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  • Posted in thread: Orange Wheat Fail on 07-31-2014 at 02:43 PM
    You don't want to boil the orange zest, nor do you want any pith. So zest only the outer bit,
    and toss into the brew pot once it cools to 180F. Make sure all the zest gets into the
    fermenter. If that ...

  • Posted in thread: Calling any experienced Baltic Porter brewers on 07-31-2014 at 02:28 PM
    It should be pilsner malt, not maris otter. And Id up the munich depending on the lovibond
    rating of the munich you plan on using. But id do at least 40% munich type malts. The black
    patent really isn...

  • Posted in thread: How do I correctly measure brewing salts? on 07-30-2014 at 03:08 AM
    Check out the American Weigh 100g scale on Amazon. Great little scale. Scale and a calibration
    weight for $15! If you're going to be doing mineral additions to water, you really need a
    proper scale.

  • Posted in thread: How long do you ferment, on 07-27-2014 at 06:17 PM
    It ferments until it's done, by definition. When it's done, then it gets kegged. I've never
    found seen a reason to "secondary," which is a method in search of a rationale.

  • Posted in thread: Rauch Ale Recommendations on 07-27-2014 at 03:20 AM
    I'll just say this: use it QUICKLY because it loses it's smoke flavor fast. I've made multiple
    rauchbiers with 90+% Weyermann and folks say it doesn't come out very smoky. That's because
    it's so darn ...

  • Posted in thread: Cacao nibs gave GROSS flavor on 07-27-2014 at 03:14 AM
    My oh my, what a complete PITA. Just use cocoa powder! Don't have to toast, boil, soak in
    vodka, etc. Just mix up with some hot water and pitch into primary or secondary. And has no
    oils, unlike nibs....

  • Posted in thread: First lager - Rauchbier on 07-27-2014 at 03:08 AM
    Just curious...why the preference for Carafa II over III?Well a rauchbier shouldn't have a
    distinct roasted taste, and it would seem a safe assumption that Carafa II would be less than
    III. A mild roa...

  • Posted in thread: Salty taste on 07-26-2014 at 01:38 PM
    As a data point for you, I had one batch (in 20 years) that came out tasting very salty. So
    distinctly salty that I had to dump it. I found no explanation and it never happened again, so
    I could only ...

  • Posted in thread: First lager - Rauchbier on 07-25-2014 at 06:42 PM
    I've used Weyermann Smoked several times and never saw a need for 90 min boil. 60 is fine.
    Recipe looks pretty good, but you may consider Carafa II instead of III, but you'd need a bit
    more, like 3-5%...

  • Posted in thread: Brew Bucket by SS Brewing Technologies on 07-25-2014 at 01:38 PM
    ^^^ +1 Weezy. The rotating spigot is useless for me as well, so I don't even install the
    internal stainless arm. Tipping the bucket works great.