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General Homebrew Discussion / Is -20 too cold to brew?
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:31:09 PM »
It's up to -14 outside, and 9 degrees in my garage since the burner has been going. I am brewing Denny's BVIP and have named it Polar Vortex in honor of the weather phenomenon that has given us this fine day.

What temperature is too cold for you to brew?

J


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Ingredients / Re: NZ Pacifica SMASH or APA?
« on: August 31, 2013, 05:55:41 PM »
I've only used it once in a rye IPA.  It was one of the best beers that I've brewed lately.  If you're familiar with Denny's Wry Smile, I subbed the pacifica for the Mt Hood, and Simcoe for the Columbus.

J

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove Jack's Dry Yeast
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:34:25 PM »
Haven't tried them yet, but I am looking forward to trying the west coast and the two English strains.

J

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Events / AHA Rally at Summit Brewing April 21st THIS SUNDAY
« on: April 18, 2013, 11:12:51 AM »
Will you be there? 

J

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Beer Travel / Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« on: March 25, 2013, 06:35:15 AM »
I visited brewpub in Mc Gregor IA. It is small town on missisipy. There is a small casino in the area.

Beer was great. Food was good and service was questionable.

As soon as I read the thread title, I was going to post about this very brewpub.  The name of the brewpub is Old Man River http://oldmanriverbrewery.com/.  They are not open year-round, so if you attempt to contact them, they may not respond right away.  I definitely agree with Thirsty Monk in regards to the beer being excellent.  I didn't eat while there, so I can't comment on the food.

J

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Anybody familiar with BRY-97 by lallemand?
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:52:32 PM »
I was very happy with this yeast in a smash APA.  I have an IPA that will be bottled this weekend that also used this yeast.

It's a clean american dry yeast.  To my taste, it's fairly close to Pacman yeast. 

J

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:06:44 AM »
I must confess that I had been duped about the CaraMunich and CaraVienna.  Seems like it's time for an experiment to taste the difference between CaraMunich and Caramalt.

J

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What were your gateway beers?
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:18:44 AM »
These are mostly chronological order.  Different beer for each level of beer nerd-dom. 
1. Labatt Blue
2. Killians Red
3. Guinness Draught
4. Moose Drool
5. Surly Furious
6. Bell's Hopslam
7. Stouts on nitro
8. Cask ales

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I have to bottle my BVIP tomorrow before vacation.  If the planet's align, I might do a late night brew session and make a farewell to 2012- Amarillo IPA.

J

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At the moment, my favorite batch was the first batch of Jamil's Evil Twin.  Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that Denny's BVIP is going to bump JET to second.

J

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Nothing for me this weekend.  All of my fermenters are full ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: food grade buckets ???
« on: October 28, 2012, 07:02:48 PM »
yeah, you can get the pickle smell out.  You just have to leave them out in the sun for awhile (although I'm not sure if that means a few days, or weeks).  A friend of mine makes wine (award winning) and he uses them.

J

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Ingredients / Re: Belma Hops?!?!?
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:06:10 PM »
I just organized a group buy for my homebrew club.  I think that Belma hops sound great.  Although, I don't think I'll be able to justify another order unless they get some Simcoe in stock.

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Made a batch of a Black Butte inspired porter with my dad today. 

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All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:55:59 AM »
My wife and I made our second ever batch of soap today (first time without guidance).  Everything went pretty smoothly, just a couple of drops splashed out of the bowl when I was blending.  The wife is in love with Coconut Lime Verbena soap from Bath and Body Works, so that's what I was aiming for.  Anyway, this is the recipe:

450g Lard
400g Coconut oil
250g Hazelnut oil
.45 oz Lime Fragrance oil
164g NaOH

I like the Coconut Lime just fine, but next time I'm going to make something a little less girly.

J

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