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Forum: Hops Growing 12-10-2010, 04:19 AM
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Posted By ballzac
Cool. Thanks for the advice. I might try leaving...

Cool. Thanks for the advice. I might try leaving most of it on there, but if it gets damaged in transit or anything, I can trim off any broken bits.
Forum: Hops Growing 12-09-2010, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By ballzac
Hops - Moving House

So, I have my very first hop bine. The rhizome sprouted shoots a few weeks ago. At the time, I knew we were going to be moving house, so I put a conical trellis in a pot with the rhizome, giving the...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-12-2010, 06:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,685
Posted By ballzac
Seemed pretty sour to me, but I guess it's not a...

Seemed pretty sour to me, but I guess it's not a lacto kind of sour. But if that's true that it just a brett flavour, then that puts me off using brett in beer. I was thinking of doing a Brett b beer...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-12-2010, 03:03 AM
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Posted By ballzac
I think I've decided that most types of sour beer...

I think I've decided that most types of sour beer I will never enjoy. I bought an Orval and a Duchesse de Bourgogne recently. The orval smelled really interesting, but I just find the sensations of...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-31-2010, 04:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 711
Posted By ballzac
Yeah, I don't want to lose carbonation either. I...

Yeah, I don't want to lose carbonation either. I could try longer serving line on just that tap, but I'd rather not have to experiment with extra line only to find out it doesn't help, because money...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 07-30-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 711
Posted By ballzac
All foam

I have three kegs in my kegerator. All are at 1bar. All with 3m (~9') flexmaster II as beerline. Two have picnic taps, and one has a fatlock with an Andale tap. For some reason I can't get a good...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-20-2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,508
Posted By ballzac
I'm really new to cigars. I had heaps of cheap...

I'm really new to cigars. I had heaps of cheap and nasty ones when I was younger, but my experience with cubans amounts to having had a couple of Romeo y Julietas. The last one I really sat there...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2010, 02:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,640
Posted By ballzac
Absolutely agree with everything you are saying....

Absolutely agree with everything you are saying. However, I was simply answering the OP. The question was not about decoction mashing. The question was about what can be used to replace carapils in a...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-16-2010, 12:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,685
Posted By ballzac
No I haven't. Not sure if they'd be available in...

No I haven't. Not sure if they'd be available in my area, and a quick search on my locals show up nothing.


I have thought about this. I guess it's just another element to play with, leaving me...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-16-2010, 12:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,640
Posted By ballzac
I'm curious as to why you feel this? I agree that...

I'm curious as to why you feel this? I agree that if you want to use traditional methods you would avoid using wheat malt, but you would also avoid using melanoidin malt and stick with the decoction....
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-15-2010, 09:32 AM
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Views: 2,685
Posted By ballzac
http://www.slowbeer.com.au/index.php?act=viewProd&...

http://www.slowbeer.com.au/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=250
Sounds great. I might have to enquire about when it's gonna be in next.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-15-2010, 06:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,685
Posted By ballzac
It seems a shame if I miss out on the enjoyment...

It seems a shame if I miss out on the enjoyment that others find in these beverages, but if you guys are right then I might just have to accept it :(

The only place nearby that stocks Rodenbach is...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-15-2010, 05:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,685
Posted By ballzac
How to enjoy a sour?

Okay, so I have tried a couple of flemish ales and quite enjoy them, but when it comes to lambics, the only ones I can enjoy are the girly ones like Lindeman's framboise.

I continue to try the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-14-2010, 07:52 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,374
Posted By ballzac
:( You're right that oxygen is not flammable (I...

:(
You're right that oxygen is not flammable (I don't think anyone said it was), but suggesting putting a burning ember in front of a full tank of pure oxygen is not good. Pure oxygen is now...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-14-2010, 02:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,374
Posted By ballzac
+1 But you might want to put some gas into a...

+1
But you might want to put some gas into a jar first rather than do it directly. If you turn the gas on too high or something and it IS oxygen (however unlikely), even just dust in the air can...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-11-2010, 02:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By ballzac
The wyeast website states the temperature range...

The wyeast website states the temperature range as 64-74: http://www.wyeastlab.com/rw_yeaststrain_detail.cfm?ID=40
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-11-2010, 01:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By ballzac
Yep. If the reading is stable over about 3 days...

Yep. If the reading is stable over about 3 days it should but done, but I prefer to take two measurements a week apart just to be on the safe side.

62 might be a little cool for this yeast, and it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-11-2010, 12:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By ballzac
The bubbles coming could just be CO2 coming out...

The bubbles coming could just be CO2 coming out of solution, and do not necessarily indicate fermentation. You need to use a hydrometer to check for activity.
Forum: Stout 07-10-2010, 11:43 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 927
Posted By ballzac
Caravan Stout

Ingredients:
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Amount Item
0.45 kg Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM)
3.00 kg Smoked Malt (3.0 SRM) ...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-10-2010, 07:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,010
Posted By ballzac
S-04 is a good, neutral(ish) ale yeast. My guess...

S-04 is a good, neutral(ish) ale yeast. My guess is that it will turn out fine even with the high initial temperature. I would leave it for a couple of weeks on the yeast cake to clean up any...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-10-2010, 06:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,640
Posted By ballzac
The only trouble with that is it might require a...

The only trouble with that is it might require a little bit of experimentation to get it similar to what you are used to. Using a recipe adjustment might be a little bit more predictable than...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-10-2010, 06:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,640
Posted By ballzac
P.S. Both carapils and the 20L crystal would...

P.S.

Both carapils and the 20L crystal would normally be about 7% of the grist each, so 7% or so of carared and the rest pilsner malt would probably be good.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-10-2010, 05:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,640
Posted By ballzac
Bohemian pilsners usually use a triple decoction,...

Bohemian pilsners usually use a triple decoction, or add 20L crystal to compensate for not doing a decoction. Carared is similar to carapils, but is about 20L. Therefore, you might be able to get...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-10-2010, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,010
Posted By ballzac
The first third or so of the fermentation is the...

The first third or so of the fermentation is the most crucial part temperature-wise, so your brew will mostly have the character of a high temp brew. However, as someone mentioned, fusels die down...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-09-2010, 02:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,213
Posted By ballzac
It's probably just yeast mixed through the beer...

It's probably just yeast mixed through the beer because of the swirling. This could definitely be the source of 'off' flavours. If you're intent on dumping it, at least wait until the yeast have...
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