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Offline Andy Farke

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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3780 on: August 29, 2020, 10:00:55 pm »
Munich helles -- really pleased with this one! This is my second attempt at the style, and I feel like the malt character is much better than my previous version. The recipe is modified from one by Gordon Strong, in Modern Homebrew Recipes. I also have gotten a bit better at planning out my lager brew schedule, so that the beers get a few more weeks in the keg than usual for my house. The extra time definitely paid off in clarity and smoothness. More details at the blog: https://andybrews.com/2020/08/29/summer-helles/

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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3781 on: August 30, 2020, 01:44:17 pm »
Munich helles -- really pleased with this one! This is my second attempt at the style, and I feel like the malt character is much better than my previous version. The recipe is modified from one by Gordon Strong, in Modern Homebrew Recipes. I also have gotten a bit better at planning out my lager brew schedule, so that the beers get a few more weeks in the keg than usual for my house. The extra time definitely paid off in clarity and smoothness. More details at the blog: https://andybrews.com/2020/08/29/summer-helles/


Very nice.  The beer looks excellent.  I hear you on the extra time and we were just talking about this on another board.  I find myself drinking my lagers too young and they're "good" but... wait a bit and the magic of extra time makes them so much better.  I know we have been hearing about "fast lager methods" in recent years but the extra time still seems necessary to me.  Wait, wait, wait.  :P  Cheers.

Ps.  Care to share that helles recipe? 
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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3782 on: August 30, 2020, 01:48:24 pm »
... Wait, wait, wait.  ...

I agree. This seems to be a lesson I have to relearn every so often.


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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3783 on: August 30, 2020, 02:31:28 pm »
Munich helles -- really pleased with this one! This is my second attempt at the style, and I feel like the malt character is much better than my previous version. The recipe is modified from one by Gordon Strong, in Modern Homebrew Recipes. I also have gotten a bit better at planning out my lager brew schedule, so that the beers get a few more weeks in the keg than usual for my house. The extra time definitely paid off in clarity and smoothness. More details at the blog: https://andybrews.com/2020/08/29/summer-helles/


Very nice.  The beer looks excellent.  I hear you on the extra time and we were just talking about this on another board.  I find myself drinking my lagers too young and they're "good" but... wait a bit and the magic of extra time makes them so much better.  I know we have been hearing about "fast lager methods" in recent years but the extra time still seems necessary to me.  Wait, wait, wait.  :P  Cheers.

Ps.  Care to share that helles recipe?
I definitely agree on waiting. 4-5 weeks in the keg seem about right for me.

The recipe is in his blog post.

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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3784 on: August 30, 2020, 03:49:20 pm »
... Wait, wait, wait.  ...

I agree. This seems to be a lesson I have to relearn every so often.

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The biggest hangup on my end has been getting enough stuff in the pipeline so that I *can* wait, rather than leaving taps vacant in my keezer (Much like Nature, I abhor a [tap] vacuum). I have two temp-controlled freezers for fermentation/conditioning--one that holds 2 fermenters or 3 kegs, and another that holds 1 fermenter or 2 kegs. I typically have one for fermentation and one for conditioning/lagering...this restricts me a little, in that the fermentation chamber either needs to be lager-temps or ale-temps only. (i.e., if I am temp controlling, I am restricted to only ales at one time, or only lagers at one time).

This summer, I've done the "brew a few lagers in a row" thing, so that I can build in a good bit of lead time. It's a lot easier to give 'em time when there are two or three lagering at once.

So the short summary of all of that is that I've adjusted my brewing schedule to encourage more lagering time given equipment restrictions! It has definitely paid off.

(and for Village Taphouse -- here's the direct link to the recipe again: https://andybrews.com/2020/08/29/summer-helles/)
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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3785 on: August 30, 2020, 07:00:34 pm »
Andy, thank you for that.  I will check it out.

Meanwhile it's a beautiful sunny and 75° day here in Chicagoland and I'm outside with a glass of my Blonde Redhead (the second batch of it that I brewed this year)...

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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3786 on: August 30, 2020, 07:36:51 pm »
Andy, thank you for that.  I will check it out.

Meanwhile it's a beautiful sunny and 75° day here in Chicagoland and I'm outside with a glass of my Blonde Redhead (the second batch of it that I brewed this year)...

Looks amazing -- nice clarity!
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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3787 on: August 30, 2020, 09:38:49 pm »
Andy, thank you for that.  I will check it out.

Meanwhile it's a beautiful sunny and 75° day here in Chicagoland and I'm outside with a glass of my Blonde Redhead (the second batch of it that I brewed this year)...

Looks amazing -- nice clarity!
Thank you.

Btw, I hear you on both the 'waiting for a keg' thing and also the 'vacant tap' thing.  I have an issue with both and I make A LOT of lagers so waiting is almost always a part of the game.  I have 4 taps and I have an 'on-deck' fridge that will hold an additional 5 kegs so I should be able to leave the kegs for a good 6+ weeks.  But then my son came home from college for spring break and never went back because of the Rona so he was here for much longer than he thought and that's another person drinking from the taps along with friends, family, etc. so sometimes you don't get that wait time. 
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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3788 on: September 02, 2020, 10:57:32 pm »
An "American Lager" but fermented with Omega Bayern lager yeast...


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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3789 on: September 02, 2020, 11:09:35 pm »
An "American Lager" but fermented with Omega Bayern lager yeast...


Wow, your pictures always leave me drooling!


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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3790 on: September 03, 2020, 12:47:38 am »
Wow, your pictures always leave me drooling!
Cheers.  Lots of lagers lately.  I got a weakness for the classics.   :D
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Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3791 on: September 06, 2020, 09:37:11 pm »
Here’s my Lick Skillet +10 Blonde Ale.

Lick Skillet is a small town on the AL/TN line.

The +10 refers to the 10 additional IBU(s) over the 28 allowed by the Blonde Ale specs.

This beer features Galaxy and Motueka hops.

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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3792 on: September 07, 2020, 12:35:15 am »
Here’s my Lick Skillet +10 Blonde Ale.

Lick Skillet is a small town on the AL/TN line.

The +10 refers to the 10 additional IBU(s) over the 28 allowed by the Blonde Ale specs.

This beer features Galaxy and Motueka hops.




this might have been an obvious consideration for some people, but i never thought of labeling beers that way.

i always like it when commercial beers explicitly state as much info as possible about it.

would be really great if you could look at the shelf and see something like "Amber Ale w. Mosaic/El Dorado hops 45IBU"

i usually remember the IBU roughly of my beers but sometimes forget if its 25 or 35 say

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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3793 on: September 07, 2020, 01:45:37 pm »
Here’s my Lick Skillet +10 Blonde Ale.

Lick Skillet is a small town on the AL/TN line.

The +10 refers to the 10 additional IBU(s) over the 28 allowed by the Blonde Ale specs.

This beer features Galaxy and Motueka hops.



Great looking beer!  I like Motueka hops.  We used them in some beers during my pro brewing gig.
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Re: Pics of recent brews?
« Reply #3794 on: September 11, 2020, 08:18:21 pm »


Brut IPA


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