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General Homebrew Discussion / Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:13:06 PM »
The hops came up today.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoke Signal
« on: April 13, 2014, 04:00:41 AM »
nice work.

Beer Recipes / Re: Dry Stout
« on: March 29, 2014, 12:34:55 AM »
Damn, that looks tasty. And here I am, all done with my 10 gals of stout.  :(

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager yeast starter smells like diacetyl
« on: March 16, 2014, 06:41:51 PM »
Yeah, starters frequently smell kind of weird in my experience. But the beer always tastes good.

Replacing all your equipment probably can't hurt but... When I bottle I frequently notice different levels of carbonation as time goes by. The beer tastes the same, but sometimes a batch will be more foamy for the last few bottles. The thing with bottle carbing is that it's usually not quite the exact science that kegging kind of is. I find this happens more often in winter when the inside temperature swings around a bit more and the bottles take longer to carb. There are so many variables to bottling that you may want to think about. How did you measure the sugar, How much yeast got into the bottling bucket, the ambient temp of the room where the bottles are stored etc etc. All I'm saying is that it may be a carbing quirk and not an infection.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest disaster
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:48:41 PM »
Damn. Well, I'll report back in a few weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / My latest disaster
« on: February 02, 2014, 04:58:10 PM »
I did a decoction for one of my lagers a while back. While I was heating it, I got distracted and scorched some of the grain on the bottom of the pot. There was a pretty good layer of burnt grain on there. Anyway, I figured what the heck, and dumped the unburned grain back into the mash. I tried some last night and it's got a distinct bitter, burned flavor to it.

This happen to anyone else? Will it fade over time or should I just ditch this batch? It's been about six weeks since I brewed this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shocked at Price! really?
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:31:07 PM »
100-150 bucks doesn't seem too crazy for something like that if it's made by hand. I sure as heck wouldn't know how to make my own barrel.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OK, Braggin a Little....
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:22:49 PM »

Going Pro / Re: Draft magazine article.
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:53:25 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:23:01 PM »
When I read that we're in for potentially weeks of bitter cold weather in NY all I could think was..."man I can brew a lot of lagers now."

+10 I live in NE Wisconsin; polar vortex bring it on! I have 5 years of firewood and 2 years of propane. The
vortex is saving me money on heating fuel and homebrewing. I'm currently on my second pint and saving money
as I rattle the keyboard. On a side note, the Mrs and I toast the house up on some Saturdays and walk around
in our underwear in the winter. It's just one reason we love living in the woods. Life is grand!

How much firewood and propane is that, exactly?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:16:19 PM »
That looks like it was a lot of fun. Very cool!

As long as it tastes good, that's all that matters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Annie Johnson in Smithsonian mag
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:21:09 PM »
Nice article. If I had unlimited funds I would try that Zymatic thing.

Going Pro / Re: Questions
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:38:59 PM »
If it aint broke, don't fix it!

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