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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 15, 2015, 05:19:40 AM »
Biere de Champagne, hands down. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 15, 2015, 05:14:10 AM »
I just rinse my mash tuns and make sure I rinse the ball valves fairly well.  The coolers are fairly dirty at this point. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need Big, 15 gal.? Cooler Mash Tun
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:04:56 AM »
Love the coleman xtreme.  The 70qt is a big tun... for 5 gallon batches, I'm not sure I would recommend it.  For big beers, fine... but 8lbs of malt for a pale ale or pils would get lost in there!

All Grain Brewing / Re: % of Munich for light summer ale
« on: July 06, 2013, 04:55:37 AM »
I was thinking 10% Munich is appropriate.  Too much in a light beer will darken the color.  Maybe you could get away with 15-20%, I have not run the numbers through software.  Depends on how dark you want.  If color doesn't really matter, then yeah, use 20-30% with great effect.

Depends on what Munich.  The color of some of the Light or "Munich I" grains are as low as 6L.  20% of that stuff in a beer made with 2-row or Pale Ale malt is not going to have it's colored affected to the point of detriment. 

Also, 10-15% will give you a slight graininess that is pleasant but not immediately identifiable as Munich malt.  I think it's really nice in a beer like this. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Final beer PH?
« on: July 06, 2013, 04:45:59 AM »
Just took the readings of my two on tap.  These were taken on carbonated beer.

Double IPA: 4.6
Belgian Blonde (pils recipe/3787 yeast): 4.2

It is my favorite book in the classic beer style series.  Get it.  I re-read it every time I brew a BW, just to get psyched up.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Flanders Red fermentation
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:54:56 AM »
Looks like Mr. Apte's Flemish Red page is down (it links to a profile page for him at Xerox)... Does anyone have this cached?  If not I will email him to see if I can get a copy and we can add it to this site, hopefully.

All Grain Brewing / Re: stuck sparge
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:22:48 AM »
I find a psuedo-mash-out helps with this.  I also batch sparge and whenever I have had a slow or stuck sparge, infusing boiling water and getthing the mash up to about 160 or so has done the trick.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belgian Golden Strong
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:45:48 PM »
light colored belgian ales, and i'll include saisons in that group, are some of the easiest all-grain beers to make, and some of the most expensive to buy.  Great beers to homebrew. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison Vert Dregs
« on: October 09, 2012, 01:14:57 PM »
My assumption is that rayot vert does have active brett in it.  I could be wrong.

Beer Travel / Re: East coast must have beers (CT, specifically)
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:12:30 AM »
Willimantic is great, but without a car, you just can't get there.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Affligem Blond
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:10:25 AM »
I like Affligem's beers, especially the Dubbel.  They are better than the other big-brewery "Abbey" ales like Leffe. It's owned by Heineken but their beers are good, if a little rustic. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Problem with keg hopping
« on: September 21, 2012, 01:54:55 PM »
in the keg, I only use leaf hops, never pellets.  And I either go into a nylon bag, or let the swim free, with a sure screen.  I've used a muslin bag, and i've used pellets, but I think the whole idea is to get the oils into your beer while keeping out vegative matter.  Sometimes I'll use both a nylon bag and a sure screen.

I have never had the need to suspend the bag in anyway so it didn't reach the bottom.  Hops float ya know!  I've never had a clog nor a situation where the dry hops went grassy after too much time. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Let's talk southern tier
« on: September 19, 2012, 10:09:34 AM »
BTW I did get a chance to try some ST barleywine lately... it was ok but not on the top of my list of barleywines

Last winter, my cousin fished out a 4 year old bottle of back burner from his cellar and it was maginificent.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Problem with keg hopping
« on: September 19, 2012, 10:08:09 AM »
or you can just start hanging your hop bags with teflon tape through the lid gasket to prevent them from getting low enough to block the dip tube.
Yeah, but that wouldn't help if the bag opened up, which seems to be what happened here.

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