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General Homebrew Discussion / Golden Bock?
« on: February 24, 2012, 01:02:36 AM »
Last spring Sierra Nevada put out a seasonal called "Glissade" and labeled it a golden bock.  It doesn't look like they are going to be releasing it again this year, going with the Ruthless Rye instead (although I like that too).  I am thinking of trying to brew something similar.  I seem to remember reading somewhere (here?) that maybe the way to go would be to essentially take a maibock recipe and substitute the munich malt for vienna.  Does this sound right, or better yet, has anybody tried this?  Any other suggestions for trying to match this style?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: GABF
« on: February 10, 2012, 09:20:24 PM »
Most definitely worth it, in my opinion.  As someone else who lives in Denver, it may be a little bit easier as I don't have to worry about the cost of getting here and a place to stay.  A couple of people have mentioned staying south near a light rail station.  This seems like a very good way to save some $.  There is a station right outside the convention center that hosts the event.

It is also Denver Beer Week.  There are several events that take place all week long at local breweries, bars, etc.

Planning on brewing a robust porter.  Judging from the forecast, it may be a pretty cold and adventurous day!

Czech Pils.  First lager.  Probably could have chosen an easier style, but I figure what the heck.
Ya know, 20 years ago I figured if I could make a clean European Lager, I could make anything.  It took several tries, but the effort and educational experiences were worth the effort.  The resources are much better these days, so I'm sure you'll be fine.

Ya, I kinda feel the same way.  Ever since my first visit to the Czech Rep. this has been one of my favorite styles.  I'm sure it will take several tries to get a decent version down, but I figure I may as well start now.  Thanks!

Czech Pils.  First lager.  Probably could have chosen an easier style, but I figure what the heck.

Pimp My System / Re: New Coffin Keezer
« on: October 06, 2011, 11:24:54 PM »
Wow, nice work!  When I get around to converting mine I hope it looks half that good.  I don't know that I've seen a design quite like that.  I really dig the tile.

I'm interested to see what you end up doing from the collar down!

The Pub / Re: Ken Burns' Prohibition
« on: October 05, 2011, 10:10:42 PM »
I've only seen the first 2/3 or so of the first episode, pretty interesting.  I didn't realize how close the movement for prohibition/anti-alcohol was to Women's suffrage. 

Also, you can stream all of the past episodes from the PBS website:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Left Hand Milk Stout
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:50:04 PM »
This is definitely one of my favorite milk stouts, and I think probably Left Hands best (although they have come out with some pretty good new brews in the last couple of years).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Too much head on beer
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:42:19 PM »
I guess my question is: once the beer is carbonated at the force carbonation pressure does reducing the pressure to say 7-10 psi result in any co2 coming out of solution?  Does it make any sense to say the beer tastes under carbonated but there is copious amounts of head?  Beer line is about 4-5 ft.

I have had the same issue with the beer tasting under carbonated, but I figured it was because a large amount of the CO2 is being forced out in the pour.  If I closed the valve at the regulator, released most of the pressure in the keg, and poured the carbonation level seems more appropriate. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Too much head on beer
« on: September 28, 2011, 06:37:17 PM »
I've only been kegging for the last few batches, so I am still trying to dial this in as well.  Approximately what pressure are you looking for at the tap?  I ask because my tap lines are approx. 4 1/2 feet and setting the pressure to 10 psi results in too much pressure/head at the tap.  It seems that for a decent pour I had to decrease the pressure to 4-5 psi.  From what I've read it seems as though I should be able to set the pressure higher than this.

Ingredients / Re: Homegrown hops not flowering
« on: September 24, 2011, 12:42:56 AM »
Ah, thanks!

Ingredients / Re: Homegrown hops not flowering
« on: September 23, 2011, 06:46:22 PM »
Interesting article.  I knew the whole latitude dependent hop growth thing had to do with day length, but its nice to know a little more about why.  I'd imagine the sporadic nature of my motion sensor light would have little effect, especially since it is not uv, but interesting nevertheless.   

On a side note, since location came up in the thread, how do you set your profile to show your location.  I included location in my preferences, but it doesn't seem to show up.


Ingredients / Re: Homegrown hops not flowering
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:34:22 AM »
I'm in Denver.  It's been pretty hot this summer, but not as extreme as a large portion of the county.  I have watered regularly all summer, so I don't think that is an issue.

I have 4 plants going, 2 Cascade and 2 Centennial, all first year.  The plant of issue is one of my Centennials.  It has grown very well, it just has not flowered at all and isn't showing any signs that it will.  One of my Cascades got a late start, and is now just starting to flower.  Probably too late, but oh well.  The other two plants have produced about half an ounce each (ok I guess for first year?).  The cones were of pretty good size (especially the cascade) and smelled pretty good.  I brewed with them this weekend.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/16 Edition
« on: September 17, 2011, 05:42:11 PM »
Brewing a fresh hopped AIPA with homegrown hops!!

Ingredients / Homegrown hops not flowering
« on: September 17, 2011, 05:41:03 PM »
So this is my first post here.  I've been lurking for a bit and have gotten a lot of good information.  Thanks for all who post this stuff!

I have grown hops for the first time this summer.  Two Centennials and two Cascades.  One of the Centennials has not flowered at all.  I think I read somewhere that any extended light source might have an effect on production.  This particular plant is by a motion sensor light, so it probably sees light from this throughout the night.  Could this light be the cause for the lack of flowering?  Has anyone else had an issue like this?  What else might cause a hop plant not to flower?

Also, in general how big is the window for harvesting?  I'm brewing with those that seem ready today, but there are others that are just starting to flower.

Thanks in advance!

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