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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizer Comparison
« on: November 24, 2015, 12:19:43 PM »
I am also not too fond of oxidizer as a sanitizer.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: just a intro
« on: November 23, 2015, 05:35:42 PM »

Hey Sonny. Long time no seen. Happy brewing.

good to here from you. hows the family doing?
Doing as good as we can. Thank you.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: just a intro
« on: November 22, 2015, 08:25:29 PM »
Hey Sonny. Long time no seen. Happy brewing.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sour Beer Tastings
« on: November 22, 2015, 08:24:15 PM »
Thank you for the notes.

The Pub / Re: Constellation Brands Buys Ballast Point
« on: November 16, 2015, 02:40:19 PM »
Another one. This means that craft beer is a main stream.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weyermann Bohemian floor-malted pils...
« on: November 14, 2015, 06:54:21 PM »
Yes it has more complex flavor and good extract. I step mash it but I do not think you have to.

Good malt. You will like it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Ugh! Disastrous mash this morning!
« on: November 14, 2015, 08:45:04 AM »
It will be fine. You could do an emergency decoction. Pull some thick mash and bring it to boil to rise mash temp to 160. Or if you have enough space in the mash tun add boiling water to rise mash temp.

Beer Recipes / Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 13, 2015, 08:24:10 PM »
Is it just me that thinks this thread was derailed a long time ago.

Leos - you make good German style beers.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this....
Thank you.

With all due respect. There is no IT in beer overseas. I lived there half of my life and If there was IT in it would know what it is.

Now when we talk about the flavor. First it is barley. Continental barley has more flavor then domestic barley. Yes different maltsters get you a different flavors for the same style of malt. So you need to be maltster specific. You can actually blend base malt. Let say Weyernman Pilsner and Castle Pilsner.

Water is from soft to moderate. So there is a wide range. Adjust your recipe to your water.

Hops. Imported hops are fine quality and correct variety.

Yeast. Please do not tell me that 2124 is too clean and that augusteener is superb. Pick a yeast you like and work with it. You want clean beer with it, make it ferment clean. You want more esters in it ferment it that way. Fermentation flavor is dependent on vessel geometric, pitching rate and temperature. How many of you considered fermenting in open fermenter? Or open shallow fermenter?

Wort production. If you do step mashing it is less error prone and can create more fermentable wort. Not sure if decoction do too much to it. It is a good way to raise mash temp on large scale. If you have 6 vessel Brewhouse you can knock out one batch every 2 hours.

German/Czech beers sold in your local store are old beers that did sit in hot shipping container for couple of weeks. So I would not take it as a reference point. I suspect that PU in U.S. Is brewed in here. When you buy a keg it comes in Miller keg. With beer companies consolidation Europe is suffering from Euro Lager beer. This is a mass produced low flavor lager that compares to domestic mass produced lagers.

If you want to read more specifics about individual beers do a research in European product marks. You will find a lot of good info that is in English from malt modification index to final beer pH. This is on brewery bases that file for this regional mark protection.

Finally. Brew a lot and practice the art. Have fun.

Sorry for the novel.

Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 13, 2015, 06:50:14 PM »
Is it just me that thinks this thread was derailed a long time ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / kieselsol for clearing
« on: November 13, 2015, 05:43:23 AM »
Time and cold temp will do the trick or you could filter it. 

There is also BioFine clear. This is silica based.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 13, 2015, 05:41:43 AM »
Congrats. Nice podcast.

Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 12, 2015, 02:57:26 PM »
Is this homebrewtalk forum?

Yes we had a couple concerns about our Pale ale. Problem was I have never made Pale Ale.


...If you purchase a bad beer from the  retailer, inform the retailer. Once beer leave the brewery, it is beyond brewery control. You can inform them about your experience but do not expect replacement from them...
Some would be glad to hear of any problems, but from some you could expect a yawn at the vey least...same goes for distributors. Or in some cases, worse.

A number of years ago I called the NJ distributor for an established and very respected West Coast brewer, after several times having a less than satisfying experience with both bottles and drafts of what is normally an excellent product.  I was not only brushed off by the distributor, but firmly schooled by his response:  "I only sell this crap, I don't make it, so once it's delivered and paid for, how it tastes is not my fscking problem.   His words

I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised...his company was also NJ's largest AB distributor. LOL

Not to be disrespectful.

You as a consumer have direct relationship with retailer. You also have a power of choice (purchasing power) over the retailer. This is why retailer is more likely to listen to your concerns. Product with more volume will get more attention then products that do not move.

You do not have any relationship with wholesale part and you do not have purchasing power over them. This is why they will not listen to you. They also not not have infrastructure to deal with final consumers. However they will listen to their customers and their customers are retailers.

Contacting the manufacturer and voice your concern  is a nice thing to do. If you bought beer at the retail location you do not have direct relation with the brewery and you do not have purchasing power over them.

Depending on the size of brewery you might or might not talk to right person. Again please do not expect that you will be compensated for your concern unless you purchased the beer directly from the brewery.

One time I had a person contacting me and he/she complained that all beers in purchased 4-pack were flat. This person lives about 200 miles away and purchased it thru liqueurs store. He/she wanted to know what I am going to do about it.

So let's look at it from brewery perspective.
There is no way for me to know if this person is telling the truth. I did not have any complains about my beer and it is very unlikely that all beers in 4/pack were flat. And even if they were telling the truth, was I supposed to jump into the truck and hand deliver one 4-pack 200 miles away? I did not have district relationship with him/her. Was I supposed to drop beer at the liquor store? At their house?

Sorry about long response.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mental Floss
« on: November 08, 2015, 07:18:46 AM »

And, homoeccentricus, I wish I had been raised with the metric system. It makes sooo much more sense than the ridiculous bodged together system that we still limp along with here in the states.

Move to Belgium! We have beer, chocolate, waffles, the metric system, and cobblestones. What else do you need?

If I ever decide to go expatriate Belgium is high on my list.

Still wouldn't help with the fact that I now have to convert everything from the measures I 'know' intuitively to the generally easier to use and more logical metric.

It is doable. I had to do it the other way around.

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