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Yeast and Fermentation / Omega Labs HotHead ale yeast
« on: February 07, 2016, 01:48:49 PM »
Anyone tried this yeast? The LHBS had split a batch and fermented one part at 65(ish) and the other at 89 degrees. I expected the 89 version to a hot fusely mess, but I liked it better than the cooler version. It has some really good fruity esters. I think I'll give this a shot next summer when my garage gets hot.

The manufacturer says up to 98 degrees, even.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Mission Street IPA is back
« on: February 02, 2016, 09:14:24 PM »
This piece I read the other day said Uinta. Haven't tried it yet, but Uinta and I go back to 1993, when they were draft only in Salt Lake City, so I'll give it a shot. I love their Hop Nosh IPA.

What's funny is TJ's won't be able to sell it in in their SLC store due to Utah's 4% ABV cap on grocery stores.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: hop stand exbeeriment
« on: February 02, 2016, 01:41:06 PM »
I've been poking around an article database to see if there have been any papers on this, but the best I found was a poster

It looks like they presented at the Master Brewers Association, but that's restricted to members. I'd be curious to see what they have to say

On a related note, the archives of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing are freely available. The latest year is subscribers only

All Grain Brewing / Re: All Grain Starter Wort fail
« on: January 31, 2016, 09:54:06 AM »
BeerSmith shows you the expected gravity after a boil. Did you leave it at 60 minutes? I set it 0 in my starter recipe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fuggles anyone?
« on: January 26, 2016, 03:56:34 PM »
Interesting, I had always assumed they'd be pelletized prior to shipping across the Pond.

Equipment and Software / Re: Citrix ShareConnect
« on: January 25, 2016, 04:06:51 PM »
I've used the RDC app from Microsoft on my iPad and it works pretty well. It's best if you're just on your own LAN and not wanting to connect from elsewhere (that can be done, but can get tricky). It needs Windows 7+ or XP Professional.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Beer Camp Tropical IPA
« on: January 24, 2016, 08:06:16 AM »
I destroyed a six pack and bought another. My Costco had a mixed cases (PA, torpedo, white IPA, and coffee stout) as well and cases of the Otra Vez. I went for the mixed case.
The coffee stout is excellent, I wish they sold it in six packs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Single Hop IPAs
« on: January 23, 2016, 04:15:08 PM »
Revolution in Chicago does a Galaxy and a Crystal version of their Hero series. Both are excellent. I'll add Amarillo, as one of the local brewpubs all time greats was an all Amarillo beer. That brewer moved to Oregon and things have never been the same.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: SN Beer Camp Tropical IPA
« on: January 20, 2016, 03:46:32 PM »
I got a six the other day. Not as tropical as I was expecting, but I like it. I think I like Hop Hunter better.

Ingredients / Re: Honey malt in an IPA?
« on: January 14, 2016, 08:50:25 PM »
Fremont Brewing in Seattle has a great IPA that's 2-row, munich and honey malt. It is a little sweet, but not overly so. I've tried coming up with something something similar and my grain bill looks a lot like gymrat's. Interesting how that's worked out in this thread.

The Pub / Re: NB Forum
« on: January 10, 2016, 08:09:23 PM »
They migrated to new software and nuked most of the comment database. No one from NB has bothered to explain why. You can still find old posts in the Google cache, but they're starting to disappear. It's a shame, there was a lot of knowledge lost.

And I hate the new format, I check in maybe once a week now.

Equipment and Software / Re: Getting hot water in my garage
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:33:47 PM »
My wife and argue quite often about drinking hot water from our kitchen faucet.  I wont even use that water to cook pasta.  My wife however, will use it to start her tea. 

Don't really know why I don't like the idea, maybe it's just that that water has been sitting in a tank for a while.

Most hot water heater tanks are glass lined anymore (AFAIK) so there should n problem caused sitting in the tank.

For me the only problem would be the sedimentation changes from heating the water. 

I will admit that I use hot water in the kitchen to get a jump start on some cooking tasks.


I've been cooking pasta in water from the hot tap for years now and I only talk a little funny.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mistakes, Learned From
« on: January 04, 2016, 05:51:48 AM »
Wow, reading through here makes me see a business opportunity for something like this for valves

*edit: typo

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: December 31, 2015, 03:34:59 PM »
Make sure an immersion chiller is empty when you put it in. If not you have to heat the interior water up to a boil along with the metal. I know by the longer time to boil when I forget to empty it out.
Not to mention the bursts of scalding water that can shoot out as it heats.

Beer Travel / Re: Chicago trip
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:11:29 PM »
I'll add Hopleaf to your list. Not a brewpub, but a great selection of Belgian and American beers.

The Binny's across the street from the Goose Island brewpub is probably the best bottle shop in the city. And they have a taproom.

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