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Commercial Beer Reviews / Favorite Commerical Breweries
« on: March 08, 2012, 04:18:45 PM »
So I was just curious to see everyone's top 10 or so favorite commercial craft breweries?
Here are mine in no certain order
 Odells Brewing (CO)
 Strange Brewing (CO)
Deschutes brewery (OR)
 Firestone Walker Brewing (CA)
 Fort Collins Brewery (CO)
 Big Sky Brewing (MT)
 Mendocino Brewing Company (Select and Legend) (CA)
 Dogfish Head (DE)
 Big Horn Brewing (CB& Potts restaurant) (CO)
 Stone Brewing (CA)

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Equipment and Software / Stainless steel vs aluminum kettle?
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:38:36 PM »
So i was just curious as to what type of a brew kettle everyone uses? I have seen that many people use a turkey fryer (Al) however, i have also heard the Al can react with the beer and give it off favors. I currently use a 5gal SS kettle and was considering a small kettle (for smaller batches) and was curious if i should buy a turkey fryer or just go to target and pick a SS pot?

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Ingredients / when to plants hops?
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:25:08 PM »
So my cousins have a some hops (not sure the variety) that they want to get rid of. I wanted to know when i should go their house and transplant the hops to my backyard. I live in Colorado and we can get snow until May most years.

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General Homebrew Discussion / homebrew shelf life
« on: February 29, 2012, 04:02:38 PM »
So i have pretty simple question. What is the self life of a Homebrew in bottles? I realize that most of the time the beer will be gone long before it spoils, but since there are no preservatives besides the alcohol, does anybody have a rough estimate for the shelf life. I would assume 6months or so not that it would last for six months, but some of my family wants me to save a few bottles of my first beer (bottled 1.22.12) I'm pretty close to finishing the two plus cases.

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The Pub / Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:30:04 PM »
So I'm not sure if anybody has been to Fort Collins, Co lately but they have opened a great new pub. It's called The Mayor of Old town, they have 100 bars on tap (constantly changing) and like 20-30 different bottled beers. they have CO, USA, and international beers. Plus the food is awesome and cheap. I highly recommended visiting here when in town (fyi it's about 1hr away from Denver)



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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / extract rye ipa
« on: February 21, 2012, 06:46:28 PM »
So I was thinking when i have the time my next beer will be an rye ipa. my question is with an extract batch can use rye grains with light LME or DME? I have seen the new northern brewer rye extract, but i can drive to the LBHS for cheaper than shipping the extract to my house. also with a rye ipa do i need to add more hops?

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General Homebrew Discussion / IBU calculation error
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:53:28 PM »
so i have checked 3 different websites and i got 3 different IBU's (33.2, 48.9, 40.3)
my recipe was an extract milk stout

3.5 gal boil, 5 gal batch
1oz cascade 8% A.A. 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 3.4% A.A. 60min
.5oz styrian goldings 3.4% A.A. 30min

estimated O.G. is 1.053 (wort is to hot to measure actual right now)

can someone please help



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Yeast and Fermentation / 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 15, 2012, 05:35:50 PM »
So my local homebrew store was out of dry yeast, so i bought some liquid yeast (English ale strain) . this will be my second attempt at homebrewing, i will be making a milk (sweet) stout using a extract recipe i have read/heard that i need to use a starter batch with liquid yeast, however, i'm not sure how to do starter batch? Can i just pitch the yeast into the primary fermenter and go from there or do i need to use a starter?

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General Homebrew Discussion / becoming a beer judge
« on: February 12, 2012, 11:19:28 PM »
So seeing as I'm newbie to the home brew scene, i was wondering if there were any classes programs to become a judge or at least a class to become a better beer taster? I know about the BJCP, but i was wondering if anybody know of cheaper or free classes (either online or in-person). I'm not necessarily looking to become an official judge but I'm not totally against it either.


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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Milk stout recipe
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:10:26 AM »
So I just bottled my first ever attempt at home-brewing a pretty good red ale, and I was thinking about starting my second beer. I was thinking of doing a milk stout, but i haven't seen a extract recipe and for that matter a solid non-extract recipe. I really like Left Hand's milk stout. Does anybody have good extract or even partial mash recipe?

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General Homebrew Discussion / alternative wort cooling equipment
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:56:02 PM »
I'm about to start my second batch of beer and was wondering if sing dry ice to cool down the wort would work? I know that some home wine-makers use it. Last i took advantage of cold weather. I really don't want to pay for a wort chiller or run all the water required to use one. I appreciate any and all suggestions

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