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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First competition results
« on: November 07, 2016, 04:31:05 AM »
Congratulations !

Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: November 07, 2016, 03:39:54 AM »
The sign in the back of the pic says BeLoVeD. BLVD is abbreviation for Boulevard.

The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team.

Finally, Boulevard is owned by Duvel-Moortgat.

Hey, they even sell it in Belgium. I'll try a bottle. Will I be pleasantly surprised?
I recommend the Tank 7 Saison, The Sixth Glass (quad) or the Saison-Brett.  The Dark Truth stout is nice too.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Returning Noob mistakes
« on: November 06, 2016, 07:24:10 PM »

Hey Flars.

Thanks for the response.  I am cautiously optimistic.  Homebrewing occasionally allows for happy surprises.

Hopefully this will be an acceptable batch.

Regarding refractometer vs hydrometer.  It's funny.  I never used either device back in the day.  Never really cared.  I figured if I did everything right (or close to it) the final product would be tasty and there would be some ethanol too.
It is kind of funny how we obsess over something people did just fine for thousands of years without using a hydrometer.  I'm betting it will be drinkable.  Welcome to the AHA forum.

AHA Messages, Forum Rules & FAQs / Re: Introducing the Brew Guru mobile app
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:51:06 PM »
Is there any chance the brew guru (and other AHA apps) will be available for Windows phones?
They still make those?  I think I read somewhere Microsoft decided to stop.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Low Oxygen Brew
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:37:40 PM »
That got me down to 80 at which point I pitched the yeast

80 seems pretty high.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Gravity consistently off by 10 points
« on: November 06, 2016, 05:16:29 AM »
Calibrate every vessel by taking a known 1 gallon pitcher, filling  each vessel 1G at a time and marking the kettle or whatever by scratching it or marking a line.  Mark he sides of your kettles, fermentors and mash paddles. 

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Issues trying to make an IPA
« on: November 05, 2016, 10:17:29 AM »
^This.  Just keep playing with Bru'n Water and it will start to make sense.  Using the pale ale profile on it took my IPA to the next level.  I use magnum for bittering which is smooth and don't add any hops until the last 15 minutes but the Bru'n Water pale profile gave it West Coast-style bitterness.  I love the water profile combined with modified hop bursting.

IPA is the only style I use a secondary.  I have to or else the poppet valve on my keg gets clogged with hop debris.  I'm just very careful and purge the secondary and the head space in primary with lots of CO2.  You're bottling so that's not an issue but I also don't like my IPA juicy and secondary helps.

Also, before I messed with water chemistry I cheated by dosing the keg with iso alpha extract:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:35:11 AM »
I bought a six pack and drank half so far. I wasnt dissapointed but it also wasnt what I was expecting. I really liked last years batch. When I have Oktoberfest in mind thats what fits the bill for me. I know this is all together different, cant even compare the two. Ill drink it but I wouldnt run out to buy another 6 pack. But I really like what SN is doing with the different breweries and the Oktoberfest.

At least they do mention on the packaging that is in the "vein" of a festbier.
Pretty sure las year's batch was a Festbier too.

Beer Recipes / Recipe Critique: Title: Wild Highlander 140/- Wee Heavy
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:31:06 AM »
may want to boil longer.
Or pull off a gallon, boil down until almost syrup and add back to main boil.  Even then I'd still do a 90 minute boil.

Use golden promise.

If your fermentor is 5.5G use a blow-off tube.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historic British IPA and Brett C
« on: November 03, 2016, 05:49:43 AM »
Looks like Mitch mentions steam cleaning but not pitch.  I must have got that from somewhere else.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historic British IPA and Brett C
« on: November 03, 2016, 05:30:57 AM »
Thanks for the link.  Pattinson's blog has been a favorite of mine but I haven't read that article.  Still I would bet much oak character made it into the beer.  If they were cleaning with boiling water and sanitizing with sulfur I imagine the oak character dissipated.  Regardless it looks like a good recipe.   I designed an EIPA recipe a couple of years ago but never brewed it.  May try it w brett C in secondary

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: November 03, 2016, 05:20:08 AM »
Probably the best world series I've ever seen. And I'm not a fan of either team

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historic British IPA and Brett C
« on: November 03, 2016, 01:17:29 AM »
What do you consider high sulfate?  300pm?  Also, I thought Mitch said those barrels were lined with brewer's pitch so the oak character wasn't present in the beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Historic British IPA and Brett C
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:25:38 PM »
Your plan sounds fine.  English IPA probably had a faded hop character compared to today's AIPA. Does Mitch Steele's book have a recipe for something like this?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching sloppy vs Clean slurry calculations
« on: October 30, 2016, 07:56:35 PM »
Search the forum for "Just say no to yeast rinsing."  You will likely change your mind about rinsing yeast.

Just say "no" to yeast rinsing

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