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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: "Black I.P.A" recipe
« on: August 26, 2010, 09:17:05 AM »
Oh, one more question. I'm having trouble finding a local Homebrew supply store with Alexander's LME. Can I use a substitute?

Yes, you certainly can.
Dur.  Of course you can!  I misread it and thought he was looking for a recommendation on a substitute.  My bad.   :-[

Thanks Denny.

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Sorry you've had bad experiences, but I'm not about to drive an hour to pay $90 for something that I can get shipped to my door for $60.
Here's part of the problem when we're talking on-line from all over the place.

Your LHBS is an hour away?  That's not local as far as I'm concerned.  I have no less than 6 homebrew shops within an hour of my house.  There's 2 shops within 5 minutes of my daily commute if there's no traffic.  And for the record, even as close as they are I might not pay $90 for something I can get shipped to me for $60 either.  But would I pay $65?  Sure.

Depending on traffic through New Hope and how stupid I drive, yeah. But I'll make the drive for their grape juice. Which is why I hate the "you guys should support your LHBS" arguments. Trust me, even if you don't you'll be ok. Don't support bad businesses.
No one is saying support a bad business.  When the discussion turns to "support your LHBS", I think you can fairly say "I don't have a good one" if that's how you feel about it.  Because while I support my LHBS as much as possible, there are some of those 6 that I don't like and I would be buying everything online if they were the only choices available.  Back ~1998 I stopped brewing for 6 months because my favorite shop burned down and I didn't like the available options.  If I had known about a good online store I would have shopped there, but I didn't.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 26, 2010, 09:02:09 AM »
"Smokestack Lightning"   is the name!

I LOVE that song!
I don't think I know that song.  But it makes me think of Fire Woman by The Cult.

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The Pub / Re: It appears I'm not brewing for a while.
« on: August 25, 2010, 11:36:32 PM »
That's seriously messed up!  I wonder if your stuff is coming later or if it ended up in the dumpster too.  Unbelievable.  I definitely want to read updates as you visit the wrath of the Weaze upon them.

So the stuff that didn't belong to you . . . anything good? :)

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The Pub / Re: Let it be known.....
« on: August 25, 2010, 10:46:56 PM »
But, by posting meaningless crap like this, you should catch up  in no time!  ;D
This is the pub - isn't everything here meaningless crap by definition?  ;D

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Hi Kat,

I personally don't do secondaries at all, I think it's medium-low risk and low reward, and more work and cleaning than you really need.  Take the gravity reading over a few days as long as it's stable and the reading makes sense based on your recipe then it's time to package.  Unless you are dry hopping, in which case it is time for that.

As for what to expect relative to OG, you want to calculate the ADF (apparent degree of fermentation) also known as apparent attenuation.  To calculate this, subtract the FG in points from the OG in points, then divide by the OG in points to get a percentage.

For example, a beer that starts at 1.050 and finishes at 1.015 has an ADF of (50-15)/50=.70 or 70%.  Whether that makes sense or not depends on the yeast, mashing temp, and ingredients in the beer.  If you post your recipe, OG, and FG we can help you figure it out.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Steam beer question
« on: August 25, 2010, 09:27:34 PM »
I'd say you fermented too warm ...

But.... it's steam beer  ???
Time will likely help a lot.
Yeah, but at 64F you're still at the high end of the fermentation range.  Next time shoot for 60F or even 58F.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: "Black I.P.A" recipe
« on: August 25, 2010, 09:24:12 PM »
That I can't help you with, I haven't used LME in forever.

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Sorry you've had bad experiences, but I'm not about to drive an hour to pay $90 for something that I can get shipped to my door for $60.
Here's part of the problem when we're talking on-line from all over the place.

Your LHBS is an hour away?  That's not local as far as I'm concerned.  I have no less than 6 homebrew shops within an hour of my house.  There's 2 shops within 5 minutes of my daily commute if there's no traffic.  And for the record, even as close as they are I might not pay $90 for something I can get shipped to me for $60 either.  But would I pay $65?  Sure.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mac & Jack African Amber
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:52:24 PM »
I talked to a guy I know who used to work there.  They definitely do not use any orange peel or zest or anything in the amber, or any of their beers for that matter.  He has seen the recipe, and said that all of the clone recipes he's seen are way off (every homebrew shop in the area has a recipe).  He says to use lots of crystal, but he thinks the real key is the house yeast, although he doesn't know what the background of the yeast strain is.

Of course the goal is to clone the flavor, so if you think using orange peel gets you closer, have at it.

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Ingredients / Re: Ginger
« on: August 25, 2010, 02:29:57 PM »
Trade Route Brewing (formerly Laughing Buddha) in Seattle makes a ginger pale ale that is nice and mild.  I don't know the recipe though.  :)

I'd consider boiling a measured amount of ginger in water, then dosing a not-too-hoppy pale ale with it.  That will give you an idea of the amount you should use for the flavor you (or your friend) want.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mac & Jack African Amber
« on: August 25, 2010, 02:10:55 PM »
I highly doubt it.  But seeing as it's in my neck of the woods, I'll see what I can find out.

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Wood/Casks / Re: Oak Cubes - Lonnnnnng soak in Port
« on: August 25, 2010, 12:46:01 PM »
How does the port taste?  They are still in the port or just recently removed, right?

I don't see why you can't use them, port often sits in barrels for a lot longer than 2 years.  Granted there isn't such a high surface/volume ratio, but that will more affect the flavor of the port than the flavor imparted from putting the cubes in something else.  If you're really worried do a small test on a gallon of something, but I don't think it will be a problem.

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Our club does a group buy once a year throug a local brewery, and the prices are so low that I wouldn't think of asking my LHBS owner ( a good friend) to try to match them.  He probably pays more than that wholesale.
Sounds like you need to hook the LHBS owner up with your bulk buy :)

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The Pub / Re: Let it be known.....
« on: August 25, 2010, 11:40:40 AM »
Uh . . . I must be one of those people who needs to get a life.  Or not.  :)

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