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General Homebrew Discussion / Iodine vs Starsan
« on: May 14, 2016, 04:17:52 PM »
I've had a few people tell me they use Iodine as a sanitizer instead of Starsan.

Does anyone else use Iodine? If so have you noticed any advantage or disadvantage to using it?


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sediment in secondary ok?
« on: April 11, 2016, 01:20:24 PM »
I always have sediment in my secondary's. Some guys even recommend not using a secondary at all.


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 08, 2016, 07:04:14 AM »
I have a great clone recipe for a barrel aged dark lord. take 10 gallons of soy sauce, reduce it to 4 gallons , add about 3 lbs of white sugar and bourbon to taste. Charge your neighbors 50 for the privilege of buying said beer and then charge them 80 for your creation. Done and done.
Had a taster of BB dark lord 2015 at a the great taste in madison last year and dumped it out after one sip. Three Floyds could repackage bud platinum and sell it for 18.00 a six pack and people would go nuts for it. Plenty of other beers that are as good if not better then three Floyds and easier to get a hold of.

Agreed, there are a ton of awesome beers out there that don't enough or any credit at all!!!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 07, 2016, 08:54:56 AM »

$200 for 5 bottles is a lot of money for any beer!!!

It is but it helps that the ticket included a food/drink credit for the event. Still, those beers are not cheap.

Food and drink for the event helps, otherwise it's $40 a bottle.

Yeah. I think it was $50 food and drink voucher, 5 beers, a tote bag, and maybe a tshirt for $200. I was more intrigued with this all inclusive price than they way it was done in years past. It also shortens lines and what not.

I'm sure it was a good event so that might be worth it, entertainment has its value also.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 07, 2016, 07:30:45 AM »

$200 for 5 bottles is a lot of money for any beer!!!

It is but it helps that the ticket included a food/drink credit for the event. Still, those beers are not cheap.

Food and drink for the event helps, otherwise it's $40 a bottle.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 07, 2016, 05:40:31 AM »
Oh a 2012 was my first exp.to dark lords day, and this year with 200$ per person with 4 bottles of dark lord imperial stout, and 1 bottle of dark lord variant, I was SUPER unlucky, my sister is getting married on the 30th.  And she is the reason I can't go, and I will remind her for the rest of her life!  Even living in Indiana that is steep though.  I struggle to find 3 floyds anywhere in a bottle.  I have not seen a 6pack in stock on a shelf of gumball head, zombie dust, or Yum Yum in a year.  If I want it, I have to ask a friend at party pak to order some up and hold them for me.  They fly off of any shelf they get set on.  Oh to home brew as well as 3 Floyds....

$200 for 5 bottles is a lot of money for any beer!!!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 06, 2016, 12:35:51 PM »
I understand that, my question was mainly when you have not even tasted it. But I like a challenge as well. Just bottled up my third attempt at something like a local brew, and I'm getting awfully close

I'm a big fan of bourbon barrel aged beers, I have a stout and a scotch ale sitting right now. They keep getting better.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 06, 2016, 12:27:09 PM »
I like that thought but how easy is it as a home brewer to obtain recipes for those you have never tried?

I totally agree, but once you know the flavor profile your looking for than you can challenge yourself to try and make it and I like a good challenge!! Plus some of these hard to get beers your lucky to get 1 bottle and if I can make something even remotely close and get 2 cases in my mind I won.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:43:00 AM »
I have seen so many posts on a FB group lately about all the crazy bottle releases of limited edition stuff. I have not waited in any lines, bought any special passes, or bartered my way any into any of the big whales and really dont plan on it anytime soon. There seem to be a ton of them that i would likely be very happy with, maybe some day... On the other hand, the limited number of brews from 3Floyds I have had were all wonderful: Gumbalhead, Yum Yum, Alpha Klaus, Alpha King, Zombie Dust, and Robert the Bruce, Moloko, Calumet Queen. Wait, I guess not so limited in variety, just limited in availability

I've spent to much time trying to get limited release beers!!! That's what motivated me to try home brewing. Im tired of spending that much time and expense for a few beers that are great but still gone in a blink.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 06, 2016, 11:13:06 AM »
The regular Dark Lord is a good beer but I don't know that I would pay the price for it. It's intensely sweet (I think the FG is like 1.030) which is generally not my preference.

I haven't had the regular Darklord yet, it's always long gone before I can get any!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 06, 2016, 02:55:04 AM »
I live in Milwaukee, we get very little 3 Floyds. If we do get any Zombie Dust the store usually does a 2 bottle limit and it's still sold out in an hour!


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Commercial Beer Reviews / 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 05, 2016, 05:38:00 PM »


I went to a bottle share this last weekend and someone brought this!! It was truly amazing, it was a huge beer! I love barrel aged beers but never had one quit like this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Krausen Blowout
« on: April 05, 2016, 12:35:08 PM »
That's it.  Let the wort acclimate and come down.  It's ok if it's even an overnight rest, I do it all the time in summer.  You might be surprised how much this helps your beer.  Smoother/less rough. 

That cellar is perfect for Scots and lagers even! 

http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Ale-Classic-Beer-Style/dp/0937381357  For $8 is a no brainer.


I will definitely let it acclimate on my next batch. Most of the beginner stuff says to pitch the yeast when it's below 80F and that's all the detail you get. Thanks for the tip on the book it's already in my Amazon cart for my next order.

I did a Bavarian Hefeweizen that I put in the root cellar, I was told to put that one somewhere colder and it turned out awesome!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Krausen Blowout
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:24:38 AM »
Good temps.  Was wort this temp at pitching? 

Not sure if you are fan on the Scots styles but I have the style book and there are 3 big takeaways: caramelize wort, authentic yeast, and cool ferment (50's) but still worth the read if you like the style.

The wort was about 75F when I pitched the yeast.

I do have a root cellar in my house that is a pretty consistent 50F during fall winter and spring and about 55F during summer months.

I am a big fan Scottish style ales, this is the first one I am attempting to make. Which book are you referring to? I might have to buy a copy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Krausen Blowout
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:23:32 AM »
Personally, I think blowout is a sign of higher than optimum fermentation temps.  Also, you definitely want to ferment a Scottish at lower temp.  1728 works in the mid 50's...  Is Fermometer reading near 70F?

Where I have those fermentors it is 64F and stays very consistent. The thermometer strips usually read 62-64F.

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