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The Pub / Re: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Game
« on: August 15, 2015, 10:35:29 AM »
That was fun time waster. I made 21000 beers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Stirring Mash
« on: May 09, 2015, 02:21:50 PM »
I don't see a problem stiring to get your temp down. You have to stir to mix in the grain so what is stiring a little more to bring the temp down a bit?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Life span of beer in a keg vs a bottle
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:50:03 AM »
My last IPA that I kegged I noticed that the last few pours weren't as crisp tasting. The hop profile seemed to get muddled compared to earlier pours in the keg. I haven't had many beers last longer than a month or two in the keg so I don't have much experience with long storage in kegs.   

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Carbonation
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:46:19 AM »
I go the slow route. I am new to kegging and need to make some adjustments to the pressure once the beer is carbed up. I tend to start them a little too high than back it down a few psi. I like that it clears while it carbs up and when it ready the beer is looking good.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 17, 2015, 06:48:41 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

I did notice that they are getting clearer. Which I like, but now that I know this bit of information I know that kegs days are numbered.

Kegging and Bottling / Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:07:11 PM »
So I just started kegging this winter and am on my second batch in the keg. The first batch was good but the second was one of the best beers I have made, a really nice IPA. I know I am getting to the end of the keg and every time I pour a beer it could be the last. I feel nervous and will miss this beer. Good thing I just bought more hops to brew it again this summer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 16, 2015, 04:44:42 PM »
I use dry for my APA's and IPA's. Usually S-05. It does what I want it to and it's about half the price of liquid yeast. For any beer I want yeast character in like my belgian beers or hefe's I use liquid.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hops to pair with trois
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:51:16 PM »
Citra, mosaic and galaxy. I just made an IPA with that combination and am going to use it in my next brett beer. The aroma and flavor from that blend is just wonderful to me. Very fruity and I feel like each hop adds something different and they pair well. I get pineapple and blueberries mostly.

Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:16:22 PM »
It's been so warm here that I am worried they are going to sprout up too soon. It's cold for a day or two then warm for 4 or 5. Last year was the first year I planted hops and they grew nice but no hops. Hoping for some this year. I just think it would be cool to see hops come in.

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:17:09 PM »
They are scared. My brother turned 21 a year or so ago. While he still drinks the cheap stuff from time to time he drinks a lot of craft beer. He always tries my homebrew and is slowly getting into sours, mainly because my dad and I can't get enough of them. They lost the younger generation and are slowly filling the void of Budweiser with the breweries they buy.

Fun story about them buying breweries. I went home to Illinois this past summer for a wedding and was drinking with my girlfriends father. He was drinking a Goose Island 312. While the brewery is only 60 miles south of where we stood, the beer he was drinking came all the way from Colorado, 1000 miles away.

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:00:02 PM »
I have mixed feelings on this commercial. The first being irritated. Only because they don't understand that the beer drinker of today is becoming more open and doesn't drink what his or her dad drinks/drank. People of today don't just want one beer just like they don't want to eat one thing the rest of their lives. The world is changing and it seems like Budweiser wants to reverse that. The other feeling I have is who really cares. Some people like Budweiser, good for them. Some people think that the Pumpkin Peach beer sounds good and are going to make it, also, good for them. People like different things, always have always will. Let them enjoy what they enjoy.

I did enjoy the Bud Light commercial with the human Pac Man. I want to play that and will drink Bud Light if I have to.

Going Pro / Re: Been gone for awhile...
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:58:09 PM »
Next time I am down in the Springs I will make sure to stop by. I don't get down there often but maybe this will help get me down there.

Good luck with the brewery.

Beer Recipes / Re: IPA Brew This Weekend
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:44:08 PM »
Thanks for the information guys. I think I am going to decrease the malt a tad to lower the ABV and double the whirlpool hops. Seeing as I have most of the hops already I may as well go for it. Still deciding on the FWH addition. I like them because to me it smooths out the bitterness. May cut it back to .5 ounce instead of a full one ounce? I am hoping this one tastes the way I think it will. Once again, thanks for the input.

Beer Recipes / IPA Brew This Weekend
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:11:30 PM »
I am planning on brewing an IPA this weekend and really want a fruit bomb. Haven't made one before and have a lot of Citra and Mosaic. I either want to use Warrior or Nugget for bittering since I already have them on hand. Please let me know what you think.

Boil Size: 6.74 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.24 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.50 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.075 SG
Estimated Color: 6.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 114.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 78.5 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
13 lbs                Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        81.3 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        12.5 %       
1 lbs                 Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)             Grain         3        6.3 %         
1.00 oz               Warrior [15.00 %] - First Wort 30.0 min  Hop           4        34.3 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Warrior [15.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min        Hop           5        40.6 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Citra [12.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  30.0  Hop           6        12.5 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  30.0 Hop           7        14.5 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.25 %] - Steep/Whirl Hop           8        12.7 IBUs     
2.0 pkg               Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast         9        -             
2.00 oz               Citra [12.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days       Hop           10       0.0 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.25 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Hop           11       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Galaxy [14.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days      Hop           12       0.0 IBUs     

The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 08, 2015, 05:58:00 AM »
Being able to create something I am proud of.

Sure there are better beers out there but actually being able to select the grains, hops, yeast. And for some that mess with their water profile, their water. Then figuring out a mash and hop schedule, what temp to ferment at and the right dose of dry hops. Figuring out all of that and when done correctly, is something that makes me feel good.

Another plus of homebrewing is always having a good supply of beer on hand. Whenever I talk with a friend from out of state or a family member they always ask, what do you have in the fridge? or what's brewing?

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