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Beer Recipes / Re: Grapefruit IPA recipe?
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:54:53 AM »
I say it again since no one listened to me. Fresh grapefruit - probably in secondary. Not sure, but if you have ever had Citrus Ninja - - you will see how well hops and grapefruit pair. You may try contacting the brewery and see if they add the grapefruit to secondary or what.

It is a very good beer.
Shorts had grapefruit in their Hopstache IPA. It worked for me.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:35:34 PM »
I dig your tenacity. You proved the need for me to admit the virtually part of impossible instead of plain old impossible. I'd like to do it, but right at the moment I don't know where to start.
Jim, do a search for BJCP online courses. No endorsement for any that show up, but they are out there on the interwebz.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: balancing higher gravity beers
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:58:37 AM »
It depends on the style. A Doppelbock at that OG would be fine, a Barleywine would need a lot more bitterness.

Sierra Nevada Pale ale has 38 IBU at 5.6 ABV, 1.053 OG. That has some crystal malt, and my be more bitter than you want.

Do some research, brew the beer, takes notes so you can adjust next time. There may be some similar beer recipes on the net.

Beer Recipes / Re: Strong Scotch Ale
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:54:44 AM »
I don't think you'll ever find a better wee heavy recipe than Skotrat's Traquair House clone recipe.  It's here (just leave out the mushrooms!).

I have made this quite a few times and I'll pass on one tip...use Simpson's Golden Promise for the base malt.  I've made it with other malts and it's been great, but the Simpson's GP make it an extraordinary beer.  I'm about to make a 75 mi. road trip to pick some up so I can make it again in the next few weeks.
I did Skorat's recipe last year and followed the recipe. Boils down until the bubbles were big and it started to come up the kettle. Used the Simpsons GP. Fantastic beer to sip on a cold night.

Beer Recipes / Re: Strong Scotch Ale
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:06:14 PM »
Boil it down until you get scared.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bubble foil insulation
« on: January 01, 2014, 11:54:04 AM »
Hmm. 180 is really pretty low for a max temp for brewing purposes. I guess I will just keep it on the mash tun. Are there any products that would be acceptable around a direct fire kettle?

Maybe not for a homebrewer's system, but this might get you thinking about a solution.

Bricks. Really, that is what is used on the Peter Austin brewing systems.

I brewed twice on the 7 barrel system at a local brewpub. The bricks on the kettle were warm, but you could put your hand on them during the boil

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bubble foil insulation
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:07:15 AM »
I use a Reflectix cozy on the mash tun. It gets removed when the direct fire is lit.

The Pub / Re: What's everybody drinking for New Year's Eve ???
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:30:02 PM »
We had a couple of nice bottles of wine with appetizers and dinner. Then after some hydration, we had an orange blossom honey balaton cherry mead that I did a while back, it did not suck.

Desert is ice cream with Rumtopf, with some Schramm's mead Statement Reserve. Bottle 15 of 36. I know it will be stellar. I have had some at the Meadery.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:22:26 PM »
Just got the yeast today for a HUGE American IPA set for this weekend. First beer of the year, and first time using my new pump and Hop Rocket, and my new silicone hoses and cam-locks. Mop is at the ready...
Mops and buckets are often overlooked as to their importance.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:50:41 PM »
My beers on deck are a Helles, a German Pils, and a Barleywine. The yeast when ready, will decide which I do first.
Helles it is. The yeasts look like they will be ready for tomorrow. I am splitting the batch 3 ways. Using WLP 860, 835, and 833. Want to see which one shines in a Helles.

Equipment and Software / Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« on: December 31, 2013, 02:13:53 PM »

Milk crates for my carboys.

Don't steal milk crates, or kegs. :)
Who said anything about stealing? Do you know that you can buy new milk crates. The wife got some nice ones on sale through Duluth Trading. She also organized a club buy to get free shipping for more than 10.

Equipment and Software / Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:26:26 AM »
Milk crates for my carboys.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: December 31, 2013, 09:20:50 AM »
There have been a few adjustment made in the past - more first round sites, moved Canada site to the US, entry limits. Each has had made some happy, others not so much.

With the huge demand last year, and the large growth rate of the hobby, a bigger course correction was required. It is good that it will be more fair, if you want to compete sign up. My viewpoint - if I don't get an entry this year, always next year. I could not judge this year due to family commitments, but I plan on judging first round this year, and maybe second round.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pictures of Home Brewing Systems
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:19:54 AM »
Yeah. I knew I had seen it before, a guy in the club posted it, so thought it was at least good for ideas.

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