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« on: January 09, 2012, 03:42:40 AM »
And Pittsburgh fans. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Where are you? What a half ass performance! God almighty I hope Denver beats New England!

i am right here. crying in my beer. my delicious, homebrewed beer. yes, we sucked today. all our second and third string, blood disease sidelined, hobbling QB, otherwise excused players sucked. i would like nothing better than to see a denver-houston AFC championship game. but that is not likely to happen. i can't remember the last time a division had 3 teams in the playoffs.

i'm just very thankful i resisted the urge last night to shell out the dough for a plane ticket to denver. then i would be crying in my not-home-brewed overpriced bar beer somewhere in lodo getting laughed at... and potentially arrested...

I don't care what anyone says. Tebow still sucks. Our hobbled D line and pathetic secondary made him look good. But, he did get the only stat that counts... (gulp) nice job BBbbroncos...

I recall Coors Extra Gold was the "good stuff". But Rolling Rock was my first favorite. I grew up less than an hour from Latrobe. As a matter of principle I stopped drinking it when Bud bought them, put good people out of work, and moved production to Jersey. If it wasn't for that I would be drinking some today during the Steelers play off game...
I remember visiting friends in State College when Rolling Rock would park their truck outside the Rathskeller. You could buy your own case of pony bottles at the bar!

Actually, my first favorite was likely when I was too young to appreciate it. I went to West Germany when I was 16 in 1987. In Bavaria. I recall a birthday party for someone's grandmother. She tapped a special keg. I think it was a Dinkel Acker. And we drank a lot of weiss' at the local pub. "drei mas bier, bitte!" I do recall having a light bulb moment as I was drinking while urinating, that we really don't buy beer, we are only renting it! prost!!

« on: January 08, 2012, 04:11:56 PM »
I can't wait to see the stands at Mile High (or whatever they call it now, Invesco?) filled with Black & Gold!! I very nearly boarded a plane this morning when offered a ticket to the game last night. But I figure it is one of those games that 1) we are supposed to win, so I won't be super fired up if we take care of business OR 2) we lose, in which case in would be very embarrassing to be in Denver as a Steelers fan and I would likely end up in trouble...

STEELERS NATION IS LARGE!!! Hope to see the Ratbirds next week... not likely to lose 3 times in one season to the same team... BOO YA!

Beer Travel / Re: My kingdom for a Wisconsin IPA
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:51:59 AM »
another thing we can all be thankful for this time of year. we are all entitled to our own opinions...

if disagreeing about our favorite breweries is as bad as it gets for us, then we are eternally more blessed than most of the world!


Beer Travel / Re: My kingdom for a Wisconsin IPA
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:03:09 AM »
i love well hopped beers also.

i also like to judge a brewery by their portfolio. i think Stone sucks. Deschutes is one of the best. Sierra Nevada is my overall favorite. again, this is all just my opinion.

living where you do- in the Northwoods of Wisconsin- is geographically beautiful, but craft beer challenged for sure.

Enigma is a sour beer now in the Unplugged series at New Glarus. meaning he makes it when he feels like it. Maybe every couple of years.

Beer Travel / Re: My kingdom for a Wisconsin IPA
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:53:27 PM »
i've never had a Tyranena beer i enjoyed...

Beer Travel / Re: My kingdom for a Wisconsin IPA
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:41:00 PM »
obviously beer tastes are a matter of opinion. i believe a lot of it has to do with where you are raised. or at least where you cut your teeth on good craft beer.

I agree Hop Stoopid is enjoyable. The bubblegum (juicy fruit?!?) hop aroma is great. and a bargain in my area.

I find most of New Glarus beers to be excellently balanced and quaffable. Enigma has got to be one of the best beers ever made on this or any other planet.

Did I mention that beer tastes are a matter of opinion. That statement about Enigma is a fact. Like the Weekly World News prints facts...

If you can't find an IPA in Wisconsin you like, make one. Just please don't say there are no good beers in the Midwest. I know you didn't say that. What forum are we on?!?

What is my favorite beer? the one in my hand... which happens to be an American IPA that I made.........

Ingredients / Re: Dry hopping using pellets
« on: December 21, 2011, 05:27:09 AM »
yes, like he said you can just throw them in the fermentor.  i would say definitely do not try to "sanitize" them with an alcohol bath. hops have preservative qualities. no need to sanitize them.

but it sounds like you already threw them in, no? dry hopping is best done after primary fermentation is complete.

you want to filter your wort after cooling, before pitching. if indeed you pitched the 3/4oz into the fermentor around the same time you pitched your yeast then you will have simply introduced some more (hop) matter into your primary. i understand that the vigorous primary fermentation action of the yeast will in effect "scrub" some of the character of the late hop additions out of the beer. that is why dry hopping after primary is recommended.

take good notes. change only one thing at a time. brew often!!

« on: December 19, 2011, 03:24:25 AM »
so, pretty much every team that was supposed to win lost. except the saints. including san diego beating- currently- the ratbirds.

who is favored tomorrow? hopefully the home team. therefore, HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!

« on: December 16, 2011, 02:01:10 PM »
if my Steelers can manage to beat San Fran without Ben and Harrison, and somehow Rivers and the Chargers beat Baltimore, i say we'll be playing in Indy in Feb....

Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:39:30 AM »
The plastic blades don't stand up to the hot wort, they'll soften and wrap right around the shaft. Ask me how I know...
 I did make some replacement blades from stainless steel but never used them. I built a hop strainer that's so effective that I don't need to whirlpool.

Pretty sure you aren't supposed to aerate/oxygenate hot wort. I'm surprised no one else caught this comment earlier?!? Aerating/oxygenating is for cooled wort. Isn't that where the (bad) term hot-side aeration comes from?

I've used the red O2 tanks for years. Recently acquired a cheap decommisioned small medical O2 tank. Holds way more than those disposible red ones. Yes, oxygenating costs more. But I figure the yeast want oxygen not just air. Not that good results can't be had with aerating.

bottling my half of a split batch IPA. i brewed a 10G batch with a friend that is relatively new to brewing. we split it and  pitched 1056 in his while i used West Yorkshire.

brewing a robust porter. planning to split into 2 batches, one with London III and one with West Yorkshire.

what can i say, i really like that strain.

dry hopping a big red/IPA thing. it's a split 10 gallon batch i brewed with a relatively new brewer. experimenting with different yeasts. we put 1056 in his. West Yorkshire in mine. eveything else exactly the same. dry hops are citra and sorachi ace.

also, teaching some new brewers tonight at their place how to make a stovetop partial mash. my cream ale recipe. should be fun!

« on: December 07, 2011, 03:29:36 AM »
I'm just wondering who's gonna be playing Green Bay.  8)

can you say... rematch?!?
here we go Steelers, here we go...
we may have to go in as a Wild Card, but we've played that movie too...

personally, i look forward to a third game against the ratbirds.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with my first homebrew frementation
« on: December 05, 2011, 06:12:14 AM »
not to worry. take good notes. change only one thing at a time.

without more info, i would guess you are fermenting too warm. that is more likely than you overpitched, which would be my second guess. like they said, clean it up. put a blow-off tube in.

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