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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How's your LHBS doing?
« on: Today at 01:59:00 AM »
I ran out for ingredients last weekend only to find they had closed last August.  Apparently I haven't brewed in awhile.

I still have a LHBS, it's just further away.  It's the store I started with in the 90s, just not so conveniently located as it used to be.

I have no regrets and wouldn't change anything.  I've enjoyed the journey.

I suppose there's some equipment I have lying around that I don't need, but I thought I needed it when I got it and I'm sure I used it...

I suppose I wish that the variety and quality of ingredients available today was available in the 90s.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Anchor Liberty Ale
« on: April 20, 2018, 07:55:01 PM »
I am having trouble "enjoying" this beer.  I bought a sixer of cans thinking it would be easy drinking and I find it harsh and astringent with a too full body.  I am going to have to give it a try again, i have 3 cans left, and look at it is less of a pale ale and more as the first IPA.  I will also check the best buy date.

I feel like maybe this beer is showing its age.  It was world changing so many years ago, but not something I want to have these days.

Or maybe I'm showing my age...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: blending yeasts
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:52:40 PM »
The only time I blended on purpose was for an English style where I used both Windsor and Nottingham together, which according to online advice is "a thing" these days.  It worked quite well actually.  Fermentation took off within a couple of hours of pitching, which I'm sure was the Windsor which is the fastest yeast I have ever seen, but then trailed off and took several days to finish, which I'm sure was the Notty.  The finished beer was good in my recollection.

Windsor/Notty is a very good combo.  The only times I've blended is when there's a freaky long lead time and I freak out and pitch whatever I have available.  Which did result in the Windsor/Notty combo which did result in a very good beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Has dry yeast improved?
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:50:14 PM »
Notty definitely comes out as tart to me.  That is not a dry finish and I find it to be a fault.

But dry yeasts are soooo much better today than they were back in the day.  Variety and quality.

They may still not be to your liking, but they are better.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Anchor Liberty Ale
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:46:46 PM »
I am not a fan.  Maybe I'm not getting it fresh, but to me it's harsh.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 17, 2018, 06:09:32 PM »
I just bought a bottle of Henry McKenna. Really impressed for a 10yr at a sub $40 price point. Have to say it may be my favorite mid shelf. I wasn’t surprised seeing I like ECraig. Heaven Hill produces some fantastic product.

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I love their Bottled in Bond.  Good stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Invincible Rumors
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:26:52 PM »
Biggest myth to me, maybe dead, is you can't brew good beer with extract.

I've given BOS to an extract beer twice.  And it wasn't because the other beers were bad.

Validation!  My best score ever was an extract/partial mash beer.  It was damn good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Invincible Rumors
« on: April 10, 2018, 11:27:11 PM »
Thanks to you both for the explanations.  I'm not sure either of those matter to me, but it's nice to know.

I think the thing to remember, and something that i think Martin will be discussing in reference to boiling in his upcoming article, is that there are thermal and mechanical stresses inherent in processing beer in the various stages of brewing and at large and small scales. These types of things haven't been on many peoples radar in recent years but the ways to mitigate these stresses often don't cost any extra $$$ or time, so taking care of them is actually pretty simple. Whether they improve your beer in a major way or in a marginal one may remain to be seen and scale plays a role here.

Obviously boiling induced thermal stress is one but mechanical stresses from pumping wort is another.

Oh, I'm well aware of both of those.  I haven't decided how much I care about them.

Yup and that's fair. Everyone needs to determine what matters to them especially if brewing time and frequency is limited.
Just read this whole thread while sitting at a bar. I have no time to brew anymore much less keep up on the forum. 

Hoping to brew soon. Maybe extract on the stove top. But I need to brew dammit.

Biggest myth to me, maybe dead, is you can't brew good beer with extract.

My hefe's are always very light. I've never thought of it as a negative, as I want it to be a lighter beer.

The recipe I've used for years for a Hoegaarden clone always comes out more orange than the original, though. I've stopped worrying about that, as it tastes just fine.  Looks more like a Blue Moon though, which some people seem to appreciate.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Late yeast addition
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:51:03 PM »
You might also warm up the fermenter as it starts to slow.  That could help keep the yeast going.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Knee high panty hose
« on: March 08, 2018, 10:49:55 PM »
I tried them some years ago.  Can't remember if it was for dry hopping or boiling.

I found that the hops floated way too much.  I think that the mesh of the fabric is tighter than nylon hop bags so you might not get as much extraction.  Of course, you can always adjust for that.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ball valves
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:35:47 PM »
I drilled the kettles myself and put on a weld less ball valve and bulkhead. I suppose the bulkhead is independent of the valve but I don't recall

Equipment and Software / Re: Ball valves
« on: February 03, 2018, 04:58:40 PM »
How about a longer nipple, Joe? Get your tubing away from the flame

Like a bulkhead and nipple with no valve?  Never considered that.  I'm ok with the ball valve, though.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ball valves
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:44:10 PM »
Don't clean valves at all!  Don't use ball valves!

I've been using these as valves on the outlet from my kettle and the two outlets from my pump for two years.  Works great on silicone hose and nothing to clean.  $1.99

I have two mash tuns, one with a valve and one where I use a hose and a clamp.  The hose and clamp works far better than the valve and was so much easier to assemble it made me angry that I wasted time putting a ball valve on the other.

However, for my kettle, I don't see any other option than a ball valve.  I'd be afraid the hose and clamp would melt clean off while I'm boiling.

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