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The Pub / Tapatalk sucks now
« on: June 12, 2017, 09:20:15 AM »
I detest the in-line ads. This might be the straw that breaks the camel's back and gets me to uninstall. Are there any other forum apps out there?

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Yeast and Fermentation / What the floc?
« on: June 06, 2017, 07:52:15 AM »
This picture was taken after about 5 minutes of hard shaking. Looks like some sticky stuff...

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The Pub / May the 4th be with you
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:04:07 PM »
Just tapped my "Negra de Cinco" a day early. After I put the first lime on, this just came to me...

General Homebrew Discussion / Bonehead move for the day
« on: May 04, 2017, 05:53:00 PM »
Please tell me that someone else has done this so I don't feel like too big of an idiot...

I started milling my grain and noticed a strange noise coming from my mill. Everything went through, but nothing was crushed. Tried again, same thing. I haven't checked the gap in years, so maybe it loosened up. Reset my gap to my normal setting. Nope, still no crush. So I crank the gap as tight as it will go. Still no crush.

That's when I realized that I had used my drill recently. Sure enough, I left it reverse. So I reset my gap to my normal setting. Now the grain won't go through at all when I start up the mill. After breaking down the whole mill yet again I see that the second roller won't spin at all. Apparently all those spins in reverse caked the other roller with grain dust and bound it up. I cleared the dust out and it started spinning like new. Finally, I got back to my normal crush the next time through.

Thankfully, the rest of the brewday went off without a hitch, but took about 45 unnecessary minutes longer. Had to share.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« on: April 14, 2017, 09:17:31 AM »
I ordered this at my local Uno's after seeing the name, but not knowing anything about the beer. The first taste left me a bit disappointed, as I was hoping for something resembling a traditional helles. But then the hops kicked in on the finish and I fell in love with the beer. Think blonde ale with a big kick of Mandarina Bavaria on the finish, rather than a Helles with orange petals. I got a nice citrus character, but to me it was primarily hops rather than floral.

I'm not always a fan of Sam's seasonal offerings, but I will be drinking this all spring as I see it on tap. 

All Things Food / Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: February 03, 2017, 03:36:01 PM »
Does anyone have a decent ginger beer recipe that they can share? I've seen recipes ranging anywhere from 2 Tbsp to 1lb of fresh ginger for a 2 liter batch. I'm definitely looking for something with some kick to it, but a pound in 2 liters seems ridiculous.

Beer Recipes / Looking for a good Dry Stout recipe
« on: January 20, 2017, 01:17:06 PM »
The title says it all. In my years of brewing, I've never brewed a Dry Irish Stout. I'm planning to put one on tap for St. Patty's this year, and I'd love to have something in the ballpark of a Murphy's. Any recipe suggestions?

All Things Food / Bread
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:10:04 PM »
I finally got a bread machine after years of wanting to get one. As much as I'd like to do everything by hand, time is a big barrier for me, so I'm starting with a machine for now.

I've gotten my feet wet with a few recipes that came with the machine, and now I'm ready to start branching out. I'm kind of at the point like a kit brewer who is ready to start making a few tweaks to some proven recipes as a step to eventually designing my own recipes.

I know there are several bread makers here. Any good references, forums, recipe sites you use for reliable information and recipes?

General Homebrew Discussion / You know it's a good day...
« on: November 07, 2016, 05:48:14 PM »
When you come home to a new package of experimental hops to test:

I am very excited to try these out. Pat sent me a sample of his X-17 hops last year and they were phenomenal. I know very little about these new hops other than what I'm reading on the analysis sheet. Judging by the oil content, and amount of beta-pinene and linalool, if I had to guess I'd say this has the potential to be Simcoe-esque, but that is really just a WAG at this point.

Here's my write-up of X-17 from last year. I'm due for another round of hop trials soon, and the C148 will definitely be one of them.

All Things Food / Caipicello
« on: September 09, 2016, 05:31:21 PM »
This idea came to me in a caipirinha-fueled moment of creativity. At first I was just thinking a way of flavoring some sugar cane to use as swizzle sticks, but then I realized that the liquor left behind is probably going to be pretty damn good, too.

I'll check back in on this in a month or two. It's just Mason jars packed tight with alternating layers of sugarcane sticks and lime slices, covered in cachaça.

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Beer Recipes / Converting a Cream Ale recipe to a CAP
« on: July 28, 2016, 07:03:06 PM »
I tragically lost a great batch of Cream Ale to a leaky picnic tap, but I'm just too ADD of a brewer to make the exact same beer twice in a row. I was thinking of taking the same grain bill (80% 2-row and 20% flaked corn) and brewing a CAP instead. I'd swap the hops for about 45 IBU of Cluster and swap the US-05 for 34/70, but everything else would be pretty much the same. Does that sound right, or am I missing something? Is 6-row a requirement for the style, or will 2-row make a good CAP?

Other Fermentables / Watermelon mead
« on: July 24, 2016, 07:56:23 AM »
I've been on a big watermelon kick this summer, and got to thinking about brewing a watermelon mead. Has anyone here ever brewed one? My thought was to handle it like a cyser - replace all the water in the mead recipe with watermelon juice. My only concern is that watermelon is so subtle that even at 100% of the liquid content it might not be particularly flavorful.

I'm thinking of targeting the 8-10% ABV range, and using lemon juice if needed to boost the acidity at the end.

General Homebrew Discussion / 120F Whirlpool hop addition only
« on: July 09, 2016, 09:50:04 PM »
I ended up finding myself with enough time for a quick extract brew tonight, so I brewed something I've been wanting to experiment with for a while. I brewed my usual extract IPA recipe, but with the only hop addition being a huge whirlpool addition (8oz in 2.25 gallons) at 120F for one hour.

Theoretically, there should be virtually no isomerization of alpha-acids at that temp. It will be interesting to see how much perceived bitterness there will be. I do plan on sending a sample out for analysis to see what the measured IBU level is as well. Stay tuned.

I'm taking my first shot at a Cream Ale tomorrow. I have most dry yeast strains at my disposal, including US-05, Notty, BRY-97, and 34/70. US-05 is the front-runner, but does anyone have any other suggestions? Any recommendations for a fermentation schedule?

Ingredients / Kazbek hops
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:35:09 AM »
Has anyone ever used them? The descriptions range from Saaz-like and herbal, to Saaz-like with strong citrus notes (lemon/grapefruit). They sound a bit like Motueka to me, and have about 1-2 times the oil content.

I picked up a 4oz bag from Farmhouse to try out. I have a 100% Red X saison with Belle Saison and a whirlpool-hopped Pils on deck soon, and I'm thinking of using it in one of those - possibly in combination with Motueka. I'll post back with some tasting notes once the beer is ready.

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