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That's funny euge!

Beer Travel / Re: Hey Carl....
« on: July 14, 2011, 08:24:34 AM »
Speaking of the Big Island..... We're headed there next month. We're staying at a timeshare (Worldmark) near Kona. I think I'll have alot of time. The others are visiting a horse ranch, ziplining and other touristy things. I want to visit to the coffee place and volcanoes. I know the Kona Brewery isn't too far away. Any other watering holes and interesting POIs? 

After a week there, we're going to Waikiki for a few days. I don't recall the name, but I remember going to a brewpub near the towers back in 2003.

Any ideas would be appreciated...


Ingredients / Re: 2011 Hop Crop - and the Homebrewer?
« on: July 07, 2011, 10:45:12 AM »
Being Yakima Chief handles the marketing, I assumed they held the trademark. I know, assumptions can be dangerous. I believe you are correct in Virgil Gamache being the only grower.

It is Bruce Campbell's picture. He seems to enjoy good beers (along with a good Mojito). Besides, you wouldn't want my mug shot on here, it'd scare people.

Ingredients / Re: 2011 Hop Crop - and the Homebrewer?
« on: July 07, 2011, 07:48:05 AM »
Yakima Chief, the people with the patent to Amarillo, are in actually in Sunnyside. You can smell them from the freeway when they are processing them.

I purchased the 15 gallon conical from Stout last winter. So far, after 4 brews (including the Czech Pils that's now lagering) I'm very satisfied. Sure saves time and effort when dumping yeast and filling kegs. I put the conical in a temp contolled freezer that sits on a Harbor Freight scissor jack cart.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegged beer storage
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:33:03 AM »
Hey Pinski, you need some of Wease's friends to get your inventory in check....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Deschutes Brewery uses Malt Conditioning
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:27:37 AM »
 You can set your mill a little tighter and not tear up the grain husks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Dumps Beer?
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:22:41 AM »
Have I dumped beer? Yes. Probably 2 or 3 in about 20 years. I won't save a funky tasting beer

Would I dump because it didn't meet expectations and/or a beer style? Heavens no. If it is drinkable (no major flaws) I'll save it or try to make it a little better. Maybe I've got a so-so batch of stout and a so-so pale ale, but by mixing it makes both a little better. Maybe just  dry hopping with improve the beer. I'm not a big fruit beer fan, but maybe adding some cherry or apricot flavoring to it will do the trick.

That said, I have some (really) sweet mead that's been in the bottle for over 10 years. Don't want to throw it. Wonder what would happen if I put a few bottles in at the end of a boil of a lager? Hmm.

Ingredients / Re: Hop talk
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:30:01 AM »
Saaz- Gotta have my Czech Pils
Cascade- love the aroma/taste in a PA
Chinook- hey, I'm a hop head from the Yakima Valley

Equipment and Software / Re: Extending the life of Star-San
« on: June 04, 2011, 07:32:58 AM »
I'd try the Brita water. I just got my water tests back. My tap water hardness (CaC03) is 198. I also sent in a sample of my Brita filtered water, it was 71.

As for the rest of my test, it looks like I'll be buying a lot of bottled water for brewing....

All Grain Brewing / Re: too effecient?
« on: May 27, 2011, 03:50:51 PM »
I think the guy is full of it. I don't get 80% (70-75%), but I know a couple good brewers who consistantly do and have great beers.

Congratulations! I hope it's all that you want it to be.

I like the first one (#29). I can see it on the side of a pint of a freshly drawn ale. The middle two look like baseball logos. The #10 would be second.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Spent grain
« on: May 27, 2011, 07:23:21 AM »
I spread my spent grain out in the field next outside the 'cave. I see rabbits, quail and my neighbors "free range chickens" eat it. I guess it makes up for a couple that flew into my yard that the dogs got (they are bird dogs). Anyway, it's gone in a couple days. I told the chicken guy he could have it but he always seems to be busy on brew day. After a few days in the buckets, it can really stink...

Moving the Kolsch from the conical to cornies for more lagering and making a yeast starter tonight. I put some finings in the Kolsch last Saturday to clear it up. I think it's going to be a pretty good beer. Even without carbonation it tastes very clean and crisp (trying to do a better job of evaluating my beers as I read Gordon's book).

Then I will be brewing a Czech Pils either Sunday or Monday whenever the inlaws leave.

Have a fun, safe weekend fellow brewers!!.

Ingredients / Re: Deformed Hop Plant
« on: May 25, 2011, 02:20:44 PM »
That leaf curling looks familiar. Take a look at the under side of the leaves. Any sign of bugs? We get a lot of mites and aphids on our trees and I know the hop growers out here spray for them.

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