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Equipment and Software / Blichmann Hop Blocker doesn't
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:04:19 PM »
As far as I can tell my new Blichmann Hop Blocker does little to nothing in terms of blocking hops.  I thought it would be wonderful to have all those little hop particles swimming free, releasing all their goodness.  I'm pretty sure the hops did their job.  The BHB let so much through it plugged my plate chiller.  I mean plugged it dead.  I had to have the pump pushing and me sucking to get flow restored.

So I'm a gallon short on my batch and out $60.  Back to the teabag method.

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Ingredients / Re: Tobacco
« on: April 19, 2016, 08:34:11 PM »
One of my favorite flavor-layers in Grahams Six Grape Ruby Oporto is tobacco.  I can see it working in a malt focused beer: Porter, Stout, etc.   It would be an interesting exercise to think through all the malt and hop flavors to make it work together.

And count me as one who really enjoys the flavor and aroma of premium tobacco smoke.  I don't inhale, but do enjoy puffing on cigars.

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The Pub / Re: Define Pub
« on: April 18, 2016, 10:21:33 PM »
Well, there's no food here...

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Other Fermentables / Re: Mead Primary
« on: April 18, 2016, 10:19:28 PM »
Thank you.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Mead Primary
« on: April 18, 2016, 10:34:53 AM »
This Thursday will be 3 weeks in primary at 62*.  I'm going to bring it into the 70* house Friday because I need the fermentation chamber for a beer I'm going to brew that day. 

Here's the question: For best practices, how long can it (should it) be left in primary before racking to secondary?

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The Pub / Re: Cigars
« on: April 17, 2016, 08:39:40 PM »
My latest purchase turned out nicely.  20 Torano Hogshead robusto's for $40.  A very nice smoke for $2 a stick!  here's where I found them:  http://www.cigarsinternational.com/cigars/80032/torano-hogshead/

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Other Fermentables / Apple juicer setup
« on: April 13, 2016, 09:23:45 PM »
I'm thinking about buying an apple juicer setup.  I am wondering if I can get some recommendations.  Does anyone make a crusher/press combo?  I'm thinking it would be nice to have it all in one unit.

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Ingredients / Re: (R) Hops
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:41:46 PM »
It takes 10-12 years and 8-10 million to bring a hop to production. Why not protect your investment?

People often forget this point in a discussion of this sort.  Thank you for the reminder.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Red X
« on: April 08, 2016, 01:21:37 PM »
I recently brewed an IIPA, which had 50% Red X, 45% Pilsner and 5% sugar.  It was a beautiful color though not red.  Do you find the 100% Red X a little cloying?  I found the flavor to be a bit like a crystal malt which makes me wonder.

The bottom line is that I want a RED beer, but one that tastes good and which showcases the hops.

My experience is somewhat similar to yours however I have found the sweetness to decrease considerably after a few weeks. My friend did a red IPA with it and had the same experience.

Very interesting!  I may go 100% next time.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Degassing
« on: April 08, 2016, 01:19:46 PM »
http://www.meadmaderight.com/recipe-guide.html

And other places as well.  This one seems to be the most up to date as well as to-the-point.  I love instructions that are not overly wordy. 

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Other Fermentables / Degassing
« on: April 08, 2016, 11:50:29 AM »
It seems odd to me that for days 1-7 I need to degass my melomel twice a day, but on day 8 and beyond there is no need.  More specifically I am curious why the instructions are not a taper off - like on day 8-10, once per day, then day 12 is the last one.

Does everyone stop on day 8?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Red X
« on: April 08, 2016, 11:46:38 AM »
I recently brewed an IIPA, which had 50% Red X, 45% Pilsner and 5% sugar.  It was a beautiful color though not red.  Do you find the 100% Red X a little cloying?  I found the flavor to be a bit like a crystal malt which makes me wonder.

The bottom line is that I want a RED beer, but one that tastes good and which showcases the hops.

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The Pub / Re: Beer Thugs of LA
« on: April 06, 2016, 07:40:14 PM »
I'd go!

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I have only dumped beer to make room for what is new.  But I do it fairly regularly...  2 weeks ago was the most recent. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Bottling blowout
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:01:09 PM »
Wow that's crazy!  Please post a picture of the capper so any who have one like it can be prepared.

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