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Beer Recipes / Re: Weizenporter?
« on: July 05, 2014, 06:01:26 PM »
Do your standard porter recipe with a tad more wheat.  Ferment a little higher, let the banana come out.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Mead recipe
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:55:28 PM »
Basically everything Eric said.  D47 is good to leave on the lees.  If you want to have a quicker turn, 71b-1122 may be the way to go.  If you can do a swamp cooler to get below 70dF, do it.  I'ts worth the effort to ferment in the low 60's to minimize the creation of fusals.  Nutrient & degas to 50% sugar depletion, typically 3-4 days.  Total fermentation should be around 30 days to complete and let the yeast do some clean up.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg beer line survey
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:41:39 PM »
3/16" x 10' x 12 psi x 38F here :)
This here in a collared chest freezer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini fridge question
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:11:59 AM »
I look in the resale stores, Habitat, etc.  You can do the 2 x 4 option, or just cut the shelves out of the doors to give more room.  Take a round footprint of your kegs with you to measure, as well a tape to measure height.

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Equipment and Software / Re: false bottom too small
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:18:16 AM »
Make sure the false bottom is anchored so it will not rise while mashing.  I have mine hard piped with s/s tube and Swagelock fittings.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 26, 2014, 07:27:02 AM »
Motorized Schmidling for years.  Made the decision after milling a 10 gal batch of wit with all those wheat berries by hand.  Found a DeWalt tablesaw at the dump, took motor and used pulleys from Grainger to reduce the RPM's to around 350.  Gives a nice, consistent crush that a drill cannot.  I hit 80-85% efficiency.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is my beer ruined?!
« on: June 02, 2014, 12:19:30 PM »
CO2.   RDWHAHB

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Filet steaks & lobster tails today.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Black Rye Double IPA
« on: April 23, 2014, 07:46:33 AM »
hey all - final update on this one (which I actually named Hops on Pumpernickel)

scored a 41.5 2 weekends ago, didn't medal, but that's ok - specialty category can be a bit tough these days - great comments - only suggestion was the one judge wanted to see more roast or chocolate character in the nose and flavor, but I disagree with him there as i feel I get a hint and that's all I am looking for.

I still have a couple gallons left and its tasting mighty nice.

Roast and/or chocolate should not be in the flavor profile of a Black DIPA.  Just the dark color.  That's why we used the Black Prinz in ours.

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Ingredients / Re: oats in Witbier
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:57:53 PM »
I use the oats from the grocery store.  I think they're rolled, whatever that means.
I do the same

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Ingredients / Re: New White Labs Packaging Announcement
« on: April 13, 2014, 10:29:24 AM »
If they extend this to the homebrew line, will the expiration dates go out to 6 moor more?  The 3 month freshness is a major reason Wyeast is carried by a lot of LHBS.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Honey Blonde Ale
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:32:00 AM »
I would put about 1# honey into the fermenting beer 2-3 days into fermentation to preserve the honey flavor.  If you can do all grain, try to mash high since the addition of the honey will dry the beer out somewhat.  A higher mash temp, say at 160dF, will give more higher end sugars for more body. 

A robust honey like DM Taylor suggests at the end of boil will also work.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Another band-aid off flavor post
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:55:56 AM »
You may have low chlorine, but may have a high amount of chloramines.  Like DM Taylor said, treat with campden.  I had a similar issue when I moved down south from NJ.  Our water company used chlorine there.  Here they used chloramine. 

Ask for an updated water report, and ask if they have upped the chloramine.  My water company just did recently.

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The Pub / Re: RIP Pete Seeger
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:11:27 PM »
Pete, Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, The Weavers.  True trailblazers.

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Ingredients / Re: Nelson Suckin
« on: January 26, 2014, 08:20:17 PM »

I'm a big fan of Nelson, but I only use it in a single hop IPA.  Not a big fan of Vienna.  Leaves a sort of grittiness to me.  Try leaving out the Chinnook

I like Chinook as a bittering hop. It has more bite than the low cohumulone hops.

I've done a Nelson only IPA.  Good bitterness, not overpowering.  Chinook has it's place in a C-hop beer.  Just think it trumps the Nelson.

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