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Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest alternatives?
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:02:14 AM »
This one seems very popular on HBT, and someone has built the recipe for it already on Brewmaster Warehouse Recipe Builder site.

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops 2011!
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:26:00 AM »


I have a couple cones on the centennial but things that I assume will be cones on the cascade.  Is that correct?

I have 4 strings, all right next to each other.  One cascade grew to the top, probably 12-14 ft.  The others didn't make it to the top this year.  They are second year hops so I was expecting them to go all the way up.  Maybe next year.  They all look healthy so I'm not too worried.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing Ratios
« on: July 08, 2011, 10:34:31 AM »
First of all, I kinda work backwards (like much in my life!)

It's not working backwards, it's called Reverse Engineering.  Kind of like it's not being cheap, it's being pragmatic.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: July AHA Rallies - Check it out!
« on: July 06, 2011, 01:50:09 PM »
AARRGGGHHH!!!  Every year I miss the Sam Adams one.  This year I pick my son up from Cub Scout camp.  Maybe I could pay them to keep him an extra day?  ;)

These are always a good time.  I've been to Smuttynose and Allagash in the past.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Opinions on aeration system
« on: July 06, 2011, 05:12:03 AM »
I run my aquarium pump setup in a 6 gallon Better Bottle with 5.5 gallons of wort for about 30 minutes.  At the end of that time, the foam is just getting to the bottom of the spout, but it never climbs out.  I bought the system from Northern Brewer with an aquarium pump, tubing, inline filter, and aeration stone.

The Pub / Spent Grain Energy
« on: July 05, 2011, 12:21:17 PM »
You gotta love ingeniuty.

Who knew people from MIT were so smart?  ;)

( Drew's response in 3, 2, 1 ...)

Now if they could only find a way to harness the gases the finished product produces  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hello all!
« on: July 01, 2011, 05:22:38 AM »

What?  Was "shagaroo" already taken on this forum?  ;D

I may a have couple bottles from NHC from entries that didn't advance to the 2nd round ( shocking I know  ;) ). 

Maybe I'll send them in to see how they do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frozen beer
« on: June 30, 2011, 01:33:21 PM »
Eisbock! ( or EisPA or EisIPA, or whatever style it is )

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: June 30, 2011, 10:04:43 AM »
Thanks for the updates Frank.  I didn't read back in this thread but did he get to watch the Bruins win the Stanley Cup or see the parade from the hospital window?

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:02:12 AM »
BTW...we had a great Homebrew Club meeting on Monday night.  ;D

Beer Recipes / Re: Pumpkin beer
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:21:19 AM »
Gordon - do you add the spices in the boil?  Or do you add them after fermentation?  I've done both, and can't seem to decide which I prefer.  I think I prefer the boil, just out of sheer laziness.  But I go back and forth.

I do both.  I put some in the boil then make an extract ( vodka and spices ) and dose at kegging.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pumpkin beer
« on: June 29, 2011, 07:00:37 AM »
During one of the Brewing Network Can You Brew It shows, a listener sent in a clone attemp of Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale.  I've never tried it but they made it sound really good.  He double baked the pumpkin.  I'm going to go back and listen again but maybe some of the PNW forum members can comment on this beer.

Here's the link to the show.  It is after the Mirror Pond and Fish Alt rebrew segments.

Equipment and Software / Re: what mill would you recommend?
« on: June 29, 2011, 06:31:43 AM »
I love my Barley Crusher.  I use a drill to run it and it works great, and adjusting the gap is very easy.

I've never used a Monster Mill so I can't comment on that one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BIB Question
« on: June 28, 2011, 05:48:44 AM »
I just listened to Brad Smith's podcast on this topic yesterday and Pat Hollingdale from said he is seeing an average of 78% efficiency.

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