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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:37:05 PM »
I've tried most of the Big Eddy series and while he wee heavy is good it's not my favorite.  It was a little too smoky for my tastes.  The imperial stout and uber Oktoberfest are my favorites.  The ryewine and Baltic Porter are solid too.  Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

I agree...it's pretty good, but the smoky character is not really appropriate IMNSHO.  Still, that's their interpretation and it's very well made... and proof that the bigs are headed in the right direction in terms of 'craft' product.

Maybe the bottle I picked up had a little age on it, but I found the smokiness to be pretty subtle. Maybe a touch more than what you typically see in the style, but it fit very well to my palate.
The smoke was subtle compared to other "craft" wee heavy and strongs.  For example, Sam Adams Wee Heavy (for the record I like Boston Beer Co. and respect Mr. Koch) was way too smokey for my tastes and what I've read authentic Scotch Ale should taste like (smoke is inappropriate for the style).  Honestly, if I had the Leinenkugel next to a real scotch ale I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference as subtle smoke flavor may come from the yeast.  The Leinenkugel was probably the best American version other than Old Chub.  Not the point though.  The Big Eddy series is legit and I will try any of their offerings.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« on: November 23, 2013, 05:59:46 PM »
Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

How do we explain Sunset Wheat, then?

I don't know. I'm going by something a friend who works for MC told me.  Why does anyone brew an American Wheat?  I'm guessing a business decision- there's a market for American Wheat.  Probably the same reason there's a BMC.

Hey not all American wheat beers have to be overly sweet messes.

They don't have to be but most I've tried are.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« on: November 23, 2013, 04:10:35 PM »
Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

How do we explain Sunset Wheat, then?

I don't know. I'm going by something a friend who works for MC told me.  Why does anyone brew an American Wheat?  I'm guessing a business decision- there's a market for American Wheat.  Probably the same reason there's a BMC. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« on: November 23, 2013, 05:56:24 AM »
I've tried most of the Big Eddy series and while he wee heavy is good it's not my favorite.  It was a little too smoky for my tastes.  The imperial stout and uber Oktoberfest are my favorites.  The ryewine and Baltic Porter are solid too.  Definitely craft beer, but I hear Miller-Coors pretty much keeps their hands off the Leinenkugel brand.

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The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: October 06, 2013, 06:21:34 PM »
Damned if the Broncos didn't get lucky, but a win is a win! 5-0 baby!

CHIEFS!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Commercial Saisons
« on: August 30, 2013, 03:42:25 PM »
Boulevard Tank 7 should be easy to get in Nebraska.  Le Merle from North Coast Brewery is good too.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Revolution brewing "It's a little crazy"
« on: August 24, 2013, 09:33:14 PM »
Wikipedia lists three breweries named Revolution Brewing.  Google searches work pretty well.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cooling my all grain wort
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:00:59 PM »
I made an immersion chiller from 50' of copper coil for just under $50.  In the spring, when the tap water was colder, it got 6G of wort to 80*F in five minutes then below 70 after another 30 minutes.  It takes an hour now but is still less of a hassle on brew day than an ice bath.  I also made it for the same price or below what one would pay for an IC with only 25' of copper.  There are plenty of instructions on the interwebs.
If you are handy, this is the way to go.

I'm the anthihesis of handy.  I actually put off the project because I was intimidated.    an immersion chiller was so easy I should have tried it sooner. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cooling my all grain wort
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:56:20 PM »
I made an immersion chiller from 50' of copper coil for just under $50.  In the spring, when the tap water was colder, it got 6G of wort to 80*F in five minutes then below 70 after another 30 minutes.  It takes an hour now but is still less of a hassle on brew day than an ice bath.  I also made it for the same price or below what one would pay for an IC with only 25' of copper.  There are plenty of instructions on the interwebs.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Am I being impatient?
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:06:05 PM »
I set a warm keg to 40 psi with temp controller at 40F and leave it for 36 hours.  No shaking.  Then set it to serving pressure.  If the beer is already chilled, or if its a style that needs lees carbonation then I do 40psi of 24 hours.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Stir-plate Starter
« on: August 08, 2013, 06:49:11 PM »
I hear ya. I can be extremely organized and still miss high krausen probably 50% of the time but still usually seem get within an hour or two.  I used to be paranoid about pitching the whole starter but I've heard interviews with NHC medal winners and Longshot winners that pitch the entire thing so I'm not concerned any more.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Stir-plate Starter
« on: August 08, 2013, 06:32:49 PM »
I used to crash an decant but a pro brewer in KC told my friend to pitch the whole thing at high krausen.  I've been pitching the while starter ever since.  I've had shorter lag times and like the convenience of not havin to plan out days in advance.  My job keeps me busy donuts nice to do a starter 12-18 hours before and not crash.  I would decant if I were doing a lighter beer or if the starter were greater than 2L on a 6G batch.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Mild Brown Ale
« on: August 05, 2013, 09:02:46 AM »
As stated earlier, you may want to consider a British ale yeast like S-04.  Other than that it looks good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yesteray's (mis)adventure
« on: August 05, 2013, 08:11:02 AM »
I had the same thing happen with my IC Friday.  I made my own and over tightened the hose clamp.  I lt worked fine for the first four batches but suspected something like this was bound to happen.  RDWHAHB.  Even if the wort were below 160*F a proper pitch of healthy yeast would probably out compete anything in the water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm brewing on national TV tonight
« on: August 04, 2013, 06:32:31 PM »
It was short but it seems that's the kind of segment it is.  I liked it but yeah, too bad it wasn't longer.  I was able to see the video by clicking on the picture at the top of the page you hyperlinked, but had to turn my phone horizontal to see the "play" arrow.

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