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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: September 24, 2016, 11:36:05 AM »
Damn, Paul. That is amazing! You're the envy of most of the brewers here. Kudos!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 24, 2016, 08:27:12 AM »





Bwahahahahahahaha.    ;D   Awesome, Keith.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 24, 2016, 08:26:03 AM »
I will home brew until they pry the mash paddle from my cold dead hands....

Love it:) this may literally be the case for me.  i still find time and love all aspects of Homebrewing even though i have had a lime sized cancerous brain tumor removed Oct of last year. Homebrewing is living in my book and have brewed my share since that date:)


Good for you. I hope all is well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 24, 2016, 07:38:46 AM »
Exhibit A - I went to a local place a while back and sampled a flight of their stuff. Mostly light and insipid, nothing very flavorful or worth buying a pint of. Fermentation flaws in some of the beers.  The brewer (maybe 25-26ish) said that he'd started as a homebrewer and that his parents had bought the place for him. So he was literally learning to homebrew in his own pub. Since then the beer has improved but not a lot IMO, though I've talked to young beer drinkers that think his beer 'rocks'. Kind of mind blowing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: September 24, 2016, 07:19:36 AM »
Either dort or pils this weekend.....torn so we will see where the beer gods take me.


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got squirrely and went off the reservation....ended up with new recipe of 62.4% pils, 27.9% light munich, 2.3% carahell, 2.3% munich 1. 26.6ibu of merkur and 4 ibu saaz. wlp830. steam step mash 143F for 60min, 163F for 60min.



Awesome. Dort?

Not really. Started with my dort and then decided on something different. Not sure what you call it- continental amber ???


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Sounds good to me. Kind of like a Czech Amber lager-ish?. Bet it's tasty.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: September 24, 2016, 07:13:51 AM »
Either dort or pils this weekend.....torn so we will see where the beer gods take me.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

got squirrely and went off the reservation....ended up with new recipe of 62.4% pils, 27.9% light munich, 2.3% carahell, 2.3% munich 1. 26.6ibu of merkur and 4 ibu saaz. wlp830. steam step mash 143F for 60min, 163F for 60min.



Awesome. Dort?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 24, 2016, 07:09:53 AM »
Is Homebrewing the canary in the coal mine? Reading this one wonders if the predicted shake out will happen in the next few years.


I was thinking the same thing. The excess of mediocre (or worse) stuff can only take up store or tap space for so long.
But people get all fanboy for locals. A newish brewery near me is complete garbage. GARBAGE. Zero redeeming qualities. 4+ stars on yelp.


Oh I know. It's the same here - about 80% utter crap to good beer. I'm assuming (or hoping) that the young twenty somethings will eventually try enough actual good beers to be able to tell the difference. Or not. Evidently crap beer served in a cool outdoor biergarten or patio is enough around here.

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Ingredients / Re: What do you think about sweet beers
« on: September 24, 2016, 07:05:42 AM »
To answer the question, I hate them. Chocolate (do like breakfast stout's restraint, though) , candy, peanut butter/jelly or other kiddie flavored beers are usually a dealbreaker.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 24, 2016, 06:52:48 AM »
Is Homebrewing the canary in the coal mine? Reading this one wonders if the predicted shake out will happen in the next few years.


I was thinking the same thing. The excess of mediocre (or worse) stuff can only take up store or tap space for so long.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:50:32 PM »
I will home brew until they pry the mash paddle from my cold dead hands....


^^^ I think that's my new mantra. AHA oughta sell t-shirts and bumper stickers. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 23, 2016, 12:12:00 PM »
I'm also social media free. The only hashtag I know is a tag I put on my hash that says "Pete's Hash".


Yeah, and I make pretty good corned beef hash.   :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 23, 2016, 10:11:01 AM »
Agreed with things being cyclical. And there are so many new breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars that provide craft beer (albeit a lot of it mediocre or worse) that I'm sure many don't feel the need to brew. I'd hate to see homebrewing decline to the point that access to the ingredients I want is a challenge like when I started (don't see that happening), but past that it's been a trendy hobby in recent years and it's not for everybody. The people who stick with it have real passion for the process, and see the cleaning, scrubbing and too cold/too hot brew days as a labor of love, not a reason to sell their equipment and run to the nearest brewpub. And I'm also proud to say I'm social media free. Each his own.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pilsner
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:22:33 AM »
I still haven't brewed this. It will be my first lager of the season once the weather cools down a bit more so I have two batches scheduled ahead of it

As is pretty standard for me, it is hard to settle on traditional styles. I think the problem is I can't brew as much as I like so I start combining multiple ideas into one beer...

I am thinking about shifting this and throwing in some American hops. I still want it to be 'pilsneresque' but with some different hop attributes. I suppose it just becomes a generic hoppy lager. I have a couple of ounces of Ahtanum that I was thinking of throwing into the mix.

How does this look? I will get rid of the 20 min addition altogether and get most of my IBUs from the bittering addition. Is it a bad idea to dry hop?

~40 IBU
Magnum 60 min
1 oz Sterling/1 oz Ahtanum 5 min
1 oz Sterling/1 oz Ahtanum DH

I will either go the more traditional route or this direction depending on what I have on tap at the time.



Sounds good to me. I love the hoppy lager/IPL beers. I used the Pivo pils recipe from Matt Brynildson in BYO and it called for a small dry hop. Ahtanum is great dry hopped. I say go for it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:15:58 AM »
Thanks, man! Having my belated Oktoberfest party Saturday. The Ofest and Pils are tasty, and I'm getting sausages and sauerkraut from an awesome local German sausage maker/butcher extraordinaire (just ask hopfenundmalz). Gonna make my German potato salad, red cabbage, and my wife is making strudel. Not bad.  ;)

OMG that just made me so hungry.  I am dying to get into sausage making.  I have the books just need the tools. 

If you are up for a suggestion... I love me german potato salad but I once tried potato pancakes in a german style feast and am converted.  It just clicks better with the rest of the meal (very similar to yours) and more lady/kid friendly if you have guests.  I consider the pancake the "gateway" to german food.  Many of my friends and even family are turned off. 

That pils looks excellent! 


Thanks, man. I love the German potato pancakes (and potato dumplings), too. My friends and family are pretty fond of my German potato salad so I always make it. But you're right about the pancakes - they're really good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 23, 2016, 04:09:05 AM »
Thanks, man! Having my belated Oktoberfest party Saturday. The Ofest and Pils are tasty, and I'm getting sausages and sauerkraut from an awesome local German sausage maker/butcher extraordinaire (just ask hopfenundmalz). Gonna make my German potato salad, red cabbage, and my wife is making strudel. Not bad.  ;)
Man, that sounds fun, Jon. I'm headed to Oktoberfest at The Beer Corner USA (Beertopia, Crescent Moon, Huber Haus, Max & Joe's) in Omaha Saturday. Volunteering for a 3 hour shift, then free admission and a couple free beers! Oh yeah and I get a tshirt! haha. Should be a hell of a good time. Ridiculous good German beers on draft. I'll be hurtin' Sunday. Gotta make sure to drink water...


Sounds like a good time. Yeah, better have plenty of water!

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