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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Oktoberfest
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:04:48 PM »
I haven't seen it here in Delaware yet, but I also haven't looked for it specifically. I'll keep a lookout for it. Thanks for the heads up.

Bluesman I don't know where you are in DE, but I live in the West Chester/Malvern PA area. The Wegman's in Malvern had it on tap last week. Not sure if they still have it.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Oktoberfest
« on: September 10, 2011, 08:23:48 PM »
The Bock is not a blend it is a recipe they produced regularly way back and discontinued except for occasional seasonal releases. It was reintroduced 3 years ago as a spring seasonal.

The Black and Tan is the blended beer. It is a blend of the Porter and Premium.
Hmmm.  The brewmaster at the Tampa brewery told me in early 2010 that they made up the Bock that year in the lab, meaning they blended their existing beers to formulate it. This year I think they made a new recipe. 
Black and Tan is indeed a blend of 68% to 32% Lager and Porter.
Maybe that is why the Bock tasted different to me last year. Perhaps they did it to cut costs and produce more to account for an  increase in demand?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Oktoberfest
« on: September 10, 2011, 02:33:14 PM »
The Bock is not a blend it is a recipe they produced regularly way back and discontinued except for occasional seasonal releases. It was reintroduced 3 years ago as a spring seasonal.

The Black and Tan is the blended beer. It is a blend of the Porter and Premium.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Yuengling Oktoberfest
« on: September 09, 2011, 09:20:24 PM »
Anyone else try this? I found this on tap yesterday and was excited to try it. I am a yuengling fan,is my family is from Schuylkill County PA.  I thought this was a decent representation of the style. It has a lot of the same characteristics as the Lager but more body and mouthfeel an d slightly sweeter. I did purchase some Spaten Oktoberfest for a comparison and limed the Spaten much better.

Here is a link with more info.

 http://mobile.pennlive.com/advpenn/pm_29242/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=Iw1AyI6s


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Loan Program for Start Up Breweries
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:20:02 PM »
When I toured the brewery last summer, they offered Boston Brick Red as part of the tasting. They brew this beer and only sell it on tap in Boston. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer are used to fund this loan program.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/48246

http://www.samueladams.com/btad/promotion.aspx?id=99b23798-b1ba-4440-994c-19c70b446810

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Equipment and Software / Re: Autosiphon with bad seal
« on: April 04, 2011, 06:48:30 PM »
It's sort of the reason I bought a plain ole stainless steel racking cane, got sick of the auto-siphon being stupid all the time.  To start a siphon, I just put a 3 or so inch larger piece of tubing over the end of my siphon hose, suck to get siphon going, allow it to run into a separate vessel while I clamp the hose.  Then, I either spray the end of the hose or let it sit in sanitizer for a bit before siphoning the rest into my fermenter or keg.  My mouth doesn't touch anything the beer touches, voila, siphon started. 

This is a good idea. My solution is to use a sanitized turkey baster to start the siphon, this way my mouth doesn't touch anything and I don't have to clamp the hose and sanitize anything else.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tap-a-Draft
« on: March 05, 2011, 08:12:24 PM »
Check out the Home Brew Talk/DIY forum. There is a lot of discussion regarding these in the form of the Miller/Coors home draft systems. Apparently, the home draft things are the same system as the Tap A Draft, but need to be modified in some way to re use them. I think it is much cheaper to buy one of those(invite some people over who don't know any better to drink the Miller Lite) and modify it versus buying a new Tap A Draft system. Just a thought, especially if you like to tinker with things.

Not trying to promote another forum, but I thought this info would be helpful.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Not Pretty, but mine
« on: January 26, 2011, 07:10:38 AM »
It's functional and that's really all that matters. I am in the process of converting my chest freezer and was planning to do the same thing. Keep the CO2 outside and run a manifold for two taps. Currently I am just using a cobra tap in there, I will get around to finishing it someday.....

For a cheap and easy drip tray I was planning to borrow this idea. Get a stainless drywall mud pan and seal the seams with silicone so it wont leak and attach it to the freezer with velcro tape.   

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle sterilization question
« on: January 25, 2011, 08:26:41 PM »
Agree with hokerer, just rinse the bottles immediately and they should not any more cleaning. Just sanitize them. I just run the bottles through my home dishwasher on its sanitizing rinse cycle, no detergent or rinse aid. I have not had any problems with this method.

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I have tried these four so far this year. Sierra Nevada Celebration, Anchor Christmas, Troegs Mad Elf and Rogue Santa's Private Reserve. My favorite has been the Rogue.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam Adams Infinium
« on: December 07, 2010, 11:32:45 AM »
Anyone try this yet? I just picked up a bottle today at Wegman's.($19.99)  Don't know when I'll drink it, but I will post a review when I do.

http://www.boston.com/ae/specials/culturedesk/2010/11/infinium_an_entirely_new_style.html

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Other Fermentables / Re: More Cider Questions?
« on: November 13, 2010, 02:11:30 PM »
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First question is how long should I leave it in the primary?

That's like asking a chef how long you should cook meat.  The correct answer is "until it's done".  Time can vary, so learn to recognize when it's finished.  The gravity stops changing, the yeast starts to floc out, and the cider gets brighter.  Could be a week or two, certainly I'd hope it is done within a month.  It probably won't be bright yet; cider takes longer than beer to clear.

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Will leaving it in the primary for an extended time produce any off flavors?

Possibly.  You run the risk of autolysis.  It's not a definite; you're dealing with probabilities.  It's not a good flavor, so it's worth avoiding.

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I have read that it will improve with aging.

Indeed it will, as long as nothing went off during the fermentation.  I like to age them at least 6 months, but that's me.  Nothing wrong with a year, certainly.

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I am not in a hurry to drink it and would probably save it until next fall, but would it be better to bulk age in a secondary fermenter or age in bottles? I do not keg and was not planning to carbonate.

Then I'd bulk age it somewhere cool in a secondary.  If you bottle it, it could carbonate on you if you misguessed that it was actually finished.  If you bulk age it, you can also adjust it to your taste prior to serving.  More options that way, as long as you have some place reasonable to store it and don't need the fermenter for something else.

Thanks for the advice Gordon. I was planning to check the gravity and will be able to visually see when the krausen, but I guess I was really concerned with how long I could  leave it in the primary before autolysis.  I don't typically do a secondary on any of my beers and usually give them approximately 3 weeks before I bottle. I guess I have to to tell the wife I need to buy another carboy.  ;)

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Other Fermentables / More Cider Questions?
« on: November 12, 2010, 09:18:29 PM »
I have been brewing for a little over a year now and wanted to try to make some cider.  I purchased three gallons of cider from a local orchard, it was pasteurized but no preservatives.  I dumped it into a carboy and pitched a packet of US-05, it was the only yeast I had readily available.

First question is how long should I leave it in the primary? 2 weeks? 1 month? 3 months? Will leaving it in the primary for an extended time produce any off flavors?

I have read that it will improve with aging.  I am not in a hurry to drink it and would probably save it until next fall, but would it be better to bulk age in a secondary fermenter or age in bottles? I do not keg and was not planning to carbonate.

Thanks for any advice

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http://cbs3.com/wireapnewsde/Rehoboth.Beach.brewer.2.1783882.html

According to this article it will air this fall 2010 but an exact date has not been set.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Silica Gel
« on: February 12, 2010, 08:59:01 PM »
I'm not concerned about maintaining a certain relative humidity level. (lower is better, ya know ;)) I just want to stop the resulting condensation from pooling into puddles in the bottom of the freezer. Extracting as much moisture from the air as possible is the goal.

This is the product I was talking about.

http://www.ultrapet.com/cats/trackless-litter-pearls

They are silica gel beads(just make sure you get unscented). A 7 lb bag is approx. $20. Cheaper than what I saw on other sites for bulk silica gel beads.

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