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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Poll: Do you use a secondary fermentation
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:49:18 PM »
My first two beers have been in a primary for about 7 days then racked to secondary carboy for about 7 days then bottled and carbonated naturally. For me racking to a secondary fermentation is not that more work and for my basic knowledge is the better option to control potential "off" flavors from letting the beer stay on the yeast cake. Once i start making more complicated beers like barely wine types, it seems like a secondary or aging carboy is a must.

General Homebrew Discussion / homebrew shelf life
« on: February 29, 2012, 11:02:38 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.

The Pub / Re: Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:33:32 PM »
I have never been to or heard of choice city before (I went to school here for 5years) The Mayor of Old Town has been open for like 1yr at the most. It's right by campus off Laurel and mason. They do let you have a flight of like 4 or 5 beers. Plus most of the beers are between $4 and $6 minus beers like Chimay are closer to $7 and $8.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Ruthless Rye IPA
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:42:00 AM »
I enjoy the products that SN puts out there, this was no different. I enjoyed the balance of rye to hops to bitterness. for a hophead like myself it could have used some more hops but overall the color, nose, and taste were good and I would buy another one

The Pub / Re: Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 28, 2012, 03:34:56 AM »
Yeah they have so common craft beers and some nice limited craft beers from the US and Europe.

The Pub / Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:30:04 AM »
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)

Other Fermentables / Re: Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 25, 2012, 06:12:35 AM »
Dang, that's killer.  $3.15 a gallon?  Nice.

I'd have to drive a few hours to get over on the western slope for any wineries.  I've not heard of anything like that before, but it may very well be worth looking into.

There are two wineries in Estes Park, that grow some of their own  wine and also ship in form CA or the western slope.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: extract rye ipa
« on: February 22, 2012, 04:37:12 AM »
ok, thanks  i will re-look at the recipe again.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / extract rye ipa
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:46:28 AM »
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?

Questions about the forum? / Re: Changes
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:56:37 AM »
that makes sense. i was wondering about the number or boxes, i figured out the color shortly after my first post

Questions about the forum? / Re: Changes
« on: February 20, 2012, 11:46:29 PM »
So i have still not seen a answer that makes sense for what the boxes and colors mean that are located under your nickname and above your profile pic. anybody know what they mean?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 20, 2012, 10:04:07 PM »
thanks for the link. yeah i believe that Joy of brewing by Charlie Papazian has a method as well

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st time using liquid yeast
« on: February 20, 2012, 09:42:39 PM »
So i thought give an update on the yeast situation in my beer. I just pitched one vial (LHBS recommendation) w/o a starter at about 70F. the ambient room is temp is low 60's. it took a couple days but the yeast  was going crazy strong, it has since began to slow down. It looks like it will do the job and make some hopefully good tasting beer.
once again thanks for all the help, advice, and suggestions

Other Fermentables / Re: Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:32:43 PM »
Where do you guys source grape juice?
Wine kits at the lhbs?
online somewhere?
I've found 5 gal frozen pails for around $115 -- that seems pricey, maybe not though?


There numerous clubs that you can buy-in with and the get fresh grapes from California and the western slope of CO, i would try and find one these clubs. also both Beer at Home (Lakewood and Westminster) and the Brew Hut (near cherry creek reservoir in Aurora)  sell some kits and other ingredients

The Pub / Re: interesting read
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:26:20 PM »
I looked it up and sandlot brewery (inside Coors Field) makes it. I have been the CF dozen of times and have not been to the sandlot brewery yet. I need to go, i here they make some good beer, but there are so many good breweries in the state (140ish at last count) it's hard to visit all them :)

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