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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Issues trying to make an IPA
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:04:17 PM »
You've received a lot of good advice.  I'll add my 2 bits worth...

I was intimidated by Bru'n Water when I first tried it out, and I am pretty good with computers and the like.  But when one is trying to learn brewing/water chemistry AND a spreadsheet process it can be daunting. My advice is just to keep playing with it.  It really is fairly intuitive.  It needs the complexity it has so as to be able to be flexible, accurate and complete.  I think Martin has done a stunningly good job in balancing these values with ease of use... but it will take some familiarization.

I also use 100% RO water (same as distilled but a different way of getting there).  I chased hop bitterness for a long time.  Hop flavor and aroma came fairly easy.  The bitterness issue came with adding more magnesium.

So seriously, stick with Bru'n Water.  You'll love it before long and wonder what you ever thought was hard about it.  If you have a club or even another homebrewer to walk you through it, that will help too.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
« on: November 03, 2016, 10:38:45 PM »
I am trying my first one tonight.  The mild complexity really caught my attention, and motivated me to come make a report here.  I get the spicy hop note with a balanced bready/crust maltiness.  I think it is delicious.  It has a long pleasant aftertaste which I think is dominated by yeast driven flavors.  Not my favorite style, but I find it very interesting and very pleasant to drink.

Ingredients / How big of a bag...
« on: November 03, 2016, 08:35:41 PM »
I am going to try dry-hopping in the keg for the first time.  I want to hang a nylon(?) bag from the corny keg lid.  What size bag should I use for 5 ounces of pellets?  Any other tips?

How much beer will this displace?  I'm thinking probably a gallon.  Turns a 5 gallon keg into a 4 gallon keg.  Am I right?

Equipment and Software / Innovative brewing equipment website
« on: November 03, 2016, 11:27:14 AM »
I have dealt with this company for years.  He started as a homebrewer making & shipping stuff out of his garage.  The reason I am posting is that I think he has innovative / creative equipment that I have not seen anywhere else.

I have no connection with him other than as a customer.

Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: October 27, 2016, 06:55:45 PM »
You are in Bellingham, WA.

How in the world did you know that?!

But yes, Kulshan brewing in Bellingham, WA

Beer Travel / Re: Where am I?
« on: October 27, 2016, 04:02:44 PM »
Ok, where am I?

The Pub / Re: Finally
« on: October 27, 2016, 03:57:38 PM »
Yes, Airways brewing.  It was well-run. They did a great job.  I was only surprised by the number of flawed beers.  Hopefully I will pass.

The Pub / Re: Spelling and Grammar
« on: October 25, 2016, 06:00:36 PM »
It's informal conversation, and to me that gives anyone a little wiggle room.  You point out an author that doesn't need an editor and I will point out a unicorn.

Sent from my SM-S820L using Tapatalk

I agree.  'Conversational' should be the name of the game here.  I tend to read and reread my posts at least 3 times for spelling and grammar, but even then I sometimes have to go back and edit a post.  Some sloppiness irritates me here but it is rare.  Sometimes I can't even discern what a post is attempting to say.

The Pub / Finally
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:16:28 PM »
I finally took the BJCP tasting exam.  Good thing because my online portion expires in about 2 weeks!  I think I did OK, but now the long wait begins.

I do think that some expansions have been too aggressive, possibly Stone's.  Not everything needs to be nationwide.  People are drinking local, and although not every new or local beer is good, nor will they all succeed, I think the trend of local breweries is here to stay.

I agree.  Especially your last sentence.  I am sometimes surprised by how satisfied people are with 'meh' beer.  It has to be truly wretched to get people to stop drinking it.

Interesting times.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oak Barrel
« on: October 18, 2016, 11:36:43 AM »
Be prepared to dump a quart or more of whiskey...unless you want the extra flavor and punch.

Depends on the distillery. A lot of them are rinsing and using that water blended in their cut water

Interesting.  I guess it makes sense, but kind of a bummer for the new-barrel owner  ;)

Glad mine came with some gratis Rye Whiskey!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oak Barrel
« on: October 18, 2016, 08:39:02 AM »
Easily that long.  A couple of weeks are no problem.  Be prepared to dump a quart or more of whiskey...unless you want the extra flavor and punch.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How to add coffee to a stout
« on: October 14, 2016, 04:08:21 PM »
That is one of the reasons I was so interested in trying Starbucks VIA--no dilution.

Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: October 14, 2016, 01:06:48 PM »
I use a reloading scale that weighs in grains.

Denny is a gun guy?  I'm surprised!

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