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Ingredients / Amarillo
« on: June 20, 2013, 01:15:37 PM »
Well, I had another local homebrewer say something about not liking to dry hop with Amarillo lately so there may be some truth to it and not just coincidence. I use Amarillo in my IPA and I dry hop but it is part of a blend with Centennial, CTZ and Simcoe. The times in the past that I have done single hops Amarillo ales have been great but maybe there is something to this years crop or a mutation like mentioned above.,

Ingredients / Amarillo
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:38:59 PM »
How clean are your lines? I pick the same flavor you mention in my IPA when my lines need cleaned and for some reason my IPA lines need cleaned more than my other beer lines. I just cleaned them a month ago and had to clean them again two or three days ago on the IPA tap. It's too the point that if I leave my IPA untapped for a couple of days the first pint is foul and goes down the drain.

The Pub / Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 20, 2013, 01:36:25 AM »
I swear sometimes the more physical the labor the heavier you will be. For one thing, you have to feed the machine to keep going. And the heavier you are the stronger you can be. Trying to lose weight while doing physical labor is extremely hard.

General Homebrew Discussion / Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:31:11 PM »
Oh it was too. :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:15:35 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:34:10 PM »
I'm getting excited to actually meet you mooks face to face for the first time and enjoy tipping a few with ya!

For some reason, people are a lot less impressed after they actually meet me....;)

Totally agree

General Homebrew Discussion / Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:01:33 AM »
Cool. Apparently I had a hotel room Wednesday night I already paid for and forgot about. Some I good to go and getting excited to see some of you jokers again!

All Grain Brewing / Best wood type for smoking grain?
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:55:20 PM »
I brewed 2 batches of smoked maibock a couple of years ago-one with pecan wood, the other with apple.  I had them both on tap at our Oktobefest and the overwhelming consensus was that the pecan beer was smoother.  Even my Coors light drinking buddies were drinking it.

Cool! I have 3 giant pecan trees on/around brewery property!

General Homebrew Discussion / Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:54:00 PM »
Had to change my family vacation plans and buy a last minute flight, which I got for $132 bucks but have to fly in Wednesday. Anyone be around philly Wednesday night?

Yeast and Fermentation / using half of a white labs vial
« on: June 17, 2013, 12:46:25 AM »
A white labs vial has about enough viable cells to pitch into a 1.030 beer without a starter, assuming the yeast is extremely fresh. So depending on your beer style, you most likely under pitched. By at least half. No sense in being frugal when it comes to yeast. You wouldn't use half the malt or water or hops for a recipe, would you? Guess what? Yeast is at least 65% the flavor of the beer! Pitch the correct amount everytime. Use   This pitching calc as a guide

General Homebrew Discussion / Dads Day Brew?
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:28:20 PM »
i'll be swimming, grilling and drinking IIPA! Maybe a whiskey and cigar later on if I'm sill functioning.

Ingredients / Too dry. How to correct.
« on: June 16, 2013, 03:42:26 PM »
Personally, I think most AIPAs with 10% crystal are way too sweet and cloying unless you add some sugar to dry the beer out further. Agree with the others, package and drink it. Buy the end of the batch you may find it is not too dry, after all. 1.012 is certainly not excessively dry for an IPA. In fact, its about spot on. For my tastes, anyway.

The Pub / Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 16, 2013, 11:57:00 AM »
Ya look great for an old man Major :)

I was thinking the same thing about you! :D

All Grain Brewing / Best wood type for smoking grain?
« on: June 15, 2013, 11:39:38 PM »
I made a cold smoker last year and haven't experimented with anything but apple wood bit if was wonderful. I swear I tasted apple. Way in the back.

All Grain Brewing / Soapy Flavor in New Zealand Hopped IPA
« on: June 15, 2013, 11:22:13 PM »
I had some soapy issues on my IPA and a smart person here on the 4M suggested addig a small amount of gypsum to the beer glass and it worked at scrubbing out much of the soap character. I now add gypsum to my mash for every IPA. Seems to have fixed the issue.

I wonder it it's the Calcium or Sulfate doing that? Or both?

I think it's just the paint on the ground up drywall?

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