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Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: Today at 07:24:44 PM »
Wort-HOG I got your PM, you're on the list.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Oxydized?
« on: Today at 05:13:43 PM »
1. What color of beer are we talking? Oxidation comes in different flavors and odors depending on several things. Generally, meaning not always, I find oxidation comes off like wet cardboard in light colored malty beers. As the beers get darker the oxidation perception changes to honey-like, then bad carmel, then sherry, then almond-like, and finally soy sauce in really dark old beers.

2. Rack your brain and figure out what you have done differently since the excellent beers. There is usually a hint hidden in there. For instance if you brewed excellent beers then took two years off, then made yuk beer. I would ask if you were using leftover grains from two years ago. But it could be a number of things. What's different since then?

Edit: I guess I didn't read thoroughly. Yes, if you recently quit purging, that would be my bet as the cause.

I'll throw a shout out for Brewing Network. If you are easily offended by locker room humor disregard. But if you can tolerate that, there is a ton of good info as well as entertainment. Caviat, no matter where you look you will find info and techniques that are questionable or outdated. For example the latest issue of Zymurgy is still suggesting olive oil in yeast starters. Awesome magazine, but you need to learn what is good info and what isnt. The BN is no exception. IE its not perfect, and shouldn't be taken as a fountain of irrefutable truth.

Having said that, there are shows on technique and technology (brew strong). Shows on all of the classic styles (brewing with style). Shows on sour beer, and The Session which is the flagship show. Also, Dr Homebrew where you send in a beer and two master judges give you feedback on the air. I submitted a couple lately and got great feedback, plus a couple 2L Erlenmyer flasks, some Starsan and PBW, and two full cases worth of reusable custom made beer bottle labels. Pretty awesome deal.

A few people hate the BN, but in my opinion they are awesome.  Worth a listen.

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: September 01, 2015, 05:11:31 PM »
Jim I want in, pm sent
Got it, you're on the list.

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: September 01, 2015, 10:56:33 AM »
I'm in.
Got your PM, you're on the list.

Ingredients / Re: Belgian Chocolate
« on: September 01, 2015, 04:45:52 AM »
Gimmick deserves the most over the top ingredients. Go with one they can google and be blown away with how gimmickly awesome it is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Czech Pils Water Profile
« on: August 31, 2015, 05:28:05 PM »
Lactic Acid + a syringe the best way to go?
I use a little kids medicine measurer. Looks like a miniature turkey baster with 1/2 ml marks. Holds 5 ml. Works just fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Full Sail & Logsdon news
« on: August 31, 2015, 03:53:29 PM »
Ya, I sure don't have any inside scoop. Interesting coincidence though. I'm sure Dave just got a healthy chunk of cash flow, but its not like he was living hand to mouth lol. Overall, it sounds like the Logsdon brand will end up growing and probably not lose any quality because some of the latest news indicates he's going to keep his hand on the tiller.

It looks like Full Sail is status quo operationally till next year. Then it will be interesting to see if there is a flood of talent in the micro/nano market as happy wealthy brewers make their exit.

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: August 31, 2015, 03:40:26 PM »
I'm in.
Cool, PM your info and I'll add you to the list

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: August 31, 2015, 05:33:33 AM »
Plug me in Jim!
Got your info, you're in! Someone's going to get lucky, this guy can brew!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Belgium/West Coast beer swap
« on: August 31, 2015, 05:06:40 AM »
Thanks folks, I think I have more than enough suggestions.

One more question: does anyone know of any good meads to be found in Oregon? I sometimes make mead myself and would like to compare. Nothing very sweet, but melomel is ok.
Maybe in California but I've lived in the PNW for 50 plus years and haven't found a commercial mead laying around yet. Probably in a big city bottle shop, but I can't think of a big mead maker around here.

Beer Recipes / Re: Green wild hop APA
« on: August 31, 2015, 05:02:04 AM »
I've brewed my home grown hops and my experience is to use four times the weight wet compared to dry. Also, if I did it again I would dry them first then use the normal weights. I think it gets rid of a lot of the grass trimmings odors and flavors.

Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: August 31, 2015, 04:54:57 AM »
Got it Pete B, you're on the list

General Homebrew Discussion / Full Sail & Logsdon news
« on: August 31, 2015, 02:35:05 AM »
I guess Full Sail somewhat recently finalized then sale. No longer employee owned. No word on how much, but a very conservative guess would be about $2mil per employee (averaged out). One of those share owners would Logsdon, and now the word is... who knows what, for Logsdon Farmhouse. I guess Chuck is already gone. Its strange because they just upgraded the bottling line and added a new coolship, and opened a barrel house (retail outlet) in town. Hmmm, gotta love craft beer suspense.

I think your spray bottle method is pretty cool, and I see the benefits you mentioned. I have to go along with the other post about fine tuning CO2 volumes though. CO2 volume is a big contributer to everything else in a beer, even appearance. Being able to precisely dial that it, not just to style, but even to one specific beer, is pretty vital if you are striving to get a beer from Very Good to Excellent or World Class. All things being equal, a small change in carbonation can make a noticeable difference between two otherwise identical beers. Same as final pH, same as mineral content, same as ingredient freshness, bla bla bla. So, imagine the brewer who weighs his grain to the ounce, hops to the gram, and measures ph to the second decimal point, but then ballparks his CO2 volume to within about a half of a volume... The beer may be awesome, but not exactly the same each time. Therefore not exactly at its best every time.

Cool idea that works, just hard to be very precise.

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