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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers for the non-craft drinker
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:53:27 AM »
Kolsch, Amber ales, Ordinary Bitter, Steam beers

or really mix it up and serve a big chewy barley wine mixed half and half with soda water.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Problem with club growth in VA
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:52:21 AM »
As I understand it from recent experience here in California the ABC rep is never wrong. They may not be interpreting the rules the way you or I or a competent lawyer might but as the ABC rep their interpretation is correct.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Session IPA's
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:50:44 AM »
(I LIKE that name Denny, It's hoppier than an APA, that's the difference)

I would rather call it a hoppy APA than a session IPA, but that's splitting hairs.

'Splitting Hairs' would be a good name for a Session IPA/Hoppy APA.

to make it more obscure you could put a picture of a rabbit running away on the label and call it 'Splitting Hares'

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:49:13 AM »
Is this dishwasher method to clean just to save time? Wouldn't soap and water work? I've used a very mild "green" liquid dish soap to clean all equipment so far. Would this work for bottles?

you want to avoid soap as much as possible because it can be very difficult to rinse thoroughly. and if not rinsed well it could cause head retention problems down the road.

for almost all cleaning I recommend a softly abrasive cloth and hot water immediately after use. For stubborn stuck on debris its PBW or Oxiclean.

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Ingredients / Re: It's SPRING!!!!
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:04:14 AM »
It'll be unpleasant but...

you can make a tea with a sample of known aa% of the same variety, and then either do the same with your homegrown and taste side by side, or do a titration test on the known sample, repeat with yours and you should be able to get pretty close.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Session IPA's
« on: May 14, 2013, 08:00:28 AM »
Ok, heard back from the brewery and this is what they use...
"Sure, as far as the hops we use CTZ and Citra all very late in the boil to achieve high levels of flavor with relatively low bitterness the yeast is California Ale Strain.  Thanks for trying it!"

Is this a typical low ABV IPA recipe?

all late hops is a great way to get a ton of hop flavor in a small beer without overwhelming it with bitterness. so yeah, in that sense it's not an unusual hops bill for a Session IPA (I LIKE that name Denny, It's hoppier than an APA, that's the difference)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grains on hand
« on: May 13, 2013, 02:22:35 PM »
I buy MO, US pale malt, pils malt, and wheat by the sack.  I usually buy anything else I need 5+ lbs at a time even if I just need 0.5 lbs of it.  I've built up some stock over time, but it is all kept in air tight packaging in air tight containers and I've never noticed a problem with any of it.

This is more or less my M.O. as well. sacks of pils, NA 2-row and Munich. Everything else I get by the pound to match the recipe I am planning + a bit (I usually don't use a whole pound).

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I don't know about the pilsner v. pale question. I do know that I can often taste the candy/grapy sweetness that you get with pilsner and in a lighter style it shows through more. Now in a style with lots of wheat and , hopefully some nice spicy phenolics I don't know that you would notice it much.

You can perform an acid rest during the mash (114*f I think) which is supposed to increase the precursors for the clove phenolic.

I remember reading in Brewing with Wheat that you can increase some ester/phenolics in hefe yeast through slight underpitching but unless you are doing cell counts I don't know that you would have the control you would want going that route.

I would try the Acid rest alone first

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:50:38 AM »
For used bottles, clean them, put foil over the opening, and then bake for an hour at 375. Turn the oven off and take them out the next day, they will be sterile.

+1 for the oven method. I don't bother with the foil. I rinse the night before bottling day, pop them in the over and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or an hour or you know, whenever I remember to get up and turn off the oven. and leave them in there till bottling time. that oven and everything in it should be pretty close to sterile at that point.
The foil I'd for longer term storage. I do a case of bottles at a time in the oven, so not all get used soon.

gotcha

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 13, 2013, 09:04:23 AM »
For used bottles, clean them, put foil over the opening, and then bake for an hour at 375. Turn the oven off and take them out the next day, they will be sterile.

+1 for the oven method. I don't bother with the foil. I rinse the night before bottling day, pop them in the over and bake at 375 for 20 minutes or an hour or you know, whenever I remember to get up and turn off the oven. and leave them in there till bottling time. that oven and everything in it should be pretty close to sterile at that point.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Goose Island beer
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:52:20 AM »
We've started getting Goose Island in the past few months. I like a lot of the beers and they aren't showing up in poor quality. We're not getting BCS or either Pepe beers but I'm hopeful it will show eventually.

Pepe Nero has to be the nastiest beer I ever tasted.  Or close to it.

I don't know, I liked it. I have another bottle in the closet for some time later as well. see how it changes over time.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock VS Ball Lock
« on: May 10, 2013, 02:49:55 PM »
Personally I wouldn't bother with 2.5 or 3 gallon kegs unless space requirements absolutely require it. you can put 2.5 or 3 gallons of beer in a 5 gallon keg but not vice versa.

Generally, at least from what I have seen they are comparable prices wise.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bretta B. and Those crazy Danish guys
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:15:53 PM »
jonathan you are so fortunate to have good selections

I know, this bottle shop opened up in my town about two years ago and they have a great selection of unusual Belgian and trappist stuff.

Kyle,

I'm looking forward to your presentation at NHC by the way. Between your discussion of house cultures and that bottle of sour red from 1Vert you can explain a lot of my interest in this project.

So I, of course got a little off schedule in the process and only added the honey last night. I also won't have time to wrack to secondary until tomorrow.

The starter I made with the dregs had a nice fermentation finishing up Thursday afternoon. Should I pitch the whole thing? swirl it up and pitch half? Decant and...?


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What's the best way to clean the hoses and the cobra tap?  I will clean my kegs with PBW solution and force the PBW solution out through my cobra tap, but the lines are not visibly cleaner even after extended soaks.  Is it possible to disassemble cobra taps?

yup,

At least with mine you can twist the cap at the top, that the thumb lever comes out of, that unscrews and lets you inside the tap. It's pretty simple and easy to clean in there actually.

QDs you can unscrew by using a flat head screw driver in the slot on top of the QD

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mesh bags for hops?
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:01:28 PM »
I pinned a hop bag against the bottom of my kettle with the IC for the last 15 minutes of the boil once and it actually burned (it was cotton, not nylon). It charred and blackened as did some of the hops inside and that hefe tasted like campfire forever. However if you can manage not to physically pin it down to the bottom of the kettle you're probably pretty safe.

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