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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/9 Edition
« on: September 07, 2011, 01:40:24 PM »
The weather has finally cooled off here and I plan on making my IPA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oldest pub in scotland?
« on: September 07, 2011, 01:24:05 PM »
That looks like a Hobbit dwelling.

Other Fermentables / Primary for Mead
« on: September 05, 2011, 11:21:21 AM »
I've never made mead before and I was wondering if it is possible to use a 5 gal carboy as a primary for a 5 gal batch of mead?  Or do you need more head space like a batch of beer?

Equipment and Software / Re: Help me improve my efficiency
« on: September 05, 2011, 05:53:37 AM »
You're on the right track when considering the crush of your grains.  You could have the LHBS run the grain through twice, but I suggest getting your own adjustable mill.  After I got my mill,  I went from low 60's to 75-80% efficiency.

The Pub / Re: Changes
« on: September 03, 2011, 11:37:44 AM »
Good luck on your new venture.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Fridge User Manual Assistance
« on: September 03, 2011, 09:08:21 AM »
Be carefull drilling into the side of a fridge because I ruined one by just nicking a line :( :(

Beer Recipes / Re: Is this to much crystal malt?
« on: September 03, 2011, 07:13:43 AM »
I would use only a .5 lb of C40.

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 01, 2011, 01:25:48 PM »
Short's makes great beers - thanks Jeff for turning me on to them.

Beer Recipes / Re: Help building Black RyePA / Rye CDA please.
« on: September 01, 2011, 01:22:41 PM »
Add the dark malts (carafa III) during the sparge instead of the entire mash, but carafa is pretty low on roastiness anyway.  Roastiness and citrusy hops don't taste good together IMO, so by adding dark malts (even Chocolate) during the sparge that should tame down the roastiness and still give you the color you want.  Another option that was given to me was to use Siminar (sp?) for color.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Summer Beers in London
« on: August 31, 2011, 02:24:35 PM »
Nice pics, looks like a great time!  Does this mean the style guidelines concerning hops and color could be a changin' for bitters?

Kegging the fresh hop (Centennial) IPA and brewing an American Brown Ale.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash time variance?
« on: August 28, 2011, 02:43:20 PM »
I always mash for at least an hour just to be safe.  I believe most conversion will take place in 30 min, but I would rather be safe than ruin a batch.  I'm sure others will chime in with more techninal data and I believe there was an experiment not too long ago that deals with topic.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Without a second thought
« on: August 27, 2011, 10:53:46 AM »
What about your own beer?  We are hombrewers for crying out loud. ;)

love Two-hearted ale and hate Oberon.  IMO you're not missing much, but I don't like wheat beers much either.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Rye Malt Extract
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:33:50 PM »
Good news about this rye extract.  I have a friend who only brews extract and he now can enjoy the wonderful flavor of rye in his beer.  I think my extract brewing which produced the "twang" can be attributed to low pitching rates, high fermentation temps, and old LME. I haven't done an extract batch since I went to all grain, but I think I might try one again and see how it turns out considering all the knowledge that I have gained since.

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