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Beer Recipes / Re: Smoked Ham on Rye with Mustard Beer
« on: May 16, 2014, 02:03:48 PM »
To me, the Briess cherry wood smoked malt is overly harsh and phenolic.  At 30% I would go with weyermann rauch (beech wood smoked) instead.  For more intense smoke I would replace all of the pils malt with the rauch malt.

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The Pub / Re: Help name some barrels
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:41:44 AM »
With four of them, it's tempting to name them pestilence, war, famine, and death.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Tapatalk rejecting password
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:09:36 AM »
Test 2

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Tapatalk rejecting password
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:07:29 AM »
Testing tapatalk

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:03:28 AM »
I had 2 of 4 packages mysteriously 'disappear' last winter. Thinking that they got confiscated by customs as you are not supposed to ship alcohol across the border, I am trying to come up with a different packaging. Root beer sounds good.
I have had beer freeze when shipping it in winter.  Then it thaws in the warehouse and makes a mess.  They have notified me, but thrown it away.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bootleg Biology Yeast Wrangler kit
« on: May 14, 2014, 11:44:30 PM »
http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shop/yeast-starters-and-lab-gear/yeastwrangler/

It's ~$20 worth of stuff repackaged and sold for 3x that.  However, keep in mind that you will need to buy larger quantities of stuff than you really need and you'll have to pay shipping, which will drive up your cost to above $60 for sure.  Plus you'll need to sterilize this stuff yourself, do you have a pressure cooker?  With that in mind I think it's not too bad of a deal.

On the other hand, if you are just interested in the tubes, agar, parafilm, and plates you can find that stuff on amazon.

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Order bias is a well known issue in tastings of any sort.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: local brew shop
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:59:52 AM »
Buying your base malt and hops in bulk would help. A pound of cascade should be about 10 and 55 pounds of 2 row about 40.
Maybe on your side of the Cascades Jim, but not around here.  More like $16 for the hops and $60+ for a 50 lb bag of domestic 2-row on this side.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:47:45 AM »
I have looked at a couple of the BNA NHC threads over there.

This one has to be corrected next to last [post.

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31664&start=32
The guy who said Disco Demolition was at Tiger Stadium has that all wrong. It was at Comisky Park in Chicago with a local DJ, Steve Dahl, as the master of cerimonies.

I didn't want to say anything about that to be polite.  I think it was between games of a double header with Cleveland.  The fans stormed the field and game two was a forfeit for Cleveland.
I never heard of it, but here is what the wikipedia page says:
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Disco Demolition Night was an ill-fated baseball promotion that took place on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. At the climax of the event, a crate filled with disco records was blown up on the field between games of the twi-night doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Many of those in attendance had come to see the explosion rather than the games and rushed onto the field after the detonation. The playing field was damaged both by the explosion and by the rowdy fans to the point where the White Sox were required to forfeit the second game of the doubleheader to the Tigers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mead Question
« on: May 11, 2014, 10:51:11 PM »
They're both right, you shouldn't need it and it wouldn't work anyway. :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Motueka Pacifica Ale
« on: May 11, 2014, 04:56:02 PM »
I've never used Optic, Pacifica, or Motueka.  But the Summit should be thrown in the trash immediately. ;D

Do you normally oak in primary?  I haven't tried that.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Beer Recipe ideas for WLP045 (whiskey yeast)
« on: May 11, 2014, 01:09:06 AM »
For what it's worth, whiskey makers I have spoken to use beer yeast to ferment the wash, not whiskey yeast.  One guy likes 1056.  I didn't get to try his whiskey, but his rum won an award at the distillers competition they just had in Seattle.

This is true, though there are certainly many distilleries that have their own personal strain. Jack Daniels, for one.
I'm not surprised.  These were newish microdistillers I was talking to, I imagine lots of people do things differently.

Most of the guys at the home distillation  forum recommend the chico strain especially to beginners. Back "in the day" some of the distilleries in Tennessee and Kentucky used to let you actually taste their krausen on ferments depending on what tour you were on. Wish I had gotten me a few samples. Non do that any longer that I have seen.
Have you ever tasted the krausen on any of your beers?  i can't say I have, but I imagine it would be bitter and nasty.  But without hops in the ferment maybe it is more pleasant.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Beer Recipe ideas for WLP045 (whiskey yeast)
« on: May 10, 2014, 12:14:52 AM »
For what it's worth, whiskey makers I have spoken to use beer yeast to ferment the wash, not whiskey yeast.  One guy likes 1056.  I didn't get to try his whiskey, but his rum won an award at the distillers competition they just had in Seattle.

This is true, though there are certainly many distilleries that have their own personal strain. Jack Daniels, for one.
I'm not surprised.  These were newish microdistillers I was talking to, I imagine lots of people do things differently. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lager starter question
« on: May 08, 2014, 11:02:23 PM »
The way to give the yeast more food is make a larger starter, not make it stronger.  Do two vials in 2L, or even 3L if you can control the foam.  Or you can just do one vial in the starter and direct pitch the second vial.  But for best yeast health, keep the starter around 1.036.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Beer Recipe ideas for WLP045 (whiskey yeast)
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:55:02 PM »
For what it's worth, whiskey makers I have spoken to use beer yeast to ferment the wash, not whiskey yeast.  One guy likes 1056.  I didn't get to try his whiskey, but his rum won an award at the distillers competition they just had in Seattle.

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