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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:10:57 AM »
Good tip on Burman - haven't checked them in a long time.  And sometimes I order from MoreCoffee to fill out an order from MoreBeer to get to $59 for free shipping!  Now back to your originally scheduled program...  I currently don't have any SWMBO so can't share my experiences.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:35:09 PM »
I set my roaster on top of a BBQ OUTSIDE, next to an electric outlet on my covered patio off of the detached garage.  I set the roaster timer during the two phases (roasting and then cooling), then go inside and set the stove timer for just a bit less time, and putter around the kitchen while roasting beans outside, going back outside in time to be back to the roaster in time to hit the degree of roast I want.  No smoke inside the house for me.  No sirree!  :)

Edit:  FWIW, my roaster is the FreshRoast SR500 and I love it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making progress with SWMBO
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:02:20 PM »
My wife would not drink beer until she got cravings for it during her second pregnancy. Don't freak out, she'd only have one every now and then, but now she only drinks wine with her friends.

What scares me is that now she is starting to get a taste for coffee. And I already have a son who is drinking at least a cup of my $15+ dollar a pound coffee, and a pound of coffee barely makes it through the week. :(

You're probably already aware of this option but here goes:  Years ago, my homebrewing hobby got me started on homeroasting coffee.  Been doing it ever since and everyone loves it (if I'm of a mind to share), and it's quick, I never run out, it's always fresh and roasted only in the amount I want at a time (like a week's worth), typically de-gassed and ready to drink by the next day.  Green beans are like legumes; they store dry in bags in a drawer with no appreciable loss of quality for up to two years, meaning you can get a big order that will last a long time, thereby saving on shipping costs.  Great primer and selection (last time I checked) at www.sweetmarias.com (no affiliation, yadda yadda).  Different roasters available depending on how much you roast at a time and you'll save a bunch of money compared to buying gourmet roasted coffee.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: WA area brewers!
« on: January 05, 2015, 10:34:12 PM »
I wish you would come farther east to Spokane!  I am a member of the local homebrew club here Inland Brewers Unite, and am acquainted with our two LHBS's if you need a PR front man!

All I need is for someone to cover my expenses!

 :)  I'll make some inquiries and PM you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: WA area brewers!
« on: January 04, 2015, 10:06:17 PM »
 I wish you would come farther east to Spokane!  I am a member of the local homebrew club here Inland Brewers Unite, and am acquainted with our two LHBS's if you need a PR front man!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A homebrewing milestione
« on: December 22, 2014, 07:46:34 PM »
Great story - really cool - bam, bam, gone!  And I bet most of them won't forget how EXCELLENT it was! 

I had just shared a growler of my take on all-citra IPA I have been tweaking a few years, a la Zombie Dust, at a small party.  Plus a cooler of a variety of Bridgeport beers I still had on hand.

I also took a few bottles of some 2012 wines I made: some red meritage (Bordeaux-style blend), a syrah, and an apricot port.  I've been working pretty hard at winemaking (nearly all from grapes) increasingly especially the last few years.

And of course everybody had brought lots as their contribution -- beers, wines, booze.

The next day definitely was the shortest day of the year.  Mostly due to getting home at 2 am, and then sleeping in extra late due to a bit of a hangover, more so from mixing the fruit and the grain than from the amount I consumed.   ::)


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A homebrewing milestione
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:08:59 PM »
I wondered if maybe you hit 500 batches using your original blue cooler mashtun.   ;D

I'm still using the batch sparge system that I consulted with you to build back in 2005, even if I have a few slight modifications or replacements.  I always wonder if people put a bunch of money into a fancy system and then regret it.  I just know that the cheap n' easy system is easy to store, very easy to use and clean, and makes great beer when lined up behind a good recipe, technique, and execution.

Last night at a party I got a compliment that my beer was better than what they had found around town lately, and it's not the first time.  The forum has been a great help over the years.  Merry Christmas to all (soon, soon).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW question
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:14:17 PM »
Well we've got some folks talking about Star San, I'm talking about PWB....same issue with the aluminum?

Also, anymore input on whether or not this is a problem using this fermenter going forward? My OCD is telling me that there is some type of dissolved aluminum that is now stuck on my plastic fermenter.   :o

DO NOT WORRY that the dissolved aluminum will impregnate the inside walls of your spiedel fermenter.  As previously stated, clean and rinse well your Spiedel, avoid aluminum foil + PBW in the future, and all is well for future ferments.  That's a tough thing to deal with any OCD-based inclinations; don't give into that in this case as it would be over-reacting -- the spiedel is perfectly fine!  :> 

Now just wait a minute...are you saying that the Speidels should not be cleaned with PBW?  I have not heard that before.  A quick (not overnight) PBW soak is fine as far as I have heard....

Sorry if I was unclear.  That's not at all what I'm saying.  I would definitely continue to use PBW to clean Spiedels - just not at the same time with aluminum.  Just reiterating the following:

Alkaline cleaning products dissolve aluminum.   That's why one does not clean aluminum equipment with sodium hydroxide.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW question
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:38:27 PM »
Well we've got some folks talking about Star San, I'm talking about PWB....same issue with the aluminum?

Also, anymore input on whether or not this is a problem using this fermenter going forward? My OCD is telling me that there is some type of dissolved aluminum that is now stuck on my plastic fermenter.   :o

DO NOT WORRY that the dissolved aluminum will impregnate the inside walls of your spiedel fermenter.  As previously stated, clean and rinse well your Spiedel, avoid aluminum foil + PBW in the future, and all is well for future ferments.  That's a tough thing to deal with any OCD-based inclinations; don't give into that in this case as it would be over-reacting -- the spiedel is perfectly fine!  :> 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: December 14, 2014, 10:16:05 PM »
gonna brew an IPA on Sunday morning instead of sleeping in on my birthday (crazy homebrewers). I think maybe only my third IPA, maybe 4th in 7+ years.

Then Monday I'm going down to SF to brew a 15 bbl batch of my sour farmhouse with cherries at Thirsty Bear.

milage indeed. I'm finally sitting down with a glass of the sour farmhouse with cherries I brewed back on the 20th of January. Got to pick up a sixtel of it yesterday and I just tapped it. pretty tasty. light and easy to drink but with a complex brett and lactic character. The cherries are a bit lacking. more a note in the background than anything else. In that sense it reminds me of the three philosophers from ommegang. of course it's more in the 4% range than the 11% like the  philosophers. But that just makes it more fun to drink a few of.

Wow - awesome!  Obviously an American classic.  In case you've tried it, was it like a more sour version of the old New Belgium brew Transatlantique Kriek?  Or maybe the beer George Washington decided to brew and so chopped down the cherry tree?   :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: December 13, 2014, 10:27:55 PM »
Finally got a brew in today.  I made 11 gallons (eventually 2 cornies) of Hop-Fu Imperial IPA, the winner for that category in the 2014 National Homebrewers Competition (as printed in Zymurgy a while back).  Thankfully, I nailed the OG and volume.  I used 25.5 oz of pellet hops (well, including 8 oz set aside for dry hops).  So now there's room in my freezer for some more hops.  I normally would have gone with a stout or some such this time of year but wanted to use up some frozen/vacuum-sealed hops.

The hydro sample was amazing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast for English styles
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:35:48 PM »
I just used Mangrove Jack's Burton Union Yeast for a premium bitter.  I've only tasted the hydro sample when racking to keg (it's carbing/conditioning), but among the "English" dry yeasts I'd say that it's as close as I've come to the quality of a specialty liquid yeast.

Per Rebel Brewer website:

Suitable for English ales. Ideal for Ordinary Bitter, Extra Special Bitter (ESB), Golden Ale and more.
Mangrove Jack’s Burton Union Yeast M79 is very similar to Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley or White Labs WLP023.

Mangrove Jack's also carries M07 dry yeast, English Ale Yeast, which I have not tried yet:

Per Rebel Brewer website:
Ideal for brewing India Pale Ale, ESB, Porter, Stouts, Barley Wine and more.
Mangrove Jack’s British Ale Yeast M07 is very similar to White Labs WLP007.

I don't care for either Nottingham or S-04.

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Ingredients / Re: Is Wet Hopping BS?
« on: September 21, 2014, 03:12:57 PM »
I have 6 lbs of whole cone centennial hops, that were given to me very recently, that I vacuum sealed and froze 12 - 20 hrs after they were picked, and til then kept cold, dry and in the dark in paper bags.  I plan to use them for Sean Terrill's Two Hearted Ale Clone.  After reading this thread, I'm thinking it might be wise to open what I figure I'll need and dry those on a screen prior to using them.  And for the bittering addition I'll use some pelletized centennials I have in the freezer.

Last year I used a bunch of half-dried whole cone cascades for flavor and aroma additions in a beer along with other varieties of pellet hops and it came out great, although higher IBUs than I expected.

I noticed a comment or two in this thread that has me wondering if part of the deal is individual tastebuds rather than science-based failures from using fresh hops.  I mostly have tried commercial versions of "fresh-hopped" beers and typically enjoyed them, and noticed mainly that they had less pronounced bitterness than a standard similar beer, kinda like what you get from FWH with dried hops.

I guess I also experienced a more flowery, fresh, rounded pungency from the wet-hopped beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: September 20, 2014, 05:50:27 PM »
Jon,

I brewed out of Zymurgy last weekend, but the current issue.  I had a full bag of T. Fawcett Golden Promise so from among the many mouth-watering gold-winning recipes, selected Dennis Collins' English Pale Ale.  But it was on a whim so substituted Mangrove Jack Burton Union yeast available at my LHBS, instead of the recipe's WY 1028 (London Ale Yeast), and I "burtonized" my water profile per the Pale Ale profile in Bru'n Water.  Still, it's looking like it will be a very nice beer!

I really like your hops selection for you AIPA - sounds really good.

Thanks!  I think you picked a nice one. Golden Promise is such an underrated malt. Report back how it comes out!

I kegged today and both buckets came out with a terminal gravity of 1.011, right on the nose -- mashed at 152 but there's a bunch of crystal malt in this recipe.  Hydro samples tasted phenomenal.  With this MGJ Burton Union yeast, there were scattered tiny bits of yeast on the surface, so I should have cold crashed first but still, the remainder of the yeast flocculated very well so no biggy.  Big THANK YOU to Martin Brungard for his wonderful software plus numerous forum contributions that make it so much easier to make great beer custom fit to numerous beer styles, with chemistry..., water chemistry that is!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:33:30 PM »
Jon,

I brewed out of Zymurgy last weekend, but the current issue.  I had a full bag of T. Fawcett Golden Promise so from among the many mouth-watering gold-winning recipes, selected Dennis Collins' English Pale Ale.  But it was on a whim so substituted Mangrove Jack Burton Union yeast available at my LHBS, instead of the recipe's WY 1028 (London Ale Yeast), and I "burtonized" my water profile per the Pale Ale profile in Bru'n Water.  Still, it's looking like it will be a very nice beer!

I really like your hops selection for you AIPA - sounds really good.

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