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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dopplebock too big?
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:15:04 PM »
You'll have to elaborate on that.

Why so?

I just think too many American versions are too boozy and not what I'm looking for in a doppelbock. The old adage was always "when you drink a doppelbock you don't feel the alcohol till you stand up". That's how I approach it when I brew one. I've had plenty of doppelbocks that tasted closer to  barley wines and just don't care for 'em.

Got it.

I'm a fan of Sam Adams double bock but I can see that as bigger than the classics like Celebratior or Salvator.

I personally prefer the bigger versions. I'm not going to drink more than two anyway after the kids are down.  But an 8 oz snifter is more appropriate for cognac or Armagnac.

In the case of the OP though once you've got the bigger beer you need to go with it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dopplebock too big?
« on: December 18, 2013, 07:45:29 PM »
You'll have to elaborate on that.

Why so?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dopplebock too big?
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:44:27 PM »
If you can (and it's not easy), try to save some to see how it ages.  I guarantee it'll be way, way better in 6 months or a year. Been there, done that ! I remember a few kegs of Wee Heavy or RIS that I'd have loved to try after six more months that didn't make it. Enjoy !

I started doing 10 gallons of certain brews with the hopes that some would get saved to be aged.  I have not been particularly successful.  Maybe a couple bombers out of 10 gallons from last year.  Ive got 10 gallons of old ale finishing fermentation now.  I may take a gravity reading later, chill it, carb it and drink it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:30:36 PM »
D'oh

http://us.vwr.com/store/catalog/product.jsp?product_id=9231266

"Enzyte™ is a multi-enzyme detergent concentrate formulated to be especially effective in the removal of proteins, blood, fatty tissues and other organic materials found on medical instruments and hard, non-porous surfaces."

This just keeps getting better and better...  ;D

So it works both ways.  Helps get it on.  Helps get it off.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oatmeal stout..breakfast anytime
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:01:48 PM »
I like Poet, brewed by New Holland.  Some good stuff.

No negatives to say about Sam Smiths, either.  Was just looking for some at Target.  This time last year they had a nice box set - two bottles and a glass for like $15 or so. Couldn't find it this year.

As for brewing one, toasting the oats is supposed to be the thing.  I've never done it, but always plan to.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop storage at the LHBS
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:36:52 AM »
My hops live in the freezer as well, but what's the point if they were stored warm for months?

Agreed.  I didn't mean to suggest otherwise.

I'm actually sort of paranoid about the length of time they're out on brew day.  I pull them out, measure what I need, re-vac seal the bag and put it in the freezer.  I also try to weigh out the 1 lb bags into ounce or two ounce packages so that I don't continuously handle hops that I'm not brewing with.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First US Trappist Brewery!!!!
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:08:14 AM »
It doesn't necessary guarantee that they will make Belgian-style beers just because they are Trappist. They could just as easily make American styles or German styles or AALs...

Or Black IPA's. But wait, that's blasphemy!

India White Porter!
1 srm and 100 ibus of coriander

Trappist Lite Lager!  That would be something.

I went through my Belgian phase and have moved on, but this is cool to have a brewing monastary in country.

There are other monasteries brewing in the states, IIRC.  Only they don't have the Trappist designation.  I want to say one of them is in New Mexico or somewhere like that.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop storage at the LHBS
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:04:18 AM »
I'd call them out on that.  I've never seen a shop store their hops at room temp, although the number of shops I've actually been to is limited.

My hops stay in the freezer except when I take them out on brew day.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dopplebock too big?
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:02:22 AM »
Dopplebock too big?  I didn't think it was possible.

I don't know about drinking a liter of dopplebock.  Not these days at least.

Put it in a snifter and sit by the fire.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Buttons don't work
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:05:00 AM »
Nothing works in Netscape Navigator anymore. Might have to upgrade.  ;D

How long will that take with your 9600 baud dial-up connection? :D

Cleaning the basement over the weekend.  I tossed out a PCI modem.  I actually think I have a couple of them scattered around.

Pretty sure I'll never need that again.  Free to the first person who wants it.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:38:26 AM »
I know it is very harsh and has a sharp alcoholic taste when consumed neat, but try it with a splash of water. It really opens up then and becomes very enjoyable, though it is not a sooth bourbon even with the splash.

Sounds like VOB...

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:37:34 AM »
FWIW Four Roses Single Barrel is great. It was great neat and on the rocks.
+11 my favorite!

Agreed.  Worth every penny, IMO.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Buttons don't work
« on: December 16, 2013, 02:41:27 PM »
Try a little WD40?

PB Blaster.  And if that doesn't work, the BFH.

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The Pub / Re: Plywood face frames?
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:31:40 PM »
When my dad redid our kitchen cabinets when I was a kid he used oak finish ply for the faces and edged in natural oak lumber. This approach saved lots of money as the whole face didn't need to be solid lumber but he could still put a lot of detail around the edges.

With the left over oak lumber he bordered the counter and made some thresholds for the door ways.

Don't they make cabinet grade plywood for exactly this purpose?

IME, it's not used for the face frames, though, as you can see the plys (plies?).

Phil - I understand it's not as easy as going out to Lowe's to buy a sheet of plywood, but I'd do a few tests with the router before you decide that's the route to go.  Even if you can get a clean cut, you may not like how the exposed plys (there we go again) look.

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:14:48 PM »
I'm thinking the tap water is probably cleaner than your thumb though, even if you 'sanitize' your thumb with vodka.

With the places my thumb has been you can take that to the bank.

I have one of those little plastic clamp things on my lines to shut off the flow.  Keeps the concern of thumb sanitation out of the equation.

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