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Beer Recipes / Re: How do you plan your recipes?
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:29:44 AM »
What resources do you use when planning your next recipe? I am going to continue experimenting with one gallon batches until I find a winner to brew five gallons again. I'm aware that you can plan out in software like Beer Smith, but curious if you aim for a commercial beer or a former winning home-brew recipe.
Are there any links to gold winning home brew recipes? Additionally, any commercial breweries that you know of that share recipes?

I recently purchased Michael Agnew's new book.  It has many recipes of commercial beers from the breweries themselves. Mostly Midwest breweries, but some form the East and West coast as well.  (was hoping for that strawberry-Rhubarb from New Glarus)  Anyway, the forum's own Denny Conn is a contributor to the book as well. 

I'm trying a 15 gallon batch of Avery's Maharajah this weekend. 

One thing I found intriguing about this book of recipes is all the recipes are written for extract, but have an all grain conversion.  And in that conversion, amount of hops changes as well.  I've not seen that in other recipe books. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Weird Gas Post
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:11:52 AM »
Got a couple like that.  Cleaned as usual, been using for 20 yrs. no problems.


Going Pro / Re: Pros (or wannabes) - Propane or NG
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:58:19 AM »
We use propane for our 1bbl system.  But, profit is not our major concern.  No NG is available.  WE are a small hobby brewery.  It's fun, I get to brew a lot and the bars pay for my enjoyment. 

Events / Re: Looks like some can already buy registration for NHC
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:35:49 AM »
I sat at a sponsor table last year since they had an extra spot; it certainly beat the mad dash for a table.  But I also noted a lot of of other sponsor tables that weren't full - the one next to us had only 2 people - so it is reasonable that some sponsors had extra banquet tix to give away.

finally, I note that the FastRack link in question mentions the 35th NHC; perhaps this is from last year when there was no lottery?


Good catch!


Interesting.  I got that notice directly from FastRack in an email yesterday. 

Events / Looks like some can already buy registration for NHC
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:41:15 PM »
Check this out:

How do they know they will win the lottery?


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bale Breaker Brewing- Top Cropper IPA
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:01:45 AM »
It's been done in previous threads, but the cans are a pretty viable, maybe superior option IMO.  I'm not a brewery owner, so I'll leave it up to Keith, Leos and others to answer to the financial advantages/disadvantages (production, transportation,green,etc.), but from a beer quality viewpoint, I love it.
Pretty much no oxidation, from cap or sunlight. And I always pour a craft beer into a glass anyway, so a fresher tasting beer is always a good thing. It's happening more and more now. I'm starting to see canned craft beer as a great thing.

I'm with ya on the cans, I think they are a great thing.  My standard go to beer is Long Hammer IPA from Red Hook.  Nothing special, but a good solid IPA.  The strange thing is a 1/2 rack of bottles is usually around $14.  Whereas a 6-pack of cans is north of $8.  I'm unsure why the difference, but for now, I buy the bottles, even though I'd rather have the cans. 

Classifieds / Re: Custom MASH Paddles for Sale
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:00:02 PM »
Hey folks -

I ordered two of the mash paddles from Rob, and they are a terrific gift for the homebrewer in your life.  Or even a commercial brewer.  Rob does a great job, and is very easy to work with.

Thanks again Rob, the Klahhane Ridge one was very well received.......

The Pub / Re: NB has a bacon beer kit (with bacon extract)
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:54:04 AM »
Rogue makes Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Porter... in a bottle the color of Pepto Bismol.  I have heard that it sells very well, but I have less than no desire to try it.  Bleh.

You are wise.  I've tried it.  one drink and tossed the rest.......

Equipment and Software / Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« on: December 20, 2013, 02:57:55 PM »
I'd go and buy a crapload of 60w bulbs. 

And this new rule kind of made me made as well.  But that commercial that says if each household replaced just one bulb, it save enough energy for 3 millions home, it made me feel better. 

(I wonder if that is even true, though)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Faster Carbonation Idea
« on: December 20, 2013, 02:55:29 PM »
I am currently trying to push the carbonation of a Scottish Ale, and was going over in my head the various methods of doing so. 

Then it occurred to me to simply hook the gas to the beverage out post.  Then as the gas is absorbed and pressure allows, a gas bubble would travel from the bottom of the beer to the top, exposing much more beer to the gas, hence carbonating rapidly.

Has anyone tried this?  It would be an interesting timed experiment.

I've heard of folks doing that, and I remember some saying it didn't do any good.  I've never tried.  Let us know how it works.  (I assume your still using a beer ball lock plumbed to your gas line, right?) 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Last brew day for 2013
« on: December 20, 2013, 01:41:53 PM »
We had planned to brew some more of our Amber Saturday.  But were down at the bar that sells our beer, and half the crowd there was asking for more of our Woody Warmer.  So, I'm headed down to the LHBS shop for some Carafa II.......

Equipment and Software / Re: Software
« on: December 19, 2013, 09:31:45 AM »
Beersmith allows batches.  Look to the "Version #."

I will have to mess with that when I get home and see if I like it. Thanks
Using beersmith, I find it easier to use the brew log to track what I did on a given day.  I have my recipe saved in the recipe section, and when I start brewing I add it to the brew log.  Then I go to the log and change stuff there to track hop/malt substitutions, actual fermentation profile, actual OG/FG, etc.  If I want to change the base recipe then I change the version of it in the recipe section.

But it is super annoying that when you move something to the brew log it does not change the date to the current date, it keeps it as whatever the recipe has as the date.  So the first thing I do when I switch to the brew log is change the date.
+1, I too miss this step lots of times. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Software
« on: December 18, 2013, 03:20:27 PM »
Beersmith allows batches.  Look to the "Version #."

Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone Crime & Punishment
« on: December 17, 2013, 02:10:40 PM »
I'm a big fan of hot peppers, but these beers are disgusting.  WAY over the top hot!!!!

Although, I'm keeping two bottles to use for cooking.  Chili or bread come to mind.   

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blingmann beer gun and high carbonation
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:32:28 PM »
Bottles, everything was cold. Like 35+F. I am using about 6' of hose. How do you bottle 3+ volumes without getting a bunch of foam in the line? I MUST be doing something wrong.
Don't those come with 10' of low dia hose? that is one feature that helps it work.

You beat to the punch on this one.  Yes, the Beer gun comes with 10' 3/8 ID hose.  The manual says "Always use a 10ft length of 3/16” ID hose to reduce the pressure of the beer as it flows to the filler"

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