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Beer Recipes / need help to clone a "strange brew"
« on: January 31, 2011, 08:38:25 AM »
This past weekend, in a town close to mine, was the "Strange brewfest."  One fo the strange brews was a red beer with the following:

British Pale
Tomato sauce
Syracha (Rooster Sauce)
Worcechester Sauce
Celery Salt
Horshradish

I brew ten gallon bataches.  Anyone want to take a shot and the amounts of the above ingrideients?

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Events / Re: 2011 NHC?
« on: January 28, 2011, 02:50:18 PM »
Thanks Tom.  I'm a NHC virgin.
:)

Are you flying or driving down Mic?  Does your club want to pour at the WAHA booth?

I am flying down.  I'd love to pour some of mine, or another NOBG guys beer, but wouldn't know how to get it down there.  If nothing else, I'd volunteer to man the both.  (I have joined the Yahoo Group - - "sequimbrewer")

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Events / Re: 2011 NHC?
« on: January 28, 2011, 01:54:23 PM »
:D

Funny Tom...you make it sound like there's going to be alot of fat guys in kilts.  :-\
Except I usually wear mine for pro-night. ;D

I may wear mine both nights.  Got the survival from Utilikilts.  That baby will hold 20 bottles of beer...... 
That's great!   But Mic, you don't need to bring bottles to club or pro night . . . just a cup ;)
Thanks Tom.  I'm a NHC virgin.

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Events / Re: 2011 NHC?
« on: January 27, 2011, 04:01:37 PM »
:D

Funny Tom...you make it sound like there's going to be alot of fat guys in kilts.  :-\
Except I usually wear mine for pro-night. ;D

I may wear mine both nights.  Got the survival from Utilikilts.  That baby will hold 20 bottles of beer...... 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blowout into the airlock
« on: January 26, 2011, 11:20:51 AM »
I think you'll be fine.  This happens to me about 50% of the time.  I replace with clean, sanitized, and RDWHAHB.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: three tier systems how do they work
« on: January 21, 2011, 12:46:17 PM »
I'm lucky that I've had time, money and space to let my brewing addiction take over my garage and my life ;D, and very lucky that my wife is a dedicated enabler.
 
I'm with ya Corky.  Life's been good to me, so I have a top tier system.  But, not good enough to buy those boilermaker pots John sells.  I use sankey kegs.  I'm a bit of a gadget geek, so I do try new things from time to time.  I used to have a flat system with pumps, I did like the RIMS though.  But too many hoses and such to clean.  I just got Blichmann's plate chiller. (or it will be here tomorrow) so I'm looking forward to playing with that.  For me, a big part of the fun is the gadgetry.  But, I agree with others, it's what ends up in glass, that matters most.   

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Therminator wort chiller
« on: January 21, 2011, 08:27:09 AM »

I was talking with them about the Therminator at the time. 

Well, I got an email back from Blichmann.  They tell me it should work just fine, as they have specifically designed it for lor restriction.  UPS has it delayed until tomorrow, I'll start brewing around noon, and hopefully it'll get here in time to try it out. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Therminator wort chiller
« on: January 20, 2011, 04:22:06 PM »
It is imperative that you protect your Therminator from getting clogged with the hops and trub from your wart.  I have not attempted to use gravity to drain the hot wart, I use a March pump.   When I was talking with the local home brew store, "Brewmasters", they felt that it would take at least a 4 ft gravity drop down, to enable that to work.   

Please take a look at the following link that was recommended to me to help control and protect your Therminator, before you start brewing with it. 

http://www.homebrewchatter.com/board/showthread.php?t=2550&highlight=hop+stopper


Your comment about the 4 foot drop concerns me.  Did those folks talk specifically to the therminator, or any plate chiller?  The Blichmann website talks all about "low restriction, perfect for gravity systems"  I sent them an email, to ask there thoughts.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Therminator wort chiller
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:54:30 PM »
You'll love it.  With winter tap water I can run a 10 minute whirl and then directly transfer to fermenter at pitching temp but with summer water I have to recirculate for a while before the transfer.  Do you have an inline thermometer for the wort outlet side? 

I don't.  Also, I planned on using it full gravity with no pump.  Will that work?  (I have the top tier stand)

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Equipment and Software / Blichmann Therminator wort chiller
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:54:34 AM »
Well, I have made the move from immersion to plate chiller.  UPS.com says my new therminator will be here tomorrow.  Gonna brew this weekend, and try this thing out. 

Any advice from any of you that may have one?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop tea
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:43:17 AM »
Well guys, I'm gonna try it in my coffee maker tonight.  Don't have time to dry hop.  Meeting is Saturday.  I'll do it after our annual elections.  LOL.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop tea
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:32:04 AM »
hmmmm.......

On a Modern Marvels episode once, they showed the folks from DFH doing this to get an idea of the differences.  When you DID make it, how did you do it?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Widmer W11 Russian Imperial Stout
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:07:18 AM »
Well, I really am liking this stout.  So much so, I just order 4 cases from my local bottle store.  He passes it on to me at his cost plus tax.

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General Homebrew Discussion / hop tea
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:59:00 AM »
Hi folks -

Well, as I'm in charge of the "educational portion" of our club meeting this saturday, I figured I would make a bunch of hop tea for tasting.  I have 10 varieities, so it may work out well to compare them. 

I planned on just using my coffee maker, puting about a cup of whole leaf hops in the brew basket, and go for it.  Then just bottle into some 22 ouncers, cap, label, and "bob's your uncle."

Any thoughts?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:45:51 AM »
I picked this up the other day.  Wish I hadn't.

Very disappointing beer.  The "nut" taste was reminiscent of hazelnut but was over-powering and very unappealing to my tastes.  To be honest, I only drank half of the bottle and dumped the rest and I don't know when the last time was that I didn't finish a beer.  Just not pleasant.  The label mentions "with natural flavor" so I don't know if they've added some sort of extract to enhance the nuttiness but it was not good.  I drank it from the bottle so I can't comment on colour or lacing.

If you've tried this and you liked it, I know where you can get 11 of them real cheap...

hmmmm.  I've had a few six packs.  While not my favorite, I sure did not find it nearly as offensive as yourself.   

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