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Beer Travel / Re: Drinking my way through the Carribean
« on: August 16, 2015, 10:48:16 AM »
My wife and I are taking an anniversary cruise next week, so I will be on the lookout for more new caribbean beers.

The first stop is cozumel, where I will be looking for a beer called Leon, which is a Munich style beer. I'm guessing o-fest or dunkel.

Second stop is in grand cayman where I am taking a tour of the Cayman Islands Brewery. I'm looking forward to trying their 345 stout.

Finally we are going to Montego Bay, Jamaica, which means Red Stripe.

On the cruise ship, I will try out the red frog beer. Maybe other caribbean beers if they have any at the pub.


Any news on how this beer is fermenting? I haven't done anything with mine since I pitched the WLP644. I'm getting a bit anxious for this one.


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I'm thinking about using either a Belgian or Brett strain. Maybe  WLP644? What do you guys think?

Beer Travel / Drinking my way through the Carribean
« on: March 28, 2015, 08:09:58 AM »
Last time I was in the Caribbean, the only non-yellow craft beer I could find was Lion Stout.

The yellow beers that I had were all very good. I remember being impressed with the freshness of the beers. Not once, did I get a skunky beer. I had Presidente, Medalla (sp?), Wadadli, Wadadli Gold, and Belikin Premium.

I may do some bottling once i get some spring cleaning done. After the rye stout and the cider get in bottles, I will transfer my heady topper into secondary with the first round of dry hops. Finally, I need to degas my tupelo mead and add some more yeast nutrient.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:09:01 PM »
I have been waiting for over a month to have enough time to brew my heady topper inspired DIPA. I used the recipe from Off The Topper, but I subbed golden promise for the pearl. 

While I was stirring the mash, I pulled the braid out of the valve.  Luckily I had another tun that I could pour the mash into once I realized why I wasn't able to collect the first runnings.  The brewday went much more smoothly after that.

Now that I have this batch in the fermenter, I'm kind of itching to brew a batch of Pliny.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belma in a HellesBock?
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:44:54 AM »
I have used it four times. The first two had belma in fwh, late-boil, and dry hop. There was a bit of the strawberry-melon flavor while the beers were young. That faded away pretty quickly.  Since those two beers, I have used them as bittering hops and have been happy with that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anything Brewing 2day kids?
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:49:06 PM »
I am planning on brewing an IPA with all New Zealand hops (Waimea, Wai-iti, and Kohatu). This will be the first time I've used those hops.

I don't quite have the hop schedule figured out yet. I'm leaning toward: 1.5 oz clean bittering hop, 1 oz each NZ hops at 10, 1 oz each of NZ hops at flameout, 2 oz each Kohatu and Wai-iti for dry hop.

I also plan on making a starter for the Off The Topper recipe from Northern Brewer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: S-33
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:02:51 PM »
I have used it in a dark mild and a nut brown ale. I thought it was a decent yeast. It didn't seem to be as fruity as most other English strains. The most important thing to note is that the attenuation will be lower than most other yeasts.

General Homebrew Discussion / Is -20 too cold to brew?
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:31:09 PM »
It's up to -14 outside, and 9 degrees in my garage since the burner has been going. I am brewing Denny's BVIP and have named it Polar Vortex in honor of the weather phenomenon that has given us this fine day.

What temperature is too cold for you to brew?


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Ingredients / Re: NZ Pacifica SMASH or APA?
« on: August 31, 2013, 05:55:41 PM »
I've only used it once in a rye IPA.  It was one of the best beers that I've brewed lately.  If you're familiar with Denny's Wry Smile, I subbed the pacifica for the Mt Hood, and Simcoe for the Columbus.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove Jack's Dry Yeast
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:34:25 PM »
Haven't tried them yet, but I am looking forward to trying the west coast and the two English strains.


Events / AHA Rally at Summit Brewing April 21st THIS SUNDAY
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:12:51 AM »
Will you be there? 


Beer Travel / Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« on: March 25, 2013, 06:35:15 AM »
I visited brewpub in Mc Gregor IA. It is small town on missisipy. There is a small casino in the area.

Beer was great. Food was good and service was questionable.

As soon as I read the thread title, I was going to post about this very brewpub.  The name of the brewpub is Old Man River  They are not open year-round, so if you attempt to contact them, they may not respond right away.  I definitely agree with Thirsty Monk in regards to the beer being excellent.  I didn't eat while there, so I can't comment on the food.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Anybody familiar with BRY-97 by lallemand?
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:52:32 PM »
I was very happy with this yeast in a smash APA.  I have an IPA that will be bottled this weekend that also used this yeast.

It's a clean american dry yeast.  To my taste, it's fairly close to Pacman yeast. 


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