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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.

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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.

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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. :)

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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.

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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.

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All Grain Brewing / Great Western vs Briess vs Rahr
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:12:29 AM »
Has Brülosophy.com 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 01, 2017, 03:32:26 PM »
Looks good. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cali V
« on: March 30, 2017, 04:08:12 PM »
I have been wanting to try this yeast on a blonde ale. US05 finishes to clean for me so I tried an English yeast which had too much character.
I just tried WLP041 in a British Golden Ale (almost a Blonde). It was awesome. Pretty fruity, but, the fruit flavors blended well with Amarillo hops. Nice malty full bodied beer, too.

Really, I think I missed the style a bit, but, the beer was great.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 22, 2017, 05:36:26 PM »
Maybe it's not fair to post commercial brews but, hey I did brew them! ;)


I had this beer at the brewery. I liked it. So, I took home a growler. Then, last weekend I saw a 6-pack at Wish You Were Beer. So, I bought that. This beer is really good. The hops flavors and aroma are great and the base beer is very nice. I like that there is just enough bitterness. The bitterness doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. I also like the fullness I get from this beer. It's bigger than beers I normally make. After drinking one I can sit back, grab my belly, and say ahhh!


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Equipment and Software / Picobrew Zymatic
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:33:46 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...

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