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The Pub / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: September 27, 2016, 06:33:55 PM »
Good Luck!

Beer Recipes / Re: Hoppy Lager/Non traditional pilsner
« on: September 25, 2016, 07:35:24 PM »
Perle is a fantastic clean bittering hop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP comp question
« on: September 25, 2016, 06:43:10 AM »
Yeah, yours is a much better quality version-

My favorite part is when he surgically cuts the hole in the fridge for the plumbing.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Carbonation Time?
« on: September 24, 2016, 03:21:16 PM »
Leaving them alone like that has always taken about 2 weeks in my experience.
As said, shaking/rolling it around a little, and/or laying it down on its side will make it go faster.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:38:53 AM »
I love IPA, but I have to homebrew because I can't get the good beers I like to drink.  They only seem to sell swill and IPA in the stores anymore.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1968 coagulating on stir plate
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:40:32 PM »
Cottage Cheese = completely normal for this strain (1968 & 002).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP comp question
« on: September 23, 2016, 08:28:28 PM »
(FWIW, I'm *slightly* sorry I'm such a dick all the time.  I'm a man, but I can change, If I have to, I guess.)

God, I miss the Red Green show!  Duct Tape Forever!

PS - Red Green is a HOMEBREWER!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The unappreciated American Brown Ale
« on: September 21, 2016, 05:39:50 PM »
MO will go fine in an Am. Brown.  Briess 2 row will too.  The chocolate malt and crystal will essentially render them indistinguishable.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP comp question
« on: September 21, 2016, 05:37:28 PM »
If you are concerned, just a couple drops of lemon juice "to drop the pH" and your conscience will let you sleep soundly if you enter it as a fruit beer.

Don't sweat it.

The Pub / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: September 19, 2016, 09:19:58 PM »
Good Luck, Mike!

Beer Recipes / Re: Did I miss the style?
« on: September 19, 2016, 09:05:09 PM »
Wait until you (and maybe your friend) taste it, then talk style.  You both may decide that it doesn't matter that it isn't a Baltic porter.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Making a Black IPA
« on: September 19, 2016, 08:54:04 PM »
Make an IPA, add Sinamar

This is exactly what I was thinking.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dry hopping
« on: September 19, 2016, 08:51:42 PM »
Skip the bags.  You can dry hop without them.  It will be very, very difficult to pull them out of a carboy once they get wet and swell up.  (No need to ask me how I know).
Pellets are better for dry hopping. You can basically just throw them in and they'll settle out so you can rack the beer without disturbing them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first time judging as an apprentice
« on: September 19, 2016, 08:45:13 PM »
Congrats on judging your first competition!  You've gotten a lot of good advice here already.
Comment on what you detect.  Don't put your OPINION in there, keep it based in the guidelines.  "I'd like to see ...." should be replaced by "The best examples of the style exhibit ...". (Of course what you write in place of the 3 dots should be accurate, too :-D)
Finally, don't speculate. Offer suggestions but don't overreach.  That rauchbier may already be 100% smoked malt. They may have used a no-sparge process, or went with a hopped extract kit for all you know.  Tell them what to correct and offer potential solutions, but don't use absolutes.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Dry Hop @ 34 F?
« on: September 18, 2016, 09:07:26 AM »
In case its not been made clear in this thread, ALWAYS use a hop sack when dry hopping in the keg.  The alternative is a stainless steel mesh screen or stainless steel scrubby on the bottom of the dip tube.  (Stainless only, don't use copper).  IMO, hop bags make cleanup easier.

You WILL plug up your keg posts if you don't, even with pellets. 

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