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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:03:41 AM »


I went on a bit of a spree last week and picked up the two Weller's, the Ridgemont and a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel. The EW Single Barrel is quite good.

Glad to hear you say that since I recommended it early on in this thread and someone (Dixon?) said it was not good. I remember it being a really nice whiskey for the price.

It could have been me crapping all over Evan Williams.  The regular black label is horrid and but for the recommendations here I would have avoided anything else by them.

Tasted both (well, actually made someone else do it) side by side last Wed.  No comparison.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: COCA NIPS
« on: May 12, 2014, 07:41:34 AM »
I tried putting my nips in the beer but I don't think they imparted any flavor.
Full boil? - that's hardcore.

Ouch.  I assumed it was "dry nipped."

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: COCA NIPS
« on: May 11, 2014, 08:05:46 PM »

I tried putting my nips in the beer but I don't think they imparted any flavor.

I don't want to taste that but I'd like to see how you did it. You must be limber.


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The Pub / Re: Suggest a Port?
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:20:34 PM »
My wife likes the Taylor Fladgate 20 year tawny.  We opened a bottle of Warre's 20 year last night.  Pretty good.

Taylor Fladgate LBV is solid for a budget pick.

Best port I ever had was a 2003 Vintage from Sandeman.  Bought in Porto.  Drank it by the fire pit in Chicago years later.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ultimate Mash Cooler
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:55:34 PM »
We use the Yetis to carry drugs when we travel.

That cooler looks pretty big for a muling run.  Though I suppose it eliminates the indignity of a cavity search.

Unless of course, you can fit the cooler...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: local brew shop
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:06:44 AM »
Remember how there used to be book stores all over the place, then amazon came along and people started shopping on amazon to save 50 cents?  Now the book stores are mostly gone and the ability to drop by and browse through books has mostly gone the way of the dodo.  Homebrew shops are the same thing, if you dont support local, they are going to disappear, then when your yeast gets killed by some fluke and you need a new one, your not gonna be able to drop by and grab a replacement because they closed.

Support local IMO.  Most HBS give back locally in some way, shape or form.

+1

Absolutely.  My LHBS is near enough that I can run out and back on brew day if I have to.  You cannot put a price on that, IMO.

And they donate to local fundraisers.

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The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:32:37 PM »
I would add that a lot of their problem has everything to do with size.  It is easier to turn a ski boat than a tanker.  Organizations have inertia, politics and lazy people (and dare I say unions).  It is a significant strategic advantage to be smaller when it comes to change and adaptation.
It is not the unions preventing BMC from adapting, that's just silly.

I know for a fact that AB is capable of making great beer.  Some friends of mine won a competition where the prize was being flown to St. Louis for VIP treatment and they brewed the winning recipe on a pilot system - something in the 10-30 bbl range, I don't remember.  The beer was nice and hoppy and the pilot version was great.  What happened to that beer?  They sent a few cases of bottles to my friends and dumped the rest down the drain.  Making and selling craft beer is outside their business model.
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One of the best Doppelbocks I ever had was made by Budweisser - some "Brewmaster Collection" thing in swing top 2L bottle. It was awesome.

You and me both. Saved the bottle. Should've bought more.

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The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:48:29 AM »
I can't drink it all.

Try harder?

But seriously, I give away a lot of what I brew for the same reason.  I enjoy making it, but I'll never be able to drink it all.  And I'm too old to try.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: High Fill, is this a thing?
« on: May 08, 2014, 09:03:33 AM »
I had a "low fill" comment on a previous score sheet.  I don't believe it affected the score, but I do know that I had some bottles I filled off my kegs that foamed a lot and had lower fills once they settled down.  I didn't think I submitted those, but whatever.

I imagine that a low fill could have an impact, either loss of carbonation or perhaps more possibility of oxidation.  I should check the score sheets, but I think I had a good score regardless.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:51:06 PM »
Somehow Jason at AiH keeps finding kegs. I am resisting temptation on the 3 gallon pin locks, well so far.

A while back I bought some from the front of the store that had lose handles or feet. For $29 each I picked up 2. That brought me up to 32 5 gallon kegs and 2 3 gallon, all ball lock.

Wow...I need to get on your level. Still rocking 8 5gal Ball lock cornies, but it works for what I have!

Yes.  32 is impressive.  I could not resist the 4 pin locks, but will need to find space for them.  My cellar is a disaster.  If I get more kegs I will have to stack them.  But for $29 each, I would definitely get more kegs.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Hop Extract
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:19:05 PM »
HopShot says that 1ml in 5 gallons for 60 minutes = 10 IBU.  50ml for 90 minutes starts to sound like a crazy amount of bitterness.

That is probably the calculated amount, but perceived bitterness is a whole 'nother animal. I forget what 2 full vials for 60 minutes at 1.065-1.070 is in calculated figures, but it's about right for the perceived bitterness of a Pliny-type beer.

That's very helpful.  Thanks.  Actually, all the replies are very helpful.

I also noticed that the Bertus recipe is for 12 gallons, not 5.

This batch will be for my soon-to-be-Godson's Christening, so I want to get it right.  Well, I'd want to get it right regardless.  But a tad more pressure to do so in this case.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Hop Extract
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:14:40 PM »
Thanks.  No need for apologies.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Hop Extract
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:02:02 PM »
The recipes I'm finding (purportedly from the August 2009 Zymurgy, though I'll need to verify) that use Columbus don't have a crazy amount of hops.

I think I'll go that route, rather than step deeper into unknown territory with extract.

Keep in mind that Hopshot is different from the "normal" isomerized hop extract.  Hopshot is not isomerized so you have to use a lot more than regular extract.

The two products I'm seeing are Hopshot and Isohop.  They both seem to call for approximately the same volume (1ml) of extract to add 10ml to 5 gallons.  The Isohop page at More Beer actually calls for 1.25ml.  It seems like Isohop is used after fermentation while Hopshot is used during the boil.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Hop Extract
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:40:20 PM »
You replaced the 60ml of extract with Columbus hops?

The IBUs seem a bit off to me, too.  Or I'm missing something.

HopShot says that 1ml in 5 gallons for 60 minutes = 10 IBU.  50ml for 90 minutes starts to sound like a crazy amount of bitterness.

Like I said in the OP, I do not brew IPAs so I'm treading into unknown territory...

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Hop Extract
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:12:02 PM »
I only use hop extract in our Pliny clone. Otherwise, it is just too vegetal.

The only time we were able to enter it in a comp (usually just drink it all), it nabbed a third place.

Amanda,

A couple clarifications, please.  You use only hop extract in your Pliny clone, as in no pellets or whole hops?  Or, your Pliny clone is the only beer in which you use extract?

Extract looks a tad pricey at $3 for 5ml.  The Bertus Brewery recipe calls for 60ml of extract.  But I haven't looked at other recipes yet to see the sheer volume of hops.

Regardless, this will not be a cheap beer for sure.

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