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Commercial Beer Reviews / Mac & Jack's Brewery
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:51:13 PM »
While visiting Tom Schmidlin's new brewery (Postdoc Brewing), I discovered that Mac & Jack's Brewery is just down the block from him.  As many of you know, about the only Mac & Jacks beer one ever comes across is their African Amber - which is a decent beer, but it is IMO a bridge beer from BMC to craft... so I typically overlook it.

I tried four beers while there.  All were good, but two were outstanding: A seasonal Brown Ale called Brown Recluse was in the top 2-3 Brown Ales I have had; and an IPA called IBIS.  I recently purchased a case of Breakside Brewery's Feel Good Flagship IPA since they won GABF in the IPA category.  The IBIS IPA was every bit as good as Breaksides!  Stunningly full of flavor and aroma.  Like Breakside's it seems to me a bit low on bittering, but I'm always more interested in hop flavor and aroma anyway.  Highly recommended!

The Pub / Postdoc Brewing
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:24:31 PM »
I was in Seattle this week, so I thought I'd look up our old friend Tom Schmidlin at Postdoc Brewing ( to see how his new project is coming along.  He said he is just a few weeks away from starting production!

Here are a couple of pics:

The above is where the taproom/retail center will be.  The bar area on the left wall, restrooms in the back and tables everywhere else.

Above here is the 15 bbl MT & BK.

Below is Tom with the fermenters in the background.

I'm looking forward to tasting some of his beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Mail order beer
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:25:18 AM »
I volunteered to get the beer for the BJCP study group that meets in my house.  Yet again I can only find a couple of the beers I need to get at least one commercial example for each sub-category.  So we are going with two out of the 5 sub-categories in Scottish & Irish Ale.  Yes I know that 'A' is not imported.  But still.

Is there any online source I could tap into (pun intended) for future purchases?

Equipment and Software / Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 03, 2014, 03:56:19 PM »
Apparently I hate money because I'm talking myself into throwing a wad away on upgrading from keggles. 

I'm inclined toward Blichmann primarily because their thermometer face can be positioned to where i dont have to get on my knees to read it.  But I've never used one and as you know they are the most expensive.  It would be so nice to have a resource like Consumer Reports for Homebrewers...

So what brand of boil kettle/mash tun do you recommend? 

Apologies to Denny, et al., but I just can't bring myself to use a plastic cooler mash tun.  They hold heat better than anything, but even in the face of scientific evidence I would feel that carcinogens or other nastiness would be leaching into my beer.  Irrational or not, that is not an option for me.  Chalk it up to OCD.

Ingredients / Water report for Culligan RO system
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:34:22 PM »
I finally decided to check my RO system which is made by Culligan.  I wondered how effective it was - if it really was equivalent to distilled water.  Here is what I just received:

pH 6.5
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 8
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.01
Cations / Anions, me/L < 0.1 / < 0.1
Sodium, Na < 1
Potassium, K < 1
Calcium, Ca 1
Magnesium, Mg < 1
Total Hardness, CaCO3 3
Nitrate, NO3-N < 0.1 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S < 1
Chloride, Cl < 1
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 < 1
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 < 1
Total Phosphorus, P 0.09
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
"<" - Not Detected / Below Detection Limit

Yeast and Fermentation / AIPA yeast: Fruity Esters or Clean & Crisp?
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:31:25 AM »
I have been using Wyeast 1968 for my go to AIPA for quite a while, wanting the fruity esters.  Now I'm wanting to experiment.  I'm curious which you prefer (Fruity Esters or Clean & Crisp).

Equipment and Software / Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:30:28 PM »
I want to use an old Better Bottle carboy for a hopper on my new JSP grain mill.  Has anyone had any luck or have any advice on this? 

Honestly at this point I think I'd shred it if I tried cutting it with anything I have.  My best guess is to use a torch to cut the bottom off.

General Homebrew Discussion / S. cerevisiae, why do you hate Crystal malts?
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:05:33 PM »
I've noticed your tag line several times, and I'm just curious.  Knowing you the bit that I do, I'm sure you have a reason, and I'd like to learn what it is. 

I posted the question as a thread rather than message you because I anticipate that I'll learn something, and if that's the case other may as well.  Thanks in advance.

Questions about the forum? / Buttons don't work for me
« on: September 12, 2014, 05:33:09 PM »
I am sure this is due to a setting in Internet Explorer 11, but ever since I got a new computer the buttons above the box where I am currently typing this do not work.  For example I can't post an imbedded picture because nothing happens when I click the little Mona Lisa button above.

What setting do I need to change?


Zymurgy / iOS 5.1.1
« on: September 03, 2014, 07:36:45 AM »
The newly updated Zymurgy app (1.6) does not work on my old iPad with iOS 5.1.1 even though it says it is compatible with iOS 5.0 or later.

The app loads the login screen then dumps me back to the desktop every time.

Can I get the old version?

Yeast and Fermentation / Repitching slurry
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:10:46 AM »
It seems I am a little tardy in my research.  I brewed an IPA with Wyeast 1968 on June 5.  I collected the yeast from my conical by discarding the first hard packed yeast, then collecting about 1.5 cups of what came out next.  I then put it in a sanitized Mason jar and stored it in the fridge.

That is only 2 months but Mr. Malty has my viability at 10%.  I brew tomorrow.  How would you handle this?

Here is the slurry:

(I would imbed the pic but that button hasn't worked for me for some time)

Going Pro / Consistency
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:55:35 AM »
This is a topic I am curious about.  I keep hearing about and experiencing the tendency for small breweries to produce an inconsistent product.  What I never hear is why. What do small breweries not have or do which contributes to their beer being inconsistent?

Questions about the forum? / Certificate error
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:30:29 AM »
Today I got the message that the certificate for the form was expired.

Equipment and Software / Blichman Hop Rocket
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »
I've owned my hop rocket for about a year and never used it.  Primarily because I didn't want to deal with scaling my recipe to account for the loss.  Anyway, I brewed a Black Brett IPA on Saturday and decided it was time to use it.

It will likely be the last time also for one reason: endless amounts of hop material in my plate chiller.  Other than that it worked as advertised.  I'll probably sell it.  I don't think it will work as a Randalizer either - I imaging keg quick disconnects would be constantly plugged.

So if you plan to use one, use an immersion chiller, or plan on LOTS of back flushing.  And yes, I used whole hops.

All Grain Brewing / Brett / Black IPA mash pH?
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:37:07 PM »
Saturday I'm going to brew a Black IPA which will be fermented with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Trois - WLP644. 

I've used the Pale Ale profile in Bru'n Water for my IPA's, but with this one I'm thinking the Black Bitter profile as the SRM is 39.  I've targeted the mash pH at 5.37 rather than my usual 5.4 for an IPA because I don't want the IBU's to fight with the Brett character.

Do you agree with my thinking?

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