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I'd go #1 as well.  Pitching a lot of different dregs can add a lot of character too.  And you can drink the other contents... ever drink the clear liquid in the top of a white labs tube??

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Registered, entered and paid.

Done!  :)

ditto

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The Pub / Re: Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 29, 2012, 08:25:02 AM »
I have never been to or heard of choice city before (I went to school here for 5years)

then I must say you missed/are missing out.

At College and Olive, around the corner from HuHot.

don't just take my word for it... #9 on ratebeer's best beer restaurants in the world 2011 (#12 in 2010)
http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/table_2011.asp?title=Best+Beer+Restaurants+2011&file=restaurants_places_2011.csv


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Making a starter with Brett B
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:56:42 AM »
Lambic blend has bacteria.  A pure culture of brett b only has yeast.

I recall seeing the article, but I've not had time to read anything yet.  Surely the brett is added a secondary vessel or bottling.  In that case, I'd just use one yeast pack and split that between the two carboys.  It's strong stuff and resilient to punishment (under-pitch, high alcohol environment, etc)

For 100% brett pitches, I make a starter per usual practice.  They can be sluggish to start sometimes, but that's not a problem in a pre-fermented beer.

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The Pub / Re: Best bar in Fort Collins
« on: February 28, 2012, 10:08:58 AM »
Huh.  I didn't know about that place.  We were just up in FoCo this past weekend and unfortunately Choice City was having a rehearsal dinner, so we couldn't go there (best place in FoCo in my limited opinion).  Ended up getting far-less-than-stellar food at Ingredient.

I'll have to check this place out next time we're up there.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Ballast Point Sculpin/North Star IPA Clone Recipe
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:37:44 AM »
no, it's not listed, but by my calculation you should get around 1.073 assuming 75% efficiency.

100% efficiency is ~1.098 so base that on whatever efficiency you normally get.

edit: Sculpin is listed at 7%, so if the recipe is indeed this, and OG is 1.073, you'd finish around 1.020, which seems fairly reasonable with all the crystal malt

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:05:33 AM »
You guys'll love this:

Homemade chicken plucker

schrader valves with the stems removed...

That's what we use on the farm.  Works like a charm.  It gets passed around from farmer to farmer for use.  Everyone pitches in to keep it fixed up and in good shape.

Didn't get around to smoking this weekend after all...  good lookin stuff guys!

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Other Fermentables / Re: Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 27, 2012, 08:57:00 AM »
I've harvested a few pounds of grapes in the foothills here in CO, but nothing like filling 55gallon drums!  :o

There's lots of wild grapes around, but they are tiny and are super astringent (require lots of sugar), so I've not really experimented with them too much (just mixing them into ice cream mostly).  Wild grapes and wild hops like the same areas.

Unfortunately, I don't have the option of planting a vine or vineyard for that matter as I am a lowly renter.  Once we get a house, I'll get some grapes in the ground.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Ballast Point Sculpin/North Star IPA Clone Recipe
« on: February 27, 2012, 08:45:39 AM »
Sorry for the poor formatting, but here it is.

Grain               
%   Amount   Name   Origin   Potential   SRM
80   11.00 lbs   Pale Malt (2 Row) 1.8L   America   1.036   2
7.3   1.00 lbs   Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt   America   1.033   2
3.6   0.50 lbs   CaraVienne Malt   Belgium   1.034   24
9.1   1.25 lbs   Crystal Malt 10L   America   1.035   10
               
Hops               
Amount   Name   Form   Alpha   IBU   Boil Time
1.00 oz   Amarillo Gold   Pellet   9.4   45.6   Mash Hop
0.50 oz   Warrior   Pellet   16.3   35.9   60min
0.25 oz   Magnum   Pellet   14.4   15.9   60min
0.25 oz   Hallertau Northern Brewer   Pellet   7.1   7.8   60min
0.25 oz   Tomahawk   Pellet   16.4   18.1   60min
0.25 oz   Crystal   Pellet   3.6   2   60min
0.25 oz   Centennial   Pellet   9.9   5.6   30min
0.25 oz   Simcoe   Pellet   13.6   7.6   30min
1.00 oz   Amarillo Gold   Pellet   9.4   0   0min
1.00 oz   Simcoe   Pellet   13.6   0   0min
2.00 oz   Amarillo Gold   Pellet   9.4   0   Dry Hop
               
Extras               
1.00 units Whirlfloc Tablets 15min boil               
               
Yeast               
White Labs WLP001 California Ale               


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Beer Recipes / Re: Ballast Point Sculpin/North Star IPA Clone Recipe
« on: February 27, 2012, 08:30:15 AM »
Yeah, it seems with the reformat of BA, the link died.

I have it printed out... give me a minute to type it all out.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Grape Juice (source request)
« on: February 24, 2012, 03:03:53 PM »
Dang, that's killer.  $3.15 a gallon?  Nice.

I'd have to drive a few hours to get over on the western slope for any wineries.  I've not heard of anything like that before, but it may very well be worth looking into.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sour Beer Sanitation
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:57:57 PM »
I brew lots of sour and wild (brett) beers.

I do not have extra stuff.  In fact, my siphon hose is 4+ years old  :P

Tom's right.  It's not like these microbes are teenage mutant ninja turtles or something... or maybe they are?!  :o

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:21:12 AM »
My beef comes from my parent's cattle.

My pork comes from my parent's neighbors pigs.

My lamb comes from another of my parent's neighbors.

All my other meat comes from the animal(s) I harvest in hunting season.  Elk and antelope mostly.

That's my choice, but I feel it's the best, healthiest meat.  I have the great fortune of being able to eat this kind of quality meat.  Others are not as fortunate, which is unfortunate. 

I think I'll smoke some ribs on sunday.  Maybe I'll remember to take a picture so I can actually contribute to the drooling associated with this thread.

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Events / Re: NHC bottle requirements - Orval okay?
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:14:13 AM »
I assume it's ok, and I was planning on putting some in, but I suppose it would be a slight relief to know for sure.
I've not had issues in the past.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pliny the ...
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:09:38 AM »
$8 for 10oz glass when I had it.


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