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Ingredients / Re: tomato
« on: May 19, 2011, 09:32:18 AM »
so I like red beers, or bloody beers what ever you want to call it a beer with tomator juive in it. And that gave me a idea could you use tomatoes or tomato juice in brewing up a brew?

if you can where and how can you use it?

I have brewed what you are talking about.  And so far, everyone has liked it.  (I'll bring a bottle to San Diego for you Tom, LOL) 

But I did not ferment the tomatos.  We brewed an english bitter, and made a home made bloody mary mix.  Tested out different concentrations with SNPA.  We then added to the keg just before force carbination.  If you like Bloody Mary's, you will like this beer.  It's a bit on the spicy side, but some folks like that. 
I would definitely try your chelada Mic.  If you're checking a bag feel free to bring me a bottle :)  But don't check a bag just for that.

I'm actually shipping a half case down their via FedEx.  I hBringing some NW ales down to share with folks I meet from other areas.  And, I'll ship  some local SD beers back home to sequim.

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Ingredients / Re: tomato
« on: May 19, 2011, 09:19:28 AM »
so I like red beers, or bloody beers what ever you want to call it a beer with tomator juive in it. And that gave me a idea could you use tomatoes or tomato juice in brewing up a brew?

if you can where and how can you use it?

I have brewed what you are talking about.  And so far, everyone has liked it.  (I'll bring a bottle to San Diego for you Tom, LOL) 

But I did not ferment the tomatos.  We brewed an english bitter, and made a home made bloody mary mix.  Tested out different concentrations with SNPA.  We then added to the keg just before force carbination.  If you like Bloody Mary's, you will like this beer.  It's a bit on the spicy side, but some folks like that. 

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Is this a problem for anyone else?  I'm always running out of bottles 'cause I never seem to get back all the ones I hand out.  Not that I expect to get 'em all back - it just means more bottle delabeling is in my future.

Oh - and I HATE Elysian labels (and a few others).  Amonia does not loosen whatever super-glue they use on their lables.  I've had to scrape the labels off those bottles.  Does anyone else use a method other than an amonia solution soak to easily remove labels? 

I don't bother with removing labels, but have about ten different colors of caps........   I don't bottle very much though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 17, 2011, 09:22:54 AM »
Very nice thread.  Great discussion.

Here in my little corner of Washington State, I've had to refuse money for my beer.  But, I have received many LHBS gift certificates as "happy Monday" gifts. 


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Events / BNA, here I come
« on: May 12, 2011, 09:11:36 AM »
Can't wait for trip to San Diego.  This will my firts NHC, and yesterday we got tickets to the BNA party at White Labs new place.  This is going to be a blast. 

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If your stuck sparge really was caused by grain getting underneath your false bottom, you might consider using a sparge bag to hold your grain.  I always use one with my false bottom because of grain that sneaks by/past it.

For a one time problem, I don't think I should change anything.  My stir paddle did hit the side of the false bottom, My guess is I was just stirring to vigerously, down low.  And lifted the false bottom a bit, letting grain underneath.  At least that's my guess. 

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I normally only do a 60 minute mash.  And I never even check the ph.

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This was a 90 minute mash, at at 150 degrees.


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Last weekend brewing a basic IPA.  Some grain must have gotten under my false bottom, and for the first time, when I went to sparge into boil bucket, all I had was a VERY SLOW trickle.  It took about 45 minutes to get all the wort out of the grain.  (I batch sparge)

Anyway, also for the first time, I hit my target OG (1.079) without any problems, adjsutments, or such. 

Was it the slow sparge?  And should I ALWAYS take the 45 minutes?

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Events / Need a ride from the SAN?
« on: May 05, 2011, 08:51:53 AM »
I'll be getting to SAN about 9:30 Wednesday morning, and am renting a car.  Should have room for two folks going to the Town & Country.  Anyway, if timing works out, let me know, and I'll give you a ride. 

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Events / Re: SAN to Town and Country shuttle at NHC?
« on: April 27, 2011, 01:02:47 PM »
I'll be getting a rental car as we plan on some side trips on our own. 

I'll have room for two folks at SAN about 10am on the 15th.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Complements
« on: April 25, 2011, 09:38:22 AM »
Congrats on the great beer.  I have a similar story:

Last week, my Irish Red was being served, and a few friends were over enjoying such.  Then, on Saturday, we went to a new brewery that just opened a tasting room.  They had an Irish Red on tap.  More than one person said:  "hey, this tastes just like yours"

I'll take that compliment.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Anybody know this homebrewer?
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:28:20 AM »
Man in Iowa Drinks Beer for Lent


People tend to give up fairly easy things for Lent. Swearing. Desserts. Going to church. But in Corning, Iowa a man named J. Wilson is giving up food... so he can drink four pints of home-brewed Dopplebock along with the occasional glass or two of water. Wilson, who is attempting to observe lent like a Franciscan monk from the 1600s, is blogging about his experiences at diaryofaparttimemonk.wordpress.com. Two days in, Wilson says he's a bit hungry and has a headache but is feeling good. The first thing he's going to eat when Lent's over? A bacon sandwich. Good man.

Read more: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/food-for-men/man-gives-up-beer-for-lent-4586923#ixzz1KGoEZBIb


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I brewed a W10 Black IPA clone that was in BYO last year.  I've tweaked the recipe a bit, and now it's one of my staples.  I don't really care whether it's a new "style" or not.  I like it.

What I'd like to know is the history of other "new" beer styles.  There are many recognized styles that are not all that different, so maybe these should have their own as well. 

As for the "black IPA" being an oxymoron, big deal.  There are many such phrases in our language.




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