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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 22, 2017, 11:02:22 AM »
Runaway - Bon Jovi

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:57:53 AM »
Blown Away - Carrie Underwood

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:56:56 AM »
Fly Away - Lenny Kravitz

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:55:36 AM »
Time for me to Fly - REO Speedwagon

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:55:16 AM »
Long Time - Boston

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 22, 2017, 10:54:16 AM »
Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress) - The Hollies

Kegging and Bottling / Re: counter pressure filling
« on: July 21, 2017, 08:42:55 PM »
High and normal fills are normal in competition.  I don't think fill level affects the score unless the fill is low, which tends to make the judge think that the brewer doesn't know what they are doing.

A proper judge will not deduct any points for fill level. A low fill could result in improper carbonation levels though per style which may be reflected in point deductions on the scoresheet.


Homebrew Competitions / Re: To enter or not to enter...
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:45:45 PM »
Any time.  Glad to help.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Question about Partial/Full Boils.
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:43:57 PM »
If you are in fact boiling the grains, or soaking them in ro water and taking them out just prior to hitting boiling temps, the pH is likely high enough to extract harsh tannins from the husks.  You do want to remove the grains so that this doesn't happen.

A second thing that sometimes happens when folks top up with tap water is that they don't remove the chlorine before adding it to the beer.  This will usually cause a chlorophenolic flavor/aroma to form, which is usually perceived as chloraseptic, band-aids, cloves or plastic.  RO will help to eliminate that, if that has been contributing to the perception of these flavors.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Blonde Ale
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:27:56 PM »
I think it depends on how you are going to hop it.
If you are going more traditional with more noble-type hops, then I'd go with the English ale yeast.
If you are going with the current trend of citrusy blonde ales, then the San Diego yeast might be a better fit.

But, I also like Steve's suggestion of splitting the batch and trying both.  Split batch yeast experiments almost always demonstrate how much of the flavor of a beer is yeast derived.  In my experience, it always ends up a lot more distinct than I'd first imagine.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: To enter or not to enter...
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:32:51 PM »
I have a standing offer if anyone ever wants feedback on a beer, I'm happy to provide it.  Just pm me for my snail mail address.


All Grain Brewing / Re: What's your favorite type of beer?
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:28:52 PM »
It definitely depends on my mood & the weather.
For me, I like almost everything, so for me it's really a matter of what I DON'T like:

My least favorite style is American Amber.  They tend to be over-hopped, cloying crystal malt bombs to me.
I am not a fan of Light American Lagers, though believe it or not I actually prefer to judge light lagers of all types.  I am simply burnt out on IPA, so I tend to avoid them now.  I'll still enjoy one maybe once a month, but that's the limit on them for me.

Otherwise, Gueze, German Pils, Helles, APA, American/Oatmeal Stout, Vienna/Marzen, Flanders Red & Brown, Berliner Weiss, and Blonde Ale are high on my list, though I really do like just about everything.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 11, 2017, 06:15:49 PM »
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Beer Recipes / Re: Scorching Summer Drinker
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:23:28 PM »

Here's a good recipe in this style:

Put as much water as you can boil (without getting it all over the place) in the biggest pot you have. To this add:

6 lb Pilsner DME
10 ounces Table Sugar

Stir until dissolved, then add

8 ounces CaraRed steeping grains (you could use American Crystal 20 or 40 if you can't get CaraRed)

Turn on the heat. When the temp hits 160F, remove the steeping grains.

When this hits a boil, let it go for about 10 minutes, then kill the heat. Once all boiling activity has stopped, add:

X ounces Citra hops
X ounces Galaxy hops

Where "X" is the number of ounces gallons of water you added to your pot. Give it a good hard stir until all the hop pellets are broken up and incorporated, then stir a bit longer to creat a whirlpool effect. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Stir the pot every minute or two to get another whirlpool going.

I think I'm gonna try this next batch.  This is ridiculously quick and simple.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 10, 2017, 07:08:35 PM »
Drink till I die - Poxy Boggards

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