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The Pub / Re: Computer uber geek needed!
« on: December 16, 2009, 03:58:52 PM »
That's cause you let it know you were happy. Damn newb users! First mistake.. never let the computer know how you're feeling! :)

I know it will be hard, but what happened in the immediate time that this error first cropped up?

Entry Site is Open for the Doug King Memorial Competition!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping a IIPA
« on: December 14, 2009, 11:38:32 AM »
Few years back, before the AHA Vegas conference (2004? 05?) I wrangled the Falcons into brewing a conference beer and convinced them to make a new recipe of mine "Double Down Double IPA" I completely winged the recipe and developed one way I like to think about hops in a beer - Using and Balancing Hops.

But I remember the big debate amongst the Falcons board while I was wrangling this was whether or not 4 months (Feb-June) were going to be enough for a beer this big and strong to age. I remember fighting with the older members who wanted to age the holy hell out of it. The initial batch worked so well that we did another batch in April that went both into kegs and cask. By far the draft version was superior

That recipe still gets broken out anytime we do a cask for things like the AHA conference. It's good stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping a IIPA
« on: December 14, 2009, 11:18:41 AM »
I don't know why you'd want to age an IIPA for several months. For me, a DIPA/IIPA is a month and done beer. You want that fresh hop burn and bite.

Otherwise, you might as well be making barleywine!

Homebrewer Bios / Re: John Palmer
« on: December 14, 2009, 09:47:43 AM »
Nicely written bio, dbeechum

I would take credit for that, but sadly.. the bio itself was written by none other than Mr. Palmer - so all praise to him and a hope that his house didn't get mudslided this weekend. (John's house is a really bad stone's throw away from the Station Fire burn area)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Slowed down my sparge,and got a boost
« on: December 11, 2009, 12:35:48 PM »
In the "made you look" category, I checked and my unit can be outfitted for commercial use to go to 185F. Of course it has some kind of limit for home use which caused it to top out at 140F.

Sounds like its time to attack with a screwdriver!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: December 11, 2009, 12:31:32 PM »
The only problem with a list of discounts is there are a number of places that offer an unofficial discount that isn't monitored by the AHA.

Here's the general membership benefit list and this is the search for Pub Discount Program members

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: December 10, 2009, 10:43:28 AM »
How about some Southern Culture on the Skids.

Only if someone's throwing fried chicken at me!

The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: December 10, 2009, 10:32:33 AM »
Man, as much as I love DBT, that would make for some sad beer drinking!

For me it's a tossup between Mofro and Galactic. Ok, really it's a tossup between just about everything on my ipod

All Grain Brewing / Re: Slowed down my sparge,and got a boost
« on: December 10, 2009, 09:56:51 AM »
Even though it doesn't really apply to the home units - I know the Bruery uses a set of chained instant heaters to create all of its strike and sparge water. Pretty slick actually.

Homebrewer Bios / John Palmer
« on: December 10, 2009, 09:47:44 AM »
Guess we're looking for more than just Dave's now!

Two score and seven years ago, two parents in Midland, MI raised a determined young boy who wanted to make things. Make things and catch fish. About this same time, he tried his grandfather's homemade root beer for the first time, and declared it to be the "best stuff in the world!" The root beer was made in a large stoneware crock with Hire's extract and tended to make the bottles explode, but it was worth it. As time passed and catching ever-larger fish to impress the girls seemed to lose it's effectiveness, John went off to Michigan Tech to learn metallurgy. Metallurgy, snow, and drinking local beer were engaging pastimes for many years but it was finally time to leave Michigan and seek his fame in fortune in Southern California. Girls had nothing to do with it.

The the local aerospace industry of Southern California proved to be a very nourishing environment for the up-and-coming metallurgist, but the lovely beaches of Orange County tended to starve a sophisticated beer drinker. It was the heyday of Corona girls serving beer with lemon, but their beauty and it's style was kind of smooth after a while, give him two-hand hefty biersteins any time. It was the dark lager beer in particular that he missed, and being an engineer, he decided that actually brewing some could not be that hard. A couple trips to the local homebrew supply store and that first disappointing batch of beer was made.

Ah the twists of fate - that first batch was cidery and did not taste anything like the beer he had in mind. It made him more determined than ever to analyze the brewing processes and determine the best method for brewing his beer. And thus was born his five year mission to explore strange new beers, to seek out new recipes and new brewing techniques, to boldly explain what no one had explained before, at least not quite in the same way. Several years were spent writing and re-writing the material and then the book was published online at, the first comprehensive brewing book on the internet. A year later, it was published in hard copy, and a few years later it was revised and published by Brewer's Publications in 2006. Many people ask if brewing beer and writing about beer is his full-time job, but no, it's is just a cherished hobby. His secret identity is being a metallurgist and quality manager for a large heat treating corporation.

John always enjoys having a beer and sharing experiences with other brewers at weekend competitions and conferences.

Ingredients / Re: Briess Cherry Smoked Malt
« on: December 09, 2009, 11:55:11 PM »

Someone  posted a copy of it up on the Recipe Wiki.

Ingredients / Re: Vanilla Bean
« on: December 09, 2009, 09:00:52 PM »
I've always been happy with the ones I get from I bought like a 1/4 lb of each variety a few years back and vacu-packed them. Still great!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black IPA underway
« on: December 08, 2009, 12:00:34 PM »
That's just what I think, correct me if I'm wrong.

If you're talking the Black Perle... actually it was surprisingly drinkable and approachable. Yes, you're not going to be able to hand it off to a person who doesn't already like bitter beers, but it was well done.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kettle Caramelization for a Wee Heavy
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:59:14 AM »
Wow...that's a long brew day.  :o

Yeah total brew day was about 27 hours from measuring out the water to cleanup. Of course we just threw a party, smoked a crap ton of ribs and enjoyed a few brews. I went home and slept for my usual few and then went back the next morning. The thing that killed us was that we didn't top up enough over the course of the boil and ended with a lot of darkening, big caramel flavor and I'm fairly certain a number of longer less fermentable sugars.

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