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Kegging and Bottling / Re: My First Lager
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:13:14 AM »
When I used to bottle lagers, I never added yeast and my bottles always carbed.

I did try to siphon a little of the settled yeast cake into the bottling bucket, and that got stirred around with the priming sugar.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fuller's Vintage Ale
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:58:04 PM »
I'm enjoying a bottle of the 2004 vintage, in honor of ten years in Illinois .......

No offense, but such an anniversary would turn me towards 100 proof and Steel Reserve.  ;)

That snarky remark aside, I agree that the Vintage Ale is an incredible beverage.

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The Pub / Re: Spring Brewing Inspiration
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:51:56 PM »
I don't know...
I don't know...
I don't know where I'm gonna brew
When the volcano blows

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:51:26 AM »
I have fermented BRY 97 at 60°F with great results.

I've never noticed the lag time issue.  I have noticed that it drops a lot faster than US-05, so it has become my go to yeast for APA/IPA. And yes, the yeast cakes work great for a second pitch.

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Events / Big Brew Extract Recipe Errors
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:02:56 PM »
I was looking at the recipes for this year's Big Brew event and accidentally clicked on the extract recipes. I noticed an error in one, and then checked the other two, and found a second error.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/Black-Dog-Lager-Schwarzbier-Extract.pdf

This one lists Munich malt, but doesn't specify a mini-mash for it.  It does reference Munich extract which does not appear on the ingredient list.

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/Regal-Pale-Ale-Extract.pdf

This one has wheat malt on the ingredient list, but doesn't talk about it in the recipe specifics.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 07, 2014, 12:32:52 PM »
I cleaned 4 kegs, and transfered 10 gallons of Bohemian pilsner from lagering kegs to clean kegs, to get them off the yeast.  They have been lagering for 6 weeks but still taste a bit green.

I also sampled the maibock.  Only two weeks of lagering so far, but it is a thing of beauty. The maibock was brewed on the yeast cake of the bo pils, so the lesson learned is use lots of yeast for lagers.

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Ingredients / Re: Favorite Bittering hop for AIPA
« on: April 03, 2014, 09:32:51 AM »
I like Chinook and Warrior.  Another favorite not mentioned is Horizon.

I can't believe there are so many CTZ fans out there.  "Dank" is the perfect descriptor for that hop.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lambic Primary Fermentation
« on: April 01, 2014, 08:02:50 AM »
Lambics.....I like to ferment in the primary with a neutral ale yeast, then secondary in an oak cask with the bugs in it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 31, 2014, 12:43:46 PM »
Here's the situation.  The delta between the scores was almost twenty points.  It was one of those beers that people either loved or hated (50% of the non-flight judges who tasted the beer loved it whereas the other fifty percent thought that it should be dumped).  I was going to give the beer a courtesy score of 13 before I saw the other judge's score sheet.  Our comments were so different that it made me believe that we must have tasted different beers.  I bumped my score up to 29, but there was no way that I was going to give a seriously flawed beer a forty.  The other judge would not budge.  The head judge was clearly uncomfortable judging the category.  He did not have an opinion one way or the other, so he adjusted his score up to move the beer on.   I finally reached the point were I told the head judge to throw out my score because there was no way that I was going to give the beer a score anywhere near forty.

If you gave it a 13 and the other guy gave it a 40, then you thought it was flawed and the other guy didn't.  What flaw did you find?

I often have to force myself to be objective when judging IPAs as I really don't like CTZ hops, but a lot of people do, so I have to try to be objective even when I feel like dumping the beer down the drain.

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Ingredients / Re: Thoughts on mint
« on: March 27, 2014, 12:07:38 PM »
Thoughts on mint?

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THAI BEEF SALAD!!!

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The Pub / Re: Pet Peeves
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:40:12 AM »
On the subject of fruit....my pet peeve is ordering a pint of beer, and getting a slice of fruit on the glass.  Lemon for weissbier, orange for wit.  Ask me if I want the fruit, so I can say "no".

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Miller Fortune
« on: March 22, 2014, 02:56:44 PM »
Is this the best beer EVER?  Maybe....if you drink it in a rocks glass. ;D

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Rodenbach Grand Cru
« on: March 22, 2014, 02:23:32 PM »
I am the happy beneficiary of the poor taste of the average Montanan....Costco put this on sale before Christmas, and they still have a bunch left for sale.  I love the stuff for eating with a spicy dinner....I am going crack one open tonight with a Thai elk salad.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:14:17 PM »
I have found myself brewing less American,  British,  and Scottish styles,  since I can drink fresh craft brewed ales at almost every pub and taproom  I brew and drink lots of lagers and Belgians, as where I live, finding good versions of those on tap is difficult.

I don't ever see myself ever drinking only home brew, as I like going to bars too much. I do find myself going less and less to the fine beer store, though, and very rarely ever get a growler filled.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP530 vs. WLP545?
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:14:26 AM »
Agreed....change that to "BJCP style fascist"   :D

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