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Beer Recipes / Re: Bell's Two Hearted yeast question
« on: October 26, 2015, 04:55:16 PM »
I tried it after primary was complete (OG came in around 1011), and it tastes exactly like a belgian blonde.  The yeast must've overpowered the hop characteristics because they're not coming through at all  >:( :'(.  I'm still planning on dry hopping with a bunch of centennial.  Not expecting much out of this one since I'm not a huge belgian fan.  At least I only have to drink 10 gallons of this stuff........

You need to dry hop the heck out of it. Lots of flavor from the dry hops too, not just aroma.

Wow. Very cool. I need to try the 2-day dry hop method on my next IPA!

Beer Recipes / Re: Bell's Two Hearted yeast question
« on: October 13, 2015, 08:53:48 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Northern Brewer Customer Service
« on: October 09, 2015, 07:45:24 AM »
Another upvote for NB from me. I used them for about 8 years before a local homebrew supply opened up in the area. Customer service was always top notch.

Ingredients / Re: Sugarcane
« on: September 26, 2015, 09:03:24 AM »
I had fresh sugarcane juice a few years ago in the Caribbean. There are guys on the street who take the stalks and put it into a grinder so that the juice comes out the bottom. It was good and sweet, but it didn't really have any strong distinctive flavor. It tasted only slightly different than a glass of water with table sugar added.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Farmer thinking of growing Hops!
« on: September 11, 2015, 08:15:49 AM »
Don't almonds bring in more $ per pound?

Note: I know nothing about growing almonds, but I have bought both almonds and hops, and almonds are waaaay more expensive.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I guess I should make some beer.
« on: September 07, 2015, 05:09:30 PM »
I hear ya. It'd been pretty dry in New York too. And hotter than usual this year. Everything is getting clobbered. I think I've had about a third of the tomatoes I usually get. My Chinook plant is usually a maniac but it was only ok. Mt.Hood and Willamette barely had any cones. The only thing I grow that has been doing well besides the cascade plant are the hot peppers. I have a billion of them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I guess I should make some beer.
« on: September 07, 2015, 03:45:52 PM »
Thanks. I've had the plant growing for eight years. First three years at my old house, then transplanted it here and it kept going full blast.

Cascade of course....

General Homebrew Discussion / I guess I should make some beer.
« on: September 07, 2015, 02:49:03 PM »

My Labor day project.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: British Ale Yeasts
« on: September 04, 2015, 04:38:53 PM »
I'm a big fan of 1028 for my British style beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Writer Needs Your Opinion
« on: August 20, 2015, 07:18:17 AM »
 Is It "Cheating" to Use Technology to Home Brew?

I don't see how. We use technology to brew now. Without modern technology I guess we couldn't use propane for fire. Or an oven for heat. Or a cooler to sparge, or metal pots to boil the wort, or a bucket/carboy to ferment. Or a refridgerator to control temperature, etc, etc.

1 - What's your own experience?

I'm a hose and bucket guy.

2 - If you have not seen a closed system brew, what's your perception?  Are you interested in seeing or trying?

They sound amazing. If I had the spare cash I would get one tomorrow.

3 - Is trial and error necessary to be a good brewer?

I think trial and error and experience is necessary to be a good anything. Or even a mediocre anything.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Things you wish breweries would figure out
« on: August 18, 2015, 05:41:11 PM »
A Kölsch is not a Pilsner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Floating sack problem
« on: July 09, 2015, 07:19:21 AM »
I find that my dry hopping works better if I can get the hops sitting in the mddle of the beer instead of floating on top of it but ymmv.

Going Pro / Re: Start up funds?
« on: July 06, 2015, 08:09:45 AM »
This guy just took over my local shop. It's probably a longshot, but you could email him and ask for details.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Newbie has Bottling Issue
« on: July 04, 2015, 08:30:22 PM »
How warm did it get during that month?

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