All of my hoppy beers seem to need at least a week in the keg before they meld together. I don't think I've ever noticed any difference between pellets and whole hops.
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Great Lakes recently released the "Rye of the Tiger"... I don't have much experience with drinking any Rye PA's but I was more than happy with this beer. They use Columbus, Warrior, and Simcoe.I really enjoyed the "Rye of the Tiger" that I recently had on tap because I could taste the rye character. I don't care for the SN "Ruthless" because I really can't taste the rye in it.
50 gallons lagering in corny kegs as I type this.That should last for the hot summer months
I have recently started making labels for tap handles. I use a combination of label sites on the web and Publisher. I just import images and put text boxes/word art/etc on them. Try these sites out for ideas, plus you can make your own labels on them (some cost money to download the images, though):Those look awesome!
Here are a few labels I made:
I have also used Adobe Illustrator to make a brewery sign (see below). It's very expensive, but a 30 trial can be downloaded for free. It's definitely combersome if you haven't ever used it, but you can do just about anything with it. You can see it here with my kegerator build post: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=10259.0
I'm running a little behind schedule this year, but I'll be brewing my annual Maibock. I guess we'll tap it a little later in May instead of on the 1st weekend like we usually do. Tapping the Maibock is part of our annual Fruhjarhsfest and the raising of the Maibaum - so that will just have to be a couple weeks late this year.Maibock sounds real good about now.
I'll also be racking a German Pilsner to a lagering keg, and kegging a batch of AIPA.