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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Describe some of the time and travel requirements please.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whitty and clever minds wanted
« on: November 12, 2013, 02:56:22 PM »
The Brewburg Alewyfe

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What is this!
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:55:50 AM »
If it is acetobacter just let it ride and bottle some amazingly delicious apple cider vinegar.  I actually have a batch of cider slowly converting to vinegar on purpose.

The Pub / Re: So I am out in the garage brewing today
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:33:00 AM »
I brewed a Honey Bee Brown ale that made it to the finals last year in the Bluebonnet comp in Texas.  I probably scooped 20 bees out of the kettle during the boil, and they were beginning to make me nervous.  We've had a few fatalities out here from Africanized bees and I really didn't want to have that fight in my garage.

Ingredients / Re: smoked malt
« on: November 05, 2013, 09:56:19 PM »
12% of my home smoked malt would give you a noticeable smoke taste, but barely in a porter.  12% imported rauchmalt probably won't be detectable depending on it's freshness.  It really all depends on whose malt you're using, how fresh it is, and just how much smoke flavor you want.  I use that yeast for stouts and porters all the time, smoke won't clash with it, and smoked porter is an excellent beer when done right.

The Pub / Re: Fall back Spring Ahead Poll
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:18:50 AM »
I don't see any way to vote, there are no buttons to select but I think the whole concept is idiotic.  Twice a year half of my employees either show up an hour late or an hour early, somebody has to work a 13 hour s*** while somebody else goes home after 11 hours.  It makes my payroll complicated, doesn't actually change the length of the day and really makes no sense.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Roeselare in Brown ale?
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:48:09 AM »
Strictly my opinion, but late addition hops and sours don't go well together.  Otherwise I think it's a great idea.  A friend brought a keg of under attenuated porter to a party last year and nobody drank it so I racked it back to a carboy and added bottle dregs from a wide variety of sours and brett beers.  It turned out delicious and only took a few months.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Huge honor!
« on: November 01, 2013, 09:56:10 PM »
Congrats, very well done.

Your wife(a nurse) understands why you stayed up til 3 AM bottling homebrew on the day of your double hernia surgery.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg carbonation?/Beer gun?
« on: October 27, 2013, 08:35:19 AM »
For the beergun to work optimally the beer and the bottles need to be cold.  Once the beer is cold and carbonated the way you want it set your regulator to 3 or 4 psi and relieve the pressure on the keg.  Otherwise it will come out way too fast and you won't end up with any beer in the bottles. 
Here's another hint for the beergun.  Have a growler full of Starsan to put the beergun wand in when you are capping or getting another bottle.
The Beergun is a great product, but it can be temperamental until you get the hang of it.

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