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Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegged beer storage
« on: June 15, 2011, 08:03:35 AM »
Can you imagine coming home to find 'friends' helping themselves to your kegerator uninvited?  Or worse filling and taking growlers?  I think I'd cr@p a bomber. I do share a lot of beer and friends are welcome to come over to visit and sample to their content. Folks seem to know that if they give me honest feedback and return rinsed bottles I'l keep bringing them pleasant surprises. 
As far as the inventory issue goes I'm not going to worry to much about having too many kegs in summer storage conditions for too long.  I believe Tom had some good advice a while back. Something along the lines of, "if you're worried about it going bad, have a party". That sound easier and more fun than building a cold box and closer to the truth, more likely to get buy in from the Brewmistress.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Dumps Beer?
« on: June 14, 2011, 11:33:14 AM »
I've never dumped a batch but years ago I came really close.  I still have no idea what possessed me to think it was a good idea to brew with "Spruce Essense" but it was not a benevolent muse.  My Gin-o-phyle friend Gino loved it so I ended up keeping it around for him and after a couple months I could actually drink one.  It took on sort of a cola/Dr. Pepper kind of flavor.  Ended up being a good exercise in letting things ride.  Someday I may try the freshest of fresh spruce tips but never again will "spruce essense" disgrace my brewlog. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegged beer storage
« on: June 14, 2011, 12:18:51 AM »
I could probably find some inhouse storage. Is there a "do not exceed" temperature I should try to avoid?

Kegging and Bottling / kegged beer storage
« on: June 13, 2011, 11:44:53 PM »
So my kegerator holds four cornies and I'd like to build up some "inventory" kegs to be on deck, take to events and such. The issue for me is I have no basement or extra fridge for storage.  I'm concerned about storing kegged beer in the garage during the summer months with warmer temperatures and fluctuations. Is this concern warranted?  Any advice? Thanks as always.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Widmer X-114 Rotator IPA
« on: June 13, 2011, 08:03:26 PM »
Agreed. I took a sixer of the x-114 to a party a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Big Citra flavor and aroma, not harshly bitter. I don't miss Broken Halo.

Pimp My System / Re: Brutus 10 Build
« on: June 12, 2011, 09:07:11 PM »
Very impressive and inspiring! I really like the way you were able to put it to use for transitional batches as well. Great job! Cheers!

Ingredients / Hop life span?
« on: June 09, 2011, 12:16:30 AM »
I was talking with my Dad tonight and he mentioned that the Nuggets I planted on his property circa '94 were still growing.  This was my first hop plant. Got me to thinking about pulling some rhizomes next year to bring to Portland.  I'm having a hard time finding information on the lifespan of hops. Wondering if I cut "young" rhizomes if its like starting over or if the viability of the root stock is cumulative for age of the mother plant. I have no idea how old the original cutting I purchased was. How long do hops live productive lives?

The Pub / Re: Bartender.....
« on: June 04, 2011, 10:13:49 PM »
What's your Rye of choice Tom?

The Pub / Re: Bartender.....
« on: June 04, 2011, 08:28:48 PM »
I'm having a little Basil Hayden tonight.  Although I might switch over to a Ketel One martini for the next round. 

Mmm... I do enjoy an neat Basil Hayden's.  I've glanced over at to my Four Roses single barrel several times now since I read that.  Perhaps after dark. 

Ingredients / Re: Hop talk
« on: June 03, 2011, 11:49:41 PM »
Oh yes, well... perhaps I should start.
1. Columbus- versatile
2. Amarillo- strong finisher
3. Mt. Hood-  subtle, spicier, clean

Ingredients / Hop talk
« on: June 03, 2011, 10:58:44 PM »
I'm really interested to know everyone's top three favorite hop varieties and why (at least one adjective).
And if you have one, your favorite combination including commercial blends.
Bonus points if you respond in Haiku form.

Ingredients / Re: What hops with rye?
« on: June 02, 2011, 11:12:31 AM »
I've got ten gallons of Denny's Rye IPA fermenting as we speak.  I was thinking of doing a couple variations of dry hopping for comparison. 1) Stay true to the recipe and dry hop in secondary;and 2) 1/2 CTZ and 1/2 Amarillo "in keg" method. 
I predict both will be delicious.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Regarding yeast starters...
« on: June 01, 2011, 06:01:51 PM »
I swear, everyday is like a workshop in this forum. I love it. Thanks for all the comments, keep 'em coming!

Beer Recipes / Re: Homebrew recipes from Deschutes
« on: June 01, 2011, 03:33:01 PM »
Nice!  Mirror Pond is my go-to everymans commercial beer and I was born in Bend.  I gotta love Deschutes!

Equipment and Software / Re: Where to go for oxygen tanks?
« on: June 01, 2011, 03:02:21 PM »
Well, my regulator doesn't have a meter so I opened her up and let 'er rip for 2 minutes through the .5 stone. Looked really cool.

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