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Ingredients / Re: Darn Varmits
« on: September 04, 2014, 03:27:09 PM »
haha yeah flies are pretty nasty but ususally your grains wouldn't be absolutuly crawling with them.  I keep my grain in air tight dog food containers or small buckets for my specialty grains.  I just meant to say when making meads the fruit flies often take over for awhile until the vinegar traps get them under control.  They are certainly gross but thankfully not (visually at least) crawling all over my brewing ingredients lol.

So glad I started t use vinegar traps this year. Cheap and effective. Flies are incredibly gross. Just another reason I don't brew in the summer, as I do not want that in my wort.

The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:15:47 AM »
Lately, I would say Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson. Not a bad note on the whole album.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Trying the new Wyeast seasonal sour blends?
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:48:04 AM »
Anybody ever have New Glarus' Old English Porter? It had a distinct vinegar aroma. The taste was much more along a really nice oud bruin, with a little vinegar. Dan Carey told me several years ago that there was definitely vinegar production in there (and that he would never do it again due to the complaints). I personally thought it was one of the most interesting beers I have ever had, and quite tasty taboot. If De Bom made something like that, I would be very interested. However, I went with the Oud Bruin strain for my purchase.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I want to brew bigger batches
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:34:24 PM »
If one doesn't have the time to do multiple small-batch brewdays and enjoys doing side-by-side fermentations of the same wort with different yeasts/additions/conditions, a larger capacity system can be a brew variety and knowledge-boosting godsend.

+1 I really like doing 10 gallon batches, and splitting the wort into two fermenters. Just don't have the time to do smaller batches lately.

Ingredients / Re: 6-row Maltsters Differences/Preferences
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:17:35 PM »
Is their that big of a difference between 2 and 6 row?

I have found them to be pretty distinct. 2-row is quite neutral in flavor, while 6 row has a grainy flavor. I also taste 6 row as a little having a little grapey flavor. Makes great cream ales and classic American pilsners.

For what it is worth, I bought schreier 6 row.

The Pub / Re: Natural Born Losers
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:50:23 AM »
Sometimes I look at friends buying boats, or taking lots of vacation, and I wonder how they do it all on the same income I have. Then I remember I have no debts and I'm maxing out contributions to my 401(k) and IRA every year plus saving and investing on top of that...

I've never understood how everyone in my town has the newest iPhone, and all the other tech gadgets. I was talking about this with a friend of mine who is like this, and turns out I was right. She has a ton of credit card debt. My old stupid phone just fine, and I also get to take vacations now! Saving money, it works dangit. It's really not that hard.

What really sucks is when you have a boss like the person Major describes. 40 yrs old, and unable to take responsibility for anything. Constantly complaining about the absurd money problems he got himself in, and still spending his money on expensive toys (actual children's toys). God, I hated that guy.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:45:12 AM »
Bought a bottle of Collingwood 21yr Rye for $60 at Binny's. This may be the best whiskey I have ever had. I highly recommend snatching it up while it is around. Whowee is it good. I think I may buy another bottle. Seems like a steal at that price.

Ingredients / 6-row Maltsters Differences/Preferences
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:32:34 AM »
Hi All,

I was going to buy a bag of 6-row this weekend, and was wondering if anyone had a particular preference for a maltster/brand for 6-row. I have only used Canada Malting co., and was quite pleased. However, there could of course be better ones out there, so I thought I'd just ask.


Beer Recipes / Re: porter feedback
« on: August 21, 2014, 08:48:33 AM »
I use a mix of pale chocolate, chocolate, and brown malt in my porters. With heavier use of the pale chocolate and brown malt. Some crystal 80 and 120 is quite tasty as well. My porter recipes tend to be very busy but still not muddled.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Choosing a house yeast
« on: August 20, 2014, 07:36:03 AM »
I really like 1272. Good performance, high flocculation, and the ester profile works well in both hoppy and malty American/British-style ales. I can really ramp up the esters with pitching/fermentation temperature too, which can add some nice complexity to something like a mild or porter.

I'm a big fan of 1469 for the same reasons given here, but more on the British side. Fermented low it can be very clean for American styles, but with a nice malt character.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing calendar
« on: August 14, 2014, 07:36:17 AM »
Yeah, I've gotten alot better at knowing when I will like something, and to plan around that. I think it pays off to know when you will like something. I always want to drink Dry Irish Stout in August. Not sure why, but that is when I most want it. And if I have the thing I want on tap, I will be drinking it during its peak, rather than green or past its prime.

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:34:10 AM »
A little warning: If you're not a New England homer, you won't be able to stand listening to a Red Sox broadcast.

I find that to be true of most team's announcers who are not your own. Although, I grew up in Chicagoland, I could never stand listening to Hawk Harrelson. My grandfather was a huge White Sox fan, so I listened to a lot of his games. Just couldn't ever become a fan.

However, there are some great ones who are always a treat. Unfortunately a lot of them are passing away. I listen to Vin Scully as often as possible these days.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New guy
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:25:03 AM »
Welcome! Where in West Virginia? I have lots of family in the Summersville to Beckley area. Beautiful country.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today -- 8/7/2014
« on: August 08, 2014, 07:49:52 AM »
Kegged a Burton Ale last night. It was brewed in February. Gonna let it set til November. I think I may pick some of my hops this weekend. The Brewer's Gold is looking quite nice.

Zymurgy / Re: Savant D ete
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:58:25 PM »
Colorado malting co. Sells malted versions of all those. The triticale is quite tasty.

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