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The Pub / Re: Reminiscing
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:36:42 PM »

Even for us old pharts, it's a splendid time to be a homebrewer. I don't think a day goes by when I don't learn something new about beer and brewing.

Indeed.   This has been an interesting beer year.  Some guy I know in Delaware is opening a brewery, so a group of us threw in.  Here's to success!   8)

For me, Mosaic= :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:17:21 PM »
Good luck Jonathan!!  Hope you scored high.  I will most likely wait until San Diego to take the tasting exam.  It's almost impossible to get into one within a year on taking the online exam around where I live anyway.

Beer Recipes / Re: Improving the malt flavor of an IPA
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:54:19 PM »
I like Maris Otter most of the time, although I do brew a double IPA using pilsner, Munich and Vienna malts that is quite good.  Personally, I haven't been real impressed with North American malts, just sayin'.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Suppliers
« on: November 04, 2014, 12:30:48 PM »
I buy most of my stuff at my local homebrew supply shop.  I've known these folks for years and they always treat me well.  Kettles and kegs I usually buy online.

The Pub / Re: Postdoc Brewing
« on: November 04, 2014, 12:27:30 PM »
Yay Tom!!  Good to see this glad for you.  Best of adventures to you.  hope you still
have some time for the science side of the equation as well.

Awesome!  Best of luck to you, Tom!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Wee Heavy extended boil time?
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:37:48 PM »
I believe the original recipe (a la Skotrat) was to boil one gallon of first runnings down to one pint  This is what I usually do and you get an awesomely thick, sweet syrup.  Never measured the temp though.  And the beer is always wonderful.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oud Bruin - First Adventure into Sour Beers
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:01:30 PM »
Kegged my oud bruin with the WY private release Oud bruin blend.  No noticeable fusel alcohol aromas or flavors even fermenting at 80-82F more or less from the get-go.  No weird off-flavors derived from the yeast either.  Hardly any sourness or acidity noted and a fairly high FG remained (I did mash around 157F with a dextrinous grist) of 1.025.   I am not too concerned as I was brewing this one for a blend with another Oud bruin that is a year old and hovering around 1.006 FG (a bit too low for my tastes for this style). 

I left the keg at moderate basement temps around 70F and will check on it in a mos or two to see if the acidity has increased and/or the FG has dropped.  I am hoping for both.  So far, a bit unimpressed by this blend.  Definitely not drinkable in 6-8 wks (providing I did not micro-aerate).

It will probably need 6 to 8 months to see any real sourness.  At least this is my experience with both White Labs and Wyeast Lambic blends or home grown blends of Sac/Lacto/Pedio/Brett I have done in the past.  Most sour funky beers are better aged a long time at cellar temps.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast poll for an unplanned brewday!
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:09:15 PM »
I would go with Windsor.  More body/character, flocs like a rock.

Pimp My System / Re: My automated brew system
« on: October 23, 2014, 05:24:51 PM »
And Windows is not so good when you have real time interrupts that need to be dealt with.  It usually prioritizes it's own first, like updates and other outside world stuff.  For good process control a RTOS is almost essential.  But you guys know this already.  A lot depends on how much you have going on, just controlling temperature or handling functions that occur over minutes as opposed to milliseconds it may work OK.  I've seen it go both ways depending on the application. Cool system.  I'm a little hesitant about putting heaters in plastic buckets.  A single fault and you may have a fire if there is not water there.

The Pub / Re: American Fascination with HOPS
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:42:09 PM »
Absence of finesse.

The Pub / Re: New hobby
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:56:25 PM »
A getting stopped with a new didgerido from guitar center in the car is a sure way to get searched, I would think. Unless you are in Washington or Colorado
Yes, a didgeridoo that is in plain sight surely constitutes reasonable suspicion to conduct a vehicle search. If the search turns up Frisbee golf discs they don't even have to find the pot to get a conviction.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mystery
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:54:38 PM »
That sounds exactly like what I have.  Snot consistency, awesome flavor.  I've had two of my buddies that are quad aficionados and they both loved it.  The issue I saw pouring it out of the bottle was that is was thick and poured with no head initially then the head just kind of appeared.  Jeffy's description sounds exactly like what I have.  I'm gonna let her ride.  Although I will monitor the bottles to be on the safe side.  My capper puts a round indentation on the top.  If that goes away, it's time for the fridge.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mystery
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:07:59 PM »
I was going to dump it, but I think I'll wait and see what happens.  It does have a slight tang to it.  Maybe add some other bugs as well.  Nothing to loose at this point.  Thanks for the input guys.

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