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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Guinness Dublin and West Indies Porter
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:24:43 PM »
I'm not sure it is a St. Pats seasonal, as when we toured the St. James Gate facility back in October on our trip to Dublin, all of those beers were for sale there, albeit in bottles.  I didn't drink any at the time, for why would you drink bottled beer at the Guinness brewery?

I think these beers represent another tempered step by Guinness to compete in the craft beer market.  These beers are certainly much better than their Nitro IPA and Black Lager, which are wretched (IMHO).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: W-34/70 Fermentation Temp exBEERiment
« on: February 17, 2016, 03:51:07 PM »
Am I the only one who ferments lagers at 50°F for a month, then kegs and lagers at 32°F for 6 weeks?  I never let my lagers get above 50°F.

I brewed with WLP833 once in the low 60s and ended up with a fruit bomb.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:14:21 PM »
Dry hop the same beer, one keg with 2 oz. of Fuggles, the other keg with 2 oz. of potting soil, then triangle test to see if there is a significant difference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: communion beer
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:11:43 PM »
I would go with the Klein Kabouterke.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Guinness Dublin and West Indies Porter
« on: February 15, 2016, 11:28:05 AM »
I bought a 18 pack of Guinness beers from Costco this weekend.  6 each of Guinness Original, Dublin Porter, and West Indies Porter.  I was impressed with the Dublin Porter.  Very flavorful and full-bodied for a 3.8% abv beer. 

The West Indies Porter was good, too.  Nice molasses flavor.  But a little on the sweet side for my taste.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast for English styles
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:37:14 AM »
Check the gravity before you cold crash, Porterhous.  I found that Munton's Gold is similar to Fuller's as it tends to drop fast, and you may need to rouse it a couple of times to get to your target FG.

The Pub / Re: BA letter to Peyton
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:09:53 PM »
There is nothing wrong with Budweiser.  I am amazed on how many beer snobs are in uproar over this.

If I had played in a major sporting event, totally exhausted, somewhat dehydrated, and knowing I do not have to be ready for another game next week, I would go for a major factory beer like Coors, Bud, or PBR over an IPA or a Scottish ale any day. And drink heavily.

Now, if Peyton would have said Bud Light, then he would totally be a corporate shill and deserved of all the scorn heaped upon him.  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: To hydrate or not
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:03:52 AM »
I am so lazy, I prefer to spend the extra $3.50 on a second packet of dried yeast, rather than rehydrate.  Which is what I did yesterday when I brewed a 1.078 OG IPA.

Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Amber Lager Recipe Help
« on: February 10, 2016, 12:52:16 PM »
I didn't have any Czech yeast available, unfortunately (LHBS was out), so I split it between 34/70 and WLP833.  So, it was missing that little hint of diacetyl that I like in my Czech lagers, but the squeaky clean German lager yeasts worked fine.  Truth be told, I could not tell any difference between the two.

It had a nice amber color, a tad darker than a marzenbier. I think it is close to style, but I confess the only Czech amber beers I have ever tasted have been the American interpretations, like Full Sail's Session Festbier.  When my wife and I visited the Czech repubic in 2002, the only choices were light and dark.  I did get to drink the light table lager of the Czech republic - Gambrinus.

Durst Turbo Vienna is regular Vienna, but with I believe more diastatic power than regular Vienna, so that it converts itself better.  It was the last of an five year old bag.  :o

Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Amber Lager Recipe Help
« on: February 10, 2016, 10:58:50 AM »
I brewed this in November.  It came out awesome.

Polotmavé Speciální (Czech festbier)

10 gallons, 1.057 OG, 28 IBUs

11 lbs. Avangard Pilsner
9 lbs. Durst Turbo Vienna
7 lbs. Avangard Munich
10 oz. Weyermann Caravienne
6 oz. Weyermann CaraRed
5 oz. Weyerman CaraFa III

Mash 60 min at 148, add boiling water to 158°F for 15 min

Batch sparge to collect 14 gallons of wort

1 oz. Perle 90 min
1 oz. Spalt 90 min
0.9 oz. Hallertauer Mittelfrueh 30 min
1 oz. Spalt 10 min
1.4 oz. Saaz 5 min

The Pub / Re: in trouble again :(
« on: February 08, 2016, 05:09:48 PM »
You mean not by me:(

Yes it can be done, but not by you.  The way you dither about recipes here, at Day 6 you will still be deciding on your recipe.   ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On tap for the Super Bowl
« on: February 08, 2016, 02:21:21 PM »
Is it this weekend?

Suspicions confirmed.  Hippies are communists.

Ingredients / Re: Buying old hops online
« on: February 02, 2016, 08:48:34 PM »
Cool.  They need to update their website.

Whole or pellets?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Deschutes Abyss 3 way
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:36:37 AM »
I bought the cognac barrel version and enjoyed it immensely last Friday night.

But, as it cost me $25, I won't be buying many more.

Ingredients / Re: Buying old hops online
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:28:27 AM »
Speaking of hops, anyone have any idea when the 2015 crop of Continental hops arrive?  They usually show up in January, and I don't seem them at either Yakima Valley or Hops Direct yet.  My Saaz supply is very low and I want to brew pilsner.  :-[

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