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My first brew was all-grain, a red ale.  I was split minded about it.  On the one hand I was pleased that it wasn't a dumper, but disappointed that it wasn't stellar. 

I've never had a dumper to date, and only a few that turned out just right.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was right!
« on: February 04, 2017, 10:22:01 AM »

I wish I could send some to you all, but it is only sold by the keg.  I'll be at the brewery tomorrow drinking my share... and maybe a bit of yours too.

Show of hands: who here would turn down a keg of this beer?  ;D
I bet you could get a good shipping rate for a full truck load.  ;)

Man they weren't even selling growlers of it!  >:(  I was hoping to get a growler for the game tomorrow.  And on top of that they had a two beer limit on it.  Oh well, at 9.2% I had a decent buzz after two...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was right!
« on: February 03, 2017, 10:16:49 AM »
I've not come across Block 15 yet, let alone Sticky Hands.  I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled.  Where is the brewery?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was right!
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:27:18 PM »
Ha ha!  I just told my son-in-law about the win and this was his response:

"Not surprised.  I have yet to find a way to describe the moment I first took a drink that isn't super weird.  As I recall it there were clouds breaking to let in majestic rays of sunshine, and a magnificent choir singing in the distance.  The winds picked up to an enjoyable breeze and even the animals were frolicking in delight.  So yeah, kind of hard to talk to people about."

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General Homebrew Discussion / I was right!
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:05:27 PM »
Just have to crow a bit.  I recently stated on this forum somewhere that my favorite Imperial IPA is Bale Breaker's Mt. St. Humulus.  This is not just because they are from Yakima.  I have tried many imperial IPAs including most of the highly coveted examples.  This one is my favorite.  They are going to release this year's edition tomorrow at the annual Hop Mob in Seattle, and at the brewery. The Washington Beer Blog just announced that Mt. St. Humulus won first place among the ~50 breweries at this year's Hop Mob!

Top Four: 1) Bale Breaker Brewing Company, 2) Georgetown Brewing, 3) Reuben's Brews, and 4) Schooner Exact Brewing Co.

I wish I could send some to you all, but it is only sold by the keg.  I'll be at the brewery tomorrow drinking my share... and maybe a bit of yours too.

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The Pub / Recommend a mail-order beer store please
« on: February 02, 2017, 05:55:56 PM »
I would like to get access to beers that are not available in my area.  Since it is lawful to mail beer, I'm investigating some online mail-order stores.  Any recommendations?

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Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: January 31, 2017, 05:43:00 PM »
Ballard is really great. Small neighborhood where you can walk around to all these different little (and not so little now) breweries.

This.  To it I would add that my favorite brewery is Georgetown which is just South of the Stadiums.  And to top it off they give free samples.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Best of Craft 2017
« on: January 29, 2017, 09:12:07 AM »
"Field beers?"

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Noooo!!   Bale Breaker is just about to release their seasonal triple IPA, Mt. St. Humulus, which is my favorite imperial IPA bar none (yes I have tried Pliny, etc.)

Where's my worry stone...

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The Pub / Re: Great Day!
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:06:01 PM »


Ah, Lolo.  Love it on a bike!

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Well, there you go.  Thanks guys!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Volume of CO2 produced during fermentation?
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:37:57 AM »
As a casual observer of the ongoing LODO discussions, I have come across the spunding topic.  I have always done a form of spunding, but I find myself wondering about a further level.

Specifically I'm thinking about connecting a sanitized keg to the fermenter in order to purge the keg of air, replacing it with the CO2 produced during fermentation.  Then of course, when fermentation is done, just switch the connector to the 'gas in' post and the drain the fermenter via the 'beverage out' post, and the beer never comes in contact with oxygen... I hope.  That all depends on whether enough CO2 is produced during fermentation to purge the keg.

Does someone know?

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Pimp My System / Re: Homebrew in the garage 2.0
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:16:34 PM »
Very nice!

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I do think temp control helps a little. But it doesn't take beer to "the next level" - plenty of brulosophy experiments to back that up.
"The next level" is 99% placebo effect. That's not to say placebos don't work - they can be very effective, especially where subjective judgement is concerned.

By this logic no one would do anything to make better beer because it wouldn't make much of a difference.  Go ahead, you keep not caring about taking your beer to the next level - I choose otherwise. 

And I can easily demonstrate the difference between excellent and poor beer.  It is dramatic, and it is not rooted in confirmation bias, it is rooted in process, equipment, ingredients, recipe design, etc.

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I stopped taking gravity readings mid 2016 cause I realized I don't care.

I order only milled grain and it sits for many months before use.

I never make starters.

I ferment at whatever temp my basement is.



Unpopular brewing opinions and bad brewing practices aren't the same thing!

+1

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