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All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Helles Advice
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:33:59 AM »
It isn't hard to smoke your own either - that way you can chose the type of wood.
I have an electric smoker. Do you have to cold smoke it or can I just use a low temp?

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I prefer cold smoke because it doesn't change the malt much, especially helpful with a pale colored beer.  The more heat, the less time is needed and the more color is added.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Helles Advice
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:00:14 PM »
That is good advice, Martin.  For subtle smoke, I'd use 10% or less.  Wyerman is a good choice if you know the freshness, much better than Briess.  It isn't hard to smoke your own either - that way you can chose the type of wood.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spices affect IBUs
« on: September 03, 2017, 07:02:21 PM »
I put some caraway seeds in my Rye APA as a dry spice last week and noticed a significant increase in the bitterness.

I don't even use an airlock during initial fermentation.  The reason yours bubbles out is from the CO2 escaping, which would not allow air to ingress anyway.  When it calms down I install one. 
If you are still nervous, I'd suggest a blow off hose with the end in a jar of sanitizer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: East vs West
« on: August 24, 2017, 01:16:38 AM »
I think my favorite was the Surly Ginger Lager, but there were several other good ones.  Duvel Hoppy Belgian Golden was nice, Ayinger Dunkle Weiss as well.  Fullers and Saint Arnold colabs were also good.  I did not care for the Kiuchi white IPA with Yuzu or the Mikkeller Thai-style iced tea ale.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 23, 2017, 05:21:17 PM »
We still haven't heard from denny....

Beer Travel / Re: New York
« on: August 23, 2017, 11:29:56 AM »
I've been to several rooftop bars in Manhattan, but it's been a few years and they seem to change a bit.  I just did an easy google search and found some updated lists.  The bar at the top of the Standard Hotel looks cool and is pretty close.  You can walk the Hi Line to it.  We always like to go to see the rooftop exhibit at the Met in the summer and have one of their expensive beers while looking out over Central Park.  It looks like a Rojas installation this summer.  There's a cool view of the river and N.J. from Ink 48 Hotel's rooftop bar, which is close to you.  Also there's a bar on an old boat called the Frying Pan which is pretty cool as well.

I miss our annual August trips to NYC.  For over 12 years my wife was a buyer for a museum store and while she went to market at the Javits I would spend a couple days wandering around the city.  Plus she still has a magic I.D. card that gets us in to almost every museum in the country for free.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: blichmann thermonator. Didnt help
« on: August 22, 2017, 07:29:40 PM »
I gave up trying to cool the entire wort down to pitching temps in bulk.  I recirculate and cool with well water until I get about 90F, then add another chiller recirculating ice water and run the wort directly to fermenters.  If I pump the wort slowly I can hit lager pitching temps.  I am currently using a Blichman Therminator for the ice run, but I used to be successful with 20 ft of copper tubing immersed in ice water on the way to the fermenters.
I had to stop using the Therminator for the original recirculating because it clogged up so easily.

Beer Travel / Re: New York
« on: August 21, 2017, 01:16:21 AM »
You need to be more specific, since New York is pretty big.  Even if you're talking NYC, there's a lot of geography.  In Manhatten, my favorite beer pub is the Blind Tiger in the West Village.  In Williamsburg I like Spuyten Duyvil and Torst, but they are a little expensive.  Where will you be and what do you like?

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 17, 2017, 11:50:42 AM »
It looks like the car rental itself is pretty cheap at $95 for a week, but the insurance is about $25 per day!  I may have to find a different solution.  To be honest I never buy rental insurance, but I guess I have been pretty lucky.

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:36:44 PM »
Did you know that the shadow will be crossing America at about 1800 MPH?

Beer Recipes / Re: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
« on: August 14, 2017, 09:35:38 PM »
We had this at Moerlein Lager House on the River in Cincinnati. They had a lot of photos from the Burger brewery they acquired the rights to. I snapped shots of a couple I thought might be interesting:
And in reality, the text below the photo is really the interesting part

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When I lived in Cincinnati, mostly in the 70's, I used to do side by side tastings of local, regional and imported beers.  Burger, surprisingly, came out on top a couple of times.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: East vs West
« on: August 12, 2017, 02:59:18 PM »
This is part of their "Beers Across the World" collaboration.  I highly recommend you buy the somewhat expensive twelve pack, which includes a beer from each of twelve colabs.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: August 11, 2017, 06:10:36 PM »
Be sure your CC covers car insurance or buy it. If you don't scratch up the car I would be surprised. I just about wore out the wheel covers on one side. We also hit an animal while there which ran out in front of me. I had walk away insurance so no worries and no added charges.
This reminds me of a time I was driving a rental down from the top of Sequoia National Park and one of the wheel covers flew off around a fast curve.  I pulled over to look for it and about the same time another car pulled over to see if everything was OK.  I told him about the cover and he said he had one just like it at his house, just down the hill.  I followed him and sure enough he had an exact match.  I was really afraid the rental car company was going to charge me for broken or missing wheel covers, but they just said it happens all the time on that particular model. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Rye IPA
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:29:57 PM »
My Rye APA just got a gold medal at the First Coast Cup in Jacksonville.  I used a lot of Denny's ideas to make it and just rebrewed it Sunday. 
72% 2-row, 18% Rye malt, 7% Crystal 60 and 3% Carapils approximately.  First wort hopped with Mount Hood, Citra for 60 minute bittering and again at 10 minutes.  Dry hopped with Mount Hood.  1056 yeast.

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