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Beer Recipes / Re: Irish Red Ale
« on: July 20, 2010, 07:59:57 PM »
Congrats on the first beer.  I don't know of specific hops you may want to try, but look and see what some of the other recipes use.  also look at freshops (online hop seller) they have a good description of various hops characteristics

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 20, 2010, 12:35:29 PM »
suppose that was their last bottling. they had about 6 6 packs.  maybe i should snap them up. i have never tried it.  i am more of a lager drinker but i have truly enjoyed their honkers and 312 in the past

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 20, 2010, 10:42:29 AM »
So I got curious and ran down to the store during lunch.  bottle date was 2/24/10 for 7.99.  I was going to try it but alas, the fiver in my wallet was not enough.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First time all grain
« on: July 20, 2010, 10:40:40 AM »
those pictures on that "other" forum are pretty descriptive. I am not sure i like the valve right on top of the heat source. i guess nothing that good hot pad wouldnt protect you from.

Equipment and Software / Re: Anybody use steam?
« on: July 20, 2010, 09:25:00 AM »
i have thought about doing something similar.  as long as you keep the pressure low should be reasonably safe.  the enthalpy of steam (heat energy) really goes up fas with pressure.  incidentaly, i see a lot of people seem to hacksaw or drill in their copper.  i think using a pipe cutter and just using it through a fraction of the circumference gives a little cleaner result. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 20, 2010, 09:21:28 AM »
it could be old. i didn't check the dates.  if you aren't in this area let me know maybe i can swing back by the store and grab some

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 19, 2010, 06:33:59 PM »
I'm sad they don't bottle the oatmeal stout anymore, I liked that beer alot. 

I think I sent a pm to brew - witch on accident. Anyway. just was in Lisle, IL  saw goose island oatmeal stout in a bottle. thought you may want to know

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership Levels?
« on: July 15, 2010, 10:38:24 AM »
Just noticed, I may never be a denny member but at least I have a full member 8)

I spend more time thinking up recipes than I do actually getting around to brewing.  I have been planning a rhubarb and rye concoction ever since I had a rhubarb/strawberry jam peanut butter sandwhich on rye bread.  If I could actually find some time to try it I could move on to other things.  Like Drew, I think designing the beers is fun. I try not to get hung up on a style. Just what I think will taste good and refreshing.  of course go look at extreme brewing and radical brewing, or the homebrewer's garden for some unique stuff to try.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 11, 2010, 10:25:07 PM »
interesting the bear of the day on my calendar is mission st. blonde ale.  again Trader Joes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:37:08 AM »
glad to see others like the TJ beers.  the calender i referenced earlier said their dark mexican lager is pretty good too.  I will have to try it.  I don't think I could get through the blueberry if it is strong on the berry.  The only fruit beer i have liked was the blackberry wheat from Sam Adams.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batches <5gal
« on: July 09, 2010, 10:58:42 AM »
yes you can. sometimes hop utilization may be a little different.  also depending on your rig,  it is about the same amount of work in terms of sanitation and cleanup to brew the 5gal.  some people lose some wort during the process and this amount doesn't change with size so you may lose 1 quart in 5 gallons and 1 quart in 2 gallons which makes a little bigger impact.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 07, 2010, 10:35:28 AM »
my vienna has been reduced to cooking due to the mediciney/formaldehyde taste. so i stopped at trader joes and got a very servicable 6 pack of TJs vienna for just under 6 bucks.  that was on the 5th of july. interestingly enough it showed up as the beer of the day on the 6th of july daily beer calender i have.

i have defaulted to budweiser and sam adams from costco in emergency not too expensive.

i had a vienna lagering for about 8 weeks. got worried too much yeast would be gone.  i had saved a little slurry from the primary and added 1 tablespoon.  then bottled.  at end of bottling the tablespoon of yeast was still in a clump on the bottom.  still carbonated very well.  (problem with this batch was the formaldehyde/medicinal  taste that i haven't tracked down to chlorinated water, sanitation, or poor temperature control with the sanfrancisco lager yeast) 

so, probably not needed to re-add yeast.

The Pub / Re: The United States is Being Scrapped.
« on: July 03, 2010, 04:49:07 AM »
as an old submariner, i see a big surface ship and all i see is a "target".  but i love it when they can be preserved.  even small old coast gaurd ships are sometimes turned in to parks. they make great places for a cub scout, boy scout campout.  just something different and it teaches a little about what men, and women, go through to protect this great land and people

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