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Commercial Beer Reviews / Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: October 22, 2010, 01:55:03 AM »
I've waited all year to try this.

"Brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans... a dark wheat ale"

Blechhhh. Gag.

Not carbonated enough. The peach flavor is very apparent but too soft and also it's weirdly sweet.  Needs more acidity- a bit more carbonation would probably go long way top helping this. Not very hoppy. Again, might have helped balance the beer out. Ughh.

Sickly sweet nose. Is that peach? Oh it smells synthetic... :-X Peach Ice-cream...?

I'm getting an astringency reminiscent of peach skin or even apricot. Nectarine? I like that.

Don't start the evening out with this. Late, after the taste-buds are blunted and exhausted. Enjoy a cigar with one or two. ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: More Blending.
« on: October 22, 2010, 01:30:42 AM »
I put a keg of 2 yo BW back in the kegerator. However, it's a little too much on it's own. I can only drink about 12oz and I'm done. Been working on it off and on for the last year. I want to get rid of it.

My last 12g AG Bitter didn't turn out like I'd hoped. My BU's are negatively off. I let the ferment stray into the mid 70's for about 8 hours after a day or so of the initial post attenuative phase. I'd say 5 days in.

I'll spare you the further details. Unremarkable.

There's a solventy tang to the beer. Six+ weeks has softened it some. But it's very apparent to me.  >:(


Not an ideal situation but I think I can drink it all.  :P This approach is all about the "concentrate"and the "base". In varying concentrations I'm getting different results. I'm getting better hop character out of the BW at about 25% and it becomes closer to an ESB. But not quite since the fruitiness ain't there. Very drinkable. Have to watch the pours though. That BW can really add some oomph! to a beer.

So how about more similar strength blending? Don't want to get fixated on that it has to be strong and weak or a happy accident. I'd like to think there's some sort of ROT for blending and a method too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: my starter is green
« on: October 22, 2010, 12:52:12 AM »
Dump it.
at this stage, not worth the risk...dump...+1

My thoughts just from reading the title.  :o

It's probably infected. The odd infection. It happens. I had one turn black like coca-cola.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 5 gallon sanitizing bucket
« on: October 22, 2010, 12:43:13 AM »
It helps if you build a little wooden tray to hold it, since the plastic ones can be flimsy.

I've found that if you stack 2 or 3 of them together they hold up pretty well on their own. Still wobbly, but manageable.
Good call.  The hardware store where I found one long enough for keg dip tubes only had one.  And I found it, they didn't even know it was there.  I think I paid $0.50 for it.   :)

I think you're going overboard. But that has it's place LOL ;)

A dedicated five gallon bucket is fine for general use. Keep about a gallon of Starsan solution in there all the time. Use distilled water and it'll last forever. Everything gets rinsed- usually quickly and no problems from that- ever. No need for a long soak or drying. A 12oz plastic cup scoops out solution to completely rinse anything I choose anytime. Including dip-tubes or tubing. So I splash a little...

I don't worry about anything before cooling. Just make sure it's kitchen clean. After that Starsan rules. One minute contact time. Not submerge-time.

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: October 21, 2010, 10:25:10 PM »
Fantastic! I think we will see a rapid improvement in the next few weeks. :)

All Things Food / Re: Cheese and Cheese making
« on: October 21, 2010, 06:53:52 PM »
The fairly high salt content in cheese helps preserve it and retard spoiling. It's a pretty harsh environment for most organisms. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Giant Tea Ball for hops?
« on: October 21, 2010, 10:56:43 AM »
I've used the smaller 2" versions to dry-hop in the keg. A while back people were talking about using the 3" tea balls to good effect. I like the looks of this 5.5" "jumbo" version.

BTW, a few fragments do make their way out of the mesh but nothing to deter using this approach.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: payment plan for lifetime membership
« on: October 21, 2010, 10:36:50 AM »
Payment plan euge, payment plan.  I think they were looking for an option other than lump sum.  ;)

Again my bad...

Should wait to finish my tea before posting...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cooling my wort (new brewer)
« on: October 21, 2010, 09:56:44 AM »
All that being said I've done extract partial boils and added water straight out of the tap to cooled wort at least ten times and no infections.

The ice ought to stay in containers until ready for use. Store bought ice probably very risky.

Good luck.

Equipment and Software / Re: Denny's Mash Tun
« on: October 21, 2010, 09:40:13 AM »
And, they don't need a bung with the Coleman 70qt. The tubing fits the drain perfectly if you buy 1/2" OD 3/8" ID.

Other Fermentables / Re: Milk?
« on: October 21, 2010, 09:37:08 AM »
I'm not all that eager to try this though I will eat the hell out of some moldy stinky cheese.  ???

Thinking about the anecdotal health benefits and their citing the longevity of Caucasus peoples; I'm more inclined to believe they benefit from a diet extremely low in processed foods and that they probably walk(ed) everywhere.

Other Fermentables / Re: Kvas
« on: October 21, 2010, 12:59:52 AM »
Sounds like beer to me. Bible beer. It's probably still a little sweet?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A day in the life of a nano brewer
« on: October 19, 2010, 11:14:54 PM »
Naw. This is great. These guys are entrepreneurs. They obviously have customers. My hat is off to them. It was heartening to see them doing the good work.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dissimilar Yeast Flocculation
« on: October 19, 2010, 11:09:41 AM »
That's a good question. My instinct says no. But no experience so maybe it will?

You'll probably need a fining agent.

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