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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 28, 2015, 08:15:01 AM »
I feel sorry for LHBS trying to make a go of it in smaller markets.  I live in a town with a greater area population of about 50,000 people. The LHBS here closed 3 years ago, as he couldn't make a go of it.  About a year ago, the local hardware store started selling supplies.  I shop there as much as I can, but the one tough area is yeast.  Liquid yeast needs to turnover quickly, so the hardware store only carries the most popular strains.  They never have any Belgians, so I buy a lot on line.  Their hops selection likewise is pretty limited.

Ringwood is awesome yeast.  I like to make a best bitter with it, then a baltic porter with the yeast cake of the bitter.  Ferment it in a bucket, loosely covered with saran wrap so it can breathe.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Lid Leak
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:41:24 AM »
I only apply keg lube when I have a hard time getting a lid to seal.  Which doesn't happen very often.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Busch Copper Lager
« on: May 19, 2015, 07:57:05 AM »
I drank another one last night.  I couldn't taste any adjuncts, although it probably has rice in it given the dryness.  My CAP and regular Busch has more corn flavor than the Busch copper lager.

Beer Recipes / Re: Piney pale ale feedback
« on: May 18, 2015, 10:25:50 AM »
It does take a long secondary (~ 4 weeks) as it is a bit rough initially, but then it is Nirvana in a glass.  The SSoS recipe has been brewed by hundreds of homebrewers over the years, so it is a tried and true recipe.

Beer Recipes / Re: Piney pale ale feedback
« on: May 18, 2015, 09:41:08 AM »
As an old guy, sounds like you should brew Sister Star of the Sun IPA.  A great old recipe that I have made several times over the years.  It will get you all the earthiness and piney that you want.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Busch Copper Lager
« on: May 18, 2015, 08:09:17 AM »
America's newest craft brewer is....BUSCH!!!

I bought a sixer of it for $4.50 at the gas station yesterday.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Nice light malty flavor with smooth graininess, none of that awful lemony taste of regular Busch/Busch Light.  Reminded me of Leinenkugel Oktoberfest.

Other Fermentables / Re: Moonshine mash ingredients
« on: May 17, 2015, 11:00:59 AM »

Beer Recipes / Re: American Lite Lager!!!
« on: May 14, 2015, 08:09:01 AM »
Good deal!  Don't forget the Clamato juice, to make your father-in-law a red beer.

« on: May 13, 2015, 10:49:18 AM »
I have used WY1007 with it, and it comes out great as well, but I prefer 1338.  1338 doesn't attenuate as much, and leaves a nice malty-rye backbone that pairs well with the Tetts.

« on: May 13, 2015, 09:25:40 AM »
Here is one of my favorite summer beer recipes, that I first brewed 12 years ago.

5 lbs. pils malt
3 lbs. rye malt
2.5 lbs. wheat malt

Multi-step mash. 105°F for 30 minutes, 140°F for 30 minutes, 152°F for 60 minutes. Batch sparged.

1.75 oz. Tettnanger (4.5%) 60 minutes
0.5 oz. Tettnanger 15 minutes

Wyeast 1338 European Ale

OG 1.055, FG 1.017

Ingredients / Re: Malt Flavor: American vs. Belgian
« on: May 05, 2015, 07:58:42 AM »
FWIW, I just bought my first sack of Briess Two-Row Brewers Malt for the first time in at least 10 years, and brewed an Imperial IPA yesterday.  I was pleasantly surprised to see my efficiency go up by 5 points, over normal. And usually on those bigger brews (this ended up with an OG of 1.076), I have the opposite problem.

Ingredients / Re: Using your back yard creek
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:32:50 AM »
Unless there is some mining activity upstream, I wouldn't worry about your creek's water being polluted.  Definitely get it tested, though, for common ions.  I once brewed a brown ale with water from a friend's flowing well and it tasted terrible - I later learned that the water had a high iron content, although it tasted alright to drink.

As others pointed out, boiling the water will take care of any concerns.  It's the coolness factor.  8)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old standards in cheap beer?
« on: April 14, 2015, 12:31:18 PM »
I'm a long-time fan of factory beer, and have never had any issues with them. 

It's the light versions that I can't stand.  Why not just take your factory beer, and add a little water to it?  Buying just does not make any fiscal sense.

The Pub / Re: The American Practical Brewer and Tanner, 1815
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:51:40 AM »
That is pretty cool.  Thanks for the link.

Now, I am going to have to rub salt in my hops and add freshly ground mustard to my next batch.

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