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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Guidelines-American Strong Ale
« on: February 18, 2011, 05:48:16 PM »
I agree, had suggested this on the morebeer forum sometime in 2008, had a good discussion and this led to a posting on the BJCP forum that's still there and dormant since. I doubt that it will get closer to being in the guidelines until numerous entries of the style start showing up in competitions (in cat 23).

Note that the Maltose Falcons guidelines do have this as a style, which was part of my argument for BJCP adding it. That and the fact that Arrogant Bastard, Red Rocket Ale, etc. have been around for... how many years?

I had given up entering my own version in comps as an Old Ale or an American Amber or American BW; managed a 2nd in cat 23 one time. So I entered it last year at the Mayfaire comp, as an American Strong, and it worked out very well ;)

Saturday is our new club's Huge Brew day, we'll be doing an 80 gal batch of IIPA to fill up a new 3bbl fermenter that one of our members needs to test - he's going pro (he's actually got 4 of them). On his system it takes two mash/boils to fill it so it will be a long, fun day and we'll all bring kegs to fill when it's done.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 Brewing Goals
« on: January 03, 2011, 06:01:39 PM »
Planning to spend effort getting our new club established. Would love to build a brew stand to reduce my brewing time (cause it takes 47 trips to move stuff into position), but I'm told (by my daughter) that I need to cut down on my brew activities because she's getting married later this year and I need to work on the house - can you believe that? Ok, so the house does need some stuff done to it... maybe I can hire out for that. She also told me I need to sell my sports car to pay for the wedding - not gonna happen.

So then, I need to have some beers for NHC and to bring to club night, right? And then, folks coming from out of town for the wedding will be thirsty, so there's more brewing (even though 90% of them will probably drink bud light, or wine).

As far as what to brew, I am guilty of sticking too much to the same cycle of american ales, so I need to venture into Belgians and English styles. Lagers? maybe, but not a priority.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 03, 2011, 03:41:03 PM »
Club brew coming up 1st, we're pitching in to fill a new 3BBL fermenter with a IIPA and splitting the result - a member is turning pro and wants to use this vessel for the first time. With his system it will take two mash/boils. Should be a fun day.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much did you brew in 2010?
« on: January 03, 2011, 03:37:06 PM »
10 batches for 50 Gal. 

Thought it was more - should have been, since I was kind of semi-retired (aka unnemployed) for most of the year. Another year of trying to perfect my recipes.

2 Imperial Stout
2 Blonde

All Grain Brewing / Re: crushed grain life
« on: July 17, 2010, 08:41:23 AM »
I try to buy whole grain and mill it just prior to dough-in. But I have to plan and order on-line ahead of time because my LHBS has only pre-milled grain in bags ready to purchase. Hard to tell how long it's been there and I get a sour attitude if I ask for un-milled. Having said that, I've bought their grain days ahead or had to postpone a brew with no detrimental result as far as I can tell.

I brewed a RIS on Monday, just got the last of a syrup made from Muscavodo sugar into the fermenter last night. Judging at the So Cal Homebrew Championships Sunday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp control in a hot climate
« on: June 21, 2010, 04:11:03 PM »
Igloo makes a 60 quart "Ice Cube" cooler that happens to fit a carboy or bucket quite well:

(ignore the price shown, your local wally has it for less than $30)

I dedicated mine to my carboy and cut a hole in the top for it to stick out of. Other folks have custom-cut some styrofoam and left the lid intact. You can use frozen ice bottles fit into the corners to keep temperature down, with or without the carboy sitting in water.

Or you can enhance that situation by using a temperature controller, a cheap pond pump and an immersion chiller (or loop of copper tubing) sitting in a ice-bottle bath in another cooler sitting nearby - works great, all you have to do is swap an ice bottle twice a day 2nd cooler.

Have fun! (we know you will), we'll pray for your liver.

Someday... (I'll make it to an NHC) In the meantime...

...I'll be brewing my summer ale - this time with Brewers Gold as the finishing hop instead of Cascade; been wanting to try this hop after a friend did a multi small-batch single hop experiment and this hop was a stand-out during tasting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stovetop/oven mashing
« on: June 11, 2010, 08:08:14 AM »
Used to do quite a bit of partial mashing on the stove, here is a shot of stirring while heating:

My sparge method was to move the grain to a colander over the brew kettle and slowly rinse with 168f water. I realize that this is inviting the dreaded HSA but I have 4 yr old bottles of strong ale that have no issues.

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