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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.


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.


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

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.


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.

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

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.


Beer Travel / Re: Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago breweries?
« on: February 21, 2012, 08:00:43 PM »
I'll second the comment to visit Surly and Summit Brewing and I recommend adding Town Hall brewery in Minneapolis. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: American Brown Style Guidelines
« on: February 19, 2012, 08:10:38 AM »
I have come to the same conclusion as you Peter.  I recently entered a Moose Drool clone as an American Brown ale in a competition (it was either the NHC or UMMO).  Both judges liked it, but said that it wasn't hoppy enough.  I was disappointed because Moose Drool is a classic example of the style (I believe it's even mentioned as an example of the style in the style guidelines) and it only scored in the mid to low 30s.  Oh well, lesson learned. 


Packing up my gear and brewing at a friends house.  I'm brewing up some Caribou Slobber (Northern Brewer recipe), except I'm gonna try some Canada Malting Pale Ale malt instead of the 2-Row.  I also have to dry hop my Evil Twin so I can bottle it next weekend.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/3 Edition
« on: February 02, 2012, 11:09:25 AM »
Need to bottle an all Cascade IPA, and hopefully brew something similar to Evil Twin.


Beer Recipes / Re: Formulating my first Dunkel
« on: January 12, 2012, 12:48:32 PM »
Are there any of the following yeasts that you guys would stay away from? 

820 / 2206
830 / 2124
833 / 2487
838 / 2308

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UMMO '12: Almost Full
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:10:34 AM »
Dropped off bottles at Northern Brewer last night.  Hoping for high 30's on this one.


All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: August 19, 2011, 07:58:31 PM »
Turns out my mother in law knows someone that makes soap.  So she let me use a couple of her molds and cutter.


All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: August 19, 2011, 04:00:08 PM »
Finally got around to making soap.  My wife and I made a batch today and split it into two parts with two different scents.  I had a heck of a time finding 100% Lye, but finally found the Rooto brand at Menards. 

1000g Olive Oil
500g Coconut Oil
200g Castor Oil
200g Shea Butter
100g Cocoa Butter

900g Water
290g Lye

Half of the batch got one ounce of "Tropical Vacation" scented oil, and the other half was an ounce of Sea Moss scented oil.

I think I'm going to like this hobby.  Thanks Euge.


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