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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.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Danstar Windsor
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:02:20 PM »
I do not know if Windsor mutes hops as much as it leaves a lot of body with which the hops have to compete.  Hop muting is usually a side effect of high flocculation, and Windsor is a non-flocculant strain.   Windsor and Nottingham make for a good combo culture.

Seriously you need to write a book or start a YouTube channel.  I have been struggling with getting the hop character and bitterness I want out of my IPAs.  I have been exclusivley using 1968 for them.  I finally decided to go with 1056 for my brew day next Saturday to see if that was it.  Sounds like it may be.

Thank you for sharing your experience here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That's a first
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:10:33 AM »
I'm interested in doing this, but I've got questions (as usual).

Jim you mentioned doing 1/2 gallon jars.  Do you then toss what isn't required for a given starter or do you just overshoot the volume?

I'm also curious about how to make sanitary transfers from the jar to whatever (Erlenmeyer or whatever) you use on your stir plate. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mail order beer
« on: October 21, 2014, 09:21:07 PM »
John's Grocery in Iowa has a tremendous selection and they ship to most states.  In particular, if you are looking for imports....belgian, etc, they have as good a selection as almost anyone.

They do have a great selection.  Thank you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mail order beer
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:31:43 AM »
I'm definitely looking forward to visiting!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mail order beer
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:02:52 AM »

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?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter time question
« on: October 12, 2014, 07:55:18 AM »
This is a great thread.  I thought I knew all I needed to know about starters.  I've even printed a couple of posts for future reference.  Thanks S.C!

The Pub / Re: diesel trucks new v old(er)
« on: October 08, 2014, 10:10:12 PM »
I had a 3/4 ton Dodge with a Cummins in it.  I LOVED it.  You won't find a better motor IMO.  The older ones had some automatic transmission issues (older than ~2000 if I recall correctly).  They also had some engine seal problems that developed around 200K+ miles.  I heard someone say once that the Dodge Cummins was a million mile motor in a 250K mile truck.  I tend to agree.  You'll get other opinions but the Cummins is the only motor I'd buy if I was in the market.

I had a manual transmission with a 5 speed/granny gear.  It would pull stumps.  And I had a 90's era 26' travel trailer that it would pull up any hill at 60 as long as I hit it in its power band.  One time a pulled a single trailer semi off of a snow berm with it.  That was cool.

I also would only be interested in a 4WD.  Trucks are so light in the back end that I'll never buy a 2WD truck.  It is surprising how often I need it.  (I have a Toyota Tacoma 4WD now and love it but it is not in the same class)

Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:19:39 PM »
My first kettle was a keggle (that was long before keg theft was a problem).  I used my keggle for exactly five batches before giving it away. I would quit brewing before going back to using a keggle.

What do you use now?

Pimp My System / Re: My automated brew system
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:13:51 PM »
Wow.  I thought I wanted to see it in person until I saw where you lived.  Seriously cool.

I do appreciate the gentle rebukes above because it will help me remember the point.  I honestly don't remember if I wrote 'too much caramel malt' or 'too much caramel flavor,'  but that is beside the point.

The main reason I posted this is about the insight I learned into my own APA/IPA grain bill.  I found myself agreeing more with the sentiments described earlier in this thread about decreasing crystal malts in these beers.  Such is the value of tasting several beers at a sitting.  So I am going to use less in future brews of this style.

While I agree that there is know way of knowing with certainty, I will say that crystal malts are the most likely cause.  Regardless, any flavor that dominates a fresh hop APA, other than hops, will result in a lower score than another beer that appropriately highlights the hops.

One further clarification: Jim, I am not yet a certified beer judge.  The organizers asked my BJCP study group to help with the judging, and then made sure that there was at least one BJCP certified judge at each table.  I was very pleased that my scores were within 2-3 points of the other two at my table!  And best of all was when I was helping judge Best of Show between an IIPA, IPA, and APA.  The IIPA was eliminated first, and we were having a hard time deciding on the other two as they were both equally good - until I pointed out that the IPA had the bittering level of an APA - that was the deciding factor and the APA won.  I am happy I was the first to notice it.

I just finished helping judge the homebrew section of the Fresh Hop Ale Fest here in Yakima.  the most common flaw my table saw?  Too much crystal malt.

I learned a lot.  It was a great experience.  I am even more jazzed to get certified.
Out of curiosity, how did you determine it was specifically too much Crystal vs underattenuation or some other fault? I'm still not sold on "too much Crystal malt" being a glaring flaw on its own. Otherwise Celebration would be undrinkable from what I understand.

I will state again that this was my first experience at judging, so I'm a little shy about this, but here is why I said that:

1. The other 2 judges at the table said it.
2. The beers in question were too dark for style.  (We were judging APAs)
3. The flavor of the crystal malt dominated the hop flavor.

The Pub / Re: Got to meet my idol today
« on: October 05, 2014, 05:08:49 AM »
Very cool!  And in Goldendale of all places.

Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 04, 2014, 03:46:31 PM »
Yeah, for a total cost of around $900, 48% of my brain says it isn't worth the money to buy new.  I could polish the keggles (I already wire-brushed them so they don't look horrible). 

But honestly another part I didn't mention is the whole stealing the kegs part.  I didn't know that when I bought them off of Craigslist.  When I learned that I even went to the local distributor to see how I could pay AB/InBev for them - they told me I couldn't.

I do want to keep one which is from Bert Grants though.  Partly because it was purchased legitimately, but mainly for the historical connection.  I plan to use it for the HLT.

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