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Started in '91 and was taught by one of my cousins, who had been brewing for a while, all grain.  So I started with all grain.  Speaking of pre-internet, who remembers "The Cat's Meow"?  I still have copy on one of my brew book shelves.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers for the non-craft drinker
« on: May 15, 2013, 08:24:46 AM »
I've really given up trying with my family.  There are a couple of my cousins who will try my beers but most are not interested. 

I know with my grandmother who is 89, she remembers her daddy making homemade beer, I guess a carry over from prohibition, and she thinks what I make is too strong and compares it to what he used to make.

I just let them drink the BMC and I keep the good stuff for myself.  ;)

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Problem with club growth in VA
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:59:02 AM »
We have 2 meetings a month.  One is where we bring our homebrew and conduct the actual business of the club and the second is what we call our social where we go, usually to a local brewery or pub and socialize more. 

Beer Recipes / Gumball Head
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:27:14 AM »
Has anyone done a work up of the Gumball Head recipe given in the book "Brewing with Wheat"?  It says the hops are Amarillo, Warrior and Simcoe but all the clone recipes I am finding are only using Amarillo.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy red ale
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:41:51 AM »
So here is what I brewed on Saturday
10 Gallon batch

14# 2 row
6# Munich
2# Victory
2# Crystal 40
1# Crystal 120
4 oz. Chocolate added at vorlauf

2 oz. Cascades FWH
2 oz. Magnum 60 min.
2 oz. Cascades 5 min.
2 oz. Centennial 5 min.
2 oz. Cascades 0 min.
2 oz. Centennial 0 min.

Both flame out additions were allowed to sit in the wort until temp came down to about 160. 

Measured OG. 1.070
Looking forward to trying and then tweaking. 

The Pub / Re: Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:30:29 AM »
I have come to the point where I only correct when it is something like the stupid cut onion deal or some other "medical miracle" that the pioneers used.  Something that might prevent someone from actually seeking medical attention, of course now that I think of it, maybe I should just let Darwinian evolution take its course. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing Forum
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:52:26 AM »
I too am unable to get a password.

Check your junk folder.  It appears that the word "experimental" often makes email from the site end up in junk.  If you still don't have it, contact Drew or me.

I checked the spam folder, all I found were links to celebrity diets, maybe the web is trying to tell me something. ???
 I'll send an email to either you or Drew.  Thank you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing Forum
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:24:55 AM »
I too am unable to get a password.

Equipment and Software / Re: PBW
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:07:36 AM »
I found out the hard way that my tap water was >140 when it melted one of my Better Bottles.  That being said, I love PBW with warm water and let soak for about 30 minutes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Give this guy some beer
« on: May 08, 2013, 12:42:19 PM »
PBR was the preferred brand of commercial brew of our club president and founder.  Sadly, he passed away several years ago.  In his honor someone brings a can of PBR to our club meetings every month.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lemonade in beer
« on: May 08, 2013, 12:39:34 PM »
This thread has me thinking of an idea I had a while back that I wanted to try. I was thinking of trying to brew a hard lemonade using DME as my sweetener. By using a yeast that doesn't attenuate very well (like a wine yeast) you could keep it from drying out completely but still be able to bottle prime. I'm curious how much lemonade character makes it into the finished beer at this ratio of lemonade to beer.

That is an interesting idea. 

I'm anxious to see how much comes through as well.  I like to do this every once in a while since I started brewing 10 gallon batches.  Keep one carboy true to the recipe and then experiment a little with the other. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lemonade in beer
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:42:52 AM »
I'll let you guys know how it turns out.  The true test will be my brew club, but I'm pretty sure they will hate it.  Probably call it a "panty dropper" beer.  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: i'm brewing a beer for a movie
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:39:02 AM »
Cool!  I would probably crack under the pressure and the beer would be infected!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to start checking OG
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:36:26 AM »
Currently fermenting an American Wheat ale (extract) only using primary. 1) When should I start to check OG?
2) OK to use auto syphon to get the beer out to check (turkey baster won't fit into the carboy)?
3) OK to drink my sample?
4) once it has hit the target OG is there any point in keeping in the fermentor any longer?

Just to be clear, if it is in the fermentor you will be checking for FG (final gravity)  OG is measured when it goes into the fermentor (Original Gravity) and is the starting point.  FG is the ending point.

2.)  Yes, just make sure it is sterilized.
3.)  Absolutely!
4.)  Yes, but depends on yeast strain.  Once FG is reached the yeast can still clean up some off flavors, that is where the tasting comes in.  8)

Another thank you and I can't believe I've been doing it wrong, why didn't I see my mistake?!?!

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