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Old 03-10-2006, 02:52 AM   #1
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Anyone see the Good EAts show on beer making?? It was on tonight


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Old 03-10-2006, 02:58 AM   #2
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didn't watch it tonight, but I've seen it before. (There are a few threads about it on here.)

What was your opinion?

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Old 03-10-2006, 03:06 AM   #3
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Dang I keep missing that show!
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Old 03-10-2006, 01:42 PM   #4
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I like it. He show'd the important steps like sanitation and brewing prosses. He didnt strain out the grains before he added the hops. And IMO he didn't let the hops boil long enough. But for the guy who's just getting into home brewing or wanting to try home brewing for the first time it was a great show.

I know that this show was the reason that I got into home brewing.
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I started a huge thread on this about a week or two ago, http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthre...ht=amber+waves, check it out...
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:02 PM   #6
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Dang I keep missing that show!
It isn't that great, actually. I love Alton and I love the fact he did a brewing show, but it won't give any useful info for an experienced brewer.

He screwed up (badly, IMHO) a few things. He boiled grains and also called aroma hops, dry hops.

I wanted to flog him.
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Old 03-10-2006, 08:15 PM   #7
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that show makes you wonder who does their research, and/or if they botherd to ask a pro-brewer to do some fact checking...one glance at the recipe and you noticed some weird stuff (boiling crystal malt, 15 min. total boil time, putting ice in the wort...)

its still cool that he did the show, but its kind of arrogent of him to just 'wing' it like that, without checking with at least a homebrewer if not a pro-brewer....

i understand that the process had to be kept pretty simple, but i would have not included the crystal malt without showing a way to remove it before boiling, and im wondering if a 15 minute total boil time is enough to get any decent amount of bitterness out of the low aa hops he used (cascade, ek gold).

i could think of an easier way to make beer that would be better (8 lbs. lme, 1 oz.fuggel hops at the beginning of boil, 1 ounce at the end,60 min. boil, water bath, pitch yeast,bottle in 3 weeks, your done)
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Old 03-11-2006, 12:08 AM   #8
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I dont think that ths show was ment for the experence home brewer. I saw the show and it got me interested in home brewing. I found a HB store and got a book and read. The ngot my stuff and make really good beer. I think that if joe blow saw the show that his HB store guy would help point him in the right direction!
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I liked the show in general, anything that makes HB more popular sounds good to me, but I have only been brewing since Dec and even I noticed some pretty basic errors. It makes me wonder if some of his other shows are just as far off, and I just don't realize it since I don't have specific knowledge in that area. but in his defense homebrewing is a bit more complicated than most types of cooking.
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Ferret has a good point, he makes it accessible to Johnny Lunchpail, even if he is a bit off on his method. I can't remember, does he recommend reading a book about it? After I began brewing I went back to that show and looked up the recipe and method he used and was a little dissapointed. I will say that it was one of a long chain of events that got me brewing though. His job is done.


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