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Hop Growing / Re: Cover Hops Plants for Winter?
« on: November 21, 2015, 07:48:13 PM »
Like these guys have said and what I've learned, it's really not necessary. But the great thing about mulch is it helps replenish nutrients to the soil.

Hop Growing / Re: Cover Hops Plants for Winter?
« on: November 21, 2015, 06:57:40 PM »
i cover mine up with a thick layer of mulch... Maybe 6-8 inches. However, last year was one of the coldest winters in history here in NE Ohio. A critter of sort uncovered my Columbus plant at some point during the winter. The crown was completely exposed when I noticed it in the spring. I thought for sure it was a goner. Nope. Grew fine.

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...

HoosierBrew helped me put this one together back towards the beginning of the year. It turned out great. I just brewed it again last weekend with Maris Otter instead of two-row and WLP 028 instead of 013.

OG = 1.090
90 minute mash @ 148
Target mash pH = 5.5

85% Pale Two Row
5% Caramel/Crystal 80L
4% Roasted Barley
3% Chocolate
2% Black Patent
1% Special B

60 minute = 1.5 oz Nugget
10 minute = 1.5 oz Cascade and 1.5 oz Willamette

WLP 013 London Ale Yeast

Fermentation temp was 63ish for a couple of weeks then slowly raise up.

Jon is the man with recipe tinkering and insight!

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.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Clown Shoes "Ohio" Unidragon RIS
« on: November 15, 2015, 05:57:45 AM »
I have never tried even one of their beers even though they have been distributed very widely here. The labels are just too gimmicky for me and I have never found it in my wallet to drop the coin for a warm bomber.

Lol this is funny because I haven't tried many of their beers because their labels look generic. I probably wouldn't have tried this one either, but my administrative assistant bought me a bottle for boss's day about a month ago. It's always since surprise seeing a bottle of beer on your desk when you get to work! But now, I can't get enough of it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Clown Shoes "Ohio" Unidragon RIS
« on: November 15, 2015, 05:55:09 AM »
Huh. I was underwhelmed by the regular stuff.

Not bad but it didn't stand out. For the price, it needed to stand out.

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Being that the regular stuff is 13.5%, I think it wouldn't be as good and potentially boozy. I've never had it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founders all day IPA
« on: November 15, 2015, 05:53:34 AM »
They market it very well. And the fact that it comes in 15 pack cans is great. I'm never going to sit down and have one of these in the evening, but if I'm trying to be productive outside, tailgating, going to a concert, etc, this is the ticket for me. It's my new Miller Lite  :P

Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: November 14, 2015, 03:18:11 PM »
I brewed a single hopped APA back in the early summer with them. I like them a lot. I think that they are very centennial like except a bit more resinous. I have an IPA fermenting now that was bittered with Columbus and finished with equal parts Equinox, Citra, and Amarillo. Can't wait!

Beer Recipes / Re: RIS recipe - slight changes from the original
« on: November 14, 2015, 03:14:32 PM »
How many IBU's overall are you shooting for?

I don't shoot for IBUs since everybody's perception of bitterness is different. I just put in what I feel will be right. I suppose this would be 60-70.

1.5 oz of nugget is my typical buttering unit in my imperial stouts.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founders all day IPA
« on: November 14, 2015, 03:09:01 PM »
Below 5% I don't mind when crushing several...

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I agree. Especially refreshing when doing yard work in the hot sun. Smaller ABVs is also a must when cutting and splitting firewood! Safety first!

Beer Recipes / Re: RIS recipe - slight changes from the original
« on: November 14, 2015, 09:48:14 AM »
Looks good anyway, Frank !

Thanks, Jon. I'll be brewing it tomorrow.

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!

Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe says "cold steep for 2 hours"?
« on: November 14, 2015, 06:43:29 AM »
I used to cold steep all of my stouts and made great beers. Since I've gotten a hold of water and pH more, I mash everything and make great beer this way. The amount you would mash and cold steep is not linear. I would almost double the amount cold steeped than I would to mash. So if you were to choose to mash the dark grains, I'd cut them down a bit.

When I cold steeped, I'd at least go over night with it. I added the "tea" around twenty minutes left in the boil. This process adds a different dimension to calculating water, but it's not difficult to figure out. My mash would end up being thicker than normal. Also, don't forget to calculate for grain absorption in the steeped grains.

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