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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Christmas Stash
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:35:19 PM »
I am holding 6 of those beers that I keep around for my birthday (Jan. 5th)  And I have to be honest, I have started my bday with Founders Bfast stout for about 4 years, great birthday coffee

Breakfast stout is pretty much a staple in my house. It's my wife's favorite as well as one of mine. I usually split one with my brew partner over a big breakfast during the mash on brew days.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Christmas Stash
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:30:36 PM »
Those are all some great looking stashes. I should really start my own Christmas stash. Although, everytime I get a bomber of something I'm so excited I end up drinking it right away.

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You're just going to have to start buying two bottles  :D

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Christmas Stash
« on: November 22, 2015, 07:13:37 AM »
Yep.  Every year.  Some of these are from last year and the year before that and so on... it can be tough deciding on the right time to crack a bottle of DL.  Certainly I need more than just me around!  Most of the hording comes from me not wanting to tackle a high abv bomber solo. 



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I wish that I could land some Three Floyds. I went to a place yesterday that had Dreadnaught listed on their online taplist. I got there and they told me it was gone in less than two hours.

Yeah, sometimes a bomber is too much for yourself. But that's not where my idea of the Christmas stash originated. It started back in the college days and it wasn't with beer   ::)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Christmas Stash
« on: November 21, 2015, 08:48:29 PM »
Wtf, tapatalk signed me in with a weird forum name ^^^

My stash is rather weak though

What brewery makes those wine barrel aged beers? I've never seen them before.

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Hop Growing / Re: Cover Hops Plants for Winter?
« on: November 21, 2015, 08:45:02 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.
That's a great point Frank. I give them a good heaping pile of sifted compost as a mulch in spring so why not do it ahead of time in the fall. The one caveat would be that it could be a problem if there is a very wet early spring and you have soil that drains poorly. we used to have wet springs but apparently not anymore.

I didn't add any new this fall. I just raked over what was there. I'll sweep the wood shed out in the swing and add that nice hardwood mulch to them.

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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.

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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.

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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...


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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!

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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.

Promo Code: BUZZER

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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