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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 14, 2016, 11:40:37 AM »
Jim's NHC stout



My wife and I enjoyed this bottle in Sunday night.

As you can see, it pours opaque with a thick tan head. The head stuck around and clung to the sides of the glass.

I found it be toasty and smooth with a nice bitterness in the finish. I attributed that more to the roast than the hops but I could be wrong. Jen said she could smell the hops (I didn't pick them out but my allergies have been merciless for several weeks).

There is no noticeable alcohol heat or flavor to this stout. It is very well balanced and I can definitely see how it advanced. Too bad it didn't medal.

The summary from my better half is as follows: tasty, hoppy on the nose, roasty on the tongue, complex, full-bodied.

We enjoyed it. Send more!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 14, 2016, 11:33:18 AM »


I sampled this table saison sent by Jim on Memorial Day. Sorry for the late review.

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a big frothy head. The head was long lasting and laced nicely on the glass.

I picked up citrus in the nose and in the flavor. I couldn't pick out the peppercorns, although my sister in law could.

It was a very light beer which was perfect for sitting around with family on the holiday. I found it to be on the thin side but I find that with most session strength beers.

All in all it was very enjoyable.




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:24:02 PM »
This is my second swap with nary a word of feedback. I'm hopeful though.

And I dont take it personally. We're all busy. I've got a lot more of Jim's beer to get through and one I've sampled I need to post.

Maybe no one wants to post feedback cuz my beers suck?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning old taps
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:12:57 PM »
These are just for the outdoor rolling party bar. It will get used a couple times a year.

I'm not worried about sticking. And I dont plan to run sours through them

But maybe I'll stay away from starsan.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning old taps
« on: June 10, 2016, 03:05:50 PM »
Hadn't thought of BKF.

What do you think that might do to the chrome?

Well, they were free so what harm can come of it?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer is best by when . . .?
« on: June 10, 2016, 01:34:02 PM »
I wouldn't put too much stock in a check list.

Two weeks to carb should be sufficient at warmer temps.  Cooler temps can take longer, and who knows what Brewers Friend assumed.  The beer won't be harmed by sitting longer, though it will change with time and at some point it's likely been sitting too long.

Chilling it will help to maintain freshness, but it will still change with time.  What is the cause?  Time, yeast, temp.

Someone who's more scientific and not at NHC can give you a more detailed answer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning old taps
« on: June 10, 2016, 11:54:40 AM »
Thought about that too.  I'll try to do it tonight.

They kinda grossed me out when I opened them.

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Kegging and Bottling / Cleaning old taps
« on: June 10, 2016, 07:44:48 AM »
I've got a couple of old taps (standard, not perlick) that I plan to disassemble and rebuild (new gaskets, etc.).

They are chrome plated brass.  They look a little crusty on the inside.  Black-ish color on the brass.

What's the best way to clean these up?  I was thinking of soaking them in starsan and then brushing them out with a bottle brush or something.

They've been sitting around for years and are pretty old.  I have no idea how they were treated at the place the came from.

The crust (such as it is) doesn't look like beerstone.  But maybe it is?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 10, 2016, 07:32:52 AM »
I kinda like the random swap thing.  Though the results can be sort of random, too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 09, 2016, 07:34:55 AM »
Cool, glad you enjoyed it.

Great glass too, perfect in fact

Thanks.  My brother has a set of those glasses.  They're a perfect size, too, at about 8 oz.

Of course, I drank it on Memorial Day, not Veteran's Day.  I'll correct that.

I can't keep anything straight.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: June 08, 2016, 07:32:37 PM »


Jim's mandarins Bavaria pale ale.

I had this on Veterans Memorial Day. Late to posting.

Shared with my wife and sister-in-law.

I don't know if the photo does it justice, but it was deep gold to light Amber.

Big fluffy head that settles down but lasts.  Big citrus nose and flavor. Creamy and smooth. Seemed like low carbonation for such a fluffy head.
Moderate bitterness.  Finished very clean.

We enjoyed this beer very much. My wife not so much (she does not like pale ale) but the sil and I very much.

Send more.

Also had the saison. Will post that later.


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Perhaps so.  But long lag times freak me out.  48 - 60 hrs would have me repitching with a pack of dry yeast.

Not having an LHBS makes you a much more casual brewer.

I keep an emergency stash of dry yeasts.  Lager, ale, wheat, saison.  Just in case.  Maybe I have issues?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rut, but ok with it
« on: June 08, 2016, 02:24:20 PM »
Maybe plateau is the proper word, so long as it doesn't imply summit. And it's not a boredom thing, I still look forward to brewing. I'm actually brewing right now. Its more of a plateau/rut as far as trying to learn new stuff, explore new styles, bla bla bla.

The brew day is fun and relaxing, the beer is good, I just don't care anymore about science and proving things.

The thrill of discovery is part of the fun of brewing and  I don't think it ever disappears, even after the learning curve levels off. Proving stuff is a different kind of fun - more about ego, one-upmanship and attacking sacred cows.

I have no interest in proving anything.  But I do constantly tweak the recipes I brew to hopefully make them better.  And tweak my process.  And add new gadgets.  I just want to have good beer that my guests enjoy.

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I'm getting to the point where I think, on Homebrew scale, that proper sanitation (uninfected wort) - well oxygenated wort - and proper temp control are much more important than cell count or starter method. Obviously assuming your yeast isn't dead...

Perhaps so.  But long lag times freak me out.  48 - 60 hrs would have me repitching with a pack of dry yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rut, but ok with it
« on: June 07, 2016, 09:50:53 AM »
I've been brewing the same 1/2 dozen or so recipes for the past 10 years or so.

I don't feel it's a rut.  They're styles that we enjoy.  They're consistent.  People who come over tend to know what I'll have on tap and what they want.

I don't have enough brewing time to do too much experimenting.  I prefer to get something done that I know I'll like.

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