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All Grain Brewing / Re: All Maris-Otter IPA input needed
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:34:07 AM »
I think it would work much better as an English IPA.  Maybe use some EKG instead of Centennial? ;D

Ingredients / Re: Rye Stout
« on: December 10, 2010, 01:26:37 PM »
... This is a good beer, though needs some tweaking to bring it into balance and make it a 'WOW' beer.  ...
What kind of tweaks have you thought about doing?  This recipe looks nice to me. I'd never thought about a rye stout until I came across this thread.  Now, at 2:30pm on a slow Friday afternoon at work, it sounds really, really good!  ;D

Ingredients / Re: Maris Otter -- which one do you prefer and why?
« on: December 03, 2010, 01:36:11 PM »
Thomas Fawcett here.  Use their Golden Promise more than MO, but liked both very much.  Blatz mentioned their Halcyon and I have heard good things about it.  Might give it a try sometime.

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting Better Bottles Clean
« on: November 29, 2010, 10:18:56 AM »
Twice I have had something that just won't come free, even after a hot Oxi bath.  In both of those cases, I took an old tube sock, turned it inside out (so the nubby side is on the outside), pulled it over my carboy brush and secured it with a rubber band.  Did the trick both times and no scratches.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WL029 yeast help
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:56:44 PM »
I use 029 for my Kolsch and several other beers (Alt, Cream Ale, Cali Common, even a Chocolate Stout).  I like to keep it ~62oF and give it a long time.  Usual Kolsch procedure for me is a month in primary, keg it with gelatin and let the kegs sit cool for a couple of months before serving.  It'll come out looking just like majorvices' up there!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WYeast 1469
« on: November 19, 2010, 03:26:42 PM »
I bought some of this yeast specifically to use in my own version of TTL.  I posted the original recipe and comments here.  I'm really itching to brew this again using the 1469, but I'm low on Golden Promise and need to get another sack of it.  There is no way I'm going to brew just five gallons this time! ;D

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 16, 2010, 11:39:32 AM »
In order:

Being There
Cool Hand Luke
It's A Wonderful Life
Raising Arizona
Portrait Of Jennie
The Sting
Bonnie and Clyde
North By Northwest

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your FIRST all grain?
« on: November 15, 2010, 03:03:56 PM »
My first was an APA for the reasons Denny mentioned.  It turned out very well.  IMO, your first AG is about getting the steps and your process down.  From there I tweaked things, figured out my water, etc.  Good luck!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oakshire Brewing
« on: October 19, 2010, 01:57:24 PM »
Yes, Matt was well liked here.  I am waiting for the day when I can make it out there to try some of his beers at Oakshire.

Just to update, the club now has a name: Plainfield Ale & Lager Enthusiasts (P.A.L.E.). Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11th. If you haven't made a meeting yet, pencil in the 11th. Also, Limestone Brewing gives P.A.L.E. members 20% off their food orders during the meeting!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Little Home Brew Survey
« on: October 08, 2010, 08:43:16 AM »
1) What is your age range?
   a. 21-35
   b. 36-45
   c. 46-55
   d. 56+

2) What area do you reside in?
  a. Northeast
  b. South
  c. Midwest
  d. West
  e. Other

3). What do you do for a living?

4). How many children do you have?
    a. 0
    b. 2-3
    c. 4-5
    d. 5+

5). How long have you been home brewing?
    a. >1 year
    b. 1-3 years
    c. 4-7 years
    d. 7+ years

6). How much money do you spend on home brewing a year?
    a. >$1000
    b. $1,000-$2,000
    c. $2,000 +

7). How often do you participate in Home Brewing?
    a. Daily
    b. Weekly
    c. Bi-Weekly

8) Why did you begin home brewing?
First time was when a buddy dragged me into it on summer break from college ~1979.  I gave it up after a couple of batches and went back to school.  Sixteen years later a love of craft beer made me revisit the hobby and it's been downhill ever since! ;-)

9) Do you have any home brewing goals?
Brew the best beer possible, try new styles, learn all I can and have fun.

10).  How many hours per day do you spend online?
    a. >1
    b. 1-2
    c. 3-5
    d. 5+

11) What are the top 10 websites that you visit each day?

Milwaukee Area and Chicagoland Brewers Group
This one
Brewing Network Forum
Chicago Sun Times
Chicago Tribune
My bank's website
My company's website

12) What forms of social media (ex: facebook, twitter, blogging) do you use the most to connect with home brewers and learn about home brewing itself?

Thanks again!

Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator Showcase
« on: September 24, 2010, 07:35:08 AM »
Here is mine.

At some point I plan to put on a faux-granite top (my wife's idea) and route out the area where the drip tray is so it will sit flush.  I also plan to sheath it in oak.  One question for you guys that have covered yours in wood - did you glue the wood right to the outer walls of the freezer or did you use strip wood spacers?  I've been told conflicting warnings about overheating the unit.  Some say it needs air circulating b/w the walls and the wood, so leave some space. Others have told me just the opposite - that having air circulating b/w the walls and the wood would lead to overheating and I should glue the wood directly to the outer walls.  Which is correct?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Gelatin
« on: September 23, 2010, 11:29:53 AM »
...There are people who say not to boil it because it will denature the proteins.  That is silly.  ...
It stems from cooking or, more specifically, baking with gelatin.  Boiling reduces the gelatin's strength and causes a top film to form, which in turn causes lumps in your batter.  Lumpy Batter.  I think I saw them open up for Deep Purple in 1977.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: September 23, 2010, 11:04:13 AM »
... I find Summit to be very onion/garlic-y when the beer is young, but that it fades into a great tangerine/grapefruit flavor after a few weeks.
Exactly!  I brewed an IPA with it and found the same!  I like Summit!  Beveragebob, you dumped yours too soon! ;D  I'll have to seek out some of this Gubna beer you people are talking about.  I don't know if it has arrived in Chicago yet or not.  Don't recall seeing any OB beers yet.  But I have so much homebrew, I don't spend much time at the booze shop these days! ;)

Ingredients / Re: Nugget/Amarillo hop combo
« on: September 23, 2010, 10:45:16 AM »
I think it's a great combo.  I brewed 10 gals. of an IPA that was a combo of Nugget, Bullion and Amarillo and loved the results.  Killed one keg and have another in line.  I plan to enter it in a couple of upcoming competitions.  Recipe linky:   

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