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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Updated BJCP guidelines
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:25:37 AM »
i hate the waiting game haha
Let's play hungry hungry hippos instead

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:06:24 AM »
I've lived my whole life in California.  Grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the North end of LA. College and a few years after in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.  Short stints in Napa and Chico.  Currently live in Orange County.  With the exception of Chico I've never lived farther than 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean. 

That trip would be a lot of driving but there are stops along the way and the Big Sur Coast drive on PCH is incredible

The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:19:52 AM »
Come to the West Coast.  Go to a Dodgers game.  Seeing just California in a week will be difficult.  How much driving are you planning on doing? Diners, drive in and dives has a list of all the shows they've done.  Flying to lax, two nights in San Diego.  Then up the coast to Santa Barbara,  San Luis Obispo,  or Paso Robles.  Then through Big Sur to San Francisco. One night in SF. One night in Santa Rosa or Healdsburg,  then a solid drive back to Los Angeles,  Dodgers game and fly home.

Going Pro / Re: footwear
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:24:37 AM »
Do the x-tra tuff boots have good arch support?  They look nice, but I wonder about all day on a cement floor????
With a nice pair of insoles yes.

The non us ones are still good.  Just don't last as long.

Going Pro / Re: footwear
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:41:47 AM »
Only boots I'll ever fish in.

Going Pro / Re: footwear
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:33:18 AM »
X-tra tuff boots. I love them for fishing and brewing also. 

Beer Recipes / Re: ESB Critique
« on: January 11, 2015, 07:54:40 PM »
My ESB recipe:

ESB- Batch 0032
Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
All Grain (5.00 gal) ABV: 5.36 %
OG: 1.051 SG FG: 1.010 SG
IBUs: 35.4 IBUs Color: 8.6 SRM
By: Charles Villafana

7 lb 8.0 oz - Pale Malt, Maris Ottern(78.9%)
1 lb - Cara-Pils/Dextrine (10.5%)
8.0 oz - Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L(5.3%)
8.0 oz - Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (5.3%)

0.75 oz - Galena 60 min
0.25 oz each fuggles and ekg at 10 min and flame out


The Pub / Re: the quality of American sours
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:32:56 AM »
I have tried quite a few American and Belgian sours. As well as Brett beers. I keep trying to figure out what the appeal is. I think as a former winery worker, I have a very strong aversion to Brett and sour beers just seem weird to me.

The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 07, 2015, 08:19:10 PM »
I would say being able to combine cooking, science and drinking into one great hobby that goes well with the fish I catch.

The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 07, 2015, 08:13:22 PM »
Crack of dawn, sun just coming over the mountains and filtering early morning light through the trees. Cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the roar of the burner in my ears. The grainy, cereal smell of the mash as I dough in. And the grassy, floral aroma as soon as I add the first charge of hops.
Nice perfect storm reference

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:01:30 PM »
I think most of what they put out is very good for the price. I think rebel is fine.  Nothing compared to real West coast IPAs.  Boston Lager is always a great fallback and their mixed 12 packs are great purchases for parties. Sort of the same for Sierra Nevada and New Belgium or Craft Brew Alliance for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FFIPA
« on: December 30, 2014, 09:55:07 PM »
I had some soapiness in an ipa with a blend of New Zealand hops. I think I settled on it being an interaction between the hops. Mine might have been the one Mort was talking about.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling Logistics
« on: November 30, 2014, 08:02:47 PM »
I do like Steve.  First thing I do is boil the bottling sugar then it cools as I sanitize and get everything else in position.  By the time I'm racking the beer it's been 10-15 minutes

Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer Calibration
« on: November 27, 2014, 07:42:19 PM »
I think that you should calibrate with your regular brewing water ( tap, well,  ro,  distilled) since we aren't really interested in true sg but in the contribution of our extract over the initial sg of our water right?

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