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Beer Recipes / Re: How to Doctor a Belgian Blonde
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:25:48 PM »
I would Funk that S up with some nice brett or a lambic blend.  Make it nasty. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Most fun Label
« on: January 19, 2012, 02:13:51 AM »
I am partial to the New England Brewing's brands.

First and foremost you have the Ghandi Bot IPA

Not to mention, the Zapata Bot (in case you're keeping score, this is a robotic Gandhi, as Emilano Zapata) yes a Tequila-barrel aged version of "The Bot!"

Also a great one is the 668:Neighbor of the Beast (this is a Duvel-type beer)

Not to mention the always contraversial borderline trademark infringement Imperial Stout Trooper

ALL of these beers are very good to great... more than just a pretty face!

The more I drink those really big aroma/flavor IPAs (Sculpin, Flower Power, Capt Lawrence, Widmer Nelson) the more I realize exactly how short the shelf life is.  I bought a few 6 packs that drank very well in December and now a month later the hops are gone. 

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: January 17, 2012, 05:46:31 PM »
Fairfield CT (Bridgeport Metro Area) Water Report
Water from Aquarion Water Company

Alkalinity 17
Calcium 8.5 mg/L
Potassium 1.81
Magnesium 2.7
Chloride 20.3
Sodium 13.8
Sulfate 15.8
Total Hardness 32.3
pH 7-7.3

Chlorine is added as a disinfectant. 

I filter my water with a Moen activator charcoal filter, although prior to that, I would simply fill up my brew pots the night before brewing.

I use a combination of Chalk, Gypsum, and CaCl to make sure my Calcium Level is > 50, while keeping my RA appropriate for the color of the beer, and ensuring my Chloride/Sulfate balance is where I desire it (typically balanced).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Massive Starter Krausen
« on: January 12, 2012, 03:34:08 PM »
That is a good sign.

Is it possible that I can't detect 4-vinyl guaiacol (clove phenol?)  Whenever I am at a tasting and others call a beer "clovey" I cannot detect it at all.  I don't think it is a case of not being able to ID the aroma/flavor.  Is this possible?  I know that diacetyl is not detectable by everyone.

I wish I would have seen this earlier.
I could have pointed you to this:

I bought 2 of them & added weldless valves, myself.
They're great.
If anyone else is looking for a kettle, I recommend them.
And...If you live in the Minneapolis area & need any help with your kettle drilling, pm me.
I'd be glad to help you with it.
I was terrified, on my first one.

Kit, do those pots have volume markings?  I am having trouble IDing this feature on any pots for sale online.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for Ask the Experts suggestions
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:39:55 PM »
I'd like to hear from someone about Cask Conditioning and Real Ale Techniques.  Alex Hall in NY is a local expert from here but I am sure there are others in the US and especially the UK.

Equipment and Software / Re: Rebel Brewer:Cheap Flasks
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:33:40 PM »
Emailed with Tom...  Rebel Brewer gets the thumbs up from me. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Rebel Brewer:Cheap Flasks
« on: January 03, 2012, 07:31:49 PM »
Thanks Tom.  And in the interest of accuracy, you're right, the words "out of luck" were mine not anyone from Rebel Brewer.  But, I was most definitely not offered a replacement at that time.  Thanks for the followup.

The beer came out really good, I am pretty happy with it. I have 2 more bottles, I'll definitely use them in future batches.

All Grain Brewing / Re: poor all grain efficiency, don't know why
« on: December 30, 2011, 02:52:32 PM »
One thing I'll add is that you don't really know what effeciency you're getting, since your final volumes are not accurately measured. 

Equipment and Software / Rebel Brewer:Cheap Flasks
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:07:04 PM »
Bought a 3L erlenmeyer flask from Rebel Brewer, and the glass is super thin.  The first time I used it, the bottom cracked incredibly easily on the bottom of a fermenting bucket I had filled with sanitizer.  I've used these types of flasks for many years, and have broken my share of them, but never with as little force as this one cracked with. 

I called rebel brewer and asked if others have complained about this, and they told me no, and that I was out of luck.  Fair enough.  I could have made a stink and said it may have been damaged in shipment, but that's not how I do business.
Fortunately their website has a rating system with the ability to submit feedback for the products they sell.  I submitted a product review with a fair assessment of what I feel to be an inferior product.  I believe it was well-written and informative, and IMO not reactive to the service I recieved.

This was over a month ago.  At this point, the review has not shown up on their site.  Poking around their site, the only reviews that get approved are ones with 4 or 5 starts.  WTF is the point of product feedback if you only show the positive reviews?   ::)

I'm done with these guys.   :-*

Beer Recipes / Re: Amarillo & Citra IPA
« on: December 29, 2011, 07:50:44 PM »
I think you need more bittering hops.  What does 10AA Warrior get you in terms of IBUs?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Biscuit Flavor/Aroma Like Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
« on: December 29, 2011, 06:48:43 PM »
I'm stumpted!

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