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Ingredients / Re: Best way to sanitize cocoa nibs??
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:48:09 AM »
I just brewed a chocolate coffee stout.  I used the nibs in the secondary.  I just dumped them in the carboy and racked the stout on top.  In two weeks cold crashed the last of the floating nibs out and kegged.  It's well over 4 weeks since I did that.  Quaffing quite well.  No bugs.   If you are worried about it mtnrockhopper's everclear idea sounds good.  I'm with Steve in TX on the coffee......

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Palate Fatigue
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:37:40 PM »
try sniffing some cracked coffee beans when that happens.

After a while of smelling/tasting the same thing olfactory overload will occur and your brain will just stop paying attention. For some reason I am not able to speculate on a sniff of coffee beans will reset your olfactory senses and you will be able to smell everything like new.


Here is a link to "Olfactory fatigue" info.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 07, 2013, 01:05:53 PM »
I hope this isn't seen as advertising, but for those of you who want to brew recipes from breweries ("clones" or not), there's a new book coming out in Jan.

Very nice!  I've pre-ordered it Denny!  I look forward to "cloning around" with the(your) recipes!!!!

Equipment and Software / Re: A better feeler gauge
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:18:09 PM »
That is a great idea Steve!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:45:02 PM »
I don't think it's a clone unless it says clone. The rest just think they are clones. Psy clones


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 01, 2013, 06:16:21 PM »
Never cloned any sheep, but I did find some rubber boots on sale on Black Friday!   ;)

Now we're talkin'!!! :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 01, 2013, 03:21:14 PM »
I will be repeating myself here but......  Everything you brew using and following a recipe is a clone.  It never turns out the same.  It turns out as a reasonable facsimile (clone).  Maybe brewing in a lab and having precise control of everything you could "copy" a brew.  Hops get older or are a different crop. Grains change with age and or you use new crops. Then there is the water.  Yeast cell counts in starters?  I could go on but I think that gets the thought out.  The only time it's not cloning is if you just decide to make something up and brew it for the first time.

It's the same for cooking.  Baking is more precise but still has factors that are clone-ish like temperature, humidity, etc.......

Now, if your cloning sheep like punatic.  I believe that is a different definition of "clone".

Okay, Now I want to apologize for the rant.  I had to get that out of my head.  Lets brew!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:01:10 PM »
Funny punatic!  Very funny.....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:00:01 PM »
Define what your meaning of cloning is.  Is it coming up with a clone from scratch or brewing one that has been tried and true?

I am all about and do make beers that I call my own.  But I do enjoy some West Coast IPA from Green Flash and Stones Enjoy By is another favorite of mine.  There are some tried and true recipes and techniques that let you brew these.  So this "cloning" then gives me not only some truly awesome beers but also insight to how these brewers came up with them.  Are they the same?  I'm not sure.  They are pretty close.  I don't expect an exact copy though.  It's more like brewing in the style of these beers is what I'm after.  Then I try to incorporate (or not) what I learn from brewing them into my own beers.....

Every recipe is a clone unless you just made it up!

The Pub / Re: Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:58:45 AM »
Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to all!

What a great group of guys and gals to share this cyber wish with! 

Now go forth and cook, quaff, eat, quaff, cheer, quaff, quaff, quaff........

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: November 28, 2013, 08:51:57 AM »
I share freely with my guests and expect nothing in return. When I go to their house I bring enough homebrew to share. When I attend a party I'm the guy who shows up with a keg or two. When my club has an event they can always count on me to bring a keg. I don't keep score and never expect anything in return. I brew often and always have a steady supply so I share what I can. Homebrewers are kind, generous, and cool.


I live by the "Give more than you take" philosophy...  I have plenty of homebrew to share.  If not, or I am too far from home to bring some, I'll stop, support a local brewer, and pick up a few growler's to share.  I've even started bottling again just to have a supply to travel with.  The best part is when a newbie may for their very first time have that "Ahhhhhhhhhh" moment while having quaff or or two.  Then I have the satisfaction of helping to create another craft beer junkie!

Pimp My System / Re: 5 Tap Keezer Build
« on: November 26, 2013, 07:38:47 AM »
SAAWEEET!  Nicely done!

All Grain Brewing / Re: TDS and Water Hardness
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:10:46 PM »
Two atoms were sitting in a bar, talking over a beer.  One atom says to the other, "How's it going?"
The other atom replies, "Not so good, I'm afraid."
"Oh yeah, what seems to be the problem?"
"I lost an electron the other day."
"Oh man, that's not good at all!  Are you sure?"
"Yep, I'm positive."


The Pub / Re: A great beer story
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:06:53 PM »
Thanks for posting this thirsty!  A great tale!

Ingredients / Re: Red IPA?
« on: November 24, 2013, 05:36:08 AM »
Carafa III Special

This roasted malt is dehusked.  It is very similar to a debittered black malt. No ASS-hy taste....

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