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« on: September 18, 2011, 04:20:23 PM »
Boy, my Titans beat the PANTS off those girly RAVENS today! EAT IT Ranvens fans!!  :D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« on: September 18, 2011, 04:03:42 PM »
I've been slowing consuming the case I got . . still have 12 left. I discovered something last night when I decided to quick chill a bottle and placed it in the freezer. I left it in a little too long and the beer was almost slush. It still poured and I drank it literally ice cold. I preferred the flavor more at that temp than the 45 degrees I normally would drink it. I guess it subdued the caramel a little.

I get that it may be a bit more "caramelly" than one's from Germany, I don;t find it offensive at all. It's still a well balanced take on the style. Best Oktoberfest out there? no, but probably the best mass produced US made Oktoberfest.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Probably infected
« on: September 18, 2011, 03:44:05 PM »
FWIW aluminum foil, plastic bags, paper towels are sanitary from the roll/box.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« on: September 18, 2011, 05:30:51 AM »
I've bought 2 six packs this year so far and may pick up a case at Costco. I think this is one beer SA does very, very well.

Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 17, 2011, 09:29:39 AM »
Either you guys don't believe me or you didn;t read my post.  ;) I can't find the info now but IIRC Budweiser said the cinnamon added to mash worked to stabilize the beer in packaging and wasn't just hot side aeration but also countered the effects of o2 pick up after packaging. It's been several years since I first read it, but supposedly it works well only, as I said, Bud didn't want it to get out that they used cinnamon in their beer.

Ingredients / Re: Oak Cubes in a Conical
« on: September 17, 2011, 07:43:46 AM »
Love the ping pong ball idea, thanks!

Ingredients / Re: Oak Cubes in a Conical
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:30:40 PM »
Hmmm ... perhaps I will rig up tiny flotation devices.  ;) Thanks. I guess I'll bag 'em.

Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:09:11 PM »
Bud experimented with cinnamon in the mash as an antioxident. Supposedly just a small amount of cin. has powerful antioxident qualities and those qualities survive through the boil but a small amount leaves no flavor. Supposedly it worked very well but Bid was afraid it would get out that they put "cinnamon in their beer" and they figured they didn't want that image so they never used it in production.

I have no idea if it works or not and I have never tried it.

Ingredients / Oak Cubes in a Conical
« on: September 16, 2011, 10:18:29 AM »
Does anyone know for sure if oak cubes always float? I do not want to have to back them and I don't want them clogging up the bottom of my conical. Seems like they float IIRC.

The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 15, 2011, 04:44:40 AM »
I think I'd rather go with a good cigar and bourbon on the rocks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: September 12, 2011, 08:27:46 PM »
Pumpkin pie is delicious. Pumpkin beer is interesting until about 1/2 the glass. No matter who's it is. Then I need something else.

Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: September 12, 2011, 08:24:55 PM »
I add it around 60 minutes, and as late as 30.

Ingredients / Re: Saffron?
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:24:12 AM »
FYI sam Adams used some saffron in the "Kolsch" seasonal release. Wasn't a great beer but some of the saffron came through. A little goes a long way.

The Pub / Re: Where Were You on the Morning of 9/11/01?
« on: September 11, 2011, 04:42:40 AM »
I had the week off and had gone to a Monday Night Football game in Nashville the night before (Titans vs Dolphins). My wife called me and told me after the first tower was hit. I turned the TV on to see the second tower hit. Awful day. Went on a motorcycle trip the next day but just never really could enjoy myself with the image of those towers falling in the back of my mind.

Ingredients / Re: Saffron?
« on: September 11, 2011, 04:19:46 AM »
I have been thinking about using some in my fall saison. I would recommend making a tea and adding it after fermentation.

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