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General Homebrew Discussion / Commercial examples of 60 shilling?
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:57:52 PM »
This has probably become my favorite beer style after brewing only one batch of it. I'd like to find a couple good commercial versions of it. I tried scouring Beer Advocate but the results were pretty scarce.

Can anyone make a recommendation of one I can find on the shelf?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:52:51 PM »
I have found myself brewing less American,  British,  and Scottish styles,  since I can drink fresh craft brewed ales at almost every pub and taproom  I brew and drink lots of lagers and Belgians, as where I live, finding good versions of those on tap is difficult.

I don't ever see myself ever drinking only home brew, as I like going to bars too much. I do find myself going less and less to the fine beer store, though, and very rarely ever get a growler filled.

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Same here. Lately, I've noticed when I got out, there's almost nothing on tap that I want. Hard to imagine a place not having a good oatmeal stout, hefeweizen, schwarzbier, helles, pilsner, pale ale, vienna lager, dunkel, or a porter, is it? Well, it is. Anything we have is either an IPA, Belgian, or commercial lager. But the only place I really go out any more in a nice little pub & restaurant that has Weihenstephaner hefe and Fuller's London Porter. All anyone wants anymore is IPAs and imperial stouts.
I drink mostly homebrew, but buy some here and there, and go out once a week maybe for a few. But most of my drinking is homebrew at home.

I totally agree.  I'm tired of seeing 10 taps with 7 IPAs, BMC, BMC Lite, and Blue Moon.  It seems like nobody cares about any other style.  I don't blame the bars/restaurants, though.  From the bartenders and owners I've talked to, they blow through kegs of IPA in no time, and other stuff doesn't tend to move. 

It's funny. We've gone from no beer choices (nothing but BMC products everywhere) to a bunch of craft beers available in many places... but all we've seemed to do is add IPA to the old BMC lineup.

I thought of this thread today while trying to pick out a 6 pack at a local beer store. The entire cooler was PACKED with micros, and almost every one of them was IPA. They used to carry a couple pilsners that I liked but they've replaced those with IPA's as well.

Doesn't anyone want variety anymore?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Intermediate Brewer Equipment Question
« on: March 30, 2014, 06:29:22 PM »
Nothing transfers heat like copper.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:44:21 PM »
Probably 25% homebrew, 75% micros here. I am the definition of ADD. I'll have a batch of homebrew I like and after 6 or 8 bottles I'm on to something different. I end up giving away most of my homebrew.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing other's recipes for competitions?
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:23:47 PM »
What's the stance on this? Is it frowned upon to brew someone else's recipe for a competition? I'm trying to focus on simple recipes that are tried and true. Most of them are turning out ok but a couple are really turning out nice. I'd like to enter a competition just to get some feedback to help me isolate issues in my process.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks for turning me on to 60 Shilling!
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:37:12 AM »


I opted for the reduction instead of Crystal. I feel it really makes a difference.

+1.  Makes a huge difference !

It looked like I was boiling beef stew. There's definitely a lot going on during a reduction.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Thanks for turning me on to 60 Shilling!
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:35:46 AM »
It's even pouring nice.




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All Grain Brewing / Thanks for turning me on to 60 Shilling!
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:32:18 AM »
I had a thread a while back asking how to harvest enough yeast for a wee heavy. The general consensus was to brew a session beer in preparation. So, I did. Turns out this is probably my favorite beer so far. It's got a nice body but I can drink 3 and still function. It's nice and crisp. Really turned out great. This is the first beer I've felt confident enough to enter into a competition. I'm pretty stoked about this beer, I'd even serve it to you guys!

This is the recipe I used:
http://sessionbeerbrewing.blogspot.com/2011/02/scottish-60-shilling.html

I opted for the reduction instead of Crystal. I feel it really makes a difference.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Worst Efficiency Yet
« on: February 27, 2014, 08:28:01 PM »
Lately I've been crushing as tight as possible. I don't measure the gap, I just aim to pulverize the grain. I've found that as long as I take my time setting the grain bed during the start of the batch sparge I don't have any problems. And in the event that the sparge does get stuck I just stir the mash and re-vorlauf. I'm hitting low 80's efficiency.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Yet another mill setup
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:14:15 AM »
Good job. Can you share the specs on the drill?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermapen Open Box sale
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:08:23 PM »
You guys are making me want to buy one. I don't intend to use it for brewing but I can think of a lot of ways to use it for cooking proteins. I'm currently using a $20 digital and while it's very accurate it does take a little time to get a stable reading. It would be nice to be able to check a seafood temp without the risk of it cooling a couple degrees in the process.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:01:05 PM »
I've found this remote control to be brilliant when used with my pump:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001Q9EFUK/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_details_o01_s00_i00

When draining the mash gets down to the last slow bit I can stay parked in my chair and stop the pump for a minute while more builds up. I love it.


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Nice. Thanks.

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Equipment and Software / Re: All Grain setup
« on: January 30, 2014, 08:11:22 PM »
I'd take a rectangular cooler over an Igloo any day.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-70-Quart-Xtreme-Cooler/4807332

Much easier to work with.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:14:01 PM »
I used to run something similar. The mill belonged to a buddy and I had to give it back when he decided to get back into the hobby. The low rpm gear motor was a perfect match for the JSP mill. I absolutely loved the setup. It wasn't very fast; I think the speed was around 100 rpm but it was quiet and smooth, and it created almost zero airborne dust. I've been scouring used machinery sites along with ebay looking for a similar motor.

It was a pretty safe setup as far as loose clothing etc goes but if the rollers got ahold of your fingers they'd be crushed in a flash. If I were to configure one myself I'd use the exact same motor and mill but I'd put a huge hopper on it so you could set 20lbs of grain and walk away. The hopper would also help keep fingers away from the rollers.








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All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:15:25 AM »
In the FWIW category, I gave my wort a good length of horizontal run after the 90 elbow, along with a reduced diameter nozzle, in an effort to achieve a nice laminar flow. While I can't prove that it makes a difference, I am a firm believer that a little bit of nozzle technology goes a long way. Kind of like comparing a disney world fountain with with running a garden hose with your thumb on the end; one is a nice solid rod of liquid whereas the other just sprays everywhere like a wet fart.

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