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All Grain Brewing / Re: hochkurz mash
« on: March 08, 2013, 07:15:39 AM »
I've only done decoctions when I missed my mash temperature, so when are you pulling the decoctions to add them back to the main mash for the full rest times?  Or do you ignore the time it takes to get the decoctions up to temp?

Check Kai's discussion of decoction mashing here and watch the videos, too.  I've played around with a few different decoction schedules through the years, and use different schedules for different styles.  I've always seen a little bump in efficiency except when using only a single decoction to reach mashout temp.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: prefered fining agent
« on: March 08, 2013, 06:56:34 AM »
Whirlfloc in the boil, then most beers clear very well with a little time in the keg.  Like others, I'll transfer to another keg if the beer is going to travel.

It varies a lot, but most often it's the local classic rock radio station - the more Led Zeppelin, the better.  I also sometimes tune-in to a ball game during football or baseball season.

I'm running a little behind schedule this year, but I'll be brewing my annual Maibock.  I guess we'll tap it a little later in May instead of on the 1st weekend like we usually do.  Tapping the Maibock is part of our annual Fruhjarhsfest and the raising of the Maibaum - so that will just have to be a couple weeks late this year.

I'll also be racking a German Pilsner to a lagering keg, and kegging a batch of AIPA.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: March 05, 2013, 12:32:37 PM »
My Sharona - The Knack

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: February 26, 2013, 04:02:13 PM »
Redemption Song - Bob Marley

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:26:56 PM »
Pretty in Pink - Psychedelic Furs

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:31:05 PM »
Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing with bread in the mash
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:23:44 PM »
Is it the rye flavor you're after, or the spicy flavor of the caraway seeds that are often used in rye bread?  It doesn't seem like the bread (without seeds) in the mash would add much character - especially flavor - to the beer.  You can get "bread-like" flavors by balancing your malt bill.   If it's the caraway flavor notes that you're seeking, I think you could just crack or crush some seeds and add them to your kettle as a late or knock-out addition.  I don't know how much seeds to add, but I'd maybe start with 1/2 teaspoon crushed.

Beer Recipes / Re: recommend an oktoberfest yeast
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:32:19 PM »
I've had good results with WY2308, WLP833, and WLP830 but I think I like WY2206 best.

The Pub / Re: Just checkin' in.
« on: February 18, 2013, 02:12:34 PM »
Thanks for all the support guys. I really appreciate it. Meds are kicking in, and I'm slowly returning to your regularly scheduled Weaze.
Whew!  I started reading and almost thought you were headed toward saying you were returning to "normal." ;)  It's the "regularly scheduled Weaze" we'll be glad to have back!  Meds aside, have you checked your bacon count?  Are you getting enough sun?  Pork fat and sunshine cure a lot of ills.

All kidding aside, I hope you're feeling like yourself again soon.

- Jim 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Solera beers
« on: February 04, 2013, 10:55:40 AM »
There's a member of our local club who has had a Solera going for several years.  His is a Flanders Red and each year's batch seems to get a little more character than the last.  It's good stuff, and he's won several medals with it in local and regional competitions.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:24:46 AM »
Ebony Eyes - Bob Welch

Equipment and Software / Re: Small fridge for temp control?
« on: January 22, 2013, 02:34:04 PM »
I was given a small-ish fridge that has a freezer unit in it.  It had enough vertical clearance to ferment in a 7.9-gallon bucket or a 6-gallon carboy - but it wasn't deep enough so the door wouldn't close all the way.  I I removed the door liner that had the shelves on it, but that was still not enough.  So, I removed the entire door assembly and built a wooden "collar" out of 2x10 that extended the depth of the fridge and re-mounted the door.  Then I put the whole works on an inexpensive furniture dolly to help support the collar and make it easy to move around.  It doesn't get cold enough for lagering (I have another fridge for that) but it will ferment a 6-gallon batch of lager or ale just fine.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: December 10, 2012, 06:00:34 PM »
21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

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