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General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:14:51 AM »
As far as the weather goes, February was for the birds, but it was good for brewing. Who's at it this weekend? I'm brewing the 2015 addition of my Barleywine. I'm keeping the malt the same but switching the hops up a bit.
10 lb two row
10 lb Maris Otter
5.5 lb Munich
1 lb Victory

120 min boil
60 min 2 oz nugget and 1 oz Apollo
30 min 1 oz columbus and 1 oz Centennial
10 min 1.5 oz Cascade, 1 oz Cent, 1 oz Apollo, and 1 oz Equinox
0 min 1.5 oz Cascade, 1 oz Cent, 1 oz Apollo, and 1 oz Equinox

I'll be racking a session IPA and using it's yeast cake of WLP 001

Life is good!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone Delicious IPA
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:49:35 PM »
Found one six pack locally. I had never heard of it before and learn to find out that it's new this year. Supposedly it's reduced gluton. I don't see much the point unless it's completely glutton free which you can't get with barley. That being said, I really don't care about that lol. It's hopped with lemon drop and el dorado. It pours crystal clear gold with white head. The nose is very pungent, floral, herbal, spicy with flashes of soft lemon candy like Starbust. The flavor... Well, it tasted exactly how it smells. The Starburst flavors quickly get flushed out by the herbal spiciness. The beer finishes very dry and is dangerously drinkable at 7.7%. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I'll definetely buy and drink this again. Once again, Stone fails to disappoint.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Trappistes Rochefort 10
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:42:55 PM »
Absolutely amazing!..... That is all

General Homebrew Discussion / Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:21:07 PM »
It's going to be -2 in the morning when I light the fires! It looks and feels like Russia in northeast Ohio. Why not be brewing a Russian Imperial Stout? I might have to go for a double hot scotchy for this escapade.

Anybody else bearing the elements to brew great beer this weekend?

Beer Recipes / Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:43:15 PM »
Sunday's brew is going to be my biggest IPA yet. It will utilize 22 oz of hops. I'm going for the pine/resin/dank flavor and aroma.

5.5 gal
OG = 1.080
60 minute mash at 150

13 lb two row
1 lb 5 oz Munich
8 oz C40

1 lb corn sugar

FWH = 1/2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
60 min = 1/2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
10 min = 1 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
0 min = 1.5 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial
Dry Hop in secondary with 2 oz each Simcoe, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial

WLP 001

Commercial Beer Reviews / Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 05:02:31 PM »
I saw this for the first time today at the grocery store. Of course I'm going to buy it! Wow!

It's very light in color almost straw like but NOT a white IPA. It's listed at 6.4% and 80 IBU. It's not wet hopped, but I'm guessing that it's fresh hopped much like Celebration. The label talks about a blizzard of hops celebrates a great hop season yada yada yada. It's hopped with Centennial, Chinook, and El Dorado in the kettle and dry hopped with Chinook and Galaxy. This combo works! There is a touch of grassiness and hop spice. I thought for sure there was Mt Hood in it (It's in Troegs Perpetual IPA) but there's not. It might be the chinook bouncing off the El Dorado.

I highly recommend trying this out for something different for the holidays!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Fat Head's Hop Stalker
« on: November 01, 2014, 06:24:01 AM »
Fat Head's Hop Stalker is a fresh hopped IPA. Comes in four packs of tall boy 16 oz cans. For a fresh hopped ale, this one truly packs s punch. The can says "dank." Yep! Very dank! There is a south of grassiness, but it's not unpleasant. I can't find a list of any official hops. I've read reviews that list Citra, but I don't pick up any mango/pineapple or citrus. I would guess heavy Columbus and Simcoe and/or Chinook and maybe a splash of centennial. I highly recommend this beer.

I'll be having the other 3 this afternoon as I watch my Mountaineers stomp TCU. LETS GOOOOOOOOO!

Ingredients / C40 or C60?
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:08:09 AM »
I ordered these 10 lb bags of C40 and C60 with my last big grain purchase. I think that it's safe to say that you can't trust the labels on your grains. Seems to me that they're a little backwards in this case. I'm glad I pulled them both out of the storage bin before I weighed my grains out this morning.

Ingredients / RO Water
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:09:26 AM »
I feel a little silly posting this, but I'm ignorant of this topic. My local Wal-Mart just installed an RO Water dispenser. $1.85 for five gallons... Paying a $1.85 verse fetching spring water to brew is an easy trade off. I understand that RO water is a great starting point to brew. But here's my question... Is all RO water the same? Or should an analysis be conducted on this water?

Beer Recipes / Raspberry Ale
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:43:38 PM »
On deck for me is a raspberry ale. I'm going to use a grist along the lines of my pale ale bill. 90% two row, 5% Munich, and 5% C60. The raspberries will be added in the secondary. I'm thinking about adding lactose to the boil to add a nice creaminess to accent the raspberries. I'm not sure if this is a great idea or not, but if it is, how much lactose would be appropriate?

Ingredients / Flaked oats
« on: August 14, 2014, 07:02:58 PM »
Can you used store bought flaked oats such as Quaker Oats and have the same results as flaked oats from a HBS?

Ingredients / Cinnamon Rolls?!?!
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:44:43 PM »
I'm trying to figure out the last beer for my Christmas tap line up. So far I have a breakfast stout, raspberry ale, and spruce ale. For the last beer, I want to brew a winter warmer of sort but go completely outside the box with it. Would it be completely idiotic of me to bake up a few cans of cinnamon rolls (icing and everything), put in a bag, and toss them in for the last 5 minutes of the boil?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Beer Camp Across America
« on: July 31, 2014, 05:38:17 PM »
I just scored a case of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America. I'm excited about trying these collaboration beers!

Ingredients / Fresh (Wet) Hops
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:30:02 AM »
With a lot of cones on the bines, I want to do a couple fresh hopped ales probably next month. I've never used fresh hops in a brew before. For those of you who have, approximately how many ounces of fresh hops would equal an ounce of dried hops as far as alpha acids and bittering goes? I'm assuming that there is some sort of conversion factor here.

Hop Growing / Second Year Hops!
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:25:59 AM »
My second year hops are doing very well this year even after a very harsh winter. Like last year, we've had a lot of rain in northeast Ohio in April, May, June, and into July. From left to right I have Magnum, Nugget, Zeus, Chinook, Cascade, two Centennials (third year), Golding, Willamette, Mt. Hood, and Perle. The Chinook plant is growing the most obnoxiously. It was over the roof, but it's full of cones and has fallen down some. I had the most cones on the Zeus last year, but it's not as strong this year. Something dug the mulch up around it at some point during the winter. But everything is looking pretty good!

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