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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:47:37 AM »
BINGO, we have a winner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Common Are Infected Batches?
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:45:26 AM »
I've often thought every batch may have some level of contamination. The question is whether it becomes perceivable at any point before the entire batch is consumed. I've had beers like Barleywines go years and never exhibit contamination flaws, but I still wonder if there isn't some level of bacteria or wild yeast present.

As contamination rendering an undrinkable beer, I've had it happen twice. Both times it was acetaldehyde and was due to contamination from some undiscovered source. Once it presented very early and the other time it grew over time.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:20:32 AM »
Yep, in very high quantities I have heard exactly the same thing...burnt marshmallows.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Shiner Oktoberfest
« on: September 02, 2010, 02:37:34 PM »
Ayinger - thank me later... ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: How much honey malt for a slight honey flavor?
« on: September 02, 2010, 02:36:33 PM »
I have to disagree. It does have a sweetness which will remind one of honey. The flavor of the raw grain is pretty awful and acidic, but in beer it has a honey character. You won't perceive fresh comb or anything like that, but it will have that sort of sweetness. At one time I used a bunch of it, but now only for my Aye Corona recipe (which has nothing in common with Corona).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Out Questions / Please Help
« on: September 02, 2010, 05:24:11 AM »
I've not listened to any radio programs about HSA, but personally do not believe it is a problem pre-boil. Once my valve started sucking in air and aerated the runnings. For a 5 gallon batch (7 gallons of runnings) I had a completely full converted keg of foam pre-boil. The beer did not oxidize, nor stale prematurely. I cannot think of a better test pre-boil for HSA than that. Post boil I'm a believer in not splashing, but pre-boil, I'm not convinced it happens. YMMV

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: August 31, 2010, 04:49:19 PM »
I didn't find any DMS in the draft I had - just tons of onions and garlic. YMMV

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Piraat Ale
« on: August 31, 2010, 05:03:51 AM »
I haven't had one in forever, but I loved it several years ago when I last did. It certainly was alcoholic, but it is also nearly 11%. I found it had a light phenolic (a good kind), but didn't find it to be fusel. Now a batch could certainly have fusel alcohols or have changed from the last time I had it.

I'd suggest picking up a bottle somewhere else and give it another whirl sometime in the future.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Room Temp
« on: August 30, 2010, 06:21:26 AM »
A 40 watt light is enough to heat my chest freezer in the winter. I could have rewired my temp controller to heat mode but I just let the freezer to cool it down if it gets too hot.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: August 30, 2010, 06:18:39 AM »
I got through 4 ounces out of an 8 ounce draft pour before giving up and ordering something I enjoyed.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:07:42 AM »
Admittedly it's not for un-adventurous taste buds

ROTFLMAO - to insinuate that I might not have adventurous taste buds is so funny it just doesn't even deserve further comment.

The beer sucks IMO due to the use of Summit hops - however some like it and like those aromas and flavors. It's one of those beers some love and some hate, I'm of the latter group.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: August 29, 2010, 07:52:16 AM »
I detest Gubna and the garlic and onion hop flavors...YMMV

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long will my grain last?
« on: August 27, 2010, 12:05:58 PM »
I actually had weevils at one time (gosh they suck) and threw the grain away before I knew better. Since then I separate the grain into gallon zips (4lbs ea) and then put those into other mice proof containers and store in the crawl space under the house. I have not had any additional bugs past that one experience and my thinking is if they ever do hatch it will probably not affect every zip. Back around 1999 we bought out a guys homebrewing stuff which is what started my accumulation of old grain. He said he hadn't brewed in 3-5 years and by now I may have used all his grains up, but there could be something lurking I haven't finished up.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long will my grain last?
« on: August 27, 2010, 10:45:10 AM »
As far as fresh grain, what is fresh?  When was it malted and when does the 1 year clock start to tick? Assuming it was harvested in August it then has to reach the maltster and be dried down, then stored for a month and a half, then soaked for a few days, germinated for 5 days or so, then kilned and processed some more before being shipped. So let's say it's out the door in November from overseas (pure conjecture - if anyone really knows when, let me know). If you want a sack next October it's already a year old...

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Ahh, but I can show some of ribbons in the garage...but I'm fine to agree to disagree.

When your properly stored grain hits two years in age send it to me and I'll add it to my collection...  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long will my grain last?
« on: August 27, 2010, 07:00:42 AM »
Certainly that's your prerogative to not use grain which has been properly stored for that length of time, but to recommend against something without valid proof of why just doesn't make sense. I've used grains that old (and older) and have given them away to be used by others and no one has noticed any issues with flavor components nor shelf stability.

My MO is to keep beers around far longer than they should be, so if an issue were to arise I'd certainly know.

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