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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Membership
« on: December 26, 2015, 12:14:11 PM »
I already renewed my membership for 2016. I got a prepaid membership card with a code for Christmas. Does anybody know if these codes expire? Or is it safe to hang on to for my 2017 membership?

Beer Recipes / Re: Stout Thoughts
« on: December 26, 2015, 06:44:17 AM »
Hey Jim! I'm not going to comment on your Irish stout, because I'm not real familiar with the style. I do brew quite a bit American and Russian imperial stouts though. For your American stout, I'd swap out the black barley for roasted barley and keep your percentages the same with dark malts. You want that exaggerated roastedness in an American stout and the roasted barley will get you there.  I usually go with less Munich and go 5% medium crystal. Go with a mash pH of 5.6. Hoosierbrew suggested this to me a while back for dark beers. Yep, that's a sweet spot. Not a necessity, but I also like a balanced profile. Looks good, man!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Deschutes Pinedrops IPA
« on: December 25, 2015, 05:18:44 AM »
I loved it when I bought a 6 when it first was released back in the summer. I immediately bought another 6. It got old. I still have one in the fridge. I felt the exact same way about Fresh Squeezed. I'll pass both up for an Inversion IPA.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bells Expedition Stout
« on: December 22, 2015, 06:37:25 PM »
I picked up a 6 pack about a month ago. I drank one right away. It was good, but certainly would be better with age. I plan on collecting for a six year vertical her in about six years  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Runnings Cocktail
« on: December 20, 2015, 07:22:54 PM »
I always make a hot scotchy. I always vorlauf first. I don't want my hot scotchy to have grain debris in it. I use a low ball glass and go with a double shot and then about 4-6 oz of hot wort on top. They are fabulous. What style are you brewing? I'm brewing a porter tomorrow. That'll make a good scotchy. Barleywines make the best IMO. But even the not as good ones are still really good. Kinda like pizza.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So...
« on: December 19, 2015, 07:14:24 AM »
Amateurs, Dude. Amateurs....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm back!
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:20:48 PM »
That was a killer autocorrect, given the topic. Awesome stuff !

lol...yeah, I figured autocorrect, but it made me laugh anyway.

Lol yeah it was spot on.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm back!
« on: December 17, 2015, 06:29:02 PM »
The bottuns are soooo small! Lol

I'm sure that your hops are perfectly fine too.

Not sure why my phone continues to autocorrect hops to hips since, being a homebrewer, every 11th word that I type on this thing is hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm back!
« on: December 17, 2015, 02:39:47 PM »
Oh yeah. I was supposed to answer your questions. Your hips will be perfectly fine. I'm not a yeast expert and less of a dry yeast expert, but I'd roll the dice with the S05. During my hiatus, my uncle (we're brew partners) wanted to brew a couple times. He has no experience with liquid yeasts and starters, because I always take care of that. I always keep an emergency pack of S05 around. I pulled it out of the fridge and realized it was about 40 days past date. He used it. The beer turned out nicely.

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!

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.

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

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!


Pretty funny. Well done.

Mic drop

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

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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