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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SN Experimental Hop 1/2 rack
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:16:17 PM »
I liked the session IPA and the pils the best.  The IPA was underwhelming and I thought the double IPA was okay.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:37:04 PM »
Brewing a baltic porter with yeast from a recent Marzen.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP questions
« on: November 24, 2017, 02:17:29 PM »
Session IPA is like an overhopped APA, which is great if you want to win competitions.  A few judges might ding an overhopped APA, but most probably won't.

I agree.  I entered a session ipa as both a specialty ipa and a pale ale.  It got killed as a specialty ipa and took 2nd as a pale ale.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: High Gravity Won't Force Carb
« on: September 20, 2017, 06:44:06 PM »
I have had the same experience when forcecarbing a high gravity wee heavy.  My usual process is to set the the vol of CO2 for the carbonation level I want and let it sit for a week.  The wee heavy was still almost flat after a week, but after 3 weeks it was fully carbed.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast for Oktoberfest/Marzen?
« on: July 07, 2017, 03:14:34 PM »
I'd probably grab Fermentis 34/70


+1.  I've used it for both dry and malty german lagers with success.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What's your favorite type of beer?
« on: July 07, 2017, 03:12:56 PM »
It's hard to narrow down, it depends on my mood and the season, but I would say German pilsner, american ipa and russian imperial stout.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Micro IPAs
« on: June 05, 2017, 02:08:20 PM »
Yuengling is fantastic.

I live within 15 minutes of the brewery and I have to say that I have never had a beer of theirs that I liked, other than their IPL.  It's tough to change the local mentality that there is better beer out there than Yuengling lager, but I'm working on it. :) 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Roselare Blend Slurry
« on: May 03, 2017, 02:07:33 PM »
I have found the first generation Roeselare used in a Flander's red was not nearly as sour as I would like.  IIRC I pitched a sach strain and then added Roeselare in the secondary.  My second batch of flanders I dumped directly on the yeast cake from the first batch and the results were much more sour, not Rodenbach Grand Cru sour, but pleasantly sour.  That beer took a silver at the NHC in 2012.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite Yeast for Dark Mild?
« on: May 01, 2017, 07:28:03 PM »
I've used wyeast 1968 with good success.


All that said, there's the RDWHAHB way of doing things: flush with water and put away wet - flush before next use and run boiling wort through it to sanitize.

This is my SOP. I do run hot PBW through it every 5 batches or so.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast Discontinuing Some Strains
« on: February 20, 2017, 06:17:24 PM »
FWIW, Wyeast is also bringing back some old yeasts and looking to release some totally new ones.

Do you any specifics on anything they're coming with?  I'm hoping for some characterFUL British strains (fingers-crossed).

I have heard that 3726 Farmhouse Ale is one of the ones that will now be available year round.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 06, 2017, 02:45:42 PM »
Was planning on a cream ale, but it's going to be too damn cold.  It looks like I'll be painting instead.  :(

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Golden Strong
« on: December 22, 2016, 07:05:29 PM »

I do 90 min. at 148, then add 190ish sparge water for a pseudo mashout.  Works for me.

This is my mash schedule as well.  Recipe is just continental pilsner malt and table sugar. 

Equipment and Software / Re: 10 Gal Propane Burners
« on: December 22, 2016, 04:49:58 PM »
I have been very happy with my Blichman burner.  The new hellfire burner looks sweet!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun for High CO2 beers
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:35:06 PM »
High carbed beers are definitely a challenge with the beer gun.  Are the bottles wet?  For me, wet bottles were more important than cold bottles, but both cold and wet produced the best results.

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