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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging Commercial Beer
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:59:08 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions!  Beer is heading to a dark corner in the basement.

General Homebrew Discussion / Aging Commercial Beer
« on: December 15, 2012, 08:29:29 PM »
So I'm taking a few bottles of some commercial winter warmers and barley wines and going to age them a year. So far I've got two bottles left from a 6-pack of Great Divide Hibernation and a couple of Avery Old Jubilation, a special whisky barrel aged barley wine release from Dry Dock and Stone's Vertical Epic 12.12.12.  What's the best way to store these till next year.  My basement is 60-63 and will get to 70 or so in the Summer.  Right now I've got them in the fridge.  Should I move them in the basement or keep them in the fridge?  Thanks!

All Grain Brewing / Re: wit beer
« on: December 15, 2012, 07:31:23 PM »
And here's a water/grist ration thread from earlier in the year:

I've been using 2qt/lb since reading this thread earlier in the year.

All Grain Brewing / Re: wit beer
« on: December 15, 2012, 07:27:09 PM »
I've done a few Hefes and Wits w/out a step mash and they have all turned out great.  I brew these mainly for my wife and she loves them.  I haven't tried a step mash, so couldn't tell you from experience if a step mash would produce a better beer.  I have read on here a few times that a step mash really isn't necessary.  Although, I have read that a 90 minute boil is a good idea when using that much pilsner...although, I've only done 60 min boils w/ mine.

The Pub / Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:24:24 AM »
I'm not sure if I should post this and please delete if needed.  Sitting here playing w/ my 3-yr-old daughter and news of the Conn. elementary school shooting is running across the TV.  Reports of 26 dead including 18 children.  Very, very heavy heart today and prayers go out to all those families and that community.  I just can't imagine...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Would you pay this much?
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:14:32 AM »
Just out of curiosity, I checked eBay for it and people are listing it up to $600, with the highest bids coming in around $365!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Virgin Questions
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:01:22 PM »
You may want to make sure you get one big enough to grow into.  It's amazing how fast you can go from one tap to needing 4!  If you have room in you house or garage, consider checking Craigslist for a used fridge.  This is what I did, found a cheap ($30) fridge that had room for 3 kegs and the CO2 and used picnic taps.  I started w/ one keg and I've now moved my CO2 outside the fridge and have 4 kegs with 4 taps installed in the door. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are you tappin'?
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:55:34 AM »
I just put online my version of Avery's Old Jubilation and my Saison de Noel.  Couldn't be more happier with the way these two turned out.  I've got a Hefeweizen (wife's request to beak up all the malty high ABV beers we have on tap) and a pale ale dry hopped w/ Simcoe and Cascade that will be kegged this weekend.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:50:31 AM »
I do three gallon batches, so I only do starters for big beers.  I can't taste a difference between when I decant and when I don't w/ my larger ABV beers.  Now when I start doing 5 gallon batches, I'll be doing starters for every beer and probably decant more often if it makes a difference.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: yeast starter
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:48:10 AM »
I get my starters going two days in advance (when I can remember) and put it in the fridge.  I rarely decant my starters before pitching.  I just let it sit out a room temp about 30 minutes or so, swirl and pitch. 

I haven't noticed any difference in my beer when I get my starter going two or one day in advance.  The beer starts fermentation a little quicker w/ the one day starters, but the final products are the same.

Go here and scroll down to White Lab's Neva Parker's presentation about yeast.  Great info regarding starters.

Beer Travel / Re: San Diego Mission Beach Area
« on: December 05, 2012, 02:01:26 PM »
Pacific Beach Ale House is in Mission Beach.  I've only been to SD once, but we did make a stop there one evening coming back from La Jolla.  Their beer was good, but they also had some AleSmith, Stone and Ballast beers on tap.  Food there was good also. 

+1 on Pizza Port, very good beer and food.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm a rebel, Dotty, a loner...
« on: December 05, 2012, 08:17:55 AM »
homeowner's associations bahhumbug
i am a fan of Duck dynasty and last night one of the boys had to go to the HOA because he was burning leaves on his driveway and had skinned a deer on the tailgate of his truck when kids were getting off the school bus.  so you boil and boil and boil Pee Wee, you boil

That was a great episode.  The HOA meeting was hilarious.  "I brought a casserole!"  I was telling my wife that I would love to have that entire family as my neighbors.  Would never be a dull moment, that's for sure!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm a rebel, Dotty, a loner...
« on: December 05, 2012, 08:13:17 AM »
Not a fan of HOAs, but they do have their place.  We previously lived in a neighborhood w/out one, but when we had our daughter 3 yrs ago, we moved into our current neighborhood because of the amazing school system.  Our HOA is really flexible w/ normal rules regarding lawn care, farm animals, painting your house bright pink, etc...  Our HOA dues cover neighborhood landscaping, snow removal, garbage and recycle pickup and for the pool and rec area.  With the money, the HOA puts on several fun parties at the pool and lots of entertainment and functions for the kids such as carnivals, petting zoos, outdoor movies at the park and even a few parades.  So far, we feel we get a lot more out of our HOA than someone just telling us what to do and what not to do.

Then again, once my daughter is off to college, we'll find us a little spot up in the mountains where I can shoot my guns, put up a hops farm, grow a large garden, have multiple animals running around and not even see our neighbors!


Ingredients / Re: Dry Hopping research - Interesting
« on: December 04, 2012, 07:07:23 AM »
Thanks for the link.  Very interesting indeed. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging without a fridge
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:12:25 PM »
I could be wrong, but that may work.  It just may take longer to carb the beer at the higher temps. 

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