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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Questions on my first batch, 5 gallon kit
« on: January 02, 2012, 12:38:35 PM »
OK I tried a few batches of Mr Beer (my friend and I brewed four batches together with our two kits).  I quickly realized this wasn't enough for me.  The first Mr Beer batch didn't come out like I expected.  It was plenty dry and had lots of carbonation/head, but wasn't up to par taste wise (it was West Coast Pale Ale).  Second batch should be tasted this coming weekend.  Batch 3 and 4 were brewed on same day and experimentally mixed and matched a little when bottling, and also used both plastic Mr Beer bottles and glass bottles (12oz, 22oz).  Either way, it's interesting to experiment with, but I needed to move up to the really good stuff ASAP. 

Thus, I just bought a 5 gallon kit this weekend.  Was going to brew my first batch today, but I wasn't ready.

I got the kit in St Louis along with an ingredients kit to brew an IPA (crystal malt, UHMEx2, bittering, aroma and flavor hops, DME, corn sugar for priming, mesh bag, dry yeast, necessary hardware).  Here are the exact details of everything I have, what my first batch is going to be, and in the comments, why I did not brew today (just wasn't ready, too many questions). 

I know you guys are experts so any advice would be appreciated. 

https://alcaponejunior.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/my-new-brewkit-and-first-5-gallon-batch-pour-me-an-english-ipa/

I also apologize if it seems like I'm pimping my blog; I'm not, but copy/paste on large scale is frequently unacceptable on forums too, so I'm linking to the source.  If there is a policy/preference on this board that I need to know about, please let me know.  I didn't see anything in the rules stating one way or the other.

thanks. 

al

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Tallgrass Brewing Oasis
« on: December 11, 2011, 02:03:28 PM »
This is a good beer.  I'm also fond of their halcyon wheat, it's my favorite wheat beer.

I'm going to Kansas for two weeks of school in Jan and hope to be able to visit tallgrass for a few pints while I'm there!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wild Blue (pic) Blueberry blue dog brewery
« on: December 06, 2011, 06:07:39 PM »
Yeah I know who brews it, but I gave it a shot anyway.  That was a waste ... since then I've been making sure to try certain brewers "one bottle first" before investing in a whole sixer.  I'm usually able to get mixed sixers and I try to give new beers a shot (one bottle at a time) no matter who makes them.  Let's just say that some brewers have "better records than others."

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Rasputin
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:47:29 PM »
I had this one at the moonrise hotel, from a bottle, at 9am, after a night of drunken shenanigans in the loop district of St Louis.  it made for great hair of the dog, and a fine breakfast too!  It's a very fine beer, and I agree that it would go great with a cigar!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wild Blue (pic) Blueberry blue dog brewery
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:44:16 PM »
I had it sometime last year and absolutely didn't like it, despite my liking fruit beers a lot.  I gave five of the sixer away to a friend who's girlfriend liked wine coolers and she loved it.  I wouldn't want to bother with it again.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Speckled Hen
« on: December 05, 2011, 04:25:55 PM »
I have a couple of the 4-packs of nitro cans i picked up in OK last month but forgot all about them.  It's OSH time folks.

honestly, I think I've only ever had it in bottles.  I used to buy the 16.9oz bottles (I think, smaller than a bomber for sure).  The six packs are available near my mom's house and both sizes come in clear bottles.  I can't help but think they might not be as fresh as they would be near the source.  I will have to get a sixer of the nitro cans next time I am in an area that has them so I can test the difference.  It's a fine brew, even if not A quality, so i can hardly go wrong either way.

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The Pub / Re: MMMhop (Hanson's Beer)
« on: December 04, 2011, 03:09:10 PM »
But is the beer any good?  If it is, then who cares where it originated?*  If this stunt promotes craft beer, let it!  And if the beer sucks, don't buy it.  My guess is that few true "craft" drinkers will be swayed by the pop star status of the creators anyway.  I'd be happy to review a bottle.  If it's good, I'll say so, and if it sucks, I'll say so.

*within reason, of course.  Obviously I'm not looking to buy charles manson's new homebrew blend  ::)

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The Pub / Re: What beer opened your eyes?
« on: December 04, 2011, 02:36:36 PM »
My beer was Widmer pale ale. I bought out of the blue bc it was labeled wrong and it was only 3 dollars for a six pack and that was the moment I realized big commercial lagers suck. Second would be summit pale ale and two hearted.

$3 a sixer for widmer pale ale?  Yeah!!  I love that beer!!

My game changer was probably when I decided to go for a bottle of boulevard saison-brett.  I had reviewed a few beers and had always enjoyed trying new beers, but the whole process of reviewing changed the game, and the taste of saison-brett opened my eyes big time. 

There's just so much flavor to be had with high quality craft beers, the old standards go away when you have that one eye opening brew. 

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Ingredients / Re: Decarbonation by Boiling
« on: December 03, 2011, 07:29:56 PM »
Excellent article.  I plan to be brewing in an area with very hard water, so this will be useful.  Sticky'd.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Digging This Pumpkin Ale.
« on: December 03, 2011, 09:11:09 AM »
Thanks for the replies on that question! 

I'm ready to start with the bigger kit, but won't start off right away with a pumpkin ale, lol.  I should have the bigger kit at the end of the year and start my first batch in January.  Will be reading lots until then, and brewing a couple more small batches in the meantime!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Digging This Pumpkin Ale.
« on: December 01, 2011, 06:23:30 PM »
So my pumpkin beer this year is made with butternut (and spices), and I like it. :)

I want to try butternut in a pumpkin beer...maybe harvest '12.

Can you use fresh butternut squash?  I just love butternut squash.  I would love to make a butternut ale.

I'm learning homebrewing now, experimenting on small batches of mr beer, at the moment, about to start with a 6.5 gal kit (with some help from a friend), reading a lot of posts/books, but not talking much yet or claiming huge successes.  I've read that canned fruits tend to work well, can you please elaborate your thoughts if you don't mind!

al

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Digging This Pumpkin Ale.
« on: December 01, 2011, 06:16:42 PM »
The ladies sure liked it.  One of them had three glasses of it.

Hmmm...  I might be changing my mind about pumpkin beer.    ;)

Pumpking is really good.  I try to get a few bombers of it each year.

I find Schlafly's pumpkin ale to be my favorite of the pumpkins.  Very tasty stuff, I personally like it even better than pumpking. 

I can easily see how pumpkin beers might not be preferable to some people.  It's kinda odd to combine pumpkin and beer, but I like fruit/vegetable beers a lot, so I happen to like them.  To each their own.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Digging This Pumpkin Ale.
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:36:19 PM »
I made the mistake of buying a sixer of the shipyard pumpkin.  I still have four left but I might as well just dump them because they're not even good for cooking.  Terrible.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Lagunitas Doppel Weizen
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:34:38 PM »
Price wise this one was right on the money.  Taste wise I thought it was a little "hot" on the ETOH but was still pretty tasty.  I liked the spiciness and yeast flavors a lot.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Speckled Hen
« on: November 30, 2011, 03:30:31 PM »
For a long time speckled hen was one of my occasional favorite beers.  After I got more seriously into beer, I realized it was probably more of a B/B- level beer than I had originally thought.  It is still quite tasty and isn't to be scoffed at.  Hopefully someday I'll get to taste it fresh and at the source and see how it compares to what we get in the states.

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