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Homebrew Clubs / Indiana homebrewer Brew BQ
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:56:54 PM »
Is anyone going to this this Saturday from 2-7pm from here? Jon, Jeff, ... I might make it though not truly a member of an Indiana club. I do live and brew in Indiana, but my club is in Cincinnati.  Just curious if I would run into anyone whose name I might recognize
Edit for smart phone poor predictive text

The Pub / Spocking?
« on: August 21, 2015, 11:53:38 AM »

Hope this is not too political, and I figure I cant be the only one on here who is a fan. I got the biggest laugh out of this today. looks like its 6 months old, but first time I had heard of it.

Ingredients / Standard 2Row vs Pale Ale Malt
« on: August 19, 2015, 03:25:21 PM »
So I just this afternoon picked up a new sack of what I was thinking was Rahr standard 2row malt. Unfortunately, my LHBS must have either ordered the wrong item, or just gave me the wrong sack. Unfortunately, I have already opened it and discovered the issue when entering into beersmith. The tag said wort color 4.15L, or 4.9SRM. The tag also stated Pale Ale malt. I will be having them get me the standard 2 row in addition to this, so what type of recipes should I plan on using this in? Other than a little darker, is it essentially interchangeable? In other words, what flavor impact does it have compared to standard 2row?

Yeast and Fermentation / Help me moving forward
« on: August 15, 2015, 05:18:53 PM »

So I just got back from a week in Florida.  I had left my belle saison fermented saison on 6plus # of fresh and then frozen raspberries. It's been on fruit for a little over 2 weeks and this is what I see upon first peek back from trip. No experience with brett, pedio, lacto brewing prior to this, so what are your thoughts?  Does this look like a beginning pellicle or mold?
     What's my next step if "simply" a pellicle?  Leave it for a while (how longish?) Pull or leave the bagged fruit? Have not sampled, as I only have one thief and did not want to cross from non clean to clean before I got some feedback. The fruit was frozen and then added still whole and frozen (first fruited beer, now I see I should have crushed it, etc prior to using)
     The good news is the clean batch if saison with 3724&3711 looks great, and is down from 1.053 to 1.003 in less than 2 weeks, sample chilling for tasting later tonight.
     Tell me your thoughts and experiences. I was planning on getting into some sour or wild ferments eventually,  now I guess it's probably time for another thief, sample tube, tubing, and a lot of red tape to mark off the non clean equipment

Beer Travel / RV Trip 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 12:09:29 PM »
So here's a rough outline of our agenda. I am looking for any suggestions at our stopping points or places that we need to make stops for.
     Depart                           Arrive
Lawrenceburg,IN             Peoria, IL
Peoria                           Forest City,IA
Forest City                    Badlands, Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, Deadwood South Dakota
Badlands, etc                 Buffalo Bill State park, Cody Wyoming
Cody, Wyoming              Yellowstone Natl Park, WY
Yellowstone                   Grand Teton Natl Park, WY
Grand Teton                  Nephi, Utah
Kaibab CampRVillage on the North Rim Grand Canyon, AZ
Grand Canyon                Boulder City for Hoover Dam
Boulder city                   Las Vegas for RV drop off then about 24 hours in Vegas

Not sure of exact routes, but likely the most direct routes between destinations. I know we are trying to stop at Monks House of Ale Repute in Sioux Falls, SD. Really just looking for anything else I should schedule on our route. We have several nights in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, most others are simply over night stays. Any family friendly hangout suggestions are appreciated. 43 hours in an RV over 2200 miles (just between destinations, not counting sight seeing,) 3 fighting kids, I will NEED/WANT some good beer every night and cant bring enough homebrew due pre and post RV constraints: 5 in a minivan to IA, then Flying home from Vegas. Whatever you think will be important to see, maybe not as important as Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon,Hoover Dam, etc; all of which I have never seen.

Equipment and Software / Volume in my Kettle
« on: May 14, 2015, 01:52:24 PM »
So some googling tells me the volume surrounded by a cylinder = pi*r2*H. When I plug manufacturer's specs for my kettle into this equation, I get roughly 3.14*64*19.2 from the formula here:
and this says it equals 16.7gallons in my kettle. My main issue is that when I measure the interior dimensions of the kettle, I get a radius of 7.25" and total height of let's call it 18 7/8". Plugging these measurements into the formula yields a volume of just under 13.5 gallons. This kettle was marketed through kickstarter as a 15 gallon kettle, so I am wondering if my math is off somewhere. I have weighed water by the gallon (8.35#/gallon) as I have filled the kettle with strike water and the volume never matches the manufacturer's etchings on the inside. My measurements were made with what I take to be an accurate tape measure. the reason this all matters is that this weekend, I have my first 10 gallon batch planned that will require 12.5 boil volume or adjust with top off water. If I actually have the 16.7 gallons, I am not concerned, but if I only have roughly 13.5-14 gallons inside, I am very concerned. can anyone help me trouble shoot the math to ease my mind? I know Mark had a formula posted in a thread somewhere that would help me here, but it was not specifically a kettle volume thread, so I'm having trouble narrowing down search results. Very long winded I know, but can anyone help me?

Beer Recipes / German themed IPA
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:15:02 AM »
My next brew day will be a German themed IPA, tell me your thoughts:

55% Avangard Pils
35% Weyerman Munich I
10% Vienna

Bittered with German Herkules (15.7% AA) pellets
I then have 5 oz each of Mandarina Bavaria and Hull Melon whole leaf hops for whirlpool, and dry hop

Wyeast 1007

OG 1.06
IBU: 77ish
SRM: 6.1
Estimated ABV: 6.5%

So what do you think overall? Also, hop schedule for the whole leaf: 5 oz whirlpool, 5 oz dry?

Yeast and Fermentation / IPA pitch
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:42:07 PM »
I'm brewing my house IPA, but going with us 05 dry vs the 001 I usually make a starter with. It should be 5.5gallons at 1.068ish. One pack or 1+, I do plan on re-hydrating. What say you?

General Homebrew Discussion / Just for fun
« on: April 22, 2015, 07:39:34 PM »

Commercial Beer Reviews / Another eventful shopping spree
« on: March 26, 2015, 06:20:28 PM »
Here in Chicago's south loop for the week. Stopped in at a Binny's Beverage shop. Found some treats I can't get at home! Party on! At least tomorrow after everything cools down tonight

Beer Travel / Cincinnati Bockfest!
« on: March 08, 2015, 11:24:43 AM »
Just got to Bockfest,  sipping on a Hudepohl Bock, SWMBO is drinking a Schoenling Bock, next up will be Emancipator doppelbock from Christian Moerlein

Beer Recipes / Today's Shopping LIst
« on: March 06, 2015, 12:17:31 PM »
Out in the field for work today, I stopped at my favorite grocery store for beer. Jungle Jim's International Market has an awesome selection of beer from around the world and across the country, all organized by place of origin.
While there, I picked up the following:
Six pack of Troegg's Perpetual IPA
Six pack of Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter
Four pack of Great Lakes ChillWave DIPA
Six pack of Ballast Point Sculpin
2 bombers of Rogue Sriracha Stout (mainly for SWMBO)
Cant wait to try them all out, I will post back the thoughts of my fairly untrained palate.
Have a great weekend everyone


Um, is this for real! "Give me the cheapest, crappiest beer." Are there actually people out there saying this?

Beer Travel / Newport Hofbrauhaus
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:18:04 PM »
So I'm here. I missed the Braun beer as they tapped the doppelbock on Wednesday,  but I am stuck with tiny little half liter glasses as they won't serve the 8% doppelbock in full liters! I know I read in here somewhere that in Munich, the half litres are only for women and children. I guess they did not hear that here

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