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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alchemist Heady Topper
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:32:58 AM »
I don't do a bittering charge per se any more on any beers.  I FWH and then all late additions.  DIPAs are amply hopped.  At least in my opinion.  ;)

The Pub / Re: Huge news from The Weaze
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:42:58 AM »
But does she like good beer?

+1  :D

If she does, I recommend her staying with commercial brews (remember Jolly Rancher beer)   ;)  all kidding aside, there is a lot to be said for happiness, in any form.  Best wishes, Wease!

Going Pro / Re: Who the **** would sell me a building?
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:25:25 AM »
Way to go! Good luck getting it all together.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna/Octoberfest Maltiness
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:05:23 AM »
This years Ofest used 50% Vienna, 30% Munich 6L, 4% Caramunich 2, and the balance pilsner malt.  Just finished carbonating, I'm very happy with it.  I too have ben toying with the idea of doing away with the Caramunich altogether in this beer.  I agree that it's not really necessary and I the long boil (90 minutes) gets it to the color I want without it.  The Ofest that I get on tap at Prost is the Hofbrau Ofest and is a light golden color, but still has a nice malty character.  I prefer the slight orange tint of the traditional beer.

Beer Recipes / Re: PNW American Sour
« on: September 05, 2014, 12:17:03 PM »
Be patient Jim.  You will start noticing the aroma first, but it takes a while (3 months minimum in my experience) before you will detect any real tartness in the beer.  Good Luck!

Going Pro / Re: Kinkaiderbrewing website is up
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:35:03 AM »
I think we are getting together this week and building the cooler walls, some of the fermenters are done and ready to ship so it's getting real.


Homebrewer Bios / Re: Jim Rosenkranz aka Redbeerman
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:15:45 AM »
Talked to you in Philly at the meet up at Nodding Head. Maybe more times, but the memory is hazy!
I know what you mean, Jeff.  For me, the combination of alcohol and ever-advancing years plays hell on my memory!  ;)

Homebrewer Bios / Jim Rosenkranz aka Redbeerman
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:08:35 PM »

Who Are You:  My name is Jim Rosenkranz or redbeerman.  I figured I’d put this out there because I’ve been on the forum since its inception and have even met many of you all.  So here’s the story of Jim, the homebrewer, not to be confused with Jim, the engineer or Jim, the musician, neither of which I do well if I’ve had a bit too much to drink.

Home Town: Port Deposit, MD

Homebrew Club: None at the moment.

I've been a homebrewer since:
January 1992, Well technically, I brewed my first batch in the summer of 1978, but we got stoned and forgot about it.

Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? I was brewing a barleywine, all grain, and had to mix two separate worts together.  Well the first spare got stuck, (I was using a plastic false bottom)…I was pissed,  I emptied the mash tun, found a piece of braid and did a Denny conversion and haven’t looked back.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew? There aren’t too many styles I haven’t brewed at this point, a favorite, I always like a crisp pilsner in the summer, and a Baltic porter in the winter.  DIPA is good anytime.

What style(s) will you never brew? N/A

What was the first beer you ever brewed? How did it turn out? It was a brown ale extract kit and it turned out OK, although it didn’t carbonate real well.

Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? No, but I’ve had a few that turned out pretty bad…

What is your favorite beer recipe? German pils, all pils malt and Hallertauer hops.  WLP830 yeast.  Simple, but wonderful.

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging? I am a provisional judge and have not taken my tasting exam yet, but I have been judging for about 4 years anyway.  I’ve judged with some really stellar folks and have learned a lot from them.

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? A fermentation fridge so I could make lagers is my favorite.  A modified batch sparging system works fine for me.

Describe your brew system. 10 gallon Homer and a 15 gallon kettle.  I use propane and a Bayou Classic burner

How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? On average, about once per month, I may do batches every couple of weeks if inventory is dwindling.

What is your favorite malt?  Why? German pils, I brew 80% of my beers with it.  I like the sweet grainy flavor.  For IPAs I will mix it with Munich.  Yum!

What is your favorite hop? Why? Amarillo, it’s a classic.  Hmmmm, maybe Centennial, no Citra, no Hallertau… Hell, I don’t know.

Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast? US-05, WLP830, and WLP530 are the ones I use most.  I like US-05 because it is clean, same with WLP830.  The ester profile of WLP530 makes for really nice Belgians.

Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share? Nope

If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him? Michael Jackson, just because.  A nice German style pilsner.

Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? I brew mostly alone, but Ron Price and I have a number of beers over the years. Always a good time and the beers turn out well.

Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? In my garage with the doors open.

List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite? I don’t really name my beers, I may get attached to them, and knowing eventually that I will have killed them, well, it will make me sad.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Fine before or after dry hopping?
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:55:04 AM »
No, you're thinking Smell my Finger by the Sex Pistols

No, pretty sure it was Sniff The Glove by Spinal Tap.

Speaking of which, this is one of the best six-pack carriers I've seen in a while:

+1  I love it!

Going Pro / Re: Kinkaiderbrewing website is up
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:44:06 AM »
That is awesome!  Checked out the pics on Facebook.  Looks like your getting pretty close.  Best of luck to ya!

Ingredients / Re: Pilsner malt
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:33:21 AM »
Best is best, but Avengard is pretty darn good.  Weyermann is solid, too.  Dingeman's for Belgians is probably preferred, but not necessary IMHO.

I've been using Avengard and have been very happy with the results.

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with cabbage (say what?)
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:09:01 AM »
I would not use beets, although I love them, I believe they would impart a flavor that is a bit too earthy for beer.  You could boil some beets and use the boil water to do some experiments though.

The Pub / Re: Natural Born Losers
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:52:45 AM »
What makes me angry is watching people run up their credit cards and home equity debt, then filing for bankruptcy and getting out of paying any of it back.  This leaves responsible people pretty much holding the bag.  We pay for it with higher interest rates and tighter lending practices.
Pretty much a myth. About ten years ago the lending industry was given the opportunity to rewrite the personal bankruptcy code to the point that it no longer serves the function of providing people who need it a fresh start. This is not good for any of us except lenders because it means lots of people using most of their money to pay back debt instead of participating in the economy. The number one reason people declare bankruptcy is unexpected medical expenses coupled with not being able to work for awhile because of the sickness or injury.

I was using a very specific example with names withheld.   8)

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:20:09 AM »
Thanks man!

The Pub / Re: Natural Born Losers
« on: August 27, 2014, 05:13:27 AM »
What makes me angry is watching people run up their credit cards and home equity debt, then filing for bankruptcy and getting out of paying any of it back.  This leaves responsible people pretty much holding the bag.  We pay for it with higher interest rates and tighter lending practices.
Although one could argue that lax lending practices are what leads to this particular issue and that this is all cyclic. If you're handing out what is essentially free money, then irresponsible idiots will snap it up in a heartbeat.

Like what the banks are getting from the Fed?  ;)

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