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Commercial Beer Reviews / Sierra Nevada Summerfest 2018
« on: April 21, 2018, 07:06:58 PM »
Is it me or does Summerfest taste completely different this year?

I remember it as not having much flavor, but the one I'm drinking now is pretty malty and has a noticeable hop presence.  It also has kind of a macro, import-lager flavor to it.

It's a lot better than what my memory of it was.

This particular bottle was packed on 3/23, so it's only 4 weeks old - tastes great.

The Pub / Dri-Dek
« on: April 07, 2018, 11:36:19 PM »
This stuff is pretty cool.

They use it around the pool where my kid takes swimming lessons, and I've seen it at a bar being used for draining glassware.  It could have a variety of applications for homebrewing.

Beer Recipes / Getting Close to Chimay Red
« on: January 25, 2018, 10:30:39 PM »
I tasted a recent dubbel against Chimay Red last night, and I think it is the closest that one of my brews has gotten to it's commercial inspiration (flavor-wise anyway, the color is a bit off).

The Chimay has a slightly deeper cherry/leather flavor than mine, but they are very, very similar. 

Hopefully the yeast will drop out soon. It's been a while since I last used 1214, but my recollection is that it doesn't flocc very well (it's only been in cold storage for a week and a half).

Homebrew is on the left, Chimay's on the right.

Questions about the forum? / Time Stamps
« on: January 20, 2018, 09:05:34 PM »
There's something going on with the time stamps.

I posted something a few minutes ago (it's 1:04 p.m. Pacific time here), and the time stamp says 7:59 p.m.

The Pub / Old Brewing Photo
« on: December 26, 2017, 06:02:28 PM »
I came across this picture in a book of historic photos of Los Angeles (you can click the photo to see a much larger version).

A horse-drawn wagon outside the Eastside Brewery, Los Angeles. c. 1902.

The Pub / Wham!
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:28:23 PM »
This is my favorite Christmas song; please enjoy.

Equipment and Software / Unibrau V3
« on: October 26, 2017, 04:15:45 PM »
I'm tempted, what do you all think?

Someone must have just cancelled their pledge when I was browsing, so I was able to snag one of the early bird specials: $1,245 Canadian (about $970 US right now).  I have 5 days to decide if I want to cancel.

You can get it with an Auber EZ-Boil instead of the ETC-120 controller. 

It would be nice to have the ability to recirculate during the entire mash and run whatever step mash profile I feel like.  I also like the fact that none of the components are proprietary, and you can repair/replace/upgrade the probe, controller, heating element, and pump as you wish.

I think I could brew low oxygen on it as well with a few simple adjustments.

Equipment and Software / Barley Crusher Revolutions per Pound
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:28:15 PM »
I usually crush my grains by hand, and I sometimes count revolutions to pass the time.

On my last brew day, it took 541 revolutions to crush 10.59 lbs. of grain.  So that's roughly 51 revolutions per pound.

Classifieds / Free faucet, sankey coupler, and regulator
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:09:57 PM »
Someone in my neighborhood moved out and left their kegerator on the street.  I salvaged the faucet, regulator and coupler, but I don't have any need for them.

Anyway, they're free if anyone wants to come grab them (I'm in LA).

The Pub / Avery Brewing
« on: September 15, 2017, 04:55:32 PM »
I was in Boulder over Labor Day weekend for some Phish shows and stopped at Avery Brewing for lunch one day.  You can just walk around the brewery while having a beer on these overhead walkways, which is pretty cool. 

Here are a few pictures.  You can't see the grain sacks very clearly, but there was black malt, Dingemans cara 20 and 45, and Weyermann rye and acid malt.

Commercial Beer Reviews / DFH 120 minute IPA
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:07:45 PM »
I picked up a bottle of 120 minute IPA the other day for the first time in a while (I don't usually see it in the stores out here).

Anyway, the label says 16.5% ABV.  Didn't it used to be stronger?

Yeast and Fermentation / Imperial Rustic
« on: July 22, 2017, 08:56:45 PM »
I just kegged a batch of saison fermented with Imperial Rustic.  It has a pretty interesting flavor - tart and dry with a bit of citrus and maybe some bubblegum?

It fermented from 1.054 to 1.004, which is around 92% AA.  I'm looking forward to seeing how it tastes when it's cold and carbonated.

I pitched and held at 68 for two days, then let it rise to 74 over the next 4 or 5 days.  I think it was done some time ago, but I didn't get around to kegging it until today, which is 2 weeks from pitching.

The double cell count is nice; no starter for this batch.

The Pub / Pranqster on Draft
« on: July 16, 2017, 11:06:27 PM »
Flat, no head, orange for some reason, cloudy (still haven't figured that one out), and served ice cold in a pint glass


I don't know what this place did to so mangle a solid beer.

Equipment and Software / Pump Mount
« on: July 03, 2017, 06:17:39 PM »
I've been waiting to come across a good piece of scrap wood on which to mount my pump and power strip. 

Earlier this week, I found a piece of butcher block that was bolted onto a kitchen cart someone was throwing out.

I might attach some rubber feet, but this should keep everything level for now and out of any liquid that might be on the floor.

The Pub / Dead and Company
« on: June 02, 2017, 08:24:28 PM »
My expectations were low, but I was pretty blown away.  Good times; wild crowd

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