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Ingredients / Cholaca
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:48:57 PM »
Anyone have experience they'd like to Share? I assume the unsweetened stuff is what we want, and guessing about 4 oz per gallon, added to last 5 min of boil. If I try it it will be in an imperial stout and I would want it at the noticeable level, somewhere between hint and dominated,  lol.

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The Pub / Checking In
« on: November 02, 2017, 09:14:47 PM »
Greetings folks!

I've been having a busy but fun summer/fall. Learned a new fun skill. But now it's getting to be brewing season for me. Soon I will be spending a day getting all my gear cleaned and ready. Looking forward to chilly evenings in the brewery listening to pod casts.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Howdy, and beer share review
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:02:09 PM »
Hey there everyone!

Life has been way busy here. I survived a few months of "No forum", as well as the past 8 months with no tv news... (winky thing).

I paused brewing for a bit. Too hot, and too fat. I'm down about 35 lbs and I think by December I might actually really enjoy brewing a batch, rather than viewing it like some goal to be achieved.

I added a new hobby, steelhead fishing. Of course I took it up on a year that has been a near record low for fish returns... and I decided simply catching steelhead seems too easy, so I had to learn to spey cast flies for them. Which lead to me buying a drift boat. Last week was my first solo trip down the Klickitat. A whole other hobby in itself...

Anyway. I miss you nerds! I'm fine. All is well despite what the news may be telling you.

Jimmykx250 sent me a few beers! He got some leftover Simcoe hops from me and decided to reciprocate. UPS showed up one day and surprised me. Figured I'd been scammed, lol. Pleasant surprise instead.

One of the beers was some "forum recipe". Um, I bet he followed it precisely. But this forum needs some help apparently. But right now I am enjoying, honestly, one of the best old school Barleywines I've ever had. He gave me very little info, just that it's a Barleywine and it's 2 years old.

Holy smokes! I've judged big beers at pro level at a national competition. This would easily make mini BOS easily.

It's well made and clean. Nose is rich, brandy like. Malt fwd, hops... we ho knows. Deep copper appearance, and would have been near brilliant if I hadn't dumped a slug of bottle conditioning in the glass. Bright white, creamy head, that dissipates rapidly as expected to a long lasting ring. A little lace and lots of leg. Flavor is bold and balanced. Rich barley malty goodness,  reminds me totally of a hot schotchie on a wee heavy brew day. Warm but not hot at all. You could tell me it's oaked and is believe it, but probably it isn't. Which is perfect! It's a big badass beer, so of course it's not quaffable, and it's mega full bodied, but not cloying or off putting at all. Mouthfull... enjoy... swallow... enjoy some more... in a few seconds your looking for another pull. It's August and I did chores all day. I'm choosing THIS over light lager. He sent me two bottles. The second is getting cracked in November after a day of catching chinook and coho. THEN it will reeeeeealy shine!

Fantastic job Jimmy! I mean It! Thanks!

Jim

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General Homebrew Discussion / Howdy, and beer share review
« on: August 15, 2017, 07:01:54 PM »
Hey there everyone!

Life has been way busy here. I survived a few months of "No forum", as well as the past 8 months with no tv news... (winky thing).

I paused brewing for a bit. Too hot, and too fat. I'm down about 35 lbs and I think by December I might actually really enjoy brewing a batch, rather than viewing it like some goal to be achieved.

I added a new hobby, steelhead fishing. Of course I took it up on a year that has been a near record low for fish returns... and I decided simply catching steelhead seems too easy, so I had to learn to spey cast flies for them. Which lead to me buying a drift boat. Last week was my first solo trip down the Klickitat. A whole other hobby in itself...

Anyway. I miss you nerds! I'm fine. All is well despite what the news may be telling you.

Jimmykx250 sent me a few beers! He got some leftover Simcoe hops from me and decided to reciprocate. UPS showed up one day and surprised me. Figured I'd been scammed, lol. Pleasant surprise instead.

One of the beers was some "forum recipe". Um, I bet he followed it precisely. But this forum needs some help apparently. But right now I am enjoying, honestly, one of the best old school Barleywines I've ever had. He gave me very little info, just that it's a Barleywine and it's 2 years old.

Holy smokes! I've judged big beers at pro level at a national competition. This would easily make mini BOS easily.

It's well made and clean. Nose is rich, brandy like. Malt fwd, hops... we ho knows. Deep copper appearance, and would have been near brilliant if I hadn't dumped a slug of bottle conditioning in the glass. Bright white, creamy head, that dissipates rapidly as expected to a long lasting ring. A little lace and lots of leg. Flavor is bold and balanced. Rich barley malty goodness,  reminds me totally of a hot schotchie on a wee heavy brew day. Warm but not hot at all. You could tell me it's oaked and is believe it, but probably it isn't. Which is perfect! It's a big badass beer, so of course it's not quaffable, and it's mega full bodied, but not cloying or off putting at all. Mouthfull... enjoy... swallow... enjoy some more... in a few seconds your looking for another pull. It's August and I did chores all day. I'm choosing THIS over light lager. He sent me two bottles. The second is getting cracked in November after a day of catching chinook and coho. THEN it will reeeeeealy shine!

Fantastic job Jimmy! I mean It! Thanks!

Jim

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General Homebrew Discussion / 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 09, 2017, 03:28:57 PM »
May as well get one started...

Got two entries. Ones already to go, waiting a week or so to bottle up the other. An American Stout and a 28C Roselare with Tart Cherries

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The Pub / Me this morning!
« on: February 09, 2017, 10:33:58 AM »

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Best of Craft 2017
« on: January 28, 2017, 09:49:17 AM »
Me and Santoch at Best of Craft. 1700 entries this yeat

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The Pub / Great Day!
« on: January 23, 2017, 02:26:16 PM »
Started off winter steelhead fishing on the Hood River. Had a couple takes but no hookups.

Then to warm up, I jumped to the other bank and dropped in at pFreim Brewing. Had an amazing Cognac barrels aged Dark Belgian Strong. Absolute beautiful beer! Got to shooting the breeze with them. A manager came down. We talked about beer and judging and awards... great folks. Walked out with a case of more amazing beers.

Life is great!

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Equipment and Software / BIAB no spargers
« on: January 22, 2017, 05:23:48 PM »
Anyone doing no sparge BIAB? Probably...

Curious about input on predictable efficiency drop from batch sparging normal mashing. Maybe I could gather an average if a few of you with experience. So I'm not so much looking for anyone to repeat what they've read or heard.

The interest comes from looking at that Whirlpool Vessi and contemplating a one pot wort making brewery some day in the future. I've also contemplated going to 12 gallon batches in a 20 gallon pot, split to two fermenters, rather than brewing two 6 gallon batches. I don't want to buy two new 20 gallon pots though, but if I could do a one pot brewery I might.

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Equipment and Software / IBU Experimental Brewing Podcast
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:39:25 PM »
Very cool podcast Denny and Drew. I am absolutely in no way surprised. Calculated IBUs only help when used as a benchmark for a specific brewer  trying to duplicate or adjust bitterness on his or her same equipment/recipe/ingredients.

Frankly, a brewer, especially homebrew, would do just as well just using grams of X hop for X time at X temp as their measuring stick. The use of IBU just implies a more precise and predictable outcome when that precision and predictability doesn't exist. Certainly not when different types of hops are substituted and only %A are considered.

Anyway- thanks for great info!

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The Pub / IPA Ginger Boiler Maker
« on: January 18, 2017, 03:29:36 PM »
After hearing Drew and Denny talk with Gigantic  (I think) about an IPA with a shot of Gin, I decided to try it out yesterday at the local tap house.

Damn!!! I think it's going to become a thing. Very tasty and makes the aroma really pop.

1. If you are an IPA guy, try it.

2. We need a name for this thing. Boiler Maker is taken. Maybe something in the vein of Irish Car Bomb. Portland Hop Bomb maybe?

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The Pub / Frozen drain trick
« on: January 09, 2017, 05:53:31 PM »
My shower drains froze the other day. Weeks of below freezing temps can do that. Like -10 every day and never topping 20...

So I'm gathering crap I might need once a crawl down there and I see my hand warmers I take fishing. Hmmm mm

Open, shake to activate, then just sit it on top of the P-Trap. By the time you get out from under the house your drain should be thawed and flowing again.

Way better than open flames, and easier than dragging electric cord and heat gun.

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Beer Recipes / Imported BiMart Sam Smith IPA Clone
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:13:50 PM »
I picked up a 750 of Samuel Smith IPA at The Dalles, Oregon, BiMart today. I've picked that exact same bottle up, from the unrefridgerated ailse shelf, to look at it a couple times over the past couple months. Today it was not faced, covered in dust, and looking sad, so I rescued it. After chilling it for an hour or two I  poured it.

(description intentionally omitted)

Clone Recipe
1.065 OG target mash temp to hit 1.025
75% American 2 row pale malt
25% American crystal 10

25 IBUs from Challenger at 60 min
10 IBUs from Target/EKG blend at 15 min

Thames II at 68f for 5 days, transfer to secondary.

Bottle at 2 volumes.


Enjoy

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Ingredients / Sorachi Ace
« on: December 20, 2016, 06:53:24 AM »
I got around to trying these in an IPA. Kinda went crazy with hops on this one. Bittered with Chinook. 150g each of CTZ Amarillo and Sorachi Ace whirlpool 170 for 15. Then another 150g each for dry hop.

It's an IPA! And all I get is Sorachi Ace... after one pint, the whole world tastes and smells like Sorachi Ace for about an hour.

Final analysis: don't worry about Sorachi Ace shining through in a blend unless the other hops out weigh it by like 5 to 1. And, by the way, not bad if you really like Sorachi Ace. If you don't like them, it will probably kill you.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast January - March PCs
« on: December 20, 2016, 12:30:31 AM »
Does anyone know what the next quarter PC releases will be?

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