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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: May 03, 2015, 03:33:37 PM »

Brewer: Frank (frankenbrew)
Belgian golden strong ale
Proper fill
Aroma: Sweet I swear i smell honey (I reviewed before reading the recipe)
Appearance: Golden solid color with a nice 1/8" thick head.
Flavor: Sweet with caramel note almost feels like a toffee bar.
Mouth feel: full body beer bold flavor.
Overall impression: As im not familiar with this style beer I will say this would b a good beer by the fire in the middle of winter. Sweet tasting, different for my pallet as im a hop head. Didn't detect any flaws this is a solid beer and quite potent i may add. I think i could drink a few of these!!! Nice beer Frank!! Looking forward to the others.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: May 01, 2015, 07:11:26 AM »
Ive never had a three floyds beer. Never seem to find it! But I keep looking!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 30, 2015, 03:58:59 PM »
Holy crap Kevin im north of you by quite a bit and i NERVER have seen any of those new Glarus beers where are you buying? Very nie by the way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 29, 2015, 03:29:25 PM »
JIMMYkx260,

Beer is on the way! A kolsch, an IPA, and a barrel-aged Belgian golden strong. I also sent a surprise from Hill Farmstead. The kolsch and IPA were bottled off the tap, but you'll need to let the golden strong settle out. Enjoy!
Frank-
Your way to kind and I have to admit I am intimidated reviewing your beers. Packing was great no problems and everyone is settling in the fridge. I will let them sit a few days and get to reviewing. Like I said im a novice (just at one year now) and have never reviewed any ones beer before so please give me a little leeway. I am looking forward to having my beer reviewed critically for the first time as the only people who have had my home brew really are not reviewing my beer and I always wonder if they are being 100% honest. Thanks again-
Jim

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Septic Systems and Brewing
« on: April 28, 2015, 10:21:59 AM »
This is a very sore subject with me. Currently shopping for contractors to replace my existing septic which is no longer absorbing the effluent. Now they tell me there are aerators and pumps required and annual inspections required by the county- only 15 grand to top it off!!! I like my existing system all gravity no pumps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 27, 2015, 10:28:13 AM »
JIMMYkx260,

Beer is on the way! A kolsch, an IPA, and a barrel-aged Belgian golden strong. I also sent a surprise from Hill Farmstead. The kolsch and IPA were bottled off the tap, but you'll need to let the golden strong settle out. Enjoy!

Looking forward to them all!! Thanks and will review promptly.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: safbrew t58
« on: April 12, 2015, 02:55:09 PM »
Ill keep you all posted I did the split batch

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Yeast and Fermentation / safbrew t58
« on: April 12, 2015, 08:36:56 AM »
So I have a pack of T58 that i haven't used and am wondering if my summit saga (hose brew) would be a option for this style yeast. I actually want to do a split batch yeast comparison between t58,us05. Any input or thoughts? I hope to pitch later today.
Thanks,

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:27:20 PM »
Man I would love to have someone review one of the two mead's i have fermenting however im not liking what they taste like so far so i wont be submitting those on this go around. I hope they turn out as good asmy first two attempts but im only 2 month or so in.  I am looking forward to hearing an honest review of my beer. I want to hear someone really review my stuff other than "wow you brewed this it's great"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing during the drought
« on: April 03, 2015, 06:40:16 AM »
Practice the no chill method and ditch the quick chill thing all together- Im never going back.

Until you end up with a batch that reeks of creamed corn.  Slow/no chill will almost certainly result in increased DMS production.

The Ozzies swear otherwise. I've read a lot into the no-chill thing. I'm still a bit skeptical, but plenty of people are doing it.

From the above Maltose Falcons link:

Chill None: Our antipodal brewers are experiencing their own brutal droughts and brush fires currently. Naturally, Aussie brewers are heavily invested in reducing their water usage. One very popular technique amongst them is "No Chill Brewing". The basic process - get a heat resistant plastic vessel (Aussie's like their HDPE cubes) , carefully transfer freshly boiled wort into the sanitized vessel, squeeze out the remaining air, seal the cube, roll it around a few times to ensure even vessel heating (to avoid cracking) and wait. The wait is at least overnight until cool. Once chilled, rack the wort into your fermenter and pitch your yeast. Voila! Done! The Aussies swear you can make great beer via this method - including IPAs and APAs. The consensus from fellow Amurican brewers is to shift your hop additions around and allow for some last minute "flameout" to adjust the aroma.
Bob Stempski is the one I found out from. He has a video out on you tube and has done some shows on Basic brewing covering the topic. In one of the shows he shares how some people he knows will brew several batches in one day and shelf the wort for "months" until they want to pitch the yeast. While I would never see myself shelving wort for months the practice of pitching the next day doesn't scare me. I can say I love the time it saves on brew day and its one less thing I need to deal with. An added bonus is I bought extra screw on caps for the no chill containers and drilled and set an airlock in the spare cap so the next day I just pitch the yeast in and let her rip in the same container. I have not had any off flavor as a result of wort sitting for 24 hours. While I do love the brewing process any time I can simplify the process and save some time im all over it. To date I haven't found any flaws with this practice.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing during the drought
« on: April 02, 2015, 10:06:06 AM »
Practice the no chill method and ditch the quick chill thing all together- Im never going back.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Dry mead with SG 1.050???
« on: March 29, 2015, 04:31:39 PM »
Thats a lot of honey for 3.5 gallons. Did you do any staggered nutrient additions? Without knowing your starting gravity its hard to tell what the yeast did. I have only used lallvin 711b and have had great luck. I have been told champagne yeast is supposed to dry it out too much but again I cant say cause ive never tried mead with that yeast. All I would suggest i give it more time. This is one drink that really changes over time- unfortunately waiting has never been a strong suit for me. I wish you luck and enjoy your creation whenever that may be. Please post what you end up doing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Luxury
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:21:10 AM »
I liken brewing to cooking you are rewarded for your labor, and if your any good your friends and family will enjoy and appreciate the fruits of your labor as well. I too agree on the golf thing, never understood the sport anyway.

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Ingredients / hop shots
« on: March 13, 2015, 02:21:16 AM »
I bought a 20 gram can of co2 from yakima and some syringes for storage. Just wondering how much I should put in my first 5 gal batch and when? I'm thinking at the beginning of the boil but not sure. I assume the fridge is the place for storage too correct? Thanks,

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Omega Yeast Labs
« on: March 11, 2015, 10:15:56 AM »
I used it one of there strains once. Kinda weird with no nutrient pack like wyeast.

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