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Ingredients / Re: Coffe and bourbon!
« on: August 25, 2017, 04:41:50 PM »
You should taste the bourbon and see if it tastes good. Coffee extracts fairly quickly and overextraction can result in high levels of tannins as well as unwelcome flavors like soy sauce and green peppers (although not necessarily unwelcome for what you want to brew).

Whoever leads the meetings should have a conversation with these people and tell them if they do not abide by the rules they will not be allowed to continue attending meetings.

Setting up a formal organization and collecting dues is fine if the club intends to more formally organize. Ten people hanging out at a bar talking about homebrew probably gets stifled under a more formal approach.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 23, 2017, 02:44:02 PM »
My house is just barely within the totality for the 2024 eclipse, like a few blocks is the difference from inside and outside. We'll be long gone from Texas by that point though.

Hop Growing / Re: 2017 Season
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:32:07 PM »
I've always had a rough go at it--often I wonder why I keep trying. I have to keep the bines below the fence line due to the HOA. I can't hide taller bines with the location of my house. Between the spider mites, lower latitude and keeping them on a low trellis I normally get small harvests of small, underdeveloped cones. I'd give it up but next year I'm moving to Denver and will have better circumstances to grow them out. I'm told they also have spider mites but one of three problems is a lot easier to deal with.

Hop Growing / Re: 2017 Season
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:43:18 AM »
We had kind of a weird growing season. Usually the hops are 5-6 feet in the air by mid-April when the rain starts after which the spider mites show up and absolutely destroy the plants. Then I start spraying with neem oil and the bines rebound. This year we didn't get a lot of rain but the hops grew pretty well into the summer. Burrs everywhere. Then we got a solid amount of rain late June and the spider mites showed up and destroyed the bines. There's still some growth but most of the bines are stunted and too underdeveloped for burrs. So expecting basically nothing this year. The growing season extends to October, sometimes November so maybe there's still time.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:17:53 AM »
Pretty far from the totality here. I think we had like 75% coverage. It got a little darker, like early dusk, but without the purple hues.

Ingredients / Re: hops to try?
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:42:58 PM »
Lots of atypical hops among the list. The hops you picked would be good for an IPA or APA. There are a lot of hops on the list that would be good for other styles but wouldn't be my first candidates for a hoppy American style.

Beer Recipes / Re: Convert a NB kit to a NEIPA
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:30:08 PM »
I plugged it into Beersmith and here's a text version of my plan:
BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Sculpin Clone to NEIPA
Asst Brewer:
Style: Specialty IPA
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0) original recipe- Grapefruit Pulpin - Northern Brewer

I think this plan looks good. The only remaining factor is water profile which you may already have but not included here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wasted Batch?
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:21:21 PM »
Is the fruit already in the beer? It looks like peach puree is floating on the top part of the beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "We Might Have Been Wrong About FWH"
« on: August 19, 2017, 03:47:13 PM »
Same--I think it makes a difference so I do it.

I will be curious to see how peer review addresses the research.

Beer Recipes / Re: Convert a NB kit to a NEIPA
« on: August 18, 2017, 04:06:17 PM »
I seem to think NB pulled the recipes off the website when they were acquired. I can't see the recipe.

Normally for an NEIPA you start off similar to any other AIPA but add oats along with any other protein-rich grain you might want. Sub out the yeast for London Ale III. Reduce or eliminate the bittering addition in favor of a huge whirlpool addition. Dry hop bigly. You can add hops during fermentation as well. A lot of getting the appearance and mouthfeel right in that style is your water. You basically need to flip chloride and sulfate ratios from a west coast IPA.

If you can post up the recipe here I'm sure you could get more specific recommendations.

Ingredients / Re: Too much vodka extract?
« on: August 18, 2017, 04:02:16 PM »
I always taste the vodka in the worst way when I use it to make extracts. I like the taste of vodka by itself and the extracts taste fine but for whatever reason it dilutes into an unpleasant flavor in the beer. It's not a booziness or burn. It's just a taste issue. No idea why this happens. I don't have the same problem adding any other spirits to beer.

So for me the "right" amount of vodka to use in an extract is zero.

Better off IMO using a different spirit. There's plenty of unaged whiskey, grain spirits and rums on the market to use instead.

Ingredients / Re: Extract vs juice vs flavoring
« on: August 17, 2017, 02:36:24 PM »
I've never enjoyed the flavor of the extracts typically sold in homebrew shops. Medicinal, doesn't taste quite right. I'm sure these are what most of us consider bad extracts.

White Labs is notorious for having yeast in their lactobacillus strain. Lactobacillus does not produce krausen. That's definitely yeast and likely yeast from WL. Most likely nothing you did wrong here.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling in "non-standard" bottles
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:41:15 PM »
Champagne-style bottles like the Boulevard smokestack bottles are designed to withstand internal pressure. Use freely. Regular wine bottles are not designed to withstand internal pressure.

The glass 32 and 64 oz growlers are also not designed to withstand internal pressure of bottle carbonation. There are people who carbonate in them but you'll also find plenty of people online who had the growlers shatter or the bottom blow out. Use those at your own peril. Some of the flip top ones might be okay but I'm not sure. Metal also probably okay although they might deform.

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