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Ingredients / Re: one german noble hop
« on: June 08, 2017, 07:26:01 AM »
HMF all the way.

that said, I do buy the other two on the list, but I buy way more HMF

my house pils is FWH bittered with Tettnang, but then Mittlefruh at 20 and flameout.  classic.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Dealing with Protein/Chill Haze
« on: June 07, 2017, 08:16:20 AM »
phil

I have generally crystal clear beers across the board with no fining or filtering;  I made a strong ale early last year, all MO with some DH carafa for color and despite a year plus in the keg, AND gelatin, its still murky.

I think its the MO.


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I keep telling you guys, dry hop commando in a keg with a sure screen and then closed transfer to another purged keg.  way better than the canisters, although Jon's large paint strainer is probably as effective.

I've recently just been dryhopping in primary after dumping yeast.

back to OP - I'm interested to hear your trials.  I've personally not experienced this on an IPA - usually first week is meh, followed by 6-10 weeks of greatness before starting to trail off.

I suspect that all the oils and other particulate that was holding the goodness that you like settled.  I don't know about you, but the sediment right around the diptube gets sucked out initially but then after that theres a ton stuck around the rest of the bottom.   

even if it is the impurity of the CO2 (I think small probability), its hard to believe it would present itself that quickly.

what about flipping the keg upside down for a couple hours, right it, and then pour a pint?

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: June 05, 2017, 06:43:36 AM »
Yes I know it's one of the best, I love Allagash.  But only one of the 4 pours was decent.  I would rather have paid for what I wanted than to be given 3 free drain pours.

One benefit though, the food truck there was absolute money - best lobster roll we had in Maine by a mile.

To me it was the equivalent of "sorry folks, closed for repairs, see ya in two weeks ahyuk"


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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:34:02 AM »
Why bother going to Allagash?  I was really disappointed that you could only get 4 - 3oz tasters and you couldn't even decide which ones - was really looking forward to fresh White on tap.

I'd stick with Foundation or there is another new brewery on the other side of them in the same plaza that had good beers.

Or go to Freeport for Maine Brewing.


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Beer Travel / Re: San Diego-Pacific Beach
« on: May 30, 2017, 01:46:55 PM »
I like Green Flash.

if you've never been to the Escondido (home base) of Stone, while it is a drive, it is a sight to behold.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewtan B
« on: May 30, 2017, 01:45:34 PM »
The whole "need to be a professional brewer" thing is pissing me off, and with other products than Brewtan B.

I've got the money, just take it already. So long as I'm willing to buy whatever volume you're selling, what do you really care? White Labs has several strains that I'm interested in that are "Pro Only." Just doesn't seem a good business model.

I understand not wanting to sell at homebrew volumes, as is the case with real invert syrup. But seriously, if I wanted to buy a tanker load of invert, and had the cash, the fact that I'm a homebrewer shouldn't be a reason not to sell.

here, here.  totally with you.

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Ingredients / Re: Essential German hops
« on: May 30, 2017, 01:28:36 PM »
A hop labeled Hallertau can be just about anything grown in the Hallertau region.

isn't the first name the region and the second name the type? 

I always try to limit it at or under an ounce of hops.

so for instance, you brew pilsner with only 1oz of hops in the kettle?  wow I did not expect that.

back to the OP, about half of what I brew is german styles these days, and I stock Tettnang, HMF, and Magnum regularly.  lately, I've been playing around with others - Saphir was not enjoyable to me, and I just made my house Pils with some Spalt along with the usual HMF and Tett.

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: May 27, 2017, 05:23:08 AM »
 Thanks all - hit Allagash and was majorly disappointed.  Beautiful facility but they don't have a serving license so they give you a free flight of 4 3oz tasters but then you're done for the day.  Only liked the Hoppy Table beer and Dubbel.  The other 2 were drain pours.  Couldn't even get their awesome White (though I had many pints throughout Maine elsewhere). 

They actually told me to go to another brewery down the street so we could sit and buy as many beers as we wanted.  Was very happy with Foundation Brewing - their Epiphany IIPA was outstanding.  Venture also excellent but I was smitten on Epiphany.

Also hit $3 Deweys - epic fail, Grittys also epic fail, and Novare Res - very cool place and happened to be there on their anniversary so I got a glass of De Feuillen Tripel as part of their celebration.

All in a good time.


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Beer Travel / Portland, Maine
« on: May 18, 2017, 09:11:13 AM »
Any good tap houses?  Plan on hitting Allagash, but otherwise I don't know where else to go.  Any input appreciated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:49:25 PM »
I've got about 700 lb. of malt on hand, including unopened bags back to 2013.  That's the downside of buying in bulk if you overestimate your usage or your brewing schedule changes.  And I have a tendency to buy full bags of malts I only use a bit of at a time, like rye.  I dumped maybe 40-50 lb. of various malts last week because they had gone slack.  Tend to do the same with hops, too.  I need to learn to asses my needs better.

one thing that I've learned to do is look back on my average brewing over the past few years and realistically assess and tally my usage.  also, take inventory once or twice a year.   granted, tastes change, new hops or malts come out that you want to test out, and you won't brew exactly the same things even without those variables, but for me it keeps me a bit more pragmatic (see what i did there) about ordering.

as far as the rye comment - i think we've all done that at one point.  2 years ago, i wanted to make a dunkel using predominantly Munich II so i bought a bag, and subsequently realized in other beer styles like Fest, a little goes a long way at least for my tastes.  i still have almost half that bag left.  sometimes those 10# bags from morebeer make more sense even if they are more expensive. 

 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 12:41:08 PM »
Paul how do you like the Cargill?  I've wanted to try it and it is 5 hrs to get some. I hear they have several varieties that are good. IIRC Sean said their Euro Pils is good. I wish I were near St. Louis now and then. My LHBS just went to Briess, guess I'll be doing mail order.   
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its good - I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, though.  I got the 2 row and the German Pils.  I prefer my usual Rahr by a little bit, but then again I've only used it in IPA and APA so far, so the changes in malt profile are pretty hidden.  As for the Euro Pils, its pretty on par with Weyermann or Best, I'd buy it again as part of this group buy if we do so next year, but i would rank them Best, Weyermann, CGP if they were all easy to get for me - i pretty much can only get Weyermann these days.

I also got a bag of Warminster MO in that buy, which i have not used in maybe 8 years - interested to see how that tastes over Crisp or Fawcett.

RE: weight - yeah supposedly the shelves are rated to 600#, but as you can see that is incorrect.  I'm already 2 bags off that load, so hopefully they hold up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:21:12 AM »
I see in your picture that you went with the 50 lb. PBW bucket...totally worth it! And wow, that's an impressive stack of grain sacks. I "only" have 3 big bins of bulk malt...feeling totally inadequate now.

agreed - MUCH cheaper.

the closest place to me is 4 hours away in Tampa for grain, so for my base malt I usually grab a couple sacks when over there for work. all the specialties I buy in <5# bags usually from Morebeer.

however, some local guys got together for a bulk order and I got arm twisted into loading up in order to get us to the full pallet.  no worries though as i'll use all that in under a year or so.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buying in bulk
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:12:04 AM »
Um yeah I buy in bulk: 



I too have a bit of a hop buying problem, have about 10-15# on hand at the moment, maybe a bit more.  but I am working to remedy that and will not buy any more of anything until i get down to less than 1 # of my usual suspects.

Part of my overbuying in the past 2 years has been caused the vast amount of new hops that have come out that I've wanted to try and the sales that get me.  That and the always rumored hop shortages.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: May 16, 2017, 08:02:49 AM »
made a Chinook/Ekuanot IPA this past weekend.  Currently drinking a Simcoe/Ekuanot - looking forward to comparing them.

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