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All Grain Brewing / Re: Keg 2 of rye pale is cloudier than keg 1
« on: June 03, 2011, 07:26:01 AM »
that was the first or second pint out of the keg?  that one usually goes down the drain.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Marzen, is it stuck?
« on: June 02, 2011, 02:27:48 PM »
try warming it up to finish out. 

oscar - that is one hell of a feat. 

I did a 2.5er one day - a patigyle barleywine/english pale and an old ale batch following and that was enough for me to question my sanity.

good job, sir!

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 02, 2011, 11:53:26 AM »
thanks Morticaixavier - I just asked my pet store guy to order me some of those - I had my guys trained pretty well to not pull, but my wife let's them do whatever when I'm travelling, so they constantly get back to bad habits - maybe this will help.

Beer Recipes / Re: Homebrew recipes from Deschutes
« on: June 01, 2011, 02:39:47 PM »
way cool - I've never had any of their beers, but have always wanted to try Black Butte, Red Chair and Mirror Pond.

in the Inversion IPA they use Crystal and Caramel 60 Malt  ???  any insight?

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 01, 2011, 01:13:51 PM »
@Drew - she has some separation anxiety - I guess I never attributed it to the shelter return issues till now, rather I assumed it was just personality. When we got her, she had virtually no hair on the back half of her body, clearly stressed out beyond belief - she was at the shelter for over 6 months, and we sorta got the feeling that she was running out of hope.  Fate works mysteriously - without a doubt, meeting her was one of the best things to ever happen in my life.

@Weithmann - my thoughts go out to you guys - made me very sad to read that.

@rabid_dingo - wow - I felt like I was looking at my guy;  you'll see him again one day.

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 01, 2011, 12:50:41 PM »
Yeah, this one has been a revelation. Sweet and kind. Can't believe she was in the shelter for 10 months (or even worse, someone adopted her for 4 days and then returned her because "the mother didn't want her"

before us, my BC/Aussie got returned 2 times by families claiming to want an active dog;  she was apparently 'too active' for them.

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 01, 2011, 12:37:23 PM »

I'll see if I can find a better picture or two later on without my ugly mug in it, but here's my two guys:

Abby - on the left - border collie/aussie mix (we think) rescued ~6 years ago at the age of 2-3.  spunky, bossy and attention demanding but has the biggest heart of gold - just loves being around people and occasionally herding them.

Porter is the black lab on the right - adopted him about a month after Abby and he was just turning 2.  Defender of the house (or so he believes from safety of being behind the front window), quiet otherwise - a great companion - just don't hold your pint glass below knee level when you're sitting down otherwise it will be gone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: San Diego Session Ale
« on: June 01, 2011, 12:06:38 PM »
are these beers low in carbonation like a bitter or 2.4-2.6 like an APA/AIPA etc?

I have had Levitation before and I thought it was unimpressive, but given my recent leaning toward brewing lower alcohol beers and the positive comments here, maybe I'll give it another chance.

Beer Travel / Beer in Palo Alto, CA
« on: May 23, 2011, 05:41:06 PM »
Will be there on business for a couple days - any must stop beer bars?

Planning a big brew day, 15 gallons of bitter, 10 gallons of ABA, and 5 gallons of Brown Porter. Need to get the kegerator filled for the summer.

All by yourself?  That is a hell of a brewday.  Your back may be a little tight on Sunday.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pre-planning a Harvest Ale... Please help.
« on: May 20, 2011, 12:49:13 PM »
oy vey.

Beer Recipes / Re: Helles - FWH + small late addition only
« on: May 20, 2011, 12:18:52 PM »
no need to revise - this is a discussion - your proposal may indeed be the better way to go - many angles to go with the water treatment stuff - I'll post more once I upload this into bru'nwater.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pre-planning a Harvest Ale... Please help.
« on: May 20, 2011, 12:08:49 PM »

Paul, back to your thought on the Sierra Nevada terminology; what are your thoughts?  I think they're just covering all the bases by using both terms, but I wonder if all the term confusion helps or hinders the cause.  They're a great brewery with great beers, but IMO their (or anyone else doing the same thing) advertising strategies inadvertently hurt the cause (e.g. Tom refuses to drink their Harvest Ale).

frankly, I wish they would advertise that beer as made with the oldest, cheesiest moldiest hops around.  Then more people than Tom would not buy it, and then there'd be more for me  ;D ;)

I personally like the terminology though - to me it is very distinct - the 'wet' hop beer is made with hops that are not kilned/dried. the 'fresh' hop beer is one made with hops that are just harvested and processed.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pre-planning a Harvest Ale... Please help.
« on: May 20, 2011, 12:06:43 PM »
Oh, and I saw the SN Southern Hemisphere Harvest at the store yesterday.  I looked very carefully.  It said Fresh Hop Ale in all caps on the neck label, Fresh Hop Ale in all caps on the bottle label, and the text had the word fresh in it two more times.  But it also said they were dried.  From their website

Like our Celebration Ale, the fresh hops in this beer are dried right after being picked then shipped immediately to Chico for brewing so that they retain their peak aromatics and flavors.

Tom - if you go to their website and look at the NORTHERN Hemisphere Harvest it clearly says Wet Hop.  It would be impossible logistically to have a Wet Hop Southern Hemisphere unless they brewed it on the spot.

*edited to fix quotations

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