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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Prairie Christmas Bomb!
« on: December 07, 2016, 11:38:40 AM »
I will have to check it out if I see it somewhere around here

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I got lucky... Vintage Estates in Boardman, Ohio got a case in. They posted it on FB, and I got the next to the lady bottle. It was $9.99 for a single bottle, but worth it since I favored it for an hour as I put lights on the Christmas tree. The same place is tapping a keg of it on the 22nd. Can't wait.
Did you push the lady out of the way?

Lol she had it coming!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Prairie Christmas Bomb!
« on: December 07, 2016, 07:28:37 AM »
I will have to check it out if I see it somewhere around here

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I got lucky... Vintage Estates in Boardman, Ohio got a case in. They posted it on FB, and I got the next to the lady bottle. It was $9.99 for a single bottle, but worth it since I favored it for an hour as I put lights on the Christmas tree. The same place is tapping a keg of it on the 22nd. Can't wait.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Prairie Christmas Bomb!
« on: December 06, 2016, 02:29:09 PM »
Sweet 7 lb 8 oz baby Jesus. Thank you for being born, so Prairie has a reason to brew this amazing beer! Generally, I don't care for spice in my beer, but this... this is out of this world! I don't give 5 stars to many beers, but this gets my 5 stars!

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Ingredients / Re: hop hash
« on: December 03, 2016, 12:55:30 PM »
I saw this on Cyber Monday.... so basically hop hash is the fine goodness that slips through the cracks of processing? ....into the keef catcher of hops???

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Ingredients / Re: Pot Brownie
« on: December 03, 2016, 12:52:33 PM »
Proper etiquette for serving that beer to people  would be sitting in a circle and passing it around.



Nice. Probably want to have the Dead playing on the stereo, too.  :)

Would this be on a quadraphonic stereo? Just seems appropriate.


But in all seriousness... Columbus for sure... maybe even cut it with a touch of Simcoe.

Proper serving glass would be a bong, correct?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Columbus Brewing Company Citra Noel
« on: December 02, 2016, 08:16:51 AM »
Wow! I have a new favorite Christmas beer that edged past SN Celebration. The body is very similar to Celebration, but the difference lays in the explosion of Citra hops. I do believe that this is CBC's first time brewing this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy headspace
« on: December 02, 2016, 07:42:45 AM »
For future reference there is no need to rack into a secondary unless it will be ageing for months or you are adding fruit. It's not necessary when adding fruit but it's less problematic as the renewed fermentation caused by the fruit will fill headspace with co2. For long term ageing you do want to fill to neck.
In your case there is an increased possibility of noticeable oxidation occurring faster, with a likely symptom of reduced hop aroma/flavor.
The solution: drink it fast! 8)

The reason I went for the six gallon carboy is because I added caramelized figs.  In a previous batch adding figs, I racked to a five gallon secondary and there wasn't enough room once the figs began to ferment.

If you are having a true secondary fermentation, which it sounds like you are with your figs, you won't have to worry about anything. The O2 will be blown off and replaced with CO2.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good Hops Deal
« on: November 28, 2016, 12:45:50 PM »
Yeah. I was banking on something more since I'm running on hop fumes. The Citra deal is sweet though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Good Hops Deal
« on: November 28, 2016, 12:41:21 PM »
I thought that their deals last year were better.... They don't have all of their 2016 hop crop in yet this year. They had more variety packs available.

I messaged to see if I could swap out the mosaic with something like equinox. I never got a reply.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: KBS clone
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:00:36 AM »
You can find it on Amazon. But personally, I just go with Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate when making my breakfast stout inspired beer. It's chocolate going into a dark roasted beer. I wouldn't get too set on buying expensive chocolate that you won't notice a difference with.

Also, I recommend using the chocolate bars as opposed to the morsels. The morsels do not melt down as well in the kettle. If you break the bars up into quarter-sized pieces, they will melt perfectly in the beer. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: American double ale
« on: October 21, 2016, 06:20:19 PM »
I have an extra double pale ale lined up to brew this weekend.

But realistically... if this is a real thing, I would think it'd be closer to a strong ale or Midwest/east coast style IPA. Something with more of a backbone of malt than a west coast and probably less bitterness than a true IPA.

I'm all for hybrids or new breeds as long as they differentiate than what's already available. You can't call it a double pale ale if it's simply an IPA.

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Beer Recipes / Re: American Stout
« on: October 21, 2016, 08:42:10 AM »
I think the addition of black malt could help, or you can up the chocolate a bit as well. Adding Columbus with your Vic Secret could certainly contribute to your dank/piney that you're looking for. I've never used Vic Secret, so I'm not quite sure of its profile. But maybe plug something like Cents or Chinook in for it instead? Either way, I'd maybe start with Columbus at the end.... maybe even combo it with the Simcoe at bittering too.

I don't want to change the profile of what you're doing, but want to throw it out there. I don't care for lactose in a beer, so I use flaked barley to attain that creamy mouth feel.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Beat down on a brew day
« on: October 16, 2016, 07:34:03 AM »
Just a simple thought here... Only because I have done this before... Did you put the correct water volumes into Bru'n Water?

I did check and foun a discrepancy but ran it through Brew'n water and it only moved the PH down .02

I did mix the chemicals together and store them in aluminum foil over night.
I mixed the mash additions less Pickling lime
pickling lime in a seperate foil pouch
Boil additions in another foil pouch

Could the Chemicals started reacting to one another and/or the foil and changed in a way that would alter their effect on the mash?
I have Zero chemistry knowledge so may be it a foolish question but it occurred to ask since im trying to get to the bottom of this.

I can't account for the foil, but I put all of my salts in a ziploc bag ahead of time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mailing Beers
« on: October 15, 2016, 05:03:19 PM »
Line your box with a trash bag, so if a bottle it can breaks it just leaks into the trash bag.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Beat down on a brew day
« on: October 14, 2016, 06:16:38 AM »
Just a simple thought here... Only because I have done this before... Did you put the correct water volumes into Bru'n Water?

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