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Beer Recipes / Re: Habanero/Mango Pale Ale
« on: March 26, 2014, 12:13:29 PM »
Have you brewed this yet? I assume it's not done but would really like to hear the outcome. Don't forget to update...

This got pushed back. I have three more brews to do for my wedding over the next few weeks then I'm shutting down the brewery for two or three months. I've decided that I need a break from brewing and spend more time with family and do some fishing when the weather breaks and not worry about planning, recipe, yeast, racking, temp control, and kegging for a bit.

But when I come back, this will be one of the first. I'll be sure to let you know... Or you can brew it and let me know  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:53:19 AM »
I've never thought that. Though many breweries have a 'house character' that is probably a combination of house yeast and some habitual recipe choices.

Maybe that's it. I can't even drink any SA without getting irritated. They have a lot of "different" beers that taste a lot the same to me. I just avoid it altogether now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dissent with Style
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:47:16 AM »
Is it just me or do any of you guys think that all Sam Adams beers taste a lot like Boston Lager? I can't stand it anymore. I think Koch just adjusts hop additions and water concentrations to the BL recipe.

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Equipment and Software / Re: what type of copper for a IC
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:54:00 PM »
Thank you very helpful. Copper is so expensive   >:(

Yeah, after I saw that price that it might just be worth buying one, so I searched the one a bought about a year and a half ago. I got it from morebeer, and it was $100... It's now $139  :(

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sanitizing buckets
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:22:37 PM »
I pour a couple cups of sanitizer in the bucket and use a clean rag dedicated to sanitizing to wipe down the inside of the bucket with the sanitizer that I just dumped in. I usually use vertices swipes around the bucket about four times around... Seems to work well for me.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Stout
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:36:24 PM »
alright, I verified that the amount I have in the recipe is more or less twice what I had in the first iteration and I liked the level of roastiness in that so this should be a good test of how I like the cold steep character.

Nice. When's this brew? I'd like to hear some feedback?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Stout
« on: March 16, 2014, 07:05:37 PM »
Sorry in advance for going a bit off topic...

Say I wanted to brew a black IPA and use the cold steeping method for the dark grains. I would need to  use more than if I was mashing them mainly because of poor color extraction? This would be good for me to know. I would hate to use my normal amount of dark grains and end up with a brown IPA...

I just brewed a Black IPA a couple months ago that turned out fantastic. In this case, I did not cold steep. I had so much hop bitterness going on that the bitterness from the dark grains being mashed was nonexistent. I think I posted the whole recipe in a thread. But I mashed 14 oz of dehusked Carafa III and 4 oz of chocolate malt. It was a dandy.

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: March 16, 2014, 05:52:29 AM »
I give mine plenty of compost every year.  I found they did really well when I excavated a shallow ring around them and gave each crown ~1 quart of vermicompost.  I keep a worm bin or two going in my classroom all year with the express purpose of feeding my hops the best soil amendment I can get.  This year I'll use some of it in a soil block seedling mix, but I should have enough to still give the hops crowns a boost after relocation.

Not a bad idea and not real time consuming. I might look into doing this during my next brew...which will be next Saturday. They are also buried under about 4 -6 inches of mulch. That needs pealed back too. I also hope to get my new rhizomes in the ground then too. Cheers to a fellow teacher!

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If I'm understanding correctly... You're rinsing the bottles after drinking, storing, rinsing, and sanitizing? I'd add another step here between rinses. Actually I'd eliminate the second rinse if your bottles aren't exposed to dust. But once you gather about a case of dirty bottles (bottles that have been rinsed after drinking), you should give them a nice soak in some oxiclean over night. Then rinse, dry, and stash in the "clean" stack of bottles. Then hit them again with starsan before bottling.

I'm going to probably say your infection occurred in the bottles.
ii think that is a very real possibility.its sad to say, up u til now I've been lazy with bottle cleaning. I soaked my next bat h of bottles a day ago for about 45 min in PBW then stored them in a fast rack, covered with a clean plastic bag. Tomorrow when I bottle I'll starsan them good. Is it ok to dip oxy caps or is it better to soak them for a few minutes I wonder. Thanks for the info!

I've never used PBW, but it's made for that, so you should be good to go. As far as caps go, I fill a bowl up with starsan and put my caps in it throughout the bottling process. I'm not sure if it's good or bad, but it's what I've always done.

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If I'm understanding correctly... You're rinsing the bottles after drinking, storing, rinsing, and sanitizing? I'd add another step here between rinses. Actually I'd eliminate the second rinse if your bottles aren't exposed to dust. But once you gather about a case of dirty bottles (bottles that have been rinsed after drinking), you should give them a nice soak in some oxiclean over night. Then rinse, dry, and stash in the "clean" stack of bottles. Then hit them again with starsan before bottling.

I'm going to probably say your infection occurred in the bottles.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Go To IPA
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:07:17 AM »
I picked up a 6 of this while I was on the road. I got heavy floral/stone fruit notes with the hop flavor. I understand that it's a session beer, but it lacked hardly any body at. I do give thus a positive review. I like drinking session IPAs while doing yard work in the summer. I think this would be very refreshing in that circumstance. My only complaint is that Stone probably won't can it. Again, it's easier to deal with cans while doing summer yard work. Until they do can it, I'll just stick to my cans of SNPA and Founders All Day IPA.

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Get rid of the ferret instead.

No way! That's where all the flavor is!  ;)

Nobody likes those smelly marmots!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this name
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:08:04 AM »
Yea I may have to work on the name but, hey, that's what happens in the middle of the night.

C'mon.... You have to incorporate loco into the name somehow  :P

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 To Go
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:06:58 AM »
I use that exact one when taking my kegs to parties, rallies, Mexico etc. I also use a faucet adapter to connect a faucet directly to my keg. The tiny 16g. tanks don't last too long. I usually go though 3 or 4 tanks before my corney is empty. I think it's worth it. the compact size is worth any hassle caused by changing the tanks. Here's the faucet I use as well: https://www.midwestsupplies.com/compact-chrome-faucet-assembly.html?utm_medium=feeds&utm_source=google&gdftrk=gdfV24959_a_7c1306_a_7c6184_a_7c5320F&gclid=CLyQ-8LMkr0CFenm7AodAU0AHw

That's pretty spiffy. I don't like the idea of spending $38 on it though. I was planning on just using a picnic tap that I already have. But now I'm wondering if I can modify the tap that I have on my old kegerator turned fermenting chamber to work like that.

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