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The Pub / Water profile for Iced Tea
« on: May 20, 2017, 02:31:47 PM »
This is a bit off topic, but, does anyone have a preference for particular water profile for iced tea?

I like when the tea has a minerally/harder water taste. I think it's more refreshing.

I am thinking of experimenting with gypsum and calcium chloride when I brew tea. Maybe I will start with Brun'water Amber Balanced profile for my first batch.

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General Homebrew Discussion / I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 11, 2017, 07:26:28 PM »
It's the fermented beer that sometimes escapes me.

In other words, I F-up the fermentation from time to time. Like 2 batches in a row with diacetyl.

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The Pub / Good deal on Zymatic
« on: April 28, 2017, 06:06:03 PM »
This seems like a pretty good deal; $1379 shipped.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1708005089/pico-c-craft-brewing-for-all/

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The Pub / Not so local after all...
« on: April 09, 2017, 11:50:09 AM »
Target had some craft beer on sale right as I walked in the other night. I thought it was an Alabama brewery so I went for the deal.

Turns out Catawba is from North Carolina and Cahaba is from Alabama. 

At least the beer is good. :)

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The Pub / Rebel Brewer Closing Retail and Warehouse
« on: March 07, 2017, 01:43:21 PM »
Sad day. Rebel Brewer is closing their retail location and warehouse. They will still have a website to sell drop shipped items. They are very close to me and have very fast shipping.

http://www.rebelbrewer.com/blog

We just got a LHBS in town. So, I guess the timing works out for me.

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The Pub / My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 11, 2017, 05:49:52 PM »
I have 2 64 oz. growlers but I rarely fill them because they are too big unless I have company.

I have been buying 32 oz. crowlers (cans filled at the brewery). But, recently the bartender suggested that I should buy a 32 oz. growler since they are $4 and the crowlers cost $1 and are not reusable.

So, I am the very proud owner of  this new 32 oz. growler. I am a bit surprised it was only $4.


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The Pub / New definition of back stage pass - craft beer style
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:50:03 AM »
I'm not sure where Foreigner stands on folks "Music I never want to here again list" but I thought this concert plus craft brew served by the artists was an interesting idea.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Pushing all grain
« on: February 04, 2017, 07:31:26 AM »
We have a new LHBS. I am showing a friend how to brew tomorrow so I thought I would get some extract and show my friend how to brew an extract batch.

I was surprised that the store only has 1 color (light) of Munton's DME and no other DME or LME.  The homebrew sales person told me they were "really trying to push all grain." That suits me fine. I'll show my friend all grain. But, I was surprised given the AHA recently encouraging us to brew an extract batch.

I think this LHBS has limited shelf space because they are also a beer store with full bar. With limited space I guess all grain is the right choice.

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Ingredients / Brewtan-B IGOR Experiment
« on: December 28, 2016, 04:07:18 PM »
What is the status of the Brewtan-B IGOR experiments?

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Equipment and Software / pH meter calibration
« on: November 07, 2016, 08:34:16 PM »
On Sunday my pH calibration solutions were 20C. These solutions are 4, 7, and 10 pH at 25C. When calibrating should I set the value to 4, 7, and 10 or adjust for temp and set the pH to the adjusted pH?

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Events / I hate ticket sale threads
« on: October 04, 2016, 04:58:31 PM »
Can we make just one GABF ticket sale thread?  Or dare I say, go sell them on Homebrewtalk? You'll get a bigger audience.

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Beer Recipes / Hoppy Lager/Non traditional pilsner
« on: September 21, 2016, 09:02:42 AM »
I recently made a hoppy lager which had CTZ for bittering (@ 60 min, 32 IBU) and Cascade for flavor and aroma (0.5 oz hop stand in 3G batch).  The beer is good but has a dankness that I would like to avoid on future versions. I like the dankness in an IPA, but, in a hoppy lager I think the dankness masks the clean crisp flavor I would like.

Question: did the CTZ cause the dankness or was it more likely the Cascade? I can bitter with Chinook or Magnum next time. I am out of Cascade so for the next version I am thinking Centennial or Galaxy. I also have Simcoe, Amarillo, and Ekuanot (HBC366). I think Simcoe and Amarillo may have similar dankness issues. I've never used Ekuanot. Thoughts?

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The Pub / Travel Fail, Boston
« on: September 13, 2016, 07:21:04 AM »
I am in Boston this week. I was really looking forward to visiting Sam Adams for a tour. Come to find out, tours are only 10-3! I have to be in meetings.

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Beer Recipes / Festbier
« on: August 30, 2016, 08:35:47 PM »
I am planning a Festbier for this weekend.

OG target 1055
95% Floor Malted Bohemian Pilsner
5% Floor Malted Bohemian Dark
21 IBU at 60 min (Liberty or Magnum)
Yellow malty water.
WLP833

I am basing the recipe off percentages and ingredients  Majorvices used for a Helles at Yellowhammer recently that had a great Munich maltiness. I scaled the OG to 1055 since Fest is supposed to land between Helles and Helles Bock.

Thoughts? Seems simple but I think it will be good.

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Beer Recipes / Carbonation for Lagers
« on: August 29, 2016, 01:07:31 PM »
I noticed the 2016 Ninkasi winner, Derrick Flippin, carbonated his gold medal light lager to 3 volumes of CO2.

How much do you carbonate your light lagers? I have been shooting for 2.4-2.5 volumes of CO2.

Would higher enhance crispness? I am thinking of trying 3.0 with my next Helles.

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