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A 12-pack is $15, sometimes less. No, it's not the greatest beer in the world, but for the price it's hard to beat. I really wish that craft brewers would take notice and just make some simple, easy drinking pale ale at a reasonable price point. $11+ a six pack for a session beer is nuts.


I agree on all points. Yuengling is a solid cheap beer - beats the hell out of BMC on any day. The prices of craft beer are getting pretty silly, especially on session beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RO Water
« on: January 10, 2017, 06:19:45 PM »
Does anyone know if you can buy RO water from a store? Like a Stop and Shop or Walmart or do you need to make it using an RO filter?
I used to buy RO water from the machine at Walmart and others.  Worked OK for a year but was a bit of a hassle since their (and others around town) maintenance was spotty.  Buy a cheap ($10-$12) TDS meter online and check the water before you fill your jugs. 



Yep. I target water sub 25ppm TDS. If the machine's water is over that, I go elsewhere.

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Yeah, corn gets a bad rap. I like it in CAP, cream ale, and even in nonspecific American lagers. Unlike rice, there's at least some sweetness and character there.

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That's true.  But I think we also collectively made the same mistakes as beginners.  So many people with experience agree that there is something to pitching rates and fermentation temperature.  Are there workarounds?  Of course, and that's why many people have been successful with smaller starters pitched at krausen.  But in other cases the easiest repeatable way to do it has become the best practice, which is why most people chill before pitching instead of after.



Yeah, I agree. I've always liked to test the boundaries of conventional wisdom, but there are a few key points that are hard to argue with. Having brewed a lot of lagers (more every year), it seems just damn near impossible to overpitch with any bad outcome, but easier to underpitch with negative outcomes. Having said that, I've made lagers with less yeast than I pitch now. I just like my current ones better.


Edit -  Jim, wasn't trying to be critical at all. No harm in trying it or anything else for that matter.

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Ingredients / Re: complimentary hops with Ekuanot/Equinox/366
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:46:33 PM »
I'm planning to do two beers with my pound of ekuanot (13 gal batches give me enough beer for two kegs with a kittle wiggle room for dry hops). My thoughts were a single(ish) hop pale ale (bittering with CO² extract) using 9 oz of Ekuanot, split between whirlpool and dry-hopping; then 7 oz in an IPA blended 1:1 with chinook (understanding that Ekuanot will dominate the hop character). Here I would bitter with CO² extract, then drop 2 oz of hops at 5 min, 6 oz whirlpool, and 6 oz dry. Both beers would have fairly dry/neutral malt profiles, with CaraHell or perhaps CaraBlonde as the sole specialty grain (though some wheat malt and acidulated malt may be added for body/pH). And both would be fermented with a neutral American yeast (probably BRY-97 or Imperial Joystick).

Do these sound like reasonable approaches to get the most out of this pound and get to know Ekuanot better?





Sounds good to me!  Be sure to post how they come out.

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Ingredients / Re: How to get gin into an IPA?
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:41:39 PM »
Jon, it's called Pipewrench.  I don't recall what hops they use for it.  The website says "citrusy".


That's close enough. I was just trying to picture what sort of hops would work best with gin character.

Something like lime and tonic?


Makes me think of Motueka hops, which have a definite lime character.

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Ingredients / Re: Calypso and Citra for a Pale Ale
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:30:40 PM »
Dave, 3 Calypso: 1 Citra would give you pretty decent balance IME.

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I prefer beer flavored beer.


^^ For sure.

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Ingredients / Re: How to get gin into an IPA?
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:06:53 PM »
Jon, it's called Pipewrench.  I don't recall what hops they use for it.  The website says "citrusy".


That's close enough. I was just trying to picture what sort of hops would work best with gin character.

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That's funny - I'm not a fan of DFH 120 because it tastes more like a Barleywine than an IIPA. Their World Wide Stout, though - that is right at the top of my list for big beers.


I agree on both. 120 is a lot closer to American Barleywine to me, but World Wide is very nice.

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Ingredients / Re: How to get gin into an IPA?
« on: January 10, 2017, 10:14:07 AM »
I just don't know why you would do that to good gin...

But seriously, this is a thing?  Gin in IPA?  Maybe I need to get out more.

My first exposure was a gin barrel IPA from Gigantic Brewing in PDX.  The moment it hit my tongue I knew it was on my favorite IPAs ever.  The gin and hops just blended perfectly.


Hmm, that's pretty interesting, Denny. Never heard of it from a commercial brewery before now (guess I need to get out more often, too). Any idea what hops they use in it?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:59:49 AM »
It's not rubber, it's food grade silicone good to 600°f. You put it in before the wort, it stays in through the boil. Read the description. Sometimes a picture is worth 1000 wrong words.

That said, it's a solution in search of a problem.



I just went with what one of the 2 reviews said on Morebeer as the best use of it -   "Will your immersion chiller fit inside or over the top of this device, or are you willing to put it in after chilling? I found that latter to be a viable option."


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:38:43 AM »
It would have to be added after the whirlpool, but that would be difficult, at least for clumsy brewers like me.


Yeah, would definitely have to be added post-whirlpool, but it just seems like an awkward process all the while not disturbing the trub cone. OTOH maybe it's not that tough.

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All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:11:14 AM »
Is Paula Deen a big hit over there?

No, but I notice she uses the same makeup as your President-Elect. Is this a trend?


Kudos. Well done.

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All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 10, 2017, 07:57:38 AM »
Oh well... just grab a stick and make approximately waffles


Probably need a good approximately waffle iron for those.   :)

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