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  1. Mike123

    What are you drinking now?

    Our Independence Day seafood smorgasbord was amazing, consisting of bacon wrapped jumbo scallops, crab claws with butter, crab cakes with tartar sauce, sautéed citrus shrimp with basil pesto, sautéed oregano octopus and a macaroni salad. As good as it looks. We ate the octopus and shrimp as...
  2. Mike123

    Saaz Hop Tea for Czech Pilsner

    Yes, my personal experience with hop teas is that you can't get an effective extraction with so little water. I would dry hop....I have had better results with that versus hop tea. I am no expert, but in my experience normal dry hopping rates are 1 or 2 ounces for a light to moderate...
  3. Mike123

    Saaz Hop Tea for Czech Pilsner

    I think that is a great idea. I tried a hop tea as I mentioned above, with lackluster results, but I dry hopped a NE IPA recently and the result was simply amazing. Best beer I have brewed and I've been at this a while (20 years off and on). In my case the dry hopping was done in two phases...
  4. Mike123

    Hofbrauhaus "Original" Munich Helles - Clone Recipe?

    Yes we toured the Reichsburg Castle. As far as derailing my thread, that is OK, nobody had a recipe of their own to offer so I just went with the flow. Worked out, I got to show off my pics and bier experiences. Cheers!
  5. Mike123

    Hofbrauhaus "Original" Munich Helles - Clone Recipe?

    This map shows the cities/towns we visited on the "Cities of Light" Viking River Cruise. It was amazing, possibly the best vacation I have ever had (Maui was close). I tried the local beers, and food, at every opportunity when I saw a small pub/brewery. Here are some brews I had, if anyone is...
  6. Mike123

    Hofbrauhaus "Original" Munich Helles - Clone Recipe?

    Yes the Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas is a family favorite, and the beer is imported from the brewery in Munich. (I've only seen the Hofbrau Original, Hefeweizen, and Dunkel on the menu, and availability of each varies with the season). We always have a good time; the band puts on a good show, and I...
  7. Mike123

    Hofbrauhaus "Original" Munich Helles - Clone Recipe?

    Maybe you are right, but every time I drink this beer it tastes exactly the same, so I think there must be a specific process and list of ingredients so they can reproduce it faithfully each time. The same, or very similar malt is used each time, and the same for the hop additions. I'm going...
  8. Mike123

    Hofbrauhaus "Original" Helles Lager - Clone Recipe

    Thanks SouthBounds. I had found the same "recipe" on the internet, and I compared to the limited information on the brewery web page https://www.hofbraeu-muenchen.de/en/beer/hofbrau-original, and unless I missed something the only difference was the hops used. The website indicates Herkules...
  9. Mike123

    Hofbrauhaus "Original" Helles Lager - Clone Recipe

    I love the Hofbrauhaus Original Lager served in their restaurants. I've browsed the forum for recipes already posted. Does anyone have a spot-on whole grain recipe that in your opinion, or better yet a tasting contest/group, considered very close to Hofbrauhaus' "Original" Lager? Thanks very...
  10. Mike123

    Hofbrauhaus "Original" Munich Helles - Clone Recipe?

    I love the Hofbrauhaus Original Lager served in their restaurants. I've browsed the forum for recipes already posted. Does anyone have a spot-on whole grain recipe that in your opinion, or better yet a tasting contest/group, considered very close to Hofbrauhaus' "Original" Lager? Thanks very...
  11. Mike123

    What are you drinking now?

    Tonight our lockdown menu features Seafood Gumbo with a French Bread baguette, and a frosty glass of my Isolation IPA (a NEIPA). I invited a couple o friends to share with, providing they wear the appropriate protective equipment.
  12. Mike123

    What are you drinking now?

    Here is another more appropriate label for my Chardonnay.
  13. Mike123

    What are you drinking now?

    I'll be drinking this all summer. Bottled 6 gallons of it yesterday. It has a nice citrusy flavor.....more like a Pino Grigio actually....which is my favorite. anyway a.
  14. Mike123

    What are you drinking now?

    I have a New England IPA that should be ready in a few weeks, appropriately dubbed ISOLATION IPA. Here is my label for it.
  15. Mike123

    Failed Steelhead Pump Motor

    Thanks Day_Trippr. I did try to re-start it but perhaps did not wait long enough for it to cool down, and yes it has a spill shield over it, and is mounted so perhaps it does not allow heat to escape adequately. So this plenum.....I assume you are venting air from the motor...or are you...
  16. Mike123

    Failed Steelhead Pump Motor

    If this has happened to you, please give me some feedback. My steelhead wort pump motor failed during a recent brew day, luckily just at the end of a recirculation mash. The motor was running, with wort flowing freely, and it just stopped and would not restart. I have kept it oiled, and clean...
  17. Mike123

    BIABasket - My Grain Basket Doubles as a Hop Spider

    So to get good settling of trub, earlier you said 20-30 minutes settling time at fermentation temperature, and then you transfer to the fermenter and pitch yeast, right? I suppose I could try that without too much trouble. I could let the chilled wort sit while I do cleanup, and then transfer...
  18. Mike123

    BIABasket - My Grain Basket Doubles as a Hop Spider

    OK thanks for the clarification. My process includes 1) filtering the wort before beginning the boil using the smaller 400 micron basket in my picture above, to remove grain residue, and 2) filtering the wort with the same 400 micron basket at the end of the boil to remove hop trub (I am not...
  19. Mike123

    BIABasket - My Grain Basket Doubles as a Hop Spider

    You got my attention with this. I was not aware of that. If the Germans have historically done this there must be something to it.
  20. Mike123

    BIABasket - My Grain Basket Doubles as a Hop Spider

    Thanks Bassman, I appreciate the discussion! Actually this is my normal procedure, through the plate chiller directly into my fermenter (#3). I have not considered #1 or #2 because the wort is most vulnerable to infection as soon as it is at fermentation temperature. Maybe I am overly careful...
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