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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: You Might Be A Homebrewer If....
« on: March 15, 2016, 06:27:32 PM »
You're leaving on a trip and are upset about having to turn your blue mash tun into a cooler...

All of my coolers are red... Mash tuns are blue  :P


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 15, 2016, 11:55:54 AM »
Like others have touched on, I believe that it has to do with the vast number of breweries out there now. I don't consider it a bad thing. Once upon a time, there was a relatively finite number of brewery options out there to choose from. These breweries became the staple. They become the "hot" name. They are still considered the "greats." BUT with the movement of the craft beer world becoming more mainstreamed, we are being surrounded by option. By many, many options. I can get a west coast IPA that is brewed in northeast Ohio that is as good as any west coast IPA that is brewed on the west coast. I love most of the west coast breweries that distribute in these parts, but if I have a choice at my local pub to drink a Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA or a Racer 5 or Sculpin or the list goes on, I'm more than likely to choose the Fat Head's, because chances are, it is fresher. Not only is freshness key here, I believe that the competition has caught up with the old staple breweries... and it has caught up quickly! So, now we're seeing a lot of non-traditional experimental jive going on in order to differentiate the beer world. We're seeing this a lot with Ballast Point right now. Sculpin was rated one of the best IPA's in the world. Why add habanero, grapefruit, or pineapple to something that is already great? Well, because the competition has caught up and they need to do something different in order to try to stay ahead of the game.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to Brewing
« on: March 14, 2016, 07:26:53 PM »
It's a good forum.  Large enough to meet new people.  Small enough to have some community feeling.  Welcome!

Absolutely! As far as I'm concerned, this community of brewers is the best brewing tool you'll ever own.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:49:02 PM »

JT... I just read closer that that was your first Pilsner... It's bangin lookin! I bet it's quite delicious!
Your porter sounds very close to what I'm looking to brew.  Wish I had a pint!  Cheers Frank!

Yeah man looking good.

Seems like you should give up the goods on the Porter frank!

For sure... But my computer is at work. I'll share it tomorrow. Or maybe we should wait a week... Judges might think it's crap lol

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:28:35 PM »
Dayum now I want to move that imperial Porter up in the brew shedule

This is actually the first scratch Porter that I've brewed. It, or a similar variance, will be brewed again. I'd be happy to share the recipe with you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:26:46 PM »
What about the current Beer Camp?  Also Mosaic

I've not had the latest Beer Camp... Are you talking about the Tropical?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:13:23 PM »
JT... I just read closer that that was your first Pilsner... It's bangin lookin! I bet it's quite delicious!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:11:24 PM »
JT beat me to it... Looks fantastic by the way...

...before I derail this thread any further, I'm going to post this half drank glass of my Big Gulp American Porter. It has a creamy mouthfeel but finishes dry. Bittered with nugget, then modestly hopped at 0 minutes and a hop stand with cascade and centennial. I have fairly high expectations for this beer in the NHC. Hurry up, Indy! I'm anxious over here  :P


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:04:12 PM »
Wow. Hadn't heard that. Not in love with Southern Tier either.

http://www.stbcbeer.com/capabilities-view/victory-brewing-company-and-southern-tier-brewing-unite-under-new-holding-company/

I guess they are still going to brew independently, but they are unifying assists. I'll just sit back and see how this works out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 04:41:34 PM »
Dirt Wolf rocks. Great beer.

I believe it's Citra, mosaic, simcoe, and chinook


Yeah, sounds right. I think it's one of the best readily available IIPAs out there. Can't drink IIPA if it's not dry. I'm pretty convinced they dry out with sugar.

Yeah, I'd count on that too.

I just read that victory and southern tier merged. I like victory beers but no so crazy about southern tier. Kind of a bummer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 04:24:26 PM »
Dirt Wolf rocks. Great beer.

I believe it's Citra, mosaic, simcoe, and chinook

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 03:52:59 PM »
Out of curiosity guys  - was this on one bag of hops, also commercial Mosaic beers? I guess I've been lucky, I always get a fruitier, less catty version of Simcoe. Sometimes I get a bag of garlicky hops from a variety I normally love. Supposedly harvest related.

Every.single.one... Homebrew and commercial.

Victory DirtWolf is brewed with mosaic... That's the only one that I've liked.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: March 14, 2016, 03:17:07 PM »

I'm really liking them and they go well with the other hops. I used the Equinox at a higher proportion and it has a nice fruity flavor and aroma.

I love Equinox and I love Citra, but I didn't like them together that well. They kinda clashed to me. As the beer got older, it started getting better.


Oh boy...just bought a # of Equinox :P to do a 50:50 with Citra in a couple of brews.  Berths Brewery seemed to like the combo so I figured why not as I love them individually...

Paul, I just looked back at my recipe. It was equal parts Equinox, Citra, and Amarillo. My fault. After 4-6 weeks on tap, the combo started to melt together. I can't describe what I didn't like about it, I just know it wasn't my favorite. That doesn't mean it was bad though.

I truly think that Equinox is as versatile as Centennial. I think it has a juiced up centennial-like profile with an added dimension of resin. It just has such a high oil content that it can tend to dominate if it's not held in check.

Citra and Equinox might work really well together for you.... Remember, I'm the weirdo that hates mosaic  :P

i haven't been able to like mosaic either....still hoping to find a beer with it that doesn't make my upper lip curl  :o

I'm the same way. I want to like it, but I just taste a bail of straw with a hint garlic powder.

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I second mashing at 148 and starting your fermentation temps low. Also, another thing to consider is your mash efficiency. You will not reach your standard efficiency rate with a beer this big. I suggest starting around 60% when calculating your recipe.

Thanks Frank. I am hitting about 65-70% right now with my system, so I dropped to 55% with this recipe just to be sure. Figure I probably won't hit exactly the OG I want with a beer this big, but it'll hopefully be less DME that I have to use at the end! Sounds like 148F mash temp it is! Sounds so counter intuitive to my prior thought process of higher mash temp always = optimal for big stouts. Glad I did enough research to cure that mindset.

Yeah. I should have clarified... I'm between 70-75%, so you should be close. With a beer this big, ballpark is good enough in my book. You won't miss a few grav points either way.

I don't do big beers often, but the whole process from start to end is exciting. My last was a RIS brewed a couple months ago. All the hard work and prep and I strapped my temp probe to the carboy on the outside of the insulation. Instead of fermenting at 60, I heated it up and blew the blowoff off lol. It's aging until next winter in a keg, so not sure how it will be. I'm still pissed about that. I share this embarrassment so that anybody who reads it, is at least a little self-conscious when attaching temp controller probes.

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I second mashing at 148 and starting your fermentation temps low. Also, another thing to consider is your mash efficiency. You will not reach your standard efficiency rate with a beer this big. I suggest starting around 60% when calculating your recipe.

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