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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Ingredients / Re: Nelson Suckin
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:04:15 AM »
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

All Grain Brewing / Re: SNPA grain bill
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:49:51 AM »
93/7 @ 156dF is right.  Variation in hop crop from year to year, storage time & method will affect IBU.  I always recalculate recipe on Beersmith re-entering AA & factor for storage.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain Mills
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:10:02 AM »
Lots of previous threads on grain mills. Just run a quick search.

The wife just bought me a JSP, but its not adjustable. Not sure how I feel about the fixed gap, but it would be a PITA to return...
15 yrs with my fixed gap JSP.  No issues.  80-85% effiency. 

Motorize that puppy ASAP

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 14, 2013, 03:57:23 PM »
BLEACH  Bleach leaves a residue and need to be rinsed.  IMO, the rinsing defeats the purpose.    Spend the $ for Iodiphor or Star San, no-rinse sanitizers.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Reusing bottle caps
« on: December 11, 2013, 07:10:44 PM »
At around $.015/ cap new, you run the risk of not having bottles seal by reusing the old caps.  Let's see.......5 gal batch at around $20.00 ingredients, vs saving $.60 in caps.  Too much of a risk, and if you get O2 caps, even better for your beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Poll
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:37:34 AM »
I too may go 3-4 weeks in primary, no secondary except for fruit, dry hop in keg.  Less transfer, less chance for problems.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 16000 rpm motor for grain mill
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:23:43 PM »
16000 is way to fast to reduce with sheaves.  I have an 8" x 1.5" reduction on a 1725 rpm saw motor that gives me 320 rpm on the mill.

Find another motor.

The Pub / Fund Raiser for Kathy Stock
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:14:41 PM »
Just saw this posted on Facebook.  Maybe we can get behind this as Curt & Kathy are one of our own.

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