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Beer Recipes / Re: What is Snowcap?
« on: December 12, 2009, 08:38:58 AM »
I think style wise Snow Cap is a winter warmer.  I came up with a fairly close recipe for it years back.  Thanks for the reminder....I may to to brew it again soon!

I did a search and found your recipe on tastybrew.  It says that there were some problems with the recipe.  Is there somewhere else that it is posted with corrections?

Beer Recipes / What is Snowcap?
« on: December 11, 2009, 08:58:14 AM »
It has been about 16 years since I was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and I consumed my fair share of Pyramid's Snowcap Ale.  That was back in the transition from BMC, so all I knew is that it was a good freakin' beer.  What style of beer is it, and would anybody know of a good AG clone recipe?  Thanks in advance for any info. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: December 11, 2009, 08:51:21 AM »
I just recently became a member with a 3 year membership.  Will something be mailed listing all the benefits and discounts that go along with the membership, or is that found on the web site?  I haven't run across anything in my brief surfing yet.


My suggestions based on looking back at what I have done so far:
First:  Wort chiller
Second:  Fermentation temp control
Third:  Stir plate and flask
Fourth:  All grain
Fifth:  Send your old uncle Paul samples from each batch you make.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizer
« on: December 11, 2009, 08:40:53 AM »
In related news, bottling is a horrible process.

How long did it take you?

I would bet long enough to consider kegging.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long for your lagers to drop clear?
« on: December 09, 2009, 08:36:15 AM »
1 year lagering:

I thought the beer was pretty clear going into the secondary, but this is what was left after that year:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Random Beer Name Generator
« on: December 09, 2009, 08:17:01 AM »
Krusty's Blessed Ewok Bock.  My beer rules!

From what I understand, the 300 is the same yeast strain as the Wyeast 3068, which I have used a few times.  With the 3068, I kept fermentation around 72 degrees, trying to get more nanner, but it ended up tasting like sulfur more than anything.  62 is supposedly the best temp according to JZ, which is where my next brew will ferment.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready to grill/smoke
« on: December 08, 2009, 08:32:34 AM »
Test run in the new Bandera a few weeks ago while home:

I had a horizontal smoker, but went to the Bandera because the smoke flows past all the food, and not above it.  My old smoker was great, but this new one is more efficient and it has more rack area and more options.  Me likey. :)

The Pub / Re: Who is a famous person that you've had a beer with?
« on: December 08, 2009, 07:56:55 AM »

He has a wikipedia page, so he's famous, right?  He's mein papa.

The Pub / Re: Lets get to know each other!
« on: December 08, 2009, 07:43:26 AM »
Paul Wetzel, 38, CH-47F pilot in the US Army.  First batches were extract brews in 1998 when I lived in Lake Charles, LA where "good" beer was Miller Lite.  Moved to Vegas in 99 where there was good beer, so no need to brew anything.  I caught the bug again 2 years ago during my previous deployment to Afghanistan, and brewed close to 120 gallons in the year I was home.  This deployment should end in a couple months or so, and I have lots of plans for lots of brews.

Tomorrow will be 19 years since my first skydive, which I did professionally for a year and a half during my break in military service.  I'm up to 3500 jumps, 2200 of which have been as a tandem instructor. 

Currently stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.  4 1/2 years until I can retire and live off my pension and my awesome physical therapist wife's paychecks.  Such lofty goals, I know.

I mountain bike and geocache for fun.

That's all I have to say about that.

The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: December 08, 2009, 07:03:23 AM »
This is like my high school reunion.  It surely is good to see everybody again. 

Biking-  Yes, I do the MTB thing, and a bit of road biking when I am home.  Since I am not, I am doing lots of planning for when I do get home.  I just picked up Cosmic Ray's Fat Tire Tales and Trails, which is a good guide to Arizona MTB spots all over the state.  My first trip will hopefully be the ride from Flagstaff to Sedona, which is 43 miles on fire roads, assisted most of the way by gravity.  In one stretch, the trail descends 3000 feet in 6 miles.  I can't wait.

Again, good to see you all again.

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