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Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 18, 2013, 08:11:41 AM »

Also for molasses, blackstrap molasses is what we see in stores, but I hear there are other kinds.


I've used blackstrap but I try to only use Barbados molasses.  It's sweeter and has a lighter flavor.

I've read/been told that it's not technically molasses, though.  I believe it's made from sorghum.

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Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 18, 2013, 07:04:43 AM »

Beet sugar


Forgot about that.  I should add that to my list.  Haven't used beet sugar in years that I know of.

And turbinado, though I'm not clear on the difference between raw cane sugar and turbinado.

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Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 17, 2013, 02:42:57 PM »
I've used the following:

Cane sugar (refined and raw)
Rice syrup
Corn sugar
Honey
Maple syrup
Candi sugar (rocks)
Candy syrup
Succanat
Demerara
Brown sugar

Probably others, but these ones spring to mind.  Does molasses count as a sugar?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Copyright
« on: October 17, 2013, 09:50:37 AM »
The only way to totally duplicate it is
Same grain bill
Same hops
Same water
Same yeast
Same equipment
Same brewer

I think all of these play into the finished product.

Hmmm.  I brew the same recipes over and over.  There are differences between each batch. 

There may be differences in the maltster, although I'm pretty consistent on where/what I buy.  The hops may not be from the same harvest.  Pitching rate is pretty consistent, fermentation temp is pretty consistent.

It is difficult to produce homebrewed beer that does not have some batch to batch variability.  Duplicating someone else's beer I would have to say is nigh impossible.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Plastic bucket vs water jug
« on: October 15, 2013, 10:27:32 AM »
The 3-gallon better bottles used to have a handle like that.  I just looked them up on-line to confirm my memory.  Apparently, they've changed the design to eliminate the handle and I would guess it's due to being difficult to clean.

As far a sealing them, carboy caps typically fit on the plastic water bottles.  I don't know about the one you're showing though.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Storing beer in a corny
« on: October 14, 2013, 06:48:40 PM »
It's sufficient to seal the keg. It will not carbonate though. You would need to leave the gas hooked up for longer to carbonate.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 tank inside the keezer?
« on: October 12, 2013, 04:20:32 PM »
Very,very nice work Paul and thetooth. BTW thetooth, that's a serious number of taps there. Wow !
Holy regulator too Batman.

Sheesh.  I thought I was serious about beer.  I feel like a piker after seeing that set up!

I'm heading down to the basement to cry over my two kegs hooked to picnic taps.

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All Things Food / Re: Pairing
« on: October 12, 2013, 03:58:58 PM »
For some reason I find that Belgian beers go exceptionally well with a lot of cheeses. Old, crunchy Gouda with a BDS is my absolute favorite beer and cheese pairing.

Ever tried a Chimay with Chimay cheese?

Nope, but I've had them separately.  Are you recommending the combo?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Storing beer in a corny
« on: October 12, 2013, 03:58:04 PM »
So is 10 psi good to store a beer in a corny at 65ish degrees? Or should I go higher?

Doesn't really matter.  Just be sure the lid is sealed, and 10 psi should do that.

I've always thought you needed more than 10 psi to seat the lid well.  But I could be wrong.

If I'm storing kegs I hit them at about 30 psi to seat the lid.  Of course, if the seal is bad they still leak at whatever pressure you hit them with...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 12, 2013, 03:50:51 PM »
Kudos!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fruit flies in airlock
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:12:43 AM »
I fish them out of my glass frequently and haven't noticed any funky tastes.  Lately there's been about two per pint that land in my glass particularly if I'm sitting in the yard.  Maybe I need to drink faster.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Racking
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:43:37 AM »
I don't think you want copper in the beer once it's fermented.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping Advice
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:32:55 AM »
I recently brewed a "legacy" batch of my Noti Brown Ale recipe.  It uses a lot of Willamettes and over the years I'd switched them out for other hops.  It was the first recipe I ever won with, so I thought I'd revisit it in the original form.  I could immedialtely taste the earthy, dirt, whatever you want to call it.  I gave some to 2 friends, both BJCP, and that was the first thing they commented on.

Was their comment negative?  I'm assuming so.  I get the earthy taste but to me it's not a negative.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping Advice
« on: October 09, 2013, 10:05:10 AM »
I had an all-Fuggles IPA the other day and thought of you Denny.  It was certainly earthy but not at all bad.  Didn't get a lot of citrus either.

I use a whole lot of Fuggles and "earthy" is exactly how I would describe it.  "Dirt" sounds so negative.

Willamette is a pretty good substitute, so there shouldn't be any clash.  Never used Galena that I know of so I can't comment there.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Racking
« on: October 08, 2013, 03:02:03 PM »
I do the same as Denny but I also I use a worm clamp to attach the hose to the cane. I tighten it down after I squeeze out the bubbles. It may be the tubing I am using, but bubbles were reforming

I assumed everyone gets bubbles.  I think it's just the physics of the cane that air gets trapped there somehow.  Pinching it has always worked for me.

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