HOMEBREW Digest #5579 Tue 21 July 2009

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  Hefe ("Darrell G. Leavitt")
  RE: Refractometers / Blichmann Boilermaker (drsmith)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 06:48:23 -0400 (EDT) From: "Darrell G. Leavitt" <leavitdg at plattsburgh.edu> Subject: Hefe Robert; Thankyou for the thoughts on Hefe. Is the wlp300 the Weihestephan? I ask in that I have used most of them, but recently attended a brewfest (Burlington, Vermont) and found that of the Hefes there, the one that was brewed with the Weihestephan tasted best to me. It had the bananna and clove, while some others were more citrusy. I know this is largely subjective, in terms of taste, but I'd like the citrusy to be in a Wit, and the bananna and clove in a hefe. Darrell Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 11:02:50 -0400 From: drsmith <hbd at aperature.org> Subject: RE: Refractometers / Blichmann Boilermaker Matt requested opinions on refractometers. I've only just recently purchased a refractometer after years of using the tried and true hydrometer. In truth, I have a brewing partner that inexplicably breaks hydrometers, so the refractometer seems like it might be more durable... Anyway, I can agree that the small sample size does make the measurement much quicker and easier. The only problem I noticed was that I had to be careful not to have any air trapped under the lens. If you close the lens assembly and you notice air bubbles under it, your reading will be off. I admit, being the first time I've used it, I was learning about its quirks and I'm still not sure I know what the exact OG of the barleywine I made was. I think I'll be using a hydrometer in conjunction with the refractometer until I get more used to using it. A while back I asked for opinions on the Blichmann Boilermaker. Most of you responded saying that you're using converted coolers for your mashing setup and that the extra expense on brewing art wasn't really necessary. I appreciate the time all of you took to respond to my query, but in the end I went ahead with the purchase anyway. Despite the indications on most websites that there would be long wait for it to ship, I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived at my door not 7 days after the initial order. The build quality and engineering that went into this kettle is beyond my expectations. I plan to be making 15 gallons of IPA with it this coming weekend and I hope to be getting back into all-grain very soon. Extract brewing is kinda expensive. Return to table of contents
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