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Beer Recipes / Imperial Pils hops
« on: March 23, 2015, 05:31:14 AM »
What do you guys think about blending Tettnanger and Crystal hops for an Imperial Pils and maybe a little Belma?

I haven't used Tett in so many years I can't remember if I like it or not. And I can't get Hallertauer.

Ingredients / Bulk Sugars
« on: March 11, 2015, 04:35:40 AM »
I stumbled across this site today, some interesting bulk sugars at extremely reasonable prices. Powdered molasses looks interesting. Maple sugar. Ridiculously low price on Lactose. Sucanat? Dried Honey Powder?. Anyone ever heard on "Monk Fruit Powder"?

Ingredients / Brewer's Pitch
« on: March 07, 2015, 10:19:39 AM »
Anyone know anything about using brewer's pitch? I want to buy some barrels and make a traditional Kellerbier.

I found this:

General Homebrew Discussion / Show off your foam!
« on: February 22, 2015, 11:56:12 AM »
But gonna be hard to beat this one!

The Pub / Bwahahaha
« on: February 22, 2015, 06:34:36 AM »
Saw this on the book of faces this AM.

Yeast and Fermentation / Drauflassen on high gravity beers
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:19:52 AM »
I've been utilizing drauflassen (basically pitching an appropriate amount of yeast for a specific volume of beer and then adding an equal or greater volume of beer on top of that inoculated batch after 12-24 hours after the yeast has basically doubled or tripled it's volume) very successfully with no flaws that can be detected by sensory observation. Which is great because it allows me to buy a smaller pitch of yeast for a larger volume of beer.

Thing is, I have only ever done this on lower gravity beers, not higher gravity. I was wondering if anyone out there (specifically our resident yeast expert, s. cerevisiae) had any opinions on any negative outcomes that could result from high gravity practicing of draufassen. I've not gone higher than 1.065.

Have to wonder how this guy acquired so many ~"$2" tap handles (buy it now cost plus shipping).

I'd assume each of those tap handles cost the brewery an average of $20 if not more. We sell our hanldes to the distributor so the distro usually wants them back.

Beer Recipes / Belma in a HellesBock?
« on: February 01, 2015, 09:05:11 AM »
Those of you who have used Belma, how do you think it would work in a HellesBock?

Ingredients / Smoked hop IPA
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:01:20 AM »
I'm smoking some hops today to stuff into a firkin (pin, actually) - I opted for cherry wood. 2 oz of centennial in a colander with low heat. The metal colander is warm to the touch.

I'll let you guys know how it tunrs out in 2 weeks. The hops smell pretty amazing just by themselves. I'm pretty excited.

The Pub / Top places to retire
« on: December 11, 2014, 09:48:40 AM »
Proud to see Huntsville, al on this list ... And the quote "Huntsville is considered the epicenter of craft brewing in the southeast"... Made me pretty happy.

Kegging and Bottling / Northern Brewer Prime Dose
« on: November 09, 2014, 07:10:38 AM »
Any one try these? I have 5 gallons of barley wine sitting in a keg I brewed last march in my basement. I want to bottle and was gong to rack into another corny keg and dose with priming sugar and go from there but it sure would be easy to just bottle right off the keg.

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