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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.

I'm going to try to fit in a Brown Ale in the next few days and my wife and I are going to make our annual Blueberry Wine from all the blueberries we picked up in the UP Michigan.

All Grain Brewing / Re: So, how long to do a 5 gallon all-grain batch?
« on: August 22, 2011, 08:12:49 AM »
Hello, my name is Dan and I'm a batch sparger.  4-6 hours.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:43:24 PM »
Last winter my wife and I were at the local brewery (Maumee Bay Brewing Co.) and she asked for one of their specialty beers called "Smoke Bomb".  Luckily, the bartender said you should try a sample of this before you buy a pint.  We both tasted it and it was flat out awful and we could barely swallow a sip - way too much smokiness.  Later I found out that they used 40% cherry smoked malt in the grist ???

Pimp My System / Re: My new HERMS rig
« on: August 14, 2011, 05:17:36 PM »
very impressive! ;)

Start the class with around 10 min left with the mash.  You can explain in 10 min what you did up to this point.  Then, proceed with lauter, sparge, and boil.  Batch sparging could also speed things up a bit.

Ingredients / Re: Agave
« on: August 06, 2011, 02:08:57 PM »
Thanks, I just read a previous thread (I should probably do that before posting, duh) about using agave and most mention adding it at the end of the boil.  So, I will use it like honey.

Ingredients / Agave
« on: August 06, 2011, 08:54:38 AM »
Has anyone used this in a beer?  I got a bottle of organic blue agave (23.5 oz) and thought about adding it to a beer, any thoughts?

Wife demands some Porter and it sounds good since I've been drinking a lot of hoppy beers lately.  Hey Denny how's that quad coming along?

The Pub / Re: Done. Passed.
« on: August 03, 2011, 04:48:51 PM »
Congrats! Now that's a reason for a party, cheers.

Looks like you could do some experimenting with these.  Try using these in your own recipes and make sure to note the differences.

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