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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 12, 2017, 10:18:56 AM »
Looks good.

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The Pub / Re: My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 12, 2017, 08:20:07 AM »
That pizza is great.

Gotta admit the Rebellion is great too, but, I usually look for what is new on the menu. Plus, Rebellion reminds me of a bad decision my ancestors made (civil war).

There was a huge part of me that resisted that name for that very reason. And I'm a yankee so there's that.  Look at it as I'm paying homage to the South's fightin' spirit. ;)

32 oz growlers are the perfect size. Two pints! If you are going to drink more than that you need a draft system.

UAH is a great engineering school. I'm proud to say I know and am friends with several professors and staff members, including Tommy. Hoosier if you are in Alabama and don't stop by for a visit I'm going to be really pissed.


Keith, that's the whole point of the detour. I'd love to meet up and see your place, try your beers. If my son ends up more interested in UAH (which makes sense for him) , then no detour needed. I hope it works out this summer! 

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The Pub / Re: My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 11, 2017, 07:57:49 PM »
Tommy and BrewBama - I envy you guys! There's a chance I might be headed through Bama this summer to show my son the campus in Tuscaloosa. A detour would be in order. Love to see Yellowhammer and have a beer or three with you guys (and that Keith guy ;D ). I'll let ya know.
If you are coming from Indiana to UofA-Tuscaloosa you will be coming down IH-65. Huntsville is about 25 miles down IH-565 from IH-65 which is hardly out of the way.

Plus, if your son wants to study a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) field please stop by UAH (University of Alabama Huntsville). I will give you a tour. We don't have football, but, we have better science and engineering. I lead the cybersecurity programs.


Awesome info. He's an engineering student to be who could care less about football (though his Dad is a fan). If he can get into Purdue on a full ride, he likely would go there. But they give out few full rides - awesome engineering program obviously. But Alabama's is obviously no slouch. He's only a freshman but fact finding is a good thing as well as gauging his happiness with a given place. His grades are stellar, so there shouldn't be an issue there. We may very well take you up on that.Thanks for the info!
Bama and Purdue are great schools. Engineering at Bama is kind of emerging. I know professors at both Purdue and Bama and those faculty I know are good at both schools. But obviously Purdue ranks really high.

UAH is a nice school because of where we are (across the street from Redstone Arsenal). Redstone is home to lots of US Army R&D (Missiles, Unmanned aircraft, unmanned vehicles, software engineering for many DOD weapon systems), NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and many more commands and agencies ...   Wehner Von Braun and his team of German scientists and engineers started the USA's rocket programs here.
All that puts UAH in a technology zone rivaled only by a few places in the USA (Silicon Valley, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Seattle). At UAH we work closely with the local agencies and Army commands and therefore our students get to do so also.


Right. I knew most of that about the covergence of science and technology there, but didn't realize the engineering program was so strong. Kinda makes sense it would be. Thanks!

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The Pub / Re: My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 11, 2017, 07:34:32 PM »
Tommy and BrewBama - I envy you guys! There's a chance I might be headed through Bama this summer to show my son the campus in Tuscaloosa. A detour would be in order. Love to see Yellowhammer and have a beer or three with you guys (and that Keith guy ;D ). I'll let ya know.
If you are coming from Indiana to UofA-Tuscaloosa you will be coming down IH-65. Huntsville is about 25 miles down IH-565 from IH-65 which is hardly out of the way.

Plus, if your son wants to study a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) field please stop by UAH (University of Alabama Huntsville). I will give you a tour. We don't have football, but, we have better science and engineering. I lead the cybersecurity programs.


Awesome info. He's an engineering student to be who could care less about football (though his Dad is a fan). If he can get into Purdue on a full ride, he likely would go there. But they give out few full rides - awesome engineering program obviously. But Alabama's is obviously no slouch. He's only a freshman but fact finding is a good thing as well as gauging his happiness with a given place. His grades are stellar, so there shouldn't be an issue there. We may very well take you up on that.Thanks for the info!

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The Pub / Re: My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 11, 2017, 06:57:26 PM »
Tommy and BrewBama - I envy you guys! There's a chance I might be headed through Bama this summer to show my son the campus in Tuscaloosa. A detour would be in order. Love to see Yellowhammer and have a beer or three with you guys (and that Keith guy ;D ). I'll let ya know.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 11, 2017, 04:36:45 PM »
Cheers Hoosier. Looks amazing.


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Thanks, really good hop character. It's pretty vivid.  Probably not telling you anything. Impressed with the drinkability, even in an agressively hopped beer.
It's an amazing thing. Once the oxidized grain bitterness is gone ( which you don't know is there, until it's gone!) it makes the beer so smooth. I have another theory about spunding with yeast under pressure that helps with this as well. It's like drinking beer flavored water. That sounds bad but it's exactly the opposite. The smoothness is un paralleled.


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I've purposely tried this on malty lager, then balanced, but hoppy ale, and then on silly hopped IPA (the other extreme). I agree. IMO, FWIW, etc. Gotta see helles and export now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 11, 2017, 04:25:05 PM »
Cheers Hoosier. Looks amazing.


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Thanks, really good hop character. It's pretty vivid.  Probably not telling you anything. Impressed with the drinkability, even in an agressively hopped beer.


Edit -  Awesome looking beer. I'm on to helles and export next.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 11, 2017, 04:01:39 PM »
Looks great.  I love those glasses.  Need to pick one up. 

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Thanks. The narrow mouth really concentrates the hop aromas.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 11, 2017, 03:55:25 PM »
Man that is some foam


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Yeah, foam to spare. It's tasty. Next time gotta try your Ekuanot/Citra.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 11, 2017, 03:38:20 PM »
My new spunded low O2 AIPA at a month. The haze is all Galaxy and Citra goodness, and plenty of it. Damn, this is a good beer. Disclaimer - all IMO. The carbonation and overall impression is soft like the other beers I've done in this fashion, even though I used a lb of hops. The balance is there with the soft character, fruity hop character and the IMO improved character of the crystal with the technique. I honestly think the combo of keg hopping with spunding to scavenge the O2 (and upstream O2 control as well) is the magic bullet for me. Crazy good.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 11, 2017, 09:04:06 AM »
I hope Amarillo and Chinook play nice together.


They play really nice IMO. Used them together quite a few times. Not far off the Amarillo/Simcoe thing but yet has its own thing going.
I haven't used Chinook in a couple years and Amarillo is probably my favorite American hop which I use quite a bit. The last couple of years I've been busy trying all the new hop varieties...kinda nice to get back to the classics.


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For sure. I like to try the new ones, too. But that Arrogant Bastard-ish beer I made last year with all Chinook (like Stone) was fantastic.Forgot how much I like Chinook.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 11, 2017, 07:55:42 AM »
I hope Amarillo and Chinook play nice together.


They play really nice IMO. Used them together quite a few times. Not far off the Amarillo/Simcoe thing but yet has its own thing going.



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All Grain Brewing / Re: Reinheitsgabot and 'Real Ale'
« on: February 11, 2017, 07:49:59 AM »
The brewer at a local brewery is adament that "if your water tastes good to drink don't mess with it"

That is such unfortunate advice. There really isn't anything further from the truth in brewing.

I invite you to read Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Zymurgy where really simple water adjustments are presented. No math or programs, just a few simple doses of one thing or another to help brewers determine if their beer got better (or worse) based on their perceptions from their previous batches and new batches.

The only truism that can be created from that brewer's statement is: If the water tastes bad, you can't brew with it.

Good tasting water is important, but it doesn't guarantee good beer. Even the old timers knew that there were things they had to do to create decent beer. The problem is that our non-apprenticed brewing education doesn't impart the wisdom that was developed through generations of brewing experience. While those rules and procedures that were developed in previous centuries may not make sense to us now, they were found to be necessary through trial and error.

The other thing to remember is that just a few hundred years ago, local was the only beer there was and you made whatever beer you could make based on your local conditions and ingredients. The successful brewers devised the local rules and procedures that produced their best local beer. That means that they brewed a narrow range of styles. If brewers want to brew more than the style of beer that is well-suited for their local water, you do have to perform adjustments to your water.
My water sucks, so I agree.


Couldn't agree more. My local water doesn't taste bad in and of itself, and is also around 500ppm TDS. Not good for brewing most anything. I used to cut it with RO for some styles but it fluctuates through the year, so I just just build from all RO now.
 

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: New here!
« on: February 10, 2017, 08:35:52 PM »
Welcome, Joey!  Lots of good info to be had here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: February 10, 2017, 08:33:17 PM »
Yeah, the flaked barley would definitely give extra body (and haze) at that amount. Cream ale is one of my lawnmower beers. I really like 40% pils, 40% 2 row and 20% flaked maize lately. Good on a hot summer day.
 

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