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The Pub / Re: Mezcal (artisnal)
« on: July 20, 2015, 04:15:19 PM »
I live in northern Illinois and went to a Spanish restaurant and had a drink with mescal in it. I should have asked. Smokey is what comes to mind and it was mixed with cucumber. It was killer and im not a mixed drink guy!

The Pub / Re: Mezcal (artisnal)
« on: July 20, 2015, 12:44:37 PM »
What other brands might you guys recommend that are available now?

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: July 12, 2015, 08:29:54 AM »
First one was fun

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sour
« on: July 10, 2015, 04:46:58 PM »
Thanks for the input. I will move forward with open eyes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Sour
« on: July 10, 2015, 02:09:19 PM »
As a guy who has never had a sour beer I'm curious. But honestly it doesn't sound good. Looking for commercial examples you guys might recommend.

I understand and I guess it comes down to what you are used to. It just seems like BIAB doesn't get much attention for some reason. I don't think the quality is any less that a traditional multi vessel brew. May-bee I should try a cooler mash tun method once. I can say with the no chill method I save quite a bit of time. I brewed a 10 gal batch 6 weeks ago in 3.5 hours start to finish. I'm not in a hurry but spending a half a day brewing 5 gals of beer just isn't in the cards for me. I am an early riser and can have a brew in the container by 10 am and cleaned up I still have the day ahead of me.

I don't understand why people don't like BIAB. Only one kettle to clean-  I have one eye bolt with a ratchet to hoist it out with (custom bag here to) Whats not to like? Simple and one kettle to clean not a cooler and a kettle- I guess its like they say make it as complicated or as simple as you want. Maybe its because its the only way i have brewed but i cant see wanting to have multiple items to clean vs one. 
On another note Bob Stempski turned me on to the no chill method and man I cant see going back to chilling either. Pull bag, boil, drain into no chill container pitch the next morning. Save me so much time and clean up!!!! Thanks Bob.

General Homebrew Discussion / kern river clone
« on: July 01, 2015, 10:27:30 AM »
Just cracked the first of a 3-1/2" case batch of home brew (only one week old in the bottle) and im all smiles. Started homebrewing a year ago may and nothing beats the satisifaction of making your own. Happy happy joy joy.

Other Fermentables / Re: Ey! Where you get your honey at?
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:17:48 AM »
Local is great if you can afford it. However iv'e had great experiences with
Orange blossom is tasty.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 21, 2015, 04:40:22 AM »
I thought omega was 2 billion per pack as well?

Equipment and Software / Re: Carbon Build up on SS Kettles - Help
« on: May 26, 2015, 10:29:43 AM »
I had a dark star that did the same thing. Contact customer service. Providing you are the original owner and can prove it with receipt they will ship a replacement burner. My new one works fine. It shipped free of charge by the way. Impressed me with customer service!!!

Equipment and Software / Re: 36 qt. kettle deal
« on: May 26, 2015, 10:24:57 AM »
Unless you have a thing about aluminum this is a deal for the volume. Its almost 1/4" thick very happy with this one. Just my opinion though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Challenging brew days
« on: May 17, 2015, 05:51:22 AM »
I've never heard of this happening before. I think I willl adjust the clutch on my dewalt cordless now!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: May 13, 2015, 02:22:19 AM »
Brewer: Frank (Frankenbrew)
Fill seemed good
Nice aroma slightly sweet smelling
I must say this beer is crystal clear and nicely carbonated.
Another beer style im not familiar with but here are my thoughts.
This is a light clean bright refreshing beer. Slightly sweet in a good way and carbonated perfectly. This to me is the perfect beer to be sitting on the porch drinking on a hot summer day. Very nice beer frank!
I would like to brew this beer and wonder how critical the wyeast 2565 is to producing this crisp clean flavor.
Thanks again Frank for the sassion from grassroots that was a very unique beer!! Overall this has been a great experience for me to be able to sample another home brewers brew and gauge where I am at. I have some work to do but that's ok the learning curve is fun:)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: May 07, 2015, 03:59:59 AM »
Brewer: Frank (Frankenbrew)
Fill quite high for a grolsh type bottle seemed to be ok though more to drink:)
Aroma: Lightly citrus odor from the top but not too much
Appearance: Golden in color
Flavor: I like the balance in this beer not too hoppy and good clean straight forward.
Overall impression: I like this beer quite a bit. In fact I will be brewing this in my future. Very mild but citrus in the background. This is not an in your face beer and I like that. No flaws clean and tasty. This is what I want to brew like. To me this is what home-brewing is all about! You should be proud Frank!

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