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Ingredients / honey malt
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:05:36 AM »
I have never used it
and always seem to wrinkle my nose and snort a bit in disregard when I see it in recipes.
Not sure why.

I always sub out some crystal instead, and am wondering what I am missing.

What do you think?  I am I depriving myself of knowing the honey?


Kegging and Bottling / keg leak help
« on: February 04, 2013, 11:09:01 AM »
I got home the other day and opened the fridge and found my new Baltic porter oozing out of the OUT keg connect where the fitting for the picnic tap hooks on.

Lost about half a gallon. >:(

I made sure that the post was tight, so I am thinking that the plastic fitting is to blame.

What experience with this?  Is it just a dirty fitting?  Should I not use it again? Wasting Baltic in the floor of the fridge ticked me off.

Thanks for your help.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re-freshing tired yeast
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:24:21 AM »
So my question is about re-use of yeast that has worked on progressively increasing OGs.
eg. Pitched a starter of 1450 in 1.061 wort; fermented.  Pitched cake into wort OG 1.072. fermenting.

Now, I have heard that yeast get tired, and repitching from a 1.072 OG into something...say a 1.056 OG a bad idea because the yeast is pooped after a big job.

So can I refresh the vigor of the yeast by just making another starter and building it back up again?  Or is the tired yeast story bunk?

Thanks for your thoughts and experience.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re-use of dry hops
« on: January 08, 2013, 05:21:48 AM »
Just wondering if anyone has actually experimented with reusing hops that were previously used for dryhopping?  What experience could you pass along?

Seems, in theory, that the bittering compounds should still be intact. 

Normally with a freezer stuffed with hops, I would not consider this.

But I recently kicked a keg of West Coast Bitter that went super fast, and the dryhop package was an ounce each of Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra. I am interested in brewing this bitter a lot, and with those trademarks at the end just got me thinking about recycle.


The Pub / Winter 2012
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:56:57 PM »
Bring me some.  Please.

The Pub / Backcountry beer
« on: August 14, 2012, 07:26:37 AM »
So you are backpacking the wilderness and want to have a beer in the evening.

The availability of good beer in cans is nice for car camping or boating or rafting or wheeling or some other mode of travel.....but backcountry walking or skiing sometimes will not allow the weight of a six pack!

How about some beer concentrate to slake your yearning?   

patent pending  :o

Would you try it?  I guess they are going to make it available next year....
meanwhile, buy a tee shirt please ::)

The Pub / Solstitium
« on: June 21, 2012, 02:53:00 PM »
Wow.  Nothing here?  I thought fo sure the Puna would have some info on this event.

I had to get up and get a raccoon off the coop....crazy beautiful the night sky laden with the smog of the Milky Way.  Anybody else out there get to see the Way from the front porch?

Mkay.  Imma go set some water, because it is wicked hot.

The Pub / The Trash Thread
« on: May 13, 2012, 05:27:16 AM »
One mans trash
is another mans treasure.

Ingredients / Hop Beta
« on: April 04, 2012, 07:59:15 AM »
Wondering if someone can explain Beta % to me, and what it contributes?


Kegging and Bottling / Pretty sure I like flat AIPA
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:21:03 PM »
I just kegged an IPA yesterday, left it out of the fridge to warm the dryhops into infusion.

I just pulled a little.  Man, it is so good; I am calling it hoppy bread.  And it is flat.
Lately I have been enjoying flat IPA, or ones with little to much less carbonation. 

So, the question is this:  Anybody else enjoy beer that is significantly under- or lightly carbed?
I mean, I don't think I need to even add much gas to this for it to be a totally enjoyable meal for me.
The hops are popping!

What say you?  Am I just thirsty? ???

All Things Food / Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2012, 04:08:25 PM »
My fingernails are filled with soil for the first time this year.

How about a garden thread?

I would love to learn from you brewers
that spend time in the garden.

Watcha got?

Ingredients / The Perle
« on: March 05, 2012, 01:50:14 PM »
I was accidentally sent an extra 6 ounces this year.  Whole flower, American, and I think around 8%.
I rarely use this hop, mainly in a Baltic and snpa.

Just wondering what folks like to use the Perle for?
Anybody mess around with it as a late addition? 
Good hops to blend with...C hops?  Goldings?

I was thinking about using them to bitter an American Brown, and perhaps again late.  Not sure.

Thanks for your thoughts and comments!

Ingredients / Magnum late
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:37:10 AM »
So I am out of nobles in the fridge,
and wondering if anybody has tried to use magnum late in place of late additions of Hallertauer or Mt Hood, or....

I know it is widely boxed into a bittering hop only.
But, I once did a single hop hopburst pale with it,
and it came out quite nice/rather mellow flavor and aroma and I thought it had subtle noble characteristics.

But it has been a long time since that beer, and I am not altogether certain I want to chance that road again.
So, just wondered if anyone has any experience with this nonsense.


Kegging and Bottling / The slim 7
« on: February 06, 2012, 11:30:54 AM »
Last week I scored 4 kegs, a CO2 bottle and regulator off Craig's list, $100.   :-*

The bottle turned out to be a slim 7 lb bottle.
I cleaned the keg fridge out really well this weekend, and now I can get 5 kegs in there with the bottle.
Perfect height as well.

Are these slim 7 pounders very common?  They sure work well for space constraints.


General Homebrew Discussion / Your favorite glass
« on: January 31, 2012, 07:32:37 AM »
How about a glassware thread?  I know everybody has a favorite.
Perhaps you like different glasses for different beer.  Maybe your vessel is not even glass.

It would be interesting to see what everybody likes. 
Pictures are encouraged, unless you are very gifted in the art of verbal description. ;D

You already know I like a nice Mason jar, but I have become particularly fond of this shape:


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