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Beer Recipes / Re: Northwest Hop Pilsner
« on: April 25, 2011, 01:28:32 PM »
yeah - I make a Hood Pils every now and then.  I've submitted it twice to comps and have gotten comments of "Great Noble hop nose!" - kinda funny.  I find its a little (just a touch) harsher than nobles in bitterness.

I've also read (and this is only hearsay) that one very well known US pils maker will sometimes use some of these (Liberty, Crystal, Hood, etc) when they can't get fresh german noble since they are more concerned about having the absolute freshest hops. 

Hoping to inaugurate my newly assembled Blichmann Top Tier system in the next few days. Whatevah the day, I'm planning to brew what I'm calling Bravo Company (with apologies and reverence to any and all armed forces personnel out there).  The second in my series of single hopped American-style pale ales. This time with Bravo hops (see this link for linage).

definitely interested to hear your comments - I made an All Bravo back in '07 and I had mixed feelings about it, but some club friends still ask if I'll make that again to this day.

Brewing my vienna in about 5-6 hours when I cut out of work.  Still trying to zone this one in - my last few iterations have been good but not what I was looking for - 87% Vienna, 8% Munich II, 5% Caramunich I

Hoping it turns out like the vienna I judged last weekend for the Blowoff - man that was good.

Fingers crossed...

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Drew
« on: April 22, 2011, 01:23:23 PM »
happy belated birthday old man! 

The Pub / Re: Met a board member today. (pic added)
« on: April 19, 2011, 11:46:04 PM »
Sorry man - that location was a major letdown - only had three beers, a terrible wit, a so-so pale ale and a pretty decent brown which I discovered at the end just before I left

I'm sure other RBs are awesome, but this one was subpar

The Pub / Re: Met a board member today. (pic added)
« on: April 19, 2011, 05:32:19 PM »
Thanks now I know where to go hang out whilst waiting for connecting flights..... ;D

yeah - wished I had known that - I got stuck at Rock Bottom  :(

The Pub / Re: Met a board member today. (pic added)
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:27:01 PM »
damn - I forgot he worked there - I was in Denver last Thursday for about 4 hours since my plane was delayed.   Oh well, it appears I may be going out there more often - maybe next time.

Pimp My System / Re: My setup:
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:20:32 PM »
Kal's system is suhweet.

I'm putting his system up in my new brewhouse at the end of the year - can't wait!...still working on getting the brewhouse part up  ;) 

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort Chillers
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:47:42 PM »
I would say this would be the "best" type of chiller for a homebrewer:

+1 - after going from an IC, to a Shirron, to a Shirron + a CFC, to a Therminator + a CFC, I switched back to a 50' WIC ala Jamil.  I could not be happier.

that said, if you have really cold groundwater, a plate chiller might work for you, but you still have the problem of cleaning the dang thing out.  I like the simplicity and ease of the WIC.

All Grain Brewing / Re: So your Barley Crusher won't Crush?
« on: April 12, 2011, 07:40:34 PM »
yep - sounds exactly like what I experienced.

I buy a lot less in general but when a seasonal favorite is around, I buy much more. SN Celebration, in particular.

My LHBS is also a bottle shop so I'll often buy random bombers and singles when I'm buying grain

could not have said it any better.  exactly my situation.

over the past year, I've been actively trying NOT to buy commercial except for those very highly regarded favorites.

when out at a bar, I try to support our local, but that is not often.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bigger fermenter? - but I have no pump!
« on: April 10, 2011, 04:52:12 PM »

Just a design thought for you, I know a guy who does the same thing.  He pointed out that it was crucial to have a switch for the pump near the end of the line (in your case next to the fridge) so that you could kill the pump quickly and easily if when things go wrong...

excellent point! thanks for the advice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping and frozen hops.
« on: April 09, 2011, 02:39:42 PM »
+1 - they defrost practically upon contact.

looks like a cool competition.  I brew a pretty decent CP, but I know it can't hang with the sharks that comp will likely draw.

It would be SOOO awesome if someone won with a single infusion...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A few nagging questions.
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:04:39 PM »
The problem with this is that the hops will clog the dip tube while the whirlpool is being established, right?

well, yes if this is the only variable he changes, but I was assuming he would handle this via HopBlocker and/or bags as bluesman suggested.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bigger fermenter? - but I have no pump!
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:02:41 PM »
Blatz - you must be a big guy to lift a full conical.  
yeah, I'm bigger than the average bear, but one of my other hobbies is staying in shape - lots of deadlifting, cleans, etc. so perhaps I take lifting the conical into the fridge for granted.

I am in fairly good shape, but at my age I am not going to risk a hurt back.
Lifting wort is what the March pump is for, among other tasks.

I'm 32  ;)

but yes, you are correct, which is why in about 9 months give or take, the March pump will be doing all of those tasks for me  ;D.  its not a heavy lift, but it is awkward.

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