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Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 04-09-2011, 03:20 AM
Replies: 20
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Posted By SumnerH
It's not sour at all. It's a pretty...

It's not sour at all. It's a pretty straight-ahead quad with just a hint of cherry.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-18-2011, 08:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,097
Posted By SumnerH
Nowadays 16 pinches = 1 tsp is more common, with ...

Nowadays 16 pinches = 1 tsp is more common, with a dash as twice that. So 8 dashes = 1 tsp. Though 8 pinches= 1 tsp used to be a common measure (that's is still 1/3 the size that 1/8 tbsp would...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-25-2011, 05:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,109
Posted By SumnerH
If they're making a great IPA, they're working...

If they're making a great IPA, they're working well in the middle of what's the most popular (hence easiest to judge) craft style at the moment.

If they're making decent lagers, they've got great...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-25-2011, 05:29 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 25,092
Posted By SumnerH
Pilsner extract is pretty standard, even comes in...

Pilsner extract is pretty standard, even comes in DME--Munich's a tougher find but you can get it in LME at the very least.

Wheat extract is usually 50/50 barley/wheat (or in that realm). I'd use...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-25-2011, 05:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,300
Posted By SumnerH
Yeah, I even use scottish ale yeast in one of my...

Yeah, I even use scottish ale yeast in one of my more American-style barleywines. It's great. And you need a huge starter (I always brew a smaller Scottish ale just prior to my barleywine, so I can...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2011, 02:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,651
Posted By SumnerH
Yes. Unless the freezer is full, keep all your...

Yes. Unless the freezer is full, keep all your hops in the freezer. It's by far the most important thing you can do to keep them fresh.

If you have a vacuum sealer and are keeping things more...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-25-2011, 02:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,651
Posted By SumnerH
Yes. Vacuum sealing is wildly overrated. ...

Yes. Vacuum sealing is wildly overrated.

Freezing is far more important than vacuum sealing; hops in an otherwise unsealed paper bag in the freezer will lose about 15% of their alpha acids...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-24-2011, 10:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 648
Posted By SumnerH
"How to Brew" is more modern than "Complete Joy",...

"How to Brew" is more modern than "Complete Joy", both are fine intros though. After that, 2 books are very helpful when you get into making your own recipes:
Designing Great Beers
Brewing Classic...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-24-2011, 08:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,851
Posted By SumnerH
Yes. Keeping frozen is far more important than...

Yes. Keeping frozen is far more important than shrink-wrapping.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-24-2011, 03:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,456
Posted By SumnerH
Keggles always look like **** compared to real...

Keggles always look like **** compared to real pots. But who cares? They work okay, and that's what matters--build yourself a setup where you can make good beer. The appearance is far less...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-23-2011, 02:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,687
Posted By SumnerH
I've had very good luck with this, but you need...

I've had very good luck with this, but you need to reduce it a lot more than you think. The first time I boiled 1.5 gallons down to 2 cups or so, and it was a pretty good beer--the 2 cups looked...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-22-2011, 10:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,997
Posted By SumnerH
It's an 11.5 gallon recipe.

It's an 11.5 gallon recipe.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-22-2011, 09:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,997
Posted By SumnerH
Milds and hefeweizens are really fast.

Milds and hefeweizens are really fast.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-22-2011, 07:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,248
Posted By SumnerH
Jean-Pierre Van Roy hates Lindemans with a...

Jean-Pierre Van Roy hates Lindemans with a passion, though; he's not exactly unbiased in judging them.

Certainly the Cuvee Rene offerings from Lindemans have are pretty traditional, so they know...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-22-2011, 12:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 940
Posted By SumnerH
I wouldn't count on the DME to give it a better...

I wouldn't count on the DME to give it a better taste. It's probably not much different; the only blind study I remember reading had corn sugar and cane sugar as indistinguishable, with a couple of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-21-2011, 11:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,779
Posted By SumnerH
You also don't need a stirplate if you shake...

You also don't need a stirplate if you shake constantly and make a bit bigger starter, and you can get a 1 gallon glass jug of apple juice for $7 and then clean the jug and use it to make your...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-21-2011, 09:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By SumnerH
+1 on Max's, it's awesome.

+1 on Max's, it's awesome.
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-19-2011, 05:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,456
Posted By SumnerH
Awesome! Thanks for maintaining the tool, Larry!

Awesome! Thanks for maintaining the tool, Larry!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-19-2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,456
Posted By SumnerH
His post is saying that it used to use the simple...

His post is saying that it used to use the simple one, but he's just changed it to use the more accurate equation.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-19-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,152
Posted By SumnerH
I dunno, the beer I most often hear described as...

I dunno, the beer I most often hear described as "cloying" is Dogfish Head 120, and it has no crystal malt at all. It's more about not having the hops to balance your malt selection out than any...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-18-2011, 12:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,345
Posted By SumnerH
http://www.probrewer.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?...

http://www.probrewer.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=19667
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-18-2011, 12:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,575
Posted By SumnerH
A proper biab is much less prone to dough balls...

A proper biab is much less prone to dough balls (for me, anyway); the bag should be big enough for the pot to fit inside of, so the grain is really free-floating in the water (the bag is fully lining...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-17-2011, 09:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,617
Posted By SumnerH
I know that Oldsock and others have happily...

I know that Oldsock and others have happily reused Better Bottles between sour and clean batches (cleaning and sanitizing carefully in between). Soft plastic is more likely to scratch or harbor...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,456
Posted By SumnerH
Yep, but the poster was asking why different...

Yep, but the poster was asking why different software was giving him different numbers. The answer is that 2 of them are using the more precise formula, one's using the simple formula, and one's...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2011, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,456
Posted By SumnerH
That's the simplified but less accurate formula;...

That's the simplified but less accurate formula; it underestimates slightly in the <7% ABV range and underestimates more significantly for bigger beers.

More accurate:...
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