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Commercial Beer Reviews / Christmas Stash
« on: November 21, 2015, 04:32:01 PM »
Do you have a Christmas stash? Throughout the year, I buy beers to be cellared and enjoyed around the holidays. They are usually, but not always bombers. Here's what I have so far this year...

General Homebrew Discussion / 20% Off at Northern Brewer 11/18/15
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:13:30 PM »
Just an FYI... Northern Brewer is having a 20 hour 20% off flash sale for today and today only.

Promo Code: BUZZER

Commercial Beer Reviews / Clown Shoes "Ohio" Unidragon RIS
« on: November 14, 2015, 08:39:44 AM »
Clown Shoes came to Ohio a couple of years ago, and since Ohio has a dumb law about not having 12%+ ABV beers, we missed out on Unidragon (13.5% I believe).... Until the release of Ohio Unidragon! Since moving their market to Ohio, Clown Shoes sales went up immensely. So, they now brew a 10.5% Unidragon specifically for Ohio. WOW is it good! Finally, something good has happened because of this ridiculous law. It is a thick, put hair on your chest, stout. But yet, it's very silly and smooth with no boozy fusal finish. It has an immense complexity of malt flavors with a slight bittered kick! I can't drink enough of it right now. I want to cellar some, but that's not working out too well lol. If you are in Ohio, be sure to pick a bomber up. I've also seen it on tap a handful of times.

Beer Recipes / RIS recipe - slight changes from the original
« on: November 14, 2015, 06:57:48 AM »
Batch = 5.5 gal
OG = 1.083
60 minute mash @ 150

16 lb Maris Otter
1 lb C75L
1 lb 8 oz Roasted Barley
1 lb Chocolate Malt
4 oz Special B

60 minute 1.5 oz Nugget
10 minute 1.5 oz Cascade & 1.5 oz Willamette

WLP 028 Edinburg Ale Yeast

Well, this didn't go as planned. This was originally supposed to be a double batch with 5 gal fermented with WLP 013 London ale (my original recipe yeast) and the other half with 028. Since I had been out of the game for awhile, I lost track of what grains I had on hand. Yep, 5 lbs of 2 row, which was supposed to be the base grain. I had about 20 lbs of Maris Otter on hand. So I'm going with this. The 028 expires sooner so I'm going with that.

I need some Black Friday grain sales to pop up! Label Peelers shouldn't let me down!

General Homebrew Discussion / Super Pale Ale
« on: October 29, 2015, 02:07:41 PM »
I had one of these today... Just saying lol

General Homebrew Discussion / I'm Ba-ack!
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:42:35 AM »
I'm back guys! After a several month hiatus from brewing, I've decided to return to the mix of things to get some beers on tap for the winter months. I really had no intentions on returning to the game yet. I moved over the summer and there is a novice homebrewer that lives a few doors down. He's got a handful of batches under his belt. When talking with him and giving him advice, I got the itch back!

I am brewing my 4th go round with my Good Morning Stout with several deviations from the original recipe on Saturday. This is one of my best beers. The biggest adjustment this time around is that I won't be cold steeping the dark grains. They will be going in the mash with the rest. Here's the recipe:

MBW’s Good Morning Stout (4)

Batch = 5.5
OG = 1.078
60 minute mash @ 154

Two Row Pale = 6 lb 3 oz
Maris Otter = 6 lb 3 oz
Flaked Oats = 3 lb
Chocolate Malt = 1.5 lb
Roasted Barley = 1 lb
Black Patent = 8 oz
Caramel/Crystal 120L = 5.5 oz

60 minute = 1.5 oz Nugget
30 minute = .5 oz Willamette
0 minute = .5 oz Willamtte
0 minute = 1 oz ground Colombian, ½ oz Costa Rican, and ½ oz Guatemalan coffee (Peet’s)
0 minute = 5 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate

White Labs 001 California Ale

Rack onto 1 oz ground Colombian, ½ oz Costa Rican, and ½ oz Guatemalan coffee (Peet’s)

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:14:51 AM »
As far as the weather goes, February was for the birds, but it was good for brewing. Who's at it this weekend? I'm brewing the 2015 addition of my Barleywine. I'm keeping the malt the same but switching the hops up a bit.
10 lb two row
10 lb Maris Otter
5.5 lb Munich
1 lb Victory

120 min boil
60 min 2 oz nugget and 1 oz Apollo
30 min 1 oz columbus and 1 oz Centennial
10 min 1.5 oz Cascade, 1 oz Cent, 1 oz Apollo, and 1 oz Equinox
0 min 1.5 oz Cascade, 1 oz Cent, 1 oz Apollo, and 1 oz Equinox

I'll be racking a session IPA and using it's yeast cake of WLP 001

Life is good!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone Delicious IPA
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:49:35 PM »
Found one six pack locally. I had never heard of it before and learn to find out that it's new this year. Supposedly it's reduced gluton. I don't see much the point unless it's completely glutton free which you can't get with barley. That being said, I really don't care about that lol. It's hopped with lemon drop and el dorado. It pours crystal clear gold with white head. The nose is very pungent, floral, herbal, spicy with flashes of soft lemon candy like Starbust. The flavor... Well, it tasted exactly how it smells. The Starburst flavors quickly get flushed out by the herbal spiciness. The beer finishes very dry and is dangerously drinkable at 7.7%. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I'll definetely buy and drink this again. Once again, Stone fails to disappoint.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Trappistes Rochefort 10
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:42:55 PM »
Absolutely amazing!..... That is all

General Homebrew Discussion / Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:21:07 PM »
It's going to be -2 in the morning when I light the fires! It looks and feels like Russia in northeast Ohio. Why not be brewing a Russian Imperial Stout? I might have to go for a double hot scotchy for this escapade.

Anybody else bearing the elements to brew great beer this weekend?

Beer Recipes / Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:43:15 PM »
Sunday's brew is going to be my biggest IPA yet. It will utilize 22 oz of hops. I'm going for the pine/resin/dank flavor and aroma.

5.5 gal
OG = 1.080
60 minute mash at 150

13 lb two row
1 lb 5 oz Munich
8 oz C40

1 lb corn sugar

FWH = 1/2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
60 min = 1/2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
10 min = 1 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
0 min = 1.5 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
Dry Hop in secondary with 2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial

WLP 001

Commercial Beer Reviews / Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 05:02:31 PM »
I saw this for the first time today at the grocery store. Of course I'm going to buy it! Wow!

It's very light in color almost straw like but NOT a white IPA. It's listed at 6.4% and 80 IBU. It's not wet hopped, but I'm guessing that it's fresh hopped much like Celebration. The label talks about a blizzard of hops celebrates a great hop season yada yada yada. It's hopped with Centennial, Chinook, and El Dorado in the kettle and dry hopped with Chinook and Galaxy. This combo works! There is a touch of grassiness and hop spice. I thought for sure there was Mt Hood in it (It's in Troegs Perpetual IPA) but there's not. It might be the chinook bouncing off the El Dorado.

I highly recommend trying this out for something different for the holidays!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Fat Head's Hop Stalker
« on: November 01, 2014, 06:24:01 AM »
Fat Head's Hop Stalker is a fresh hopped IPA. Comes in four packs of tall boy 16 oz cans. For a fresh hopped ale, this one truly packs s punch. The can says "dank." Yep! Very dank! There is a south of grassiness, but it's not unpleasant. I can't find a list of any official hops. I've read reviews that list Citra, but I don't pick up any mango/pineapple or citrus. I would guess heavy Columbus and Simcoe and/or Chinook and maybe a splash of centennial. I highly recommend this beer.

I'll be having the other 3 this afternoon as I watch my Mountaineers stomp TCU. LETS GOOOOOOOOO!

Ingredients / C40 or C60?
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:08:09 AM »
I ordered these 10 lb bags of C40 and C60 with my last big grain purchase. I think that it's safe to say that you can't trust the labels on your grains. Seems to me that they're a little backwards in this case. I'm glad I pulled them both out of the storage bin before I weighed my grains out this morning.

Ingredients / RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:09:26 AM »
I feel a little silly posting this, but I'm ignorant of this topic. My local Wal-Mart just installed an RO Water dispenser. $1.85 for five gallons... Paying a $1.85 verse fetching spring water to brew is an easy trade off. I understand that RO water is a great starting point to brew. But here's my question... Is all RO water the same? Or should an analysis be conducted on this water?

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