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Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:46:00 AM »
Well good!  If I can't find who has my dremel, a coping saw is cheaper.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:42:49 AM »

Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:15:04 PM »
Thanks to everyone.  I think I'll give the dremel tool a shot.  Now I just need to find out who I lent mine to.

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.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Icicle Crosscut Pilsner
« on: September 20, 2014, 08:25:07 PM »
I'm enjoying a Crosscut Pilsner at Bert's in Yakima from a keg.  Jim, I agree with everything you said.  1st class

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Icicle Crosscut Pilsner
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:21:53 AM »
The Methow Valley was (from my perspective on the road) about 30% burned.  I was surprised how few structures were burned - they must have worked like mad men to accomplish it.  Almost every building in the affected areas had fire damage right next to the homes.  The Twisp / Winthrop area was not involved.  Hwy 20 going over Loup Loup Pass was in two ways: right after the fire they had a downpour and there was significant washout / slide activity there that they are in the process of fixing. 

The fire made it all the way to the Columbia River / Lake Roosevelt in spots.  We came down Hwy 21 out of Republic to cross on the Keller Ferry.

Pimp My System / Re: The New Brewshed is Here!
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:02:17 AM »
Very Nice!  I'm envious.

Ingredients / Re: Is Wet Hopping BS?
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:00:30 AM »
I have tried several wet hop beers.  The annual Fresh Hop Ale Fest  here in Yakima helps a great deal with that!  I don't often find much of a distinction between them and a typical APA/AIPA.  Some have been quite good, others quite mediocre.  I will qualify my remarks in that my beer-judging palate is a work in progress.  I am better than I was but I'm pretty sure I could not currently pass the BJCP tasting exam I am studying for.

The organizer asked me and the other guys in my BJCP study group to help judge the homebrew portion.  I hope to be able to do that.

The bottom line is that I think it is an interesting, fun way to celebrate hop harvest.  Even if the emperor has no clothes (which the jury is still deliberating on), I still think it is a win for the beer community.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Icicle Crosscut Pilsner
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:16:22 PM »
I have not tried their Pilsner.  I will soon though based on Jim's report.  My wife really likes their Dirty Face Amber.  But for the most part I have been underwhelmed by their beer.  Not bad mind you, just middle of the pack. 

I just got home from a motorcycle trip to Winthrop and had a pint at the Schoolhouse Brewery.  I had their Ruud Awakening IPA.  It may be the best IPA I have had.  Just the right level of bitterness, and amazing hop aroma and flavor.  I'd score it 49.

I looked that up yesterday and told Mrs. R we are going.

With all your experience, I think you'd get a lot out of it.  They run sessions for commercial brewers, wholesalers and retailers and one for homebrewers.  I went to the commercial session and found it really interesting.  They've asked me to be a speaker at next year's homebrewer session.

Rodney said it was great on the book of face. Will ask him for more details.
Nothing like another excuse to go to the PNW.

I would be extremely happy to host an AHA Pre Hop School Dinner!

Questions about the forum? / Re: Buttons don't work for me
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:06:10 AM »
It worked!  Thank you.

I usually don't have an issue with ie - this is the first one I recall in a very long time; but I don't do much that is complicated.

The Pub / Re: Lady brewers
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:23:45 PM »
Welcome to the forum!

Exactly, Jon.  I love this forum for that reason.

My palate has changed a lot since I've been homebrewing, I'm sure it will continue, so it's possible that I'll come to prefer less crystal.  But the other side of this conversation is that I don't make beer just for me.  I want everyone to enjoy it.

This is the conversation I was hoping for.  I have heard smattering comments about the overuse of crystal malts for some time, and was curious. 

I have yet to taste a beer that I thought was too sweet, but I have a sweet tooth for sure.  Often what makes any recipe pop for me is adding either sugar or salt.  Doubtless I am a typical American conditioned to lots of both... and I'm OK with that until the Doc says I'm not.

My latest IPA had 9.2% Crystal 30 and I like it.  Perhaps when my palate gets more educated I'll start agreeing.  When Denny was in town I asked him to evaluate a couple of beers.  He tasted this IPA and didn't mention too much crystal... but he is a very nice guy.

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.

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