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Curtis2010 08-23-2012 08:41 PM

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Subscribing, I'm originally from Guatemala and go back every year or two. All but my immediate family live there. Cool to see some homebrewers there!

How did that Rosa de Jamaica beer come out? That never even occurred to me but now I want to try it!
Bienvenidos rifraf!

I've done some more recipe design work using Beer Smith and blending test samples with Pilsners which I've brewed here and it's got potential. I did one test blend using Brava Extra...yuk...that was a bad idea. With the Pils, I blended so that it had a nice color, a bit of RJ taste, and even a reddish head. Now waiting on more supplies to come in to brew it (no LHBS here in Guate!). Based upon my test blends, I plan to brew a very light ale, using Saaz hops, so that the RJ taste and color stand out, and to make the RJ tea an addition to secondary at about a 30% ratio by volume.

Attached is the current version of my recipe.

Curtis2010 08-24-2012 12:18 AM

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Yeah I need to learn to drink that rather than the RJ sweet tea, but I think the sweet flavor is pretty good and might make a good beer

Well, no harm in trying it both ways. Maybe like you said in a style that would accommodate the sweetness...maybe something Belgian?

Can you get the concentrate in Chicago?

I just bought some natural RJ a few days ago:

Curtis2010 08-29-2012 06:48 PM

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...I just bought some natural RJ a few days ago:
Oh, and another bonus of brewing with Rosa Jamica -- it helps with head retention. I was reminded of that today when I opened some RJ tea which I had carbonated as an experiment...almost turned into a pink foamy geyser!

Curtis2010 09-22-2012 06:44 PM

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So we are still on right guys? Curtis I can pick you up at your hotel if you want no problem.

Yes, still on! I'll be staying in Z10 not far from Rattle & Hum so will just meet you guys there. Might take a ride back though.

Oh, and I'll be the old gringo with buzzed hair and beard -- both at least 50% grey now. Wearing some flavor of tropical print shirt. Of course if there are a bunch of other old cruisers from the Rio there that won't help you much, but I don't tend to see them at Rattle & Hum.

Will PM you both my Guate cell phone number.

viso88 10-21-2012 03:11 PM

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Made an altitude amber!!!! Everything went smooth! Will let you know if anyrhing happens!!!


Curtis2010 10-22-2012 06:37 PM

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Sorry that we missed you Curtis, Rodrigo & I had a pleasant chat an if you're back in town by then, we can get together on friday the 26th, next week, my porter should also be one tap then (sorry about the ESB, it seems the bar hasn't sorted out the carbonation issues yet). Viso, we missed you today, hopefully you'll join us next time; It'll be a blast, I guarantee it.
Sorry I missed you guys. I knew as soon as I left you would show up!

Anyway, I should be back in the City again in November. Is there a night of the week that works out better for you guys than Wednesday?

I just bottled a plain traditional mead and a blend of the plain mead and a strawberry melomel. They are quite young, but turned out pretty well, will bring a couple of bottles along next time and some vials of yeasts.

I also have a sapote melomel, and a pina melomel waiting to be blended and bottled. I am out of plain mead for blending so have to start another batch soon. The pina is rather acidic so will need to work on that, but the sapote turned out quite nice. It has a spicey flavor to it much like the fruit. I will probably only blend a little plain mead with it to tone the taste down just slightly.

A pic of the plain mead and fresa melomel attached.

Curtis2010 11-13-2012 05:10 PM

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Cerveza Rosa

Racked my first test batch of "Cerveza Rosa" (an ale with Rosa Jamica added for color and flavor) to another container today so that I can do some more sample blending with Rosa Jamica.

Its coming along, still needs some more time, and more Rosa Jamica to get the color I want (color shows up darker than actual in photo, that's about the color I want).

And, got a nice slurry of US-05 to bank!


Curtis2010 11-16-2012 05:21 PM

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For the first time ever I've had brewing supplies held up in Customs. They are currently holding root beer extract and calcium carbonate pending my completing additional paperwork. Email from shipping service (CPXBOX) attached.

Anyone know any more about this?


Curtis2010 12-03-2012 01:03 PM

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Wow! I have been in the DFW and Austin, Texas areas for about a week now and the explosion in craft brewing is absolutely amazing! Even supermarkets have gotten in on the act. We were in an HEB (large chain supermarket) and they had a build-your-own-6-pack section with a good selection of craft brews. Some of the brewpubs and craft brew stores are just overwhelming -- the "Flying Saucer" in Austin has 4 page beer menu! SPEC's (a very good beer, wine, gourment food distributor) carries an amazing inventory of craft beers. An entire wall, of a very large SPECs store we visited, is nothing but beer.

The variety and range beer styles available here is just staggering. We've been like kids in a candy store.

Also visited Austin Homebrew Supply, I order a lot from them but this is the first time I have been in the store -- impressive shop.


Curtis2010 12-03-2012 01:03 PM

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Wow! I have been in the DFW and Austin, Texas areas for about a week now and the explosion in craft brewing is absolutely amazing! Even supermarkets have gotten in on the act. We were in an HEB (large chain supermarket) and they had a build-your-own-6-pack section with a good selection of craft brews. Some of the brewpubs and craft brew stores are just overwhelming -- the "Flying Saucer" in Austin has 4 page beer menu! SPEC's (a very good beer, wine, gourment food distributor) carries an amazing inventory of craft beers. An entire wall, of a very large SPECs store we visited, is nothing but beer.

The variety and range beer styles available here is just staggering. We've been like kids in a candy store.

Also visited Austin Homebrew Supply, I order a lot from them but this is the first time I have been in the store -- impressive shop.



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