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All Grain Brewing / Interesting Taste
« on: October 11, 2010, 01:10:44 AM »
I brewed five gallons of beer a couple months back - a 7.6% ABV IPA.  Everything seemed fine technically with the brewing, fermenting, and kegging.  Strangely though, the beer has a "burn" to it... that's the best way I can describe it. It burns all the way down the throat... nothing that can't be tolerated though. I've brewed stronger beers without this "burn" before.  Could this feeling simply be the alcohol or something else?  None of my other higher ABV beers did this.  One thing I did differently was... well, I got a "wild hair" while boiling the wort... and threw in some fresh basil leaves(maybe a dozen) near the end of the boil.  The basil plants were in the kitchen window sill and I've brewed a stout with cayenne pepper that turned out great hence my experimental bent.  Just wondering if the basil could've imparted this burning sensation.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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All Grain Brewing / Green Flash IPA Recipe Wanted
« on: October 10, 2010, 10:32:54 PM »
Just tasted the Green Flash IPA over the weekend.  Anyone have a recipe for this one?  I've found a couple, but would prefer seeing what this forum can provide.  Thanks in advance for the help.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Okinawa Bound
« on: September 28, 2010, 03:37:05 AM »
I live in Seoul, South Korea and work on the Army base at Yongsan.  I get my supplies online from Williams Brewing (williamsbrewing.com), Mountain Homebrew (mountainhomebrew.com), and Hops Direct (hopsdirect.com)... I've also gotten supplies from High Gravity Brewing someone mentioned earlier.  You should have an APO AP address, so as long as your stuff isn't over 70 lbs or over a certain size limit.  I've ordered 55-lb bags of two-row malt from Williams with no problems at all.  You just might want to do something nice for your mail person... give them a few beers maybe!

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This is definetly selfish... but a lot of us overseas would love to be able to enjoy some American Craft Beer.  I'm in South Korea and the beer here is not good.  Worse, I love hoppy West Coast IPA's and strong American Stouts - neither are represented here in South Korea at all.  I've been trying my best to facilitate the opening of the American Craft Beer floodgates... tried talking to Kona, Maui, Pike, and a couple other breweries, but there seems to be problems locally that make exporting to South Korea problematic.  The biggest reason I'm told there are no American Craft Beers here is due to there lack of production capability domestically... so those of us overseas are just out of luck.  We do get a Canadian beer pale ale here from a brewery in Alberta.  It's not bad, but not a Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA or Sierra Nevada Celebration... or (a beer I so desperately want to try) a Russian River Pliny Elder (or Younger).  I make my own beer... not bad I think... but again, I don't have a lot of time nor space in my tiny apartment.

Any help getting Great American Craft Beer to South Korea would be appreciated.  It might also be a mighty market as the beer here is so appaulingly bad and there are millions of beer drinkers to exploit!!!

Cheers,
Bill

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Hey Craft Beer Lovers,

I live in South Korea.  Beer here is bad... super bad.  They have no appreciation for good beer.  American Craft Beer is arguably the best beer in the world.  The base gets beer, but most is bad too... AB, Coors, Miller, etc.  There are some Sam Adams and some Euro beers, but I want GREAT AMERICAN CRAFT BEER!!!  Anyone know anyone (that knows anyone) who can figure out a way to get us the good stuff here in South Korea... some Sierra Nevada, Russian River, Dogfish Head, Founders, Bells, etc.???  I've been trying for two years, but I have a job that pays the bills I have to devote 50 hours a week to and don't have time to devote to figuring this out on my own.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Bill

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stout with Lactose
« on: September 25, 2010, 02:14:51 PM »
I added my lactose at the final 15 minutes of the boil.  I wonder how many gravity points a half pound made to a final wort volume of 6 gallons?  The beer has a nice chocolately taste thus far after 10 days.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stout with Lactose
« on: September 25, 2010, 12:27:20 AM »
Thanks guys.  I'm getting ready to add about 30 ounces of cherries soaked in Woodford Select Bourbon into the beer when I keg it.  Do you think that will lower the gravity?  Will I need to add 1/3 cup corn sugar for priming?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Stout with Lactose
« on: September 24, 2010, 11:33:52 PM »
Question... does the addition of lactose cause a higher final gravity?  Lactose is fermentable?  It's not a type of dextrin that can't be digested by yeast, correct?  I made a milk stout with an OG of 1.055.  Currently (after 10 days) it is 1.017.  I'm using WLP 006... the Bedford Ale Yeast.  I would've thought that I would've gotten down to 1.010 at least.  Any thoughts?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 21, 2010, 04:16:59 AM »
I'm brewing my SN Celebration Ale clone this weekend.  It's one of my favorite beers in the world - just enough maltiness to go with a great hop bitterness and aroma.  I might also make add some darker malts to the SN Celebration Ale clone grist to come up with something different... a dark IPA?... so (possibly) a two brew weekend.  I'll need it to deal with all the crap beer here in South Korea, aka, BEER HELL!!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 18, 2010, 03:31:36 PM »
Now I feel dumb... haha.  My tool set is weak, but I've seen those type wrenches before.  Over here in Korea, our base store doesn't have a great tool selection.  I might have to just order some online.

Thanks again for the knowledge.  The longer I brew, the more my brain allows me to digest all the info I've been reading about over the last three years.  I really enjoy this hobby!

Cheers,
Bill

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 18, 2010, 02:08:10 AM »
Tom,

I've been tooling around the apartment checking out my kegs... and with your help have come to the conclusion that I have no keg post problems.  I got the posts on the two kegs backwards and testing them both with ball valves for input and output realize that all is well.  A couple years back I had taken the kegs apart to clean them before I really started kegging in ernest.  Now that I'm kegging two or three beers a month, I'm using them more.  I didn't even realize that the posts were different.  This is one of the reasons why I became an AHA member - utilizing the collecting brain-power of smart, experienced brewers.

Thanks for the enlightenment.

Cheers,
Bill

By the way, the post I was referring to before was the one to the right in that picture you sent earlier.  I don't know how to get it off the keg with all those points.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:27:59 PM »
Tom,

By the way, how do you get those posts off your kegs?  The one on the left has a thin area at the base of the post which I can't seem to get a wrench attached to.  The other one has that bizarre fitting... I don't know what tool to use on it.

Cheers,
Bill

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:19:05 PM »
Tom,

Thanks for the pictures.  I see what you're saying about the horizontal cut.  I might have them backwards now that you mention it.  But would this cause the ball valve not to connect.  The posts themselves on the correct in and outputs would cause the CO2 and tap ball valves to fit properly?

Cheers,
Bill

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:23:44 PM »
Tom,

Thanks for the input.  I'll order some of the keg lube and see if that's the problem.

My problem isn't necessarily the post connecting to the keg - it's that the ball valve won't connect to the post.  My CO2 cylinder and picnic tap have ball valve connectors, but will not connect to the posts on two of my kegs.  The other posts do not give me fits like these two... getting the gas and taps hooked on the good ones is too easy.  Again perhaps keg lube could help.

Cheers,
Bill 

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Kegging and Bottling / Post Keg Fittings... confused
« on: September 17, 2010, 08:17:34 PM »
Smart people

I have several used kegs - all ball lock style.  I'm having problems with two of the six.  I can't get my ball valve connectors (gas, picnic taps) to work.  Well, they will work only after I force them onto the posts.  I'm about to order some new posts from Williams, but upon researching the situation, I'm finding I have Cornelius and Spartanburg (Challenger VI) kegs with various types of gas/beer posts affixed to them.  My two Spartanburg kegs have the appropriate posts, but the Cornelius kegs have both (what I think are) Spartanburg and Cornelius posts.  Further compounding my confusion is that the Cornelius posts on the Cornelius kegs are the two kegs for which I'm having my problems.  Confused.  What is the best option for me to fix my two problematic kegs?  Further, what is the best keg made for future reference?

Also, how does one clean the Spartanburg keg posts?  I can't remove them.  I have been filling the washed kegs with boiling water overnight thinking that should kill any "bugs" in the dip and beer tubes.  I haven't had any problems yet.

Bill (in South Korea)

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