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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Belgium "Shift" (pic)
« on: May 01, 2012, 06:11:39 PM »
It's interesting, but honestly, if you've had "dig" you've had this.  I'm not that fond of it.  I mean I'll finish the four pack, but I won't buy it again.

NB is very hit or miss for me, with more misses than hits.  This one is pretty much an earthy, pungent miss that reminds me heavily of dig.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question about styles
« on: April 28, 2012, 08:48:26 AM »

The Adjective of the week award has just been clinched  ;D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Feeling This Brown Ale!
« on: April 28, 2012, 07:54:29 AM »
I didn't find this one to be very good either.  Very mediocre, a bit watery, and kind of syrupy.  Why drink this one (imported in clear glass) when there are so many other good American examples of the style available in better packaging, and fresher.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Boulevard Chocolate Ale 2012 = FAIL
« on: April 26, 2012, 04:33:51 PM »
Yeah I am not surprised to see that there's an issue after reading 1vertical's review.  Prior years have been really good, if not their best. 

Their best smokestack is hard to choose, but I'm quite fond of the sixth glass quadrupel and the harvest dance wheatwine. :D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Boulevard Chocolate Ale 2012 = FAIL
« on: April 26, 2012, 02:13:16 PM »
I haven't had this year's version yet.  The last two years I thought were quite tasty, kind of dry and not overly sweet with a cocoa powder type chocolatey-ness.  It wasn't my favorite of their Smokestack line of beers though.  I'd be interested to see if you just didn't like it, or if they significantly changed it this year and it's just not as good.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Intro - 2brewishuman
« on: April 26, 2012, 05:47:35 AM »
Sup Hoss!  Care to share the recipe for kiwi strawberry ale?  How did it come out?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Big Brew
« on: April 25, 2012, 06:51:37 AM »
Who's going to brew on cinco de mayo?! I am going to brew the bucksnort all grain version in Santa Rosa, CA! I'll be toasting you all!

I plan to brew on 5/5!  I'll be having a small brew party for whoever wants to show up, serving my red-eye ale to anyone who wants to drink it*. 

What's to be brewed hasn't been decided yet.  I'm thinking either my cascade pale ale or a blonde ale, but there's a slight chance I'll go ahead and brew my coffee oatmeal stout on that day (otherwise the coffee stout will be brewed on 5/12). 

*I'm assuming it will be drinkable, lol, I've been away on work and haven't tried it yet

several friends and me started with Mr Beer.  My buddy brewed an excellent first beer with it (canadian lager kit), and his subsequent batches were good too.  Not world class but plenty good enough.  I had trouble with it at first, but I discovered that it was my water that was the culprit.  It did get me into the hobby though, and now I've got multiple buckets and carboys, plus tons of equipment and I'm hooked.  I'm actually going to use the Mr Beer keg for a secondary fermentation of part of a batch of stout I'm going to brew in may (I'm going to try a small amount of vanilla bean).  So while Mr Beer may not be the greatest kit ever, it clearly has some value in that it gets people into the hobby.  If done right, it actually makes pretty decent beers too.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Belgium's Dig
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:22:39 AM »
I found it a bit earthy but still tasty.  It's not something I'm looking for again though, I've tried it and I'm moving on.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone IPA
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:20:58 AM »
Stone brewery is where I'm planning on going when I die and go to heaven.  ;D

Their IPA pushed me over the edge and made me start the long journey of being a hop-head.  Ruination is nectar of the gods too  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swift kick to the nuts!
« on: April 23, 2012, 07:20:27 AM »
If you and your friends think it's great, screw what some judge thinks.

My second batch (English-ish IPA) was great.  My friends loved it.  I loved it.  It looked good and smelled good and tasted good, even though it was less than perfect.  I doubt it would have been judged highly in a contest, but honestly, I could care less if it got a 48 or a 3 if someone "judged" it.  I would still drink it, share it, brag about it and brew it again. 

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Agave Nectar Wheat Beer?
« on: April 23, 2012, 06:39:10 AM »
I am extremely FOR the use of cactus in foods/beer.  I've had some terrific cactus salsas before.  However, there are few examples of cactus beer that I can think of off hand.  I've tried one commercial example that I know of, and it sucked.  If your recipe comes out good, do let us in on the details and the brand of agave nectar that you used!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew
« on: April 21, 2012, 03:04:15 PM »
Definitely go with the auto-siphon! 

Also, are you taking your gravity readings with a wine thief?  Another must-have piece of equipment, and not expensive at all. 

A wort chiller is so much easier than using ice.  Now that I have one I can't imagine using ice ever again.

I think that by keeping good notes and publishing your procedure / recipe / good and bad points etc that you'll improve your process very fast. 

I also think that you'll soon be hooked like me and many others are!  ;D

Ingredients / Re: elderberries / juniper berries
« on: April 05, 2012, 04:50:16 AM »
I used elderberries in a pale ale and liked it. I used ~ 3lbs, froze them, then put them in a nylon grain bag and threw it in the kettle after flameout. After 10 minutes I lifted it and suspended it just above the wort to drain the juice out (I gave it a little squeeze with some spatulas too). The juice will stain your fingers BTW.  It's on tap now and the beer is fruity/berry with a nice red color.
Elderberries contain tannins in their skins like grapes, so be careful about leaving them in contact with beer for too long and I'd really advise against pureeing them as it will speed up tannin extraction.

I will try it exactly like this.  I'll probably also try it with a basic pale ale recipe.  Thanks! 

The monty python derail is hilarious, BTW! :D

I have tried holy grail ale but don't have time to look up what I thought of it right now, and can't remember either.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Imperial Stout brewing questions
« on: April 04, 2012, 01:57:09 PM »
I should have at least the ability to batch sparge by the time I brew this one, so I'll keep that in mind.  Thanks!

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