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Just had some Palate Wrecker last week. Very good stuff. If you want really, really hoppy then 120 minute IPA is the way to go.

I have never had it, and I've only seen it available once. It was at a distributer in Pennsylvania. If you know anything about PA, you can only get cases there. Which works well in many instances at this place I go to....$37 for Nugget Nectar, $52 for Hop Slam, and $52 for Breakfast stout....But I had to pass on a case of 120 minute for $150....I just couldn't do it.

So really, is it that good?

.....One of my St. Patty's days beers was a Palate Wrecker

Not in my mind. It's way too sweet and drowns out the hops. 90 minute is my favorite from DogFishHead. I bought a bottle last year and it's over hyped.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour Golden Strong ECY 001
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:16:23 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys. I'll just let it be. This is my first time using ECY001 and was curious. I'll try the roeselare blend next sour batch.

How is the roeselare blend? How sour does it get?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Sour Golden Strong ECY 001
« on: March 11, 2013, 05:59:30 PM »
I pitched bugs on my Sour Golden Strong after the the clean yeast ate it down to 1.040 from 1.078. This was about two months ago. I haven't seen a pellicle yet and I know that sometimes it takes a while to get one and sometimes you won't. I'm not too worried about it because the beer smells sour.

My question is when pitching bugs on an already partially fermented beer do you shake up the carboy or just pitch the bugs and let them be? I didn't really shake the fermenter because I was told the bugs don't like oxygen.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 001 in a Pale Ale
« on: March 08, 2013, 11:32:28 AM »
thanks for the replies.

It's an all grain batch and me seeing that got me curious to see if fermentation stalled or something else I took a gravity reading and it was at 1.010. So it seems like it is finished or very close to finishing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / WLP 001 in a Pale Ale
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:37:38 PM »
So I just brewed a pale ale on saturday. OG was 1.054 and pitched two vials at 70 degrees. It is sitting my basement bathroom that is unused and it fermenting at 68 degrees. It's been 5 days and went to throw in my dry hops. By this time the yeast has fallen out but to my suprise I still have a good amount of krausen sitting on top of my beer. Is this normal for the yeast? The other times I've used this yeast it has fallen out by now. I haven't taken a gravity reading yet so I guess it could still be going.

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Classifieds / Re: ATC Refractometer for sale
« on: March 03, 2013, 07:07:24 PM »
do you still have the refractometer for sale?

Sorry I don't. I sold it to a fellow club member.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Fill Line
« on: February 28, 2013, 01:48:28 PM »
That picture looks good to me. That's where I like to fill my bottles to. Once the beer gets to the top of the bottle take out the wand and you should be perfect.

I was stewarding a competition once and every bottle I saw was low except for one, which was filled all the way to the top. I don't know how you do that but it was funny for the judges to see me soaked in beer.

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My Farmers Tan Pale for the National Homebrew Competition. It did well as an extract brew at a competition a year ago getting a 40. This time it's all grain and first time in the National Homebrew Competition. I don't enter comps much but couldn't pass up the best competition.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: What Denver area clubs are fairly active?
« on: February 10, 2013, 04:23:56 PM »
KROC, keg ran out club is the club I am in. I joined in June 2010 and was really new to homebrewing. I was accepted with open arms and it's a great club. We have a lot of new members this past year and always have a core group of people at the meetings. Meet every 3rd Thursday of the month at either Do Your Brew or a local brewery. Last month was Big Choice. A lot of experienced brewers and there are no dues. Plus we host the the World Brewers Forum. It's a great club.

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Classifieds / ATC Refractometer for sale
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:21:09 PM »
I have a new refractometer for sale. I received two as gifts and don't need both. It seems to be made of both plastic and metal but still feels rather hefty. If anyone is interested in getting rid of your hydrometer and start using a refractometer this would be perfect for you. I have used mine for 2 brews so far and it's great. I was able to check the gravity frequently and not lose a lot of wort. I can get a pic of it if people want to see it. i just don't have my camera at the moment.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 22, 2013, 09:21:49 AM »
I have the luxury of having a shipping department at work. Not only do I know the guy shipping my brew but it  also costs a lot less because we ship so much.

I have been to a UPS store and they asked if there was anything liquid in the box, I just say no and they don't care. Just make sure to wrap the bottles with newspaper, put newspaper between the bottles. I add a garbage bag to keep the liquids in if they break. Never had that happen but can't be too careful.

Either way don't sweat it. It will get to where you want it to go, with no issues.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Your Top 4 Hefeweizens?
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:09:31 AM »
Dry Dock
Ayinger
Franziskaner
Hofbrau

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fryer for boils
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:57:28 AM »
I have read a lot about Fermcap S and it seems I'll pick some up and try it with a 5 gallon batch I have planned. If it works great, I'll keep brewing up 5 gallon batches. If it doesn't work to my liking I'll just make smaller batches. Smaller batches means more chances to brew. But from what I read it works fairly well.

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Equipment and Software / Fryer for boils
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:05:02 AM »
I am switching to all grain and therefore want to be able to do full boils. Through my research on the internet I saw that most of them come with 7.5 gallon pots. I have heard/read that boil overs will happen a lot and that I should get a bigger pot. I would like to save some money on buying a seperate pot so does anyone know where I can get a bigger pot that comes with a propane fryer for a decent price? Links would be appreciated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Temps
« on: July 24, 2012, 01:55:23 PM »
Thanks for the responses. When reading some recipes from people it seemed like they raised the temp to get a more flavorful beer. I guess they did it to get the yeast to finish.

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