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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Climax Brewery (NJ)
« on: March 01, 2011, 06:22:15 AM »
People don't practice dentistry on themselves and they should design their own logos, either.  ;)

What, you don't like my logo?  ;)

Send me some beer and I will give you my opinion.  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Drainage time
« on: March 01, 2011, 06:10:37 AM »
Big plus one to denny. FWIW I fly sparged for years and years before I gave his method a shot. After I tried it I couldn't understand why any homebrewer would ever mess around with fly sparging unless, possibly, because they had a fully automated system. Its just so easy, and I get close to 80 percent efficiency.

Also, I tried malt conditioning and it just added an extra step that made the crushed malt look prettier but didn't really do anything to improve the finished beer. It did, however, make the malt more difficult for my grain mill to crush. YMMV.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Climax Brewery (NJ)
« on: March 01, 2011, 05:52:22 AM »
Never heard of them before but ... what an AWFUL name for a brewery.
Not sure you would approve of the logo either. :D

Logo's "meh" - ok. I have some authority in that realm being a graphic designer who specialized in logos for 20+ years.  People don't practice dentistry on themselves and they should design their own logos, either.  ;)

Climax sounds like a teen boy band. In fact, I think I had a girlfriend who listened to them in the 80's. Too much of a sexual reference to me to fit well as a brewery name. Can't believe I haven't gotten a plus one on that.   ::)

That said, if their beer is rockin' I could ignore the name and the logo completely.  ;)

Ingredients / Re: IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: March 01, 2011, 05:44:58 AM »

This hops "crisis" is a killer for all the small brewpubs/breweries.  Sure it's an inconvienence for the homebrewer but I'm not sure ALL folks grasp what it's like for the small scale pro-brewer.  I feel for ya.  A few weeks back we talked about using crystal hops with the C's.  Can you get crystal now or is that in shortage as well?  I could see a columbus (or columbus type), centennial & crystal hopped IPA working out.  Have you tried the Apollo hops?  Good luck, j

I think I can still get crystal hops. I still have several pounds left. Have never tried Apollo, either. Might give that a go.

The hops that are hard to find in bulk right now are Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe. In fact I was told that Amarillo will not be available next year either, and to get my contracts in now for 2013. I think that most of the homebrew shops have their hops have their supplies contracted so buying them by the oz probably won't be a problem for most of you guys, though I don't think I have seen Amarillo anywhere. I actually bought a couple pounds of Citra at Rebel Brewer at about 300% what I should have paid.

The Pub / Re: Raise a glass to Frank Buckles
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:02:51 PM »
I saw that today, and it was sad on a personal note.  My wifes grandfather flew for the 94 aero squadron, the Lafayette Escadrille.  He got many a Cristmas card from Captain Eddy.  He passed after I met my wife, which I am thankful for.

Wow! I'm a little bit of a WWI buff so I find that fascinating!

The Pub / Raise a glass to Frank Buckles
« on: February 28, 2011, 05:08:06 PM »
Last known living American soldier from way back in WWI - 110 years old. God speed!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Climax Brewery (NJ)
« on: February 28, 2011, 05:04:29 PM »
Never heard of them before but ... what an AWFUL name for a brewery.

Ingredients / Re: IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: February 28, 2011, 04:28:25 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions. I may try the Ahtumunumun or however the hell you spell it. I have a little more Amarillo left and my simcoe will run out in the next couple of months.

Euge: I don't really care for Chinook and FWIW Zeus is the same as Columbus - which I love. AKA Tomahawk.

The thing is, sure, its fun to experiment with all these hops, but I am kinda out of time to experiment before my hopping in my IPA will have to change. I may have to go back to plain old Columbus and Centennial (not that there's anything wrong with that). IMO Amarillo and especially Simcoe are impossible to sub.

Ingredients / IPA - need hops suggestion
« on: February 28, 2011, 04:52:32 AM »
I don't know how many of you know this but its almost impossible to get Amarillo right now and may be for the next couple of years since they are all contracted up. Same with Simcoe. I happen to love both, along with Columbus and Centennial (plenty of those available). But I confess that my creativity kinda ends about there. I need some hop suggestions. I know nothing will replace simcoe or amarillo, but I need to have something that will bring the "wow" factor. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The Pub / Re: Run for the Hills (The Drew's Sick edition)
« on: February 27, 2011, 08:28:11 PM »
Drown a cold, drown a fever is what I say.  ;)

I like the way you think!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No Foam with Star-San
« on: February 27, 2011, 10:56:25 AM »
It wasn't Sani Clean instead of StarSan was it? 

Again - are you sure it is star san and not sani clean? Sani clean is non foaming. Star san will foam like crazy. Put it in a carboy and shake it vigorously. If it doesn;t foam you don't have star san!

The Pub / Re: This is how we roll in Idaho
« on: February 26, 2011, 12:22:11 PM »
I am sorry, a vehicle is a vehicle....a Horse is a type of vehicle.My preferred
vehicle to keep, burns gasoline not hay....btw, here in bfe you prolly need some
type of off road transportation to effectively hunt. Out here there is nuthin but
miles and miles of miles and miles. And if you shoot an Elk, your gonna
want to pack it out on something besides your back pack.

Yeah, but a 4 wheeler is a vehicle that gives access to parts of the great outdoors to fat, lazy and often time stupid people who otherwise would not be out there.  ;) My property borders hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness and I hate hearing those stupid things rumbling through the woods when I am out hiking. Also hate to see the amount of trash - mostly beer cans - that hitch a ride on 4 wheelers and are chucked aside by jack asses.

I live in BFE, so I can understand your point of you. What I can't understand is how in the world most of these hunters managed to get their fat asses to their tree stand before the advent of 4 wheelers. And I confesss I am shocked that people didn't hunt elk before 4 wheelers were invented.

Hey, I mean no offense to you people who ride them. I hate what you ride and "how you roll" - not you personally.  ;)

The Pub / Re: This is how we roll in Idaho
« on: February 26, 2011, 09:06:14 AM »
+1. I hate four wheelers. They are the bane of my existence. Only thing I hate more than 4 wheelers is litterbugs and loggers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« on: February 25, 2011, 05:21:24 PM »
Top one is still ugly. And unless all your beers are going to be blonde and you are planning on serving them in pils/weissbier glasses I would stay far away. The paddle one is "meh", the last one is "OK" but I would recommend having your logo at the top of the handle if you choose to go that route. You are going to need to be noticed more than established brands.

I still highly recommend spending some time and coming up with an idea you can carry over from your logo to the tap handle, etc. You have a LOT to play with, what with your name/theme and all, and I think you aren't even coming close to taking advantage of it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« on: February 25, 2011, 04:06:45 PM »
Speaking from experience, he's gonna probably have a hard time affording a tap handle that intricate at any type of quanitity - even though I'm sure the beer is 1000xs better..  ;)

There are things you can do, though. Tap handles aren't that hard to make and there can be some very customizable directions you can go. For a small brewery hand made is better than mass fabricated cheap - IMO.

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