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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Card benefits
« on: November 13, 2016, 11:52:24 AM »
I've had very few places not honor what is listed online.

Normally, as others have said, it's a front line employee who just doesn't know about the discount.  I have had a couple times where management said the information was wrong or they were not offering it yet. Both places seemed highly mismanaged so it wasn't too surprising.

Ingredients / Re: Black Garlic - Garlic Breadth
« on: November 13, 2016, 11:33:24 AM »

Yeah, I like garlic but really struggle to see myself enjoying that beer.

Nevertheless, I would be interested to see what DFH has to say about it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Delirium Tremens
« on: November 13, 2016, 11:22:55 AM »
Delirium Tremens was one of the first non-BMC beers I had. Started a long love affair with Belgian beers.

The Pub / Re: Whole Foods
« on: November 13, 2016, 11:21:16 AM »
Is everyone else finding Chimay without issues? It's disappeared from all my local stores, trying to figure out if the importer or the distributor is to blame.

Yep, their beers are pretty much the only Belgian beers I can reliably find most places (not counting Stella Artois).

All Grain Brewing / Re: KBS clone
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:16:33 AM »
KBS is made with Kona and Sumatra coffee.

I would definitely find a good Sumatra for that portion. Sumatra has a very earthy flavor that can range from chocolate to herbal. It's definitely part of that beer's flavor. Sulawesi would be a good substitute.

I would not burn the cash trying to find kona. Most kona exports are blends with 10% kona and you will pay a pretty penny for a good quality pure kona coffee. IMO kona is tremendously overrated. It's Guatemalan-sourced beans grown in Kona, HI. It is not so far off a good Guatemalan for its price and quite frankly you are losing all the delicate flavors that make kona what it is when you stick it in a beer. If you can't source a good Guatemalan then any decent Central American coffee would be your next best choice.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxygen scavenging caps
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:05:57 AM »
I spray with sanitizer. Works fine, does not seem to negatively affect the caps. I like the insurance of sanitizing because I store my caps in open bags around my other equipment, some of which has grain dust and has been around my mixed fermentations.

I have no idea whether they definitely work better at avoiding oxygen reactions with the beer but the liner inside seems thicker and creates a better seal. That's the main selling point for me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite yeast strains
« on: November 11, 2016, 08:44:28 AM »
Every beer brewed this year with a neutral strain has been a warm fermentation with 34/70. I've been pretty happy with the results.

I am working on finding the right balance with a mixed culture of saison strains (with brett) for my saisons. Haven't brewed with it enough but that's the plan for 2017.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is there a monthly bottle swap here?
« on: November 10, 2016, 10:05:21 AM »
I thought these were among the people we lost to the summer of rage here after several hostile threads.

The Pub / Re: Canadian Homebrewers Association
« on: November 10, 2016, 09:29:02 AM »
The low energy low activity of the Canadian organization probably explains why NHC draws as much competition from our nation's attic as it does.

Beer Recipes / Re: LODO American Blonde
« on: November 09, 2016, 09:12:25 AM »
Had my first glass of the American blonde tonight. It's a bit bland. But it's less than 4% ABV, and no crazy amounts of hops, so maybe that's normal. I'll need to drink another glass to verify.

But does it have it?

The Pub / Re: Canadian Homebrewers Association
« on: November 09, 2016, 09:10:34 AM »
Possible exodus to Canada over the next two months might make that happen.  8)

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian ipa(used saison yeast)
« on: November 07, 2016, 11:20:42 AM »
If you have already tested the saison yeast and like the results then we shouldn't try to convince you not to use it.

With the changes you have already made I think you have a good recipe for what you are trying to achieve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Timer?
« on: November 07, 2016, 11:18:19 AM »
I can't say I've ever had Redds so I'm not sure exactly how it is brewed. I believe it is a pretty basic blonde ale with some kind of apple flavoring.

Graf will be sweeter than cider (well one that has fermented out completely) and probably will get you in the neighborhood of what you are after. A pale ale or blonde ale grain bill will get you pointed in the right direction. You may want to add some oats or carapils for body because the apple juice will thin it out.

Go 30-50% apple juice.

You only need enough hops to balance out the beer. 10-15 IBUs will be enough.

English yeast are a good option because they will leave behind a little more sweetness. American ale yeasts will be fine. I've liked Belgian abbey/trappist yeast in graf. It's drier but the fruity esters round out the apple. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil over: foam is good or not?
« on: November 07, 2016, 11:11:04 AM »
The worst problem with a boilover is an angry significant other when you don't clean it up sufficiently.

My wife still hates the burnt wort I haven't completely cleaned from the stovetop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Low oxygen Brewing Now Has a Site
« on: November 04, 2016, 08:16:49 AM »
Might want to increase the font size

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