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Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-10-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By benko
This thread reminded me of this news flash from...

This thread reminded me of this news flash from The Onion:

Owner and founder of Fossil Bed Brewery Dave Walker, 39, reportedly struggled Saturday to find a way to work his 5-year-old Labrador...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-10-2012, 03:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,677
Posted By benko
I agree with Yooper about the kit. I brewed a...

I agree with Yooper about the kit. I brewed a few crappy batches at first trying to make my "perfect" beer right from the beginning. Go to Northernbrewer, pick one of the beginner styles that you...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 04-09-2012, 12:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,429
Posted By benko
If you're in NC and can find it, Torch Pilsner...

If you're in NC and can find it, Torch Pilsner from Foothills is pretty good. Little less hoppy and a bit more malty than many microbrewed pilsners.
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 04-05-2012, 04:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,429
Posted By benko
Touchdown. 55655

Touchdown.
55655
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 04-05-2012, 03:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,429
Posted By benko
I agree that alot of the German pilsners are...

I agree that alot of the German pilsners are lacking, especially the bigger brands. They're falling into the same consolidation, conglomeration trap that our big breweries went through. But if...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-05-2012, 03:12 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,465
Posted By benko
I feel a little guilty because I'm so lazy that...

I feel a little guilty because I'm so lazy that I'll pay for four wyeast packs for my lagers just because I don't want to mess with making a starter.
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 04-05-2012, 02:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,429
Posted By benko
Room for "boring" German Lagers in American Craft Brewing

Wanted to get some opinions on this. Do you think that there's a market for good, traditionally brewed German beers in the American Craft Beer landscape? The stuff that gets imported tastes like...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-17-2011, 04:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By benko
Maltier Lager Yeasts?

Looking to brew my first Lager, a Munich Dunkel or possibly an Oktoberfest. I'm looking for a really bready, malty profile, and was hoping to get some thoughts on relative maltiness of different...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-08-2010, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Posted By benko
Did you adjust the times for the amarillo to dry...

Did you adjust the times for the amarillo to dry hop and 10 minutes, or is the software defaulting to a 60 or 90 minute boil? Just changing those hops wouldn't have increased it by that much. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-08-2010, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,540
Posted By benko
Hop bags should help. Just make sure you use a...

Hop bags should help. Just make sure you use a big sack. You don't want a real tight sack, as the hops won't bounce around in there enough. Another thing you can do is go to a 60 minute boil to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-07-2010, 03:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,848
Posted By benko
I think this is a really original and creative...

I think this is a really original and creative idea. I do have to agree with the poster that said you have to at least give this thing a chance. Do you want to make this a legit RDWHAHB experiment,...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 06-04-2010, 12:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,026
Posted By benko
Definately. That's pretty much what happens to...

Definately. That's pretty much what happens to lagers, which produces the smooth, clean taste. I think the important thing to remember is that there are two different "aging" processes.

The...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-04-2010, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,424
Posted By benko
Nothing bad about "The Complete Joy of...

Nothing bad about "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing," but it was written several years ago when there were many less modified malts available. Now, unless a malt is specifically labeled as being less...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-04-2010, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,540
Posted By benko
One more thing. If you're doing 5 gallon...

One more thing. If you're doing 5 gallon batches, definately increase the grain/liquid to end up with at least 6 gallons (preferably 6.5 gallons) at the end of the boil. For me, that meant I needed...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-04-2010, 12:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,540
Posted By benko
With that many hops, it's tough to screw this one...

With that many hops, it's tough to screw this one up. I just kegged Jamil's Hophammer (a Pliny based recipe from Brewing Classic Styles), which is pretty much the version you have in the original...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-02-2010, 01:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,573
Posted By benko
Apart from the flavor characteristics already...

Apart from the flavor characteristics already discussed, I've found that I get about 5% better efficiency with MO. It makes sense, since the potential yield for MO is higher than American 2-row. ...
Forum: General Techniques 05-19-2010, 02:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,952
Posted By benko
Technique for reducing oxidation during dry hopping.

I know this has been touched on in a few other threads, but I just wanted to put it out there and get a couple of opinions. In order to reduce the oxidation effects of dry hopping, I usually add my...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 04-13-2010, 01:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 966
Posted By benko
Not a huge fan. In theory, the combination is...

Not a huge fan. In theory, the combination is interesting, but in reality, I find the two flavors don't compliment each other at all. The same goes for "Belgian IPAs." I just think that the...
Forum: General Techniques 03-29-2010, 11:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 499
Posted By benko
I don't think that the nutrient blend has any...

I don't think that the nutrient blend has any fermentables in it, so it's not really going to do anything for you carbonation wise. Next time make sure you get some sugar in there. I suppose the...
Forum: General Techniques 03-29-2010, 10:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,105
Posted By benko
Rousing Yeast Oxidises my Beer

I've noticed that if I gently swirl my primary to rouse the yeast (in the event of a slow fermentation), I get a little oxidation. It doesn't take much, but I definitely get a cardboard taste. I...
Forum: General Techniques 03-28-2010, 10:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,186
Posted By benko
Single Infusion Mash ok for Torrified Wheat?

Anybody have any experience using a single temp infusion mash for a beer with a large amount of flaked or torrified wheat? I'm brewing a Belgian Wit with roughly 50% malted barley and 50% torrified...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 03-22-2010, 12:33 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,025
Posted By benko
German Schlager music.

German Schlager music.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-23-2010, 09:07 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,592
Posted By benko
2000 Fat Tire.

2000 Fat Tire.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-21-2010, 03:26 PM
Replies: 2,896
Views: 91,730
Posted By benko
5gal Firestone Walker DBA =3769

5gal Firestone Walker DBA

=3769
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-08-2010, 03:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 883
Posted By benko
Yeah. All the ones that I've seen have something...

Yeah. All the ones that I've seen have something similar. I'm not really that worried about the clone recipes. I really wanted to see if anyone else had heard of Bouckaert talking of using large...
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