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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: September 03, 2017, 08:33:54 PM »
Have any of you done the whiskey tasting at Total Wine? I am considering attending one, but I'm not sure it will be worth $20 for the ticket. 

If any of you have attended one, what bourbons did you get to taste?

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Night 2017
« on: June 30, 2017, 03:09:08 AM »
There were two stand out beers at club night for me. My favorite was a mild at the first booth on the left once you entered the hall ( may have been The east Sacramento brewers). It was serve yourself via picnic taps. I went back for that beer several times.

The other really good beer was a porter that I had while chatting with John palmer.  He said that that porter was the best beer he tasted at club night. Again, my memory is just a bit fuzzy, but it was from RAZE, SPHBC, or Cloudy Town Brewers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: June 21, 2017, 03:14:01 AM »
I was there too!  I bailed when the giveaways started.

Also, I didn't get quite as many hops as you did.


The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 07, 2017, 05:34:13 PM »

I ran across this video while searching for info about Old Grand Dad.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:06:05 PM »
Old Grandad 114 is supposedly being phased out or they are lowering production, I forget which. The price at one time was low, but it is climbing. It's a nice Bourbon and not nearly as hot as one would imagine being 114 proof.

That was why I chose the 114 over the bonded.  I may put it in the back of the cabinet and forget about it for awhile.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:26:18 AM »
Old Grandad BIB is fantastic for the price. You will probably not find Elmer T. Lee and depending upon where you live Eagle Rare can be difficult. In NC we are nasty with Eagle Rare whereas in SC you cannot find it anywhere.

My local municipal liquor store had Eagle Rare last time I was there. I think it was about $40.

I saw the grandad bonded last time I was at another liquor store. I did give it a second look, but went with the Old Grand Dad 114 instead.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 06, 2017, 03:45:01 AM »
I knew that you weren't a huge fan of the JB White label. I am going to use them as a baseline that I can compare the others to.

As I was reading through the thread, it seemed like my tastes were most similar to yours and mdixon's. As I said before, I am a novice when it comes to bourbon. I figured that using yours and his recommendations would be a good place to start.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 06, 2017, 01:33:41 AM »
I don't really see myself spending more than $40 on a bottle of bourbon. Like you said, there are very good options in the $25-35 price range.

I have read through the entire thread, and here is my list of bottles that I want to try: Knob Creek, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Henry McKenna, Elmer T. Lee, Basil Hayden, and if I get lucky, Weller Antique or Special Reserve.

I may also have to revisit Jim Beam White, and Black Label.

Seems like I have some work ahead of me.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 04, 2017, 08:55:43 PM »
I'm ready to join in. I'm a novice when it comes to bourbon, and am trying a few bourbons in the $20-30 price range. The first purchases were Elijah Craig, Evan Williams Single Barrel, and Jim Beam BIB.  I've had all of them neat, with a splash of water, with a couple cubes of ice, and with Coca Cola. The best of those to drink neat was the Beam. It was very smooth. The other two were great with a splash of water, as well as with some ice. 

Next, for me will be the Four Roses Single Barrel. With all of the positive reviews for it, I'm pretty excited to try this one.


The Pub / Re: Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries 2016
« on: March 16, 2017, 06:03:00 PM »
Thanks. a10t2.  In other words, don't pay any attention to what the BA considers to be craft beer.   ;)
They don't define craft beer. They have their definition for craft breweries. Yuengling and Minhas(!) fall under that.

Hey Sean, wasn't it a letter from August Schell's that also went viral. We plan to stop there making our drive to HomebrewCon.

The Schells tour is one of my favorite brewery tours. The buildings are beautiful, the grounds are spectacular with the garden and peacocks.

The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 05, 2017, 02:30:39 AM »
J.R.R Tolkien fans will recognize my name as the innkeeper of the Prancing Pony.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast for the Surly rally wort
« on: February 27, 2017, 04:06:25 AM »
Down to 1.014. Need to pick out some dry hops.

Other Fermentables / Re: Wine noob
« on: November 11, 2016, 02:59:30 AM »
I put in 100 ppm of SO2. 1/4 teaspoon in 5 gallons will give you about 50 ppm.


The Pub / Re: Oregon
« on: June 27, 2016, 01:56:22 AM »
I was there yesterday!

Ingredients / Re: Partial Mash Brewer - Red Color?
« on: May 10, 2016, 02:28:49 PM »
My suggestion for a deep red beer is to use Jamil's Evil Twin recipe as a guide.  It can be found at  Since you're doing a mini mash, use all of the specialty malts, plus as much base malt as your system will allow.  Just taking wild guesses with regard to batch size, OG, and efficiency, here is what it might look like:
OG: 1.057 (65% efficiency for the mini mash) 5 gallon batch
SRM: 16*L.
5 lbs Extra Light DME
2.25 lb Best Malz Red X
.75 lb Caramel 40
.375 lb Caramel 120
.375 lb Victory
.25 lb Pale Chocolate

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