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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-17-2014, 06:09 PM
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Posted By kanzimonson
I think your second recipe is much better, but...

I think your second recipe is much better, but honestly you may not need any crystal. Maris Otter adds so much malty flavor that the crystal may be superfluous. It's also a little less attenuative,...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-17-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By kanzimonson
The reason people say this is because many feel...

The reason people say this is because many feel that Belgian yeast phenols combined with the roast and acidity of dark malts is clashing. Think about how few "belgian stouts" there are out there.
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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-17-2014, 05:51 PM
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Posted By kanzimonson
This time of year I usually do the same thing - I...

This time of year I usually do the same thing - I try to make the biggest batch of something possible, and then split it and age part on oak (or bourbon-soaked oak) and the rest neutral. That's a...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-17-2014, 05:48 PM
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Posted By kanzimonson
I think they will go really well together. ...

I think they will go really well together. Personally I think Mosaic is one of the most pungent hops (along the lines of Amarillo, Simcoe, etc). Chinook to me is average intensity. So choose your...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-17-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 165
Posted By kanzimonson
If you really want the closest bacon flavor you...

If you really want the closest bacon flavor you would need hickory smoked malt. But using any smoked malt will remind people of bacon.

I make a Bacon Brown every year with 30% beechwood smoked...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-09-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By kanzimonson
I don't think it's assuming you take them out. I...

I don't think it's assuming you take them out. I think it's just a relic from The Way that homebrewing was done - you boil for 60minutes and then start cooling. The software just hasn't been...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-09-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 444
Posted By kanzimonson
I can't give you any help on the calculations,...

I can't give you any help on the calculations, but I've been doing hopstands in all my hoppy beers lately, mostly 50min but some 30min. Besides questioning the amount of bittering from the whirlpool...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 04-03-2014, 01:29 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By kanzimonson
50% wheat is a german requirement, but also I'd...

50% wheat is a german requirement, but also I'd wager that the beer wouldn't taste right without at least that much. With all the unique esters and phenols those yeasts produce, I imagine a lot is...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-28-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By kanzimonson
Yeah, you don't want to overpitch it - commercial...

Yeah, you don't want to overpitch it - commercial breweries are targeting a certain pitch rate, yielding a certain growth rate, all for a certain flavor profile. I believe that all homebrewers...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-28-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By kanzimonson
I wouldn't reuse the DIPA yeast - too much bitter...

I wouldn't reuse the DIPA yeast - too much bitter resins coating the yeasties, and a little high on the alcohol to believe that they are the healthiest post fermentation.

I also wouldn't pitch the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-17-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By kanzimonson
Keep poppets with posts?

Every time I clean a keg I've always been careful to keep each poppet with the same post, but is this necessary? I have several kegs to clean and want to do a thorough PBW soak on all the parts. ...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-26-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 686
Posted By kanzimonson
I blame high fermentation temps for most...

I blame high fermentation temps for most "homebrewy" flavors.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-26-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,403
Posted By kanzimonson
I think it might just be that you're making too...

I think it might just be that you're making too small of a batch. I make small batches sometimes to make wort that I pressure cook for future starters. I use my regular equipment which typically...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-26-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 701
Posted By kanzimonson
Let's be clear here: when we talk about sugar...

Let's be clear here: when we talk about sugar "drying out" a beer, we're not usually saying add sugar to a beer to thin it out.

We're talking about this scenario: You brew a beer, decide it...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-26-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 384
Posted By kanzimonson
I love it when my basement is 55-60 in the...

I love it when my basement is 55-60 in the winter, fermenting without a fridge is so easy going. I bought a $15 heating pad (for injuries) and put it against the fermentor with a towel wrapped...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-25-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By kanzimonson
If you're happy with your efficiency then it's...

If you're happy with your efficiency then it's not an issue. I'd say the main reason to try to get a little closer to exact would be the amount of energy you're wasting in heating up the extra...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-25-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 727
Posted By kanzimonson
I'll be a dissenter and say I think you might be...

I'll be a dissenter and say I think you might be onto a good idea here. Many first time brewers take a recipe they find online from an experienced brewer with a dialed in system, brew it, and then...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-24-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By kanzimonson
When I mash batches that are too small for my...

When I mash batches that are too small for my equipment I expect lower efficiency, but overall it'll still make beer. Maybe buy a few pounds of DME for the first few brews until you can get a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-24-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 426
Posted By kanzimonson
It's not going anywhere - you can turn your beer...

It's not going anywhere - you can turn your beer into one big experiment but at best I think you'll only shave off a few more points. High OG, lots of specialty malts, questionably attenuative malt...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-31-2014, 12:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By kanzimonson
It would be a better bottle. I like your box...

It would be a better bottle. I like your box idea...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-30-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By kanzimonson
outdoor crash cooling and light struck beer

I can't resist taking advantage of the cold temps to crash my beers rather than shift kegs around in my coolers. But I'm a little worried about getting a beer light struck. Long ago I struck a beer...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-30-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By kanzimonson
Do a search for "morebeer refractometer" and...

Do a search for "morebeer refractometer" and you'll find a link to a spreadsheet that you can use to calculate SG from brix readings. Personally I only use a refrac during brew day and use a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-29-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By kanzimonson
Thanks for the suggestions. I agree that 2 row...

Thanks for the suggestions. I agree that 2 row is a little flavorless. I brew most of my beers with Maris Otter, and while I can see this subbing out some of the munich you find in a lot of belgian...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-28-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By kanzimonson
Pilsener malt dilemma

I've discovered that there is a particular flavor and aroma in pils malt that I really hate - it's the grainy, tortilla chip, almost stale beer flavor and smell. I've heard Tasty call it "the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-15-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By kanzimonson
If I'm simply steeping some crystal malts or...

If I'm simply steeping some crystal malts or roasted grains, I usually just do 30 minutes.

I make the Moose Drool recipe frequently and I've made it using normal mashing methods, as well as...
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