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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alchemist Heady Topper
« on: December 24, 2014, 07:42:32 AM »
there's one or two out there on the interwebs  ;D

the one I used was from  I can post it later from my beersmith file if needed. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: NCYC 1108: Box of chocolates?
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:37:45 PM »
I just boil my stir bar, hasn't been that much of a problem.

one thing I have noticed that I like about stirring a starter, particularly if stepping up, is that the stirring tends to reduce blowoff loss. 

you know way more than i want to about yeast Mark!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alchemist Heady Topper
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:28:39 PM »

i've made a clone with yeast cultured up from several cans from a friend.  Clone was very good, almost as good as the real deal, though when the punch of the dryhop started to fade, it went downhill to just a 'good beer'  very quickly.  same goes for the real deal - it has about a month lifespan.  i think the less harsh bitterness is a product of the yeast used - clone calced at 300 or so ibus, with 6oz/12gal  of ultra high AA (apollo?) at the beginning and it still was a smooth bitterness.

lbond2 -lets be fair here, RR's 'marketing department' is about the same size as the Alchemist's.  what causes the hype is the beerheads on BA and RateBeer. Pliny has been around longer so it may seem that its got more 'behind it' but I don't think RR is producing all that much more than Alchemist who just expanded, relatively speaking.  They're private family businesses that are focused on making good product and just so happen to both be very popular right now, and while it sucks for some of us that demand>supply, its pretty cool that they're so successful 

Ingredients / Re: What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« on: December 23, 2014, 01:08:12 PM »
33 oz in 12 gal of a RuinTen clone.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: anyone used wyyeast california lager strain
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:21:26 PM »
Mark - is the ACME strain the same one used by North Coast?  They have some "Acme" labelled beers, but it could be coincidence.

Pimp My System / Re: Finally!
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:16:20 PM »
congrats dave!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:04:45 PM »
agreed that Pivo from FW is awesome.  sadly, we do not get any of their beers over here. 

perhaps I should have stated not that there aren't a lot of good american made examples, rather that we don't get distribution of them.

Used to get Stoudts but no longer. We do get Prima, which I do love, but it just doesn't fit the bill for me when I want something refreshing and not an IPA after a long weekend run or something.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:16:04 PM »
I just saw the post from SN. I'm wondering what style of Pils it is?

German style.

Lagunitas Pils is good but like most of their beers to me - it's good, but once is enough for me

Wish I could try the Sunshine Pils - love the Amber and doppel

The Pub / Re: Founders Sells Minority Stake
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:23:35 PM »
I like it.  Pay back those relatives and in-laws who have helped get you started/kept you afloat with some retirement funds

but why wouldn't they get a note to do that?  loaning on craft beer is popular these days (a friend that runs a community bank virtually categorized it as rubber stamp underwriting, more signs of the bubble we've been discussing for years but that is another topic).

I just don't see, from founder's position, why they would sell a minority stake rather than get a note, especially since the publicity isn't the best.  they've proven themselves, and could probably take the note out via cashflow in a reasonable amount of time.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Costco Craft Beer Selection
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:15:35 PM »
wow.  our costco has Sam Adams winter classics and Mexican beer sampler.  yay!

eh, I don't need to be buying cases of beer anyhow..

Commercial Beer Reviews / Nooner Pils
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:35:46 PM »

anyone tried this yet? 

Looking forward to it - I enjoy Polestar Pils from lefthand quite a bit, but aside from that there aren't a whole lot of good american made examples of a crisp German Pils. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: getting beers dark but not overly roasty
« on: December 10, 2014, 01:00:25 PM »
I like Midnight Wheat as well. Roast is bare minimum, with nice dark color.


BTW - you are going to notice, in a big way, 4.5% of carafa.

Even if it's carafa special (dehusked)?

yeah, that's a lot.  1-2% and you will get a hint of roasty flavor.  4.5% is a lot.

to give you some perspective, I used 2oz of dehusked carafa II in a 12gal batch of vienna, and a judge (very good one at that  - Master level) picked up on the hint of roast and recommended I not use any roasted grains in the grist.

I tend to pick up on it when its at 1% or more, 2% i definitely get some flavor from it, and above that its clearly noticeable. 

The best schwarzbier's i've had often have just a hint of roastiness, just enough to flirt with your senses, but without the acrid notes you'd usually associate with a stout.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Review of CIP processes
« on: December 10, 2014, 12:20:29 PM »
hot water loop (I never bother with my water only pump), flush and then fresh water flush after every batch.

PBW loop every 3-4 batches, and Acid #5 loop every 7-8 batches.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: getting beers dark but not overly roasty
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:57:30 AM »
I like Midnight Wheat as well. Roast is bare minimum, with nice dark color.


BTW - you are going to notice, in a big way, 4.5% of carafa.

i'd personally use just enough Midnight Wheat to get you to 23-24SRM.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Long do You Dry Hop in a Keg?
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:29:13 AM »

I have a couple of those, they work pretty well.  I did find that with heavy hop loads, such as with an imperial ipa where 4-6oz might be in play, that the canister became just a constipated green hop poop log that was actually somewhat dry in the middle when i cleaned it out.  There was not much circulation going on for sure and that was a bit annoying.

I am currently testing out a different keg dryhop method on a IIPA as we speak.  Will post about it if it ends up working out. 

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