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Ingredients / How to make Flaked Maize/Corn?
« on: September 18, 2012, 03:42:39 PM »
Anyone know of the proper procedure for making flaked corn? We have amazing locally grown sweet corn here in jersey and i'd like to start using it in my cream ales. I searched a bit but didn't find much that helped.

Any help appreciated,


Commercial Beer Reviews / Yard's IPA
« on: August 25, 2012, 11:09:43 AM »
I really love Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale and when the local liquor store didn't have it, my wife picked up the IPA instead. I totally dig this one too. A def "buy again" beer, which is getting harder and harder to do with so many choices lately. <<--#CraftBeerProblems

The Pub / its Naptime!
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:14:03 AM »
For anyone with kids, this is hilarious...


Questions about the forum? / New forum category suggestion
« on: May 07, 2012, 12:13:42 PM »
Mistakes, Mishaps and Disasters...

I'd volunteer to be the moderator for this section! (as well as a contributor, unfortunately...)


Pimp My System / More Brewshed Ideas...
« on: April 23, 2012, 01:06:22 PM »
In my never-ending quest to find a brewshed that i like, i ran across this site and thought i would share:

Alpine Storage Sheds

General Homebrew Discussion / Near-perfect Brew Day
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:31:09 AM »
I only say near-perfect because i don't want to jinx my next session. :)

Had some friends over on thursday to help me brew because they were interested in the process and may want to start homebrewing themselves. Everything went smoothly and they had a blast. I let them add the grains, stir the mash, vorlauf, etc etc while I instructed them during the whole process, they even helped me clean up!

We spent the whole day brewing, eating bbq, drinking beers and laughing while the kids played in the yard. Such a great day!

btw, the SNPA Clone we brewed is bubbling away and smells great!

I highly recommend having people over to help you brew, it made my brew day just that much better.


Equipment and Software / OK I really screwed up...
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:21:02 PM »
So in a colossal bout stupidity I left spent grain in my mash tun (coleman cooler) over the winter when i thought i cleaned it out. Opening it for the first time was the most disgusting thing I have ever witnessed in my entire 42 years on this planet. The smell of death and decay and the sight of bugs and maggots was overwhelming to every one of my senses. I just can't describe it in words.

I cleaned it out and scrubbed it over and over and over again inbetween puking, then i scrubbed it some more with oxyclean, then soap, then again with oxyclean, then sanitized it with star-san and did the whole thing over again atleast 5 times over the course of a few days but the smell of death remains.

Is this a hopeless cause? Will anything get rid of that smell? I don't want any grain or wort to come close to touching this thing if I can't even get rid of the smell. I know i can boil the stainless steel parts (weldless valve, bulkhead and bazooka screen) but i can't seem to get rid of that smell in the cooler. It goes away after cleaning it then returns overnight.

Think i should just cut my losses, toss it and spend the $40 on a new cooler or do you think its salvagable somehow?

I feel like such a friggin idiot!@!#$

Equipment and Software / Brewtarget author interview
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:22:19 PM »
Saw this on /. and thought i would share...

Hop into beer brewing with opensource

Commercial Beer Reviews / Smuttynose Robust Porter
« on: March 07, 2012, 10:14:49 AM »
Just picked up a six of this last night and its fantastic! One of the best porters I've had in a long time. Carbonation was spot-on, hints of roasty chocolate and coffee. very drinkable.

The only bad thing I can say about it is the label design, it looks like they went with "My sister's friend's son in high schoool has a computer, maybe he can design it for you".

From their website:

OG: 1064 TG: 1018
Grain Bill: pale 2-row, carastan, dark crystal, special “B,” chocolate
Hops: Cascade
IBU's: 45
Color/Number: Dark chocolate brown
ABV 5.7%

The Pub / Right vs. Pragmatic
« on: March 01, 2012, 09:50:19 AM »
Thought Denny might appreciate this...

Right vs. Pragmatic

The Pub / Decepticon Owl
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:38:16 AM »
I've never seen anything like this, so cool.

Transformer Owl

The Pub / bow bow...chick....chicka chickaaaaaaaah
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:19:55 AM »
Mathew's Day Off

so choice!

The Pub / Metal bending machines
« on: January 16, 2012, 12:24:32 PM »
There is just something really cool about machines that can bend and twist metal like its play-dough.

The Hebo system

just think of the brewstands you could make with one of those!

Ingredients / Comments on Summit Hops?
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:59:47 PM »
Anyone tried Summit Hops yet? My LHBS just got them in and posted this about it to facebook:

NEW hop in stock! The Brewer's Apprentice now has Summit! Quite new on the scene but with 15% alpha acid the consensus is very positive for its bittering value coupled with robust citrus notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit.

According to brew365 it subs for Amarillo or Cascade

edit: added url to brew365

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