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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPAs and Me
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:40:04 AM »
I enjoy a good IPA. I avoid Imperials and doubles. These almost always have a strange table sugar flavor to me.  They also usually have so much hops you can't pick out any of the flavors; I just get a puckering jumble of flavors that are not pleasant.

On most days, I prefer a more moderate level of hop flavor and aroma such as found in an American Wheat or my versions of British Golden (never had commercial).  A very common reaction to people trying my home brew is "It's not bitter!" or "It's so drinkable."   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Big Brew May 6
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:33:51 AM »
What are your plans for the Big Brew? Will you brew one of the official recipes or strike out on your own?  Will you have a gathering and join in the official toast?

I stopped by the LHBS the other day, bought some ingredients for an English Pale Ale, and ran into Alestateyall and his friends for a pint. I recommended to the staff they join in the AHA Big Brew May 6th in celebration of National Homebrew Day.  The staff seemed to know nothing about it but welcomed the idea and said he'd be brewing the Saison.  I sent a note this AM with a link to the AHA site and will stop by in the next week or so to confirm their participation. If confirmed we may stop in and hang out a while, if not I'll fire up the hausbrauerie.

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My Dad is coming to visit at the end of May so I need a lager for him. I may brew the Oktoberfest. Not sure. He's more of Helles man.

But, if Wish You Were Beer does something I'd be happy to meet you there for a pint.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Big Brew May 6
« on: April 22, 2017, 07:30:49 AM »
Having some helth issues so I'll be happy to be able to brew anything at all.
Get well soon, Denny.

General Homebrew Discussion / What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: April 16, 2017, 01:16:10 PM »
Mashing a Kölsch right now. 100% Best Pils, 20.4 IBU Magnum @ 60, 1.3 IBU Crystal @ 5. WLP029.

Great day to brew. Sunny, 80F, drinking a British Golden with Galaxy. Delicious.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Fresh as Helles
« on: April 14, 2017, 07:53:30 PM »
That whole Brewnited pack was good. I think that was one of the better mix packs in a while.

I definitely got orange flavors in the Fresh as Helles.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is Yeast Too Old?
« on: April 12, 2017, 05:54:00 PM »
I think if you make a 1Q SNS starter like Denny suggests and you get a krausen the next day you are good.  If after 24 hours you don't see any signs of life you may want to report back.

My experience is yeast  lasts a lot longer than calculators predict.

The Pub / Not so local after all...
« on: April 09, 2017, 11:50:09 AM »
Target had some craft beer on sale right as I walked in the other night. I thought it was an Alabama brewery so I went for the deal.

Turns out Catawba is from North Carolina and Cahaba is from Alabama. 

At least the beer is good. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 08, 2017, 06:16:15 AM »
Alabama Red Bellied Cooter

I'm probably going to steal that name
Please do. That's a hoppy red ale.  I wanted to call it Alabama Red but googled first to see what connotation that might have. I saw Alabama Red Bellied Cooter and couldn't resist.

For the LHBS here, the price of the ingredients is competitive, more than some online shops, less than others. We have to pay 8% tax on ingredients.

However, its local. That has value.  You can stop buy and get just one thing you need, whereas online you are best off waiting and grouping lots of things into a single order to save on shipping.

Also, the LHBS here is an experience. They sell commercial beer and have a nice bar with many taps. You can drink a pint, get some ingredients, fill a growler, and pick up a 6-pack all at one place.

Some of our local breweries also sell ingredients.  They are cheap, but, I have never bought from them because I don't want to buy a full sack of grain and don't want to waste their time asking them to split a bag.

All Grain Brewing / Great Western vs Briess vs Rahr
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:12:29 AM »
Has Brü ever done anything with this? This question comes up several times a year.

I use Briess and Rahr interchangeably. I have made 100% 2-row pale beers with both and found them both to be good. No side by side comparisons though.

PS. I have never used GW.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: April 05, 2017, 02:20:16 PM »
Got an unexpected day off for predicted bad weather.

Brewing a British Golden Ale: Golden Promise, Galaxy hops, and Pacific Ale yeast.

Ooh - not familiar with the Pacific Ale but GP n G sounds awesome!

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Despite the name Pacific Ale yeast (WLP041) is a fruity English yeast.

Not necessarily true to style since  BJCP says "Moderately-low to low esters." But, it's a good fruity flavor and I like it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: April 05, 2017, 01:55:30 PM »
Got an unexpected day off for predicted bad weather.

Brewing a British Golden Ale: Golden Promise, Galaxy hops, and Pacific Ale yeast.

Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Zymatic
« on: April 04, 2017, 04:44:09 PM »
So, are the oxidation concerns with Zymatic put to rest? Sounds like that NHC gold is a good answer to my question.

Keith, how have the beers been?

I have been wanting a Zymatic and I am about to get a year older...

I made some awesome pilsners for this past YHB flight club. I'm not going to tell you I think it is worth the price because it is crazy expensive for 2.5 gallons of beer but you can do some really interesting things with it. For instance, you can design just about any step mash you want. And you can design some insane hop stands. You could do a 12 hour hops stand at 175 degrees if you wanted (or longer). I did one beer that I started at 185 hop stand for one hour, then 175 for one hour then 165 for one hour. It's pretty insane.

Some of the drawback: I really don't like the amount of HSA, though I have to admit that I had no problems with off flavors in the beers. You could also put a dip tube on the "IN" post to negate the splashing, though it isn't really recommended (though some people are apparently doing it).

Supposedly they only want you using 1 oz of hops per hop/adjunct container (there are 4 hop/adjucnt containers, though you can "pause" the program, remove used hops and add more ad infinitum.

I really like it and it makes  brewing side batches and comparing malts and one off eperiments very easy but for $2,000 you could really design one hell of an automated brewhouse. OTOH you could easily have something like this installed in your kitchen and basically run a brew overnight.
Thanks!  The main thing that makes me want a Zymatic is there are many times when I want to brew but I don't have time. I think I generally would have time to mill grains and load a Zymatic and I think I could come back 4 hours later and cool the wort. But in between I could be at kids soccer game or some such.

But, it's expensive and I am very cheap. So, who knows if I will ever pull the trigger.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Gelatin FAIL - Help Needed
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:41:59 PM »
Please help!!  I used gelatin for the first time and I can't get the beer out. I was short on time trying to get a keg ready for a party so I added gelatin and cold crashed and then force carbed in the serving keg. I'm guessing the dip tube is down in the gelatin cake at the bottom and can't draw the beer into the tube. Any thoughts on the best way to try and save this keg? I'm thinking either release the pressure on the keg, pull out the dip tube and shorten it up a little or just try to manually rack it into another keg? Just not sure how well that will work since it's already carbed up. Thoughts??   :-\
I have never clogged a dip tube with Gelatin but I have clogged them with yeast from very messy transfers from fermenter to keg. I have done that twice. Both times I turned the serving pressure to 30-40 PSI and served a beer. That blew through the clog and then I was able to reduce pressure and serve as normal.

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