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General Homebrew Discussion / Small Batch Question
« on: May 17, 2012, 09:41:13 AM »
Would a food grade 5 gallon bucket be too big to use for a 2 gallon batch? Or would the CO2 just take longer to fill the head space?

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Beer Recipes / Aroma hop question
« on: May 13, 2012, 08:14:01 AM »
I have a Citra hopped IPA one week into fermentation. I am planning on dry hopping it. I was going to use Cascades for the dry hop but noticed I have 2 oz of Kent Goldings on hand. Any opinions on which of these would be better?

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Beer Travel / For those near Topeka or Lawrence KS
« on: May 11, 2012, 02:46:58 PM »
Blind Tiger Happenings!

Collaboration Ale On Tap Now!

Full Kimono Imperial Red Ale

American Craft Beer Week celebrates the independent spirit, craftsmanship, and community fostered by the American craft brewer. In that spirit the brewers of Free State beer, Blind Tiger, and 23rd street offer up the Full Kimono, an Imperial Red Ale. Brewers Geoff Deman (Free State), John Dean (Blind Tiger), and Bryan "Bucky" Buckingham (23rd Street), designed the recipe together and collaboratively brewed the three batches of Full Kimono at each other's breweries on three successive days. At over 10% ABV and hopped to the hilt with more hops than any of the three breweries have previously employed in a single batch, the Full Kimono is something special indeed. Full of hop flavor but balanced by a full malt backbone, the Full Kimono lays bare the "magic" of the brewer's art for all to enjoy. Be sure to travel to each brewery and enjoy the subtle differences between each stellar brew.

* Come in Today and Enjoy one of our Award Winning Beers!

See you at The Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant

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General Homebrew Discussion / Question about styles
« on: April 26, 2012, 11:01:26 PM »
I was just looking at the recipe of the week. 12 dollar cream ale. It is a SMaSH made with Briess 2 row and Willamette hops. Isn't a kolsh basically just 2 row? I thought a cream ale had flaked corn or something in it to make it creamy. My question is what is the difference between a kolsh and a cream ale?

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http://blogs.wsj.com/dealjournalaustralia/2012/04/24/coopers-toasts-u-s-beer-takeout/?mod=google_news_blog

They have sold 200,000 kits. That is 200,000 people introduced to home brewing. I had no idea they moved that kind of volume.

I do nothing but all grain 5 gallon batches now. And am trying to learn how to formulate my own recipes. But if it hadn't been for Mr Beer I never would have attempted home brewing. It gave me a very simple inexpensive way to start out. Then I built on that step by step.

Criticize them all you want but here is proof they have been undeniably good for home brewing.

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Ingredients / Hop combination question
« on: April 23, 2012, 07:19:28 AM »
Would citra and cascade work together well?

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Ingredients / white wheat malt
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:46:09 PM »
How is this different than regular malted wheat? Is it as given to stuck sparges?

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The Pub / Yo Bluesman
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:26:08 AM »
Check this out and listen to the entire thing...it is freaking amazing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AOsP8KBp8g

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Ingredients / british pale ale malt vs american 2 row
« on: April 12, 2012, 06:42:49 PM »
Is there a big difference? Can one be substituted for the other?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Question for those who have grown hops
« on: April 12, 2012, 08:51:59 AM »
If I tie a rope to the faceboard of my roof to use as a trellis for the plant to climb. Would the plant eventually damage my roof?

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Pimp My System / So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 07:44:24 AM »
I bought this jacking table at harbor freight.



With the use of a hydraulic jack it raises my Mash Tun high enough to Vourloff comfortably



Then lowers to the perfect hieght to run off into my kettle



This thing is truly a back saver :)

I use the hand truck in the back ground to transport my fermenter to my basement after brewing.

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The Pub / Suprisingly Good Movie
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:03:40 AM »
I was at the redbox yesterday looking for The Heist. With Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy it must be pretty good. It wasn't there. The  only other movie that box had that seemed even vaguely interesting to me was Super 8. I have not seen any advertisements about this movie. I only remember seeing a trailer from it. In the trailer there was a spectacular train wreck. Then something mysterious after that. I figured it was only a buck and a half so what the heck!

BTW I have a nice theater set up in my man cave and I love kicking back with home brews and watching movies. I particularly like movies that light up my big plasma TV.

Anyway this movie really reminded me of the old Speilburg. From back in the  day he did that "Amazing Stories" series on TV. It was a very original concept and very well done. The first half of the movie reminded me of the old Alfred Hitchcock technique of presenting the graphic with no graphics. What made him "the master" was he would build the details to the scenes in your mind without presenting them on the screen.

The plot to the movie slowly unfolds piece by piece as the movie progresses. Leaving a lot of question in your mind but answering them all in its own time. I am really surprised this  movie didn't get more hype. But maybe that is why I enjoyed it. Often movies that get a lot of hype are anti climatic when you see them. Because you have already seen all the best parts in the trailers.

This movie borders on the realms of family movie. It does have a monster in it that might be scary to small children though. There was very little swearing in it. And the violence was not of a really graphic nature.

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The other night I came home from work and found a bag of empty tall necks on my front deck. As I was peeling the labels off of them after a good soaking, it occurred to me, some people wouldn't like finding that sort of thing on their deck.

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