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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Adding java to a stout
« on: February 25, 2014, 10:23:17 AM »
I have picked up green bell pepper / vegetal notes in some coffee beers. I agree it could be the bean variety. It could also be from using cheap or stale coffee.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy Disaster
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:58:01 AM »
I'm glad you're OK. I had a similar incident last summer. The only difference was the carboy I was moving was empty and fell on a full carboy. It occurred in the garage so cleanup wasn't terrible. I have since started using more buckets and better bottles for primary.

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Ingredients / Re: List of maltsters?
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:32:07 AM »
Beersmith has some addons for the desktop version that include different maltsters. I know Briess is in there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 08, 2014, 09:26:19 AM »
I usually love American IPA. But, last year I got burned out after judging several AIPA. Ever since then I have enjoyed the malty styles much more. Although I am getting the itch to brew a IIPA.

Equipment and Software / Re: Pump advice
« on: January 06, 2014, 05:16:37 PM »
I also have a chugger with a stainless head. It works really well. Plus, it is cheaper than a March pump.

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Beer Recipes / Re: bopils and carapils
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:48:01 PM »
Thanks Jeff. I think I will do a decoction. I haven't used carapils in several years and don't want to start now. :-D

Beer Recipes / bopils and carapils
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:51:03 AM »
I know that carapils has been discussed at length here and what carapils is used for. However, several recipes I have looked at for a bopils are simple yet call for approx. 5% carapils. Is it really necessary to use carapils in a bopils? If not would you do something different in the process to account for it?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:39:37 AM »
As with plenty of other homebrewers I have used clone recipes. I think they provide a good starting point. It allows you to know what the beer should taste like when it is finished. However, I agree that making the clone beer taste exactly like the original is difficult. It is possible for a homebrewer to be disappointed in the beer if it doesn't turn out as expected.  Sometimes I like to use clone or other recipes as a starting point then modify for my purposes. If there is a commercial beer I like I prefer to buy it. I like to reserve homebrewing for my own recipes.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: What Commercial Beers Do You Have Aging?
« on: November 20, 2013, 10:27:08 AM »
I have Bigfoot 2010 thru 2013. I plan on collecting until I get at least 5 years worth before doing a vertical.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mangrove Jack's Dry Yeast
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:43:42 PM »
I've used the Workhorse yeast so far in an imperial Stout OG 1.110. It stopped at 1.032. It seems slightly sweet but not bad. I started a maibock on Sunday with the Bohemian Lager yeast. I still don't see any krausen on it. I rehydrated and pitched 3 sachets. The verdict is still out on this one for me.

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The Pub / Re: A salute to our veterans
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:40:18 AM »
A great big Thank You to all the veterans out there. Cheers!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Quick disconnects
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:36:00 AM »
I have a Chugger pump with the stainless pump head. I really like it. As I understand, the chugger has a lower flow rate than the March pump but that hasn't caused any issues for me.
  I use stainless camlock fittings. They are durable and full port with no obstructions in the liquid line. The main downfall being they get hot. Thus, you need to be conscious of that when you want to remove one. As a side note, I use silicone tubing with the camlock fittings. It is rather pricey but can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and remains flexible when cold.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Huge honor!
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:34:58 AM »
That's awesome!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: jeffy wins pro-am!
« on: October 14, 2013, 01:57:04 PM »
Hi everyone, in case you missed it the gold medal winner of the GABF pro-am was Jeff Gladish for "Poblano", made by Cigar City Brewing.  He's known on the forum as jeffy.

Congratulations Jeff!


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