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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:10:46 AM »
I don't usually plan my beers out that far in advance. It's usually what I'm feeling or what I think will be good in a month or so. I plan to do a Maibock, then a brown ale. But it could change at any time. It's too cool in my house for Wy1469 to properly attenuate I think (which is what I have for harvested ale yeast). Can't raise it to 68. Which makes me think I should be brewing more lagers and steam/hybrid beers.

I usually use 1469 around 60-62F, and it has always attenuated quite well, IME. I obviously don't know what your conditions are like, but thought I'd throw that out there.
Wow, I just don't get it. I aerated with pure O2, pitched a starter for one and harvested yeast for the other, mashed at 153...had a 1.044 bitter stop at 1.014 and a 1.065 IPA is currently at 1.021 after a week and a half. I'm perplexed. The only thing I can think of is the fact that it's a rather flocculent yeast and I can't get temps above about 64 right now.

Hmm, that is weird. I pretty much make the same gravity brews as you have made, and they always finish at 1.010 or lower, even at that lower temp. Looks like you would indeed need to wait for higher temps to see if that is the culprit.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:56:01 AM »
I don't usually plan my beers out that far in advance. It's usually what I'm feeling or what I think will be good in a month or so. I plan to do a Maibock, then a brown ale. But it could change at any time. It's too cool in my house for Wy1469 to properly attenuate I think (which is what I have for harvested ale yeast). Can't raise it to 68. Which makes me think I should be brewing more lagers and steam/hybrid beers.

I usually use 1469 around 60-62F, and it has always attenuated quite well, IME. I obviously don't know what your conditions are like, but thought I'd throw that out there.

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The Pub / Re: What's everybody drinking for New Year's Eve ???
« on: December 31, 2013, 07:27:15 PM »
I'm having North Coast Old Stock Ale, St. Bernardus abt 12, my Robust Porter, and then some French 75's.

Happy New Year's Everyone!

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 30, 2013, 05:13:25 PM »
Why that is almost... shrine-like.

Better get to work on that back row. ;D

Yea...well the Pappy Van Winkle is going to sit while I break into the back row. The Woodford Reserve Double Oak is a new favorite.

My next purchase is a bottle of Buffalo Trace. I'd love to take a road trip down to Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky someday, purportedly the oldest continuously-operating distillery in the United States.

Friends who have gone there say that the Buffalo Trace Distillery is just absolutely amazing. I think I am going to stop by next year on my way to the Great Smokey Mountains. Although, I may need to stay the night.

Also, I really need to get some Pappy Van Winkle. Many a good night has been spent with a bottle of that. If you like the Double Oak Woodford, then I think the Double Barrel Preston's will blow you away. The nose is just is a thing to behold.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Easiest ale recipe
« on: December 28, 2013, 07:46:53 PM »

The easiest ale recipe for me was just Maris Otter extract (6lbs), and a bunch of Mosaic Hops. US-05 for the yeast fermented at 60F. Quite Delicious.
How much Mosiac? Any specifics on addition timing.

Bittered to 22IBUS with Pacific Jade, and then used 1 oz Mosaic at 15, 5, and 0. Dryhopped with 2 oz Mosaic.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Hop schedule for late-hopped Southern Hemisphere ale
« on: December 28, 2013, 04:36:40 PM »
My favorite use for Pacific Gem is as a FWH. Brings out the woody/blackberry aroma, IMO.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Easiest ale recipe
« on: December 28, 2013, 04:34:38 PM »
The easiest ale recipe for me was just Maris Otter extract (6lbs), and a bunch of Mosaic Hops. US-05 for the yeast fermented at 60F. Quite Delicious.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 27, 2013, 10:41:24 AM »
I've mentioned that while I love Irish, Canadian, American and Bourbon whiskey. I just don't care much for Scotch. 
So, for Christmas my step-son gave me a book entitled "Whiskeypedia" (Scotch-centric), a set of whiskey stones and a really nice little whiskey tulip glass that looks like a tiny IPA glass. Very nice, thoughful present I thought. 
So now, I feel obligated to re-open my mind and pallette to the smoke and peat. I'd like some advice on a place to start, specifically regarding Scotch. Somewhere in the middle, I don't want to break the bank but I'm not interested in learning what bad Scotch tastes like.

For my tastes, I love Bruichladdich 10 the most. A little peaty, but mostly minerally with a lovely seaweed aroma. A friend in Scotland always tells me to get The Famous Grouse, but I have yet to get it. Otherwise, Talisker 10, and Highland Park 12 are my favorites.

To add to the rest of the thread. My favorites Irish Whiskey is John L. Sullivan. I'm also a fan of Redbreast, and Jameson Black. Bushmills Black is also great.

Bourbon favorites are Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare, Noah's Mill, and Preston's Double Barrel. My favorite Rye is Hi-Fi Rye Redemption (got it for $20). Any Four Roses will do as well, but the single barrels are great. The Evan Williams Single Barrels are also great, especially the 2001 version.

Cheers!
Kyle

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 20, 2013, 03:24:56 PM »
Hi there-

We have fixed the issue with displaying your membership date showing at 1/1/70.

re: login issues - we have not been able to find the root of the problem. For those of you having issues - are you logging in to the forum directly, or via the web site, then clicking the large 'forum button'?

-Nate

Forum directly.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 20, 2013, 02:58:06 PM »
I got on site a couple of minutes ago and discovered I was logged on as someone else!  I don't remember the logon name though.  I hit logout and discovered that it said I was currently logged in as myself and that the logout didn't work. (It said an error occurred)

The picture of me below my screen name is also now gone.  And I went to post a reply and it came up with a timeout message (I hadn't been typing a long time), but I just hit 'post' again and it went through.

Everything else seems to be working.

Yeah, it logged me on as you, yso191, and as Denny another time. I also gave up trying to post a couple of times, as it kept saying I was timed out.

Oh, well. Site looks great otherwise.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Altbier yeast
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:41:04 AM »
I have used WLP 036 (Dusseldorf Alt) in an alt (and IPA), and found it to be very similar to 1450. I really enjoy it, and would make it again, but I prefer 1007 for the reason that Denny stated. WLP036 just wasn't crisp enough. So, if 1450 is what you have, and want to make an alt with it, I think you will be pleased with the results.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:04:22 AM »
The sun is approaching the lowest point in the southern sky at this time of year.  My brew "shed" is open on three sides and the sun angles into the brewery for most of the day.  Sun burn is a serious consideration during a long brew day.  Long pants and long sleeves are not comfortable to wear while brewing here.  Does anyone have any non-greasy sunblock recommendations for brewing?
Neutrogena Sport was always my favorite when I worked outside. Not greasy at all, and doesn't come off when you sweat. Has also served me well when I've been in Hawaii.

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Ingredients / Re: Time to mix up my hops
« on: December 05, 2013, 01:33:12 PM »

EKG
Perle
Saaz

Any other suggestions, trying to do more low AA, earthy, piney, resiny, etc types of hops to mix up my styles a bit and bring something fresh to the table.

I'm a big fan of EKG, Saaz, and Perle. Perle is an underrated hop, IMO. I think it goes well with American varieties like Simcoe and Cascade. Not too much Perle, a light hand is needed with that hop. I use the Perle in my Rye Pale Ale.

Otherwise, I have been really enjoying UK Sovereign and Boadicea. I like the fresh hay and stone fruit flavors from them. Haven't used those in anything other than British Ales, though.

EKG and Saaz are just a good idea to have around at all times. First Gold, Styrian Goldings, Mittlefrueh, Mt. Hood are nice to have around for their versatility, as well.

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The Pub / Re: White Whiskey
« on: December 05, 2013, 01:25:43 PM »
Slate had an article called "Unaged whiskey helps young microdistilleries keep afloat. There’s just one problem: It tastes awful."

North Shore Distillery has the number one rated US gin, apparently.  Try drinking that instead.

North Shore's Gin is indeed a thing of beauty. The Sloe Gin they made is particularly good. The Aquavit is pretty good too.

I didn't care too much for the white whiskey either.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinenkugel Big Eddy Wee Heavy
« on: November 24, 2013, 07:02:35 PM »
Glad to hear the review. I picked up a four pack a couple of days ago for $4. Also got the RIS for the same price. At the normal price I would have passed, but I grew up with Leinies, so I thought I'd give em a chance. Looking forward to it now.

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