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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Pub Discount Program
« on: September 21, 2011, 10:20:46 AM »
Well, I'm sure Tom and Mark are busy with NHC2012 these days.  I know Tom had mentioned some initial efforts, but I havn't spoke to him in quite awhile. 

Maybe after next June, we can focus on this. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Pub Discount Program
« on: September 21, 2011, 10:15:20 AM »
Steve -

I think my state is one that doesn't allow such.  Does the AHA actively work to correct this problem?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Presidential Beer
« on: September 21, 2011, 10:07:23 AM »
Yup, although I think it's safe to assume that it's one of the White House chefs doing the brewing as I imagine the President might be a tad bit too busy to bust out the mash paddle himself! :)

I think the first we heard of this was back around the Super Bowl.

Now, no matter what sort of political views you and I and all the rest of the stooges hold, it's pretty damn cool that there's homebrew happening in the White House.

Agreed.  I remember back during the superbowl, AHA said they were gonna try and get the recipe.  Anyone know if that happened?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Alaskan Brewing Company - 15th anniversary - RIS
« on: September 16, 2011, 08:51:10 AM »
So, I bought a case of the bombers last night.  Tried one, and pretty good.  I'm fairly new to RIS's so unsure how this compares to others.  although I did like the Widmer W11 release quite a bit. 

Any RIS experts out there tried this yet? 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Kangen Water
« on: September 12, 2011, 09:42:29 AM »
OK, so I was at a Wooden Boat Festival over the weekend, and there was a vendor selling thise Kangen water systems.  $4,000, so there's no way I'll buy one, but he said he would give me 20 gallons to try and brew With.  From the little research I've done so far, Kangen water is high in PH, so I think I'll pass on even trying. 

Anyone ever brewed with this water?

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Wet Hops
« on: August 31, 2011, 03:12:25 PM »
Interested in buying some wet hops. If you got in on the recent sale by-the-pound, I can take a few ounces off your hands.

Well, if your in the Sequim, Washington area, PM me.  I have about 10 plants loaded.  You're welcome to come and pick as much as you can carry.  (for a trial of your homebrew of course)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Escodian Imperial Black IPA
« on: August 25, 2011, 09:35:59 AM »
I know folks either love or hate this style of beer.  Fact is, many craft breweries are starting to produce such.  And Stone's 15th anniversary version of this beer is the best yet.  And, at 108% ABV, one bomber is very effective. 

108%!!!!!!! that's over 200 proof! be very carefull opening the bottle. one spark and BOOM

LOL, oops.  10.8%

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As far as Yingalingaling as a decent beer goes, I too grew up on the stuff. In fact I remember when they released it. I grew up in PA.

Hmmm, since the lager was reintroduced in 1987 and Yuengling is the country's oldest brewery, does that imply that you're older than, heaven forbid, Denny?

I think the AHA has a rule:  No one can be older than Denny.  But, one could also argue that few have done as much to help us all become better brewers than him. I know I'm a better brewer for having met the guy.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone Escodian Imperial Black IPA
« on: August 25, 2011, 09:10:42 AM »
I know folks either love or hate this style of beer.  Fact is, many craft breweries are starting to produce such.  And Stone's 15th anniversary version of this beer is the best yet.  And, at 108% ABV, one bomber is very effective. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home brewing in Canada
« on: August 05, 2011, 10:06:30 AM »
I wen into a local pub near me and asked what beer they had and the waitress said "all of them".  Well I started naming off some choice beers to drink and kept getting didn't have that.  So I asked what "Craft" beer they had and she said they never "Heard" of them.

It isn't just Canada

Well, I guess I should be happy I live int he Northwest.  Great beer culture here, and more and more places are refusing the BMC beers, and only pouring craft beers.  (Of course one did think that Blue Moon was a craft beer, go figure)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Home brewing in Canada
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:05:05 AM »
A couple weekends ago, my SO and I took the bike up into Canada.  Hope and princeton BC.  Beautiful country for sure.  Anyway, went to a liquor stor in Princeton, and was shocked.  No good beer.  And a 6-pack of MGD was more than $14.  YIKES!

As we were walking down to a pub, we noticed a U-Brew place and stopped in.  There must have been over 100 carboys on the shelfs fermenting away.  In talking to an employee, U-brew is quite popular because of the cost savings.  They actually had a little machine to put the beer in cans.  It was rather cool. 

Anyway, we get down to the "brown Bridge Pub."  I ask for a an IPA.  And the bartender says "what's that?"  Very sad day.   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 05, 2011, 08:58:44 AM »
I brew one gallon less than the federal law allows. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: ball valuve and thermometer on new kettle
« on: July 27, 2011, 08:05:42 AM »
I love having a valve.  There are weldless bulkheads that are pretty easy to install. I got mine from www.bargainfittings.com which has good prices and configuration options.

To me, a thermometer on the kettle is a luxury. I don't have one. Just heat to boiling and keep it at a roll, don't need a thermometer for that.  But this depends more on your wallet.

+1 on that budyy.  I have a thermometer on my boil kettle, and for the life me, I don't know why.  I never use it. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: REally? A sweet IPA? please help
« on: July 25, 2011, 10:14:44 AM »
Dry hopping might help because flavor and aroma can increase perceived betterness.  You could also brew a really dry IPA and blend it.

What is the starting and final gravity? How long have you had the hops and why are you sure that they are the problem. It could also be under-attenuation or bad utilization from technique. Do you add them straight to the boil?

OG:  1.070
FG:   1.013

The hops are from the 2009 harvest year.  And when I opened a foil pack, I just taped it shut, and put back in the freezer.  That will change as I state.  I used the same hop schedule as I have many times for this beer.  Plus, my last time was a bit sweet, but nothing like this. 


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General Homebrew Discussion / REally? A sweet IPA? please help
« on: July 25, 2011, 09:59:06 AM »
OK, it would appear as though my hop storage techniques has degraded my hop effectiveness pretty bad.  I think I'm gonna throw out all hops that are not sealed from the farm, and start vacumming packing when I open one of those one pound foil bags.  That will help in the future, but.......

I have ten gallons of a real nice IPA, that is very sweet.  It's all done, been in the kegs about a month.  Carbonated to my liking......

Can I dry hop this beer to get it back to an IPA, instead of the sweet APA it is today?  If so, any tips?

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