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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quality, Impact, and Commercial Appeal
« on: January 22, 2015, 09:58:22 AM »

Too many beer snobs hung up on high gravity stouts and judging every other beer in the world against those beers. There are 5% ABV beers that are every bit as good (or better than) 10+% beers.

That's how I feel.  No way the top 50 beers in the country are almost all RIS and IIPA.

My favorite beers are.  And most people are like me.  I have great taste.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer (fermentation and keg storage)
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:44:06 PM »
I use an upright freezer primarily as a fermentation chamber, but I recently added two taps to it so it can double as a kegerator.  I did this because over the holidays I had 4 kegs ready to go, and wasn't planning on a brew day.  And unless I'm in a hurry wanting to brew another quickly, when fermentation is done, I'll keg it, set the temp to 32* and cold condition the beer for a week or so in it.

This is a Kenmore that I paid about $450 for:

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Crusher
« on: January 21, 2015, 12:54:10 PM »
Here is a good thread to look at:

But in the mean time, I have had 3 mills: Cereal Killer, Captain Crush, and now Schmidlings.  Schmidlings is the best of those.

Ingredients / Re: Brun' Water profile for Barleywine?
« on: January 20, 2015, 11:26:53 PM »
Thanks everyone.  Amber bitter it is.

Ingredients / Brun' Water profile for Barleywine?
« on: January 20, 2015, 11:12:21 AM »
My next brew will be an American Barleywine.  Can someone recommend a Brun' Water profile for this please?

Ingredients / Re: My water's been sitting
« on: January 19, 2015, 01:17:34 PM »
Well the water looks good, smells good and tastes good, so I'm going to use it.  If the beer doesn't turn out fantastic I'll blame it on old water.

Ingredients / Re: My water's been sitting
« on: January 19, 2015, 12:11:29 PM »
Interesting.  It was stored in a metal container - a keg.  What is RO permeate?

Ingredients / My water's been sitting
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:33:35 AM »
I recall reading somewhere that water left exposed to the atmosphere will pick up CO2 (I think), and thereby change the pH.

I have had 9 gallons of RO water sitting in my garage uncovered for about 6 weeks.  I am wondering about hitting my mash pH target.  Is this effect negligible or should I not use the water due to an unknown pH?

The Pub / Re: Packers v Seahawks
« on: January 18, 2015, 08:51:30 PM »
I feel all superior because a team that lives the nearest to me has proven themselves most competent at the game of football today.

Reading between the lines, this is one of my most common thoughts regarding sports fans.  Here in Seattle (as most of you know) people extrapolate participation with the actual team by being a "12th man".  Really?!  I enjoy baseball and football, but wow.  A whole lot of people need some perspective. 

The Pub / Re: Packers v Seahawks
« on: January 18, 2015, 04:36:27 PM »
The Seahawks were just sandbagging till the end.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: recipe resource
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:57:42 AM »
I'm not going to be of any help.  You just caused a flashback to my youth when, toward the end of the month my mom would rummage through the fridge & pantry and throw whatever she had into a pot to make a stew.

Not pleasant memories.  :o

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:41:11 AM »
A big difference between East Coast and West Coast is humidity.  The East Coast gets so hot and humid in Summer I can't stand it.  Lovely people, a LOT of good things to do and see, but I am miserable the entire time.

I agree with Jim about the cultural differences between coasties and inlanders.  I fit better with inlanders, but in terms of being in a target-rich environment for visitors there is no comparison - the coast wins.

Equipment and Software / Re: Experimental size batches
« on: January 13, 2015, 12:00:12 PM »
It seems there are 3 threads essentially on the same topic: see "keggle" thread here and "efficiency..." under General Homebrewing for everyone's ideas.

Yes, I've been watching those.  Honestly, I'm looking for a lab grade setup.  Just not sure where to go / how to set it up - but I'm getting there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Classiest beer style
« on: January 12, 2015, 09:31:53 AM »
Sorry homoeccentricus, can't agree with you on this one.  My vote for the classiest beer would be Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Blauw/Blue.  Brewed for a king's birthday.

King, king, king...  :o

Emperor, you mean. Emperor Charles V was born in Ghent, Flanders, Belgium, in the year 1500.

Other than that I wouldn't be able to recognize a classy person if s/he tried to impale me longitudinally.

Sorry, we here in the good ol' USA don't get such distinctions.  King = Emperor.

Ingredients / Bulk Base Malt suggestions
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:55:05 AM »
I am out of both Pale Malt and Maris Otter - the two base malts I want to keep on hand.  The last time I purchased 50# bags of each I paid no attention to the malting company.  Since then I have been reading that some of you clearly prefer one malting house over others.

What do you suggest, and if you don't mind can you tell me why?

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