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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm back!
« on: December 17, 2015, 01:53:06 PM »
Welcome back! I'm relatively recently back from my own hiatus. The break is nice, but it's even better to be back!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: John Cougar Mellencamp
« on: December 16, 2015, 08:30:42 AM »
I've had it on tap and bottled. When packaged, I find the last few sips the hottest. On tap, it's fire. So much hotter. I think that the habanero sinks to the bottom. With kegs drawing from the bottom, it sucks up all the fire juice. That being said, it's delicious. But yeah, one is enough. Pony bottles would be perfect.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 15, 2015, 05:33:27 PM »
Excellent!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: My Brew Day
« on: December 15, 2015, 04:55:11 PM »
> We actually have 6 carboys of mead in secondary in our bedroom. Its romantic.

That should be your signature Pete!

Done.

Pretty funny. Well done.

Mic drop

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 14, 2015, 07:10:39 PM »
That looks fun! Excellent contrasting head and body.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 14, 2015, 06:38:17 PM »
Looks good. It may well come into its own in a week or two, when the Citra chills out a bit. I've used Equinox solo in APA and AIPA, and with citrusy and piney hops like Centennial and Columbus. I've kind of veered away from more than one fruity hop in a beer lately.

I've been digging Citra lately. I think Galaxy or cents would have been better with the Citra and Amarillo. Or simcoe or Columbus with the Equinox and Amarillo. I'm still trying to figure Equinox out. I like it, but it almost tastes differently every day. Kinda mosaic-esque, only I like it.  ;)   This beer tastes more citrusy yesterday. Today it's more resinous.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 14, 2015, 06:13:39 PM »
I just pulled the hops out of the keg on Friday. This IPA sure has cleared up quickly. It was hopped with equal parts of Equinox, Citra, and Amarillo at FWH, whirlpool, and dry hop with a touch of Columbus at 60 minute. I'll be honest. It's not the best hop combo. The Citra and Equinox kinda clash. Regardless, it's still decent and it looks pretty  :P


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wheat beer with fruit
« on: December 14, 2015, 03:01:43 AM »
I found a pick of my raspberry ale. I had it on tap last Christmas.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wheat beer with fruit
« on: December 14, 2015, 02:49:31 AM »
I've not used raspberries in a wheat beer, but I have made a raspberry ale before. It turned out really well. I used 6ish lbs of raspberries in a 5 gallon batch. The beer was a beautiful color. Wait until primary fermentation is complete and rack onto the fruit in a secondary. A bucket is better. Also, bag the berries in a paint strainer bag. Another trick is to freeze and thaw the berries. This breaks down the membranes of the fruit.

I've done a peach wheat with fresh peaches. It wasn't good. It tasted very mudded.

Every July I brew a cherry stout with about 10 lbs or tart montmorency cherries. This beer is killer.

I've also brewed a tart cherry wheat using a high quality cherry concentrate. This is not an extract, but a concentrate. http://www.shorelinefruit.com/cart/6/cherry-concentrate/-cherry-bay-orchards-tart-montmorency-cherry-concentrate---32-oz . This also goes in the secondary. This made a really good beer. I've also seen nice concentrate at my local farmers market too for roughly the same price.

I've made a lemon wheat with just using zest. It was a refreshing summer beer.

The key to keeping the fruit flavor is by adding the fruit at secondary fermentation. It is a true secondary fermentation, because you will get a secondary fermentation lol. But the fruit flavor won't get blown away as it would in the primary. When adding actual fruit, save a headache and bag it. I've never had an issue with head retention.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: My Brew Day
« on: December 13, 2015, 09:01:47 AM »
You're either single or the wife is out all day Christmas shopping and has no idea that these shenanigans are happening in her kitchen lol :P

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Ingredients / Re: Northern Brewer for porter
« on: December 10, 2015, 05:25:04 PM »
I am from the USA. I like mint. I like chocolate. But mint chocolate is nasty crap lol. I actually just saw a ThirstyDog beer tonight that was a mint chocolate milk stout. My lip quivers at the thought.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 10, 2015, 05:20:55 PM »
Very nice, Ken

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 07, 2015, 08:10:47 PM »

I love a good black IPA. My black IPA has that hop combo with the addition of Columbus and have also used cents and galaxy in it to.

Fat Heads makes a killer black IPA, Ken. I forget what it's called. Something head lol. I can't remember off the top of my head... Pun certainly intended.

They made midnight moonlight black IPA......but it's gone. Nothing in their rotation anymore.


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Apparently that was it. It didn't ring a bell, but I went back in Untappd and sure enough, that was it. It was a relatively small batch if I remember correctly. It was killer!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 07, 2015, 07:10:48 PM »
I love a good black IPA. My black IPA has that hop combo with the addition of Columbus and have also used cents and galaxy in it to.

Fat Heads makes a killer black IPA, Ken. I forget what it's called. Something head lol. I can't remember off the top of my head... Pun certainly intended.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Quadruple & the BJCP Guidelines
« on: December 07, 2015, 11:49:16 AM »
You're brewing a quad, right? 26A is the guidelines for a single. Take a look at 26D Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The beer you cloned is given as a commercial example.

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