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Yeast and Fermentation / A little Wyeast 2124 experiment
« on: July 21, 2014, 09:41:27 AM »
I crushed through my German Pils in early June and I wanted some more this summer. I don't have a fermentation chamber and I still use the frozen 2 liter bottles in a large bin filled with water. I've heard that this strain can handle higher temps without getting too fruity so I decided to give it a try. I got the wort down to around 55 before I pitched the yeast and within two days it got up to 60 (that was as cold as I could get it). By the end of the first week it was hovering around 64 degrees. The next two weeks it hovered around 66-68 and I thought it was probably messed up. I just racked it into a keg and tasted it and to my surprise it didn't taste bad at all. ;D

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The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:20:10 AM »
Wow, you guys are old. Don't get me wrong, my friends' parents turned me on to a lot of the bands that have mentioned here, but there has actually been some great music put out since the 70's.

Plus, everyone knows that Master of Puppets is the greatest cassette tape of all time.

Hey, I'm only 44. I just like good music. While all my friends were jamming to Metalica in 1988 I was diving into the Allman Bros and Steely Dan.

Anyone who thinks SD sounds like "elevator music" hasn't listened to anything but a few songs that hit the radio once in a while.

I've been putting together a decent sound system in my pub room and it simply blows my mind the sound quality SD was able to produce in the 70s.

I get some of you guys have "Bud Lite" music pallets. ;)
Believe me, my brother has played a couple of their whole albums trying to convince me that I should like them. I just don't care for it and I like a lot of different music genres. I have hundreds of albums and CD's and also played in 3 different bands in the 90's. I make my own music and rarely play covers (Bud Lite). ;)

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The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: July 20, 2014, 09:21:00 PM »
I recently had an argument with my brother who loves some Steely Dan. I just can't get into them...sounds too much like elevator music to me.

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Ingredients / Re: Fresh (Wet) Hops
« on: July 19, 2014, 02:47:56 PM »
I would be leery of wet hops bought from a retailer unless I was certain they had been picked very recently.
ANybody know when the harvest is in Ohio typically? I was assuming these would be picked this week and next for delivery end of next week, have an email out to the LHBS asking about when picked
I'm in Ohio and many of friends grow their own hops. Some of them are ready now and some won't be ready till August.

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Ingredients / Re: Fresh (Wet) Hops
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:38:22 PM »
Weigh a couple ounces, dry it over night, reweigh it. Do math.
If 2oz wet weighs 1/4oz dry then you need 8 times as much wet than dry.

Another thought... you aren't cloning another beer right? Or expecting to clone this one later? So, I'd bitter with a known commercial hop, then do like a pound of your woo hoo wet hops at flame out.

I love quoting myself. Especially when its what everyone else has been saying
Sorry bud, I didn't see that...I think my beer ADD must have been kicking in ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bell's Two Hearted...a lesson
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:43:49 PM »
I have been wanting to try the new cans. Do you notice any difference compared to the bottles?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Apollo Recipe Request
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:19:12 PM »
I tried Apollo over a year ago and I wasn't impressed, but maybe I didn't use it with the right combo. I remember dry hopping with it and I got almost no aroma whatsoever. If it was anything like Amarillo I would've been pleased, but I got nothing like it. I ended up throwing out over a half pound that I found in the back of my freezer.

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Ingredients / Re: Fresh (Wet) Hops
« on: July 14, 2014, 04:44:30 PM »
Another suggestion is to use some hops with a known AA% for your bittering addition and use the wet/fresh hops for flavor/aroma.

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Ingredients / Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« on: July 12, 2014, 05:48:37 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic.

+1.  Castle Pils is very nice too.
I'll have to try that.

It's Belgian, pretty high quality. And BTW I used the new Avangard in my German Pils that just kicked - it's pretty darn good too.
I'm on my second bag of Avangard and I like it a lot. I got a German Pils fermenting with it now. You can't go wrong with the price also.

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Ingredients / Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« on: July 12, 2014, 05:14:58 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic.

+1.  Castle Pils is very nice too.
I'll have to try that.

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Ingredients / Re: German & Domestic Pilsner Malt: Difference?
« on: July 12, 2014, 05:08:49 PM »
EVERYTHING! German Pils is hands down better than domestic Pils. Of course this is my opinion, but german malt just has more flavor like a sweeter, grainy characteristic. What German brand did you buy?

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: B Nektar Zombie Killer
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:30:12 AM »
The owner/meadmaker came to our club a little over a year ago and did a presentation. He makes some nice stuff and it was very informational. The highlight was when he pulled out some of his personal stash of mead. The vanilla/cinnamon was wonderful. I also got to sample Ken Schramm's at the NHC and my mind is still blown. I was so inspired that I got 15 lbs of Orange Blossom Honey that I plan on making a melomel with in the next month.

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All Things Food / Re: SWMBO ordered me a half a pork belly!
« on: July 09, 2014, 05:40:04 PM »
Thanks guys! I'm going to have to give this a try.

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All Things Food / Re: SWMBO ordered me a half a pork belly!
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:45:39 PM »
How about maple? Also, how do you cold smoke and is there a "cheap and easy" method?

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All Things Food / Re: SWMBO ordered me a half a pork belly!
« on: July 09, 2014, 05:59:56 AM »
Ok, you've perked my interest. Can you explain the process?

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