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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop Stalker
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:03:17 PM »
I'll be looking for it - I like their standard IPA quite a bit. Sounds good.

Yeah, I had the Head Hunter the other day on tap... First time I've had it on tap... Crisp and fresh.

just was at fat heads here in cleveland and got the sampler board - hop city man.

Nice. Their Trail Head APA is really good. I've not ever seen it bottled and only on tap at one resteraunt in Youngstown.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop Stalker
« on: November 03, 2014, 05:45:13 PM »
I doubt we'll get it, but I guess this will force me to stop in at the beer store and see if they have it.  I love Headhunter - its one of the most similar commerical beers to my own IPA - mostly the same hops.

Lol sounds like your arm is really twisted

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop Stalker
« on: November 01, 2014, 07:30:10 AM »
I'll be looking for it - I like their standard IPA quite a bit. Sounds good.

Yeah, I had the Head Hunter the other day on tap... First time I've had it on tap... Crisp and fresh.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Fat Head's Hop Stalker
« on: November 01, 2014, 06:24:01 AM »
Fat Head's Hop Stalker is a fresh hopped IPA. Comes in four packs of tall boy 16 oz cans. For a fresh hopped ale, this one truly packs s punch. The can says "dank." Yep! Very dank! There is a south of grassiness, but it's not unpleasant. I can't find a list of any official hops. I've read reviews that list Citra, but I don't pick up any mango/pineapple or citrus. I would guess heavy Columbus and Simcoe and/or Chinook and maybe a splash of centennial. I highly recommend this beer.

I'll be having the other 3 this afternoon as I watch my Mountaineers stomp TCU. LETS GOOOOOOOOO!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Advice please. Dark Ale with American style hops.
« on: October 25, 2014, 06:06:04 AM »
Great stuff... i am going to work something out based on the hop store then...i have about 300g of cascade so the single hop might work... get my thinking cap on.

Yeah, I don't know if you need that many IBUs or not. I'd do enough to allow the cascades come through though. Regardless, 300 grams should get you there. This is sometging that I've wanted to brew for a couple of years but I've just not gotten around to it.

Full Pint gives some brew stats on their webpage...
http://www.fullpintbrewing.com/brews.html

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Beer Recipes / Re: Advice please. Dark Ale with American style hops.
« on: October 25, 2014, 05:36:13 AM »
You can bitter with the magnum and finish with the cascade, amarillo, and Cutra for a black IPAish brew.

Or depending on how much cascade you have, a single hopped cascade stout can work. Full Pint Brewery out of Pittsburgh has a seasonal "Night of the Living Stout." It's 117 IBUs and is single-hopped with cascade. It's completely different from any stout or black ipa that I've ever had. It's thicker and more robust like a stout. And the hops mesh well. It works.

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With this all being said... I suppose I should answer your question lol... I've brewed three different variations of my "Good Morning Stout." The second version was my favorite brew. The third variation was just kegged last weekend and will be tapped at Christmas.

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I'm in the same wagon here. I've never brewed the exact revile twice. Only three brews have been rebrewed with a variation of the original recipe. For me, my favorite part of the hobby is to create a recipe and have the anticipation to see how it turned out. I'd been bored and probably would have moved on from brewing if I brewed the same beers over and again. If I'm bored in the evening, I'll create a new recipe. I probably have 20 recipes that I've never brewed... I want to get to them all.

Yeah I get that thrill of the new conquest. But I'm also very fond of recipes I've dialed in and just love. I have a handful of repeats I like to cycle in amongst the new brews or variations of old brews.


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I understand where you are coming from. But that doesn't fit my personality. I feel that 90% of my recipes are worth rebrewing, because I love them. I'm just ready to move on when it's gone. Take my beer fridge for example, there are probably 30 different commercial beers in it dating back to 3 years ago. I can't tell you the last time that I've drank a complete six pack before moving on. And I've always said that I would love to go to a small scale brewery/tap room that never brewed the same thing twice and always had something different on tap.

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I'm in the same wagon here. I've never brewed the exact recipe twice. Only three brews have been rebrewed with a variation of the original recipe. For me, my favorite part of the hobby is to create a recipe and have the anticipation to see how it turned out. I'd been bored and probably would have moved on from brewing if I brewed the same beers over and again. If I'm bored in the evening, I'll create a new recipe. I probably have 20 recipes that I've never brewed... I want to get to them all.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brewhaus shirts are in!
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:06:10 PM »
Nice. I wear mine all the time. I covered all seasons with tshirts, long-sleeved T's, and hoodies. It's nice answering the question, "Where's Mader Brew Works?" with "At my home."



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Some General Homebrew Questions...
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:16:31 AM »
1. Pellets go straight into the kettle. I don't use leaf hops much, but when I do, I bag them in leg stockings.

2. Whirlfloc at 10 minutes.... When I add yeast nutrient

3. Always decant. Why would I want to make the beer that I worked hard to craft be cut with 10% crummy starter beer?

4. I don't whirlpool but I will hopstand with 0 minute hop additions. I filter through a let stocking that is ziptied to the hose into a bucket. This catches 95% of a debris. Then I dump from bucket into a carboy. This is how I oxygenate the wort.

5. I leave my beers in the primary until they are done fermenting.... However long that takes.

6. I use Wyeast yeast nutrient in my starters and brews.... It's cheap.

7. I use White Labs. It's what is available around me. They also have more strains. I've used WYeast, but I have to get it through the mail, and I just don't like doing that. I have no complaint with it. With White Labs, you can send in 10 labels and get a coupon for a free vial.

8. I only buy bulk grain unless it's a specialty that I usually don't use. I have industrial sized 5 gallon ziplock bags that will hold 30 lbs of grain. I store my base malts in these. I also have industrial 3 gallon ziplocks that I store my specialties in. I store these bags in large plastic storage bins in the basement. I buy about 200 lb of grain when I find sales probably semi-annually... I've had no problems with grain stored this way over a year.

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Ingredients / Re: C40 or C60?
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:32:29 AM »
I have two pound packages of C40 that I bought from the same place that are the exact same color of what is labeled as C60 in this picture.

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Ingredients / C40 or C60?
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:08:09 AM »
I ordered these 10 lb bags of C40 and C60 with my last big grain purchase. I think that it's safe to say that you can't trust the labels on your grains. Seems to me that they're a little backwards in this case. I'm glad I pulled them both out of the storage bin before I weighed my grains out this morning.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cold Steeping Dark Grain with Respect to Color
« on: October 15, 2014, 05:26:55 PM »
Yep... 2-3 times

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Beer Recipes / Re: double IPA
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:09:42 AM »
I like the hop combo. I am one who promotes a 60 minute hop addition to work with the FWH. I feel that it gives a big beer like this a little more backbone. I usually use Columbus for my 60 minute additions in IIPA, IPA, and APAs.

You probably predicted this... I'm going to agree with Eric on this one... I'd at least double the whirlpool addition and/or dry hop additions.

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