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Got my NHC entries beer gunned and ready to turn in today. Gotta like being able to hand carry to your LHBS, where I was going anyway.
That must be nice. I'm assuming that your drop-off is Indy. I sent mine there on Monday and they arrived on Tuesday. I like the fact that they're judging next weekend, so my beers won't be sitting around for awhile.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All Sour Brewing
« on: March 01, 2016, 02:25:35 PM »
I really enjoy Sours and make one every couple of months. I could never just limit myself to "all sour" though because my BADD (Beer Attention Deficit Disorder) would not allow it.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Tun question
« on: February 29, 2016, 06:17:20 AM »
If you plan on doing 5 gal batches, I'd opt for the 40 L cooler.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Fat Head's Hop JuJu
« on: February 27, 2016, 07:12:45 PM »
It is very good! Great aroma and flavor to match.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast fresh vs yeast repitch
« on: February 26, 2016, 03:22:23 PM »
A fellow homebrew friend offered many different samples of the same Pale Ale recipe with different generation yeast at a club meeting. The yeast used was US-05 from 1st pitch up to 10th generation repitch. I could not tell a difference among them. We did not do a triangle test and there were 5 different samples, but I couldn't tell a difference at all. Maybe a different yeast strain with less of a neutral profile would be more suitable for an experiment.

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The Pub / Re: Beer Experiments
« on: February 17, 2016, 07:28:07 PM »
I like the fact that these experiments are leaving more questions to be answered.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 14, 2016, 06:19:32 PM »
You should try a cider with a packet of US05 before you give up. No esters obviously and makes a really nice, tart cider.
I've made them before with wine yeast and back sweetened. Those were much better. I was trying the beer yeast so I wouldn't have to back sweeten. Maybe, next time I will try US 05 for a cleaner profile. Failure is an opportunity.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 14, 2016, 06:05:02 PM »
I just dumped a hard cider that never came around.
That's funny, I nearly dumped a hard cider that DID come around a few days back because I never relabeled the keg from "Star San" to "Cider". I thought I had dumped it last summer. It was a happy surprise, except now I need to scrounge up another keg for my American Lager...
I used an English yeast and it just wasn't very drinkable. I decided to ice it (5 gal down to 2.5 gal) and all it did was intensify the nasty flavor and make it more undrinkable. I think I just have to accept the fact that I'm really not a cider guy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: February 13, 2016, 11:40:18 AM »
I just dumped a hard cider that never came around. Kegged an IPA for NHC and will be making a German Pils tomorrow.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Hop Slam 2016
« on: February 04, 2016, 07:24:53 PM »
I also find it funny how 5-6 years ago when I started drinking craft beers, I was told this was the money beer. I had finally found it and bought it all (like 2 cases). I drank it forever. It was the best beer ever. Now I just buy a 6 each year just for the novelty. Either the competition has caught up, it's gone downhill, my palette has changed, or all of the above.


I feel the same, Frank. It's a combination of all those IMO. Honestly it's too syrupy sweet and cloying for me now. Can't have more than one, if all of one. Drier is better.
I agree. It tastes more like an American Barleywine because of the heavy body.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 04, 2016, 04:42:27 PM »
My Tropical Sour.



Bet it's tasty !
Thanks, I really like this one. A year old Pale Sour with various critters (ECY Bug County 2014 and multiple bottle dregs) then it sat on over 6 lbs of fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya, and strawberry) for 2 months. I tried to recreate a beer from over a year ago and I think I nailed it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: February 04, 2016, 02:33:33 PM »
My Tropical Sour.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: January 24, 2016, 09:37:14 AM »
I'm finally getting around to brew an IPA with Equinox hops.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help required, possible contmaination?
« on: January 13, 2016, 05:50:46 AM »
Thanks a lot for your feedback


I left the beer in the primary fermenter for a week, density readings were constant over 2 days. Then I moved the beer for second fermentation. The idea of using the 5 liters plastic bottles is to minimize the surface of liquid in contact with air ( in order to minimize oxidation). You can squeeze the plastic bottle to minimize air content on top of the beer surface. If you carry out second fermentation in the primary fermenter; when you open it  you are introducing air and the volume of air left in the vessel compared with the one left in the plastic bottles is higher. Wouldn´t you then increase the risk of oxidation?

Is the first time I was doing dry hopping and as far as I could read it is done during second fermentation, isn´t it?
I didn't know you were dry hopping and that is a good reason for a secondary. So are you dry hopping in each container?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help required, possible contmaination?
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:32:56 AM »
FYI, you probably added more Oxygen to your beer by moving/racking it into those plastic bottles. You might want to leave it in the primary fermenter the next time until it's done. You'll know when it's done when you have the same gravity readings over 3-4 days.

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