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I dumped 2000 gallons this year. FTW!! (Not really my fault. It was a glycol failure).

That had to have been a major bummer.

About 4 months ago, I had to dump my Heady Topper inspired beer. My 5 year old had a friend over and the friend repeatedly pushed down on the bucket lid to make lots of bubbles spew out of the airlock.

Good thing I tasted it before I put the dry hops in.  Wet cardboard. 

Still haven't gotten around to rebrewing that one

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Missing American Blonde
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:54:48 PM »
I am about halfway through a batch of Magnum Blonde, which I would suggest as a starting point. The recipe is here, .


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 04, 2016, 03:19:43 PM »
I don't mind juicy as a descriptor.  For me, it's a mouth-watering citrus or tropical flavor that lingers. 
Irregardless of what Denny thinks, juicy is a perfectly acceptable descriptor.

I'm trying to decide whether this was intentional or not...

If i am brewing with my club, we start around 11 AM. If i am brewing solo, i generally start around 8 AM.

Beer Recipes / Re: First time/design American IPA
« on: March 18, 2016, 01:39:50 PM »
I agree with what fmader said about moving the Amarillo and Simcoe to the end of the boil, and using Columbus as your bittering hop.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Session Beer Day Recipe Bonaza
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:29:34 PM »
Proper 1420?... Where did he source barley from the Northfarthing?

Im very interested in the Murphy's recipe and the oat mild.

The Pub / Re: How Many States Have You Been To? A Bucket List Thing.
« on: March 03, 2016, 12:33:01 AM »
46 for me, and I'll get to the last 4 in June (Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska). 

I had been to 9 states when I began dating this girl (now wife) who really enjoys road trips and camping.


Beer Travel / Re: Drinking my way through the Carribean
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:48:16 PM »
My wife and I are taking an anniversary cruise next week, so I will be on the lookout for more new caribbean beers.

The first stop is cozumel, where I will be looking for a beer called Leon, which is a Munich style beer. I'm guessing o-fest or dunkel.

Second stop is in grand cayman where I am taking a tour of the Cayman Islands Brewery. I'm looking forward to trying their 345 stout.

Finally we are going to Montego Bay, Jamaica, which means Red Stripe.

On the cruise ship, I will try out the red frog beer. Maybe other caribbean beers if they have any at the pub.


Any news on how this beer is fermenting? I haven't done anything with mine since I pitched the WLP644. I'm getting a bit anxious for this one.


I am signed up to volunteer for this event.

I'm thinking about using either a Belgian or Brett strain. Maybe  WLP644? What do you guys think?

Beer Travel / Drinking my way through the Carribean
« on: March 28, 2015, 03:09:58 PM »
Last time I was in the Caribbean, the only non-yellow craft beer I could find was Lion Stout.

The yellow beers that I had were all very good. I remember being impressed with the freshness of the beers. Not once, did I get a skunky beer. I had Presidente, Medalla (sp?), Wadadli, Wadadli Gold, and Belikin Premium.

I may do some bottling once i get some spring cleaning done. After the rye stout and the cider get in bottles, I will transfer my heady topper into secondary with the first round of dry hops. Finally, I need to degas my tupelo mead and add some more yeast nutrient.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:09:01 AM »
I have been waiting for over a month to have enough time to brew my heady topper inspired DIPA. I used the recipe from Off The Topper, but I subbed golden promise for the pearl. 

While I was stirring the mash, I pulled the braid out of the valve.  Luckily I had another tun that I could pour the mash into once I realized why I wasn't able to collect the first runnings.  The brewday went much more smoothly after that.

Now that I have this batch in the fermenter, I'm kind of itching to brew a batch of Pliny.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belma in a HellesBock?
« on: February 02, 2015, 02:44:54 PM »
I have used it four times. The first two had belma in fwh, late-boil, and dry hop. There was a bit of the strawberry-melon flavor while the beers were young. That faded away pretty quickly.  Since those two beers, I have used them as bittering hops and have been happy with that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anything Brewing 2day kids?
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:49:06 AM »
I am planning on brewing an IPA with all New Zealand hops (Waimea, Wai-iti, and Kohatu). This will be the first time I've used those hops.

I don't quite have the hop schedule figured out yet. I'm leaning toward: 1.5 oz clean bittering hop, 1 oz each NZ hops at 10, 1 oz each of NZ hops at flameout, 2 oz each Kohatu and Wai-iti for dry hop.

I also plan on making a starter for the Off The Topper recipe from Northern Brewer.

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