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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 08, 2016, 11:34:02 PM »
A bit of a marathon last night - just 5 of us = two couples and me but ended up doing some keg pours and then bottle shares, including 14 different New Glarus beers (12oz), some other craft beers, and from my cellared homebrews a sour worted Oud Bruin (M. Tonsmeire recipe), BVIP (Denny's recipe), and Pannepot Belgian Dark Strong.

Although I had high expectations I wasn't very thrilled with most of the New Glarus beers.




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:14:42 AM »
I was able to enjoy the last few minutes.... 8)

What is with Manning and Budweiser?  I thought it was odd in the post game
when he said he "was going to go drink a lot of Budweiser".

Then, I was outside, and heard him again - this time on the radio with another reporter - and he says
"I am going to drink a lot of beer, Budweiser"

comma Budweiser?  Clearly seemed like he was getting paid to say that after the game. :-X
Wow.

A friend told me that he has a couple (spelling edit day after SB:) Anheuser distributorships.  If that's the case, it's still lousy to see a parting shot commentary stooping to self-promotion.  Or maybe he's been waiting for the game to drink his favorite beer.  At least he didn't say I can't wait to drink a bunch of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 07, 2016, 10:08:23 AM »


Edit: now I have to drink this photo... tough job, but somebody's gotta do it!

Gotta make sacrifices every once in awhile for the sake of the team.  Very attractive beers!

It's great to see/hear what folks have in their play book for teammate hydration. 

Also, I heard that chicken wing consumption will be +1 billion, or equal to 4 wings per each man, woman and child in the U.S.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 06, 2016, 07:38:51 PM »
You can't call it that! It's copyrighted! You have to call it "The Big Game". You trying to get us all in trouble?

Damn, that's quite a list you've got there. Not sure what I'll drink, maybe bring a growler of Helles over to my uncle's.

I thought the "Big Game" is what cousin Eddy has going up in the upstairs study once the marks get all liquored up.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 06, 2016, 07:01:49 PM »
My guests shall have the following to choose from:

Alt                         
Krystallweizen         
Robust Porter (only 8 bombers left)           
Apple Cherry Cider   
O'Fest 
Schwarzbier
Vienn'Darina IPA

I know you can't see me drooling.

short trip from WA  ;D

Thanks for the invite!  But honestly, getting out as far Midwest as the Turnpike States seems like a long ways from here... definitely have driven through a few times.   :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 06, 2016, 12:42:30 AM »
Is it this weekend?

kickoff at 3:30pm Pacific Time on CBS.

Thanks, but I won't be watching.  Never been a football (or just about any other sport) fan.

Right on.  It's not a major pastime for me, but a good excuse to have friends over when it's the Big Game.  I'd much rather do something athletic and fun, typically non-competitive and without high potential to result in injuries, than watch.  BTW, my taplist was not created for the game, although I did hurry along the brown ale a bit to get it on tap in time. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:17:09 PM »
My guests shall have the following to choose from:

Alt                         
Krystallweizen         
Robust Porter (only 8 bombers left)           
Apple Cherry Cider   
O'Fest 
Schwarzbier
Vienn'Darina IPA

I know you can't see me drooling.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 05, 2016, 03:15:50 PM »
Is it this weekend?

kickoff at 3:30pm Pacific Time on CBS.

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General Homebrew Discussion / On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 05, 2016, 02:36:58 PM »
- Karmeliet Tripel Clone
- Robust Oatmeal Porter
- Raspberry Oatmeal Robust Porter
- English Brown Ale (Northern English)
- Blind Pig Squared IIPA
- German Hefeweizen (bottled)
- various cellared bottles are coming with guests including a sampling of some New Glarus - Score!!

How about you?

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Ingredients / Re: Vitners Harvest Purees
« on: January 31, 2016, 10:41:05 AM »
Has anybody used their mango purée? It's the only reasonably priced mango purée that I can find. I'll deal with whole fruit, but I'd rather not lol.

I go to costco, buy the frozen mangos and make my own puree in a food processor. Cheap. Easy and tastes great.

Hi Keith, I'm curious - do you first pasteurize the homemade Costco puree before adding it to secondary, such as stovetop @ 150F for 20 min, cool and then add?  I'd have to double check the temperature I use but that is my normal procedure when using homemade puree.

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Ingredients / Re: Vitners Harvest Purees
« on: January 30, 2016, 11:08:24 PM »
I normally go 10 days on fruit puree temp controlled, starting about a week into the primary ferment.  I recently used a can of the Vintners Harvest raspberry puree for 5 gals of my 10-gal batch of oatmeal robust porter, and it was done after probably 5-6 days.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New blog
« on: January 23, 2016, 11:25:36 PM »
I have no idea how often they want me to do it, but I'll post when there's a new one.  Any suggestions for topics?

It seems that it's kinda trendy breaking the mold from making your standard NW IPAs by experimenting with a combination of English or other European hops with NW hops.  I know I'm curious what are some successful pairings.

Congrats on your new blog - I look forward to reading it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 23, 2016, 11:15:21 PM »
Tomorrow I'm going to brew a Northern English Brown Ale, using a mish-mash of some pretty old grains and hops, but based on the 2011 NHC Gold recipe for that style.  Unfortunately I didn't realize how critical adding some Special Roast is to nailing the style until after I returned from my LHBS, so won't be using any.  Still there's potential here (9 different malts), and it'll be a simple brew session using Mangrove Jacks Burton Union dry yeast.

I was jonesing to use some brown malt that I've had on hand, and this is what I decided to make, although it ends up being only 1 lb of brown malt out of 23 lbs total grist (11 gal batch).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Alpha degradation
« on: January 06, 2016, 08:10:52 PM »
I use the hop loss calculator in ProMash.  It isn't variety specific but I feel it works well.  I calculate loss from the date of purchase, unless I bought previous year hops (rare).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: FG is finishing way too low, is it an infection?
« on: January 05, 2016, 04:35:41 PM »
Denny... Right on, I knew I was going out on a limb with those hypotheses - taking a moment at work - and basically scratching my head a bit.  The issue of getting too hot too fast due to a high pitch I recall reading about and logically it would occur more easily for someone without good temp control. i.e. a factor that could make it that much easier for a ferment to get away from the zymurgist in the early stages.  I know that I have read especially from Jamil about the importance not only of a sufficient pitch, but also problems from overpitching.  Hence the desire to pitch "just right".

Anyway it all arose at my mis-reading the OP, who meant simply that he makes more yeast than needed and doesn't pitch it all.

So again the issue at hand might be tied to first, need for better control of mash temps, and bland or soapy flavor very possibly at least in part due to water chemistry and pH, and I don't recall if he efficiently treats for chlorine/chloramines. 

I know that once I successfully negotiated the use of Bru'n Water (including selecting/creating the right water profiles) a lot of problems just went away and my beer definitely improved.

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