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Ingredients / Re: Cacao Nibs - taking suggestions
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:48:23 AM »
I recently used nibs for the first time myself in a quad.

Edit: Tasted the first bottle last night. It was glorious.

Ingredients / Re: Briess Brewers Malt vs. Pale Malt
« on: January 18, 2016, 11:26:16 AM »
Pale malt and what people call "two row"' is the same thing. (Other types of malt are also made from two row.) Pale ale malt is a darker malt. You have to distinguish which people are talking about because I've seen a lot of people say pale malt when they mean pale ale malt.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: New club advice requested
« on: January 18, 2016, 11:20:24 AM »
Have a clear idea of what you want the club to do and what you want to do at the meetings. Some people want technical meetings while others just want to get away from the family and drink some beer. There's everything in between. You can't have meetings that satisfy everybody. If you want to spend time working on developing a strong set of competition beers then do that. People who want more casual meetings are free to have their own club or put together their own hangouts.

Recognize as well that as the club grows you will have to adapt. In a small club you can knock out most club business in regular meetings in a few minutes but as the club grows you will probably want to take the finer points to another meeting or forum so it doesn't absorb the regular meetings. Similarly, if you spend time critiquing beers you'll have to come up with a system so you aren't spending three hours each meeting critiquing fifty beers.

Ingredients / Re: Acorn beer
« on: January 13, 2016, 07:54:08 AM »
I don't think acorn has much use even if you can get past the tannin issue because the nuts lack any meaningful flavor. Roasting might be a good idea. I'd try tasting the roasted nuts directly. If there isn't a significant flavor you like then there's probably not much you can do to make it worth the trouble of adding acorns to a brew except to say you added acorns.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help required, possible contmaination?
« on: January 12, 2016, 09:10:42 AM »
No luck on the pictures, unfortunately.

What you describe could be an infection as easily as it could be a lot of oils from the hops, coriander and fruit peel, as much as it could be just regular yeast activity because the yeast weren't done fermenting after a week or racking over added oxygen and the yeast decided they could ferment a little more for you.

Ingredients / Re: Fesh lemon peel/zest in bottled beer
« on: January 12, 2016, 09:04:23 AM »
1. Add lemon zest to secondary a day or two before bottling; or

2. Sanitize your bottles with lemon scented Lysol.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 05:09:00 PM »
What sucks even more is that this major player in the hop business is apparently putting homebrewers on the back burner.

We're always the last to get hops because all but the 2-3 largest homebrew shops lack the purchasing power to move up the chain to have orders fulfilled. Wholesalers will always sell to their biggest clients first, which means breweries are getting their orders filled first. We're getting sold the least impressive lots of hops at unfavorable prices.

I know there is talk among the craft beer industry that there is a shortage (or a perceived shortage) and maybe this year's harvest wasn't great. Prices are apparently pretty bad right now if you can't buy under contract. I don't know if Hop Union was hit particularly hard in 2015 or if it's uniformly bad. Apparently even some of the more common varieties are completely sold out from the 2015 harvest.

The Pub / Re: NB Forum
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:28:40 AM »
I never posted over there but I just saw the new format. Looks terrible. Actually, it probably looks fine on a mobile device but it is surely awful on a computer.

The Pub / Re: Map of Los Angeles Breweries
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:24:04 AM »
With LA you also need to think about how far out from LA proper you want to include in the map. Plenty of breweries in the inland empire and orange county already established or on their way to it.

You could probably load up your map pretty quickly just starting with Torrence. Plus, how can you not want to root for Phantom Carriage's success?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Infection and what to do about it
« on: January 10, 2016, 10:38:48 AM »
Keep in mind that not everything that can find a food source necessarily needs a sugar source to eat. Many wild yeast, like brett, and some bacteria can feast on leftover fermentation compounds from the original fermentation and even some non-fermentation compounds in the liquid. So the fact that the cider went to 1.000 does not mean there is nothing that could be metabolized and you're looking at some good evidence to that point.

If it tastes good now you might as well kill everything growing in it. No reason to create an opportunity for unpleasant flavors to develop unless you're more curious about what might happen than enjoying what you intended to make.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 10, 2016, 10:21:33 AM »
It's a chilly 34F today. No snow for us, unfortunately.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: reusing brown beer bottles
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:09:40 AM »
It's more durable than it looks. My fear with wearing down the plastic is the grooves where the metal shelf slides in to support the bottle. In order to cork Belgian or champagne style bottles one must remove the plate with each bottle. That's a lot of sliding the plate in and out. I will probably do as some other people and cut a wood block to use in place of the shelf with those bottles but I'm lazy and haven't gotten that far yet.

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:15:43 AM »
Some of this depends upon the mineral content of your water. If you have softer water then running hot water for food or beer probably isn't a big deal. However for those of us not in that situation it's terrible water. When I flush the water heater out comes rocks about the size of aquarium gravel. The water from the hot water heater doesn't taste good and the mineral content changes the flavor of coffee and tea. Beer too, if one were to use it for brewing.

The Pub / Re: Brewery upgrade
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:04:43 AM »
Seems like a low value way to move equipment in the brewery.

The Pub / Re: Magazine Subscriptions
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:04:00 AM »
I used to subscribe to All About Beer. It's a good mix of beer and brewing topics. I gave it up with several other magazine subscriptions because I didn't have time to read them and they were just piling up around the house.

I've bought a couple issues of Craft Beer & Brewing but $10 is a steep price.

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