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Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:26:09 PM »
Being new to brewing AHA is well worth the money. I learn something new every magazine and get some recipe ideas and such. Plus using my AHA card for discounts at pubs is extremly worth it, not just for the discount but for the look on the drunk peoples faces when I save money. For instance, one old drunk was arguing with me how much a growler would cost. Sundays a growler is $2 off for everyone and with the AHA card it's $2 off as well. So she kept yelling at me saying I am getting a good deal for $10 bucks. I whip out that card and BOOM $8. She went ballistic. Well worth my money to AHA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Entered my first beer
« on: May 04, 2012, 06:33:39 PM »
Good luck with your beer! I entered one contest and it gave me some good feedback on my pale ale. Hope you get some good feedback and a BOS medal and prize. It's addicting. I can't wait to enter my next contest.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear(er) Beer
« on: May 04, 2012, 06:23:23 PM »
I had the same issue. My beer was tasting how I wanted it but it was always cloudy. I bought some whirlfloc tabs and a copper wort chiller. Before the wort chiller I was just using an ice bath. The wort chiller was about 60 bucks but after using it my beer is much clearer and it takes a lot less time to cool the wort.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 04, 2012, 06:01:23 PM »
A good time will be had thats for sure. The time he is here we are going to New Belgium for a brewery tour, brewing the next day and going to Avery's Sourfest the day after that. He will be in heaven.

Was also thinking of a Belgian Blonde or a Trappist Style ale. Anyone make any of these?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: That extract "twang"
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:56:30 PM »
I have noticed it in few of my beers, and it was real prominent in the English bitter I brewed. I only tried a few about a week and two weeks after I bottled so it might have toned down a bit, will find out tonite. But most of my beers have been fine. One of them even scored well in a competition scoring a 37, and the guys in the brew club were amazed it was an extract beer. I always ferment in a big bucket of water to control temperature, if that helps.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Agave Nectar Wheat Beer?
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:49:25 PM »
I know Breckenridge Brewery has an Agave Wheat beer. It taste more sweet to me. I have not used it but am thinking of trying something with Agave this summer. Let us know how it tastes.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:40:11 PM »
I have brewed a lot of pale ales and was trying to think of something else but I will bring it up to him.

As for what he likes, he loves sours. Which I am not ready for nor do I know where to begin with that style. Other than that he like belgian beers. I was going to send some to him when they were ready so something that takes some time to get to bottle isn't a problem.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Brewing with my dad
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:27:55 PM »
So my dad is visiting me out in Colorado in a few weeks and wants to brew with me. He has never brewed but has been recently turned on to craft beer. I have a English Bitter and a hefeweizen bottled and just did an IPA the batch before those so looking for something new that would be enjoyed during the hot summer months. I was thinking of a saison because it is something I wanted to always brew but wanted to give my father some options as to what he wants. Looking to brew a 5 gallon batch so give me some ideas or recipes you have tried.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Mango Saison
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:25:01 PM »
I was thinking of brewing up a saison with my dad when he comes to visit me. And this might be something we try. I love classic saisons and always thought about adding some fruit to the equation.

Just one question, what is aromatic malt? Is that the name of the malt or are there malts that are designated as aromatic malt?

All Grain Brewing / Re: New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:25:58 PM »
So it looks like I will be doing the "Cheap n Easy" System. I have a 6 gallon brew pot but was thinking of going bigger. Is it worth it to do all grain batches at 5 gallons. I was thinking I could do 10 gallons of wort and use two different yeast strains to make some different beers. Now my question is stainless steel pot or aluminium?

Dear mother of God that thing is awesome. I would love to get something like that all set up while my girlfriend is at work and see her face when she got home and saw it. I think she would be pissed but my friends would be so happy. I need to start saving my pennies.

All Grain Brewing / New to all grain. Need help with set up
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:50:21 PM »
So I just bought a place with plenty of space to start all grain brewing. I have read a lot of articles and looked at many different set ups but want to know what I would need for the basics. As much as I would like something badass and tricked out I just want something that will allow me more control of my beer.

I have been brewing extract with specialty grains in my apartment for almost a year now and while the beer taste great I would like to take the next step into this obsession.

Even if you just show me a link to a good site with information or your own set up that would be awesome. And about how much do you think it would cost to get a "starter" set up that I can upgrade easily?

Thanks a bunch.

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