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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Icicle Crosscut Pilsner
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:33:10 PM »
Steve- I've got to stop and have a beer or two at Bert's sometime. Any other good beers on tap?
It seems lately we go to Famous Dave's not so much for the food, but I like the beer choices (50 of them).

Jim- great description! We were up in Leavenworth earlier this summer and enjoyed a couple afternoons at the brewery. Along with Crosscut, Bootjack is one of the better IPA's in my opinion. Fun place!

Bruce

No, even though Bert's is named for Bert Grant they don't have much of a selection - and to add to that they don't vary their beers very much at all.  I go there because it is a nice place, good food and within walking distance of home.

Honestly my favorite beer place is the Beer Shoppe.  I've not done it but you can bring food in or have it delivered.  I'm sure you know that though.  I like Famous Daves OK, I just end up spending too much there.

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+1 to WY1450 and hopstands - I love both. And I like the cooler hopstands like you mention the best. The flavor (and aroma ) are better at cooler temps IMO. I'm down in the 170 - 165F range now, working my way incrementally down the temp scale to see what I like best. So 160F would be next.

I am afraid to go much lower than 160F.  One could theoretically go as low as 140F, which is the batch pasteurization temperature that is used for milk; however, 180F seems to be the demarcation line at which flavor and aroma improve without increasing perceived bitterness, so 160F adds safe a margin of error.

Do you chill to 160 then add your hops or do you add the hops, chill and let stand for 20?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: AIPA yeast: Fruity Esters or Clean & Crisp?
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:30:08 PM »
I did a few batches with 1968 a few months back and didn't find it estery at all.  Maybe because I ran it in the low 60s?

That wouldn't surprise me.  I have been targeting 68* for my IPAs with 1968.  Do you remember any Esteriness (a new word?) when you tasted my IPA?  I think I pick up an English character to my IPAs but that could be my imagination. 

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I have often thought of gleaning hops after the harvesters have gone through a field, but you beat me to it.  I will correct you on one point though - there are a lot of varieties grown in the Moxee area, including several experimental varieties.  When I have considered gleaning, I thought I would ask permission followed by asking which varieties were in which area so I would know what I would have.

It would be so cool to have someone glean while the grain is in the mash tun.  Those volatile oils would have no time to evaporate!  A wet hop Citra/Amarillo APA/AIPA would be delicious!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:06:31 PM »
I couldn't locate my Dremel nor any NiChrome wire (which would have been cool).  So I went with the coping saw.  It did produce a slightly rough edge but nothing that would be an issue so I am not going to take the time to clean it up.

Here it is all assembled.  The connecting piece is a short section of the female end of a 2" PVC pipe.  The bottle fits in the female end and about an inch and a half of the normal diameter of the pipe fits well, though not snugly, in the hole of the 'Large Hopper Adapter' board.

Goggles will only be required after drinking a bunch of the beer this will help produce.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:34:50 AM »
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.

If there's nothing wrong with the carboy, I would save that puppy and buy a 5+ gallon jug of water from BJ's.  The deposit is only $5, and they have a 5.25 gallon capacity.  I did this exact same thing for my old PhilMill.

I've got two that I never use anymore since I have a conical and a Speidel... and only one fermentation chamber.  So $5 would be a waste IMO.  I figure I've got two chances to get this project right.

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Yeast and Fermentation / AIPA yeast: Fruity Esters or Clean & Crisp?
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:31:25 AM »
I have been using Wyeast 1968 for my go to AIPA for quite a while, wanting the fruity esters.  Now I'm wanting to experiment.  I'm curious which you prefer (Fruity Esters or Clean & Crisp).

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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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 http://www.freshhopalefestival.com/  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.

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