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Beer Travel / Re: San Diego-Pacific Beach
« on: September 02, 2017, 07:25:56 AM »
Alesmith is definitely one to check out. The new taproom is really nice.

Green Flash's brewery has a nice taproom as well with a good range of beers beyond their normal distribution.

One of the Pizza Ports would be a good choice, unless you're heading north in which case you should hit the Port/Lost Abbey location and Stone in Escondido.

I guess I'm saying things everybody else has already said...

There are so many breweries in SD that you could pick a part of town and just roam the breweries in that area rather than stare at a lot of traffic.

Ingredients / Re: cinnamon sticks vs. ground cinnamon
« on: September 02, 2017, 07:17:41 AM »
A little less than what you normally use of ceylon. Since you're adding spices to the boil you can always add, taste and add more before chilling if you need to.

Ingredients / Re: cinnamon sticks vs. ground cinnamon
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:27:54 AM »
Normally one stick of ceylon cinnamon is 1/2 tsp. I would use a little less because saigon cinnamon has a bolder flavor.

Events / Re: GABF : breweries recommendations
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:57:56 AM »
Great Divide is in Denver, downtown (both locations). They probably won't have much of a line at GABF but if you want to visit them it's not far from the convention center. I'd recommend the barrel house over the production facility. Nicer taproom, better beer options, better service.

That said, if you don't get caught in the handful of really long lines you can get through a lot of breweries. I went for the first time a few years back and made it through around fifty breweries. Most of your list will be breweries with long lines, but to put it in context the "long" line will be less than ten minutes of waiting. Many great breweries will have little to no line at all.

Are you coming to Denver for just GABF or will you be around town for a few days? There are a lot of brewery and tap takeover events that week.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: High temp ferment in buckets
« on: August 30, 2017, 06:19:23 AM »
I've fermented around 90F in a bucket with no problms.

Ingredients / Re: Company won't supply RO Water Report
« on: August 28, 2017, 02:31:53 PM »
I do not believe water bottlers are required to produce any information beyond the normal FDA nutrition labeling and ingredients. If they are not adding minerals to the water then merely describing it as water is sufficient.

Ingredients / Re: Coffe and bourbon!
« on: August 25, 2017, 09:41:50 AM »
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, 07:44:02 AM »
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, 10:32:07 AM »
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 21, 2017, 08:43:18 PM »
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 21, 2017, 08:17:53 PM »
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, 08:42:58 AM »
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, 08:30:08 AM »
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, 08:21:21 AM »
Is the fruit already in the beer? It looks like peach puree is floating on the top part of the beer.

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