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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Acetaldehyde post bottling
« on: February 09, 2011, 05:24:13 AM »
If it is an infection/bacterial the acetaldehyde will increase over time IME.

If Bud beechwood actually lowers acetaldehyde then without it that would be a heck of an apple-y beer!

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Lactic" Flavor
« on: February 04, 2011, 03:20:28 PM »
I think we need to be clear...lactic used preboil for mash and sparge water in normal amounts will contribute no appreciable difference in taste in the final product. Lactic spiked to boost tartness after fermentation is complete may add an "artificial" characteristic to the final product. Perhaps I should add IME.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Effects of Gelatin in the Boil
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:21:32 AM »
I first thought you meant gelatin in the boil, now it appears you want to throw it in with the dry hops. I'd wait until dry hopping was over if at all. I think the gelatin would most likely just adhere to any floating hops and not drop through the wort/beer to clear.

All Grain Brewing / Re: "Lactic" Flavor
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:18:51 AM »
Lactic used for acidification of mash and sparge doesn't generally add any flavor. IME lactic spiked to boost the tartness in something like a Belgian Witbier will have a slightly artificial flavor to it if overdone as opposed to naturally occurring lactic characteristics.

Beer Travel / Travel & Leisure America's Favorite Cities
« on: February 04, 2011, 05:05:23 AM »
So here's the top 35 according to them:

I don't know who was polled for this, but they obviously haven't been to some of those cities in search of beer...

1    Portland, OR    4.79
2    Denver    4.65
3    Seattle    4.47
4    Providence    4.41
5    Portland, ME    4.39
6    Savannah    4.30
7    Boston    4.28
8    Austin    4.20
9    San Francisco    4.20
10    Nashville    4.19
11    Kansas City    4.17
12    Minneapolis/St. Paul    4.17
13    Charleston    4.11
14    Chicago    4.09
15    Anchorage    4.03
16    New Orleans    3.98
17    Philadelphia    3.97
18    San Diego    3.94
19    Phoenix/Scottsdale    3.87
20    Houston    3.83
21    Baltimore    3.80
22    San Antonio    3.79
23    Salt Lake City    3.75
24    New York City    3.70
25    Santa Fe    3.69
26    Atlanta    3.64
27    Washington, D.C.    3.58
28    Honolulu    3.56
29    Las Vegas    3.47
30    San Juan, P.R.    3.46
31    Dallas/Fort Worth    3.44
32    Memphis    3.41
33    Los Angeles    3.40
34    Orlando    3.19
35    Miami    3.17

Beer Travel / Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
« on: January 28, 2011, 01:22:39 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gap in the BJCP Weizens?
« on: January 28, 2011, 06:50:56 AM »

This is back lit with sunlight so it certainly couldn't appear much lighter.

(note: I have no idea if this is 100% accurate, just a quick one I found on the web)

The glass will make a difference and how much beer you are looking through. I'd guess if we stuck it in a pint glass it would appear to be more than a 13.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gap in the BJCP Weizens?
« on: January 28, 2011, 05:45:32 AM »
There just aren't wheats which fall in the crack. Have a gander at an SRM scale and then name several (10-20) readily available commercial examples which are 9-13...if you could, then it might be valid for a revision.

I have made a pale Weizenbock before, but even it wasn't darker than an 8 SRM.

Beer Travel / Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
« on: January 27, 2011, 07:24:35 PM »
A quickie Savannah search using Jeff's site came up with only 8K per week


Sure the bride couldn't be talked into Asheville...course I went to TX to please my bride...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
« on: January 27, 2011, 05:44:26 PM »
Cannot edit off my phone. If I wasn't about to pop with dinner I'd gopher another $4 24oz tonight. Too stuffed to imbibe any more tonight!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
« on: January 27, 2011, 05:08:23 PM »
I thought it was great last year and the one I'm having right now is great as well. Since it's only a 24oz draft I'll have to have another to ensure the quality!

Beer Travel / Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
« on: January 27, 2011, 04:05:48 PM »
FWIW - Wilmington has one brewpub and a couple of decent places for draft.

Savannah was also a thought I had, several good places for draft. Moon River can get super duper crowded and touristy with crazy long waits. Savannah is a beautiful place to visit.

Beer Travel / Re: I need a bit of help please . . .
« on: January 27, 2011, 03:33:37 PM »
Man the coast of the Carolinas and GA just ain't the best place for tons of brews.

If I wanted beauty and solitude I'd head for Jeckyll Island, GA. Spanish Moss and all that jazz. I'm pretty sure there are some homes for rent.

As far as SC, Charleston has a pretty good beer culture running nowadays.

If you wanted beer centric I'd skip the beach and head for the mountains, Asheville, NC would be an awesome area for a wedding party. A trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway will rejuvenate the soul and Asheville is one thirsty place with plenty to soak up. I've never met anyone who has visited Asheville who didn't want to go back. That would be my suggestion or pick a nice beach house and get the beer on the way there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shotgunning a Competition?
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:29:48 PM »
Well said...I "gunned" for a circuit season back in the day...I sent 24 to a single comp once...ended up at the end of the year in 3rd place for all of NC, not bad when the second place winner took Ninkasi and the first place winner's beers were all amazing.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Duvel Tripel Hop
« on: January 21, 2011, 08:03:18 AM »
FWIW - It's really not over hyped here...I haven't been willing to shell out the price of admission...something like $18 per 750ml

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