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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sour Cherry Ale
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:17:50 PM »
If you want fresh montmorency cherries, you'll probably have to wait until July. They are grown in Michigan and that's when they are harvested. I get 10 lb every year to brew a cherry stout. Check your major farm markets. They may have some tubs frozen. I've not been able to find Oregon tart cherry purée. I have used their cherries and it's just not the same as using fresh.

Hoosierbrew recommended this to me.
http://www.shorelinefruit.com/cart/6/cherry-concentrate/montmorency-tart-cherry-concentrate---32-oz
This is a high quality concentrate. I used it in a cherry wheat that I brewed out of season. I was very pleased. The price might seem steep but it's not. 10 lb of cherries will cost you $20-$25.

Also.... I used the entire 32 oz in this beer. The beer was very tart, and the cherry was definitely present. It was on tap at my wedding and was a fan favorite.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Brewery tours today
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:52:44 AM »
Cheers to Hop Back. It's not a beer that I regularly grab off the shelf, but it's good beer!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Year Hops
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:34:26 AM »
That should work. It still wouldn't hurt covering them with a few inches of mulch.

Definitely get them in the ground when you can get a shovel in the ground in March. Once they are in the ground, you'll be fine in the winter. I mulch mine in the spring and then cover with several inches of mulch to put them away for the winter.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decreased efficiency observations?
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:47:31 AM »
It's difficult to tell from that picture, but I think you could probably crush a good deal harder than that.  Crush till you're scared.  Crush until you get a stuck sparge on a batch, then dial it back slightly.  Crush as hard as you can without getting a stuck sparge.  That's always the very first step in improving efficiency.

+1.... I crush my grain until it's about powder.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Year Hops
« on: November 29, 2014, 08:45:56 AM »
Happy Holiday All!! I'm a first year hop grower and winter is coming. I live in NYC and I had to grow my hops in two 4 gallon buckets. I got about 4 ounces dried this first year. Next year I will plant the root balls in the ground, but to preserve them over the winter what would be the best way? Should I keep them in the buckets and put them in my garage?

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!

I'd pull them into the garage... Just as long as your garage stays pretty cold. They need to go into a dormant stage, but if we get a cold winter like we did last year, I'd be afraid of the buckets freezing solid.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:45:20 PM »
I love Troeg's! I think they are as good as any other brewery in the nation. They don't make a bad beer!

Yeah, you typed this before I posted. They are very solid across the board. I'm not a fan of Mad Elf and I wish they had a better stout.

I haven't had Mad Elf so can't comment on that. I actually haven't had any of their beers in a few years. But when I am in PA I always pick up a case of three. It's my hometown brewery so there is probably some sentimental love going on here. ;)

No harm in that at all. Troegs and Victory were two of the first craft breweries that I enjoyed.

Mad Elf is about 11.5% ABV. Aside from Great Lakes Xmas Ale, it's probably the most popular around here. Amateurs love it because of the high ABV. I can enjoy a four ounce pour. It taste like boozie cherry caugh syrup to me.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:19:05 PM »
I think Nugget Nectar is the only one of theirs I've had. Loved it though.

There's clone recipe in one of the Zumurgy Mags. I brewed it but I diffetentiated by doubling all of the hops. It was dandy. It was probably the fastest kicked keg that I've had on tap.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:16:42 PM »
I love Troeg's! I think they are as good as any other brewery in the nation. They don't make a bad beer!

Yeah, you typed this before I posted. They are very solid across the board. I'm not a fan of Mad Elf and I wish they had a better stout.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:11:13 PM »
I like Troegs, but I could do without it and be fine. Just as long as I land a 6 of Nugget Nectar when it comes out in Februaries.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:01:08 PM »
Pretty sure I would buy it. I just wish it was easier to find around here.

I would happily trade you the availability of Troegs here for the availability of 3 Floyds  :P

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Troegs Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA
« on: November 25, 2014, 05:02:31 PM »
I saw this for the first time today at the grocery store. Of course I'm going to buy it! Wow!

It's very light in color almost straw like but NOT a white IPA. It's listed at 6.4% and 80 IBU. It's not wet hopped, but I'm guessing that it's fresh hopped much like Celebration. The label talks about a blizzard of hops celebrates a great hop season yada yada yada. It's hopped with Centennial, Chinook, and El Dorado in the kettle and dry hopped with Chinook and Galaxy. This combo works! There is a touch of grassiness and hop spice. I thought for sure there was Mt Hood in it (It's in Troegs Perpetual IPA) but there's not. It might be the chinook bouncing off the El Dorado.

I highly recommend trying this out for something different for the holidays!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 25% off sale
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:50:38 PM »
Thanks for the tip! I've been meaning to try out some Avangard malts. Now I have a sack of Pilsner, among other things, on the way for a real sweet price.

It's good stuff. I also use their Munich. Just an FYI, I tend to over shoot my gravity by 5 or so points when I use Avangard malts as a base.

Label Peelers is a solid place to get hops too. They make daily trips to LD Carleson (which is also in Kent) so everything is relatively fresh.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 25% off sale
« on: November 25, 2014, 08:31:53 AM »
I love Label Peelers. They already have about the lowest prices around. They do these sales at least semi-annually. Which means I buy about 200 lb of grain twice a year. Makes it easy to make the 45 minute trip to Kent. I won't be ordering this time since I just hit up their last 20% off sale a couple months ago.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Winter Lager
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:12:38 PM »
used to be sam adams guy since they were one of the early ones to the game. I moved to cleveland and really got into great lakes beers -although very pricey IMO.

I enjoyed an afternoon at GL brewery Saturday. Good food and good beer. They had 4 small batches there. Good stuff. My favorite GL and probably favorite of any seasonal beer is Nosferatu.


As far as Winter Lager goes... I drank so much of it 5 or 6 years ago, I can't do it anymore. Same thing with Boston Lager. Which is a shame, because those are the two SA beers that are worth a damn. All of their other beers taste a little or a lot like Boston Lager IMO.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Decanting yeast starters?
« on: November 24, 2014, 05:06:10 PM »
Usually a 2 L starter will get 48 hrs to drop bright before warming up, decanting, and pitching on brew day.  When crunched for time I will do 24hrs though (but not usually).

I read that you shouldn't warm your yeast before pitching. Brew and chill your beer, take your yeast out of the fridge, decant, and pitch. It's better to pitch yeast into a wort that is warmer than it and not the other way around.

Denny... I think it was you that stated this. If so, did I state this correctly?

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