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The Pub / BevMo Score
« on: May 27, 2018, 06:44:03 PM »
$28 - seemed like a good deal.  The glasses are pretty nice, and I've never had a chance to try to Doree before.

I might go back next weekend and buy another one.

The Pub / Inaugural Brew Day
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:41:45 AM »
After the unexpected passing of our last dog in February, we adopted another girl last Sunday.  Today was her first brew day of (hopefully) many.

We don't know too much about her, other than she's about 5.5 years old, was originally seized as evidence in an animal abuse case, and is very sweet.  Just to be clear, we didn't crop her ears; that's how she came to us.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2018
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:06:58 PM »
Is it me or does Summerfest taste completely different this year?

I remember it as not having much flavor, but the one I'm drinking now is pretty malty and has a noticeable hop presence.  It also has kind of a macro, import-lager flavor to it.

It's a lot better than what my memory of it was.

This particular bottle was packed on 3/23, so it's only 4 weeks old - tastes great.

The Pub / Dri-Dek
« on: April 07, 2018, 11:36:19 PM »
This stuff is pretty cool.

They use it around the pool where my kid takes swimming lessons, and I've seen it at a bar being used for draining glassware.  It could have a variety of applications for homebrewing.

Beer Recipes / Getting Close to Chimay Red
« on: January 25, 2018, 10:30:39 PM »
I tasted a recent dubbel against Chimay Red last night, and I think it is the closest that one of my brews has gotten to it's commercial inspiration (flavor-wise anyway, the color is a bit off).

The Chimay has a slightly deeper cherry/leather flavor than mine, but they are very, very similar. 

Hopefully the yeast will drop out soon. It's been a while since I last used 1214, but my recollection is that it doesn't flocc very well (it's only been in cold storage for a week and a half).

Homebrew is on the left, Chimay's on the right.

Questions about the forum? / Time Stamps
« on: January 20, 2018, 09:05:34 PM »
There's something going on with the time stamps.

I posted something a few minutes ago (it's 1:04 p.m. Pacific time here), and the time stamp says 7:59 p.m.

The Pub / Old Brewing Photo
« on: December 26, 2017, 06:02:28 PM »
I came across this picture in a book of historic photos of Los Angeles (you can click the photo to see a much larger version).

A horse-drawn wagon outside the Eastside Brewery, Los Angeles. c. 1902.

The Pub / Wham!
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:28:23 PM »
This is my favorite Christmas song; please enjoy.

Equipment and Software / Unibrau V3
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:15:45 PM »
I'm tempted, what do you all think?

Someone must have just cancelled their pledge when I was browsing, so I was able to snag one of the early bird specials: $1,245 Canadian (about $970 US right now).  I have 5 days to decide if I want to cancel.

You can get it with an Auber EZ-Boil instead of the ETC-120 controller. 

It would be nice to have the ability to recirculate during the entire mash and run whatever step mash profile I feel like.  I also like the fact that none of the components are proprietary, and you can repair/replace/upgrade the probe, controller, heating element, and pump as you wish.

I think I could brew low oxygen on it as well with a few simple adjustments.

Equipment and Software / Barley Crusher Revolutions per Pound
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:28:15 PM »
I usually crush my grains by hand, and I sometimes count revolutions to pass the time.

On my last brew day, it took 541 revolutions to crush 10.59 lbs. of grain.  So that's roughly 51 revolutions per pound.

Classifieds / Free faucet, sankey coupler, and regulator
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:09:57 PM »
Someone in my neighborhood moved out and left their kegerator on the street.  I salvaged the faucet, regulator and coupler, but I don't have any need for them.

Anyway, they're free if anyone wants to come grab them (I'm in LA).

The Pub / Avery Brewing
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:55:32 PM »
I was in Boulder over Labor Day weekend for some Phish shows and stopped at Avery Brewing for lunch one day.  You can just walk around the brewery while having a beer on these overhead walkways, which is pretty cool. 

Here are a few pictures.  You can't see the grain sacks very clearly, but there was black malt, Dingemans cara 20 and 45, and Weyermann rye and acid malt.

Commercial Beer Reviews / DFH 120 minute IPA
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:07:45 PM »
I picked up a bottle of 120 minute IPA the other day for the first time in a while (I don't usually see it in the stores out here).

Anyway, the label says 16.5% ABV.  Didn't it used to be stronger?

Yeast and Fermentation / Imperial Rustic
« on: July 22, 2017, 08:56:45 PM »
I just kegged a batch of saison fermented with Imperial Rustic.  It has a pretty interesting flavor - tart and dry with a bit of citrus and maybe some bubblegum?

It fermented from 1.054 to 1.004, which is around 92% AA.  I'm looking forward to seeing how it tastes when it's cold and carbonated.

I pitched and held at 68 for two days, then let it rise to 74 over the next 4 or 5 days.  I think it was done some time ago, but I didn't get around to kegging it until today, which is 2 weeks from pitching.

The double cell count is nice; no starter for this batch.

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