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Equipment and Software / AIH Sale
« on: February 15, 2016, 02:50:40 PM »
nice sale on many items including kegs. Although, I don't get the price point strategy on $69 new kegs vs $59 used keg....$10 less for used seems like no incentive to buy them.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Citradelic IPA
« on: February 04, 2016, 11:27:48 PM »
Having my first pint ( well 24oz for $5) new Belgium citradelic tangerine IPA.  Great aroma and taste...first impression is pretty tasty.

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Equipment and Software / steam step mashing
« on: February 03, 2016, 06:28:00 PM »

anybody every use something like this ^^^  to stir the mash and raise temps for step mash?

curious if its effective without scorching if you are submersing it into mash and stirring with it until you get to desired temp...say from 145F to 159-160F.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Sam follows Guinness and goes nitro
« on: January 30, 2016, 10:26:47 PM »
Looks like Sam  has gone nitro....white ale, IPA, and coffee stout.  Anyone had these yet?

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The Pub / Hofbräuhaus has happy hour!
« on: January 28, 2016, 10:18:27 PM »
Wow...1lt $6!  Bargain IMO and loving it.

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Equipment and Software / wifi temp controller?
« on: January 27, 2016, 05:17:34 PM »
anyone know if there is a wifi controlled temp controller on the market? I haven't found one, but thought I would ask to see.

this seems to be a kickstart project coming:

edit: doesn't appear this ^^^ is even available anymore..hmm

Yeast and Fermentation / Huh?
« on: January 13, 2016, 08:07:44 PM »
Never seen this before. Wlp029 slurry I collected over weekend.

Strange separate layer on top , beer, than thick slurry below. Been in fridge since Sunday.

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Ingredients / I need a new hop(s)
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:52:29 PM »
admittedly, I've grown accustomed to particular single hop and combinations for APA/IPA....creature of habbit (I'm a regular C's, amarillo, mandarina them just looking for something different).

I'm not at all as versed as I'd like to be in the many varieties available, and interested in some thoughts on favorite single and combinations.

So let me have it if you please- and feel free to add what you like  about them.

General Homebrew Discussion / 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:06:25 PM »
from my LHBS. Is there a shortage least for the homebrewing community?

Hop Pre-Order Info

We've been working hard to get you your pre-order hops. They are still in the pipeline and will be headed your way. If you take note, this year's hops are not available at any homebrew stores. If they are claiming they are this year's hops they are passing off last year's crop as the newest.

L.D. Carlson is the only distributor in the U.S. that handles the Hop Union grown and packaged product, and they have not received any of this year's crop.

There has been a buyout. Hop Union is now part of Y.C. Hops. In the transition, the inability or lack of desire to fulfill the homebrewing market with timely service and a volume of hops that would satisfy the demand for their product has been obvious. We have now been shuffled back another month. Your hops will be on their way, but we can not get a specific date from anyone, only that they will come. A loose estimate is 4-6 weeks.

If the new timeline is too great of a wait, we completely understand, we are frustrated also, and will refund anyone that requests. Keep in mind, our allocation of hops has been cut by 75% this year, and your pre-orders are the majority of that allocation. We will most likely be sold out of specific pre-order hops all year. Your pre-orders make up that much volume of what we will receive. There is no guarantee you will get your hands on these hops if you do request a refund, and they will surely be at a much higher price point caused by this scarcity.

It is a real shame when the end consumer, the die hard beer lovers and homebrewers are the last to be served.

Sorry for the wait,

The Pub / Nfl,playoffs
« on: January 10, 2016, 03:28:02 AM »
Been pretty blah so far...,but that td catch by martavis Bryant was ridiculous .

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General Homebrew Discussion / Hop Alpha degradation
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:56:59 PM »
So I ve been doing some reading about alpha degradation over time with hops. suppliers have some stats on spec sheets- % degradation at say 6 months.

Got me wondering what a reasonable expectation of a listed alpha on pack of hops- say 4.8%, how accurate or reliable would that be in determining IBU? 

I have no idea how old the hops are when i get them- 3 months, 6-months, 1-year? and is the degradation schedule related to if they are free from o2 and light exposure, and from date of harvest/packaging?

many questions- so curious if some of you have some insight.

Beer Travel / Tour Rhinegeist brewery
« on: January 01, 2016, 05:47:00 PM »
Going to

Lineup looks good- anyone been or had beers/ cider?

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The Pub / Cheers to you and Beer in 2015
« on: December 31, 2015, 03:53:18 PM »
Heading to Hofbräuhaus in Cincinnati for the weekend and New Year celebration.

Hope everyone had a great year with brewing in 2015, and many good brews to come in 2016.


All Grain Brewing / first step mash with alt
« on: December 26, 2015, 07:07:37 PM »
did a step mash on alt today. went with 145F at 5.3PH for 30mins, then 158F at 5.45PH for 45 minutes. went pretty well, although first step strike water was hotter than needed, so will adjust down 3F next time.

interesting thing is my efficiency went up significantly. would have been 87-88% and came in at 96%. must admit I wasn't expecting that big a difference.

anyway-thanks for those who provided input before I ventured forward.

edit: seems perhaps increased efficiency is not so abnormal...must be what those of you who step mash experience.

General Homebrew Discussion / formula for preboil wort PH lowering
« on: December 18, 2015, 06:19:12 PM »
several of us have been talking about and and or doing a higher mash PH, then lowering in the kettle preboil.

For example, light lagers in the 5.4-5.5 range for mash, then lowering to 5.1 in the kettle.
There must be an exact formula to be used for post mash wort reduction - xxml lactic or phosphoric acid = xxPH reduction per/gal wort?

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