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All Things Food / Re: Why buy a 22" WSM
« on: September 13, 2017, 04:26:06 PM »
Bigger is better.

My ceramic grill is 18.5" by 25".  I can start the wood and charcoal, get the temperature set around 200-225, and not have to check the temperature for 6-8 hours at a time with this bad boy.


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Ingredients / Re: Cascade wet hops
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:13:21 AM »
Dry them for a couple of days and then use them for dry hopping.

That's what I am planning to do with the Cascade wet hop ale I brewed yesterday.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt liquor question
« on: September 05, 2017, 02:28:44 PM »
I vote for "none of the above".

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Ingredients / Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« on: August 28, 2017, 01:45:39 PM »
I burn through the Avangard pilsner malt much fast than any other.  I brew a lot of lagers and Belgians, so that explains that.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing yeast shortcuts
« on: August 28, 2017, 10:45:00 AM »
When I save a yeast cake from a primary to reuse later, I dump a can of cheap factory beer (like PBR) into the fermentor to swirl around and get into solution, then pour it into a sanitized growler.  The yeast and beer will then separate, leaving the yeast under a safe blanket of beer with little to no flavor.  Its all ready to go when I add  oxygenated starter wort to it when I am ready to brew.

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The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 27, 2017, 12:51:49 PM »
My wife and I drove down to West Yellowstone the day before and got a hotel room.....for $350!  Yikes!

But it was well worth it.  We headed west on U.S. 20 aiming for Ashton, Idaho.  Shortly outside of Island Park, we hit terrible traffic.  With her phone, the wife found a gravel road that we turned off on, and drove for 25 miles.  That in itself was pretty cool.  I was glad I took the pickup and not the car.

Yes, I agree that it isn't worth bothering unless its total.

One note of interest, though. One of my friends who stayed home went fishing during the eclipse.  He said the trout bit like crazy during it, he hooked 5 nice ones.

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The Pub / Re: The t test, p values, and a bit of history
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:20:23 PM »
Like Denny, I am old, but unlike Denny, I do not screw around or care about experiments.

However, when I hit a home run, I am willing to share the details.

BREW PACMAN'S BLACK WIDOW KOLSCH, ONLY SWAP OUT THE HONEY MALT FOR MELANOIDIN.

If one brewer pays attention to the above, then my work is done.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Common Keg Leaks
« on: August 22, 2017, 08:11:55 PM »
I believe the o-rings under the gas in and liquid out dip tubes are the biggest culprits. YMMV


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

The gas in has been my number one culprit.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pliny the Elder
« on: August 15, 2017, 05:31:17 PM »
FWIW, the hop bill has changed over the year, while the grains and sugar addition has been pretty much constant.

Here is the hop bill from 2006.

Chinook leaf 13% 1.5 oz. Mash Hop (Yes, another old recipe, but it was Russian River's at the time)
Warrior pellet 15.6% 2.75 oz. 90 min
Columbus leaf 14.3% 0.5 oz. 90 min
Simcoe pellet 12.0% 1 oz. 45 min
Cententiial leaf 9.1% 2.25 0 min
Simcoe pellet 12.0% 1 oz. 0 min
Columbus leaf 14.3% 1 oz. dry
Centennial leaf 9.1% 0.75 oz. dry
Simcoe leaf 12.0% 1.25 oz. dry

I have brewed this version a couple of times and loved it.  Tried the newer 2012 recipe once, and did not like it as much - a little more dank than the original.

That calculated to about 235 IBUs, which freaked people out.

But it is awfully good.  The only issue with the recipe is the amount of wort absorbed by the hops.  As later recipes noted, I scaled up to 8 gallons, in order to collect 5.  Wretched excess. But quite wonderful.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oregon Nut Brown Ale
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:49:01 AM »
Thanks Denny.

Googling a bit, I see I was off by a few years.  It was actually 1993!

http://roguechocolatestout.blogspot.com/2008/02/tasting-1993-oregon-nut-brown-bottle-in.html

No wonder I can't find a recipe for this.  It predates when Al Gore invented the internet!  ;D

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Beer Recipes / Re: Oregon Nut Brown Ale
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:44:58 AM »
Ahh...okay.  I was scratching my head at the 1/2 teaspoon of extract, but then I read the note at the end about Northwestern extract, which I have never heard of.

The original recipe called for the sort you would add to a late, like Torani.  I know it was a lot more than a 1/2 teaspoon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pliny the Elder
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:40:47 AM »
FWIW, the hop bill has changed over the year, while the grains and sugar addition has been pretty much constant.

Here is the hop bill from 2006.

Chinook leaf 13% 1.5 oz. Mash Hop (Yes, another old recipe, but it was Russian River's at the time)
Warrior pellet 15.6% 2.75 oz. 90 min
Columbus leaf 14.3% 0.5 oz. 90 min
Simcoe pellet 12.0% 1 oz. 45 min
Cententiial leaf 9.1% 2.25 0 min
Simcoe pellet 12.0% 1 oz. 0 min
Columbus leaf 14.3% 1 oz. dry
Centennial leaf 9.1% 0.75 oz. dry
Simcoe leaf 12.0% 1.25 oz. dry

I have brewed this version a couple of times and loved it.  Tried the newer 2012 recipe once, and did not like it as much - a little more dank than the original.

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Beer Recipes / Oregon Nut Brown Ale
« on: August 15, 2017, 08:04:15 AM »
Many years ago, Zymurgy published a recipe for Oregon Nut Brown Ale, that was served at the annual AHA convention/NHC.  I believe it was held in Portland, late 1990s /early 2000s.  I brewed it years ago and liked it a lot.  Going to look in my hard drive to see if I had the recipe, I found a corrupt Word Perfect file with it that had most of it.  Here's what I have, from the recovered file, for 5 gallons:

7 lb. pale 2-row
1 lb. pale 2-row, toasted at 375F for 40 min
1/2 lb. Victory
1/4 lb. Caravienne
1/4 lb. Biscuit
1/2 lb. crystal 10L
1/2 lb. crystal 80L
1/8 lb. crystal 120L
1/8 lb. Special B
1/8 lb. chocolate malt
2 lb. light DME
1/4 lb. brown sugar
1.5 oz. Whitbread Goldings 7.7% boil
60 min 0.5 oz. EKG 6.4% aroma 5 min

132F for 20 min, 154F for 2 hours. OG 1.076 FG 1.024

This is where the file turns into gibberish.  What is missing is the amount of hazelnut extract that was added to the secondary.  I know there are a few old timers here, any one have this recipe and recall the amount?  I am thinking 1/4 oz.  or so, but I can't remember.

P.S.  Yes its an old recipe, no need to make fun of the mash schedule.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Fire Season Honey Wheat
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:09:59 AM »
"I can get a really nice local honey with  really nice depth of flavor." 

Not surprising, since Missoula is surrounded by fields of knapweed, a noxious weed that makes for awesome honey.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Great find!
« on: July 30, 2017, 08:50:29 PM »
Congratulations.  You are all doing your best to ruin what was once a fine hobby.  ;)

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