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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: maintaining temps in freezer
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:25:11 AM »
2 stage ranco controller and a fermwrap (35ish bucks) works great for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A few ideas for better beer.
« on: March 10, 2013, 05:55:31 AM »
I make a starter every time unless I'm using dry yeast.  No offense to anybody but is way overrated

How so?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:33:35 PM »
Yep.  What you want to do is measure how much runoff you get from the mash.  Subtract that from the amount you want to boil.  The answer you get is how much sparge water to use so that you have nothing left behind.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hit me with your best Session IPA
« on: February 16, 2013, 02:03:03 PM »
Kelsey McNair's West Coast Bitter/San Diego County Session ale.


Brewed it a bunch of times, absolutely love that recipe. I'm doing a series of single hopped versions with meridian, el dorado, EXP 1210, and Nelson starting tomorrow.

Beer Recipes / Re: Hopslam Clone?
« on: February 04, 2013, 09:51:41 AM »
should I maybe go with a yeast that is more alcohol tolerant?

WLP090 is neutral in character and more alcohol tolerant than 001. And it flocs out much faster. I've had good success with it twice now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Pellets
« on: January 28, 2013, 11:38:53 AM »
I use the Hop Stopper:

It's really quite a nice product. I tried just throwing pellets in & whirlpooling, then bagging them, then bazooka screens. This thing works EXCELLENT and will drain all but maybe 1/4 gallon from my kettle. I've used probably 10oz of pellets in the kettle once and it didn't even bat an eye. I have a feeling that it'll handle twice that. Best upgrade I've made in a long time.

I like the looks of that. Is it good at filtering break material as well as hops?

The Pub / Re: Why does Budweiser just not get it?
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:11:33 PM »
This is a great read if you want some insight into how AB was run before and after InBevs bid. Some fascinating stuff. What a train wreck that family ended up being in the end.

And evidently I forgot to add a link. In any event "Bitter Brew" by William Knoedelseder

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2013 Brew Year's Resolutions/Goals
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:02:13 AM »
1. Learn everything I can about brewing water and incorporate that into my process
2. Refine the couple of recipes I've come up with so far.
3. Brew a wee heavy
4. Figure out a more effective way to get clear wort into my fermentors
5. Enter more beers
6. Sours

All Grain Brewing / Re: Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:42:11 AM »
Forgive my ignorance of the nuances of the 3 tier system, but does the distributor not purchase the beer from the brewery, then sell it to a retailer? So if the beer sits and goes out of date, one would assume that either the retailer or distributor would eat the cost (assuming they actually pull the product, which has not been my experience) instead of the brewer?

I'm not saying I know one way or the other, just making assumptions

All Grain Brewing / Re: Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: December 07, 2012, 08:01:43 AM »
The trouble with "best by" is it doesn't tell you when it was bottled. Fuller's beers have a "best before" date, but it must be a year or more after bottling. The last time I bought their ESB, it was oxidized and nothing like the beer I've had in England.

Founders has "bottled on" dates, which is nice. I'm with you on the Fullers beers, though

All Grain Brewing / Re: step mashing or single infusion
« on: December 07, 2012, 07:59:00 AM »
The latest Beersmith podcast is on Saison. Nathan Smith covers doing a 100% pils beer. Its a good listen:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm a rebel, Dotty, a loner...
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:40:47 PM »
"He's having his bath"

"Ohhhhh reaaally? Where they hosing him down?"

All Grain Brewing / Re: Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:18:20 AM »
There are a lot of stores in my area that have built up a huge craft beer section. The problem is that the stock just doesn't get turned over. I've stopped buying APA's/IPA's unless they have a "born on" date within 2-3 months, or they are a current seasonal release. I actually have better luck at stores with a small selection because I know that the common stuff like Harpoon IPA, SNPA, etc. gets turned around pretty quick.

I had the same issue with my local beer store, to the point that I won't buy ANY beer from them unless its date stamped. They have a huge selection, and a great staff, but it seems that nothing ever gets tossed. They were kind enough to order me a Stone beer I had brewed a clone of a while back that isn't available in our area. I went in and picked it up, and it was a year past the "best by". Huge chunks of proteins floating around in it, really nasty.  So in that case it's not just the store, but the distributor as well. They did refund my money, however. "Meijer", which is a Midwestern mega-grocery store chain out here, now has an entire MI/Craft beer section with a high turnover of product, and as much as I want to spend my $ with the little guys it's hard to turn down fresh beer at a better price.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Drink IPA's Fresh!
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:06:17 AM »
Two Hearted Ale, that was bottled in July.  It did not taste like the Two Hearted I know.

Had one like that a month ago, totally agree. Which is why I love that both Founders and Bells date stamp their bottles. I won't buy any (IPA's) from either brewery that are more than 3 months past the bottling date.

Which brings me to the point: Why don't all breweries date stamp their bottles? Why would you want some nasty old oxidized beer out there? Anyone unfamiliar (or uneducated) with that beer is going think poorly of it. I think it's Goose Island that goes so far as to put an actual "best by" date on their bottles. As a consumer, I really appreciate that.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Hey Michigan
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:57:57 AM »
I'm headed up to traverse city this weekend to celebrate my birthday, and as a gift I'm having 2 of my cornies filled, one at Shorts, the other at Right Brain. Anyone been to either taproom lately and can make a recommendation? I'm familiar (of course) with all of the year round stuff from Shorts, and most of the flagship beers at Right Brain, just looking for something pub only thats great.


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