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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of the Forum
« on: January 27, 2017, 08:59:41 AM »
Totally agree, Phil.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:44:40 PM »
Well, finally getting my chance to go full on LODO with a true bavarian Helles on Monday. Took me way too long to get some ancient equipment upgraded as well as waiting on yeast to come in from my LHBS. Looking forward to seeing how these new malt flavors play out in the wort and beyond.
Let's hope you perceive a difference.

Yeah, I do too. As good as my beers have been in the past, I have always known that oxygen was my nemesis. I could taste oxidation in my strong aged beers, even in moderate gravity beers as they got past 2 mos (even with closed transfers and very minimal splashing if any at all). In fact, most of the reason why I dump my beers is because I don't drink them (or give them away) fast enough and they stale past my enjoyment level. So I would make a fresh batch of something new.

Hoping this process will help my beers stay fresher, longer. That is really what I am hoping for. If I can perceive some extra flavor/aroma nuances in the styles I like to brew, then that is a total win-win in my book!

I have literally spent the last 1.5 mos getting some new equipment pieced together (long past due anyway) that will more than make me able to pull off a legit go at this (spunding valve included). All I need is the next 3 weeks (with a brewday planned each week) to get some fresh batches of this going for my personal trials.

Cheers!



I look forward to hearing your results and impressions, Rob.  Both up front and on shelf life. My next beer will be Helles, too. It's the right one to judge on both counts. Cheers!
 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Making Norther Brewers "Off the Topper" Juicy?
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:30:09 PM »
For sure. It's great to have options.    :)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Making Norther Brewers "Off the Topper" Juicy?
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:26:03 PM »


holy cow.that is awesome, but What does your hop costs look like?

I will neither confirm nor deny that I ordered $500 worth of hops from Hop Heaven several months ago :o 

I buy everything by the pound..... so, $1-$1.50 per pound...... If I am going with Citra/Galaxy/Mosaic combos that can obviously be $12-$18 worth for a brew.  You sure as heck do not want to brew these and buy your hops by the ounce.

However, the other beers I tend to brew a lot use much less in the way of hops -
German Lagers
Blonde Ales/Kolsch
Dark Mild
Porters
etc..... so, that kind of averages things out a bit.




We clearly have a lot in common, brewing wise. I buy a ton of hops, use a ton in AIPA and APA (aside from the fact that I don't/haven't brewed NEIPA), but I also need variety after a beer like that and love to brew lagers and several other styles. My hops in the freezer constitute a....umm....large amount.

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The Pub / Re: It's about friggen time!!
« on: January 26, 2017, 11:45:44 AM »
Congrats!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Lager Strain
« on: January 26, 2017, 09:19:45 AM »
I've not used 2206/820 in a long time, maybe I should give them a try. 


I've heard a few brewers (who have used both) say that 820 doesn't attenuate as well as 2206. I know not all the 'equivalent' strains are that. Can't speak directly to it since I've never used 820, but 2206 is fantastic.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Captain Morgan
« on: January 25, 2017, 07:17:01 PM »
Nice bio! Mine didn't come until I'd been on the forum a few years.  ;D.  And by the way, my wife is a high school teacher, so I respect your commitment. Cheers.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil temps - do they matter?
« on: January 25, 2017, 06:36:47 PM »
TBI?  I think the use of acronyms without definition come across as pretentious and divisive.  You can't assume everybody knows what the heck you're talking about.  When I first started reading the LODO thread, I was very turned off by all of the SMB, BtB, etc.  It's almost like you need to be "in the know" or part of some clique to even gain access to the info.  Not very helpful, IMO (in my opinion).   ;)



SG, OG, FG, ADF, IBU, ABV, SRM, WY, WL, SS, EKG. FWIW, the tip of the iceberg here. Not exactly unprecedented.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Lager Strain
« on: January 25, 2017, 05:54:43 PM »
Look at Carolina supply. I think that's what it's called


Cool, will do.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Lager Strain
« on: January 25, 2017, 05:40:36 PM »
Lamp $5, lamp fuel $5 for enough to last 20 years, chunk of thin wire with a handle, 50ml and 100ml flask if you want to get really fancy  $5


Cool, pretty cheap.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Lager Strain
« on: January 25, 2017, 04:33:54 PM »
Any time, just ask. I owe ya for help winning a medal, well... ribbon. I'll be keeping it around. The beer on tap right now was propped up from a slant that I made 10 months prior. It took off like it was fresh off the mountain



Nah, you did the work and nailed that stout. Tasty recipe though. If I thought I had the time, I'd look into tracking down that stuff, but I don't want to waste a good slant. If things lighten up here timewise, I may let you know. Hell, doing that double batch of dunkel one day and the IPA the next week required the planets to all line up and also an act of congress.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Lager Strain
« on: January 25, 2017, 04:09:38 PM »
2206 is my favorite all around lager strain. Attenuates well, with nonetheless a malty finish, and actually flocs well compared to some of the powdery ones. I've switched to it in the last year and will probably stick with it. I do like 2633 as mentioned and have
used a ton of 2124. I prefer 2206.


Edit - I'd like to try 2352 or LagerX strain at some point though.
Want a slant? I have 3. Need to keep 2. Now would be the time, cold weather. All you'd need is an alcohol lamp, loop, and a way of doing sterile 20ml starter


I'd love it but it's been a challenge to find time to brew for a year. Can hardly keep my taps full right now with all the kids' activities. Thanks for the cool offer, though!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: German Lager Strain
« on: January 25, 2017, 03:26:50 PM »
2206 is my favorite all around lager strain. Attenuates well, with nonetheless a malty finish, and actually flocs well compared to some of the powdery ones. I've switched to it in the last year and will probably stick with it. I do like 2633 as mentioned and have
used a ton of 2124. I prefer 2206.


Edit - I'd like to try 2352 or LagerX strain at some point though.

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My imaginary brewery has a beer hopped with Unicorn farts.  It's not very good, only a 2.9 on imaginarybeeradvocate.com


Awesome.  Beats my dry beaver anal-glanded brown ale. That one only scored 2.4 . Damn hipsters can't rate anything right.

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I guess it's still imaginary...
http://www.cedarislandbrewing.com/beer-list/



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Whoa, nice!  How soon?

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