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General Homebrew Discussion / Now that's a dry Guinness
« on: December 10, 2015, 03:27:51 PM »
My 9 year old and I having some fun with dry ice from shipment of steaks.

Bubbly Guinness

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General Homebrew Discussion / calling all winter lager/ale recipes
« on: December 03, 2015, 05:23:01 PM »
Looking for some ideas around winter lager- lots of variety's out there. sam's is pretty good, but thinking it could be better. here's what they list, but curious on thoughts of percentages for malts, and perhaps what might takes this style up a notch or two. thinking wlp833 might be a good yeast here. 


Spalt Spalter and Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble Hops

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, malted wheat, Weyermann Carafa Malt, and Munich 10

Bottom-fermenting Lager

Deep ruby brown, SRM: 25

Orange peel, ginger, cinnamon

5.6% ABV - 4.4% ABW



The Pub / German loveliness
« on: November 27, 2015, 02:29:41 PM »
Love this beer.

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The Pub / Calling all Star Wars fans
« on: November 20, 2015, 04:32:35 PM »
Still laughing as I post this....If Samuel l. Jackson was Darth Vader.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Founders all day IPA
« on: November 13, 2015, 05:05:04 PM »
Anybody have idea on the hops in this one?

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The Pub / Happy Friday/Saturday...what ya drinking ?
« on: November 06, 2015, 03:07:30 PM »
O'fest for me at home and pizza night with my girls.

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The Pub / Ugggh
« on: November 03, 2015, 06:45:25 PM »
This just bothers me....

(NEWSER) – After pressure from beer-chugging vegans who were behind a long-running campaign and several online petitions, Guinness has elected to change its 256-year-old recipe and remove isinglass—a gelatinous byproduct of fish bladders that helps filter yeast particles—from its brewing process, reports CNN Money. Guinness now says it will use a new filtration plant to be installed at its flagship brewery in Ireland at some point in 2016, reports the Independent, while it doesn't yet plan to change its other breweries scattered across 49 countries.

The company had previously responded to requests to remove isinglass by saying it provides a "very effective means of clarification," and as recently as January said in a company email to Barnivore, which tracks animal ingredients in adult beverages, that it had yet to find a replacement "as effective and as environmentally friendly." No word yet on what it's come up with. Parent company Diageo has said that competition from microbreweries flattened its sales in 2015. Meanwhile, many popular beers, including Anheuser-Busch, Heineken, and Miller, are deemed vegan-friendly by Barnivore. (Guinness lovers may want to check out one of Starbucks' latest latte )

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The Pub / New tap handles
« on: October 27, 2015, 04:11:48 PM »
My fat heads tap handles arrived....local brewery here in Cleveland. Love them!

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General Homebrew Discussion / and one day it happens...
« on: October 16, 2015, 09:25:01 AM »
Ive been brewing just about 4-years now. made many a batch (good, bad and the ugly). I've brewed quite a few styles, and found several I like to brew often. I've tweaked, dialed in and perhaps taken a whole different path at times. Can't say I have one in particular that I'd say I'm done tinkering with....that is until today.

My German Pils has been a passion of mine-specifically the more highly hopped northern varietal. This latest batch (sampled today)I just so happened to nail everything I was hoping for. It's a 5.2% with about 39IBU, finishing very dry and crisp like I have always striven for...1.007 in this case. The malt shines and balances well with the noble bitterness, and the aroma is spot on to me-both malt and hops.

What about you- love to hear the stories of chasing some and holding tight on that special one...or two....or....

The Pub / Deschutes here for Beer Week
« on: October 16, 2015, 03:37:43 AM »

Celebrating Beer Week  here in Ohio. Deschutes has rolled into town with a wooden keg on wheels, serving up their beers...looking forward to sampling them.

Heading downtown for the weekend of festivities, starting with Hofbräuhaus tonight and finishing with Browns-Broncos game on Sunday.

The Pub / it returns this time of year
« on: October 14, 2015, 10:12:14 AM »
ahh the return of the stink bug....don't know where they come from but right on cue-they're back again!

nasty when you squash them   >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / 50% off hop sale
« on: October 10, 2015, 09:21:07 AM »
25 hops 50% of if interested.

picked up 1# each of merkur and saphir pellets for $24.86

General Homebrew Discussion / blending
« on: October 09, 2015, 02:16:15 PM »
forgot how fun blending beers can be. just mixed 1/3 german pils with 2/3 o"fest....i am digging it!

do you blend?

General Homebrew Discussion / Best Compliment a brewer can get
« on: October 09, 2015, 12:48:04 PM »
I know folks enter competitions and there's some validation there, don't get me wrong. But the other day I had a friend of mine who thinks "dark beer" is anything darker than a pils. His mind was made up that dark beers taste bad, and are too heavy - he didn't like them at all.

After drinking my O'Fest beer for the first time last saturday, he stated he couldn't believe how smooth and easy drinking it was. He said he had never been able to drink "dark beer".

4 -1/2 liters later, I had converted him to craft beer several shades darker than pils!

That's a gold medal and great satisfaction achieved in my book.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Lagunitas Pils
« on: October 09, 2015, 07:14:11 AM »
Had this first time out in Chicago a week ago. I thought it was a pretty nice beer-clean crisp and definitely refreshing. I was easily drinking one and wanting/ordering another.

reviews seem to be kinda harsh for this beer.   I don't see it in my stores , wondering if its widely distributed.

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