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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just say "no" to yeast rinsing
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:41:14 PM »
I didn't read your post.  It's far too long for my attention span this evening.

I like the Old Rasputin in your fridge, though.  You get props for that.

Between that and the subject line, I think I got all I need to know.

I've never bothered rinsing yeast, and I don't see any reason to start.  Stay with what works.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:03:42 AM »
"mixed to a more lenient taste profile before bottling."

I read this as "watered down." But that may just be my interpretation.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:48:20 AM »
Old Ballsack...

I'm going to ask for that one next time I'm at the store.

I did a little research on Old Crow and apparently it was the stuff to drink way way back in the day.  Now it's just young watered down Jim Beam, which sounds horrid.  And it's apparently marketed (who knew?) along with Old Overholt and Old Grand Dad as "the Olds."

This is making me reconsider keeping a bottle of Old Overholt in the cabinet...

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:40:27 PM »
I only drink whiskeys that start with the name Old.

Old Crow?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IBU Calculation
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:39:32 PM »
Generally, I brew the same 5 or so recipes over and over that I've been brewing for years.  There are a few newer ones in there and some that are 15 years old or more, but I stick to the same ones and I'm not disappointed.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IBU Calculation
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:21:14 PM »
Supposed to be.

It's like a weird dark brown ale.

I gave a pint to a friend last weekend and he asked if it was a brown ale.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: IBU Calculation
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:07:59 PM »
I still am convinced that brewery-released recipes are usually scaled accurately for the malt bill, but as for hop schedule, the IBU number sometimes doesn't appear to add up in software because the brewery gets considerable IBUs from whirlpooling. If you have the stated total you can at least get in the ballpark.

Sipping this now.  The malt bill isn't even in the ballpark.

Everything about this recipe is off.  It needs more malt, more hops, more stoutness.

It's not a bad beer in its own right, but it's not what it should be.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Late extract addition
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:07:44 AM »
I always add extract late.  But at a 20 minute boil, I don't think the impact will be as dramatic as a 60 minute boil.

I shoot for adding in the last 10 minutes.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: July 04, 2014, 12:08:48 PM »
This just reminded me to go mop the brisket...

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 26, 2014, 07:56:39 AM »
Sazerac rye is outstanding.

I also like Russel Reserve, but couldn't get any last night so it was Rittenhouse for the cabinet.

I had a bottle of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye years ago.  Not sure you can still find it.  If you can, that might be a nice gift.

Rallies / Re: Revolution Brewing AHA Rally
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:13:08 PM »
Send a car for the kids.

Rallies / Revolution Brewing AHA Rally
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:17:02 PM »
Anyone going?

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:15:05 PM »
Elmer and Wathen's are two of my favorites.   I look forward to your reviews.

I'm currently enjoying some Weller 12 year and have also tried blending it with Antique for the Poor Man's Pappy. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Review of new keg from India
« on: June 19, 2014, 02:31:14 PM »
Interesting about your thoughts on universal poppets. I replaced my non-removable poppets with universals and have been very happy. I think new kegs have longer posts which the universal poppets work perfectly on. But these Indian kegs must be different. The AEB kegs coupled with universal poppets = awesome. But I only replaced them on the liquid side. There isn't much of a need to remove the gas poppets.

I've seen universals with two different lengths of spring.  Maybe some kegs need a shorter spring.

I've been very happy with the universals I've used, but they are sometimes harder to compress.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Need help clarifying beer
« on: June 19, 2014, 11:41:43 AM »
Biofine clear (silicic acid). Not sure why more homebrewers aren't using this over gelatin. Works faster and better.

Gelatin is so cheap it's almost free.

FWIW, Biofine is a little more $ than gelatin, but still cheap :

In that case, I don't know why more people aren't using it!

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