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  1. catdaddy66

    Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, dead at 76 With much...
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    Thermometer/temperature issues

    Before I begin discussing the issue I am having I will say that a therma pen is on my shopping list so I don't anticipate it will remain an issue. That being said, I have noticed that my floating thermometer has moments of confusion this year which I haven't had before. Specifically, when I...
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    Has anyone used wlp800 for a steam beer?

    I love California common beer (steam beer) and usually have some on hand but as I'm rebuilding my pipeline, I intend to make a batch very soon. I normally use authentic ingredients like northern brewer hops and San Francisco lager yeast (wlp810). I recently acquired wlp800, German lager yeast...
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    Pacific ale yeast (wlp041)

    Making a starter with this yeast to use in a honey pale ale. I have read up on this stuff as it's the first time I've used it... Just wondering what other people's experience has been with this strain. Does and don'ts, things to expect, flavors and fermentation times/characteristics, you know...
  5. catdaddy66

    Them's fightin' words!

    Saw this a few moments ago... I belly laughed! Also, his by-line is hilarious. What say you, HBT'ers?
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    The wee heavy partigyle thread

    Now that I have your attention... I have a couple​ of questions about my brewday this weekend. First, I am brewing a wee heavy ale with 15# of grain (13.5# is two row, 1#3oz C60, 3oz aromatic malt and 2oz midnight wheat). I realize this is a small grist for a partigyle but I have...
  7. catdaddy66

    Does anything here look out of place in a saison?

    Grain bill: 8# Belgian pilsner malt 1# Munich malt 1# Belgian biscuit malt 8oz Honey malt 4oz Carapils 4oz Acidulated malt Hop schedule: .5oz Northern Brewer (5.3% aa) FWH 1oz Cluster (7.4% aa) @ 20 min 1oz Saaz (2.8% aa) @ 5 min 1oz Saaz (2.8% aa) @ 0 min Yeast: 1250ml...
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    A couple of questions about ingredients

    I have an american wheat ale that I plan on adding cherry puree to in a day or two. I wonder how much will be needed for a 5 gallon batch? I have two cans that are 49ozs each (3# each). Also, I wonder how would I sterilize the puree? Should I boil the contents and cool before adding to the...
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    Recipes to use Cry Havoc with...

    So, my lhbs had some Cry Havoc yeast when I was in recently and I know it is Papazian's house yeast. I also know it can be used for ales as well as lagers. I am always trying new things with brewing and want to use this soon but am reluctant to throw it in with just anything. I was hoping...
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    Anyone brewing in the hurricane??

    Not me, just drinking! Power was out for an hour or so just after midnight and my brother just got his power back. Hope all are safe in the path of Matthew.
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    How many volumes of CO2 is safe for bottling?

    I have brewed beer for over 20 years, of which the first 15 were blissfully ignorant of much information regarding 'best' practices. Since I have been a member of HBT I have learned reems of great info that have me brewing really good beer. Recently I read about volumes of CO2 as it relates...
  12. catdaddy66

    Patience in brewing is a virtue!

    That's why I love brewing as a hobby. It's for lazy people like me lol! Seriously, there is so much that can be made right with time. I began a yeast starter with Irish ale yeast that had been in my fridge for 18 months minimum. I knew it would be a challenge to wake these guys up. 24 hours...
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    Mashed too high

    Strike water was 5 gallons @ 168° strike temp with 10.5# of grain. I was shooting for a 152° mash temp but somehow messed up the calculation and my mash settled at 158°. I removed the lid and stirred like it stole something for a few minutes but this wasn't as effective as hoped so I added a qt...
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    Saflager S-189 lager yeast

    Just picked this yeast up at the LHBS to use in a Marzen/Oktoberfest lager. Anyone ever use this for similar brews? Just wondering what to expect and get some tips on its performance. I have never used it before so I have questions. Thats why I come to HBT, to find answers. Thanks in advance!
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    Oktoberfest/Marzen ingredients

    I am looking for marzen and Oktoberfest recipes that have a simple grain bill (3-4 grains at the most) and I see a lot of pilsner malt included. I have half of a bag of pale malt and have seen this in a few recipes as well. Can this style be made with only pale malt vs pale and pilsner malt...
  16. catdaddy66

    Sailing the 7 C's

    I have read about this blend of hops called Falconers Flight 7 C's for a couple of years. Yesterday I was able to sample a nice pale ale that used this variety and it was very good! I want to use this hop for the flavor and aroma additions after bittering with a clean hop (magnum, summit...
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    Cascadian Dark Wheat

    I made a partial mash Cascadian dark ale about 6 months ago and it came out awesomely! So good I've decided to make it a staple (ie, a 'house' beer) in my pipeline. I'm coming up on another batch and as I researched some of the recipes (AG) in the database I found a tasty looking APA recipe...
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    CaraBrown malt

    I have two pounds of CaraBrown malt and am using half of them in a (gasp!) brown ale. The lovibond was 55 but the label gave no fermentable number (1.035, etc). I am substituting it for C60, 1# to .5# respectively. I'm also adding .5#'s each of biscuit, victory and flaked oats with 9# of Belgian...
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    Hopped LME

    I bought some LME on sale but just realized two cans are 'hopped'. The label says it has "between 17-31 ibu's". The cans were close to expiration date (hence the 'sale') so my question is how much will this affect the planned ibu's for a saison I'm brewing. I'm using .5oz of northern brewer...
  20. catdaddy66

    Danstar Munich yeast

    I have just brewed a Munich Helles and will use this yeast for the first time. Reading up on it I see it's a wheat yeast and may not floc out enough to clear the beer. I'm ok with this but just wanted to find out others experience with it. I love dry yeast though this is the first German...