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Yeast and Fermentation / Fast Pitch
« on: May 09, 2016, 10:20:45 AM »

I have a hard time believing that this stuff is legit. If it is, can anybody confirm? I like to save time.

General Homebrew Discussion / NHC Indy
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:38:46 AM »
Indianapolis results are posted.... I had amazing beers entered, but I did not move on. Hats off to the brewers who are moving on in those categories!

General Homebrew Discussion / Imperial IPA Hops
« on: March 06, 2016, 04:41:22 PM »
Well, this is my first IIPA since I've upgraded to brewing 11 gallon batches. An 11 gallon batch of an IIPA really puts a dent into the cyber Monday 8 oz hop deals from Yakima Valley lol.

Ingredients / 1450
« on: March 03, 2016, 08:20:52 PM »
So I just tapped my imperial hoppy Amber tonight. This was the first time I've used 1450. The hops are hoppy as ever. I don't get a heavier maltiness to it like people say, but I do get a heavier mouthfeel that essentuates the malt greatly. Pretty much what I expected. The one odd think is, is that I pick up the the ever so slightest hint of  cinnamon on the back end. Please tell me I'm normal for catching this, or you can just say that I'm smoking rocks too. Id rather be normal because crack is whack.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Fat Head's Hop JuJu
« on: February 27, 2016, 05:15:31 PM »
Fat Heads does hoppy beers just about as well as anybody in the Midwest. This seasonal imperial IPA never disappoints!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Hop Slam 2016
« on: February 04, 2016, 07:17:31 PM »
I bought a 6 yesterday (excited about cans) but haven't had one yet. I went out to east yesterday and had it on tap. It's always had the alcohol burn at 10%, but this seemed much more boozy than past years. Maybe it will be better in cans.

I also find it funny how 5-6 years ago when I started drinking craft beers, I was told this was the money beer. I had finally found it and bought it all (like 2 cases). I drank it forever. It was the best beer ever. Now I just buy a 6 each year just for the novelty. Either the competition has caught up, it's gone downhill, my palette has changed, or all of the above.

General Homebrew Discussion / Pump
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:56:09 PM »
I just upgraded my equipment to brew 11 gallon batches. 11 gallon batches are much heavier than 5.5 gallon batches. I need a pump. What's the best pump available?

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Membership
« on: December 26, 2015, 12:14:11 PM »
I already renewed my membership for 2016. I got a prepaid membership card with a code for Christmas. Does anybody know if these codes expire? Or is it safe to hang on to for my 2017 membership?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Christmas Stash
« on: November 21, 2015, 04:32:01 PM »
Do you have a Christmas stash? Throughout the year, I buy beers to be cellared and enjoyed around the holidays. They are usually, but not always bombers. Here's what I have so far this year...

General Homebrew Discussion / 20% Off at Northern Brewer 11/18/15
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:13:30 PM »
Just an FYI... Northern Brewer is having a 20 hour 20% off flash sale for today and today only.

Promo Code: BUZZER

Commercial Beer Reviews / Clown Shoes "Ohio" Unidragon RIS
« on: November 14, 2015, 08:39:44 AM »
Clown Shoes came to Ohio a couple of years ago, and since Ohio has a dumb law about not having 12%+ ABV beers, we missed out on Unidragon (13.5% I believe).... Until the release of Ohio Unidragon! Since moving their market to Ohio, Clown Shoes sales went up immensely. So, they now brew a 10.5% Unidragon specifically for Ohio. WOW is it good! Finally, something good has happened because of this ridiculous law. It is a thick, put hair on your chest, stout. But yet, it's very silly and smooth with no boozy fusal finish. It has an immense complexity of malt flavors with a slight bittered kick! I can't drink enough of it right now. I want to cellar some, but that's not working out too well lol. If you are in Ohio, be sure to pick a bomber up. I've also seen it on tap a handful of times.

Beer Recipes / RIS recipe - slight changes from the original
« on: November 14, 2015, 06:57:48 AM »
Batch = 5.5 gal
OG = 1.083
60 minute mash @ 150

16 lb Maris Otter
1 lb C75L
1 lb 8 oz Roasted Barley
1 lb Chocolate Malt
4 oz Special B

60 minute 1.5 oz Nugget
10 minute 1.5 oz Cascade & 1.5 oz Willamette

WLP 028 Edinburg Ale Yeast

Well, this didn't go as planned. This was originally supposed to be a double batch with 5 gal fermented with WLP 013 London ale (my original recipe yeast) and the other half with 028. Since I had been out of the game for awhile, I lost track of what grains I had on hand. Yep, 5 lbs of 2 row, which was supposed to be the base grain. I had about 20 lbs of Maris Otter on hand. So I'm going with this. The 028 expires sooner so I'm going with that.

I need some Black Friday grain sales to pop up! Label Peelers shouldn't let me down!

General Homebrew Discussion / Super Pale Ale
« on: October 29, 2015, 02:07:41 PM »
I had one of these today... Just saying lol

General Homebrew Discussion / I'm Ba-ack!
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:42:35 AM »
I'm back guys! After a several month hiatus from brewing, I've decided to return to the mix of things to get some beers on tap for the winter months. I really had no intentions on returning to the game yet. I moved over the summer and there is a novice homebrewer that lives a few doors down. He's got a handful of batches under his belt. When talking with him and giving him advice, I got the itch back!

I am brewing my 4th go round with my Good Morning Stout with several deviations from the original recipe on Saturday. This is one of my best beers. The biggest adjustment this time around is that I won't be cold steeping the dark grains. They will be going in the mash with the rest. Here's the recipe:

MBW’s Good Morning Stout (4)

Batch = 5.5
OG = 1.078
60 minute mash @ 154

Two Row Pale = 6 lb 3 oz
Maris Otter = 6 lb 3 oz
Flaked Oats = 3 lb
Chocolate Malt = 1.5 lb
Roasted Barley = 1 lb
Black Patent = 8 oz
Caramel/Crystal 120L = 5.5 oz

60 minute = 1.5 oz Nugget
30 minute = .5 oz Willamette
0 minute = .5 oz Willamtte
0 minute = 1 oz ground Colombian, ½ oz Costa Rican, and ½ oz Guatemalan coffee (Peet’s)
0 minute = 5 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate

White Labs 001 California Ale

Rack onto 1 oz ground Colombian, ½ oz Costa Rican, and ½ oz Guatemalan coffee (Peet’s)

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!

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