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Old 03-23-2012, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default So who's taking advantage of the rain and brewing this weekend?

If you can't ride the hog, might as well brew eh? Doing BM's Continental Blonde for an easy drinker this weekend. I will be trying out the new HERMS setup I finished last night for the first time. No PID controllers or anything fancy, just a way to circulate mash and maintain temps in the cooler better. Happy brewing!

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We might be making a blackberry wheat this weekend. If it turns out to be clear, we will be cutting blackberry canes instead.

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Do you use fresh ones? I have some bushes here that produce some great berries (July) and I plan to use them this year for a blackberry wheat. How do you prepare them? Crushed, par boiled? Secondary.... Never done a fresh berry brew so I haven't looked it up yet.

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I freeze them to rupture the cell walls, then thaw and mash them up. I use a big mesh bag to hold them.

I've also got a 25 lb blackberry wine in the cabinet. Three years old and getting good.

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I freeze them to rupture the cell walls, then thaw and mash them up. I use a big mesh bag to hold them.

I've also got a 25 lb blackberry wine in the cabinet. Three years old and getting good.
placing them in secondary?
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Trying out the new grain mill, trying hop bursting for the first time on a sessionable IPA, and trying a 10g batch for the first time. Lots o' firsts.

What are ya brewing up Snafu?

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I have my first decoction brew tonight, a SMaSH Munich and Spalt dunkel. Then tomorrow is a schwarzbier. Both are getting split to use different yeasts, Wyeast Kolsch and Wyeast Bohemian Lager. Also building a hop trellis and a bucket mount for my corona mill!

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Doing BM's Centennial Blonde for a "easy drinker". Some days you just need fizzy/yellow. So you doing a low abv IPA? I like the sound of that.

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I have my first decoction brew tonight, a SMaSH Munich and Spalt dunkel. Then tomorrow is a schwarzbier. Both are getting split to use different yeasts, Wyeast Kolsch and Wyeast Bohemian Lager. Also building a hop trellis and a bucket mount for my corona mill!
Good grief, thats a busy couple of days!
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There might not be enough weekend for that!

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Doing BM's Centennial Blonde for a "easy drinker". Some days you just need fizzy/yellow. So you doing a low abv IPA? I like the sound of that.
Looking at 5.6% (that's if I hit the projected 72% efficiency mark). I want something that's not gonna skunk me after 1-2 beers, but with a punch you in the face and bring you back for another round of hop beating flavor. Going to try a Magnum for 60/30 min additions, and cascade/ahtanum for 20/15/10/5/0 additions and see what happens.
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