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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Have I botched my barleywine?
« on: August 10, 2013, 01:30:47 PM »
its hard to say.  you may have grabbed an infected bottle.  give it some more time, keep tasting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help...Moroccan spiced beer
« on: August 09, 2013, 03:52:22 AM »
Sumac would probably be real nice in a Saison.
Cardamom is a must. Cumin and cinnamon should also be in there somewhere.

Take it easy on the cardamom, it can be overpowering.  I speak from experience. :P

I made a 5 gallon coffee malt stout in the past with 4 cardamom pods freshly ground and coffee added to secondary.  it was very good.

Equipment and Software / Re: thermometer gun
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:33:18 AM »
infrared thermometers aren't reliable on shiny or reflective surfaces like wort

Zymurgy / Re: Shipping Woes...need a good alternative
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:31:28 AM »
I had to ship a case of wine from san francisco to kansas once the clerk asked what it was, knowing what it was, I said it was glassware, he asked to open the box, I said no, he said I cant ship it.  I walked to the next shipping store, they asked no questions, it arrived safely.  someone is always willing to ship without asking you just have to keep trying.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mosaic
« on: July 25, 2013, 05:31:41 PM »
ive used mosaic in my last two 10 gal brews, the 1st was 8oz centennial in the boil with 4oz mosaic dry, the 2nd was 8oz Chinook boil/4oz mosaic dry.  currently drinking the 2nd and loving it, the 1st may have been better, its hard to say since its gone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrogen peroxide as a cleaner?
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:39:06 PM »
soap, water and oxyclean is all I ever use to clean.

Kegging and Bottling / bottles as bricks
« on: July 15, 2013, 02:48:14 AM »
I found this interesting article about Heineken wanting to make bottles that could be used as bricks

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour question from a beginner
« on: July 05, 2013, 12:30:01 AM »
I have only tasted one beer that contained brett, and that was Orval.  I have never tasted a real sour.


I don't realy have much to add but i'd like to see the comments.  from what I know brett is not really a souring agent though.  "real" sours are made with all or a combination of lacto, pedio, acetobactor, and sac.  I love sours but have only cheated and made fake sours with a sour mash.  they taste good but not great, they lack the mouthfeel and depth of character.  no real help but cheers.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Growing up a Lacto starter
« on: July 03, 2013, 01:32:59 PM »
you can mash about a third to half of your grains, don't sparge, let cool to 130 or less, throw in a hand full of grain, cover surface with saran wrap, maintain a temp 100-130.  add boiling water to keep temp up as needed, sour for 1-? days.  drain tun add remaining grains and continue mashing and sparging on top of sour grains.  I have done this a few times and I like the result for Berliner weisse.  I have soured for as long as 3 days, another club member has soured as long as 8 days.

Ingredients / chinook and mosaic
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:56:31 AM »
I recently made a 10 gallon IPA with 8oz centennial in the boil and 4oz mosaic dry hopped, it was great.  I was unable to get centennial (through the mosaic supplier) again so I am subbing for Chinook, anyone tried this?  One form or another this IPA will be my house brew.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with Berliner pellicle.
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:20:10 AM »
I am by no means an expert but ive done a few berliners and I think that is a lacto pellicle.

Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:54:08 AM »
amarillo and simcoe
amarillo, simcoe & citra
amarillo, simcoe & centennial
centennial & simcoe

i had a lot of those hops as you can see....

i just grabbed some zythos for the first time as well as some mosaic.  not sure what to expect from mosiac.

I made a 10 gal ipa with 8oz centennial in the boil and 4oz mosaic dry hopped.  one of the best beers ive made, will be a regular line up.  mosaic is great.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Second thoughts on brewing
« on: April 20, 2013, 01:45:45 AM »
i used to add ice directly to the wort to chill it instead of topping off with water, especially when brewing partial mash/extract.  this cools it instatntly and i never had an adverse effect.  yes store bought ice.  i know this is contraindicated by many but it worked fine for me for many batches.

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