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Beer Recipes / Re: Black IPA recipe (please critique)
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:35:35 PM »
It also seems to me to be light in the hop category for an IPA.  If it were mine I would bump all three additions 60 minute, late additions and dry hopping - by at least twice the amounts listed.  This looks like a Black Pale Ale to me but maybe that is what you are going for.

All Grain Brewing / Re: New equipment
« on: January 09, 2015, 06:09:55 PM »
Perfect!  I (we, I'm sure) just like seeing other people's setup.  Looks great, and I'm sure you will enjoy using it.  Love the Speidel as well - they are great.

All Grain Brewing / Re: New equipment
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:53:11 PM »
I think the rule is 'It didn't happen unless there are pictures.'  ;)

The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:52:03 PM »
I will add to this thread that I recall reading something a year or two back that there is a significant social movement in the UK where individuals choose to make all of January a dry month for them to 'clear the system' so to speak.  The article quoted a gastroenterologist who said it was silly.  What would be more beneficial health-wise is to periodically take 3-4 days off from alcohol consumption.  Apparently that is all your body needs.  More time off isn't bad, it just doesn't increase the benefit as I recall.

My 6 weeks during Lent is a spiritual discipline that has only a secondary purpose of rejuvenating the physical system.

The Pub / Re: Now White Labs - take that!
« on: January 09, 2015, 04:43:05 PM »
The surprise to me in that article was the top salary of $60K/year for microbiologists.  Yike!  I hope that means a BS rather than MS or PhD.  Seems very low to me.

That was a good one.  I enjoy those experiment shows.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:53:49 PM »
Are we talking about black IPAs here?

Sshhh.  Don't say Black IPA!  There are certain word-oriented OCD types that cannot reconcile Pale with Black.

Just kidding of course.  Yes that is the context.

Equipment and Software / Re: Immersion Chiller Solder
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:48:24 PM »
When I first started brewing I had one of these.  It was not a cleaning nightmare.  I actually got a lead testing kit to make sure what they said was true - it was (free of lead).  I don't think I'd return it if it were me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Success Finally
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:43:01 PM »
On a side note...  I noticed that you clicked off post #4000 today Jim!  Congrats!  We started on this forum within a month or so of each other and I haven't reached 1000 yet.  Apparently I am the slow learner with less question-answering acumen.

Beer Recipes / Re: Cascadian Dark Ales
« on: January 09, 2015, 09:48:36 AM »
No, I don't think they clash.  I made one last Summer using a standard IPA grain bill with the addition of Blackprinz.   Flavor/Aroma hops were Centennial, Amarillo, Citra.  I did a 100% Brett fermentation though.

It was OK.  Nothing wrong with it, it was just too subdued in the flavor/aroma area for my tastes.  If I do it again, (Brett or not) I will pump up the hops.

The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:21:44 AM »
I usually give up alcohol for Lent, so for 6 weeks.

My typical intake is 4 nights a week I'll have 2 beers, occasionally a third.  On my Friday I'll bump that to 3-6.  Usually 6 = an irresistible sleeping pill.

The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:46:37 PM »
Two words: culinary science.  But beer is way cooler than rigatoni.  Make it once, share it for a month.  That and the future.  My next beer is always my best beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada HopHunter
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:05:00 AM »
Very interesting.  This actually occurred to me when I visited one of the mentioned mint extraction facilities here.  I wonder though what the difference is between this method and the CO2 extraction method.  Regardless it will be interesting to taste!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: my favorite Belgian breweries
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:44:13 AM »
I nominate homoeccentricus to be the official supplier of Belgian beers to the AHA forum participants.

We have a deal! The first bottle is free!

Oh happy day!

No one tell me he's teasing for a couple of hours please.

The Pub / Re: Another day in paradise
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:48:08 PM »
Love it.

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