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All Grain Brewing / Re: Honing Your Skills
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:46:47 AM »
Improving my process is EXACTLY what I want to do, with the ultimate goal being predictability. Right now my brewing IS a crap shoot. I've been lucky. Actually, my husband says he's glad to brew a simple beer, so I'm going to pick one from BCS and go from there. Of course he's banned me from brewing talk for a little while!

If predictability and improved process are the goals then you definitely need to do what Denny said. Pick a recipe in a style you like and brew it over and over. That will give you the best opportunity to pick apart every detail and get it right and get it right consistently. If it gets boring you can always take some of each batch and play with post-fermentation additions (fruit, spices, dry hopping, wood) and maybe find some new things you like.

Most homebrewers, myself included, have a tendency to want to constantly move on to something new every batch. It's a lot more fun but you'll have more bad batches and learn less to improve your process that way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:36:55 AM »
It's the kind of article I imagine is written just to get people stirred up and sharing the beer but I dunno, maybe he just really likes sweet beers.

I agree about the Pico and the Pico packs or whatever they are called. I don't personally see the value in buying a prepared package of ingredients that will supposedly clone a beer at a huge premium. For me the purposes of cloning a commercial beer including making a beer you like cheaply, testing the quality of your brewing against a standard and brewing a beer you like to do something different to it (e.g. hopping differently, adding fruit). None of those really apply to those Pico packs. I wouldn't hate on people for buying them I just don't personally see the point.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Guru for PC?
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:28:02 AM »
There are some extensions for chrome that let you run android apps in the browser. I think there is also some standalone software that does it as well.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Allagash Confluence Ale
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:29:02 AM »
It's not a terribly complicated beer to make and the Allagash website gives a lot of details. The issues are working with brett and the time involved in the beer. When brewing with brett you need to be twice as careful about regulating oxygen exposure and thrice as careful about sanitation.

There are plenty of non-brett Belgian pale ales you could brew while you learn about brett and dealing with it in your brewhouse.

I may never brew a batch larger than six gallons and feel okay about that.

The Pub / Re: Uline
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:15:01 AM »
You can use their catalogs as packing material.

My unpopular brewing opinion is that a small amount thread derailing is a good thing.

The Pub / Re: Sierra Nevada Sidecar
« on: January 13, 2017, 08:53:22 AM »
I just had a pint and I must say I enjoyed it! Not overly citrus-y, but it was there. Almost like a hoppy shock top, but way better.

Not a ringing endorsement.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denver, Colorado
« on: January 12, 2017, 09:21:00 AM »

If you want Post you owe it to yourself to make it to the brewery and eat their food. Hands down the best fried chicken I've ever had.

Beer Recipes / Re: brett beer
« on: January 11, 2017, 09:39:25 AM »
I simply don't want too much barnyard. I think you are referring to the Drie, but that seems to be unobtainable.

You have to sit on all brett beers for a long time before the barnyard and other typical brett flavors appear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denver, Colorado
« on: January 11, 2017, 09:28:24 AM »
Tons of breweries in Denver. One of the few cities where you can find pretty much every style brewed.

Traffic can be pretty bad so you'll make your life a lot easier picking one or two areas.

In downtown RINO is probably the biggest concentration of breweries and you can walk/short drive the area. LODO (lower downtown) has a number of bars, many with very good selections (Falling Rock, Freshcraft). There's also the area near the interstate with Prost and several other breweries. There are several areas south of downtown with good brewery options.

My favorite sight seeing in Denver is to sit at a brewery where I can see the mountains while I drink good beer. Maybe you have more ambitious goals.

Beer Recipes / Re: brett beer
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:26:15 AM »
Why finish with French saison if you plan on souring

Good point. What would be the lowest pH a saison yeast can comfortably survive?

Low 3 ph (about 1/4 stick of ph range) but you need to pitch like it's a lager and give it time. Could probably pitch less if the yeast are active from a SNS starter.

Hop Growing / Re: Selling hop rhizomes
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:23:11 AM »
If you're trimming anyway give it a go. Toss them up on your local craigslist and homebrew clubs.

Ingredients / Re: Name your hop source!
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:20:53 AM »
Hops Direct has received most of my business. Good pricing, good quality and generous measurements on pounds. I tend only to buy in pounds when I need to buy hops to age for sour beer or something to keep in the high alpha range for bittering other beers.

When I need smaller portions I tend to buy from Farmhouse in their four ounce packs. I don't fear buying his older supply and often can pick up hops by the ounce around $0.60-0.80/oz. Never had a problem with the quality on the older hops but if I needed them for IPAs or pale ales I'd probably buy fresher stock.

That beer is pasteurized before the cherries ferment out so it retains a sweet cherry juice flavor. You definitely need to cut off fermentation completely before adding the cherry juice.

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