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The Pub / Where Should I Stop on I-87?
« on: May 08, 2015, 01:12:53 PM »
My wife and I will be heading to the Solid Sound festival toward the end of June. I see on the AHA Member Benefits map that I will be passing very close to Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY as well as C.H. Evans / Albany Pump Station. Not sure how much time I will have to spare, but I hope to stop by at least one of these places on my way up and/or back down. Anyone have an opinion about which I should choose if I can't do both? Any place(s) that DON'T offer AHA benefits, but are worth a visit anyway?

Also, I'll be staying in Bennington, VT, and the festival itself is in North Adams, MA. Looks like everything on the benefits map is at least an hour from either of those locations. Anything near either of these places that I should check out while I'm there?

Thanks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / How Bad Have You Crashed and Burned?
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:57:43 PM »
On Father's Day my wife and I were wandering around town in the nice Spring weather, and wound up for a time in our local kitchen gadget store. They sell beer kits in there, and I overheard a woman telling the shop owner that since she and her husband moved to town, he's made two batches of beer that were so bad they had to pour them down the sink. To make a short story long, I jumped in to say that I've been brewing with our local tap water since moving to town almost 11 years ago, and I've never had a problem. Ditto for several friends of mine who are homebrewers in the area. Told her to have her husband get in touch with me and we'd see if we could figure out the problem.

This prompted me to think, though, that in the 18 or so years that I've been brewing, I've never made a batch I didn't drink. Sure I've made some that I didn't absolutely love. Some that was too watery or otherwise didn't have the best mouthfeel. Occasional batches that didn't taste exactly like I expected. And obviously some recipes that I simply didn't much care for.

The worst batch I can remember was in 2003. It had a noticeable (to me, at least) funky finish. It is by far the worst batch I ever made, but it was still drinkable. In fact, I had one friend at the time who told me it was one of his favorite of my brews that he'd tasted up to that point, so what I perceived as a fault may very well have been a matter of opinion.

To my knowledge, none of my homebrewing friends have ever had a real catastrophe, either. An explosive bottle here and there, of course, and like me, a few batches that didn't make it onto the favorites list. But I don't personally know of anyone who's dumped a batch.

How 'bout y'all? What's your worst batch?

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Help Me Tweak This Recipe
« on: May 12, 2014, 06:31:42 AM »
For my most recent brew, I found three different Peeper Ale clone recipes and mixed and matched them to come up with what I judged to be a good first stab at it. Here's the recipe I made:

Malt:
7 lb. light malt extract

Steeping Grains:
0.5 lb. Caramel malt
0.25 lb. Red Wheat malt
0.25 lb. American Vienna

Hops:
0.75 oz. Amarillo (60 min.)

2 oz. Centennial (1 min.)
2 oz. Cascade (1 min.)
2 oz. Amarillo (1 min.)

Dry hops (in secondary, 14 days)
2 oz. Centennial
4 oz. Cascade

Yeast:
Safale US-05

The overall result is better than I would have ever expected for a first go. Everything about it is perfect, EXCEPT, it's just a little too bitter on the finish. It's very slight; my neighbor, who is also a big fan of Peeper, does not taste it (and he is not just being polite; we know each other too well for that).

My thinking is that perhaps I left it in the secondary too long with the dry hops. It was not my intention to leave it for two weeks, but life got in the way. But before I try it again next time, I thought I'd post here and see if anyone has any other thoughts/suggestions/ideas that might help me mellow the finish.

What say you?

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