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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vials gone for white labs?
« on: Today at 02:12:38 PM »
White Labs does have a vial return program. See the link below.

http://www.whitelabs.com/white-labs-customer-club

You don't have to send the vials, just the labels... That's why I said that I needed to get busy lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vials gone for white labs?
« on: Today at 11:57:37 AM »
I think these would be easier to use. Less messy and easier to get the yeast out.

I need to start peeling labels off vials to get sent in for some free yeast. I have about 40 of them lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:55:48 AM »
Ok. Too many Franks on this thread. I'm getting confused lol.

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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!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bulk rhizome purchase.
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:27:38 PM »
I had heard there is a percieved shortage with all the folks who want to start planting....

The Thyme Garden has pretty good deals on 100 bundles.  Excellent quality.

I wasn't sure if the Thyme Garden sold bulk or not. They have the best rhizomes that I've found.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:34:41 PM »
I never plan it this way, but I'm brewing a Barleywine saturday. The day is going to kick off at -13 with a windchill pushing -30. This will go down as the coldest February on record with an average temp of 13.5. It's the second coldest month ever to January of 1977. Average temp that month was 10.7. These records are for Youngstown, OH.

Wow! You da man. Don't put away the hat yet.

That hat is still in service! They are calling for another 4-6"on Sunday. It's been relentless this year. Barleywines do make the best Hot Scotchies though  ;D

Cheers to that, Frank.  You're a trooper !

More like on a time table for this one lol. I'm racking a session IPA and using its yeast for this beer. If we don't brew Saturday, I'm at least two weeks out. Life is good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:22:15 PM »
I never plan it this way, but I'm brewing a Barleywine saturday. The day is going to kick off at -13 with a windchill pushing -30. This will go down as the coldest February on record with an average temp of 13.5. It's the second coldest month ever to January of 1977. Average temp that month was 10.7. These records are for Youngstown, OH.

Wow! You da man. Don't put away the hat yet.

That hat is still in service! They are calling for another 4-6"on Sunday. It's been relentless this year. Barleywines do make the best Hot Scotchies though  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:06:29 PM »
I never plan it this way, but I'm brewing a Barleywine saturday. The day is going to kick off at -13 with a windchill pushing -30. This will go down as the coldest February on record with an average temp of 13.5. It's the second coldest month ever to January of 1977. Average temp that month was 10.7. These records are for Youngstown, OH.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Delicious IPA
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:30:04 PM »
It states on the pack that it's not gluton free

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:04:59 AM »
Malt plus water plus hops plus yeast equals beer, usually. Beyond that there are many methods that work. Lots of debate over which is best. Start simple. When making big purchases try to pick things you will use for a long time. When the gods speak, listen and try but dont take everything as law. Sometimes the experts aren't. Its pretty hard to not make beer. Its pretty hard to make world class beer. But in the middle is some fine and fun ground. Enjoy the journey

Words of wisdom. Especially nothing is law. Methods that are popular now will be considered a trend next year. I love you hobby because you are in control. You can try things that you want to try. If it works, you share it. Others will try it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:27:58 PM »
Ok, so more near Lima area then? If you order grains per batch, online is worth it. If you want to buy in bulk, where you cut massive cost, it becomes very pricy when it comes to shipping.
Yea I live in Lima, the closest shop to me is in Ft.  Wayne Indiana. Thanks for the info. Is there a certain brand anybody would recommend for buying all of the equipment? When I search a million things come up and I don't want to get stuck with sub par stuff

I was in Lima a year ago for work. I ate at a decent pizza joint that had a handful of beers on tap. As far as brands go, somebody else can chime in on that. All of my equipment from mash tun, to grain crush, to kettle is homemade to an extent. In other words, none of my "big" equipment was bought in a Homebrew store.

If I remember correctly, there's a small nanobrewery in Findlay. If you get to the point where you're buying bulk grain, it might be a good idea to contact them about purchasing grain from them.

But first, you need to determine what type of brewing that you're going to do, what size batches, and what type if set up. This will help you determine what type of set up you'll need.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:50:28 PM »
Ok, so more near Lima area then? If you order grains per batch, online is worth it. If you want to buy in bulk, where you cut massive cost, it becomes very pricy when it comes to shipping.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:49:31 PM »
BIAB=Brew in a bag. Essentially you put all your ground grain in a bag, put it in your hot water for the required time and just pull the bag before boiling. If you look around, there are lots of instructions and videos on the net that people have put up to show you "how to"  There are some on this site as well as on Northern Brewer and on More Beer's sites.

Don't know where you are, but I recommend finding a brew club or other brewer who can let you hang out and watch a brew day. Our club has members who mentor others and I have a full 10 gal. gravity set up that I will lend to new members in our club.

Welcome to the forum and prepare for a lot of fun and satisfaction. Don't be surprised if you pick up a bunch of new friends as well. People who brew, love people who brew.
I'm in northwestern Ohio, the bad part is there are no local groups that I know of and the closest shop to me is about an hour away. That's why I was looking for good online shops. I plan on making a trip to check it out but would rather not have to drive there every time I need supplies or equipment.

Where abouts in Northwestern Ohio? I ask because I was in Sandusky for work last week and came across a very nice Homebrew store. It's called Homebrew Ohio and the website is www.homebrewohio.com

If you do decide to start with extracts, I recommend Northern Brewer. They have a wide variety of kits and have a flat rate shipping.

I started with extract, but if I had to go back and do it again, I'd start with all grain. But I am also one who does a lot of research and asks a lot of questions. If you have any of those qualities, have patience, and know that you'd be in the hobby for the long haul, I'd start with all grain. The people on this forum are great and would guide you in the right direction.

Check out Denny's website to learn about a relatively cheap set up to do all grain brewing.
http://dennybrew.com

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The importance of Freshness
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:15:40 AM »
When I buy IPA's anymore, I almost just buy the beers that are new to my area, or newly released. This way I know that they are fresh. Sometimes it's hard to find dates on the bottles. Last year, I bought a lot of New Belgium Ranger when it came to Ohio. Stone Delicious IPA is new altogether. The Stone Enjoy By's are filtering in here and there. And dammit... I will find SN Hop Hunter packaged!

On the other hand, I landed a 2013 Three Philosophers at a discount price at my local Giant Eagle because it wasn't "fresh"... Heck! It's two years closer to being amazing!

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