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Hop Growing / Re: UK Hops at 42.42N
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:18:45 AM »
You might be able to get Willamette or Northern Brewer to grow. They aren't exactly UK hops but close enough that you could use them in your British styles without too much objection.

+1 Glacier grows quite well in my yard. Vojvodina also grows quite well.

Beer Recipes / Re: Ballantine IPA Clone Recipe
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:20:11 AM »
One of my friends in the AABG club said this looks like a CAP with some crystal malt, add Bullion hops, and the Chico ale yeast.

I was thinking that as well. I think I may split it, and pitch half with 833.

Beer Recipes / Re: Ballantine IPA Clone Recipe
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:53:01 AM »
Thanks for posting this, Jeff. I think I am going to make this for my next brew. One question for you. I have never used Bullion, and therefore never have it on hand. I've heard that it is similar to Brewer's Gold. Do you find them comparable, or will this be a completely different brew if I just use Brewer's Gold?

Ingredients / Re: 6 Row uses?
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:02:25 PM »
Six row can also be used in making some old recipes like Ballantine IPA clones and many recipes out of "the Homebrewer's Guide to Vintage Beer" by Ron Pattinson.

+1 I really like some in British styles. I also just happen to like 6-row in general, and will use it to mix with different base malts. A cream ale base for a braggot is quite tasty.

The first thing you order for your new house is a ward labs water sample.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vanilla bean usage
« on: January 27, 2015, 04:14:40 PM »
presume nobody is worrying about soaking the beans in alcohol, correct?

Nope, I don't.

ever just leave the beans in the keg?

I have. It was not very different than taking them out after a couple of weeks. Big aroma to begin with, but it faded with time, which wasn't very long.

Ingredients / Re: low alpha hops
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:37:36 PM »
I use low alpha to bitter all the time. I find I am quite fond of the kind of bitterness I get with a large addition of low alpha hops to bitter. More so than something clean like Magnum.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Thoughts on my ESB recipe
« on: January 24, 2015, 06:18:24 PM »
I would lose the chocolate malt and get the Raucanteurs back together and tour.

Boo! Use more Goldings near the end of the boil and get back together with Meg!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: USDA Cites AHA & Homebrewing In Report
« on: January 24, 2015, 06:09:05 PM »
Nothing good comes when the government "notices" the activities of a group.
Actually the USDA does a lot of good and provides a lot of services, especially when not underfunded. Sometimes they screw up too. Like me. Their research can be particularly important because it is available to the little guys and not done in pursuit of making our food intellectual property.
+1, the USDA research service produces a lot of valuable stuff.

+2 just spent the afternoon with some folk from the usda. Very helpful people who are underfunded and unappreciated.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: USDA Cites AHA & Homebrewing In Report
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:04:27 AM »
That is fantastic!

Maybe this will encourage some more farmers to get into more interesting varieties of malting barley. so much of what is grown right now (vitrually all I would guess) is commodity varieties designed for the mega brewer use.

Such an exciting time to be a brewer! and a member of the AHA!

Which varieties do you think would be interesting to have around? I just bought a farm, and was going to grow barley as a cover crop this year. We haven't decided which to grow at the moment.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing the Basic/Classic styles
« on: January 22, 2015, 04:39:11 PM »
I think my 5 would be:

Czech Dark Lager
Burton Ale

Braggot would be high up there as well as Flanders Red.

The Pub / Re: Bob's burgers
« on: January 22, 2015, 02:03:30 PM »
I saw it, and it was a pretty great episode. I enjoyed that the homebrew was characterized as being good as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pale ale hops
« on: January 22, 2015, 12:06:38 PM »
I use Brewer's Gold with a ton of different hops. When fresh, it is a phenomenal. For Mosaic, I really like to pair it with Nugget as a late addition, which is the only time I like Nugget late in the kettle.

Beer Recipes / Re: brown ale with munich base
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:31:59 AM »
Staying at home today, so I decided to pour a taster of this to sample. Aroma is sweet dough, dark crusty bread, toffee, stone fruit, lightly spicy hop notes. Drinks nice. Definitely a medium body, a little chewy. Very tasty. Can't wait to sample the other half that got pitched with the Oud Bruin Blend from Wyeast.

Recipe: Brown Ale (2.0)

Recipe Specifications

Batch Size (fermenter): 10.00 gal   
Estimated OG: 1.049 SG
Estimated Color: 20.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 17.8 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 78.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
12 lbs                Munich Malt (6.0 SRM)                    Grain         1        68.8 %       
2 lbs                 Pale Malt (6 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         2        11.5 %       
1 lbs                 Brown Malt (75.0 SRM)                    Grain         3        5.7 %         
1 lbs                 Chocolate Malt (225.0 SRM)               Grain         4        5.7 %         
12.0 oz               Crystal, Dark (Simpsons) (80.0 SRM)      Grain         5        4.3 %         
8.0 oz                Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (45.0 SRM)    Grain         6        2.9 %         
3.0 oz                Chocolate Rye Malt (245.0 SRM)           Grain         7        1.1 %         
1.00 oz               Mt. Hood [5.70 %] - Boil 60.0 min        Hop           8        10.5 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Perle [8.90 %] - Boil 10.0 min           Hop           9        3.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Perle [8.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min            Hop           10       3.3 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Mt. Hood [5.70 %] - Boil 5.0 min         Hop           11       1.0 IBUs     
2.0 pkg               Denny's Favorite (Wyeast Labs #1450) [12 Yeast         12       -             
Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body

Split into 2 batches with 5.5 gallons made into a Oude Bruin, and other Brown Ale. Hops are TriplePerle. 2nd gen 1450.

The Pub / Re: Uh-oh... Lagunitas is going after Sierra
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:51:34 AM »
Lagunitas dismissed its suit today after seeing the negative public response.

I didn't really like their beers much or Tony's swagger, but now I am even less impressed.  what a douche.

+1 just how i feel about them.

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