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Ingredients / Re: Columbus hops
« on: March 24, 2013, 05:17:10 PM »
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!

Hop Growing / Re: Just ordered my rhizomes
« on: March 24, 2013, 05:15:43 PM »
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.

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

General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:39:47 AM »
Star san. Easy

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


Homebrewer Bios / Klickitat Jim
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:29:24 AM »
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...

General Homebrew Discussion / Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:26:59 AM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / No brained brewing rules
« on: March 24, 2013, 01:26:05 AM »
3. If it sounds like too much work, it IS too much work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 10:51:06 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!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Using maple sap in beer
« on: March 23, 2013, 10:50:05 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....

Homebrewer Bios / Klickitat Jim
« on: March 23, 2013, 09:45:26 PM »
Love the hot dog warning!

All Grain Brewing / Hard packed grain bed - efficiency spike
« on: March 23, 2013, 04:58:02 PM »
New mill setting, higher temp, and looser mash were all factors.  Hard to say which was mainly responsible.

General Homebrew Discussion / Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 02:46:13 PM »
I'm still waiting.....

Ingredients / Re: Chocolate in a porter?
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:14:49 PM »
Well the Colombian white is off. Called both the homebrew stores in town and neither carries coca powder, So it will need to be the original chocolate porter using cocOa powder. Who would have thought spelling could turn a legal hobby into a fellony :o

At one comp I was judging, I was given a quinoa/coca leaf pale ale to judge!  Have no idea where they got the coca leaf.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belle Saison Dry Yeast
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:02:26 PM »
I've actually never tried a high alpha American hop in European style beers so I can't comment but I've used magnum for a long, long time and for those styles I think it works best. Less hop and vegal matter in bk. but that's just me.

Errr ... sorry for the hijack boys and thanks for the feedback on the strain. Looking forward to using it soon.

I've used Horizon many times in Belgian beers and it seems to work great.

Yeast and Fermentation / Preparing the yeast
« on: March 22, 2013, 04:23:50 AM »
I'm going to be brewing an extract kit from called Rebel Rye Porter.  I just looked at the instructions and is says: 

1. Remove the liquid Wyeast pack from the refrigerator,
and “smack” as shown on the back of the yeast package.
Leave it in a warm place (70–80° F) to incubate until the
pack begins to inflate. Allow at least 3 hours for inflation;
some packs may take up to several days to show inflation.
Do not brew with inactive yeast — we can replace the
yeast, but not a batch that fails to ferment properly. If
you are using dry yeast, no action is needed

The yeast they are talking about is Wyeast #1028 London Ale Yeast.  Does it really need "a few days"?  I thought all the yeast needed was to bring it to room temp and then allow a few hours before pitching.  As a new brewer I'm a little confused.  Help!

What is the OG of the recipe?  You may need to do a starter for the yeast if it's over about 1.040.

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