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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just joined this forum
« on: May 31, 2015, 03:45:04 PM »
Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride. So much great info here that I renewed for 3 years at the end of my first year

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I brewed a recipe I saw on here in the thread "Blondie's Ale" Should be a great summertime brew: mostly 2 row with a touch of Honey malt abd Biscuit. Bittered with Willamette,  and I am using rehydrate 05. Also bottled 4.4 gallons of German IPA. Checked gravity on my pilsner: 830&833 both down from 1.053 to 1.010 after 15 days, just need to find a day to bottle 9 gallons of that. Busy beer weekend
Guess I put this in the wrong year! Had trouble searching through tapatalk and just grabbed the first one I saw

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I brewed a recipe I saw on here in the thread "Blondie's Ale" Should be a great summertime brew: mostly 2 row with a touch of Honey malt abd Biscuit. Bittered with Willamette,  and I am using rehydrate 05. Also bottled 4.4 gallons of German IPA. Checked gravity on my pilsner: 830&833 both down from 1.053 to 1.010 after 15 days, just need to find a day to bottle 9 gallons of that. Busy beer weekend

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Beer Recipes / Re: German themed IPA
« on: May 31, 2015, 12:34:23 PM »
I bottled these last night. Don't think I'm playing with whole hops in narrow neck carboys again. I put 6g allows split into 2 carboys. I should have aimed for 7 gallons. In the end, I bottled up 25 bombers plus 1 12oz bottle, for 4.4 gallons. Both smelled good. The 090 batch was already fairly clear but the 1007 will need some time to get anywhere near that clear. Samples of both were tasty and I'll see how they are in a couple weeks

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Equipment and Software / Re: Randall
« on: May 30, 2015, 08:36:57 PM »
mmm feathers!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Randall
« on: May 30, 2015, 04:43:40 PM »
Justin, I don't have one, nor do I keg my beer but I have to imagine that that product is not worth $300. I know there are diy instructions around using all sorts of readily available products to one yourself. I know I have seen directions for using  a water filter canister, among others. I'm sure those can be built for under $100, if not under $50. Just my 2 cents

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The Pub / Re: mountain of mulch requires homebrew
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:17:20 PM »
I hear you ken. I've spread 5 yards of mulch and 1 yard of gravel in the last 2 days. Feelin beat up, need another 5 yards of mulch and time for it. Tomorrow is a 28 mile bike ride on the Loveland Trail; along with rain and hopefully a brew day on sunday

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Transfer to secondary
« on: May 29, 2015, 12:47:39 PM »
     Whatever yeast is still in suspension will continue to ferment, but likely at a slower pace according to what I have read here. The remaining yeast may also not be up to the task of cleaning up after itself. Unless you feel like cleaning a second fermenter or are racking onto fruit, dry hops, secondary yeast, etc, using a secondary is not nearly as necessary as once thought. The few times I have secondaried, I did have attenuation problems and/or off tastes and flavors. Those were also before I had good temp control as well, so read on to hear what everyone else has to say. This is a pretty hot topic on here.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Might have a problem
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:40:34 AM »
JT, I fermented 3724 at 90 last year for 2 weeks with a ferm wrap and towels around my bucket. Help temp no problem that I could see

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 28, 2015, 10:08:28 AM »
     I'm so glad to live in an area with 3 separate LHBS' accessible to me during my work week. The main one I use also has an awesome line up of beers from their Brewery side of the business, and even that is split into 2 distinct brands(1 average strength and the second is called Triple Digit Brewing for higher(much) strength brews. Their brewery has expanded several times since I began home brewing 2 years ago, and they are remodeling the store for better bathrooms, and I think expanded tap room area.
     The next one is also now operating as a brewery, but I recently found out that they are contracting out their brewing(they started with a 3 keggle set up to fill the tap room) and now have to have someone else do their brewing to keep up with demand. I hardly ever shop at the third location, but its close when in a pich, just not around any of my work driving really.
     All 3 shops have great, enthusiastic employees who are also home brewers. I don't think Ive really ever been lead too far astray at any of the three. In my limited viewpoint, the business is booming in greater Cincinnati, as was seen last Friday morning at 10am: Main shop I frequent had about 15 cars in the lot, with 5-6 people shopping for ingredients and 2-3 people in the taproom, plus employees: I had to wait in line to check out at the shop side. Granted it was Friday on a holiday weekend, but seemed like no shortage of business to me.
     As an aside, I love to frequent my LHBS', but in OP situation, I might have to look elsewhere. Unless we are friends outside of the shop, I did not come in to hear how your business is declining. Not to sound unsympathetic, but that's not why I came in. Don't try to pressure me with sob stories, or scary rumors about the future of the industry/your shop. Handle your business properly, and the business will/should take care of you.
rant(observations?) over

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Ingredients / Re: Rahr Pale Ale Malt
« on: May 22, 2015, 06:07:12 PM »
JT, I got a sack of it earlier in the year from Listermann's and have been very happy using it for all my 2 row needs. Really no comparison notes to pass along as its just my second sack of 2 row but I'm liking what I brew with it, unless you were actually talking about their pale ale malt and I have experience with that

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: May 22, 2015, 04:21:59 AM »
I plan on trying to be I. For the next swap as well. This thread has been an awesome read start to finish/now

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Pimp My System / Re: Mill Prototype
« on: May 22, 2015, 04:11:21 AM »
Looks great mikeg

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The Pub / Re: Tapatalk hosed?
« on: May 20, 2015, 04:34:21 AM »
Yep locked out

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Equipment and Software / Re: mash tun
« on: May 19, 2015, 07:29:24 PM »
+1 to all above!

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