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The Pub / Re: I'm sick of summer.
« on: August 03, 2012, 09:26:00 PM »
"The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco" - S. L. Clemens

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The Pub / Re: I'm sick of summer.
« on: August 03, 2012, 07:03:36 PM »
I actually love the weather is Seattle. If I didn't have roots here I would consider moving there.

The Pacific Northwest is my favorite part of the country, but I've never actually been there in the winter.  It's almost always nice when we're there (June, August, September).  Long days, cool temps.....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fauxpils results and discussion
« on: August 03, 2012, 05:31:49 PM »
I doubt you can conclude much from my feedback other than two of them were the same.  The third beer in my group, 5%, had some off-flavors unrelated to the experiment.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fauxpils results and discussion
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:14:53 PM »
I could tell who one of the Judges was from the BJCP ranking.  ;)

Me too, but I haven't had a chance to see how wrong I was yet.

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Going Pro / Re: New monastic beer in Italy
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:00:21 PM »
So this means you really are a monk?

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The Pub / Re: I want to toast to Euge's father
« on: August 02, 2012, 11:18:31 AM »
Sorry for you, euge. 
(My dad was also a WWII era over-achiever, died of lung cancer 22 years ago.  I still wish I could ask for his advice sometimes.  My wife and I are now fresh out of parents.)

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Ingredients / Re: Hot peppers in an IPA
« on: August 01, 2012, 09:33:10 PM »
Don't go overboard.  I had somebody give me a habanero mead once that almost killed me.  I get a little heat from 1/2 a hab, deseeded, in 5 gallons, still drinkable but noticable.
I like to use poblanos for flavor.  Two or three in 5 gallons.
I found that if you flame the outer shiney skin off the peppers first it helps with head retention.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Pub Discount Program
« on: July 31, 2012, 03:24:29 PM »
I know this is an old topic, but I found this idea to work well last week:
I took my tablet with me to a couple of pubs to catch up on emails and forums while having a beer or two, since I am living smart phone free.
When the waiter at each place didn't know about the AHA Pub Discount Program, I showed him the web page with his restaurant/pub and the discount offer.  Worked great.

In Washington there some law that says you can't do this.  Although, a few places around the NHC hotel did indeed give the discount.  So I am unsure about it all......

The beauty of taking your mobile web device is that you can actually show the wait staff that their own restaurant is listed and what what the discount applies to.
(I just checked Washigton and they list none, but I was given a discount at the brewpub near the NHC hotel when asked.)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Pub Discount Program
« on: July 31, 2012, 11:18:31 AM »
I know this is an old topic, but I found this idea to work well last week:
I took my tablet with me to a couple of pubs to catch up on emails and forums while having a beer or two, since I am living smart phone free.
When the waiter at each place didn't know about the AHA Pub Discount Program, I showed him the web page with his restaurant/pub and the discount offer.  Worked great.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Question about decoction mashing
« on: July 31, 2012, 11:12:57 AM »
I rest my decoctions at 156 for 15 minutes before heating to boiling.

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I will brew an IPA today with amarillo, northern brewer and the ounce of Zythos hops I got at NHC.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: NO FLOW
« on: July 28, 2012, 08:45:15 PM »
Yes, first relieve all the pressure, then unscrew the beer out fitting and remove the dip tube.  Clear that out, sanitize it again if you got it "dirty", reassemble and apply some CO2.  It'll be fine.

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Events / Re: Pilsner Urquell Masters Chicago finals
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:02:16 PM »
Very impressive.  Congrats!

Care to share any tips?  I've made a lot of German pilsners but haven't tried a boh pils yet.  Did you go with the ultra-soft water?
Yes, I cut my water with 2/3 distilled water to get close to the source water.
Double decoction, 95% floor-malted Wyerman Pils malt and 5% Vienna, all Saaz hops at about 35 IBU's, 860 Bock yeast.  I had split the batch and used Pils yeast on the other half, which didn't have the malt complexity.

Care to share more details, like a more exact hop schedule??? if not, I understand...

-red

For 10 gallons:

75 minute boil
@60 - 3 oz of 3.2% Saaz pellets
@30 - 4 oz
@10 - 2 oz
Set the fridge to 46
Looking at my notes, it was Wyeast 860, which is the Helles yeast, not the Bock yeast.

Edit to add batch size

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Events / Re: Pilsner Urquell Masters Chicago finals
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:56:47 PM »
Neat award too, post a pic Jeff.
The one in the middle is mine.

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Events / Re: Pilsner Urquell Masters Chicago finals
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:40:27 PM »
I got a few tips from the judges, but not directly from Vaslov, the brewmaster.  I'm going to try to find some undermodified pilsner and do a triple decoction next time for more malt complexity.

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