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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:31:49 AM »

Put bottles in tap water, bring slowly up to 180-190, hold for 20 minutes. Pull bottles out. Easy peasy!

Doesn't that approach the boiling point of the alcohol? Like what distillers do?  Seems like there is a potential for a blowout.  No problems, though?
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The 190 has worked for me as far as effective pasteurization goes, yes. I did have a bottle explode in the water once. However, it was completely submerged in water so the shards were contained. Scared the bejeebus out of me for sure though!

The boiling point of alcohol is 173, IIRC.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dopplebock too big?
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:19:03 AM »
You'll have to elaborate on that.

Why so?

I just think too many American versions are too boozy and not what I'm looking for in a doppelbock. The old adage was always "when you drink a doppelbock you don't feel the alcohol till you stand up". That's how I approach it when I brew one. I've had plenty of doppelbocks that tasted closer to  barley wines and just don't care for 'em.

My thoughts exactly. I stay on the 1.074 side of the range personally, but I do love that there is technically no upper limit.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:05:54 PM »

I do stove top pasteurization to keep these kinds of beers and ciders.
meaning you bring it to a boil for a few minutes? Then crash and rack?
Put bottles in tap water, bring slowly up to 180-190, hold for 20 minutes. Pull bottles out. Easy peasy!
Thanks Amanda! I'll assume I can bottle off the keg and then do this without affecting the carbonation, correct?

Gary

I would assume so (if you don't loose the cap's seal), but I have only done it with bottle conditioned sours for stability's sake and a bottle conditioned carbonated cider to see if it'd work.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: AHA Forum Topics
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:02:03 PM »
There is a LOT of work still going on behind the scenes.  Give it til next week and we'll see where things stand.

My mom always told me instant gratification was one of my strong points! ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:01:04 PM »

I do stove top pasteurization to keep these kinds of beers and ciders.
meaning you bring it to a boil for a few minutes? Then crash and rack?
Put bottles in tap water, bring slowly up to 180-190, hold for 20 minutes. Pull bottles out. Easy peasy!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 18, 2013, 04:30:24 PM »
I do stove top pasteurization to keep these kinds of beers and ciders.

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My phone says American Homebrewers Association Forum.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:23:41 PM »
I called it first Amanda.

Since I generally get relegated to specialty or veggie/herb anyway, it'd likely be in my flight anyway.

Haha. Okay, fine. You win.  ;D

You can enter it in our club's competition here after January 10th: http://www.kcbiermeisters.org/comp/ I'd love to try it.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Calling Cider Apple Experts/Growers
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:20:56 PM »
My only complaint is that it gives beginners the impression that common cider is crap.

That's a common problem with all the cider books out there. They all basically follow the same script: "In order to make great cider, you need great cider apples. In order to have great cider apples, you must first grow an orchard."

Hence the target audience for my cider book was in that "If you've got great apples - good! If you don't - here's how we work with what you have!"

Common cider isn't crap, IMO. It's quite tasty. I currently make it now, and I may pick up Drew's book later in life just for that reason.

But hey, if you're a tinkerer and have the space (and have the okay from the better half!), why would I not grow cider apple trees?  ;)

A club member and good friend (who is quite good at cider making) has been pointing me in the right direction as well, so hopefully we can actually make this happen!

HHXVI results were a fluke.  That's my bat lanyard she's got hanging up somewhere.   >:(
 ;D

Hey, someone's gotta keep you on your toes! ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:21:48 AM »
I don't see why not. Hell, I'd like to try it!

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Other Fermentables / Re: Calling Cider Apple Experts/Growers
« on: December 18, 2013, 07:07:18 AM »
If you are going to do apples are you going to become a beekeeper as well?  Home grown honey sure would be nice;)

Quit enabling me!  ;D
While you're at it. Get a cow and start making cheese. You can feed it spent grains!

I've lost count of the amount of people who have told me to get chickens. You get a decent sized yard in the 'burbs and suddenly everyone thinks you're a farmer! Ha.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Calling Cider Apple Experts/Growers
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:58:02 AM »
Wow guys. I'm so glad I asked here!  ;D

Dave, that is exactly the kind of advice I am looking for. I am looking for our extension here in KC to see if I can match up the local pests/disease resistance/blooming times/kind of apples/heartiness I want so I can maximize my chance of success. I love to learn new things too, and it manifests itself in the 500 projects I have going on.  ::)

I've also just bought the book Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider by Annie Proulx as it has some information in there about home orchards. A club member and good friend (who is quite good at cider making) has been pointing me in the right direction as well, so hopefully we can actually make this happen!

And Jeff, I'll be at NHC this year. I'll be sure to be at that seminar!

If you are going to do apples are you going to become a beekeeper as well?  Home grown honey sure would be nice;)

Quit enabling me!  ;D

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Other Fermentables / Calling Cider Apple Experts/Growers
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:36:46 PM »
So in buying a house, I've acquired a good size lot as well. There is a ton of room to plant a lot of things, so I'm investigating what I want to plant/grow over the winter.

Of interest now is cider apple trees.

Has anyone actually planted cider apple trees in their backyard and want to give me some advice? I'm looking at dwarf trees, probably around 8-10 of them. Maybe some Dabinett, Kingston Blacks and a Black Oxford or two?

I'm in USDA heartiness zone 6A.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: new forum look
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:25:52 PM »
Tapatalk not working here either. I thought it was something wrong with me/my old phone until we were let back in here.  8)

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The Pub / Re: Chromecast
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:09:58 AM »
Oh this sounds better than I imagined.

When we finish the bar/basement, I'm getting another one so I can have my music in the bar or backyard when we have people over. I haven't even used the Chrome part, or Netflix, or Vevo, or Pandora, or YouTube, or... the list keeps growing.

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