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Commercial Beer Reviews / Victory Swing - Session Saison
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:13:51 AM »
Ew.  I really wanted this to be good.  It is not.

Almost no aroma.  Almost no flavor other than "soapy" followed by a lingering hop bitterness.

If I brewed this, I would be disappointed.  And it actually reminds me of a light lager that I brewed a number of years ago that I dumped.

I gave the glass to my wife, she said "it tastes like soap."  I poured it out. I have five in the fridge for anyone who wants them.

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The Pub / Fat Tuesday
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:57:02 PM »
Have I missed a thread?

It's Fat Tuesday, people!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Tomorrow I have to give up something. Still gotta figure that part out.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Causes of astringency
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:09:04 PM »
Got some score sheets back and one of the comments on one of the beers was "astringent."  Tasting the beer again, I can see what the judge was tasting.

I popped open a stout, and there's that same dryness of finish.  Almost chalky.

I'm doing in a partial mash in a grain bag, rinsed with about at most a gallon for sparging.  I usually do a half gallon but there's some batches I've rinsed more.  I don't squeeze everything out of the bag.

Just curious as to what could be causing this.  I know over sparging will extract tannins, but I don't think I'm doing that.  Any other things I should be watching?

For extract, I use Briess Pilsen.  I know Martin has said they have high sodium (IIRC) in their water when their making the extract.  Could that be an issue at play here?

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Kegging and Bottling / New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: February 21, 2014, 03:12:50 PM »
Anybody bought/used the new kegs that are manufactured in India?

Just curious if there's a quality difference compared to the Italian kegs.

I don't need more kegs, but maybe I do.

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Kegging and Bottling / Carbonation and perceived bitterness
« on: February 10, 2014, 10:48:51 AM »
I took a hydrometer sample over the weekend while kegging my lastest bitter and it was delicious.  My wife loved it.  It was balanced and smooth.

I pulled a half-liter off while kegging and carbed it up in a soda bottle.  All of a sudden the beer was much hoppier.  Too hoppy for the wife.

I never noticed such an impact before but it makes some sense that carbonation could increase perceived bitterness.

Just wondering if I'm crazy or if this is, in fact, what happened.

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Ingredients / Dry hopping an Old Ale
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:19:28 AM »
I don't dry hop much, but I have an Old Ale I think I'd like to dry hop.

The recipe was 100% Centennial (inspired by Bell's Third Coast Old Ale).

I have more Centennial.  I have Cascade, Willamette, Fuggle, Goldings, Strissesplat, Northdown, Hallertau, maybe Saaz.  Others, but I don't have them all in front of me to be sure.

Any advice on what might go well with the Centennial?  Stick with it?  Or go a different route?

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Wood/Casks / Oaking an Old Ale
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:15:05 AM »
Looking for advice and opinions.  I have an Old Ale I want to put on oak.

I do not have a barrel, but I have the following options available:

Light American oak chips soaking in bourbon;
Medium toast French oak chips soaking in bourbon;
Can't recall what kind of chips soaking in rum (these have been used previously, soaked in bourbon and into a strong stout);
Both the American and French chips un-soaked.

I'm not sure I want the bourbon character in the Old Ale.  But I'm not sure I don't.  If I did, I think I'd pour off the bourbon and just put the chips in for awhile.

I'm sort of leaning toward the American oak.  No spirits.

What would you do and why?

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Equipment and Software / Braided lines - how to know if they're stainless
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:56:38 PM »
Doing some plumbing and I've pulled a couple old (but not antique) braided lines.

How do I check if they're actually stainless?  They'd be great filters for the mash tun and kettle that I've been planning to build.

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Equipment and Software / Old Coolers
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:50:43 AM »
One of these days, I'm going to get around to building my mash tun.  I bought a round cooler, but have also acquired some larger rectangular coolers.  These are used coolers of indeterminate age.  Coleman Polylite 48, IIRC.

Any concerns using an older cooler?  One of them has some stains on the inside, but I can bleach the bejesus out of it.

Also got a newer cooler that has no drain.  I could bore through with a spade bit, but the other coolers seem ideal as long as there's no concerns about the older plastic or anything like that.

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The Pub / White Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:31:04 AM »
A year or two ago someone gave me a bottle of this stuff from one of the local craft distilleries.  It's terrible.  I can't drink it and I can't serve it to friends.

I tried aging some on oak in Ball jars and did a sampling last night with a buddy.  The light toast American oak was still terrible.  The medium French oak had improved and had some oaky flavors but still could not out-compete the weird medicinal flavor of the whiskey.

I have most of a bottle left.  What do people do with this stuff?

I'm thinking maybe some charring some of the chips, or getting some charred oak cubes but I'm not sure the experiment is worth it anymore.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Concentrated boils and hop utilization
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:07:31 AM »
I was reading yesterday that supposedly John Palmer and others now state that hop utilization is independent of wort gravity.  These were third person attributions on another forum with no reference to source material, but others seemed to agree and take this as a known and generally recognized fact.

I had never heard this before.  Ever.  And I can't find anything in (admittedly brief) searches on-line that would support the attribution of this statement to Palmer other than third party attributions.  As a matter of fact, almost all links take me back to that same forum...

Anybody heard this before?  I suppose it could be total BS but I simply don't know.  It has always been my understanding that a concentrated wort had lower hop utilization.  Is the consensus changing?

I'm curious to know in general and especially since there have been a couple recent posts here about concentrated boils.

Maybe someone can chime in on the science behind all this.

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Equipment and Software / Ball lock connector inner gasket
« on: September 18, 2013, 02:08:52 PM »
Anyone know of a McMaster Carr part # for these?

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/KEG-CONNECTOR-INNER-GASKET-P2296C110.aspx

$0.35 isn't bad, but they're out of stock.  No emergency, but I have a QD missing a gasket which makes it unusable.

EDIT - Just realized I think that's the wrong part.  I lost an o-ring on the inner stem.  That's what I need to replace.  I think.  I better check tonight.  Never mind.

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Events / Chicago Fundraiser - Kegs for Kids 2013 - September 8
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:59:43 AM »


If you're in Chicago this is a great beer event and raises money for the local school.

Michael and Louise from the Hop Leaf put together an impressive selection of beers and there is always great food and a solid silent auction.  IMO, the ticket price is a bargain for what you get.

Proceeds benefit the Helen C. Peirce Elementary School and have allowed us to fund or contribute to items such as new lockers, a new science lab, technology upgrades, a leveled reading room, and others.

You can check out this link for more info: http://www.friendsofpeirce.org/node/49

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Kegging and Bottling / Rust inside kegs
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:12:44 PM »
I just saw that one of the on-line retailers had a deal (sold out) on kegs with some rust spots on the inside.  Their listing said "unsuitable for food uses" or something of that sort.

It was my understanding that you could clean off the rust with something like a green scrubby and then let it repassivate.

Any reason this wouldn't work on an old keg?  Not that I need more kegs, but the prices were much lower...  And I always need more kegs.

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Classifieds / Belgian Bottles - Chicago
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:48:53 PM »
I have a bunch of clean, empty Belgian-style bottles for anyone who wants them.

I'm no longer dealing with corking.

Send me a PM if interested.

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