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Other Fermentables / Re: Cidre noche
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:46:54 PM »
I'd head on up to the Wenatchee area and visit Snowdrift, especially whenever they release that red-fleshed apple cider again.  But yeah, Nat's Revival Dry is a great cider.  Among the trio of PT area cideries I prefer Alpenfire, but you can't go wrong with Finn River either.

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 12:48:38 PM »
if something works, keep doing it.  I think most people understand this.

Personally I'm just not afraid of 0.036psi (0.2% above ambient) from a 1" column of water in my airlock.

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:15:49 AM »
I've never had a problem or "stall" with Dupont either.  I follow the same pitching/temp profile as Drew.

Though I use an airlock.  Always.   8)

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:10:02 AM »
I noted the Dupont 1 vs Dupont 2...is there really a difference between 565 and 3724?  Always wondered but had just assumed they were the same.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Thinking about trying my had at mead
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:11:49 PM »
OP, have you narrowed down what you want to do, style-/alcohol-/sweetness-wise?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1272 American II
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:51:39 AM »
my go-to yeast for most American Ales, especially Cat 10 but I use it in 14B as well.  Love it.

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Ingredients / Re: When you can't get proper german saaz
« on: June 21, 2014, 11:00:06 AM »
I've had some really crappy Sterling, and some Sterling that was almost a perfect substitute for Saaz.  Nothing else has really come close.

it isn't a problem for me, as I use Mittelfrueh much more often, and love Liberty in its place.  Of the stuff I make regularly, BPA is the only style where I really need/prefer Saaz.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Banana from WLP029?!
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:26:43 AM »
sulfur from 029, yes.  Banana, no man, never. 

Does it have the white grape character?  To me that is the most distinctive part of 029, and my favorite part (if subdued).  Without that I would immediately suspect a mislabeling of the vial, especially if it truly dropped clear that fast.

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kinda silly, and telling, when no foreign beers make your top 50.  Again.

if we're going to do this, I will reiterate what I've said in previous years:  Call it what it is - Homebrewers' Favorite Beers.  Not "here's the best beers in America" ...because it is not that.

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I've never made undrinkably bad beer, but have had a few fizzy bug infections and a couple batches of apple cider vinegar.  Although after Gary Awdey's talk I'm scared to death discovering mousiness in my cider.   ;D

worst mistake was probably at the end of an incredibly long double brew day, pitching the belgian yeast onto the dunkelweizen and the weizen yeast onto the patersbier.  beers turned out OK good, but all that work to end up with something different than I aimed at was pretty deflating at the time.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager
« on: June 19, 2014, 09:21:24 AM »
during the talk the beer seemedfairly caramelly to me, though still delicious.  I could have sworn I saw something like "12% Cara-amber" up there on the screen.

man, am I good or what...
38% Pilsner Malt
38% Vienna Malt
12% Dark Munich Malt
12% Weyermann Cara-Amber Malt

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Homebrew Competition Presentation
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:42:36 AM »
I have suggested 3 flights on a Saturday to a couple organizers, but am always told "that's too much work" by said organizer.  If done properly, I really don't think it is, and the judges are simply better when they are not enduring the 12+ beer flights.

anyway, Brian/Bruce do a nice job and I'd be happy to judge one of their competitions again anytime.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 03:15:18 PM »
we knew the menu days in advance last year, but certainly way past registration time.  I really enjoyed this year's menu but feel the pain of those on other diets.  I hope more accommodations for these people can be made.

is there any etiquette on not attending the banquet, but walking in at the start of the awards ceremony and waiting to see if your name is called for a medal?  There seems to be plenty of empty seats at that point...


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Beer Recipes / Re: Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager
« on: June 18, 2014, 01:22:20 PM »
during the talk the beer seemedfairly caramelly to me, though still delicious.  I could have sworn I saw something like "12% Cara-amber" up there on the screen.

However after the banquet I had several samples where it seemed notably cleaner, more of a nice bready malt than sweet, toasty with much less caramel.

I shall have to do more "research"...

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:32:54 AM »
Anyone else get a really sore throat after the conference followed by sickness?  Seems several people I know did... Someone was the Outbreak monkey this weekend.
Yup...soar throat, then sinus congestion/infection.  Yesterday was the worse but ears are still plugged up.

Hey...I think I shook your hand at club night...thanks a lot dkfick  ;)

post NHC 2013 and 2012 are by far the sickest I've been in a couple decades.  I was pretty wary about glass sharing this time, and have thus far avoided illness...

anyone remember that suspect glass rinser in the social club in Philly? 

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