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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: spring beer styles?
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:52:22 PM »
I want to make my first Maibock. Anyone have a good recipe?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Is This Infected?
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:36:10 PM »
It's probably just worries, be happy

Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:26:41 AM »
I'd like to try some Michigan hops and even malt. The Belle's Barley wine from the NHC last year made with Michigan hops and malt was very nice.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1056 vs White Labs WLP 001
« on: February 19, 2015, 07:54:57 PM »
With any yeast strains that are so-called equivalent, there will always be differences since the yeast evolves over time.  Now, the differences could be very slight, or very significant.  In this case, the three strains are all similar enough that most people don't care too much.  Personally I like US-05 which I believe is the most attenuative of the bunch, close to 80% with the others more around mid-70s for attenuation (all roughly on the average and recipe-dependent, of course).
I've noticed this also as the main difference between US-05 and WY1056. I've had US-05 attenuate to 82% and I've never had WY1056 go over 75%.

The Pub / Re: Thanks!
« on: February 19, 2015, 07:47:17 PM »
Great folks here! I've learned a lot over the years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life of unused two row grain
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:38:28 PM »
please post a picture of this

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? 2/13/15
« on: February 13, 2015, 02:03:07 PM »
An Oatmeal Raisin Cookie sorta beer thang.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just started a new arrogant bastard ipa clone
« on: February 10, 2015, 05:29:24 PM »
I wouldn't check it until 2 weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Horrific Infection
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:35:08 PM »
Since it is hoppy, I think it probably is not Lacto. It could be brett, but you'll really need to taste it and report back. By the way, I think it looks awesome because I just got into making sours over a year ago, however, I intended for them to look that way.

Ingredients / Re: Best Vienna?
« on: February 10, 2015, 03:29:09 PM »
I give a slight edge to Best Malz Vienna and Munich. I've used the Avangard Pils, Munich, and Vienna and I like them quite a bit especially the Pils. I've never done a side by side comparison, so take this opinion for what it's worth. I just think the Best Munich has a sweeter, malty flavor and the Vienna has a nicer grainy, nutty flavor.

Most comps that I've entered list a minimum of 10 oz.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Break-In
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:48:20 PM »
I wonder if powering a mill with a drill causes more wear and tear on the rollers than hand cranking.

I've had a Barley Crusher for over 7 years, and I've probably put somewhere around 1,500 lbs. of grain through it (almost all of it with the hand crank). 

I've experienced a stuck roller once or twice, but it wasn't anything that a bit of cleaning didn't fix, and the knurl on the rollers is still very much intact.

The JSP and Monster Mills look pretty nice though.  If/when my Barley Crusher dies, I'll probably give one of those a try.
Man, 1,500 lbs. of grain with the hand must have Popeye forearms.

Ingredients / Re: 2014 Columbus hops
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:45:27 PM »
I sent them an e-mail and it probably was just a labeling mistake or something. I think I'm going to either give these away or pitch them like I did with the Summit hops I got a couple of years ago. I like onions and garlic in my food, but not in my beer.

Ingredients / Re: 2014 Columbus hops
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:26:41 PM »
Dan, I've used their 2014 Columbus pellets and not gotten any of that.  And I avoid Summit because of the onion /garlic thing.  I use a fair amount of Columbus but obviously I can only speak for what I've used. Did you blend it with any other hops, out of curiosity?

EDIT -  Mine are from YVH, too.
I did blend it with other hops at flameout, but the smell was right out of the bag and when I added it to the boil for my 60 min. addition. I only added the Columbus at the 60 min. addition and I could smell this same onion/garlic aroma in the wort. Like I said, I've used Columbus for over 8 years and I've never had this aroma before. I'm starting to think that the packaging was mixed up and I got Summit which I really don't like at all.

Ingredients / 2014 Columbus hops
« on: January 31, 2015, 07:38:50 PM »
I've used some 2014 Columbus hops today and they smell very much like onions and garlic.  I've never gotten this aroma before from Columbus and I've used them a lot. I got them from Yakima Valley Hops and I was wondering if anybody else has had a similar experience. I thought that it could just be a particular crop this year or maybe worse they mixed up the packaging and I got Summit or something. 

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