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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/2 Edition
« on: September 06, 2011, 03:47:46 PM »
Just started 10 gals of English Bitter.  I know it's Tuesday, does it still count as the weekend?

Beer Recipes / Re: Wanted: Stout Recipe
« on: September 06, 2011, 04:05:05 AM »
Thanks Tom.  I'll be giving yours a try next week with the exception of the yeast.  I have WLP002 ready to go so I'm gonna give that a try.  It's the only thing I have on hand anyway so it'll have to do.  I've been saving 15 lbs of Maris Otter for a stout so I should be good.
Just to clarify, when you say "black barley", do you mean black patent or roasted barley?  Or is this something more obscure that I'm not familiar with?
Thanks again.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from a keg
« on: September 05, 2011, 06:37:00 PM »
Thanks all.  I tried the stopper thing again and I'm not getting it.  I ended up filling the 10 bottles I needed using just a racking cane in the picnic tap with no stopper and about 2 psi of pressure but I still think I wasted 5 or 10 more bottles in foam and overpour. 
If I decide to do this again, I think a beer gun may be in my future.  Depends on how many competitions I decide to enter.  This is the first one ever and I don't expect much (maybe a couple best in class and 2nd overall but I don't expect to win or anything...)

I'll let you know how I did (assuming my beer makes it in the courier).

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling from a keg
« on: September 05, 2011, 02:58:18 PM »
I'm gonna enter a few beer into a competition but I need to put it in a bottle from a keg.  Any advice on how to do this?  I've seen the video with guys using a racking cane with a stopper and I tried and got showered with beer every time despite lowering the pressure.  I must be doing something really wrong.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: September 05, 2011, 02:49:14 PM »
I love reading the first page of these multi-page threads and then jumping right to the end and wondering "How the hell did they end up here?"

Beer Recipes / Wanted: Stout Recipe
« on: September 04, 2011, 11:29:54 PM »
I'm looking for a good Guiness type stout recipe (all grain) to brew for the upcoming cold and dark winter months.  If anyone has one, can you please share?  I'm looking for something in a session style beer, not a Russian Imperial Stout.  That's just too strong for me...I know that there's been talk on here before about some guy with a brand new Ph.D that has a pretty good stout recipe but I'm not sure if it was ever posted.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing an English pale
« on: September 02, 2011, 11:54:20 PM »
Actually, I think an English IPA should be under 5.5% ABV, no matter what the American-written BJCP guidelines say.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: all foam from keg
« on: September 02, 2011, 06:38:23 PM »
I had one keg that I couldn't get to stop foaming (and it was the first one I ever tried).  Eventually I realized the wrong dip tube was in it and it only gave about 1/8 inch of clearance for the beer to enter which seemed to agitate things.  Cut a 1/2 inch off the tube and it was perfect.  My lines are 10 feet and I keep them in the freezer to avoid temp differences (picnic taps) and they work great now.  Just spent a lot of time being frustrated with different pressures and line lengths and they weren't the big problem.  Check everything over and clean the poppits well too (that's helped me).

Ingredients / Re: Setting up a hop yard
« on: September 02, 2011, 01:13:25 PM »
Drying is going to require some sort of forced air system.  You could possibly build your own if you just need to run air through but if it needs heat you'll probably need help. 
We dry corn ears in 4X4 foot wooden boxes with a perforated bottom that fits onto a natural gas/forced air dryer.  You can stack multiple boxes on top of each other.  These sort of things are available commercially.

Years ago I worked in a another crop and we used large dryers that we brought in from Georgia.  They were actually dryers for peanuts, not sure how easy it would be to modify.  Here is the website

I wish you luck and hope you can make this work (partly so I can buy hops from you).

All Grain Brewing / Re: My first Saison
« on: September 02, 2011, 12:17:15 AM »
It tastes really good.  The mouthfeel is nice and I don't really notice the "oily" character that is supposed to be associated with this yeast.  The spicing is good and it feels appropriate for the beer.  In fact, if summer wasn't almost over, it would be a darn nice summer beer.  Not being a BJCP certified judge, I can't say for sure what the mouthfeel is (or at least I can't describe it properly) but I like it and so do others who've tried it. 
I sent Drew an email with a picture of my hydrometer reading (sorry, taken on my BB and I don't know how to send to a sharing site).  I think I'm reading it right.  Could be 1.002. 

The Pub / Re: Aren't some of you guys drummers?
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:51:24 PM »
His brother's riding the hell out of that bike.  That's the real star of the video...

The Pub / Re: Squash Time (pic)
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:42:12 PM »
I have been known to use pickles instead. Interesting flavor combo.

Dill or sweet pickles in the "pickle bread"? 

Yeast and Fermentation / WLP002 English Ale
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:23:40 PM »
I'm planning on a brown ale this week and I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on this yeast?  I've read that it flocculates extremely well.  Do I need to rouse it during fermentation as I did with the Wyeast London II I tried before?  It stalled out and had to be warmed and roused to get it moving again (maybe I should have checked to see that these were different strains - just thought about that...).

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:55:39 PM »
I'm actually gonna enter a couple bottles of this into a homebrew competition as "Chamomile Wit".  It's not a BJCP event so something like this that isn't too style but is sort of unique may do pretty well.  Who knows.  Like I said, it's good, just not what you'd expect.

Thanks to MDixon for the mash schedule and to Jeffy for advice on flavours and to everyone else for their comments.  It's probably gonna be a while before I get to do this again anyway (darn work!)

Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:48:02 PM »
For MI, crossing at Detroit, swinging along the bottom 1/2 of the state in a rough loop back to Port Huron.  Later in the year I'll be going across at Port Huron, swinging North of Lansing upto Shepherd, back along I-75 through Saginaw and back to Port Huron. 

For MN, I'll cover most of the state, for WI, the lower half.  Basically, if you can grow corn there, I'll be there. 

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