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Beer Recipes / Re: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
« Last post by blatz on Today at 11:47:38 AM »
where is everyone buying sinamar these days?  my normal sites say it is discontinued, not to mention that they only sold 1oz when they did sell it, which I think would be awful small for the 10gal batches I do.

bryan - your normal hockhurz mash?
Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« Last post by denny on Today at 11:26:50 AM »
Any kind of flavorings or extracts often taste fake.  Cherry flavoring can taste like Robitussen -- really disgusting inky flavor.  Others are just plain not good.  You could get lucky.... but you might not.

If you really want fruit in your beer, real fruit juices with minimal processing and no preservatives if possible are a great way to go.  One thing to be aware of though is that nearly all fruit juices are VERY high in acidity, and can add considerable tartness to your beer.  To help balance, it is wise to use a lot of caramel malts or unfermentable sugars such as lactose or maltodextrin to provide a little more sweetness and body.  If using the unfermentables, a good amount to start with is about 0.5 to 0.75 lb per 5 gallons of beer.


What that really says Dave is that you don't know where to source good extracts.  There's plenty of good stuff out there.
Beer Recipes / Re: Acid malt Berliner Weisse
« Last post by jkirkham on Today at 11:22:39 AM »
Well, that batch took off. Used two packets of US-05 and it took off rather quickly. I moved it into secondary and it is finishing. It didn't taste that "sour" or acidic when I transferred it. Tart though. I ended up making 6 gallons.

inhave not read gravity since after the boil. It was near 1.040 I only ended up using about 7 lbs Pilsner. I think it's rather sweet.
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have to have this....
« Last post by blatz on Today at 11:19:50 AM »
I want one too;  have it bookmarked.

but then again, I rarely desire to check pH these days - sort of have everything dialed in with brunwater.

We're back at it in our last to go show before the Q&A! (!)

In the feedback section, Drew eats a big ole helping of crow for failing to hold to his stated principles.

In the Pub - we talk about our Wyeast Q3 Private Collection Strains Contest and reveal the three winners and their recipes. Link below for the recipes themselves. Thanks to everyone who entered and our good sponsors at Wyeast! Then it's back to the business of beer with the latest round of acquisitions including Funky Buddha, Anchor and the really interesting combination of New Belgium, Dick Cantwell, Oud Beersel and Magnolia. Are we finally at that same tipping point where over expansion is pinching some brewers like Magnolia and the recently annouced to close Rubicon?

In the lab, we actually invite in a guest as BrewTube's Short Circuited Brewers (Brian Huntley) makes us do a triangle test on the mics. What experimental madness is he up to and can Denny or Drew get it right? You're just going to have to listen to find out!

And then in the lounge, Drew sits down with Devon Randall of Arts District Brewing and talks about leaving LA to become a brewer and coming back to the city and landing in a warehouse formerly run by a crazy man (Crazy Gideon). Devon's making a hell of a spread and you should give it a try.

We race over Q&A because hey - you should be getting us questions for Episode 48!

But we do take a moment to hit a quick tip about exploring your different varieties of specialty ingredients and Drew drops two things in Something Other - a hysterical set of Game of Throne recaps from BlackNerdProblems and the ongoing constantly moving CA Pinkham column "Off the Menu" with awful wonderful stories from the world of restaurants and bars.
Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« Last post by mabrungard on Today at 09:58:57 AM »
I've used the Olive Nation apricot extract and found it to be very good. Very fresh flavor and aroma. It is an alcohol extract.

I do caution against purchasing extracts that are supplied in plastic bottles since I feel that they oxidize more easily. The Olive Nation products are in glass.
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have to have this....
« Last post by Bilsch on Today at 09:58:04 AM »
I think I'd save the extra bucks over a standard pH meter and grab this guy from MoreBeer:
Might need to get a few extra phones with all the blue tooth connected toys there are for brewing, blue tooth connected brewing system, water chemistry kit, pH meter, ABV/gravity readings...Just need one for DO and one for yeast cell counts.

For $400 less than the Anton-Paar.. I think I'd rather the Milwaukee MA871, which essentially does the same thing.
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recent Brews
« Last post by 69franx on Today at 09:23:37 AM »
broken links for your pics: both on my laptop using chrome and my phone using tapatalk
Ingredients / Re: Onion in my IPA
« Last post by HoosierBrew on Today at 09:19:33 AM »
Shows the variability in hop retailers and harvest, I guess. I use different retailers and have gotten onion/garlic easily 75% of the time from it, sometimes strong. I've seen a couple people post similarly about Mosaic and I've had nothing but good luck with it. Lots of variables to getting good hops evidently.
Beer Travel / Re: North Carolina Beercation, looking for reccs
« Last post by Mr.McGibblets on Today at 09:13:11 AM »
Wow! Thanks so much for all the recommendations, all! And yes, we were into wine way before beer, so we're eager to check those out as well.

Thanks again!  :D
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