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Ingredients / Re: Sanitizing Homegrown Hops
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:24:31 PM »
I am getting 2 lbs of fresh hops from a local hop grower (Niwot Hops) on Thursday. I am picking them up and plan to be brewing with them a half hour later. They said there acids analysis came back and thier Cascades were 8.7 AA  :o Something about the climate and soil here so yours may be pretty high alpha too.

Ingredients / Re: dark malt in saison
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:03:24 PM »
I brewed a Black Chocolate Saison recently with 1.5 lbs of Briess Blackprinz malt cold-steeped in 2 quarts of water for about 2 hours. I then boiled it for 10 minutes, dissolved 8 oz of bakers chocolate in it and then added to the fermenter with the main beer. It turned out black as night but still dry like a Sasion should be with a slight chocolate flavor but no roasty or coffee flavors. The rest of the grain bill was 20% Munich and the rest Pale Malt and about 10% sugar.

Pimp My System / Re: Electric control panel
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:45:02 PM »
I like the brewery schematics on the front. Did you have to send it somewhere to get that done?

General Homebrew Discussion / That was painful
« on: June 19, 2012, 07:37:04 PM »
I new this batch of beer would be a little more technically challengeing because of how I wanted to do it - 10 gallon IPA with 7% flaked oats split into 2 vessles for the boil so I could hop each one differently. However, what I did not count on was the false bottom in my mash tun coming off at the bottom of 27 lbs of mashed grain !  >:(

I tried just going with it but it became clear that the little trickle of wort I could get going was going to take me all afternoon to sparge. So I decided to take all of the hot, wet, sticky mash out of my mash tun, put into by boil kettle, re-attach the disconnected false bottom, then put the mash back in the mashtun, re-circ, then sparge again.  :P

I just got done with that and now the sparge is going beautifully. That was awfully thirsty work though so now I am having beer.  ;D

Beer Travel / Re: Free Dinner at Stone Bistro and Gardens
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:57:29 PM »
I get to Seattle on the 20th. Thanks Phill, I may have a ride with another forum member. I went to Karl Strauss Brewpub last night.

Beer Travel / Re: Free Dinner at Stone Bistro and Gardens
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:27:20 PM »

I am in San Diego now. Do one of you San Diego residents want a free dinner?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Massive haul from trip to CO
« on: June 09, 2012, 06:41:41 PM »
Any idea what the brewer's new place will be? Drydock is my favorite small Denver brewery. I use to work not too far from there, so I'd get my brewing supplies and a pint or two there. Their Hefe was solid. Maybe the best commercial Hefe I've had. I don't think GABF medals mean a whole lot, but I can see why that one got a gold.

Bill's new brewery is indeed called Prost Brewing. It is located near the Highlands area of Denver near Lodo / Coors field, but on the west side of I-25 just up the street from Amato's Ale House.

Look for it to be open sometime this summer. I will be there when it does.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dregs harvesting
« on: June 09, 2012, 06:20:23 PM »
I don't think Unibroue bottle conditions with brett. I would be amazed if that were true. Still, I am with Deny. Juts buy it from Wyeast.

I say use the Golden Promise but cut back on specialty malts such as caramunich or crystal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC ticket available
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:11:02 PM »
You say that like its a bad thing  :P

Beer Travel / Free Dinner at Stone Bistro and Gardens
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:46:41 PM »
Do I have your attention yet? What is the catch?

Basically, I need a ride. So, in exchange for round trip transportation between downtown San Diego and Stone I will buy you dinner there.

I will be returning from my deployment to Afghanistan and will be out-processing through San Diego. I will be there for a few days around June 12 - 14 or so and I would really like to get up to Stone while I am there. I won't have transportation - hence the request for a ride.

If anyone is interested please send me a message on the forum with your contact info. I will be traveling the next few days so it may take a while to get back with you.


Beer Recipes / Re: The Kitchen Sink
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:38:27 PM »
The cold steep will give a much mellower roasted / burnt / coffee flavor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC ticket available
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:29:22 PM »
Nope - his wife's. Apparently no one in Denver wants it  :o

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Massive haul from trip to CO
« on: June 03, 2012, 09:43:56 AM »
Silver - I don't know why I was thinking gold. As for Sam Adams O-fest, it is my favorite widely distributed US-brewed O-fest (my top being mine - no distribution, except my garage, 2nd being Dry Dock's - but the brewer is now opening his own place so that may change).

Beer Recipes / Re: Tri-Rye Rye Wine
« on: June 03, 2012, 09:36:40 AM »
I like to use some chocolate rye in my Rye Wine - just enough to give a red color and some depth of flavor. If you want to keep it simple this looks good to me.

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