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The Pub / Re: Tribute Brewing, Eagle River WI
« on: July 22, 2016, 01:07:04 PM »
You the man, Marc! Great to see the brewery is doing well. If only Dmitri (Dimik) were here...

Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

The Pub / Re: Through thick and thin
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:26:26 AM »
Don't know, but beware of top heavy glass...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: July 22, 2016, 07:35:47 AM »
The results of my first all grain brew are ready to drink.  Introducing Gizzy Face APA.  Came out pretty clear with just cold crashing, but I will use gelatin going forward as well.  It's a good easy drinker with moderate bitterness.  It could use some more citrus flavor, so next time I will up the hops a little, and add orange peel when I dry hop as well as in the boil.  Overall, I am very pleased with how this came out.

Gizzy Face? lol Pronunciation might be debatable among some people. Cool that is turned out well. Those first all grain beers really were special, I remember.

Damn, that's sweet! Sounds like he had a great time and nice he brought back gifts for everyone.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Experience with Saflager 34/70?
« on: July 21, 2016, 09:56:22 AM »
Now today I just read on that people can't taste the difference between WLP833 and W-34/70.

I guess I need to do a side by side - 833 definitely seems to leave a maltier mouthfeel than 2124 to me. Sort of like the difference between 1056 and 1450. Who knows? I can always be wrong.
I'm thinking more along the lines of just because you have BJCP beside your name doesn't mean you can taste beer. It means you took and passed a test. Plenty of people take and pass the drivers test to get their licenses...we all know how that has worked out for humanity.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Experience with Saflager 34/70?
« on: July 20, 2016, 10:35:02 AM »
It's a very forgiving lager strain and cleanly ferments even in the sixties. It is, however, bland as far as lager strains go. It works well for those hoppier craft lagers where the nuances of other strains might be lost or even undesirable.
Agreed. I've used it on "IPLs" before and have really liked the outcome.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 20, 2016, 05:48:41 AM »
Jealous of the Konig pilsener! I had some Zywiec lager in cans about a month ago when I was in Baltimore. That's some tasty stuff.

I'm going to brew a Dunkel Saturday morning; just a little 3 gallon batch for my 2.5 gallon keg. Yes, I'm doing low DO, no sparge... Going to try it for a while, see how I feel about it.
My first batch has quite a bit of sulfur, so I must've overdosed with SMB (but didn't use all that much really, 1.2g in mash and same in sparge). I anticipate it aging out though in the next few weeks. So I may be backing off on the SMB a tad. And it's the lightest beer I've ever made, can't believe how light it is...looking forward to seeing how it looks when it's cleared up.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:24:38 AM »
Good points, Chris. Crowlers are a silly waste in my opinion. We have them around here and I have zero interest in them. But most places that fill growlers don't purge with co2 either that I've experienced. I guess they assume you're planning to drink the beer within a day or 2, limiting the amount of oxidation effects.

And the AB 6 packs are $11.99 here I think. I thought I'd seen them for $8.99 briefly, but I could've been imagining that. I wish we'd get 6 packs of Sublimely in can...they should bring that one back. But it fell by the way of the black IPA, sadly.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 18, 2016, 07:05:29 AM »
Since the Richmond brewery opened we've been seeing six packs of 16 ounce cans of Arrogant Bastard for $10 a pop. Can't beat that, I've never had this beer fresh before and it's incredible.
The Richmond brewery is open now? When I was out there last fall they were still building it. They must work fast...
Quote from: Stevie
Plastic bottles are ok, but they don't crush like cans. They also have the BPA stigma associated with them, warranted or not.
I think cans have a plastic lining in them. Otherwise you'd risk aluminum leaching into the beer, right?

And actually, I lied earlier about only buying cans. I, like Jon, still buy certain Belgian and German beers in bottles. I bought a bottle of Vitus the other day. Some of that stuff I just have to continue buying. Plus I love the awesome Euro style bottles; heavy duty glass and classic shape.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:26:34 PM »
Absolutely agree. I don't buy beer in bottles anymore. Only cans.
I don't go that far, too much in bottles only I like.
Wish I could can at home.
I do go that far since I don't buy beer all that much. Basically lately it's been 6 packs of DAB for $9 at John's Grocery and 4 packs of Boddingtons. And various other cans now available. There's some beer in bottles I want, but it's fine...I rarely buy beer.

The Pub / Re: The best thing since...
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:20:29 PM »
Absolutely agree. I don't buy beer in bottles anymore. Only cans.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: No Beer
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:02:23 PM »
Has the line been sitting against the wall? I wonder if it's frozen in the line.

Nice work. I've been putting a lot of faith in Bru'n water. I want a meter, but don't have the money for one at the moment, so I'm not worrying myself too much over it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Top Cropping crash course?
« on: July 14, 2016, 01:43:37 PM »
I suggest leaving the bucket lid on top for the beginning until you see a krausen forming, then leave the lid off if you're wanting to go fully open.

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