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Amanda's goodies arrived today! Two versions of her Gooaaalden sour, a cyser, a bottle of her Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebraska Sexy Betty, Crane Orange Gose, and a pound of Simpsons new double roasted malt.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: Today at 06:57:14 AM »
A few of the very tasty beers I received from fmader recently :

A delicious Breakfast Stout (a la Founders)





A tasty Quad with pureed dark fruits





And a well made American Barleywine





EDIT -  Really nice work, Frank. Thanks again!

Thanks, Jon! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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Ingredients / Re: briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 04, 2016, 07:06:50 PM »
Lol the price is now $24.43.

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Ingredients / Re: briess 2 row on sale at amazon
« on: May 04, 2016, 07:02:51 PM »
This is a pretty solid deal.... I'm just weary on the freshness. I don't get too bent out of shape over malt freshness. I usually buy a couple hundred pounds of base malt at a time when I find it on sale. This usually lasts me the year. I just wonder if this has been sitting around in a warehouse for a couple of years. You'll have to let us know!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pale Ale - help required with hop schedule
« on: May 04, 2016, 06:43:03 AM »
One last bit of advice sought. Planning on brewing this, this weekend, but have realised that I don't have any Maris Otter.  I do have a lot of Dingemanns pale ale malt.  Do you think I could get away with substituting this, or is it a trip to the home brew shop for the real thing?

I think that would be fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 03, 2016, 05:29:46 PM »
No one from either UPS or FedEx has ever asked me what was inside, they just basically let me drop off the package and move on.  The answer I always have prepared just in case is "food samples for analysis", but on second thought that's probably still a little suspicious.  How about "non-perishable food in glass containers".  Now that's being honest without being suspicious!

I always leave out any reference to "beer" in the address.
For example, Craft Beer Cellars becomes Craft Cellars, New England Regional Homebrew Competition becomes NERHBC, etc.
The folks at the local UPS drop-off location don't ask, I don't tell.

Great points -- I began doing this as well in recent history.

I don't even say that I have glass containers. That raises more suspicion. I think that we all pack our boxes well enough that they can be dropped off the Empire State Builiding. I think I just shipped 7 bottles in a box that was 24"x16"x10 (round about). It was loaded with bubble wrap and paper packing. Yeah, I even though it was a bit crazy over kill. Yeah, the one I got in the mail in return, was just about the same size.  I don't even say the package is fragile. I really don't think it makes a difference.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pale ale recipe idea
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:59:40 AM »
I've actually never used nugget as a flavor/aroma hop. I'm interested in how that works out. FWIW, I've cut my sulfates back to 125-150ish in my APAs and IPAs. Also, I know you said 2 oz of each to dry hop, but in your recipe, you have 4 oz each.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 02, 2016, 03:09:09 PM »
Not sure if this is the right location for this post, but I need to rant.  I'm entering my first beer competition (Upcup at Upland Brewery) and was led to believe UPS and FEDEX will ship your beer.  WRONG! 
Both UPS and FEDEX require a written agreement policy for you to ship with them, BUT, you have to be licenses to to do so????  I don't understand since the beer is going to a brewery which we all know makes beer and everyone is 21 and up.  So frustrating. I can lie, which I did, to be able to ship my beer. Anything to reduce there deny ability and reliability.
From now on I will be shipping olive oil, yeast product, or snow globes.

I shipped "wood working crafts" last week. Don't say it's a yeast product.

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Ingredients / Re: COffe question
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:07:19 AM »
On a side note... How is that San Diego super yeast?

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Ingredients / Re: COffe question
« on: May 02, 2016, 05:06:28 AM »
I think you'll be fine. When I brew my breakfast stout, I go 2 oz at flameout. Most of that gets filtered out. But I also add 2 oz after primary fermentation is complete for a week or two.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 29, 2016, 05:49:36 PM »
Tonight I'm enjoying a Grapefruit IPA from pete b. It is quite clear with just a faint hint of hop haze (or maybe citrus oil haze?). The color is amber/copper that appears to have a faint pinkish-stained hue. At least that's what I'm seeing - no clue if the grapefruits were pink or white (sorry no pic!)

The nose has a great juicy citrus and stonefruit aroma. It reminds me a bit of a fruit juice cocktail. I could see this being served in a tiki glass garnished with an umbrella. On the palate I get citrus and a bit of toasty/bready malt, that quickly turns into a clinging resin note down the center of the tongue. The bitterness is firm, but not harsh. The finish is crisp, with a lingering resinous bite.

This is a really nice IPA. The grapefruit character is present, but well-balanced with the hops. It is hard to tell where the grapefruit stops and the hops begin, which is really the butter zone for this type of citrus IPA.  My personal preference would be to roll back the resin character a bit, but that's just where my palate has been as of late. But frankly, this is a damn good beer. If a small brewery put out a beer like this, it could easily be a flagship brew. Killer beer, Pete!

Sounds great! Nice review, Eric!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 28, 2016, 10:00:47 AM »
Very nice!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 10:15:22 AM »


Got the goods from fmader. What a haul! Thanks, man.

@redzim - UPS says yours was delivered this morning as well.

Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk

Awesome! I hope you enjoy!
I'm a blue tape guy too Frank. Comes off real easy like its supposed to for painting.

Lol seems to work best. My caps are all marked because they are surpluss caps, so I can't really write on them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 27, 2016, 09:58:08 AM »


Got the goods from fmader. What a haul! Thanks, man.

@redzim - UPS says yours was delivered this morning as well.

Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk

Awesome! I hope you enjoy!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Pale Ale - help required with hop schedule
« on: April 25, 2016, 08:04:14 AM »
Using Pacific Gem as your bittering seems like a big waste of a very tasty hop. I would use the Magnum for bittering instead and but the pacific gem in later in at FO or dry hop. Just my 2 cents! Either way I think you'll have a tasty brew.

Edit for stupid spellcheck.

Thanks Hickory, everything I'd read about this was it was a bittering hop.  I'll use the magnum for bittering, and might add some Pacific Gem to the flameout or dry hop addition.

Ya I've seen that around too, not sure why besides it has pretty high AA's. But to be fair the only experience I've had with it was a single hopped beer by green flash. And I absolutely loved the flavor I got from it.

Yeah. I have never used Pac gem before. I looked it up and saw that a solid substitute was CTZ. I love bittering APA's and IPA's with CTZ, as well as finishing. So I just assumed the same with Pac Gem. Good to know if I ever buy any.

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