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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:48:28 AM »
Kuhnhenn's makes a creme brulee' stout that is a-maze-ing.
So does southern tier. It's somewhere around $10 a bomber. Too much for me to risk it.
It's well worth the $10.  A little on the sweet side, but fantastic for a nightcap
Agreed, great beer.  Sweet and strong, so it would be hard to drink 22 oz by yourself, that's why ...
bring a friend

Luckily the wife enjoys beer as much as I do so we go splits on the bombers  ;)

Quite the tangent on a beer scoring thread

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:42:42 PM »
Kuhnhenn's makes a creme brulee' stout that is a-maze-ing.

So does southern tier. It's somewhere around $10 a bomber. Too much for me to risk it.

It's well worth the $10.  A little on the sweet side, but fantastic for a nightcap

The Pub / Re: Happy St Pat!
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:05:38 AM »
I had a Guinness with dinner.  That was the extent of my celebration.  I probably should've had the home brew coffee stout I have bottled, but was just feeling the lighter Guinness at the time

Going Pro / Re: So You Think You Want to Open a Brewery...
« on: March 10, 2014, 08:32:46 PM »
There are days that I'm too busy and have to push back homebrewing!  As cool as the idea has always seemed whilst drinking a homebrew you have to be all in and that takes a different kind of person.  Plus with all of the new breweries opening lately its just that much harder to make something distinctive.

The Pub / Re: What your favorite beer says about you
« on: March 03, 2014, 04:05:57 PM »
I think my favorite was..

Dubbel: A-hole
Trippel: Bigger A-hole
Quad: Oddly, a really nice guy

 ;D ;D ;D

Definitely my favorite too.  I love strong Belgians and trippels the least, so I guess that's good for me

The Pub / Re: RIP Harold Ramis
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:59:49 PM »
Favorite was when he was the dean in Orange County and they mistakenly gave him ecstasy.

"Sean, you are my same height. That is neat"


Love it for a later movie.  I wore out the VHS of Ghostbusters when I was a kid, then once I was old enough to understand a little more humor (and awesome naked breasts.......RIP John Candy on that note) Stripes!  "C'mon, rhythm! Hut, 2, 3, 4. Black guys help the white guys..."

The Pub / Re: 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be aware of
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:50:19 PM »
This brings to light a few things you don't normally think about.  I'll probably forward this on to my wife, who likes craft beer as much as me (hell...she bought me my original membership!).  The over consumption can definitely be a problem too.  Whether it's lunch or dinner you may think 2 beers with a meal is safe, but that catches up quickly.  I usually limit myself to 1 regardless of ABV, but that's more about cops in my area being a little crazy than actual safety.  The second (and third ;) ) are usually homebrews once I'm comfortable at home.

The Pub / Re: !@#$ weather!
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:40:32 PM »
That is a pretty weak selection if you had to settle for Cold Snap.  I just had it in the Spring mix 12 pack and it was my least favorite.  Hopefully they don't delay you much longer and if they do hopefully there is a better airport bar or restaurant

Ingredients / Re: Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:45:48 AM »
You guys buying grocery store coffee are missing out on good, quality roasted beans the way guys buying Shocktop are missing out on good craft beer. There is nothing better that a good cup of coffee from a quality roaster. Find one in your area and only resort to Starbucks or worse if they are closed when you remember you need coffee.

Yeah I see what you're saying here.  I usually laugh when someone puts Shock Top in the "craft" category.  I'll do my local duty and grab some Jittery Joes (used in Terrapin Wake N Bake) next time I'm in Athens

Ingredients / Re: Growing your own
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:43:52 PM »
Looks great man!  I'm about to order a few hop rhizomes and see how they fare in the GA humidity, but I'm not sure I could produce enough barley to be worthwhile.

Ingredients / Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:40:06 PM »
I've done the "Addicted Coffee Stout" recipe from Zymurgy Sep/Oct 2012 3 times now with some slight variations (one with substitute hops, one with an extra pound of 2-row, because it was the remainder of a 50 lb bag).  The other big variable I'm curious about is what everyone uses for their coffee in these beers?

I used average Kroger beans and Eight O'Clock French Vanilla beans and done the cold brew toddy added to the secondary both times.  My vote goes for the Eight O'Clock!  The subtle vanilla kick was an excellent addition!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold crash vs Secondary
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:28:15 PM »
Here's the only problem with secondary: oxidation. Contamination shouldn't be an issue if you are sanitary. But oxidation, even if it doesn't ruin a beer, changes a beer. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a secondary (or make shift Bright Beer Tanks) as long as you rid the o2 and transfer to an o2 free environment. If you can't do that it is definitely not worth the risk.

On the commercial level when I brew I dump yeast via a conical then fine and mix the fining agent either by whirl pool via pump and racking arm or "large" co2 bubbles. Then dump again after a couple days and rack to BBT and fine again. Then dump and the beer is clear.

On homebrew level I ferment in 15 gallon sankes. When fermentation is finished I rack to another 15 gallon o2 purged sanke and fine in there. Before racking I just blow out the yeast in the tube. Then I carb in that BBT and then purge yeast once more and run that bright beer off into kegs.

So, if you are going for bright beer you can see that kegging and using Co2 makes like a lot easier along with a good fining agent. Best bet if you are going to use a secondary is to purge that vessel with Co2. Otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you really "refermented" in that vessel to scrub o2.

Thanks for the info.......however, reading this makes me feel like a caveman in my processes.  It just goes to show the difference in making a good homebrew and a great, consistent craft brew.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: September 05, 2013, 06:21:28 AM »
"More Than Words" - Extreme

That one was just set up too easy

All Grain Brewing / Re: Cooler for all grain
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:04:38 AM »
The Igloo is BPA free

FWIW, all coolers I know of are made with HDPE and they're all BPA free.

I don't doubt that most modern coolers are BPA free (especially the nicer marine & Extreme ones), but some of the cheaper coolers I looked at ($20 range) just seemed super thin and sketchy.  I guess if it isn't a matter of leaching it could affect the temperature regulation.  That's good to know though Denny, because I'm close to upgrading for being able to handle larger batches.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Cooler for all grain
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:49:11 AM »
I use the Igloo 5-Gallon round cooler.  It's easy to replace the spout with a ball valve and I built a false bottom out of CPVC.  I was really nervous about how flimsy the interior of  some of the rectangular coolers were because I didn't want something that was going to leech out anything toxic during mashing.  The Igloo is BPA free and I haven't had any issues with capacity (even on higher gravity Belgians and Imperials), but if you want more capacity or are running 10-gallon batches Igloo makes a 10-gallon version.

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