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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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I'm not sure what they're hoping to accomplish with this petition, given that it's a federal law: http://www.ttb.gov/beer/beer-faqs.shtml#b9

From that website:
When is a growler a “large glass?”
A growler is a large glass when a consumer uses the container to make a purchase and the brewer then fills the container. Consumers may furnish their own growler or may purchase it from the brewer.

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I do understand not being able to fill other brewery's growlers, and if I was a brewer, I would probably support that. I wouldn't want to put my beer into another brewer's growler.

As long as someone was actually paying my cold hard cash for my beer, I wouldn't care what they put it in.  I would be greateful for the $10.

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I am looking to ferment mead in larger volumes than five gallons.  My bees have been busy.  I have a lot of honey.  Does anyone have any experience with fermenting in medium density polyethylene cylindroconical fermenters like this one.  If so, how well do they work?  Worries, concerns, thoughts?


I bought one of these, built a rack in my fridge for it, installed a couple ball valves, and decided that there was just too many places for bugs to hang out and ruin my beer.  Never used it once. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bottle conditioned ales
« on: July 13, 2011, 02:03:25 PM »
i am currently sanitizing to bottle first thing in the morning.  yes, it takes time and is a process. 

i take great pleasure in making bottle conditioned ales.  and people like drinking them.

it's just a part of the process that i enjoy.  kegging may be faster, but bottling keeps me true to the process.  also i like to experiment with priming sugars. 

i should say i have no kids and no bank note, so i have the time.  this part of the process is an amazing part of drinking my better, bottled beer.  wouldn't trade this part of the fun for a quick fix.

maybe i have to wait a few weeks, but it's totally worth the wait.

i'm a pro bottler!

Cool beans.  Glad you like it.  I've been brewing for about 8 years, and am yet to bottle condition. 

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I ask for deposit on growler and I refund the returns.
That sounds like an awesome way to do things. If the breweries I've visited did that, I wouldn't have half a dozen growlers kicking around (well, maybe).
I just put hooks on the ceiling of my brewery, and hang them all up.  I've got about 40.  (so far)  And even the first of the modern day growlers.  From Otto Brothers.  At least the claim to be the first on their website. 

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