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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlfloc and Fluffy Trub
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:30:40 PM »
I also think any trub experiment that includes WY1968 is somewhat flawed in that it is the only yeast that I've seen that can out-floc trub. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Building a kegerator
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:22:23 PM »
I am really happy with the tower I bought from American Coffee Urn (ACU Metal Fab).
This was a few years ago so there may be a better option today.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Problem with keg hopping
« on: September 17, 2012, 09:47:22 PM »
Surescreen is an awesome dry hopping device. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To Share or Not to Share
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:24:40 PM »
You'll figure it out.  There are some people that get a lot of my beer because they are appreciative, they give me good feedback, RETURN MY BOTTLES, and share high quality commercial beer with me.  On the other hand just passing out bottles at office functions or to customers is something I've cut out.  Brewing is just too time consuming.

Beer Travel / Re: East coast must have beers (CT, specifically)
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:43:31 PM »
Outside of CT (but available in CT) must have beers... a short list:
Ithaca Flower Power (if you like hops)
Weyerbacher Riserva (if you like sour)
Captain Lawrence anything but especially Xtra Gold

Beer Travel / Re: East coast must have beers (CT, specifically)
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:41:21 PM »
The "it" brewery in CT these days is New England Brewing Co.  Their year round beers are average (Sea Hag probably being the best) but they have a set of beers that sort of come and go regularly.  668, Ghandi Bot, and Imperial Stout Trooper all are worth seeking out.  Then they have some one-offs which are almost always good, the most recent being Coriolis IIPA.  Watch their facebook page for what's new.

City Steam's beers range from awful to awesome.   The place is a lot of fun.  They do tend to run out of their better beers quickly so if you want to try something they have, go for it. 

A cab ride can get you to Old Burnside in East Hartford.  I've never been there. 

At the rate new breweries are opening up, you may have a chance at another one or two within cab distance by december!   :P

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Let's talk southern tier
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:33:26 PM »
IPA (had it at my wedding)
Hop Sun

Like but never drink:

Don't like:
Oak Aged Unearthly

Despise so much that if you are drinking it and talking to me and I can smell it I will just walk away from you mid-sentance:
Creme Brulee

Wood/Casks / Re: Oak Chips in a Farmhouse?
« on: September 04, 2012, 05:13:44 PM »
Oak is a very common treatment for sour beers. Not big bourbon-barrel oak but more subtle. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Buffalo Wild Wings and home brew
« on: September 04, 2012, 05:06:59 PM »
BW3's wings are a joke. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: composting spent grain
« on: August 31, 2012, 03:23:48 PM »
I have accidentally developed a super-species of giant suburban rodent which subists on spent grains from the compost pile.  Be careful out there.   ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop Rocket Randall and Grassy Flavors
« on: August 09, 2012, 05:24:55 PM »
I my opinion, Randall's are serving gimmicks.
I my experience, Randall + cold beer = grassy flavors. 
Dry hopping cold = grassy flavors, although, they do condition out with enough time.
Dry hop warm = no grassy flavors, tasty and aromatic.


I agree with Tim's assessment of Dry Hopping. I  find temp to be a much bigger factor in grassiness of dry hops than the oft-cited "too much contact time." 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: optimal dry hop temperature?
« on: July 09, 2012, 09:57:19 PM »
In my experience vegetal aromas and flavors are extracted much more noticeably at lower temps.  If I dry hop with american hops at 55 degrees (winter in my cellar), I get up to several weeks of grass/wood before it dissapates.  When I dry hop with the same volumes at 70F, it only typically imparts that character for a few days. 

And yes, you're reading that right... I get chlorophyll notes at the BEGINNING of dry hopping-- not after extended periods of dry hop contact like prevailing opinion tells us.   

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First try at a session IPA
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:00:48 PM »
I think "American bitter" is both a more accurate description and a good way to approach the recipe for this type of beer.  Strive for the balance that a good bitter has, but use those dank american hops and you are halfway there.

I also like a high character yeast in this type of beer.  1098 British is tough to beat. 

All Grain Brewing / Portable march Pump
« on: May 24, 2012, 08:15:10 PM »
Other than the "Wort Pump In a Toolbox", are there any other designs for making a march pump portable?  I don't need great portability, but I can't mount it to a brewing structure either.   Just need to be able to have it free-standing, basically. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Belgium "Shift" (pic)
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:49:36 PM »
No New Belgium beers are avail in CT.

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