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D Kristof

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    Although I am an extract brewer I use grains to complement my efforts. I don't steep grains, I do a mash using a couple +/- lbs of grains. At first I never thought about ph levels until I did more reading. As I said before, doing protein, acid and conversion rests while mashing has always landed me in the sweet spot. When I begin using my cooler mash tun for larger grain bills I suppose I might need to begin making adjustments. Haven't taken that leap yet, but I am slowly acquiring the necessary equipment.
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    Looking in my Cupboard

    Not tuna? I was thinking anchovies. Tuna might make a novelty Lenten beer. On a serious note, if adding spicy peppers, go easy. More can be added in a future batch.
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    Safale US-05 vs Safale S-33

    ^^^THIS^^^ Back in January my local homebrew club conducted an experiment to demonstrate to sceptical members how variables affect brewing. 20 people took the same pale ale wort, used the same hops and hop schedule and fermented 5 gallon batches within a 2 degree temperature variation. The biggest variable was yeast selection. 10 different yeasts were pitched. In summary, there were 20 different beers. In side by side comparison of two beers with the same yeast the beers were different. You need to know your methods will affect your beer. You need to know how individual ingredients brewed with your methods affect your beer. IMHO, the variables are what make this hobby fascinating.
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    Maple Syrup as Adjunct?

    To use his entire pint, that's one heavenly seafoodfest. LOL. @Mic Todd, add it to a CAL. If it adds even minimal flavor you'll notice. If it acts like honey and dries it out who cares. At least it's not booster.
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    Safale US-05 vs Safale S-33

    We'll make this easy for you. Here are some basics.
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    Safale US-05 vs Safale S-33

    @MRB Tim, is it safe to say the MrBeer yeast is Cooper's ale yeast? If it is, the properties are easily found online.
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    Shhhhhhh. LOL. @Bonsai & Brew, I use Wally's bottled spring water at $0.88/ gallon and an acid rest while mashing. Using ph strips to measure, I've always been in the range of 5.3 to 5.4 without making any chemical alterations to the water.
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    Sticky Wicket Oatmeal Stout

    The most difficult part of steeping grains and partial mashing is holding the temperature within a fairly wide range. If you have an electric range keep in mind the burners will continue to heat your pot after they are turned off. I remove the pot from the burner set it on a pot holder, add the grains then wrap the pot in a clean towel. As @Shrike said it's easy to do and that's a good recipe.
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    Too much foam when I pour

    Domino dots sugar cubes can usually be found at your local grocery store. I also use the dots.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    Steeping grains and mashing are neither difficult or require special equipment. If you can boil water you're almost there. LOL. Only difference is holding the water temperature between 140-160 degrees for 30 to 60 minutes. I often still use our Farberware pots one the kitchen stovetop.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    Booster. 😛. ACTUALLY, I would play around with the MrBeer malt extacts in CAL to gain an idea of what each adds to the brew. Then try a few hop additions and steepong grains. From there, you're ready to fly on your own. If you choose to go your own route, using your skateboarde analogy you'll likely have one wood wheel, one rubber wheel, two steel wheels one with ball bearings and one without.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    I added it to early versions of my coffee stouts and porters. Now that they're approaching two years old the licorice flavor is IMO VERY pronounced. I like licorice but IMO those beers didn't age well.
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    New (essential?) Equipment

    All Rick was trying to explain was, in general, if I may use your skateboard analogy, too often after falling off multiple times the enthusiast got discouraged. When the boards warped instead of trying to improve them by laminating, the skateboard enthusiast quit. None of his comments were intended to be taken personally. Not everyone perseveres.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Found a source for frozen paw paws. Weather permitting I might be in business again. Gotta pull those recipes back out and get suppliers.
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    MUG Nationals

    Steve, Doug, congratulations to both of you.