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All Grain Brewing / Re: 5 Gal Mash Tun
« on: October 24, 2014, 07:23:09 PM »
I had a 5 gallon cooler that I made into a mash tun before upgrading to a 10 gallon cooler. It worked great for beers up to about 7ish %, which will work for most styles. I thought it worked out fine for the time I used it. I am now using it as my berliner weiss mash tun.

Kegging and Bottling / Possibility for Bottle Bombs
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:04:25 AM »
I know I may be getting worked up over nothing but I have never seen this before during my short time making beer. Here is the situation.

Last night I was bottling up a double IPA I was transferring my beer to the bottling bucket and had left a small layer of beer on top of the yeast. After transferring I put the airlock back on the carboy. While bottling I noticed that the airlock still had activity. After bottling all the beer and checking again the airlock still had activity. This all happened after I had reached a steady FG and had cold crashed my beer. Should I be worried about bottle bombs? I am planning on cracking a bottle open soon and checking the carbonation levels later tonight to see if it is already carbed up.

Ingredients / Re: Clarity Ferm testing
« on: September 07, 2014, 05:17:03 PM »
There is a brewery by me that uses this in all their beers except their wheat. To me their beers do have a less full body and their hoppier IPAs don't really taste all that hoppy to me, until I have a couple of them. I haven't done a side by side evaluation but the beers do feel light bodied. I am interested in hearing from somebody with celiacs trying a beer with clarity ferm and see how they respond.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: GABF session times
« on: August 23, 2014, 04:15:48 PM »
it is till 4. they have another session that starts a little while after the members session ends.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today -- 7/20/14
« on: July 20, 2014, 10:06:48 AM »
almost done brewing up a belgian dubbel.

Ingredients / Re: How do you... cucumber?
« on: July 19, 2014, 11:46:08 AM »
At Avery's SourFest this year they had a Sour Blond that had cucumber and rosehips added. It was THE most refreshing sour I have ever had. Would be great on warm/hot days. It has me wanting to make a sour with cucumber. So refreshing.

Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:20:08 AM »

That is very cool.

Quick question for Thirsty_Monk. I will be in Southern WI and IL for a few days this upcoming week. Do you distribute that far south? Would love to try your pilsner.
I am in downtown Waukesha at Bernie's taproom.
I do not have any package products down there.

Awesome. I lived in Waukesha for awhile and am going back there tomorrow. I will definitely try it out.

Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:23:02 AM »
That is very cool.

Quick question for Thirsty_Monk. I will be in Southern WI and IL for a few days this upcoming week. Do you distribute that far south? Would love to try your pilsner.

The Pub / Re: AleSmith
« on: May 22, 2014, 05:03:13 PM »
I have only had their IPA and the Speedway Stout. Both are great beers and I just bought the IPA again today. And it's a great deal at 7 bucks a bomber.

Hop Growing / Re: New Grower Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 05:03:05 PM »
Ok thanks. I will try that and see how it goes.

Hop Growing / Re: New Grower Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 02:13:21 PM »
Ok. Should I add a few extra strings to each pot to allow each to grow?

Hop Growing / New Grower Question
« on: May 18, 2014, 01:46:56 PM »
Just started growing hops this year and my plants are starting to sprout out of the ground. Each plant has sprouted with three "arms." Do I let all of them grow or do I cut some of them and only allow one to grow? If I need to cut them down what is the best way of doing that?

Hop Growing / Re: 2014 hop gardens
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:45:34 AM »
I just got two rhizomes, one chinook and one centennial about a month ago and they are just sprouting out of the ground. I know I probably won't get much this year but I would like to see them grow just for the fun of it. To the person that lives in a townhome, so do I and I just got two big buckets, filled them with dirt and planted them. I bought 12 foot long 1"x2" pieces of wood and some eye hooks and have the string falling down from there. So far it hasn't taken up to much space but I will find out when they start getting big.

Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:41:07 AM »
I haven't picked up the ingredients yet. I don't get much at Barley Haven, only last minute items since they aren't that friendly and there prices seem high, at least to me. I normally get my supplies at Quirky Homebrew up in Northglenn when the club meets there.

As for the recipe I think I am taking out the Comet hops and adding centennial in their place. I am going to stick with the cascade just because I have it. Hope it turns out well.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Go To IPA
« on: May 15, 2014, 08:25:26 AM »
I recently bought my second six pack of this beer. The first six pack was delicious, it was a very fruity, easy drinking IPA. This six pack did not taste like the other what so ever. I was getting a lot of the onion with a terrible after taste. Not sure if it was the batch that went wrong or what but it went from great to nasty to me.

Bought both at the same store in the same cooler. 

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