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Ingredients / Re: Mosaic in a Belgian-American IPA
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:23:59 PM »
I had a Mosaic single hop American IPA at my homebrew club meeting last week that tasted like watermelon Jolly Ranchers. It wasn't bad but that is what it tasted like. That flavor may work well with the Belgian yeast flavors.

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Kegging and Bottling / Clean your bottles !
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:10:27 PM »
I discovered last night during a bottling session that my previous routine of rinsing a bottle out after opening a beer is woefully inadequate. I started inspecting the bottles with a light and half of them were still very dirty. They had a film that covered the inside, a ring at the top, yeast spots, or all 3. Mind you I have been reusing these bottles for years and entering, and winning many competitions with beers in these bottles. I am surprised all the beers were not infected. Most of them were higher alcohol Belgian beers so maybe that helped keep infection down.

After coming to this revelation last night I proceeded to put hot PBW in each bottle, shake it vigorously, then clean it with a bottle brush before rinsing it and giving it a few sanitzer quirts (from my bottle tree attachment). So, at least the two batches of beer I bottled last night a were in nice clean bottles.  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP category doubt
« on: July 19, 2013, 02:09:12 PM »
Enter it in both and see which one it scores better in  ;)

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: High Carbonation Bottling
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:47:07 PM »
I use the Belgian 375ml bottles (from MoreBeer or Northern Brewer - or collect your own). They are thicker and can handle higher volumes of CO2.

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Ingredients / Re: WLP050 Tennessee Whiskey Yeast
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:07:49 PM »
Peated malt belongs in one thing only - WHISKEY !  >:(

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62 for me.

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Beer Travel / Re: Las Vegas
« on: July 10, 2013, 03:25:44 PM »
Go to the Burger Bar in the walking mall between Mandalay Bay and Luxor. Best selection of beer on the strip, great burgers, and awesome (looking) waitresses.  :P

It is a bit pricey though.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: all grain pumpkin ale recipe
« on: July 10, 2013, 03:09:51 PM »
Read my article coming out in the next issue of Zymurgy  ;)

Doesn't take 6 months to age.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:00:30 PM »
Wow - the competition must have been stiff in Belgian Strong. My beer got a 46.3 but did not place.

No score on one of my entries so I am not sure what went on there.

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Events / Re: AHA Conference
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:56:42 PM »
Ewwwwwww  :o

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Beer Recipes / Re: Bottling for my Grand Cru
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:54:24 PM »
I have used Champagne yeast at bottling for some of the bigger Belgian beers (over 1.080 OG) that have bulk aged in the carboy for a while with good success.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:51:45 PM »
I made a double IPA at an Iron Brewer competition with El Dorado hops and I have some for dry-hopping as well. Hopefully it will be good.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belgian Yeast Blending
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:43:49 PM »
My favorite blend for a Saison is WLP550 and WY3711.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-Keg Stainless Steel 2L Growler
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:31:43 PM »
The sell the cap and post for $25.

http://www.dwbrewproducts.com/shop/product_info.php/gas-post-with-cap-p-76

Stainless steel carboy. Oooooooooooooooh

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:23:55 PM »
I will at least bring a bottle or 2 of the beers that made it into the finals for the banquet on Saturday night just in case I get lucky  ;)

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