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The Pub / Geuze Descriptor Suggestions
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:37:40 AM »
I'll be hosting a geuze vertical tasting this weekend (Mega Blend 2009-2015) and I wanted to offer some tasting descriptor suggestions. What would you recommend for aroma, flavor and finish? I'm hoping for more than the usual "acidic, horse blanket, hay," etc. Whatcha got?

Zymurgy / Zymurgy App - Rotate?
« on: July 08, 2016, 09:53:08 AM »
Are there any plans to update the app? I've never had a problem on Android, but it drives me insane that it's portrait-only. If it could rotate into landscape mode, I could actually read it at the table while enjoying coffee or breakfast (most tables covers only prop up the tablet in landscape mode). If that were implemented, I would have no problem going mobile-only.

Yeast and Fermentation / How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 19, 2016, 11:54:01 AM »
I'm getting ready to pitch a packet of Fermentis S-04 into a 1.045 20L batch and I just noticed that the date is June 2015. Oops. One year past the expiration. Mr. Malty says I'll need 72 packets of this stuff. I'm using production date of June 2013. What do you think? Pitch it anyway?

I have a fresh K-97 to use in a pinch, but I was hoping for a more Englishy beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Bauhaus Brew Labs Wonderstuff
« on: April 08, 2016, 09:54:33 AM »
I was recently in the Twin Cities area for about 8 days and had a wonderful time drinking only Minnesota beers. Of all those I tried, Wonderstuff from Bauhaus Brew Labs topped my list. Grainy, clean, nicely bittered, touch of citrus, refreshing and drinkable. An un-fussy, well-made Pils. Not much to ask for, but amazingly hard to find. Well done, Mr. Partriot!

I really wanted to get to the brewery, but my timing was tight and I didn't make it. Next time.

Kegging and Bottling / 1st Time Kegging Frustrations
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:47:21 AM »
After more than 20 years of bottling, I finally decided to give kegging a go. I read instructions, I watched videos, but I think things are still going wrong.

So, I filled a keg last night, pressurized, soaped up the fittings and everything seemed to be ok. I had lagered the beer before filling the keg (so it was chilled) and put the works back in the fridge at about 4C. I left the gas connected and on overnight and this morning, it looked like the bottle pressure went down quite a bit (no, I didn't weigh the tank. I know, I know...). I turned the gas off this morning. After a while, I went and turned it back on and heard gas flowing. I took everything out, sprayed with soapy water and didn't notice any bubbles. Help?

My questions are:
1. Did I do anything wrong?
2. Does it sound like there's a leak, and if so,
3. How do I find the leak?

Beer Travel / Washington DC / Shenandoah Area
« on: July 27, 2015, 09:25:44 AM »
We'll be taking a short trip to DC with a couple nights in the Shenandoah National Park area in October. Are there any beers/breweries/brewpubs we should keep an eye out for?

The Pub / Test
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:24:18 PM »
Sorry about this. I'm getting errors when trying to post to the forum.

Equipment and Software / Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:55:31 PM »
Does it exist? I need one.

Equipment and Software / Speidel Braumeister - I did it
« on: February 26, 2014, 03:12:08 PM »
After thorough research, I decided to bite the bullet and get myself a Braumeister. No, I'm not rich and I don't take such purchases lightly. In this case, it was partly justified by my upcoming 40th birthday. I call it my Midlife Crisis Kettle.

Other factors in my decision:
1. I needed new equipment anyway. I've been brewing with an electric kettle that became unreliable.

2. My back. Any new setup would have to minimize lifting. The costs are rising.

3. This thread:
I read through the whole dang thing. One reoccurring comment among long-time brewers is, "I wish I would've bought one sooner."

One complaint is often that one is limited to low-ish gravity beers. Those complainers are just not being creative. I could still do a traditional mash with my old gear and use the kettle just for the boil. Or I could do a double mash (mash, remove grains, mash again with wort and new grains). Anyway, I decided that it's not important to me since I've only done one "big" beer in the last 7 years.

I also received some financial aid, which helped. I was generously given a loan which I may be able to pay back in liquid.

So, happy birthday to me!! I'll be brewing my first batch this weekend.

The Pub / First Beer Sale (sorta)
« on: October 22, 2013, 01:34:41 PM »
I donated a 6-pack of my RyePA to a charity auction last weekend. The winning bid: 95 euros!

General Homebrew Discussion / Resin
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:19:14 AM »
I often see resin used as a flavor descriptor for hops. I know the wine world uses it as well. What I'm wondering is, what's the point of reference? Bong water? How are we supposed to know what resin tastes like?

All Things Food / Beer Ice Cream Recipe - Searching...
« on: June 07, 2013, 08:08:11 AM »
I saw a recipe for beer ice cream posted somewhere not too long ago. I thought it was here, but I can't find it. Maybe it was in Zymurgy? It involved boiling the beer down to concentrate it, adding sugar and stuff. Aldi has a cheap ice cream maker this week, so I wanted to give it a try. Does anybody have a good recipe?

All Grain Brewing / Folly to Fantastic
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:40:21 AM »
A while back I posted problems with my first proper pilsner. It turns out I severely under-pitched the yeast. I went ahead with it anyway. At bottling it smelled like a banana farm. After 2 weeks in the bottles, it tasted ok if a little solventy and smelled entirely like pears. After 3+ weeks, it's actually a pretty dang good beer. It's true that beer wants to happen. I am a bit surprised, though, at how much the esters disappeared. I'm so happy I didn't give up on this one.

Yeast and Fermentation / Lager Woes
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:54:30 AM »
It's been 2 1/2 days since I pitched Wyeast 2000 Budvar Lager yeast into my CAP and there is still no airlock activity. I pitched at around 9.5 (celsius) and let it cool to and held steady at 9. I've given the fermenter a good shake a couple times a day to no avail. I'm now letting it warm up a couple degrees to see what happens. The smack-pack was slow to act, but there was activity. Any thoughts? Be patient? Pitch a pack of SA-05 for a light corn ale?

Ingredients / Polenta
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:15:09 PM »
A couple questions about polenta…

I plan to use instant polenta in a pilsner. Do I need to boil it first or just add dry to the mash?

If I decide to do a protein rest, do I do it with or without the polenta?

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