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Beer Recipes / Re: brett beer
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:12:30 AM »
Isn't brett trois a sac yeast? According to white labs it is

The Pub / Re: Frozen drain trick
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:26:34 AM »
This was only a tip for thawing. Hand warmers only stay warm about 10 hrs. They won't keep the pipes thawed forever.

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 10, 2017, 07:48:41 AM »
Oh well... just grab a stick and make approximately waffles

Ingredients / Re: Name your hop source!
« on: January 09, 2017, 11:49:38 PM »
Ted is an awesome guy. I got to judge Pale Ale with him at Seattle NHC with him last year. Then made him try my Helles and Helles Exportbier. That was fun.

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 09, 2017, 06:31:31 PM »

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 09, 2017, 06:15:09 PM »
It would be a step in the right direction if folks would understand the difference between by weight and by volume. Causes my turrets to flare up when folks convert or compare teaspoons to grams. A teaspoon of fluffy stuff weighs less than a teaspoon of dense stuff.

I've just now read this whole thread, and agree with a lot of what various folks have said. 

I think the joy of homebrewing can be somewhat lessened by over-analyzation and nitpicking details.  I also think that things like water chemistry are super-important.  So there's a balance to be found here.  I just can't get into LODO because it seems like religious zealotry to me, and that's not my bag. 

I like bourbon a lot, and I am also a huge fan of Denny's BVIP.  I recently brewed my second batch of this and have never had such positive feedback from my friends.  It's exceptionally smooth and balanced.  That said, I haven't sampled many commercial bourbon beers, so my experience is limited to Denny's awesome recipe.

In my opinion, over the last few years, homebrewers have gained access to tons of brewing information and then tend to obsess over the newest and greatest trend (hoppy beers, session beers, LODO, etc.)  It seems like such a race to be the know-it-all, and then the joy is lost. 

Over the last few years, I've gotten to the point where I'm really happy with where I'm at as a brewer and so I've spent less time on the forums.  I still get a lot of solid info from this site, and I appreciate that the community is growing and pushing the edge of brewing.  For me though, the continual obsession with novelty is kind of tiresome. 

Brewing is a rewarding hobby for me, but I also have a ton of other interests and demands on my time, so maybe I'm taking a more balanced approach. 

As for the "a lot of homebrew is crap" mentality, you have to appreciate that somebody took the time to attempt to craft a beer.  If it's not perfect (and is it ever?) I think the best approach is to make some helpful suggestions and thank the brewer for sharing their beer.  Also, share the knowledge.  I teach a couple of homebrewing classes each year, and it's always rewarding just to see new people getting involved with a DIY lifestyle, however they do it. 

Cheers, y'all.
Right on!

It's an Internet forum, so there can be a bit of the CB radio mentality  (those alive in the 70s will understand). In my opinion, it's all good. If someone wants advice I will try to help. What can get tiring is an attitude of "my beer is the best" though none of us have tried it, and the only evidence is citing some study. Coupled with "your beer sucks" even though they haven't tried it, and based only on a notion that it wasn't brewed according to some study.

After a while it all just sounds like playground "my dad can beat up your dad" nonsense.

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.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Diacetyl rest left too late?
« on: January 09, 2017, 08:13:31 AM »
Another very viable option for home brewers when you make any mistake that results in a less than excellent beer is to dump it and brew again, minus the mistake

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 09, 2017, 07:56:57 AM »
I use 'merican for temp control, water wort and beer gallons, grain pounds. But hops are grams, DME is grams, starter water is ml, acid is ml, salts are grams. Wort and beer is SG but starter wort is °p because it figures itself out 100ml + 10g = 10 per 100 or 10°(ish)

I stopped taking gravity readings mid 2016 cause I realized I don't care.

I order only milled grain and it sits for many months before use.

I never make starters.

I ferment at whatever temp my basement is.
I support your right to do that.

All Things Food / Re: why can't you people simply say...
« on: January 08, 2017, 05:01:51 PM »
As you can see by the photo, the "stick" is super precise.

Metric needs to rule the day. It's a tiny world now. Get with it. If some people are so stupid they can't adapt from 32F to 0C, they probably aren't contributing to society anyway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: January 07, 2017, 05:25:33 PM »
BrewBama that's definitely an interesting point you make in that more ingredients does not necessarily equate to more sophisticated beers. I will keep this in mind as I switch from being completely reliant on kits to making my own recipes. This actually is my Brew years resolution, to stop buying kits and start brewing from ingredients I put together. ::) Maybe even start doing a partial mash! (prob getting ahead of myself  :P)
Go to YouTube and search "brewing on the ones"

Here's another one. Probably not best practice at all but....

I have complete trust in Bru'n Water as I do not own a pH meter.

Yup, after continually hitting my ph with brun water, pH measurements went the way of iodine starch conversion tests for me. I trust the spreadsheet.
I can vouch for brewer's Friend as well. Never wrong unless you make a mistake

I believe that a pretty good pseudo lager can be brewed with the right ale yeast (see Zymurgy, Last Drop Mar/Apr 2016).
That piece got me banned from a small lager centric forum.
And the GABF gold winning cream ale is brewed with Mexican lager yeast.

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