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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying Beer
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:29:20 AM »
Last summer my homebrew stock was up to 300+ bottles and I felt pretty comfortable. Now I'm down under 60 and am in a panic. I had to buy a couple cases of crappy beer just to take the tightness out of my chest!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is your perfect spring beer?
« on: March 12, 2012, 07:57:42 AM »
I agree with the others that a Pale Ale is a good choice. I also have to throw in an American Honey Wheat as my top choice. Make it a little higher than session strength at 6-6.5% abv.

All Things Food / Re: anybody have a weber?
« on: March 11, 2012, 02:09:30 PM »
You get what you pay for on grills. I bought a Weber Summit 3 years ago for my wife. Huge grill with a rotis. kit, searing zone, and side burner. It cost a fortune $1800+ but we love it. Mostly stainless and has a 10 to 20 year warranty depending on the part. Way more than I ever wanted to pay, but we used up 2 other $500 grills in less than 10 years. We looked at the Genesis and nearly went that route. Weber has a good network of dealers if you ever need parts or warranty work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 11, 2012, 09:52:34 AM »
If you were really doing something illegal, would you be doing it outside?

most of the time 8)

Before I started brewing, I had a neighbor that was super friendly and seemingly a good parent. I thought it a bit suspicious that he had so many late evening visitors, but I was trusting. I always thought it odd that I could smell a bleach like smell outside. After living next to him for 3 years, the cops paid him a visit one day. They hauled him off for making and selling meth. He'd been hiding his "hobby" in broad daylight for years, apparently making it in his garage. People get comfortable doing their thing, whether legal or not.

Equipment and Software / Re: Exploding fermenters!
« on: March 10, 2012, 02:38:47 PM »
Thanks for posting this. I just bought that brand of airlock. Sure enough, it has the filter end. You may have saved me from a similar fate.

Beer Recipes / Re: Finnegans Blonde
« on: March 04, 2012, 08:27:13 AM »
Try emailing the company to compliment them on their beer. Let them know you're a homebrewer and you'd like to try to make the beer. See if they'll give you a hint or two. I did this with Lakefront and they emailed me their Pumpkin Lager recipe.  I had to scale it down to 5 gallons, but I was surprised with the amount of detail they provided me.

I'm not a huge fan of Tripels, but this one works for me. It is 8.5% ABV, but in no way seems like it. I found it really tough to sip. The only annoying thing is Tallgrass sells their beers in 4 packs of 16 oz cans now days. I miss their old 6 packs of bottles.

If anyone has tried this one, please tell me how you think it compares to other beers of this style. I'm always for trying a style till I find a few I like.

Equipment and Software / Re: Software?
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:56:15 PM »
I'm very happy with Beersmith 2. Great support and lots of free add ons for different and new grains and hops.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: That extract "twang"
« on: February 18, 2012, 05:57:51 AM »
I do not notice a "twang" using LME, but a bit of unfermentable sweetness from using old LME. If your ingredients are fresh there does not seem to be a noticeable difference from an all grain beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Spring Seasonal...
« on: February 11, 2012, 12:36:14 PM »
I had 3 pints of this at my local bar last weekend. I was surprised to see it on tap. I sorta liked it, but the weather needs to be warmer. I woke up to -8 degrees here in Nebraska this morning. Way too cold to be drinking something so light and cheery. They should release this beer in April.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wild Hare
« on: February 11, 2012, 12:31:14 PM »
I noticed my local craft beer store started carrying a wider range of Shiner's beers, but didn't see that one. I'll have check again & give it a try if they do.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Temperature control settings
« on: February 03, 2012, 11:24:59 AM »
Freezer compressors are not the quality they once were. Try to avoid short cycles to maximize compressor life. As mentioned above, probe placement will be the key. A friend of mine burned up 3 cheap freezers due to issues like short cycling. Of course,  he wasn't paying much more for his freezers than the cost of his temp controller.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time needing a blow off tube
« on: February 02, 2012, 01:51:30 PM »
anti-foam agents are key.  You don't need a lot of fermcap-S; a few drops in the starter and/or boil kettle is all you need.  The boiling step sanitizes it along with the rest of the wort. 

I've never tried fermcap, but read that it is popular. I may pick some up on my next supply run. Thanks for the tip!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time needing a blow off tube
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:38:04 PM »
I appreciate the responses. I guess I've just been lucky doing extract batches the last couple years. I was thinking there could be a higher risk of blow off doing an all grain batch, but I guess not. I think I will start making it my normal practice to start out using 1 from now on.

Ingredients / Re: Anyone use Palisade hops?
« on: January 31, 2012, 08:12:34 PM »
I just made a 'golden' ale yesterday using only palisade... my first time using them too. If I don't black out, I'll report back.

I used these for the first time Sunday in a Palisade only Blonde. I thought the aroma was close to Willamette. I'm a big fan of Willamette, so I'm hoping the results are similar, but with higher alphas.

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