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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:13:11 PM »
In the old days with one burner and 2 pots it took up to 8 hours for a 5 gallon batch.  Now with my 3-tiered system I do 10 gallon batches in 5-6 hours.  But I really don't pay much attention to the time, brewing is fun and relaxing, it's my quiet time alone in the garage so I'm usually not in a hurry.  But it also depends on what I'm brewing.  Sparging a beer with a very high percentage of oats, rye or wheat takes longer, even with rice hulls.  Sparging a 10 gallon batch of Imperial stout or Belgian quad with 35+ pounds of grain in the mash tun takes a while, you just can't get in a hurry.

Beer recipes should be simpler.  When I see recipes with several grains/malts added at 2, 3, or 4% of the grain bill I seriously doubt that any but the most discerning super tasters can distinguish any effect, much less identify the flavors from those additions.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm Back!
« on: December 12, 2016, 12:14:57 PM »
You're in Albuquerque!  Get with the Dukes of Ale, the local brewing club.

A few years ago I bought a sixpack of Sam Adams Oktoberfest that was obviously bad-it tasted like soured Budweiser.  I sent an email to them, that afternoon somebody from the brewery called me and asked for more details about thee brewery of origin, bottling date, etc. A week later I got a check for $25 and a Sam Adams glass.  OTOH I bought some infected bottles from a brewery in Arizona, I emailed them twice and never heard a word from them.

The Pub / Re: I need a good GPS app for Android
« on: October 16, 2015, 05:50:02 AM »
much more expensive, but you'd probably be safer with a garmin or something similar... especially if you're headed to the boonies.
Any suggestions on a good one?

The Pub / I need a good GPS app for Android
« on: October 15, 2015, 05:02:57 PM »
My two favorite things to do are brewing by myself and rockhunting with my wife.  So I got us a book of GPS coordinates of old mines we can collect at, now I need a good app for my Android phone to use the data in the book.  Does anybody have any recommendations?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: September 12, 2015, 11:39:37 AM »
Somebody ought to think of renaming this thread.  Regardless, on the weekend of Seeptember 12, 2015 I brewed a Columbus/Warrior IPA recipe that boulderbrewer gave me almost 2 years ago.  It wasn't that it didn't sound good, but I just never got around to it.  Now I have, in 3 weeks it'll go in the kegs.  It smelled great, tasted good so hopefully it will taste good.  Thanks boulderbrewer.

Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: July 06, 2015, 11:36:06 AM »
My Cascades are only about 8' tall, but I've been picking cones since mid May.  I've got a couple of ounces so far.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Life span of beer in a keg vs a bottle
« on: May 01, 2015, 12:00:18 PM »
I've had kegs of high alcohol beer, sours, and other stuff that I don't drink daily be delicious after 3 years.  The key is too keep the temp fairly constant and keep the CO2 turned on. We just finished a keg of sour porter that I made in October 2012. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone revamping ruination
« on: April 10, 2015, 09:17:49 PM »
I am pretty impressed that they are making such dramatic changes to their lineup and discontinuing regulars. I wish other biggies would follow suit. Looks like this is a couple of weeks old but I was not aware...
Ruination is by far my least favorite Stone Beer-all I tastes is the dish soap my parents washed my mouth out with when I cussed.  My daughter loves it but I can't drink it.  I like their other beers, especially the Smoked Porter, but to me Ruination is not something I would buy again.

Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: April 04, 2015, 07:53:43 AM »
I took 2 plants, one of them I cut the shoots at ground level, the other one I pulled the shoots free from the crown.  We'll see which one does better.

Ingredients / Re: Using coffee in stouts - what works best?
« on: April 04, 2015, 07:51:54 AM »
I steep about 6 oz's of dark roast Colombian decaf (home roasted)in a pint of 160F water, for an hour or 2, then strain the liquid into the keg directly.  Works every time.

I started mine with towers, I basically built a box on the lid.  I installed a fan to circulate the air from the freezer through the box.  It worked pretty well, but moving the whole freezer away from the wall was a monstrous chore(6 cornies and at least 50 bottles inside).  I redesigned mine with a collar and have loved it.   

Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:20:36 PM »
I'll try a side by side-I've got about 20 crown so I'll trim 6-3 with the weedwhacker, 3 with the shoots pulled and see what happens.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:21:47 AM »
I start my sparge with no rice hulls, if it goes very slowly I'll stir the hulls in, otherwise I leave them out. 

To the OP I brew a hefe with 40% wheat and it's pretty good, I like to ferment cool and get the clove flavor.  Right now I have a wheat IPA in the fermenter with Perle for bittering, Cascade late additions and I'll dry hop with Amarillo.  Wheat is a great brewing grain, there's so much that can be done with it.

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