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Commercial Beer Reviews / belgian ales
« on: March 30, 2012, 09:46:05 PM »
i love ales. 

hell, i love american ales to the end.  i live on the west coast and drink maybe too many west coast delights, of all varieties.

i usually don't care for the yeasty or fruity flavors/notes of their beers.  however, in an effort to expand my palate, i tried the chimays recently.  i really love the blue/grande reserve best.

can you please point me in the direction of more of the malty/sweetish belgians out there?

also, just in case i get bold, maybe point me in the direction of the yeast(s) used for this style of malty goodness. 

what can i say? i like what i like; but i love learning more about beers. 

isn't that part of why we are all here?  to learn?

thanks in advance.

Yeast and Fermentation / st patrick's day
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:21:03 PM »
i wasn't quite sure where to put this but the article mentions Saccharomyces cerevisiae so i thought i'd try it here.  please move it where ever it should be, if need be...

anyway, enjoy a good day of merriment(safely) and may your sunday morning irish flu be but a touch.


ryan patrick lynch

Yeast and Fermentation / my brew day pushed question
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:07:55 PM »
i put my starter on the stir plate yesterday for what i thought was going to be brew day tomorrow but i picked up another couple of work days.

i am going to have to brew saturday.

my starter will be okay for two days in the fridge without having to re-pitch, right?  i just wanted to double check.  i feel like i read i had closer to a week before needed to re-pitch a starter.



All Things Food / anybody have a weber?
« on: March 07, 2012, 12:01:49 AM »
i'm pretty sure i'm gonna pull the trigger on the genesis e310.

it's pricey(but mostly assembled in indiana, which i like), apparently a very good propane burning grill and should last a long time.  first grill for me, but I've grilled many a meals.

thoughts?  feelings?


ryan p lynch

General Homebrew Discussion / centennial hops
« on: February 14, 2012, 03:24:52 PM »
it's my new favorite hop.  i've always loved stone ruination ipa and i finally got around to brewing with some.  i just bottled an apa sunday that is tasty as all-get-out and can't wait for it to carbonate.

anyway, what hops are people blending with centennial for amazingness in any style?  i was thinking about maybe mixing with some amarillo...

cheers and thanks.

Yeast and Fermentation / mr malty question
« on: February 11, 2012, 07:43:10 PM »
so I've plugged in my numbers for a 1.060 5.25 gallon batch.

I'm using my stir plate for the first time.

malty is telling me i need two packs(which i have) with the starter and 1 liter of starter.

does this mean i put both packs into a 1 liter starter or both packs into a 2 liter starter and need a total of 1 liter to pitch?

my growth factor is all the way left at 2.0, since i'm using 2 packs.

cheers and thanks.

All Grain Brewing / how recent should a water report be?
« on: February 05, 2012, 01:51:12 PM »
the ladwp has a water report online for easy access.

the only trouble seems to be that it is from 2010.

is this too old to be looking at for jumping into water chemistry?

what beers are los angeles based brewer's having best luck with?

cheers and thanks.

The Pub / alabama shakes
« on: January 29, 2012, 08:41:08 PM »
nothing beer related.  sorry.

I've listened to this set maybe 50 times over the last several days.  they rock.  small new band.  discovered thanks to npr.

i missed them in la because i was at a wilco show.  if they are coming to your city and you like to rock, see them please.

General Homebrew Discussion / fermenter beer loss
« on: January 28, 2012, 03:37:22 PM »
so today i am calibrating my new kettle(various water levels to the quarter gallon and boil off tests) in preparation of brewing in the morning. 

anyway, to the point.  i'm going to be refining my new system pieces over the next few weeks.  however, i wanted to get some opinions/thoughts on how much beer people are losing for 5 gallon batches after fermenting.

i thought i would start with half a gallon and see where i am after a couple brews.

so, how much are you fellas and ladies leaving behind in the fermenter after bottling a 5 gallon batch with a siphon/racking cane?

thanks and cheers.


General Homebrew Discussion / hop bag vs. hop spider vs. free hop pellets
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:13:06 PM »
in a lot of my recent readings(across the entire interwebs), it seems that some people agree hop bags and spiders can contribute to lost hop utilization. others report no decreased utilization.

how are you fellas using your hop pellets and what are your feelings with these methods?

I haven't been able to find any sort of way to calculate any lost hop utilization so I'm wondering how this lost utilization is taken into account. is it individual by palate perception? is the beer not tasting bitter enough? is the beer not smelling hoppy enough? or both?

I've used bags and have also just tossed pellets into the boil freely. I've been happy with both results. though I liked the bags because of the no hassle removal of hop matter from the wort.

I'm going to build a hop spider this weekend to give that a try and have just been thinking a lot about hops in general.

cheers and thanks!

Kegging and Bottling / sunday night bottling
« on: September 11, 2011, 07:06:32 PM »
i know lots of people keg because it's quick and simple.

i still bottle.  i'm prepping stuff now.  george harrison's all thing shall pass is spinning on the turntable.  i'm sipping a home brew(a wheat porter one been working on).  i'm smiling.  i'm enjoying.  call me crazy, but i like the bottling process.

that is all.

a wonderful week to you all, keep on brewing.

Classifieds / GABF tickets
« on: September 09, 2011, 09:38:41 AM »
looking for saturday session tickets?

i've got two tickets to both saturday sessions.  i was just booked on a feature in new orleans and can't go now.  maybe next year.

General Homebrew Discussion / safale wb-06
« on: September 03, 2011, 10:41:30 AM »
i used this once in my first batch of beer(a wheat porter).

any recommendations or thoughts for a comparable strain from white labs or wyeast? i have been using mostly wyeast 1056 for just about everything but was thinking about trying this recipe again.  i am unfamiliar with wheat yeasts. 


Yeast and Fermentation / denny's favorite 1040
« on: August 28, 2011, 08:15:08 PM »
is this your yeast denny?

maybe this has already been talked about but I've only been here for three months.

tell me about it.  if it is.  i usually use 1056.  I'm curious about other strains. 

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