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Beer Recipes / Re: A better light lager?
« on: July 10, 2014, 10:51:55 AM »
I'm going to brew essentially the same beer soon.  I'm wondering about late additions.  I'm not concerned about style guidelines, just good beer.  What I'm thinking is 2 oz. of Saaz at flameout for a 10 minute hopstand.  What do you think?

Here's the basics:
8 lbs 12.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM)   81.4 %
2 lbs Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM)  18.6 %
1.50 oz Saaz [5.60 %] - Boil 60.0 min    25.5 IBUs
2.00 oz Saaz [5.60 %] - Boil 0.0 min      0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Pilsen Lager (Wyeast Labs #2007)

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Pimp My System / Re: The Clog and Thistle Brewery
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:28:28 AM »
Very, very cool!

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Beer Recipes / Re: NB's Plinian Legacy
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:13:22 AM »
I've been experimenting with hop shots lately.  The last two IPAs I have made, my 60 minute addition was one 10 ml hop shot.  The first one turned out really good, the second one just started cold-crashing.  I may try a 5 ml hop shot next time though because I wonder if my wort is beyond saturated with a a 10 ml HS.
The reason I'm wondering this, is that when I use a HS, I get reddish brown resinous spots all over my boil kettle.

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Equipment and Software / Re: drilled into wrong spot on fridge
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:46:56 AM »
The trick is to use a hole saw and only cut the thin skin of the fridge first. Then dig out the insulation with a small pick carefully exploring for lines, before completely drilling through. If you find a line you can usually push it out of the way before finishing up.

^^THIS^^.  That's what I should've included in my post. That's the way I did it back then.

That's what I did too.  But I didn't chime in just for that.  The other thing I'd recommend is if there are indents for holding the wire racks, they usually engineer them so that the indents (holes, whatever) are not near anything that can be boogered.  I went through one of them and didn't run into anything - and then there is less insulation to dig through too.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Time for a New RIMS Thread!
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:31:33 AM »
I just bought one of the Blichmann RIMS-Rockets myself... Had been holding off to have a custom made HERMS tank made for me... but won a $200 gift card at the NHC so.... RIMS it is :D

Keep us posted on how you handle the temperature control.  I'm wondering about getting one myself.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 25, 2014, 10:12:34 PM »
My younger brother loves rye whiskey.  His favorite 'regular' whiskey is Sazerac.  He is going to be 50 on his next birthday so I'd like to get him a really nice bottle of something.  I am a whiskey novice, so I thought I'd ask here: What would blow his sox off?

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA thoughts
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:28:57 AM »
I'm curious about the 'more grain to make it an IPA' comments.  I thought the primary differentiating characteristic separating a Pale Ale from an IPA was IBUs.  I understand if the issue is BU:GU balance, but balance is a quality characteristic, not a category characteristic, is it?

Not trying to throw bombs here.  Maybe this is in the category of 'can there be such a thing as a Session IPA?'.

But additionally the OP didn't state the batch size, but assuming it is a typical 5 gallons, it only has to get to 1.056 OG to be in the BJCP IPA range.  Seems to me that 10.5 lbs of malt would be pretty close.

I guess to sum it up, I'd ask how much is in your bittering charge, rather than addressing the amount of malt.  What am I missing?

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:11:51 PM »
See I'd go the other way. Buy tower of power x2 and build the rest.

But I already have the hop rocket. 

Seems like it would be easy to put a a Thermowell into the input side of the HR then use a typical temp controller to turn the power on and off.  But I'm no expert.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 19, 2014, 10:47:08 AM »
I'm interested in the Blichman RIMS system.  Any idea about the best way to get temperature control without getting their Tower of Power?

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Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:45:55 PM »
Second day at Peoria Artisan Brewery and Sun Up Brewery.  The Peoria Artisan was a class act.  Not an average beer in the lot.  I got a sampler of 5.  My favorite was their Haboob Black IPA.  Sun Up was good, but nothing I thought was remarkable.

I will also say that the bars around my motel suck.  They each have 6-15 taps of light lagers and other bland beers.  Why that sucks is that I have to drive to the breweries, but an walk to about 6 bars. @$;-?%#{!

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Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:50:23 AM »
Oh BTW, My login is yso191

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Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:40:13 AM »
I have received 4 or so emails from Untapped since this thread started, but upon logging into Untapped app and online, only 1 new request has appeared. I'm not ignoring you, just dont have the request

I couldn't find you either.  I thought I found you yesterday, but as it turns out I sent a friend request to frank l, who is a Frank Laske in Cleveland.

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Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:35:14 AM »
I have been using untappd pretty regularly for 3.5-4 years.  I use it to keep track of which commercial beers i've had and have not had... and roughly what my opinion of them was (to taste not style).  One of the drawbacks to such use is sometimes I'm friends with the brewer and forget about it... then they are like 'hey why do you hate my beer' lol.... At any rate... I'm on there as 'mors'

I could not find you

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Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:40:50 PM »
First night is at North Mountain Brewing.  So far: a flavorless Cream Ale, a decent IPA which was only lacking in dry-hopping, a good Scottish with (quote me here) a discernible peaty/smoke/earthy flavor.  I wish there was a BJCP judge here to either correct or confirm it.  But my favorite is their 3 strings Porter.  Seriously the best Porter I have had to date.

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