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Equipment and Software / Re: Kenmore Elite Freezer Conversion
« on: September 22, 2015, 06:47:22 PM »
I have the Johnson A419. Super easy to set up and has worked great for me. At first I just used it for my keezer but have now started using my keezer as my lager chamber too. I am very pleased with the product and the price is worth the ease to me. Set it to the temp you want and forget it. Can't recommend it enough.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 10 Barrel Joe IPA
« on: August 30, 2015, 10:45:32 AM »
I can't remember the name of the 10 barrel IPA i just bought, it was the blue label one though and I thought it was great. I haven't had an IPA in a while and it hit the spot. Nice resiny hop backbone and great citrus at the end. Making my IPA recipe and want to compare the two. My IPA has nice citrus/fruit at the end and want to see how it holds up to 10 barrel, which I think its a good IPA and something I will buy again.

The Pub / Re: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Game
« on: August 15, 2015, 10:35:29 AM »
That was fun time waster. I made 21000 beers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Stirring Mash
« on: May 09, 2015, 02:21:50 PM »
I don't see a problem stiring to get your temp down. You have to stir to mix in the grain so what is stiring a little more to bring the temp down a bit?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Life span of beer in a keg vs a bottle
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:50:03 AM »
My last IPA that I kegged I noticed that the last few pours weren't as crisp tasting. The hop profile seemed to get muddled compared to earlier pours in the keg. I haven't had many beers last longer than a month or two in the keg so I don't have much experience with long storage in kegs.   

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Carbonation
« on: May 03, 2015, 10:46:19 AM »
I go the slow route. I am new to kegging and need to make some adjustments to the pressure once the beer is carbed up. I tend to start them a little too high than back it down a few psi. I like that it clears while it carbs up and when it ready the beer is looking good.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 17, 2015, 06:48:41 PM »
Rule #1: The beer in the keg will always achieve the perfect balance of flavor, carbonation, and clarity about 2 or 3 pints before it blows.  ;)  RDWHAHB and build up an inventory.

I did notice that they are getting clearer. Which I like, but now that I know this bit of information I know that kegs days are numbered.

Kegging and Bottling / Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:07:11 PM »
So I just started kegging this winter and am on my second batch in the keg. The first batch was good but the second was one of the best beers I have made, a really nice IPA. I know I am getting to the end of the keg and every time I pour a beer it could be the last. I feel nervous and will miss this beer. Good thing I just bought more hops to brew it again this summer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 16, 2015, 04:44:42 PM »
I use dry for my APA's and IPA's. Usually S-05. It does what I want it to and it's about half the price of liquid yeast. For any beer I want yeast character in like my belgian beers or hefe's I use liquid.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hops to pair with trois
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:51:16 PM »
Citra, mosaic and galaxy. I just made an IPA with that combination and am going to use it in my next brett beer. The aroma and flavor from that blend is just wonderful to me. Very fruity and I feel like each hop adds something different and they pair well. I get pineapple and blueberries mostly.

Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:16:22 PM »
It's been so warm here that I am worried they are going to sprout up too soon. It's cold for a day or two then warm for 4 or 5. Last year was the first year I planted hops and they grew nice but no hops. Hoping for some this year. I just think it would be cool to see hops come in.

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:17:09 PM »
They are scared. My brother turned 21 a year or so ago. While he still drinks the cheap stuff from time to time he drinks a lot of craft beer. He always tries my homebrew and is slowly getting into sours, mainly because my dad and I can't get enough of them. They lost the younger generation and are slowly filling the void of Budweiser with the breweries they buy.

Fun story about them buying breweries. I went home to Illinois this past summer for a wedding and was drinking with my girlfriends father. He was drinking a Goose Island 312. While the brewery is only 60 miles south of where we stood, the beer he was drinking came all the way from Colorado, 1000 miles away.

The Pub / Re: Shot Across The Bow...
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:00:02 PM »
I have mixed feelings on this commercial. The first being irritated. Only because they don't understand that the beer drinker of today is becoming more open and doesn't drink what his or her dad drinks/drank. People of today don't just want one beer just like they don't want to eat one thing the rest of their lives. The world is changing and it seems like Budweiser wants to reverse that. The other feeling I have is who really cares. Some people like Budweiser, good for them. Some people think that the Pumpkin Peach beer sounds good and are going to make it, also, good for them. People like different things, always have always will. Let them enjoy what they enjoy.

I did enjoy the Bud Light commercial with the human Pac Man. I want to play that and will drink Bud Light if I have to.

Going Pro / Re: Been gone for awhile...
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:58:09 PM »
Next time I am down in the Springs I will make sure to stop by. I don't get down there often but maybe this will help get me down there.

Good luck with the brewery.

Beer Recipes / Re: IPA Brew This Weekend
« on: January 15, 2015, 03:44:08 PM »
Thanks for the information guys. I think I am going to decrease the malt a tad to lower the ABV and double the whirlpool hops. Seeing as I have most of the hops already I may as well go for it. Still deciding on the FWH addition. I like them because to me it smooths out the bitterness. May cut it back to .5 ounce instead of a full one ounce? I am hoping this one tastes the way I think it will. Once again, thanks for the input.

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