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Ingredients / Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« on: October 11, 2014, 08:49:43 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  I will not boil it

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Ingredients / Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« on: October 10, 2014, 08:44:19 PM »
Just harvested about 100 prickly pears yesterday.  Processed them today, flamed off the glochids,  peeled and pureed, strained the seeds out.  I got about 1 gallon of juice.  I will add some to the boil and some in secondary.  I tried a little in my agave wheat  tonight and love it. I decided to brew my agave wheat substituting local cactus honey for the agave nectar and adding the prickly pears.  I will brew next week.  Froze the juice tonight. 

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Ingredients / Re: Your Grain Inventory?
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:34:55 AM »
Maris otter and American 2 row. I buy by the sack.
Wheat and rye 10 lbs a time.  Carapils 3 lbs at a time,  crystal 40, 60, 75, honey malt, 2 lbs a time.  Chocolate malt, roasted barley,  crystal 120 1 lb at a time.
And 3 lbs of rice hulls

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:43:27 AM »
Easy. I filed down the edge a bit

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cutting the bottom off of a Better Bottle
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:55:18 AM »
I used a coping saw

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:07:23 PM »
Yesterday went to West Flanders,  BRUboulder , and Upslope.  Today went to Left Hand and Oscar Blues. New favorite of the trip is left hand

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: September 14, 2014, 06:02:46 PM »
Went to crooked stave and great divide as well.  As much as I try to like Brett, farmhouse, sours and such. They are just not for me.  Loved great divide.  Going to Avery for dinner

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:44:51 AM »
Just got to dry dock. Cool place with a homebrew shop in back. Hop abomination was their best. Vanilla porter is overpowering vanilla.  Citrus stout was very enjoyable. 

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Beer Travel / Re: LA and San Diego
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:59:30 PM »
Have a great trip

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Ingredients / Re: Dumb question about candi syrup
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:37:17 PM »
In beersmith I add it into my recipe.  Write down the expected og.  Delete. Write down the og without.  The og without the post boil sugar is your measured og

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The Pub / Re: Denver to Boulder in September
« on: August 16, 2014, 08:49:53 AM »
Thanks guys. I have been to Fort Collins before.  And have had something from most of the breweries you mentioned at beer festivals.  I will check out Avery and left hand for sure. Probably give crooked stave a shot as well.

I'm mostly interested in trying stuff that I can't get in California.

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The Pub / Denver to Boulder in September
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:41:20 PM »
I'll be in Boulder for three nights in September.  Looking for some good places to check out.  I will be flying into Denver and have time maybe for fort collins on my way to Boulder. Otherwise I will be in Boulder the rest of the trip.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:53:38 PM »
I get way over my membership cost in discounts every year. Used it 4 times this week alone. But zymurgy,  the forum, the nhc, and promotion of the hobby all are worth the cost on their own

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My reason for signing up here...
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:08:32 PM »
I use software for design and tweaking but have 90% of the recipe figured out before sitting down at the computer. The two things I like best about the beersmith is inventory tracking and that I can copy and then manipulate the recipe.

However, as a field biologist before being a brewer, I record lots of data in my notebook also.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Lowes vs Home Depot MLT
« on: August 10, 2014, 07:56:36 PM »
I generally don't drink until my boil is settled in.  Usually 1 during the boil and 1 while chilling

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