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Beer Recipes / Re: Munich dunkel - critique?
« on: March 05, 2015, 10:13:29 PM »
I'll be watching this. I'm about ten days in the fermentor with my Dunkel 2.0 and my grains for 3.0 are at my LHBS... in other words I'm working on perfecting mine right now too. So far I've made two fairly good vienas, but Dunkel is still being sought

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Ingredients / Re: "Hop My Beer" hop oil
« on: March 05, 2015, 10:07:31 PM »
Great evaluation! I'd love to try them but not that bad. I guess I'm not surprised though. Sometimes shortcuts just fall short and don't make the cut.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Head Question
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:09:00 AM »
<10% in an IPA will be undetectable.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To filter, or not to filter?
« on: March 04, 2015, 10:18:59 PM »
I have played with the Buon Vino Super Jet filter for the past few years with my beer.  I prefer this filter as I can select the appropriate filter pad - coarse, polishing or sterile.  I have experimented with everything from my Belgian Triples to Imperial Stouts.  I also recommend Whirfloc and Biofine Clear or similar products.  They all work.  They drop most of the crud out, without filtering.

So do the filters really work?  Yes, and quite well if you select the proper pad density.  Do you need it?  Only if you have to quickly produce a beer and need to quickly put it on tap.  I have found they really do not "strip out" to any significant degree flavor and aroma. I produce only big beers.  I find that I prefer to let them sit for several months to properly mature.  At the point they become drinkable, then I can transfer from keg to keg and rack off the remaining sediment.  Turns out to be less work than filtering, tho not quite as crystal clear, close enough and acceptable. Also less air exposure for oxidation.   If I had to rush these beers to public consumption, I would then filter. 

Now if I produced IPA's (which I haven't done in 10 years), I might be tempted to filter them just to get them crystal clear and on tap ASAP before the hops fizzle out.     
More about selecting filters please

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 04, 2015, 10:13:54 PM »
WAMSS?!?!?!?

I just invented a new forum acronym,  feel free to use it.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:55:11 PM »
Yup yup

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I always used an oz or two of roasted barley to make an amber colored beer look more red. But I've never used Red X. Want to soon.
I have plans for a 100% Red X sour as soon as it warms up around here. Red X to about 1.055, lacto for a week at 98.6º and finished with Brett L. Dry hopped with something interesting like Mosaic and Simcoe. I'm stoked for the new style guide, which will really open up the American sours.

That sounds great. Love the color on that pic of yours. And I think I remember you liking the flavor quite a bit, right?
Ya it was like an english bitter but with a guiness ish ester profile. I forget exactly how much hops but guessing it was about 25-30 ibus of EKG

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:51:18 PM »
Grab a blank scoresheet off bjcp.org and sit down with your beer. If you dont find any of the faults on the left side of the sheet, I say go for it. As mentioned before, get winning out of your mind. Look for good feedback, but dont totally count on it. The score will help you see where others put your beer. But one set of score sheets is not enough data to get too worked up about. And finally, don't get worked up for any reason its just for fun and is a good fund source for the club running it. Hopefully you don't get blatant rude comments back, and odds are that you won't but,  if you do I suggest emailing a copy to the comp leader and the bjcp.

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The Pub / Re: Check out this homebrew!
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:35:14 PM »
Congrats! What yeast?
I'm sure you know the recipe but the yeast is a house strain.  And no I won't ship vials!

Big time cracking me up!!! Very big congratulations! Sorry about your sleep for the next 2 years....
Typo... you meant 22 years


Super congrats JT! Thats a keeper.

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I always used an oz or two of roasted barley to make an amber colored beer look more red. But I've never used Red X. Want to soon.
I have plans for a 100% Red X sour as soon as it warms up around here. Red X to about 1.055, lacto for a week at 98.6º and finished with Brett L. Dry hopped with something interesting like Mosaic and Simcoe. I'm stoked for the new style guide, which will really open up the American sours.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning bottles
« on: March 04, 2015, 01:58:15 PM »
One man's boring pain is another man's therapy. I currently have 6 csses of empty 12s ready to go. But when I run low I start stocking up. Then I dedicate a crappy weather day to the process. I have a couple bus boy tubs that fit a half case each. Hot oxy soak takes the labels and glue off. Quick inside scrub with a bottle brush. Hot water soak/rinse. Starsan dip. Then drip dry on a bottle tree. Box upside down in plastic coated cardboard cases for storage. In a day I can do 6 or 8 cases which is plenty for my needs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:34:51 AM »
My biggest pet peeve is "this has been asked before...search the forum before asking the same question again"  While it is good advice, sometimes the search functions don't provide the results you are looking for.

And it truly hate the "LMGTFY" posts...You go to all the effort to type the search into this website, then post the link on a forum to basically call people lazy.

Bottom line:  Rule #1 of the Brewer's Code - Don't be a dick!
Huh, I thought rule #1 of the brewer's code was Don't talk about the brewer's code.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 03, 2015, 09:51:53 PM »
My local parts store (UPS ship location) stepped up and covered the cost of second shipment without me even asking them to. Small towns suck usually but in situations like this they shine.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh! version 2
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:46:20 PM »
Next year Steve! And come judge with us too!

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The Pub / Re: Yum
« on: March 03, 2015, 06:47:06 AM »
I've been wrong on that one apparently. I always thought it was German for From Mars

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