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  • Brian Eichhorn
  • Followed a couple of friends, diving in head first. Started all-grain with no regrets. rnrnSetup: Five Gallon systemrnrnBayou Classic burnerrn48qt Igloo rectangle cooler with custom handmade copper manifoldrn32qt Stainless brewpotrnCopper Immersion chillerrn6.5, 5 & 3 gallon Glass Carboysrnmyriad bucketsrndual tap tower kegeratorrnrncoming soon: Barley Crusher mill
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  • Varietal meads: Rainforest, Tropical Wild, Mesquite, Starthistle, Buckwheat.
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  • Posted in thread: Cluster hops - why are they not more popular? on 04-07-2015 at 08:23 PM
    Thank you for sharing this. I am not familiar with the hops and am learning all I can. I have
    only used them twice (that I can remember). One was for a dry Irish stout (just bittering) and
    the other w...

  • Posted in thread: NHC 2015 - Registration Open on 04-07-2015 at 08:23 PM
    I'm scheduled to judge Saturday as well, along with Pappers_, so we will see you there!I never
    enter any more, because I'm away in the winter and the entries are due while I'm still away
    from home, bu...

  • Posted in thread: NHC 2015 - Registration Open on 04-07-2015 at 03:37 PM
    I'll be judging starting tomorrow here in the Chicago region, then on Friday & all day
    Saturday. Here's to hoping we get through all of the beer in a reasonable amount of time. It's
    actually less beer...

  • Posted in thread: NHC 2015 - Registration Open on 04-07-2015 at 03:35 PM
    No dice for me this year. Was intesting to enter though. I will be interested to see my score
    sheets. I bottled all my beers from kegs, except the sour. I notice they don't necessarily
    breakdown the c...

  • Posted in thread: When does beer hit its stride on 04-07-2015 at 02:49 PM
    I think there's a misconception here. Fresh is not the same as young. Freshness is when a beer
    is ready and well taken care of. Not old or stale. Certain beers take longer to be ready,
    that's just the...

  • Posted in thread: Cluster hops - why are they not more popular? on 04-07-2015 at 02:46 PM
    They are one of the original "catty" hops and are ancestors to a lot of the modern varieties of
    American hops...

  • Posted in thread: Style difference: Pale Ale vs Session IPA on 04-07-2015 at 02:41 PM
    Session IPA is totally a marketing term. For instance, Oskar Blues Pinner is 35ibus & 4.9%abv.
    It's a straight up pale ale. APA has shifted that way. The old school types of APA are closer
    to what are...

  • Posted in thread: First meads, any thoughts? on 03-30-2015 at 09:43 PM
    My only concern would be what's in the can with the fruit.

  • Posted in thread: Adding fruit to mead on 03-30-2015 at 09:40 PM
    I've taken the fruit, while frozen, and hit it with the blender to break it up. Then I'll let
    it sit overnight in the fermenter to thaw out before pitching the yeast. Works great.

  • Posted in thread: Airlock on youngs fermentation bucket for mead? on 03-10-2015 at 04:05 PM
    Hi guys sorry if this question's been asked before, I can't find an answer anywhere online!I've
    recently been given a nice big 25 litre Youngs fermentation bucket (which comes without any
    airlock, hol...

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Brian-BJCP Grand Master/Mead Judge HOPS! Homebrewers' Pride of the Southside Current: Mead-Blackcurrant, Coffee Metheglin, Vanilla Chile Metheglin, Mojito, Macadamia Blossom Trad, Carrot Mead, Grapefruit Ginger, Dry Tupelo Trad, Elderberry. Beer- Exportbier, Am. Brown Ale, Märzenbier, RIS, Doppelbock, Mosaic-Golden Promis SMASH, Bramling Cross Strong Bitter