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Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 11-12-2007, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By cweston
Ideas for very malty red ale?

I'm thinking a couple pounds of munich, some dark (ca 90L) crystal and maybe some melanoiden in addition to a very small (.5 oz) amount of roasted barley. And a fairly low BU/GU ratio--maybe...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 11-04-2007, 12:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,941
Posted By cweston
Jeebus, the sounds complicated. I just fill a big...

Jeebus, the sounds complicated. I just fill a big tub with iodophor and soak em a couple minutes, then let them drip dry in the dishwasher.
Forum: General Chit Chat 11-04-2007, 12:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By cweston
Finally found time top brew yesterday after a 6-month haitus

Travel, coaching soccer, work...just all got in the way. Luckily I had a good stack of HB built up but I suspect it'll be gone by the time the robust porter I brewed yesterday is ready to go.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 09-20-2007, 04:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,052
Posted By cweston
Perhaps you might want to consider brewing styles...

Perhaps you might want to consider brewing styles that improve with age: many Belgian ales, barley wines, etc.

They are trickier styles to master, though.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-17-2007, 01:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,855
Posted By cweston
What Flyguy said. TO elaborate--some...

What Flyguy said.

TO elaborate--some ingredients (and therefore some beer styles) really require mashing, so they can only be porperly brewed PM or AG.

Plus, it's fun, you get some more toys...
Forum: General Techniques 07-06-2007, 06:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,013
Posted By cweston
Going AG is the major thing. As far as...

Going AG is the major thing.

As far as yeast, reusing yeast really isn't very difficult or time-consuming, and it can save you quite a bit if you're using liquid yeast.

Also, there are some...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-03-2007, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,288
Posted By cweston
To clarify, what I meant is that I think in...

To clarify, what I meant is that I think in people's minds, the week begins on Monday. We call Saturday and Sunday the weekend, after all. When A person says "The week of (date)" it seems like the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 07-03-2007, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,288
Posted By cweston
:off: I'm curious--what part of the world are...

:off: I'm curious--what part of the world are you (originally) from?

The idea that the week begins on Sunday always seems very odd to me, in practice. (And FWIW, I am a church every Sunday...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 07-03-2007, 07:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,322
Posted By cweston
Are you asking me? To clarify, what I meant is...

Are you asking me? To clarify, what I meant is that the local beer is generally going to be the best and the best bargain, if we're talking about a place with a wide variety of quality beers. So, if...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 07-03-2007, 07:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,322
Posted By cweston
If we're talking about the best beer available in...

If we're talking about the best beer available in the USA (and if price is part of the equation), then clearly the USA wins: there is better beer, more reasonably priced available from here than from...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-02-2007, 02:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,559
Posted By cweston
I'm one of those one beer a night guys--sometimes...

I'm one of those one beer a night guys--sometimes two. Weekends are about the same.

I have a fairly active lifestyle for a 43 year old--my beer intake has definitely gone up a bit since I started...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-02-2007, 01:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,174
Posted By cweston
I agree about a wheat beer--maybe more like an...

I agree about a wheat beer--maybe more like an American Wheat so people won't freak about the cloudiness.

In general, it's very hard to get dedicated BMC drinkers to drink anything else, if it...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-19-2007, 02:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,101
Posted By cweston
I use both. I like the universal stoppers for...

I use both. I like the universal stoppers for putting an airlock on a carboy: I think they seal better.

I use the rubber caps for siphoning: I just sanitize it with the racking cane already...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-18-2007, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,483
Posted By cweston
I think WLP001, Wyeast 1056, or safale 05...

I think WLP001, Wyeast 1056, or safale 05 (formerly US 56).

I think that's what most "American wheats" use, and that especially sounds like the best choice for what you're going for.

I just did...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-15-2007, 04:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By cweston
I would say a month, no problem, in a well-sealed...

I would say a month, no problem, in a well-sealed bucket. Longer would be OK in a carboy. Depending on the beer, there may be little use for a secondary if it's been three weeks or more.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-15-2007, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,498
Posted By cweston
1214 is a great all-purpose Belgian strain. It is...

1214 is a great all-purpose Belgian strain. It is allegedly the Chimay strain. I've made Saisons and Tripels from it with great results. Ferment it a little on the warm side for a Saison if you like.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-14-2007, 04:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,395
Posted By cweston
Yes--hops flavor is mostly extracted in boil...

Yes--hops flavor is mostly extracted in boil times of about 10-20 minutes. If the boil time is a little more or less, you'll get some flavor, but mostly bitterness (for longer boil times) or aroma...
Forum: American Ale 06-14-2007, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3,077
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Posted By cweston
Sounds very good. I just bottled a very similar...

Sounds very good. I just bottled a very similar APA. Only difference was using a little less Vienna and using Columbus for bittering, Columbus + Cascade for flavor, and Cascade for aroma and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-12-2007, 08:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,866
Posted By cweston
One thing I do to keep costs down and keep life...

One thing I do to keep costs down and keep life simpler is freely substitute hops varieties, especially bittering hops. You can buy a pound of some good bittering variety like Columbus or Magnum or...
Forum: General Techniques 06-12-2007, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,375
Posted By cweston
I think the beer will be better if you bulk age...

I think the beer will be better if you bulk age it a little longer in the secondary and bottle in a few weeks or whenever you can.

The real question is if the difference would be great enough to...
Forum: General Techniques 06-12-2007, 05:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,165
Posted By cweston
I'd just like to tack the following onto this...

I'd just like to tack the following onto this discussion:

Some yeasts are extremely temperature sensitive, and you may have to control temperature quite precisely in order to get the desired...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-12-2007, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 642
Posted By cweston
I find that with a fairly high BTU burner and a...

I find that with a fairly high BTU burner and a big pot (I use a keggle), you have alot of control over your boil rate. If I keep it just at a nice slow rolling boil, I evaporate way less (possibly 1...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-12-2007, 02:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 739
Posted By cweston
I'm on a roll...

I did a couple Belgians a while back using Briess undermodified Pilsner and had some efficiency problems that I attribute to mash Ph issues.

But the last couple batches have been those utterly...
Forum: General Techniques 06-12-2007, 02:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,163
Posted By cweston
I have done the bourbon-soaked oak cube thing. ...

I have done the bourbon-soaked oak cube thing.

I also have some Jack Daniels smoking chips, which are chunks from oak JD barrels. I bought them for smoking, but I believe others have reported...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-12-2007, 02:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 827
Posted By cweston
A couple things: Boil-off rates can vary. I...

A couple things:

Boil-off rates can vary. I usually shoot for collecting about 7.5 gals and boiling down to 6 gals, because I primary in a 7 gal bucket, so 6 gals is a good amount in the...
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