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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop addiction
« on: November 25, 2015, 07:34:05 PM »
I moved back in July. At my old house, I had a fridge in the garage exclusive to beer and beer supplies. When I moved, I had 18.5 lbs of hops! Really?!? Who does that? I sold half for $80 because I don't have a garage fridge at my new house.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: black friday deals
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:20:54 AM »
Northern Brewer had a 20 hour 20% off deal last week. I bought a Megapot.

Label Peelers is running 30% off their store (excludes some equipment) through Monday. I bought 250 lb of grain lol

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Christmas Stash
« on: November 23, 2015, 07:31:51 PM »
I have recently come to terms with the fact that I am a beer hoarder. Once I designate a beer to the cellar, I never want to open it, even once it has likely gone well past its prime. I have doppelbocks that are over 10 years old that are well overdue to get consumed and/or dumped. I really should start using Xmas as an excuse...
I am the opposite of this.

+1.  The same applies to my big home brew beers, too. I have a tough time leaving them alone as long as I'd like when they're really good. I found 2 or 3 bottles of RIS recently that I'd forgotten existed. They were well over a year old - really tasty.

I guess I have a homebrew Christmas stash too. I have a keg of my first Belgian Quad ready to be tapped Saturday. It was kegged late January/early February (I think it was brewed last December). I'll also be putting on a barleywine that I brewed in February. Can't wait!

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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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