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General Homebrew Discussion / No brained brewing rules
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:59:14 AM »
It's only beer. Don't take it too seriously.

+1.060!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No brained brewing rules
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:54:05 PM »
Break all the rules you possibly can. Then you shall understand the wisdom of those that have gone before...

The corollary....

Learn the rules so you'll know which ones to break

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Hop Growing / Re: Just ordered my rhizomes
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:32:07 PM »
They're actually pretty easy to contain as long as you pay attention.  You can give them 2-3 years in the ground and then just dig the whole crown up, prune and plunk it back.  If you let them go any more than about 3 years you'll probably need like a 12 pack for the whole job.  It's all about being outside and homegrown, nothing like it!  Hop On!

Growing them is the easy part.  Processing and packaging is when the work starts.

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The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:12:15 PM »
I started reading it maybe 10 years ago.  I was about half way through the 7th book when Jordan died and decided that if it was never going to be finished that I didn't want to invest any more time in it.  I'd almost decide that even before Jordan died!  Now that I know the final book has been written, I dove back in about a week ago.  Slowly starting to recall WTF was going on.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time Homebrewer
« on: March 24, 2013, 10:22:50 AM »
I'll be the one against the grain here. I use OneStep. It's easy, cheap and has never failed me. I've never used Star San and have thought about trying, but I figure there's no reason to fix something that isn't broke.

Frank, I felt the same way about One step until it did fail me.  Once I went to Oxiclean/PBW/Iodophor/StarSan I realized how superior they were to One Step.  I know you have a lot of the stuff to work through, but once you do, I encourage you to try some of the other ones.

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Going Pro / Re: Rost your own grain
« on: March 24, 2013, 10:20:36 AM »
I get that question often, maybe I should malt my grain also. I always tell them I want experts to do that. You want an "expert" to make your beer don't you?

Or make your own water!  I read a Martha Stewart parody once about making your water that began "First, climb Mt. Everest to collect the purest oxygen".....

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Ingredients / Re: Columbus hops
« on: March 24, 2013, 10:17:10 AM »
I like 'em!

Columbus is one of the two hops in Denny's Wry Smile (the other is Mt. Hood) and I like that combo so much I've brewed that beer more than any other. Singling out Columbus in an APA sounds very interesting.

It's funny that when John Maier from Rogue first tasted the beer, he said he never would have thought of that hop combo.  To tell the truth, I'm not sure how I came up with it!

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Hop Growing / Re: Just ordered my rhizomes
« on: March 24, 2013, 10:15:43 AM »
You've all inspired me to order some rhizomes.  I ordered 4 Centennial, 4 Fuggle and 4 Magnum from Left Fields Hop Farms out in BC.  We shall have to see how things go but after reading Denny's comment about 1 plant, I'm thinking perhaps I was a bit ambitious. 

Can't wait to start harvesting my non-dry, non-stale hop cones ('cause I don't want to get caught up in the wet/fresh debate).

I wish you luck, Graham.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: New Bio; Joe Labeck
« on: March 24, 2013, 10:14:05 AM »
Hi Joe!  Welcome and thanks for introducing yourself.

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General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:39:47 PM »
Star san. Easy

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

+1.060

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Homebrewer Bios / Klickitat Jim
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:29:24 PM »
The instructions for fixing it are...
Start a new batch
Open you best brew and take a sip
Then dump out 48 bottles of weiner-abbey quad-dog and order two more ball lock kegs to ensure you limit your sugar boiling-  wiener boiling issues

"Freedom is temporary unless you are also Brave!" - Patriot

There's something about the phrase "weiner-abbey quad-dog" that makes me giggle...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:26:59 PM »
I'm still waiting.....
I don't believe that for a second!
The one in your hand?

I don't have one in my hand...that's why I'm waiting!  ;)

A wise man once told me that the beat beer in the world was the one in front of him. Perfect. But surely you have a favorite? Or are there just too many to count?

It's boring and obvious, but it would have to be my Rye IPA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / No brained brewing rules
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:26:05 PM »
3. If it sounds like too much work, it IS too much work.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 03:51:06 PM »
I'm still waiting.....
I don't believe that for a second!
The one in your hand?

I don't have one in my hand...that's why I'm waiting!  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Using maple sap in beer
« on: March 23, 2013, 03:50:05 PM »
Slight deviation here, but related, I suppose. Anyone have experience brewing with pine resin/sap? Seems like it could be a pretty powerful flavor so I imagine it should be used with caution. I'm going to visit my brother in Santa Fe and he wants to brew an amber utilizing local pinion pine in some way. Just wondering how to go about that.

The usual warning is not to use pine in beer unless you want it to taste like turpentine. Just passing that along....

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