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The Pub / Hmmm
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:43:31 PM »
All hooked up n ready to go camping, with like 150 other campers... Had to give up judging at NHC to go do family thing. It will be fun, but criminy. At some point I thinkbid rather just drive around and camp in my own driveway. Chin up, I'll survive, family first right?

The Pub / What is this?
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:06:23 PM »
I was googling some Speidel stuff and came across this photo on one of their brochures.

Equipment and Software / Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:44:44 PM »
The last time I corked n caged, also was the first time, I struggled with getting the right depth. More Beer suggests using a #7 stopper, but they are rubber and mash down too easy giving you a lack of consistency.  So I did this.... 3/8" by 1/2" stainless collar with allen set screw. You can set it wherever you need to and it stays put. $2 at any decent hardware store.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Beer Camp Hoppy Lager
« on: March 21, 2015, 02:13:12 AM »
Did I just get a bad batch? I bought a 6 pack last weekend. There's still 4 left. Tried a bottle twice and couldnt finish a whole 12 ounces either time. I normally really enjoy anything siera nevada. I'm curious if this was a collaboration or something.

The Pub / Happy Green Beer Day!
« on: March 17, 2015, 04:16:32 PM »
Thankfully I have to work. No greenies for me

General Homebrew Discussion / Gelatin Fining
« on: March 12, 2015, 05:58:25 PM »
I've read so many methods brewers use for gel fining. I'd like everyone who does it frequently with success to post their method. Then I'll draw a consensus and give that a shot. Maybe with a really murky batch and post before and after shots.

The Pub / Electrical question for the smart folks
« on: March 11, 2015, 03:28:01 PM »
If I was running some appliance (lets say 800 watts) off of four 6 volt batteries with ~400 amp hours, through a 1500 watt inverter, for 8 hours.... how many watts of solar would I need to recharge the batteries through a 30 amp charge controller on a normal sunny day?

It cant be as simple as 800 watts used for 8 hrs takes 400 watts charge for 16 hrs?

The Pub / New toy
« on: March 07, 2015, 03:14:59 AM »
Well new to me anyway. Looking forward to adventures. I need to start bottling more now I guess

Homebrew Competitions / Aaaargh!
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:11:22 PM »
Decided to track my NHC entry. Due to deliver tomorrow but there was a note that it was damaged in Portland and contents discarded. How frustrating. Thankfully if I ship by thursday it should still get there in time. I think I won't write fragile on it this time. The way I packed it someone would have had to throw it overhand at a concrete wall to break it. Probably exactly what happened.  Aaaargh!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Brasserie St James
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:20:12 PM »
I brought home a random box of beers from the 2015 Best of Craft. Tonight we cracked open a magnum of Brasserie St James 1904. A 100% Brett barrel aged pale sour. I'm impressed. Its super bretty and moderately sour. Complexly flavored. Very fluffy and finshes bine dry. Its a sneaky 7+% and doesnt seem it at all. If I could find it I buy a case. Very nice!

All Grain Brewing / Munich Dunkel Mulligan
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:49:38 PM »
My first dunkel is on tap now and is a pretty nice Vienna Lager. Wrong city

Tomorrow I'm trying a do over. I made a Modelo and I want an Ayinger
I'm being a bit sneaky though, and shooting for an Ayinger that you might find in a bottle shop in Portland. So it needs to have a hint of "imported" age. Just for beer geeks like me who will never know what its like fresh off the schnitzel.

Dunkel Kracker
10 lbs Weyerman Munich light
8 oz Melanoidin
8 oz Special B
2 oz Carafa II special
145-148º 90 min

14 grams Magnum at 60

Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager pitched at 48, set at 50º and walked up a degree a day after krausen slows

Think I'll hit my target?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Dark Island
« on: February 14, 2015, 09:09:38 AM »
I finally got to try Orkney's Dark Island. Mrs Klickitat and I had dental appointments in the big city so we rewarded ourselves after with a stop at Bellmont Station. It was fun to see what she threw in the cart. I grabbed stuff like Dark Island, Altbairisch Dunkel, Steam, Reissdorf, Rasputin, etc.  She grabbed stuff like The Commons' Saison and Flemish Kiss, and a couple of Jolly Pumpkin's sours. At lunch she ordered Pale 31, and a Saison with rose petals from a local brewery I think. I finally got a tapped sample of Vinnie's famous IPA. Awesome but not as mind blowing as the hype makes it out to be. Then I had a really nice locally brewed Scottish/Northern English type beer from Looit.

Anyway, I cracked open that Dark Island last night. Lets just say its awesome, but if that's the #1 example, then obviously Scottish Export has a lot of wiggle room when it comes to color and flavor. While Belhaven could easily be subbed as a Northern English Brown, Dark Island seems more like a Brown Porter. I got a lot of the same notes you find in a Samuel Smith beer. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, etc. No smoke of course. I'd characterize it as a premium version of what you'd find farther south.

Good learning experience though. It will make me a lot more flexible when judging Scottish!

General Homebrew Discussion / Tasty Sours Accomplished
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:37:45 PM »
Last August I made to big batches of what I'm calling Farmhouse cherry and peach. I bought an Italian corker and bottled them in 750 belgian bottles on jan 15, using champagne yeast. I ended up with 2 cases of cherry, 2 cases of peach, and then blended my leftovers and got 1 case of peach/cherry. I got anxious and chilled one of the blends last night. Just popped it open. Very nice! It could use more time to finish carbing and settle out. But in general I'm calling it a success. No off flavors. A firm sourness but not in your face. The fruit is very subtle. The brett is obvious but very pleasant. No alcohol on the nose or in the flavor, but it catches up to you. Tastes like 3% but feels like 6%.

I think I have found a style I'm good at. Can't wait for warm weather to get some more started. I'm going to skip tge Roselare blend next time and just do my trick of Lacto at 95º for a week, then Brett Lambicus at 68º till done.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Weekend
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:27:16 PM »
I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School

General Homebrew Discussion / Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 25, 2015, 09:33:48 AM »
A couple years back, SWMBO would only drink Coors Light and at my request would "try" various craft offerings. Usually coupled with a bitter beer face from a tiny sip and a comment like "Hmmm, thats really strong." After a while if she was really feeling daring she might finish a whole glass of Fat Tire.

Flash forward... if she brings home a six pack of Coors Light, she might have two or three over the course of a weekend. This weekend she chose Deschutes Red Chair on tap as her go to beer. Drained a pint of Fresh Sqeezed IPA, finished my pint of Crux IPA that was too dank for me. Cheered and immediately confiscated  $21 bottle of Logsdon kriek that I scored... as well as dabbled in several other tasters of IPA, pale, Scottish, stouts, and funkys.

I'm so proud

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