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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whiskey Barrel ageing a beer
« on: February 18, 2016, 05:51:45 PM »
Alternatively, you can soak some bourbon on wood staves/chips. Age your bourbon on those staves or add that bourbon to your imperial stout to taste. Or both  :D

This way you don't need to brew 15 gallons.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 18, 2016, 04:39:31 AM »
Yes. They gave me the option for St. Louis.  I work 10 minutes from the Philly drop-off location. I don't really feel like shipping beer out this year that's why I was hoping for Philly.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 17, 2016, 05:02:40 PM »
I only entered in "Philly" and did not get any entries in.  :-\ Oh well. Time to drink the beer I was going to enter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: February 15, 2016, 06:30:25 AM »
I still haven't received my 2015 hop crop "preorder" from Label Peelers


I called 2 weeks ago and cancelled my order. They had plenty of time to get them to me. I ordered from YVH and had hops to the East Coast in 3 days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2015 Hop crop
« on: January 11, 2016, 04:33:58 PM »
I got the same email from Label Peelers. I've gotten great deals and service from them in the past. Sucks that they're getting shafted by this situation.

What sucks even more is that this major player in the hop business is apparently putting homebrewers on the back burner. I'm hoping that it's mainly because they just haven't gotten their stuff together because of the new merger. Thankfully their are enough sources of quality hops that I can vote with my dollar and boycott HopUnion until they set this straight.

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Soon after I pre-ordered from Label Peelers (in October), a poster on reddit claimed that they took until mid-Jan to get hops out last year.  Seems he was correct.  Their price was still pretty good that I never cancelled my order. I have plenty of stock to ride it out. I'll probably use another supplier next year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:05:00 PM »
Going with IPA and 1056 but going with Citra for the first time... With Simco and Amarillo. Charge it with magnum at 60 then all other hops after flameout and then again at 180F.

This should be joining my wild session ale for MLS opening day.

I'm going way off the reservation this weekend. Using yeast I haven't brewed with in a long time. And making beers that are really out there for me.
APA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
IPA with Centennial and Cascade and 1056
Old school is the new New School

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 import hops release?
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:30:42 PM »
Hops Direct released theirs a few weeks back.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: All Grain to Extract Success Stories
« on: September 08, 2014, 04:13:03 PM »
I've reverted back to extract for a few batches. I have small kids so it makes my life easier to fire the kettle at 6am and be done by 9am. I think the beers are much better than when I first started. That is most likely to yeast care and fermentation now.  But they are not quite on par with my all grain brewing. 

I do think that the brand of extract matters on wort fermentability. I've found Northern Brewer LME and Briess Extra Light to be better than MoreBeer. I've also done mini-mashes: adding 0.5lb 2-row into the mash for 20 min to help convert the extract more. I have not done a proper experiment with that technique though. Hmmm... maybe that would be good for an AHA research grant.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Punching up my Blonde Ale Recipe
« on: July 05, 2014, 07:07:11 AM »
You could also add citrus rind at the end of boil in addition to the hops.  The rind from a couple of navel oranges adds a sweet citrusy character to blonde.  Lemon rind also works very well in this style.

I personally never use American 2-row in a blonde. I use Pils malt because blonde is a malt-foward beer style, and American 2-row is the melba toast of 2-row malts.

I've added the juice and zest from oranges/lemons/grapefruits directly into the wort at 170-190F for 20 minutes along with the 0min hops for my IPAs. Works great. For a blonde ale, you could hunt down some meyer lemons and use them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mold?
« on: July 05, 2014, 07:00:23 AM »
I would not worry about your batch. Looks like something in the glass or airborne.

I would imagine a commercial brew left in a glass would look the same after 2-3 days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:53:32 PM »
After killing my back hauling branches from this winter's ice storm, I decided why not completely wreck it and brew my sour session.

Saison base (pils and munich), with 20% oats, meyer lemons and tangerines (zest and juice). 48 hours with the lacto and it's already from 1.038 to 1.012. Time to crash to 62F and add the Brett C. Finished with Amarillo dry hops.

It finished at 1.006 the first time around and tastes like a Shandy.

My back was not happy Monday morning.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: April 06, 2014, 01:59:16 PM »
I just cold crash the primary than transfer it to the keg. Once the temp gets back to ambient, I add the hops in the keg. I can prevent oxygen once it gets to the keg as opposed to a secondary.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Prime Dose for bottling
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:41:17 PM »
I like this sugar cube idea a lot. I haven't seen a sugar cube in years. Will they fit in a standard bottle opening?

They fit most bottle openings. You should be able to get sugar cubes in a simple grocery store. Domino makes them. I use them when making an old fashioned, but have never tried them for bottle carbing. Can't be more than a few bucks for a box of hundreds.

I think the Wood talk and the Historical Water talk were my favorites.

The cheese and beer one as well, but that's meaningless without the beer and cheese in front of you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:42:08 PM »
Anyone have any thoughts if I can bring a keg on SEPTA? Trying to figure out best way to get it down there.

I don't believe they allow alcohol to be transported on public transportation.  I may be wrong, though, you could call them and find out.  Bus or train?

I guess my only option is to bring the keg into work. It would get up to room temp. Sadly, there is probably 20 walk in coolers here, but kegs are not really welcome in them.

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