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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:45:21 AM »
Cascade about two foot, Willamette and Centennial are about a foot. Giving them a few more days then hacking them down. I don't trust that spring is here just yet.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:16:47 AM »
I know there's a lot of importance put on hop aroma freshness,  but in my opinion a super fresh smelling beer that is under carbonated is not going to fly. Personally, I would plan on brewing it at least 8 weeks out from shipping day.

Equipment and Software / Re: Faucet thread size and pitch
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:51:48 AM »
Dunno but I'm curious why. What are you planning?

Beer Recipes / Re: Stone releases official Levitation Ale recipe
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:16:00 AM »

Edit: I looked at the recipe and that's too much crystal. I'd ditch the black malt too.
You need fair amount of crystal and high mash temp for 4.4%abv beer.

See, this is why "winky" emoticons let people know your joking around.
Crystal hater!!!

Edit: [emoji12]

Equipment and Software / Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:08:27 AM »
It's just not as cool. The funny cork, the wire contraption that most likely does nothing, that all just really makes the whole Belgian experience.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:01:43 AM »
Cool info. Sounds right. Reads like a cut n paste. Good work for first post. Now we're dying to know who you are and some background on the info.

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.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 24, 2015, 08:21:25 PM »
Just to clarify, I'm asking about the brew date to the judging date.
Are you bottle conditioning?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Schedule
« on: March 24, 2015, 03:33:04 PM »
I only mention it cuz ya never know.

Anyway, im a beleiver in slow steady ramping up in temp. And it depends on gravity and strain. My lagers are around 1.050-1.060 and I start with wort at 48º and controller at 50º. I walk it up one degree per day to 68º. So, after a full week its still only at 57. No harm there. No diacetyle or stalled fermentation issues either. My medium strength ales usually start chilly, about 60º for a few days, then I do the one degree per day routine up to about 70.

On bigger beers I give it more time on the cool end.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: try at batch sparging
« on: March 24, 2015, 02:00:19 PM »
Thanks Denny.

S cerv, I hear what you're saying. But I think we should just remember that its an ameture hobby and time really shouldn't matter. Plus, if some BIABer claims to save a whole day... cool! Right?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Schedule
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:42:10 PM »
No mention of gravity readings in this whole thread. Are we assuming?

Equipment and Software / Re: Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:36:22 PM »
Ive learned to only push it in a little. Its required when you have a huge cork. Guys with little corks can push it all the way it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Hoppy Lager
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:25:41 AM »
No I don't need 4 more. Maybe it is the hops. Now Im getting a nasty lingering artificial sweetener gak that I just cant get past. Made it about 6 oz into this one and had to dump.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Hoppy Lager
« on: March 24, 2015, 04:46:08 AM »
I also could just be wrong.  I'll give it four more tries, just to be sure. If after that I still don't like it, then so let it be written.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Hoppy Lager
« on: March 24, 2015, 04:25:46 AM »
I enjoyed the BCHL.  I thought it was quite piney, like it had a lot of Chinook or maybe Simcoe (sorry I never looked up the actual hops that might have been used).  I'd buy it again.  Maybe you just don't like piney hops?
You're probably right. But there's still a heaviness issue. It shouldn't take determination to finish 12 ounces of beer. I dont have to give SNPA any thought, other than "where'd that beer go?" And its not the 7%... I have no problem with Bigfoot... Personally I think its got way too much crystal.

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