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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:23:13 PM »
While admittedly I'm still fairly new into the lager game, I will say that besides obviously good fermentation & sanitation practices, that high quality ingredients seems to be key. Good lager yeast, German pils malt (I've had great results with both Weyermann & Best Malz), and fresh Noble hops. I've made some very good Helles & Pilsners using just that and single infusion mashes.

I've used Chipotles directly in the boil several times in the past (been a few years though). While I agree with everybody that it is a little hard to predict, you can't argue with the flavor. Use it like a late addition hop and you get a nice balance of heat, smoky aroma, and actual pepper flavor.

Time and gravity, along with some gelatin do the trick.  I do find that the beers taste better to me when they drop bright.  No yeast and hop tannins to give harsh flavors.

Edit - there will be some yeast and tannins, but the lower levels give a better tasting beer to me.  Always frustrating when the keg blows once a beer is bright and drinking the best, so the gelatin helps.
Exactly. The beer loses some of the harsher, green beer flavors and tastes smoother when bright/clear.

A little whirlfloc and time seems to be working well for me.  Still haven't tried the gelatin technique.  Anyone aware of pros/cons for gelatin versus whirlfloc/irish moss?
I use both. (although I admit the gelatin gets used more when I forget kettle finings)

I fine my beer pretty regularly, but don't filter. Personally I feel fining accomplishes the same thing without the hassle of using a filter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011--> 2012
« on: January 03, 2012, 01:30:08 PM »
Looks like I did 31 batches last year. 26 5-gallon and 5 10-gallon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011--> 2012
« on: December 30, 2011, 02:38:35 PM »
2011 got me:
chest freezers
lots of lagers
grain mill & bulk grain
my first NHC
used 60g wine barrel solara

unknown - that's 1/2 the fun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in Motortrend
« on: December 30, 2011, 02:34:12 PM »
Looks like a good time in an awesome (yet ugly) car. Good job mixing two passions without, you know, DUI'ing.  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Holy Annoyance!
« on: October 19, 2011, 02:23:43 PM »
bringing a knife to a krausen fight... rookie...
I lol'd
What are you supposed to bring, a big charasmatic spoon?
A straw

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Saison for a competition
« on: October 19, 2011, 12:48:10 PM »
Spices can go in a Saison, but they should be part of the overall beer profile and not stand out on their own. As a judge if I could pick out a certain one I would consider that a flaw.
Agreed. 99% of the flavor of a saison should come from the yeast. Additional spices should only compliment or add complexity. If you taste a saison and say to yourself, "this taste like coriander", you added too much.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Holy Annoyance!
« on: October 19, 2011, 12:46:46 PM »
bringing a knife to a krausen fight... rookie...
I lol'd

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Test your beer smarts!
« on: October 19, 2011, 12:45:48 PM »
15/15. I'm surprised at how many people missed Labaats. It said it joined inBev in the mid 90's. If it was Molson, explain MolsonCoors.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forging bottle openers
« on: August 24, 2011, 04:44:03 PM »
Wow. Those are rad. Well, all except for the skirt... I mean kilt.  ;)

Ingredients / Re: 2011 Hop Crop - and the Homebrewer?
« on: August 02, 2011, 07:23:04 PM »
The one hop variety I'd like to try, but am told it too will be in short supply, is Sorachi Ace.

Guess come September I will start pinging the Puterbaugh Farms website in hopes of getting a pound of some of these varieties when they get listed.
I got a pound of it from them a few months ago - maybe March or April. So my guess is that at least last year it wasn't in too short of a supply. BTW, it's quite nice.

Beer Recipes / Re: Sorachi Ace Saison, feedback time!
« on: July 29, 2011, 02:38:46 PM »
Pic whoring above mentioned saison. Soooo tasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wyeast 3278: lambic blend
« on: July 27, 2011, 08:50:22 AM »
I'd add that if you're doing a lambic style beer, I'd recommend not racking at all. Traditionally a lambic is left in primary until it's time to bottle/blend.

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