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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Another Starter Question
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:28:55 AM »
Thanks all. I think I am just frustrated thinking back about my first 3 batches from kits from the 2 stores. All came with only 1 pack of yeast, even the Pliny Clone. Was never really happy with any of those 3, am plan on revisiting with all the knowledge I have gleaned from this forum!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help with Hazelnut Brown Ale
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:26:32 AM »
Thanks Denny! Looks great!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Help with Hazelnut Brown Ale
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:49:25 AM »
Thanks for the prompt response Pinski, I found links about that kit on here, was just wondering if the breweries are getting the same result without the extract, just from grist, hops, and yeast?

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Beer Recipes / Help with Hazelnut Brown Ale
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:36:30 AM »
I am looking to make a hazelnut brown ale. I have tried Rogue's and a local offering. My question is the hazelnut flavor. The Rogue website claims 14 ingredients in their version and hazelnut extract is not listed. For the local brew, I have an approximate malt bill and know the yeast. I am wondering if the flavor comes solely from the malt and yeast then, or is the recipe in need of extra help for that flavor. Rogue lists: "2-Row, Munich, C15, C75, C120, Kiln Coffee, Brown and Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution™ & Independent™ Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast." And the local says it is 2 Row, Dark wheat, Honey malt, and chocolate malt. No percentages listed either, so i am planning on several small batches to try to get it right. Any thoughts on the hazelnut flavor would be most helpful

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Yeast and Fermentation / Another Starter Question
« on: April 16, 2014, 10:21:44 AM »
From everything I have read here, and in my own limited experience, starters are beneficial for fermentation. I am wondering why LHBS store owners and employees still question the need for starters. I have been to 2 different shops and received the same blah response about starters. In one store, I was told that 1056 is a crazy good yeast that will get through almost any 5 gallon batch... I could understand if they were pushing for the purchase of another smack pack, but they keep saying the one pack is plenty. General opinion here is pitch according to wort needs( I am aided by beersmith for the appropriate size to pitch) and I just wonder if anyone else sees the same issues at LHBS. At both stores, the employee or owner in question is also a brewer with good reputation in the area. I do not plan to stop using starters, as i have seen great results pitching properly, I just dont understand why the people out there selling the product dont understand its limitations and best handling procedures. Any thoughts folks?

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Frank Laske
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:48:14 AM »
Thanks Denny, and Thanks for all your advice. Just really noticed this section on the forum, and decided it was time to get my info up there, after being on here for the last 6 months. My work days have never been so fun or informative. Oops here comes the boss(my girlfriend)! back to work.

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Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio: Frank Laske
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:34:41 AM »
Who Are You (please include a picture): Frank Laske
Home Town (City, State): Lawrenceburg, IN
Homebrew Club: Not yet, planning on joining "The Bloatarian Brewing League" in Cincinnati
I've been a homebrewer since: June of 2013
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? Remember to test everything that you change. I changed the output tubing on my Denny style mash tun... The new tubing did not allow for a proper seal and my strike water poured right out as I poured it in. I did not notice until it started splashing my feet. Luckily, I add strike then mash in, rather than adding strike to grist. That brewday got postponed for 2 weeks due to time constraints and store bought water down the drain
What is your favorite style(s) to brew? I love brewing and drinking IPAs
What style(s) will you never brew? Nothing comes to mind, but I have yet to brew a lager, they will be forthcoming
What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out? It was an IPA kit from LHBS. I liked it, but would not buy in a store  ??? Friends and family seemed to like it though
Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? Not yet, just mistakes, lol
What is your favorite beer recipe? I really liked the batch of Evil Twin from Jamil's Mr Malty
Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging? Not a judge, but see it in my future
Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world?
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc?
Describe your brew system. Denny style mash tun in a 50 quart Coleman, 30 qt pot on a Bayou classic burner. BruGear 15 gallon induction kettle due in June: cant wait to make bigger batches!
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? Roughly once per month, time permitting
What is your favorite malt?  Why? Have not used much out of the ordinary, sitting on a sack of Briess 2 row that I am enjoying brewing with and tasting
What is your favorite hop? Why? Most used so far are Amarillo and Centennial, love the flavors each brings to my brews
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast? First 3-4 batches were all US 04, last several were all WLP 001. love that 001
Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?
What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer?
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him?
Can you send a picture or two of some labels you've created for your homebrew? No labels, every bottle in a Stone 22oz bomber, with a couple of LHBS bought 12s to round out each batch
What's the most unusual ingredient you've ever used in a brew? Nothing unusual yet, but in the works is a Hazelnut Double Brown
Do you have any pets or kids named after beer styles or ingredients? No
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? None entered yet
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? Generally alone, had an out of town assistant for one batch: My father loved the whole process and the beer even more!
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? Outdoors or in the basement garage in winter
List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite? Nothing creative yet, just styles so far
Thanks for all the input and answers from all on here who have made my brews better and brew days more fun!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kids and Homebrew
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:53:43 AM »
The 3 kids in our household are old enough to stay away from the fermenting beer. The oldest (16) is not involved with the process at all, and I'm fine with that. The 10 year old puts the bottles through the vinator on bottling day, I fill, and the 13 year old caps the bottles for me. We only have them every other week, so if I bottle when they are not around, they are not happy. Nobody wants to contribute to brew day though and I'm fine with that, as it has become "My Thing" Overall, I like when they are around and am glad they are old enough to be responsible around the works in progress. The destruction they wreak on the rest of the household has not yet reached into my brew world thank goodness!

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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:02:08 PM »
Many thanks to Katie Werbil and Dawn for watching the kids while we took the birthday girl out on the town!


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Beer Travel / Chicago
« on: April 11, 2014, 08:26:32 PM »
Had the French dip, great stuff. Had a zombie dust draft and a bottle of The Sixth Glass, both just great. Wishing my head cold would go away so I could have another brew


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Edit: then we cabbed it back to Hackney's for a nightcap. I tried Solemn Oath's "Death by Vikings DIPA" loved it. Another fun little stop

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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 11, 2014, 07:30:19 PM »
Thanks all. We walked to Miller's pub from S Clark street. Great ambiance, awesome beer selection. Getting ready to order some food. Out local host agrees they have great food, so I can't wait. Thanks again!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Weekend Brewing 4/11/14
« on: April 11, 2014, 04:50:45 AM »
No brewing this weekend. Getting a starter going for an experimental batch of brown ale. Attempting to get close to a local brew...
Then I have to figure out how to brew on Easter weekend: family tutorial for all interested family members? Maybe it's too much of a reach...


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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:11:46 PM »
Just checked Miller's beer menu out online. Very impressive! Hoping we can make it there


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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:31:07 PM »
Thanks BrewingRover! Anything besides a Rock Bottom( we have one nearby in Cincy) sounds great. The kid friendly recs are also very helpful. The 10 year old will also certainly like the ride as well!


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Ingredients / Re: Favorite Flavor/Aroma Hops for AIPAs
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:40:34 AM »
As stated in bittering comments, I have only made 3 IPA's so far. The Pliny clone(extract kit) with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial was the clear choice among friends, but I like my all first all grain attempt at style with Amarillo and Cascade best for flavor so far. Cant wait to expand my hop experiences with all the other wonderful hops you all recommend here!

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