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Beer Recipes / Re: Authentic Dusseldorf Altbier
« on: December 10, 2015, 08:14:30 PM »
Denny's Zum Uerige recipe is the closest one I ever brewed that tastes like the real McCoy.

Beer Recipes / Re: Quadruple & the BJCP Guidelines
« on: December 07, 2015, 11:37:50 PM »
My understanding that breweries in Belgium don't use "style guidelines" ;)

Brew it the way you want it; submit it; take a point hit for the color.

Edit: Also, all BDSA are Quads but not all Quads are BDSA (think I got that right, or it's vice-versa :D)

+2. I think all breweries don't use style guidelines.  Only American homebrewers who enter competitions use style guidelines.  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I haven't had a dumper in awhile...
« on: December 06, 2015, 04:49:35 AM »
I actually find dumping beer to be somewhat therapeutic as it somewhat verifies that I am neither an alcoholic or a hoarder.  Those, of course, are my self-determinations.  :D

Beer Recipes / Re: Mexican Vienna
« on: December 02, 2015, 09:45:58 PM »
I have been using Chis Colby's recipe from BYO for years now as a base for a departure point, I would suggest using it.

Cool, I got 5 out of 6 right!  Missed Lowenbrau (I guessed Ayinger).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how to "improve" "finished" beer?
« on: December 01, 2015, 05:28:18 PM »
I really dislike dry hopped lagers.  But, I am a lager fan.

The best way of improving a lager is to let it sit in the fridge for months.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Adding Dark Malts at Vorlauf?
« on: November 25, 2015, 06:47:40 PM »
Where is the Brülosopher when we need him?

This is the kind of thing you need to test and decide for yourself.  No one else can tell what your tastes are.

That's pretty much what I think regarding the other thread about hiring professional judges to tell you how to tweak your recipes. ;)

Capitalism at its best.  I love it.

I can see using such a service if you have an infection or some off-flavor you need help in identifying, especially if you are new to homebrewing.  But, as someone who finds the whole BJCP concept to be somewhat silly, to pay for a service to help you improve your beer, as opposed to just tweaking your recipe until you are happy with the results, also seems somewhat silly.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mosher Historical Beer Myths
« on: November 20, 2015, 04:26:18 PM »
For those interested in dispelling historic beer myths, Ron Pattinson's daily blog is a terrific read.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2116 AHA Conf
« on: November 19, 2015, 03:57:25 PM »
NHC 2116 has already been announced for Mare Nubium, right?

I vote for the Temples of Syrinx.

Ingredients / Re: Secondary ingredients
« on: November 18, 2015, 08:25:00 PM »
I like coffee, a lot

I do, too.  And I like chiles, and fruit, and spices, and a whole lot of other things that I would never put in beer.  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Writing For Class
« on: November 17, 2015, 06:43:30 PM »
1. 25 years ago, my wife bought me a homebrewing kit to get me to stop my other current hobby at the time, which was growing weed in the basement (we had just bought a house next to a school, so that hobby was terminated).
2. Drinking the finished product. 
3. Emulating the great beers of Europe, that one cannot find fresh in the U.S.  Anyone can brew an IPA.  Horror story - many, they all involve spillage. I once had a stout I was racking upstairs spill, and the beer seeped through the carpet and floor and collected into the kitchen light fixture downstairs.
4. I never went to breweries much.  I prefer taverns. Dark, dimly lit taverns. I still go to taverns, as I enjoy a pint of PBR with a bourbon on the rocks. 90% of the time, I prefer what I have on tap at home to microbrewery offerings.
5. Screw bottles, go straight to kegs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 16, 2015, 05:20:17 PM »
Denny, did you heat the water up, or just did a cold soak?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 16, 2015, 04:36:58 PM »
Okay, thanks.  I was looking at it for soaking my BK, so I wouldn't be touching the stuff.  Soak and run through my line to the drain.  So it looks like alkaline for me. 

I saw this weekend that the local hardware store has got the Craftmeister line in, so I wanted to research before purchase.  I like whatever works best.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 16, 2015, 04:09:43 PM »
That comparison link that Denny posted would indicate that the best cleaner is Craftmeister Alkaline, not Craftmeister Oxygen.  Or am I missing something?

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