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General Homebrew Discussion / First barley wine
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:39:36 AM »
First off, don't ask me. But swmbo told me too

Anyway, starter going, and will use the BCS recipe. Start with 1056 and finish with champagne yeast.

Any suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Are we growing fast, or what????????
« on: March 05, 2012, 11:23:56 PM »
I joined the AHA about three years ago.  Went to my first conference last year, and have entered the NHC each of those three years.  (first year got a 37 on my Irish Red, and last year a 39 on my American Amber)

Anyway, we all know how fast the conference sold out this year.  Luckily, I got my tickets.  Then, Saturday I'm registereing and entering my Aemrican Amber again for the NHC, and Portland - closed, San Fran - closed, San Diego - closed. 

Amazing.  Looks like I'll be shipping my beer to Minneapolis. 

We're all like Rock stars or something.......   

General Homebrew Discussion / Hops starting to sprout
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:47:44 PM »
I'm on the North side the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, and last night noticed my hops are starting to sprout.  This will be year #4.

WooHoo, Spring is coming folks!!!!!!!

Yeast and Fermentation / Poll: Do you use a secondary fermentation
« on: March 01, 2012, 06:26:59 PM »
Hey folks -

Every since I heard JZ say he gave up secondary a few years ago on Brewstrong, I have stuck with primary only.  Wondering how many folks do the same.

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:30:04 PM »
I picked up some lye and I'm ready to try soap making.  Any recommendations for a first batch?

We've been making soap for a wile.  I also dry some spent grain, throw that in the food processor to pulverize real good, and add that.  It's a bit gimmicky, but we have fun with it. 

Classifieds / Re: wtb kegs for all grain system
« on: February 29, 2012, 09:27:36 PM »
i'm in the atlanta georgia area and starting up my all grain system. anyone have a couple kegs for sale?

It may be good to check a local brewery in your area, if there is one.  They may have some old kegs they will sell you.  That's how I got mine.  And on that note, please realize the $45 deposit paid on a sankey keg doesn't come close to paying for that keg.  It still belongs to the brewery. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Yeast starters with LME
« on: February 29, 2012, 05:11:37 PM »
Everything I hear is starters should be done with DME.  But, it's a PITA to deal with.  All the clumping and such.  It sure seems that getting some LME, putting in a honey type container, and just squeeze out enough straight into your flask, and no fuss, no muss.


I meant for President.

Dude, I'm crazy but not THAT crazy!

But I bet the White House home brew would be better than the conoe stuff brewed there recently.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Heretic Evil Twin
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:52:39 PM »
Here's the response from Heretic:


Sadly it looks like local laws are not going to allow Heretic to pour at NHC this year. I'm sorely disappointed.
Yeah, it's unfortunate but we're going to see what we can work out.  The WA laws are a PITA, believe me! :-\
+1 on our laws being a PITA

Maybe JZ could just fill up a few Cornys, and serve them at the BN booth on club night???????

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Heretic Evil Twin
« on: February 08, 2012, 12:15:21 AM »
So Tom, does that mean my 10 remaining bombers of Evil Twin are contraband?


It really is a very solid Red Ale.  Nice head, nice color, and quite tasty. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Heretic Evil Twin
« on: February 07, 2012, 09:08:58 PM »
They're out of the Russian River. But this site has been bookmarked. Thanks!

Don't get too excited Euge.  Read the shipping policy first.

All transactions are void where prohibited by law. Due to restrictions in the respective state laws, we are not able to ship alcohol to AK, AR, DE, HI, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MT, NH, OK, PA, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, WA and WV
It's interesting that Wa is on that list.  I live in Wa, and they delivered to me. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Heretic Evil Twin
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:09:49 PM »
I want to try his beers very badly. As it is I have no hope for seeing any of them in Texas. For goodness sake I've never even tasted Pliny! :-[

Well, depending on your motivation level, try this:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Heretic Evil Twin
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:47:49 PM »
Well, since most everything I know about brewing came from JZ's "brewstrong" podcasts, I had to give this a try.  It wasn't easy getting some, as I live in Washington State, but I thought it was a very nice red ale.  Which, is one of my favorite styles.  I hope Heretic starts distributing in Wa soon. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: February 07, 2012, 04:37:48 PM »
Thanks Tom-

Would it be more accurate to say you adjust based on sugar content, rather than etoh content?
Both alcohol and sugar have a non-zero refractive index.  In a mixture you can't tell how much is from one or the other.  Knowing the OG lets you solve the equation.  It is not as straightforward as knowing the % of each though, there are corrections that have to go into it.  This is why Sean's spreadsheet is good, it is based on results using fermented wort rather than the others which I suspect come from making mixtures of known sugar and alcohol concentrations and taking a reading.

Sounds way too complicated for me.  I'm gonna stick with a hydrometer.  Thanks for all the advice though. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometer vs. hydrometer
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:05:25 AM »
Thanks Tom-

Would it be more accurate to say you adjust based on sugar content, rather than etoh content?

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