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Beer Recipes / Re: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:10:12 AM »
The ?

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Yeah, not getting it.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:45:31 PM »
A History Of Bad Men -  The Melvins

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:43:00 PM »
Bad Reputation -  Joan Jett

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 21, 2017, 02:42:35 PM »
Bad Luck -  Social Distortion

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Question About Chilling
« on: August 20, 2017, 04:07:45 PM »
I listened to Denny Experimental Brew podcast and he recommends the Hydra wort chiller (see link below). As a former Florida resident, I wished I had this product. I bought this last winter and it's definitely worth it. Here in Iowa, it get to 90 degrees. But, now I can get my wort down to 60 degrees in 12-15 minutes.
The procedure is use this wort chiller to get the wort down to the temperature of the hose water. Then, using the immersion pump (see link below) submerged in ice water, pump thru the chiller to get down to temp.  Jiust me 2 cents worth.

I use a 1/4 hp sump pump for chilling, too. Really glad I made the purchase. Nice to be able to get lager wort quickly down to the mid 40s, even in mid-summer.

Edit for spelling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:07:19 AM »
Awesome looking foam!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Imperial Rustic
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:04:38 AM »
Yeah,  I think it drops pretty easily compared to most saison strains.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 19, 2017, 08:29:56 PM »
We'll done, JT. That's pretty damn nice work!

Ingredients / Re: Highest price & lowest quality
« on: August 19, 2017, 06:35:09 PM »
Some say the same happens for Malt.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 19, 2017, 04:57:48 PM »
Looks tasty.

Ingredients / Re: Highest price & lowest quality
« on: August 19, 2017, 09:26:14 AM »
I heard something recently from someone in the hop business that I found discouraging.  He said that a lot of what is bagged for homebrewers is sometimes years old.  They look over their inventory and see what they need to get rid of and that is what ends up packaged for us.

The cold fact is that we are at the bottom of the food chain so to speak.  Obviously at the top are the big commercial breweries.  They get to come in for hop selection, checking out all the different lots, growers and regions, selecting the best of the best.  Then there are all of the contract holders, then spot buyers, and finally you and me.  So not only do we get the hops no one else wants, which we all understand, but also we may get old hops too.  On top of this, we pay the highest price.

I know it is basic economics, and I don't have a problem with that but it still doesn't sit well.  At a minimum I'm going to limit my hop purchases to places like  and others that buy off the spot market for sale to nano and home brewers.  At least I can be sure it is the current year!

I'm a pretty satisfied YVH customer. And love Ted H's hops from Ebay.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long can you lager for.
« on: August 19, 2017, 09:21:56 AM »
Regardless of whether the beers are at real lager temps (say 30-32F) or just stored at serving temps, many standard strength homebrewed beers will diminish in flavor and aroma by 6 months IMO, unless you're brewing in a way that excludes the vast majority of oxygen contact. If you have your process down, I think you'll have better results by brewing beers like these 8-10 weeks before you need to submit, to have clear beer but also hopefully have fresh flavors and aromas. Obviously if you were submitting barleywines or quad, the time frame extends substantially. Just my $0.02  .

Ingredients / Re: Too much vodka extract?
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:07:51 PM »
I'm with Denny.  I've never like the vodka tinctures because to me the vodka is detectable.

Another +1.  Done it several times and I don't like the character from it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 18, 2017, 02:58:56 PM »
Wow, that's tough work on a day like today (and the right beer to remedy it). Looks good!

Edit -  And a big +1 to the high rest and foam.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rookie question about OG check
« on: August 18, 2017, 09:58:09 AM »
   I always check gravity after sparging, but all that tells me is my pre-boil gravity, which gives me an idea of how much water I need to boil off to reach a desired O.G. The actual O.G. can only be determined after the boil.


and Westley, have you used peated malt before?

Yes, once before in a stout. It's one of the most delicious things on the planet. Is there something specific I should know about peated malt?

Only that 99% of brewers can't stand it!  But it's your tastes and your beer....

Yep, I'm a 99%er. Vile stuff IMO.  :)

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