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Commercial Beer Reviews / Great Divide's Tripel
« on: September 30, 2010, 05:32:01 PM »
What a magnificent beer! Seek it out it IS that good. I wish I knew what the grain bill is because it just seems there's something more than Pilsner going on in there. Initially it has the signature Belgian character . . banana and clove . . peppery, a subtle, pleasing alcohol warmth (9.3%abv) but as it lingers there is a complexity that builds and when you exhale, you are reminded of the faint flavor of a superfine cigar. AWESOME!

The Pub / How Early would You Start Drinking on a Friday Afternoon?
« on: September 24, 2010, 01:41:53 PM »
I got off work early today and decided I'd get some kegs cleaned and sample some beers for the upcoming Cigar and Brew Fest. I got a dozen cornies cleaned and have sampled the following: (multiples in some cases)

Fuller's ESB clone
Aventinus Wheat Dopplebock clone
Avery Old Jubilation clone
Tommyknockers Imperial Nut Brown clone
I'm now working on Herman Holtrop's/ Bill Pierce's Rochefort 8 clone.

I started at 11:45 this morning . . .Too early?? 

The Pub / 2010 Joke of the Year
« on: September 24, 2010, 01:09:34 PM »
Two women were sitting quietly together, minding their own business.

Events / 2nd Annual Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest
« on: September 21, 2010, 08:30:40 AM »
This year it's The Ultimate BREW BATTLE . . .

Events / Rare Beer Tasting TONIGHT!!
« on: September 16, 2010, 10:14:18 AM »
11th hour notification, but anyone at or near Hilton Head Island South Carolina should drop by Growlers  (hwy 278) this evening for a private tasting of 7 different rare kegged beers. $10 sample glass . . starts @ 7pm tonight Thursday, September 16th . . call now to make a reserve. 843-686-2537. I'll be there, but don't let that stop you!  :D

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Exothermic Reaction
« on: September 06, 2010, 07:39:08 AM »
FWIW, The WY 2001 lager yeast is indicating a 6 degree rise as a result of exothermic reaction.

Fermentor internal wort temp 48 . . ferment chamber temp 42. This is an 11 gallon batch of Pilsner Urquell with twin 1 gallon starters pitched. Good fermentation after 18 hours.

General Homebrew Discussion / Absent Minded Brewer
« on: September 05, 2010, 02:45:21 PM »
I learned I can never consider myself graduated to Master Brewer because of doing dumb things on occasion.

Yesterday for example . . . I brewed 11 gallons of a Pilsner Urquell clone. With my Therminator and well water I was able to get the wort down to 62 degrees. I placed the converted 1/2 barrel fermentor in the ferment chamber, right next to the 1/2 barrel fermentor that contained the Alaskan Smoked Porter clone I made last week to let it chill to 48 degrees for pitching. When the PU wort had chilled to 48, I got the bottle of O2 and SS stone ready to oxygenate and pitch.

Guess what . . I pulled the air lock on the Alaskan Smoked Porter and gave it a nice 20 sec blast of pure O2 before I realized what I had done.  >:(

There's know accounting for stupidity . . .   :-[

Equipment and Software / Polysulfone QDs
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:04:22 PM »
Anyone have a McMaster Carr part number  or an exact size for the O-rings on the CPC quick connects?

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Starters at Lager Temps?
« on: August 30, 2010, 10:49:57 AM »
Is that what you folks do?

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing Like a Madman . . .
« on: August 28, 2010, 08:28:16 AM »
Time is running out . . I got four more to go. Right now I'm mashing the Alaskan Smoked Porter.


The Tennessee Cigar and Brew Fest is coming up. Here's a link to a number of beers I'll be serving in my booth.


The Pub / Home Brewing Limit
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:59:23 AM »
I was contemplating how much brewing it takes to hit the 200 gallon annual (legal) limit. Has anyone ever accomplished that? Bear with me here . .

I ask because time lines are important. Is it per calendar year, or from the time you make a batch? For a hypothetical example . . Starting January 1st 2009 through December 31st I brewed 100 gallons all of which was before August 1st. By August 1st of 2010 I've brewed another 200 gallons . . . but 100 gallons of that was during the winter months of '10. Could I retro that 1st 100 gallons of '10 back to call it 200 gallons from August '09 to August '10 and still be able to make another 100 gallons before December 31st 2010?

Don't let yer brains explode!!


General Homebrew Discussion / Boil Off Rate
« on: August 10, 2010, 08:36:47 AM »
Since I've had to brew during the extreme heat to get enough beers ready for the upcoming Tennessee Cigar and Brewfest, I've noticed a substantial lessening of my boil off rates . . so much so that in some cases I've had to boil an extra 30 minutes or more to get my volume down to where it needs to be to hit the proper OG. Has anyone else experienced this and if so, how do you contend with it as far as hop addition timings? Is there some sort of predictive scale for percent of boil off versus ambient temperature and humidity?

Yeast and Fermentation / Smack Pack Variability
« on: July 19, 2010, 03:45:50 PM »
Well . . . My Old Jubilation clone got put on hold this past weekend as lightning caused me to get called out for some repair work. Anyway, when I "popped" the pair of WY1028 packs to make twin 1 gallon starters. One pack was hideously swollen after 8 hours, the other . . not so much. Not the first time I've had this happen, but have always wondered why the differing personalities with the identical yeasts that have the same date codes.   


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