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General Homebrew Discussion / Mystery
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:47:52 AM »
I brewed a quad a few months ago.  Had it on tap for a month or so, bottled about a twelve pack and then took the keg out of the serving fridge.  It has now turned into a syrupy mess in the bottles and in the keg as well at cellar temps.  I have no idea what happened or what could even have caused this phenomenon.  This is the same quad recipe I have used for years and has won multiple blue ribbons.  The only difference is the yeast (WLP530 instead of 500).  Is there any type of infection that could cause this?  I'm going to have to dump it at this point, but don't want to this issue to crop up again.

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Homebrewer Bios / Jim Rosenkranz aka Redbeerman
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:08:35 PM »


Who Are You:  My name is Jim Rosenkranz or redbeerman.  I figured I’d put this out there because I’ve been on the forum since its inception and have even met many of you all.  So here’s the story of Jim, the homebrewer, not to be confused with Jim, the engineer or Jim, the musician, neither of which I do well if I’ve had a bit too much to drink.

Home Town: Port Deposit, MD

Homebrew Club: None at the moment.

I've been a homebrewer since:
January 1992, Well technically, I brewed my first batch in the summer of 1978, but we got stoned and forgot about it.

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? I was brewing a barleywine, all grain, and had to mix two separate worts together.  Well the first spare got stuck, (I was using a plastic false bottom)…I was pissed,  I emptied the mash tun, found a piece of braid and did a Denny conversion and haven’t looked back.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew? There aren’t too many styles I haven’t brewed at this point, a favorite, I always like a crisp pilsner in the summer, and a Baltic porter in the winter.  DIPA is good anytime.

What style(s) will you never brew? N/A

What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out? It was a brown ale extract kit and it turned out OK, although it didn’t carbonate real well.

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? No, but I’ve had a few that turned out pretty bad…

What is your favorite beer recipe? German pils, all pils malt and Hallertauer hops.  WLP830 yeast.  Simple, but wonderful.

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging? I am a provisional judge and have not taken my tasting exam yet, but I have been judging for about 4 years anyway.  I’ve judged with some really stellar folks and have learned a lot from them.

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? A fermentation fridge so I could make lagers is my favorite.  A modified batch sparging system works fine for me.

Describe your brew system. 10 gallon Homer and a 15 gallon kettle.  I use propane and a Bayou Classic burner

How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? On average, about once per month, I may do batches every couple of weeks if inventory is dwindling.

What is your favorite malt?  Why? German pils, I brew 80% of my beers with it.  I like the sweet grainy flavor.  For IPAs I will mix it with Munich.  Yum!

What is your favorite hop? Why? Amarillo, it’s a classic.  Hmmmm, maybe Centennial, no Citra, no Hallertau… Hell, I don’t know.

Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast? US-05, WLP830, and WLP530 are the ones I use most.  I like US-05 because it is clean, same with WLP830.  The ester profile of WLP530 makes for really nice Belgians.

Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share? Nope

If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him? Michael Jackson, just because.  A nice German style pilsner.

Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? I brew mostly alone, but Ron Price and I have a number of beers over the years. Always a good time and the beers turn out well.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? In my garage with the doors open.

List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite? I don’t really name my beers, I may get attached to them, and knowing eventually that I will have killed them, well, it will make me sad.

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The Pub / RIP Johnny Winter
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:27:32 AM »
Another guitar hero gone..... :(

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Yeast and Fermentation / Lambic Primary Fermentation
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:40:16 AM »
I made ten gallons of Lambic wort and pitched WLP655 in half and Wyeast Lambic blend in the other half.  My question is, how long should I leave them on the primary yeast before I transfer them to the secondary?

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All Things Food / Corned Beef
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:52:32 AM »
I am curing a brisket for St. Patty's day.  Used Ruhlman's recipe for the 5% brine.  Going to slow cook it instead of boiling.  Will post pics when in come out of the cure and when it comes out of the oven.  Reviews of this recipe have been good.  I'll let you know.  Going to do a pastrami after that.

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The Pub / Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
« on: November 28, 2013, 06:33:18 AM »
So much to be thankful for.  Although the hand basket seems to be getting larger. ;)

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The Pub / Cigars in Philly-for those who partake
« on: June 21, 2013, 06:26:59 PM »
Holt's - 1522 Walnut Street.  Great selection, awesome little store.  Block or so over from Monk's.

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The Pub / RIP Alvin Lee
« on: March 07, 2013, 06:18:55 AM »
One of my early guitar heroes.  Will be listening to the live album today in his honor.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend - 3/2 Edition
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:26:53 AM »
Spring is almost here!  Well in the Mid-Atlantic anyway.  March Madness and all that!  What's brewin'?  I may give Matt's Vienna lager a try.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/16 Edition
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:54:25 AM »
Brewing Denny's BVIP.  Been a while since I've brewed this one.  Don't know why, everyone seems to like it a lot.  Where the heck is Drew, anyway?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Stillwater Stateside Saison
« on: January 05, 2013, 06:28:46 AM »
Pours with a medium head.  Aroma of lemony citrus with a little maltiness in the background.  Some alcohol.  No hop aroma.  Appearance is orange-yellow and cloudy, good head retention, somewhat effervescent.   Flavor is citrusy, very slightly spicy with maltiness in background.  Slight alcohol in the finish.  Maltiness seems to subdue any tartness.  Medium light body, medium effervescence semi-dry finish.  Overall a very pleasant drinkable beer.  Not quite as efferevescent as most other examples, but still fizzy enough to be refreshing.  I would drink this again.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Fantome La dalmatienne
« on: January 02, 2013, 11:11:09 AM »
Major league funk going on here.  Cloudy deep golden color.  Funky, Brett aroma with some tropical fruit. The flavor is a mélange of tropical fuits, barnyard, horse blanket with a little bit of smoke in the aftertaste.  Very interesting beer.

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The Pub / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:02:33 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

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The Pub / Happy Birthday Ron!
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:23:37 AM »
It was yesterday, but better late than never. ;)  Happy B-day bluesman!

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