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The Pub / Re: merry Christmas/happy holiday of choice everybody
« on: December 25, 2011, 09:04:47 PM »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year I wish you (in Yoda voice).

Beer Recipes / Re: Troubleshooting my pale ale
« on: December 24, 2011, 06:36:02 PM »
After looking at your fermentables, you would need about 80-85% efficiency on the two-row and crystal to get a OG of 1.050.  My guess is that your OG was somewhere around 1.040 and that would seem thin for a pale ale.  Next time add another lb. of DME or two-row and see if that helps.

Nice work!  I like the Hollywood Squares format, maybe next time you could add in a couple of squares for Paul Lynde and Phyllis Diller.  You could have one of them chime in after a discussion of enzymes or mash hopping.

I'm off work until Jan.4th, so tomorrow it'll be a Vanilla Porter and on New Year's Day I plan on either an American Barley Wine or IIPA (still undecided).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kegerator or beer fridge placement?
« on: December 12, 2011, 05:19:45 PM »
In the basement next to the washer/dryer and near my music/tv room.

No brewing, but I will be tapping two kegs (Munich belgian and IPA) for when my two brothers come into town Friday.  We're going to the Red Wings game on Sat. and the Lions game on Sun. ;D

The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 04, 2011, 09:58:10 AM »
It was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and the Bert Grant beers from the early 90's.

Sounds great!  I would like to do a barrel aged BW sometime.  Now I can't wait to taste my Munich Belgian.

I might get around to a Rye IPA.  My LHBS finally got in some Rye Malt.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:20:45 PM »
I use a MixStir to aerate (not oxygenate) my beer...

Under $20 and in my unscientific survey as effective as O2 or an aquarium pump.
I also use a mix stir and it works great for making mead and wine too.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2 Golds
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:08:55 PM »
Great news! 

Ingredients / Re: Malt Knowledge
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:06:19 PM »
I would say that after another 50 batches you should have a better idea (that's about how long it took me to somewhat understand specialty grains).   Seriously, I experimented a lot by using a standard base malt recipe for a certain recipe like APA, IPA, etc. and interchanged specialty grains.  This is basically trial and error, but after awhile I've come up with some good recipes.  Some I am still experimenting with and trying to make better and some I now leave alone.  Getting there, for me, is half the fun.

Making an IPA for when my brothers come into town in December.  I couldn't find anything better to do on Black Friday than brew beer.

Ingredients / Re: Flaked Oats vs. Old Fashioned Oats
« on: November 22, 2011, 07:01:30 PM »
I am tasting this Oatmeal Stout today from the keg and I have to say that this is probably the smoothest stout that I have ever made.  I used 1.25 lbs of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats and I had no ploblem with the sparge.  I think I might up the amount of oats next time and try the toasting method.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 16, 2011, 02:44:08 PM »
Sooooo, I didn't dry hop the porter. I wasn't able make it work but in the end, the porter ended up being an extra stout at 6.8%. Has a nice flavor but is going to need some time to condition.  I need to get another vessel to dry hop.
You could always try dry hopping in your primary fermenter, maybe after initial fermentation has taken place.

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