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Ingredients / Pilsner Malt? Cmon
« on: April 27, 2016, 10:02:53 AM »
So I walk into an LHBS today looking for 5-10  pounds of continental Pilsner Malt, saw they mainly carried Weyermann, so I asked for that. The employee reached into a bag of Swaen Pilsner(?) and tells me she only has about 1# left. "Let me go get another bag of Pilsner" and disappears for a minute, and then comes back saying she is out of Pilsner, but does have Marris Otter and Briess 2Row. I almost never shop at this shop, as it is the farthest from my home, but I was out that way today for work so I gave them a shot. They also operate with a brewer's license and are out of Pilsner malt. I think I remember why I rarely shop there

General Homebrew Discussion / Great little lost oddity
« on: April 22, 2016, 07:51:23 PM »
Here's a pic of a poster advertisement for a German restaurant in Milwaukee  called Mader's. No idea when it's from but it's hanging in the basement of my boss's father's house, now our office. Just thought it was kind of neat and that some might like to see it in case it brings back any memories

Enjoy, anyone ever there?

Beer Travel / Hey Chicago members
« on: April 14, 2016, 07:15:02 PM »
Going to be in town this weekend for a birthday. Getting in late Fri leaving Sun afternoon.  Leaves Saturday night and the plan right now is Moxee Restaurant/ Mad Mouse Brewery. Any thoughts or comments from the local crowd?
Edit to correct my mistake


Thank you for writing to us about your recent experience with our signature brand, Kentucky Ale.  We appreciate that you have taken the time to write to us and we apologize for the inconvenience. Quality is our number one priority.

Thank you for sending us the numbers etched on the neck of the bottle just below the label. This will help with our research.

To say thank you, we would like to offer you free tour tickets to our facility in Lexington, KY to see how our beer and spirits are made first hand.   In addition, we would love to send you two of the Kentucky Ale pint glasses.

We look forward to your response; please send along a mailing address."

I had emailed them about an issue with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale 4 pack we had purchased. Once again, the squeaky wheel gets the greaase.

Equipment and Software / Bottling blowout
« on: April 04, 2016, 04:59:24 PM »
What a blast 3.5 gallons into the 16 I have to bottle and my capper blows out. Several poor crimps, straighten out the metal edges as best as possible, then 3 crushed bottles out of the next 6. Still picking up shards. Tossed the last 1.25 gallons of the batch I was part way into. Hoping to get a new capper tomorrow and get back on it.  I have extra buckets, tubing, airlocks, etc. Never expected to need an extra capper mid batch. Lesson learned?

Equipment and Software / Burner performance
« on: March 07, 2016, 12:44:08 PM »
     My last 2 brew days I have had a reduced amount of boiloff in the kettle. Yesterday, I saw the same problem and tried to investigate carefully in the middle of the boil. I have a bayou classic burner like this
     It was a coolish day, so the first thing I did was to place my propane tank into a tub of water, as I have heard some say the tank can start to freeze up, which I was hoping would get it going better. that did not solve the problem. I then started playing around with my air mix valve, and saw no change in my flame. Next onto my regulator. Think this is the problem, from just on until fully open, the setting on the regulator seemed to have no affect on flame height, color, or intensity.
    Taking all this into account, do I have a bad regulator, what can I do to remedy, or is it possibly a dirty burner? the burner had a nice solid blue flame as usual, but playing with the regulator just never made the flame start jumping off the burner, or any real change.
     Anyone have any thoughts on a solution or better trouble shooting now that I dont have 8 gallons of boiling wort sitting on top of the burner?

Beer Travel / Spring Break in DC
« on: March 01, 2016, 04:00:35 PM »
Planning family vacation in DC for Spring Break, kind of last minute I know. Not a lot of time for brewery tours with the kids in tow, but definitely looking for some good, hard to find outside of area brews. Who can recommend the best single brewery/taproom to visit while there? Also looking for tourism tips, tour suggestions, etc. I know we want to see the big mainstays of memorials, monuments, the Mall, several Smithsonian stops, Possibly the spy museum, Pentagon, etc. Googling gives so many tour results, top sights, etc, really just looking for some insight from someone living in or familiar with the Metro Area. Who do you recommend and who would you say we should avoid? "Tours by Foot(?)" sounds like a great, cheap way to see the sights with a guide. We are not afraid of walking the area on tours like this, but are open to ideas for Double Decker buses, etc. We are staying Northeast of DC proper, just outside the beltway but plan on spending each day inside of it seeing everything that the kids and we want to see. As well as as many of your suggestions as possible. What do you have for us?

Beer Recipes / Water profile for Evil Twin
« on: February 19, 2016, 11:30:28 AM »
Have Jamil's Evil twin on the schedule for next weekend. The first time I brewed this recipe, I was still on extract and therefore not concerned with my water profile so much. Jamil's write up on it talks of the malty body and hop flavor, so I am guessing I want to use Amber full for the malty body, the hops are all about flavor being just late additions. He also mentions the smooth bitterness, with no standard bittering charge. Does Amber full sound right to you guys?

Yeast and Fermentation / New Speidel
« on: February 16, 2016, 01:06:52 PM »
Just got my first 30L Speidel fermenter and plan to put it use this weekend. Anything I need to know besides a solid cleaning and sanitizing before or during use? I know it has been discussed a lot, but my brew is planned to be 6G of 1.100 with 2 re-hydrated packs of 05. Is this big enough to work for this brew, I know its listed @ 30L and most have said it really has a total volume of more, just don't want a mess first time out of the gate. I will be filling it and marking so I know its actual volume, just very excited to get it home and put it to use

General Homebrew Discussion / Cincinnati Winter Beerfest
« on: February 13, 2016, 02:45:56 PM »
Anyone else coming in for Cincy Winter Beerfest? Checked into the festival to get our passes early, then checked into our hotel to wait until fest starts at 730. There is probably about 150 people in line to check into the hotel right now. Glad we checked in an hour ago

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager X
« on: January 29, 2016, 04:53:51 AM »
Woke up this morning to find email from White Labs saying that they had reached the minimum 250 pre-orders for WLP 835 Lager X, and it will be shipping in March!

General Homebrew Discussion / What to look for in MA&NH
« on: January 12, 2016, 09:24:01 AM »
I have a friend visiting Maine and New Hampshire for work. He wants to bring me some beer. What suggestions do you have for what is available there that I cant get in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:30:39 PM »
This may be the last 6 pack I buy solely out of novelty. I've had and enjoyed Shiner Bock. We are in Naples for the week and went to Publix today for groceries, sundries, and beer. Pretty poor selection (read: nothing that jumped out at me as something new) but I had never seen this one so it was an automatic pick. Did not read the label, just cracked one open and it's not the (a)typical winter warmer, spiced holiday ale I was expecting. It's loaded with peach and pecan flavors. Anyone want 5 Shiner Holiday Cheers?

Commercial Beer Reviews / John Cougar Mellencamp
« on: December 15, 2015, 07:56:28 PM »
In other words, "Hurts So good."

Yes, I am enjoying a Habanero Sculpin. Every bit as delicious as the original, and then a giant kick in the teeth of Habanero fire. On my 4th of a sixer I have had for about a month. About 1 per night is about my limit, especially now that the weather is a changing again and my lips are chapped and cracked. All this pain and I am contemplating another...

Beer Travel / West Coast RV trip 2016
« on: December 11, 2015, 01:59:54 PM »
Looking at taking a trip down West Coast from roughly Santa Cruz to LA, visiting family in each of those 2 cities. If we stay mostly on the 101, what breweries are along that route to make sure to see. I know Firestone Walker and likelyThe Libertine as well. What other suggestions on that route that dont stray too far from the 101(with an hour's drive) do you all have?

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