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Ingredients / Re: Smoking Malt
« on: February 04, 2010, 04:10:48 AM »
I deserved that...
I should probably try other forums ;)

Ingredients / Smoking Malt
« on: February 04, 2010, 02:54:31 AM »
Hellow fellow AHA-ers!  I'm trying to smoke my own malt with cherry wood (a-la Briess Cherrywood Malt).  I've done a little research, but could use your input.  I have a smoker, and I'm going to put my malt in a grill basket, lined with tin foil (with holes poked all around).  I read an old Zymurgy with a graph on roasting grains.  I believe that I can smoke my grains for 15 minutes at 275 degrees without losing much enzymatic power and/or gaining color.  Will this be enough time to get a good smokey flavor?  (I want to smoke 40% of the grain for my smoked porter).  Also, will it be too much time in the smoker?  Thanks for your input.

Sours.  The first couple I had, I hated.  Funny thing is, they were La Folie and Dutchess de Burgeonne.  I can't get enough now.
Any really big Belgian with banana esters, those have fallen out of favor with me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing....and music
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:51:53 AM »
+1 on Ben Harper and John Butler.  I can get down on some Toots and the Maytalls as well... good brew tunes.
However, Lately I've been entering Atmosphere into Pandora and getting some great stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How about least favorite style of beer?
« on: January 21, 2010, 04:47:09 AM »
Cream Ale.  Anything with a prominent corn taste really.

Beer Travel / Re: L.A. Area breweries
« on: January 10, 2010, 05:16:01 AM »
Thanks for the info! Naja's looks close to my redondo Beach stop and Hangar 24 looks close to my Redlands spot!


Actually, I'm brewing the heart of Darkness recipe with the Wyeast PacMan yeast, my lhbs was all out of Cry Havoc.... So I'm making a Schwarzbier as an ale, we'll see how it goes!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: really stupid question....
« on: January 10, 2010, 12:50:49 AM »
Thanks for your feedback guys.  It is good to know the dangers.  It's not that I'm not taking the threat seriously, I just question what I read  ::)

Beer Travel / L.A. Area breweries
« on: January 08, 2010, 05:08:01 AM »
Hey everybody,
     I'm going to California at the end of February and I'm super stoked about the breweries there.  My triangle will be Redlands-Redondo Beach-Temecula (not necesarily in that order).  The Bruery looks like my top destination so far, but can you guys give me any lesser known spots to go?  Any help would be appreciated!
If you come to CO, I'll help you back!

Actually Drew, I'm taking your "Heart of Darkness" recipe and brewing it with "Cry Havoc" at around 60-62 degrees.
By the way, I really dig your style articles in Zymurgy.  Loved the American stout and Saison articles you did as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: really stupid question....
« on: January 08, 2010, 04:54:55 AM »
So, I read that article in Zymurgy about the guy slashing his wrist open.  I have these thoughts:
1) It was second "hand" (no pun intended) information, so it could possibly be fabricated or exaggerated.  I do see, however, how it could be possible.
2) Why was he carrying it by the neck?  I carry mine with two hands on the bottom.  Again though, I could be in danger if it cracked.
3) How hard did he "bump" it?  And what did he bump it on?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: really stupid question....
« on: January 07, 2010, 03:55:25 PM »
OK.  I might try to do my primary in plastic, just to see how it goes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: really stupid question....
« on: January 07, 2010, 06:57:44 AM »
Wow!  Thanks everyone for scaring the holy Jesus out of me!  I've been using glass carboys for 7 years, and was still under the impression that they are the better option.  I brew in an upstairs carpeted room.  I guess the good side is, carpet doesn't hurt glass like other surfaces... but do I really want 5 gallons of wort draining into the second floor of my house??  Should I panic and switch to buckets immediately?

All Grain Brewing / Re: No Pants Brewing
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:22:05 AM »
 ;D  That's funny, I've been calling my homebrewery the "No Pants" Brewery for 8+ years!  I thought someone named a thread after me  ;)
In response though, I want to take part in anything brewing related in that between-brewing-session duldrum, and that's when I plan the next session.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: really stupid question....
« on: January 02, 2010, 05:31:26 AM »
That is not a stupid question.  Is there a hole in the lid where you can put an airlock?  That's my only guess.  You should e-mail or call the seller (or manufacturer) and ask them where the airlock fits.  I also think it's a bit off that you don't boil the wort.  I know you don't have to, but there are advantages to boiling it.  You're off to a good start!  Good eye!  Keep it up.

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