some of my favorite styles!
Thank you Keith.
I would hand out in your place if I was in Huntsville. You also make great beers.

we need to do a beer exchange again soon. Easier now that we are packaging regularly. I'd love to have more of your pils and dunkel!

Sure thing. Lets' wait till fall when temps are colder for shipping. Now I have 5 beers in cans.

The only thing that I do not put into the cans is low alcohol helles/Keller beer. Good seller in the taproom but sucks as a packaged product.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lazy Monk Brewing
« on: August 14, 2015, 04:46:00 PM »

I've had Leos Beers and, yes, I'd hang out at Lazy Monk on a regular basis if I lived up there! Great beers! Some of my favorite styles!
Thank you Keith.
I would hand out in your place if I was in Huntsville. You also make great beers.

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The Pub / Re: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Game
« on: August 14, 2015, 04:43:28 PM »
Funny

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Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on a baltic porter
« on: August 14, 2015, 04:39:24 PM »
Just a thought. Baltic Porter is neither roasty or hoppy. You can use fair amount of dark Munich in there.

Happy brewing.

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