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Beer Recipes / Water profile for Evil Twin
« on: February 19, 2016, 11:30:28 AM »
Have Jamil's Evil twin on the schedule for next weekend. The first time I brewed this recipe, I was still on extract and therefore not concerned with my water profile so much. Jamil's write up on it talks of the malty body and hop flavor, so I am guessing I want to use Amber full for the malty body, the hops are all about flavor being just late additions. He also mentions the smooth bitterness, with no standard bittering charge. Does Amber full sound right to you guys?

Yeast and Fermentation / New Speidel
« on: February 16, 2016, 01:06:52 PM »
Just got my first 30L Speidel fermenter and plan to put it use this weekend. Anything I need to know besides a solid cleaning and sanitizing before or during use? I know it has been discussed a lot, but my brew is planned to be 6G of 1.100 with 2 re-hydrated packs of 05. Is this big enough to work for this brew, I know its listed @ 30L and most have said it really has a total volume of more, just don't want a mess first time out of the gate. I will be filling it and marking so I know its actual volume, just very excited to get it home and put it to use

General Homebrew Discussion / Cincinnati Winter Beerfest
« on: February 13, 2016, 02:45:56 PM »
Anyone else coming in for Cincy Winter Beerfest? Checked into the festival to get our passes early, then checked into our hotel to wait until fest starts at 730. There is probably about 150 people in line to check into the hotel right now. Glad we checked in an hour ago

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager X
« on: January 29, 2016, 04:53:51 AM »
Woke up this morning to find email from White Labs saying that they had reached the minimum 250 pre-orders for WLP 835 Lager X, and it will be shipping in March!

General Homebrew Discussion / What to look for in MA&NH
« on: January 12, 2016, 09:24:01 AM »
I have a friend visiting Maine and New Hampshire for work. He wants to bring me some beer. What suggestions do you have for what is available there that I cant get in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Shiner Holiday Cheer
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:30:39 PM »
This may be the last 6 pack I buy solely out of novelty. I've had and enjoyed Shiner Bock. We are in Naples for the week and went to Publix today for groceries, sundries, and beer. Pretty poor selection (read: nothing that jumped out at me as something new) but I had never seen this one so it was an automatic pick. Did not read the label, just cracked one open and it's not the (a)typical winter warmer, spiced holiday ale I was expecting. It's loaded with peach and pecan flavors. Anyone want 5 Shiner Holiday Cheers?

Commercial Beer Reviews / John Cougar Mellencamp
« on: December 15, 2015, 07:56:28 PM »
In other words, "Hurts So good."

Yes, I am enjoying a Habanero Sculpin. Every bit as delicious as the original, and then a giant kick in the teeth of Habanero fire. On my 4th of a sixer I have had for about a month. About 1 per night is about my limit, especially now that the weather is a changing again and my lips are chapped and cracked. All this pain and I am contemplating another...

Beer Travel / West Coast RV trip 2016
« on: December 11, 2015, 01:59:54 PM »
Looking at taking a trip down West Coast from roughly Santa Cruz to LA, visiting family in each of those 2 cities. If we stay mostly on the 101, what breweries are along that route to make sure to see. I know Firestone Walker and likelyThe Libertine as well. What other suggestions on that route that dont stray too far from the 101(with an hour's drive) do you all have?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Stone "Enjoy After" Brett IPA
« on: December 01, 2015, 12:54:24 PM »
Has anyone tried this from last year? i believe 2014 was the first year it came out and was supposed to be Enjoyed after 10/31/2015. I never saw it in my area, but did find some of this year's batch, Enjoy After 10/31/16 and have my fingers crossed in anticipation. I have been a huge Stone fan for a little over 10 years and am always willing to try anything they distribute near me, maybe with the exception of the recent 24 Carrot whatever it was
So who has any thoughts on Enjoy After?

General Homebrew Discussion / First club meeting
« on: November 20, 2015, 09:07:43 PM »
Finally made to my first home brew club meeting with the Bloatarian Brewing League. Been a member for a year, pieces finally came together and I could show up in time to renew my year old membership. Meeting was great with a focus on Brett fermentations.  Lots of home brew to share, sample, and critique. Had some good feedback on a couple of my brews. Got to meet @JT. All in all. A good night, glad I made it

All Grain Brewing / Mash specs for high gravity
« on: November 04, 2015, 09:33:23 PM »
i am planning on this year's version of our local Double Nut brown, from am old school home brewer, innovating legend. the brew targets an OG of 1.100, so I am looking t around 26# of grain. My 70qt extreme can handle any ration for this brew, including no sparge. I am really just wondering if I should target a "typical" 1.5-1.75 qt/# and a smallish sparge, or would I be better with closer to 1qt/# and a decent sparge. The other alternative is just a no sparge, but no experience really tracking gravity of first runnings, so not sure what that would net me. i am planning a 120 minute boil to help. With these parameters, a roughly 1.25qt/# yields a sparge of just 3.92G for my preboil of 8.56G. If I switch it up to 1.75ish, my sparge is only .57G. I know there was a post recently about mashing with a high ratio and a small sparge, just really not sure where to go with this brew. i have attempted twice before and never came close to the 1.10 OG, even using software with predicted efficiencies of 55-60%. What suggestions do you have? First 2x I tried this brew I went with roughly 1.25qt/# once and less than 1qt/# on second attempt. 1.25 got me close to 60% efficiency while .90qt/# yielded only 53%, but it was twice the batch size

Equipment and Software / King Cobra
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:32:57 PM »
My new chiller (self bday present) arrived today. Holy @$!# this thing is huge. It will take some careful thought and placement to get it into my BruGear kettle full of hot wort. The thermo well is essentially the only obstacle. I can't wait to put this beast into use this weekend for my You're my hero Double Nut Brown. Forecast is for mid to high 50s next week. No problem keeping ferm temp low enough (had to post pone from this past weekend.) The ferm chest freezer is full of lagering marzen' and 2 cases of random beer. Also have 2+cases of my wild saison that I finally bottled last week and 2+ plus cases of bock also bottled last week. So in reality, do I need to brew this weekend? No, but I NEED to brew this weekend, anyone know that feeling?

General Homebrew Discussion / Special Tampa brews
« on: October 10, 2015, 01:57:52 PM »

In town for a wedding and one of the in laws shows up with a 2013 Hunahpu! Can't wait to get into it! Also brought some Coppertail OFest

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.

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