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Ingredients / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: November 03, 2013, 12:10:55 AM »
You should be fine doubling the dry hops. No worries.

Attending the Magic City Brewfest in Birmingham tonight, then brewing up a Saison tomorrow.  Should be a great beer weekend!

Beer Travel / Re: Leipzig/Dresden beers
« on: January 23, 2013, 03:05:42 PM »
I'll keep an eye out for that one Tom.  Unfortunately, I've made a homebrew or two in my day that could be appropriately served there!  ;D

Beer Travel / Leipzig/Dresden beers
« on: January 22, 2013, 08:08:23 PM »
I'm traveling to Germany with work next week and will be able to take a short side trip to Leipzig & Dresden. Maybe a day in Leipzig and a couple days in Dresden.  Besides trying a Gose in Leipzig, are there any can't miss beers I should go out of my way to try while I'm in those cities?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry hopping noob
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:18:38 PM »
Amounts are really a personal preference.  For me, 4oz per 5 gallons is my max and I LOVE hop flavor/aroma.  My personal opinion is you really start getting diminishing returns over 3oz per 5g.

Sound like a great experiment for you and a good excuse to brew more beer  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alabama Beer Success
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:01:11 PM »

The laws here in the south still need some work, but these steps are signs of progress.  Props to Free the Hops in AL and Raise your Pints in MS for all their hard work to change antiquated laws.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Swamp Cooler Lagering
« on: July 30, 2012, 12:42:32 PM »
Thanks for posting this.  I have recently made a swamp cooler part of my summer process for ales and it's made me wonder about using it for lagering. 

I have a fridge for this purpose, but between finished kegs, cold crashing, etc. it's been a constraint to have it at tied up at lager fermentation temps for an extended period of time. 

Using the swamp cooler for ales was surprisingly easy and consistent so now I am looking forward giving it a shot with my next lager.

It's big brew weekend for me, so this week is all about growing copious amounts of yeast. 

We'll be doing a 10g Oktoberfest and a 10g FarmHouse Saison.

For the Oktoberfest, I'm doing a yeast comparision to perfect this recipe.  I'll split the batch and use WL Oktoberfest in half and WY Baviarian Lager in the other half.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:44:44 PM »
I'm a skimmer as well, but I'm not obsessive about it. 

My experience is similar to Gordon's.  I feel like it keeps the risk of boilovers down and I want that gunk out one way or another.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs German Lager X
« on: June 25, 2012, 02:32:30 PM »
Ditto for me.  Wondering if it may be worth a try in this year's batch of Oktoberfest.

Going to make my second attempt at decoction.  This time with a Hefeweizen. 

I also plan on hitting a tap room or two in the thriving metropolis of Birmingham, AL Friday night.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:02:47 PM »
Happy Shiny People - REM

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 20, 2012, 12:18:26 AM »
Move over - Steppenwolf

Ingredients / Re: Sanitizing pecans
« on: May 18, 2012, 02:03:18 PM »
I think that I'll be OK with a toasted flavor, but it is an experiment, so we'll see.  I'm just not sure how hot and how long it will take to kill most of the nasties that are probably on the pecans.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:32:48 PM »
Forever Young - Rod Stewart

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