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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoked Porter Recipe
« on: December 14, 2013, 06:22:48 PM »
It depends on whether you want a hint of smoke, subtle smoke or lots of smoke.  I would add a couple of pounds of base malt, and another pound of smoked malt.  Also I would go with .75 pounds of black patent along with the .50 of chocolate.

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Beer Travel / Re: THE ULTIMATE BEER TOUR ITINERARY
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:35:36 PM »
That looks great, but it'll have to wait until 2015 for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 05, 2013, 12:32:51 PM »
  The first thing he noticed were my 6 taps and his comment was that he wished he had come to my house first with a few growlers instead of going to the beer store. 

That's just rude. Or as my mom would say, "tacky"

Are you from the South?  The employee is so he would have understood "tacky"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:06:11 PM »
I had an employee show up at my house one afternoon while I was brewing.  The first thing he noticed were my 6 taps and his comment was that he wished he had come to my house first with a few growlers instead of going to the beer store.  I politely but firmly told him I would love to teach him to brew so he could enjoy the fruits of a few 6-8 hour brewdays but homebrewed doesn't mean free.

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And I thought I was the only one who brewed a crabapple brett blonde.  Mine never got as brettish as I hoped but it was still very tasty and the keg didn't last long.  I just harvested and froze 24 pounds of crabapples, enough for 2 good batches.
I left mine on the fruit for several months, racked to a keg and left it 6 months.  It dried out nicely, developed a crisp apple flavor but the brett was subdued.  I used a vial of Brett B and the dregs from a couple of bottles of Orval to make a starter, so I know the brett was active.

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Well said.  My situation is very similar, and I also fell blessed.  Homebrewing is fun, but the people we've met through homebrewing are what we're really thankful for.  Cheers

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: November 29, 2013, 10:25:05 AM »
Anybody who comes to my house is welcome to as much of almost anything I have on tap as they can handle.  But before I let people pull a pint of a specialty beer like a rauchbier or something sour I give them a 4 oz taster glass.  I do get irritated at glasses half full of those beers sitting on the counter attracting flies.
I don't bottle beer so i rarely take homebrew to parties(I take my own storebought stuff to share) and I don't let people fill growlers to take home-if I'm not good enough to drink WITH my beer is too good for you.

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All Things Food / Re: Seaside Thanksgiving!
« on: November 28, 2013, 10:37:00 AM »
I'm in Mobile eating a traditional Turkey day meal, but I'm drinking all Bama beers this weekend.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: November 23, 2013, 07:12:02 PM »
Since Thursday night our high has been 33F, just briefly this after.  But this afternoon it started sleeting and now it's snowing.  It probably won't amount to much but it is a real nuisance.

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Hop Growing / Re: Requests to Hops Growers
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:58:03 PM »

Multihead is a variety grown in New Mexico. I just bought some on
I talked to some guys a couple of years ago who were doing some research into wild hops found in NM, but they were very tight with info.  I saw somewhere that El Dorado is a hop developed from wild hops in NM but I don't know if that's true or not, and I've never heard of Multihead.

I actually spoke with Todd a few months ago and he did say that he began with wild NM hops that they found at high elevation (8000 feet) and kept the ones that did well at 6000, also mentioned that there are a good proportion of citrus compounds to be found in the varieties that came out of their breeding efforts.  He also mentioned that he worked out a deal with a grower up in Yakima to take over his project.  Here's a little background: http://www.santafe.com/article/humulus-lupulus-neomexicanus and where to buy cuttings: http://www.rnventerprises.com/files/Variety_Descriptions_20134.pdf.

Never used any of them myself but would like to in the future.
Thanks, I bookmarked it so I can order in the spring.

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Kegging an oatmeal stout tomorrow and brewing an IPA on Sunday.  I'm gonna use a recipe boulderbrewer came up with for me a while back.

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Hop Growing / Re: Requests to Hops Growers
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:54:31 AM »
I would ask them to design a wide variety of hops that do well in the New Mexico desert, assuming adequate drip irrigation.  Cascade does great, but I'd like to have some others.
Multihead is a variety grown in New Mexico. I just bought some on vacation. I don't know where it grows though, NM is a big state.
I talked to some guys a couple of years ago who were doing some research into wild hops found in NM, but they were very tight with info.  I saw somewhere that El Dorado is a hop developed from wild hops in NM but I don't know if that's true or not, and I've never heard of Multihead.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blingmann beer gun and high carbonation
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:51:52 AM »
It'll work fine.  Before you Beergun it, chill the keg as close to freezing as you can, release the pressure from the keg, and then use about 2-3 psi to push the beer.  It'll help if the bottles are very cold also.  The extreme cold will help keep the CO2 in solution.

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Hop Growing / Re: Requests to Hops Growers
« on: November 19, 2013, 09:13:32 PM »
I would ask them to design a wide variety of hops that do well in the New Mexico desert, assuming adequate drip irrigation.  Cascade does great, but I'd like to have some others.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What Commercial Beers Do You Have Aging?
« on: November 19, 2013, 02:22:53 PM »
Some 2006 and 2012 Bigfoots(Bigfeet), Some Orvals from as far back as 2009, an Abyss from 2009(the worst beer I've ever forced myself to finish), some Goose Island sours from 2012 and who knows what else lost in my beer fridges.

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