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The Pub / Re: Bell's files lawsuit against Innovation - AKA suck it Bell's
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:22:43 PM »
They still have a go fund me page up.  It only got them about $5 grand toward the legal bills, all this time later.  I hope others will consider kicking in to help them out (I just did).  You know Bell's is going to not let this go without appeal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hitting Cruise Control
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:06:25 PM »

I have not brewed that beer since. I do brew a slightly bigger slightly hoppier version that I love.

All of my other beers improved drastically after that exercise, but not because I use any complex method. I think it was just the experience.

For what it's worth.

Feel free to send me another bottle when you do. :-)
 I (we) really loved that beer!  And thanks for the kind words.

FWIW, I'm in a drawdown stage too.  Haven't brewed much lately.  I have a cider still sitting in a keg conditioning, but that's it.  I don't frequent the forums as often either.  Just taking a bit of a break for now.
I know I'll get the itch again.


Ingredients / Re: Denali
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:30:56 AM »
Tom Schmidlin at Postdoc has a Denali hopped beer coming out soon.  I'll let you know what I think.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blending Tips
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:18:51 AM »
+1 on everything Dave said.  I would add that should you want to blend, do it in a series of glasses and measure how much of each you put in.  then taste them side by side and see which ratio you like best.  Then, back it off 1 or 2 levels (so you are using less of the more powerful one), and that's the actual ratio to use. I've come to accept that there's something about scaling to a full batch that makes a little of the powerful flavor go a longer way than you though.  (This technique applies to adding anything to a beer, such as vanilla, fruit extracts, spices, etc.)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brain fart American Amber Hefeweizen
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:09:38 AM »
Word has it that AMERICAN Hefe yeast is essentially a Kolsch yeast, and you wouldn't have had any bananana nor clove even if you pitched correctly.  I've used WhiteLabs American Hefe yeast, and the beers turn out like Widmer or Pyramid.

You can ferment both cool and you'll still have 2 nice beers.  Nothing wrong with dry hopping as planned.  You may actually find it to be a happy accident.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Microgravity Brewing
« on: December 05, 2017, 04:02:15 AM »
Milling would be a big problem, if there's no gravity to force grain down into the rollers.

Grist collection and grain dust in general would be a big problem and pose a sanitation issue.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP questions
« on: December 05, 2017, 03:52:56 AM »
I would say that a session IPA entered in the Pale Ale category should get hit on lack of maltiness, balance and mouthfeel, IF the judges know what they are doing.

Exactly.  to quote the style guidelines:

More balanced and drinkable, and less intensely hop-focused and bitter than session-strength American IPAs (aka Session IPAs).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP questions
« on: November 26, 2017, 01:25:43 AM »
Session IPA is like an overhopped APA, which is great if you want to win competitions.  A few judges might ding an overhopped APA, but most probably won't.

I would.

All Things Food / Re: Tom is on
« on: November 25, 2017, 02:58:30 AM »
I did my first Deep Fried Turkey yesterday.  It turned out great!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Been gone for about 10 years...
« on: November 18, 2017, 03:00:47 AM »
I remember Fred did an Imperial Barleywine or something like that.  Crazy big.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any reason to cold crash a stout?
« on: October 30, 2017, 03:25:35 AM »
Put a flashlight up to a glass of (a good) stout.  You will be amazed.

Beer Travel / Re: Rhode island
« on: October 25, 2017, 03:23:58 AM »
I have heard good things about Grey Sail in Westerly.

I did this too when I bottled my first batch.  I called my LHBS in a panic.  They told me to let the bottles warm up to room temp, and then tip each bottle upside down to re-suspend any yeast that had settled out and leave them alone for about two weeks.  Everything worked out fine.

Yup.  I agree with all of the above.  Your beer'll be fine, just let them warm up to room temp, re-swirl the yeast a little bit (aka rouse it) and give it a couple-3 weeks at room temp and you'll be ready to chill and enjoy them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FG too low?
« on: October 21, 2017, 03:36:14 AM »
Carbonation will transform it. Don't judge it until then.
Try a little extra CO2 (maybe an extra 1/4 vol?).  The spritz helps make it seem more bright and lively, thereby fuller than it is.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: belle saison question
« on: October 20, 2017, 10:41:44 PM »
Belle is a work horse of a yeast for me.  I typically get down to 4 or less.  I'm doing a split batch of a golden wort (1.050'ish) this Sunday, half with Budvar and half with a pack of Belle. 

When the Saison reaches high krausen I'm adding sugar; pound, pound and a half, haven't decided on the amount yet.  Hoping that batch gets light and nice and dry.

That sounds like a nice side by side comparison.  What's the hop profile?  Helles?  Czech Pils?

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