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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 08, 2011, 09:03:33 PM »
Marzen baby!!!

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Brewing on Sunday.
Marzen with 2124 yeast.
Thank goodness it is not Czech Pilsner  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: March pump stir plate alternative
« on: January 05, 2011, 06:47:27 PM »
How about stirbar.com?
http://www.stirbar.com/

They have any stirbar you could imagine.
Bad thing is that they have minimum order.

Just a thought thou  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: January 05, 2011, 03:53:08 PM »
Cool.

I might get the same motor but I was thinking to speed it up just a bit to may be 300 rmps.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:06:57 PM »
Are you thinking about direct drive of drive with belt?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mill motor
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:15:40 PM »
People usually use 1750 rmp motors and then they "gear" it 10 to 1 to about 170 rpm.
So the rmp is about right. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dornbusch's Advice for Alt?
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:06:54 PM »
yeah. 20% crystal is quite excessive to my opinion.
I did try it once.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Some basic knowledge help, please.
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:41:45 PM »
I would never use a whisk in my mash. Too much aeration.

Why is that a problem?  And if it is, couldn't you use the whisk to mix gently?

I'm glad you asked. I'm guessing the concern is "hot-side aeration." I don't have the expertise to say definitively, but for homebrewing (versus commercial brewing) is that a real problem or one of those brewing myths?

Charles W. Bamforth says it is a myth. He said it on Brew Strong show.
If you want to find it, look for his name on Brew Strong.
I think he has two shows there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dornbusch's Advice for Alt?
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:33:05 PM »
D-rest is fine. I usually ramp up my temp at the end of fermentation.
Cold conditioning is always good from 2 weeks to 4 weeks.
I did recently do short protein rest based on this article:
http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/publications/the-new-brewer/online-extras/show?title=style-spotlight-bohemian-dunkel

I have to say that I got a HUGE egg drop soup wort with a lot of protein coagulation.
Actually I did 100F for 10 min then infuse with 175F water to 124F for 15 min.
Other rests were at 143 F and 161F and Mash Out at 172F with HERMS.

I have to say it was interesting mash schedule.
My HLT was at 175F all the time and system was VERY responsive.
So I have to say I am pumped about this mash process.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for some Temp tips
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:22:15 PM »
Pet stores have ceramic heaters that screws to regular light socket.
They are about $20-$30 and they are in reptile section is you are concern about light.

Just do NOT put halogen light in your fridge.
Bad things could happen. Serious

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:15:34 PM »
I might do some Marzen next weekend.

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The Pub / Re: Beer Robot Fridge with and app for that...
« on: January 01, 2011, 08:03:49 PM »
You just need to plan ahead and order one when you're halfway through the first. ;D
But then what to do with the beer when mountains are not blue any-more???

Poor reference to Coors marketing.

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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 01, 2011, 07:33:39 PM »
A N. German Pilsner.  Maybe on Monday.  The 6L starter for 10.5 gallons is on the stir plate(s).

What are the differences between a Northern and Southern German pils?  I'm curious because I'd really like to brew more German pils this year and am trying to learn more about the subtleties. 
Would not a "Bitburger" be the Northern German Pils and Helles the southern pils?
Just a speculation on my part.

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The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:12:32 PM »
Only if they are slammin some vodka.
Are we in Russian right now  ;)  ;D

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