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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FWH with BIAB
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:40:14 AM »
Last dumb question, I am making jamils cc which is VERY malty.  Will I get similar ibu s from a FWH as a 60min addition?  I want to make sure I have enough bitterness to stand up to it.

THere is no concensus but I have read that it can either be calculated as a 20 minute addition, based on taste perception, or about 10% above a 60 minute addition in analyzed IBUs. It's a softer bitterness but it still stands up well to maltiness in my opinion. If you are worried you can bump the quantity a bit.

Going Pro / Re: Going going gone . . .
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:38:13 AM »
looks great tom. break a leg!

Beer Recipes / Re: What do you think of this Coffeehouse Porter?
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:34:00 AM »
+1 on simplify. On yeast, I would probably use the us-05, it's clean and neutral so yeast flavours won't clash with the coffee.

Going to try and fit in a Sumuel Smith Nut Brown Ale clone.  The WL037 is just in stock and I got the first vial from my LHBS. 

Hey Ferb, I know what I'm going to do tonight.  Make the starter!

(anyone with small children will know where that came from...) 


hey how about that! that's the same yeast I am using. it was super fresh when I went to the LHBS and I was looking for something british.

I've tried a couple 'medical' soda products here in CA and they were not so much. and man, you think hops are expensive? even with the new laws I suspect prices will stay more or less the same so 1.50/oz v. 300/oz? I'm not experimenting anytime soon and technically it's been a 'legal combination' for me for years now.

Given that many of the active compounds in MJ need to be dehydrated to have a psycoactive effect I suspect that putting it in beer would be a non-starter. but I could be wrong.

Ingredients / Re: Munich and Wheat
« on: November 14, 2012, 03:23:08 PM »
a friend of mine just did something similar. dark wheat. was very malty but good. He had some other issues but after a bit of ageing it turned out really quite nice.

made a starter last night for a barley wine on T-day weekend. 2nd annual sweet william barley wine to celebrate my sons birth. and only about a year late (he will be 2 next week)

gonna step the starter up this weekend. Maybe keg the xmas stout and/or bottle a barley wine I brewed last month.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Keggle Mash Tun
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:19:04 PM »
Expect about 50% efficiency if you do not do a sparge. I have tried the no-sparge method a few times and that seems to be true every time. When I do a separate sparge, I get around 75% efficiency.

I get around 63% with no sparge. If you are concerned, just run some more water through into a separate kettle and do a partigyle. That will get your overall efficiency up in the high 80s. Plus, twice as much beer!

I really like no sparge. I think it results in a maltier brew but this is a totally non-scientific, perception based finding.

I don't stir the mash after I mash in anyway and it has not been an issue so far. at least not that I can tell so no you don't need to stir. although with direct heat I supposed there is risk of hot spots and scorching. but the recirc should prevent that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:25:26 PM »
Strange Brew Homebrew Shop didn't come up with the name "Strange Brew" either. It's the name of a 1983 film, a Cream song, a tavern, several coffeehouses (including a large one in Austin), a software company, an online comic, an occult supply store, etc. all with an online presence, all of which took me about 5 seconds on Google to find. So how can they claim they own the rights to it?!?[...]

First off let me say that I more or less agree with your arguments. However to respond purely to this one point. They can claim they own the rights because they made the effort to trademark the name. simple as that. As Thirsty Monk pointed out. If you have a trademark you must defend that trademark in order to keep it. did they handle it well? NO. but the movie, the song, the coffee houses, the software co, etc. are in totally different lines of business that have, with the possible exception of the movie, nothing to do with beer.

not saying they did the right thing or handled it well but they did take an action when an action needed to be taken.

Equipment and Software / Re: Curtain around brew stand
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:22:13 AM »
Soot? What color is your flame? You shouldn't be getting any soot from NG unless the flame is fuel-rich.
The flames start off blue then get yellow and red tinges, which I attribute to poor ventilation.  The curtains would help direct fresh air to the burners rather than the mix of combustion air and fresh air they see now.

This really sounds like you're not getting enough fresh air input and it is depleating the oxygen in the room. What you might need is another blower blowing air INTO the room near the burners.  If the oxygen levels in the room are low curtains won't help, but they might make it worse.  It is dangerous too - carbon monoxide an all...

The exhaust fan next to the brew stand theoretically sucks nearly 2 orders of magnitude more air than necessary to capture the exhaust and to supply the fresh air.  Why doesn't it?  Lack of a ventilation enclosure that prevents the combustion gases from circulating throughout the basement (my breathing air) and back to the burners.  The exhaust fan will be in the curtained off area.

I do have another fan that I use for ventilation which makes the burners burn bluer , but after a dozen batches, I think the curtain will be a lot more effective.

If there is not suffiecient intake air the exhaust fan will not be able to evacuate as it should. at least that is my understanding of venilation.

Beer Recipes / Re: Mash 100% Wheat
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:56:38 AM »
I recently brewed an all wheat beer and it converted just fine. lots of enzymes in wheat malt.

now, the runoff, that's another issue. flow, stuck, stir, flow, stuck... took forever to runoff. should have used rice hulls.

Beer Recipes / Re: Solid Gold
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:20:20 PM »
nothing on their website about the solid gold. but a quick google turns up rateing of Founders Solid Gold extra pale ale. so 2 row base maybe nothing else. maybe a dash of munich or vienna. neutral yeast. at least that's how I would approach it having never tasted the beer.

The Pub / Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:15:08 PM »
The diesel hybrid cars do exist- just outside the States. I'm not sure why we can't/don't have them here but suspect it's politically influenced. :-[

It is politically influenced.  Diesel in the US is more expensive than gas due to higher taxes on diesel.  In Europe, IIRC, diesel is cheaper than gas.

ahh but only in a per gallon sense. in a per mile sense diesel is cheaper.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Making a starer using washed yeast
« on: November 13, 2012, 01:31:34 PM »
My beer will be just above 1.060 and I like to use a starter to kick things in faster.

too much yeast can also lead to undesirable flavours. you want to try and target the ideal yeast populations. When yeast are reproduceing they metabolize ester precursors so too much yeast can result in a overly fruity beer.

A fast start is not a 100% desirable thing, even when things appear quite those yeast are working there butts off.

not to say you shouldn't make a starter but you should figure out if you have to first. a couple 100 ml of clean healthy yeast might well be plenty.

The Pub / Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:41:04 PM »
As far as I know one cannot get Bluemotion VW's in the US. Not sure if they do exist Prius-wise but a diesel-hybrid car makes total sense- so no wonder one hasn't been offered in the States! This is how trains have been powered for decades. Off the top of my head they get the car equivalent of a 1000 mpg- not literally but in terms if a car was as efficient as a diesel-electric train.

Diesel electric train engines have their own diesel fired generators that generate electricity which is supply to the electric motor powered drive wheels of the train engine.

Hybrid cars' electric motors are powered by batteries.

This is true but the Chevy Volt's engine directly powers the electric motor when the battery's range has been exceeded. I was wrong about this not being available in the US.

although that's not diesel. I think both BMW and Mercedes have a hybrid diesel but probably only in europe

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