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Ingredients / Re: Lemongrass
« on: February 13, 2017, 06:40:07 AM »
Well, looks like I handled the lemongrass wrong. I didn't pulverize it just shredded it. Almost no lemongrass flavor. Back to the drawing board.

I love the idea of Lemondrop hops except that I'm not sure how easy they would be to obtain in bulk. This is for a local organization (Huntsville Botanical Society) and they want to keep it on draft and in bottles so I'd have to have a contract for the hops or they would have to be plentiful on the spot market, but I will look into their availability. Thanks for the suggestion.

The Pub / Re: My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 13, 2017, 05:42:26 AM »
I can attest the crowlers definitely stay fresher longer. They are also a lot easier to travel with. I'll be bringing a few with me out to NHC this year.

Ingredients / Re: Bulk grain storage
« on: February 12, 2017, 05:23:12 PM »
Doubt you need the silica unless your house is really humid.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Out of my comfort zone
« on: February 12, 2017, 12:51:38 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OMG....I just made good beer!!!
« on: February 12, 2017, 12:48:13 PM »
Congrats! The more you learn and the more you hone your craft the better your beer will be! Yes, you can make beer every bit as good at home as what you can buy, and maybe even better!

Equipment and Software / Re: Used Barrels
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:31:50 AM »

I was wondering what is the best way to get barrels used for bourbon, whiskey, etc? Is there some website that specializes in selling them? I know they aren't cheap but I am interested in maybe getting one for some homebrew.

In my case I am looking for a tequila barrel. So if you happen to be selling one I would love to buy it.  ;D

Thanks for any info.

What size? There is an ad for 8 gallon Woodinville Whiskey barrels on the forum banner right now. These are awesome barrels. I've used a couple of them.

There are brokers for 50+ gallon barrels. If you PM me I can look to find my contact info on Monday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barrel Aging a Tripel- the memoirs
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:45:10 AM »
Nice write up and welcome to the forum! I actually have a series of Tripels I age on cherries and then age in wine barrels. One thing I would suggest is not to age that beer for too long. Those 8 gallon whiskey barrels (assuming that is what you are using) will pick up a lot of flavor in a very, very short time. You may find you have all the flavor you need in 2 weeks or less. One of the things I can't stand about barrel aged beers, and it is far too prevalent, is beers that obviously have been aged too long in the barrel. When the beer loses it's nuances and only takes on barrel and oxidized characters I find it highly objectionable. So, longer is definitely not better! Especially when you consider those smaller barrels have a lot more surface area as opposed to 53 gallon barrels.

I prefer to save  bourbon barrels for more "bold" beers such as barley wines and imperial stouts and maybe quads. Personally I feel wine barrels work better for beers that are more "nuanced" such as tripel, saison, etc. But that is just my personal taste.

Looking forward to hearing your results!

The Pub / Re: My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:32:38 AM »
That pizza is great.

Gotta admit the Rebellion is great too, but, I usually look for what is new on the menu. Plus, Rebellion reminds me of a bad decision my ancestors made (civil war).

There was a huge part of me that resisted that name for that very reason. And I'm a yankee so there's that.  Look at it as I'm paying homage to the South's fightin' spirit. ;)

32 oz growlers are the perfect size. Two pints! If you are going to drink more than that you need a draft system.

UAH is a great engineering school. I'm proud to say I know and am friends with several professors and staff members, including Tommy. Hoosier if you are in Alabama and don't stop by for a visit I'm going to be really pissed.

Beer Recipes / Re: Chili Recommendation
« on: February 11, 2017, 11:07:33 AM »
Serrano peppers seem to work well for dark beers. Actually I've always done a blend.

The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: February 08, 2017, 04:56:51 AM »
I won $100 (split a $200 pot). I was happy. Hopefully the last time I have to pull for Pats though. Was one hell of a game.

Ingredients / Lemongrass
« on: February 06, 2017, 05:08:18 PM »
I bought a few shoots today. I have never used it. I have a kolsch that is finished and wanted to add lemon grass to it. I was hoping to just add it to a corvy with a surescreen on dip tube. Do you guys think this will be ready in a few days? How much should I use?

I'm asking because I need to have it done by Friday. ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help! Wheat DME or normal DME
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:08:51 PM »
The percentage should be on the label.
Good to know. Didn't used to be.

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: February 05, 2017, 12:06:48 PM »
The best eagles albums came out before Joe Walsh. Go listen to Desperado. Y'all only listened to the radio stuff.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help! Wheat DME or normal DME
« on: February 05, 2017, 07:35:25 AM »
I made a hefeweizen using 100% wheat DME way back when I started brewing. I was very pleased with the results.

most likely most brands of wheat DME are blends of wheat and barley malt, arguably about 50/50 or there abouts. You absolutely should be using 100% wheat DME if you are making an extract wheat beer unless you know for certain the extract is 100% wheat. And not many brewers want to use 100% wheat for the obvious lautering problems, so don't expect extract manufactures to be any different. Any extract recipe that uses wheat DME as only a half the recipe should be questioned.

The Pub / Re: Songs you never want to hear again.
« on: February 05, 2017, 07:28:36 AM »

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