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All Grain Brewing / Re: Where did the flavor go?
« on: November 18, 2017, 07:12:05 PM »
I have a beer on with 566. I’m not that impressed with it. Same beer with Imperial Rustic is much better.
Beat me to it. The only time I used 566 it tasted more like a Kolsch. I have one finishing with Rustic and 565. 565 is still my favorite.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old WLP033 Klassic
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:20:23 PM »
I still call that fresh. Make a starter and use it. It would have to be way past that for me to consider tossing it.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning my pump, mold.
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:32:28 PM »
Guess I will have to look at that. I run hot pbw through it. Then a quick run of saniclean and call it good. Leave the valves open and let it air dry. Thanks


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I too have brewed this with different bourbons. JB Black, Makers, and Old Forrester.  I’m doing another in the next 2 weeks. I’m splitting a 10 gallon batch with Early Times and Basil Hayden. I’m making the Basil Hayden for someone else. I used to think the bourbon didn’t matter, but it does. I did not like the Old Forrester.


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Wow, Basil Hayden is some fairly spendy stuff.  Good thing you don't need a whole lot of it!  I have a batch ready to rack onto beans now.  My 1450 was not ready, so I went with WY1728 Scottish Ale on this one.  We'll see how it turns out.  I plan to do another batch with 1450 once I grow enough yeast.
I’ve never been one to spend on bourbon. He brought me the Basil. I’ll drink what is left. I can’t wait for this beer to be ready.


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Make you a starter and it will be perfect.


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I too have brewed this with different bourbons. JB Black, Makers, and Old Forrester.  I’m doing another in the next 2 weeks. I’m splitting a 10 gallon batch with Early Times and Basil Hayden. I’m making the Basil Hayden for someone else. I used to think the bourbon didn’t matter, but it does. I did not like the Old Forrester.


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Ingredients / Re: What makes a good bittering hop?
« on: October 31, 2017, 10:27:37 AM »
 I generally use Nugget for IPA. Magnum for lager and smooth bitterness.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: A Sneak Peek
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:35:17 AM »
Tower is my favorite way to go. Looks nice, I’ll wait for the write up for the size of the freezer. I like it.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 26, 2017, 05:58:00 PM »
"Mositracoe" IPA. An awesome beer. The changes I've slowly made to my process, recipe, and water chemistry have produced an IPA that holds hop character much longer than ever and is just better than IPAs I can find - anywhere. Rarely even bother to buy them anymore. Pretty psyched.   :)



Jon that looks like something I need. I’ve not bought an IPA in a long time. Most are just hohum.
Nice!  Thanks for the bill too. I just got a bunch of those hops a couple weeks ago.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 14, 2017, 05:36:54 PM »
So how do we take all these opinions and ideas and turn them into something positive?
I’m not sure Denny. I think these things kind of work themselves out. Maybe some of the ones that left because of the crap will return. It is hard to believe that Homebrew can bring out the d**k.  I get passionate, but not that.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 14, 2017, 05:31:22 PM »
So how do we take all these opinions and ideas and turn them into something positive?
Everyone should remember the rule “Don’t be a dick”.
Wish more modern day folks followed this advice.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 13, 2017, 01:12:24 PM »
I was a very regular reader and frequent commenter here, until the lodo arguments began. It ruined the atmosphere and friendly discussion

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I agree with this. I remember years ago on the NB forum when I started, there was none of this negativity. I then moved to HBT and got sick of the negativity. I learned a lot from both places. I built my rig and learned the basics on the process. I came here and was blown away with the technical information here. It was like everyone was way past me and eager to share. Then it became this model of quicksand. The more you read, the higher your boots needed to be. You had to stop the crap from running in.  I think of all the people here that I never see posting anymore. People that had polite information to share. When the interactions became toxic, people hit the road. It isn’t only here, it is everywhere anymore. There is little respect anymore. Guess people needed my mother. A wack on the back of the thigh with her riding crop.....yup, it brought out a lot of yes sir, no ma’am. Sometimes it is hard to ignore. I used to use the Brewing forum for relaxation. Everyone has different goals and processes. It is YOUR goal as a brewer that is important. Everyone doesn’t strive for 48 Point beers on every batch. I’ve leaned a ton from the LODO topic. I don’t remember getting smashed because I fly sparge while on the NB forum. I almost didn’t renew my AHA membership. I renewed because this great hobby is in decline. Negativity will not grow it. Hobbies peak and fall, just look at golf. I can only hope the negativity can fall by the wayside.
PS, I’m drinking the absolute worst Kolsch I’ve made in years. There is joy in drinking my oxidized mistake. I don’t dump these beers I’ve made. I give them to friend that think they are fantastic. This leads me to my long and meandering point. No matter what you make, enjoy the damn hobby. Stop the nonsense!  You can stop by for a mouthful of oxidation. We can politely discuss how to never do an infusion step again.
As you were.......


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 28, 2017, 07:09:03 PM »
Oktoberfest has officially started here.  My keg of Vienna Lager went down so a keg of festbier has taken its place.  This is by far the best Oktoberfest Lager I have ever made.  65% Swaen Pils, 35% Avangard dark munich, 28 IBU of Magnum for 30 minutes and the Omega Bayern / Augustiner yeast.  This will now be my permanent recipe for this style.  Outstanding.  Time for dancing steins of foamy festbier.  :D


Awesome and tastes great I bet.


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I used to bottle an absolute chit ton of beer. I never put the priming sugar in the bucket first. I would transfer to the bucket, get an accurate volume reading, then weigh and make my primer. I never cooled my sugar, always dextrose, and dumped it into the beer. I would gently stir with my sanitized spoon. I stirred it to be fast enough to make good movement in a circular up and down motion with the spoon. I then would lid the bucket and let it sit while I would sanitize all bottles with my Vinator. I had my wand attached to my bucket w a 2" piece of tubing and it was on the base cabinet. I would then fill 12 and cap. I never had an issue once. I'm guessing I bottled well over a 100 cases like this. Maybe more detailed than you wanted, but it worked for me. I think the time between the stir and StarSan might help with primer distribution.


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Beer Recipes / Re: cream ale
« on: September 20, 2017, 04:03:13 PM »
You may want to look into a Kentucky Common style beer because, from the description of your desires, it's in the ballpark (though usually a KC is not too high ABV). fwiw
Beat me to this!


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