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The Pub / New hop field next door
« on: November 22, 2016, 11:49:41 PM »
Two blocks from my house:

Sorry, I apparently don't know how to post a video.  I asked a worker who was setting up the trellises and he said "Over a hundred acres".

Beer Recipes / Why Acidulated Malt?
« on: November 14, 2016, 06:53:12 PM »
As I have posted elsewhere on this forum, I am planning to brew a Gose.  I've been wrestling with the mash and fermentation dynamics, and now find myself wondering why I should use acidulated malt at all.  What would be the difference if I just dosed the beer after fermentation with lactic acid?

Equipment and Software / Bru'n Water profile for a Gose?
« on: November 14, 2016, 03:59:33 PM »
I will be brewing my first sour next (a Gose).  I am unsure what water profile to use in Bru'n Water.  Any suggestions?

BTW, I am planning to mash for 60 minutes PRIOR to adding the acid malt, then mashing the whole thing for an additional 45 minutes.

Equipment and Software / Best way to clean for a dirty Jockey Box?
« on: November 12, 2016, 11:00:38 PM »
I lent my jockey box out to some friends 6 months ago, I just got it back today.  It had not been flushed to get the beer out of the 50' stainless coils.  >:(

I ran some hot BLC through each tap and am letting it sit for an hour.  Any tips on how to make sure this thing is clean when I'm done?

Ingredients / Bitter or sweet orange peel in a Gose?
« on: November 11, 2016, 11:02:42 PM »
I am very unfamiliar with this style.  I think I have only had it once.  But my wife loves it so I am planning to brew a traditional Gose but with orange peel.  I'm thinking along the lines of a sour Shock Top (which she also loves).

My question is which style of orange peel would go best, Bitter or sweet?  I'm thinking sweet, but...

Ingredients / How big of a bag...
« on: November 04, 2016, 03:35:41 AM »
I am going to try dry-hopping in the keg for the first time.  I want to hang a nylon(?) bag from the corny keg lid.  What size bag should I use for 5 ounces of pellets?  Any other tips?

How much beer will this displace?  I'm thinking probably a gallon.  Turns a 5 gallon keg into a 4 gallon keg.  Am I right?

Equipment and Software / Innovative brewing equipment website
« on: November 03, 2016, 06:27:14 PM »
I have dealt with this company for years.  He started as a homebrewer making & shipping stuff out of his garage.  The reason I am posting is that I think he has innovative / creative equipment that I have not seen anywhere else.

I have no connection with him other than as a customer.

The Pub / Finally
« on: October 24, 2016, 12:16:28 AM »
I finally took the BJCP tasting exam.  Good thing because my online portion expires in about 2 weeks!  I think I did OK, but now the long wait begins.

Ingredients / Honey Malt in Brun' WAter
« on: October 11, 2016, 01:35:59 AM »
I'm thinking Honey Malt should be categorized as a crystal malt in Brun' water.  Is this correct?

Beer Recipes / St. Nicholas Chocolate Coffee Stout
« on: September 19, 2016, 11:53:17 PM »
I just tapped this beer.  I brewed it back in April, and it has been sitting in my wine cellar at 57* since.  It tastes exactly like I had hoped.  I am so pleased I thought I would share the recipe here.  This is also an experiment in that I used Starbucks VIA Columbia (microground coffee).  That way I didn't have to cold brew, press, bag beans or anything - just dump it in the keg and purge with CO2, and rack the beer on top of it.  Anyway, here is the recipe:

18 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter  73.5 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)  6.1 %
1 lbs Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)  4.1 %
1 lbs Black Barley (Stout) (500.0 SRM)  4.1 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)  4.1 %
1 lbs Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)  4.1 %
1 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)  4.1 %
2.25 oz Columbus (Tomahawk/Zeus) CTZ [13.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min 66.6 IBUs
4.00 oz Ghirardelli Chocolate Baking Bar, 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate, 4-Ounce Bar (Boil 5.0 mins)
5.00 oz Willamette [5.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min for 20 minutes
2.0 pkg Denny's favorite (Wyeast Labs #1450)
4.00 Items Starbucks VIA (Secondary 0.0 mins)

Beer Travel / Vancouver, WA
« on: August 02, 2016, 04:42:45 PM »
I'm going to be in Vancouver, WA this Friday on a motorcycle trip.  I'm familiar with Portland offerings, but not Vancouver.  We're looking for a spot with good food AND good beer.  Any suggestions?

Ingredients / Eureka, Columbus & Simcoe?
« on: August 01, 2016, 12:47:15 AM »
I am planning a fresh hop IPA to enter in the Fresh Hop Ale Fest here in Yakima.  Has anyone tried this combo of hops?  It seems like they'd play well together but sometimes I am surprised.

The Pub / I'm back...
« on: July 27, 2016, 10:47:32 PM »
How's that for anticlimactic?  I say I'm going to be offline for a year while earning a Master's degree in Special Ed, and I'm back in 6 weeks.

That 6 weeks was intense.  They crammed an entire full-time semester into that time frame.  But as time went on I came to realize that I am not cut out for work in an elementary school. Count me out.  Too much peripheral crap.

So back to looking for work, and brewing beer!

The Pub / Week 1 done
« on: June 19, 2016, 02:49:40 PM »
Having left a career of 25 years I have found myself unable to get a decent job for a few months.  So I am back in school working on an MIT (Master's in Teaching) degree.  The good news is that I will start earning a salary in September when I start teaching.  The bad news is that I will be still going to school full time while learning a new job.  So my brewing activities are going to be but a memory. 

I'll be teaching Special Ed in what is called an SST classroom.  SST stands for Social Skills Training.  It is a class for kids with behavioral problems, most particularly violence/anger issues.

Anyway I have one week of this semester done.  The semester by the way is crammed into six weeks.  You should see my list of assignments due! :o   So I will be scarce on this forum until next June when I graduate and the school year ends.  See you all then!

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