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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition letdown
« on: May 19, 2011, 04:46:54 PM »
I have only entered a few comps over the years - mainly due to laziness on my part.  I have received both good and bad feedback - meaning some feedback was valuable the other was obscure and not helpful at all.  I always keep 2 bottles of every beer I enter in the comp to taste and read the comments by the judges.  This helps me understand their perspective.  Sometimes I get it, other times I do not.

I have learned from most of the feedback I received thankfully.  I am not a big comp person, but I do enter them from time to time to benchmark my technique and beer.

Beer Recipes / Mexican Lager
« on: May 17, 2011, 02:45:40 PM »
I have some friends that like Corona, etc and I was thinking about brewing a Mexican Lager.  I really like SKA's Mexican Lager - very tasty. 

Anyone have some good recipes?  From some basic research, I have seen most recipes are calling for 2 row pale, some 6 row and some flaked maize.  SKA's website says they use Saaz hops - about 18 IBUs. 

Any input or ideas are appreciated.  This is all grain by the way.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 17, 2011, 02:40:08 PM »
Wow Weaze.  Sounds like it's time for some blunt and to the point eastern conversation with these people.  I share my beer with friends and even brew beer for people's parties.  They pay for the ingredients and I brew the beer. 

None of my friends have ever just shown up at my house and helped themselves let alone blow the keg.  I would be really pissed at that.  Not really the beer, but like Denny and others have said - the time and effort to make beer.  That's just rude IMO.  Would they just walk into a bar and help themselves to beer or even someone's house and just drink their last beer in the fridge?

Guess I don't ever have to worry about moving to Idaho.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Six day IPA
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:18:24 PM »
IMO, as long as you have a good yeast starter and good fermentable wort, 8 days will work.  Instead of dry hopping, a few times I have chilled the wort down to 180-170 and added some aroma hops.  I let them sit for about 20 minutes at that temp and then continue to chill the wort. 

I did this a few times back in CA when I brewed with Beverage Bob that see on the forums.  Not quite the same as dry hopping, but a viable substitute IMO.  I would say most of my ales are done fermenting in 3-5 days anyway.

I have been a member for about 10 years now and it's worth.  I like to support the organization that champions homebrewing and its causes.

The Pub / Re: Winter wonderland....
« on: May 09, 2011, 09:31:03 PM »
I thought it was going to hit him when it came down the hill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hop question
« on: May 09, 2011, 04:54:43 PM »
I always like to use a bag when dry hopping.  I dry hop in my kegs.  I use both pellet and leaf hops depending on what I have.  I put the hops in one bag and use the decorative glass beads / marbles in another bag to weigh it down.  I use 2 bags so it's easier to clean the beads.  I sanitize the glass beads before using them.

Brewing an American Pils tonight.  Something along the lines of Avery's Joe's American Pilsner. 

How long can Star San sit in keg?  I know you don't want to keep it around too long or it's cloudy and not as useful.  Is prolonged contact to the keg OK?

Are you talking about using a sanitizer like Star-San in the keg, pushing that out and then filling the keg with beer?

The Pub / Re: Bin Laden's dead
« on: May 02, 2011, 03:34:20 PM »
It will be interesting to see what happens with al-Qaida.  Glad Bin Laden was killed.  Pitiful he used a woman as a human shield but not surprising one bit.  Great job by the Navy Seals.

The Pub / Re: Post your local Gas Prices here...
« on: May 02, 2011, 03:31:38 PM »
$3.67 for 87 octane here in CO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can you get rid of fusels?
« on: April 29, 2011, 04:47:19 PM »
From personal experience I have found they will diminish, but not disappear.  I brewed a Belgian Golden a few years ago that had some fusels.  After months of aging - about 4-6, they were less, but still there. 

Been windy here as well.  Ready for that to stop!  I am brewing in the garage as well.  We have a 3 car, so the 3rd bay is now the brewery!

So, are there actually homebrew shops in AL?  Do they really crack down on homebrewers?  Are there many people that brew in AL because of this law?  Just curious.

Very strange to me that it's a felony to homebrew.

Well,  I hope all our AL residents are OK with the recent tornadoes and storms.  Prayers out to y'all and I hope you are safe.

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