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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Victory Beers
« on: February 02, 2010, 05:39:30 PM »
agree with you enso - Storm King tastes off vs. what it was years ago - very disappointed since I can get it at the local store now rather than carting it back from a trip up north.

I thought old horizontal was just a booze bomb this year - kinda hot and alcohol-y

Prima takes the cake for me though - I love that one and would love to be able to try their Festbier.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Good Old Ales / Barley Wines?
« on: February 02, 2010, 05:13:08 PM »
I haven't had any recently but one of my favorite American barleywines is Old Ruffian from Great Divide brewing. 

ooh - thats another favorite - haven't had that in a while though - may have to reacquaint myself.

I have only had one so far of the 2010 Bigfoot so my opinion may change...  But I think 2009 was better.  The 2010 seems a bit less hoppy.  I plan on doing a side by side soon, though I am sure the 2009 will be less hoppy at this point.

see that was kind of my problem - I wasn't getting as much rich chewy malt in the 09 as I was accustomed to with BF, but 2010 (had at a beer festival midday, so opinion subject to change ;)) seemed to have raised the level of maltiness to be on par with the massive citrus hop character.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping costs?
« on: February 02, 2010, 01:40:14 PM »
Munton's and give it a shot before I commit to a sack. :-\

trust me, its subpar.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping costs?
« on: February 02, 2010, 01:20:22 PM »
you may also order individual bag. Then shipping is standard FedEx ground.
Somewhere around $25 or so.

roff - yeah - it'll probably be $20-25 per sack shipping - you can estimate it on fedex.com - use the midcountry zip and your zip and assume 60lbs to be safe.

my total cost from northcountry for Best is $66 everytime - my LHBS wants $85 for a sack of Weyermann, plus $7 in gas and an hour of my time roundtrip for me to go pick it up.

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Bell's is pretty tasty as well (though from the samples I have had, its overrated - maybe its better closer to the source).

Can you get THA on draft? It's crack. Not "like crack" - I'm pretty sure they actually use crack rocks in the whirlpool.

okay - so this weekend I had the opportunity to chat with Larry for 20 min or so this weekend and have a few taster glasses full of 2HA - I must say, it is exponentially better than the bottles I have had - though the ambience of having the guy who started the company pour you a few and shoot the breeze about brewing might have heightened the experience.  

I still say there are quite a few IPAs I prefer, but I think 2HA on draft may have just cracked my IPA top 10 list.

But I'm sorry, Lynux, the Hopslam we had, while good, just can't hang with PTE.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Propane Burners
« on: February 02, 2010, 12:23:37 PM »
hence the production of the KAB6.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pellet hops and whole hops
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:44:02 AM »
I prefer whole hops - simply b/c I need the filter bed or my screen gets all clogged up.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Good Old Ales / Barley Wines?
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:35:33 AM »
Avery's Hog's Heaven is starting to push out Bigfoot for my "Best American Barleywine" though the 2010 Bigfoot is the best I've had in years.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Dortmunder Export
« on: February 02, 2010, 11:33:31 AM »
this is one of my favorite house recipes.  dead ringer for Great Lakes if you've had:

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BlatzDortmunderGold

I like the looks of what you've got, though that's a lot of munich for my tastes for this style.

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General Homebrew Discussion / What's brewing this weekend 2/5
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:50:54 AM »
As long as I get my yeast in time, I'm doing 12gal of vienna lager with Hugh Baird Vienna  :o.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Controlled Temp. Fermentation Equipment
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:36:44 AM »
I recommend going with a chest freezer or an upright freezer - usually they are cheaper than fridges. And you can lager in them. Go ahead and get one than can accommodate 10 gallon batches.

+1 to the upright freezer - and you can build a shelf inside to accomodate at least 4 buckets, if not 5. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: besides brewing
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:34:59 AM »
as was mentioned, the forums and BJCP were big helps.

also, if there is a brewpub in the area, try and make friends with the head brewmaster and volunteer to help out on a brew session.

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I want to try their Brown Porter the next time I get a chance. It won Gold in the 2008 GABF.

it is dam good.  kinda sits the fence on brown vs. robust, which is cool by me.

if I spot it next time I'm visiting my mom, I'll see if I can't get a six...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Double Batch: Saison and Dortmunder
« on: January 29, 2010, 12:29:00 PM »
The SRM range for Saison is 5-14 - there ain't no way you're getting anywhere near 14 with 70/30 pils/munich.

and besides, AFAIK, a saison is in the same color range as the dort, so if its good for one, its good for both. - dorty shouldn't really be much higher than 6 - should have a nice rich gold color like this: - (pic kinda sux since it was with my old camera).

as far as how to do it - I was under the assumption that you were shooting for mid/high 50s on both, which would mean just an even split of the whole deal (first and sparge runnings).  if not, you'll have to do a little math and figure what percent of first runnings and what percent of sparge you'll need in each kettle to hit your preboil gravities.  if you don't have one, this is where a refractometer would be really, really helpful.

however, now that I think about it, you're adding sugar and the wheat runnings, so if you target 1.056, you'll have no problem getting well into the high 60s on the saison if you just evenly split it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Double Batch: Saison and Dortmunder
« on: January 29, 2010, 11:24:54 AM »
IMO, wheat has no place in a dortmunder. 

why not just make the dortmunder grist for both, mash some wheat on the side in a separate vessel and combine the wheat runnings and sugar in the saison kettle?


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