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Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-26-2013, 08:13 PM
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Done

Done
Forum: General Beer Discussion 02-21-2013, 09:24 PM
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Been a while since I lived in Chicago, and I dont...

Been a while since I lived in Chicago, and I dont know Schaumburg well, but as far as Bottle shops, look for a Binny's. They usually have a solid stock. Bars in schaumburg... meh.. good luck. I'd...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-30-2013, 04:25 PM
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What to sub for Choc. Wheat?

I'm trying to do a clone of No Label's Black Wit-O. I've found they use Chocolate wheat for a portion of the wheat in the grain bill, and I love the chocolate notes in the finished product. Problem?...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 01-22-2013, 06:43 PM
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I pitch on cakes all the time. I love it....

I pitch on cakes all the time. I love it. Definately go smaller beer to bigger beer, and also be aware that you will probably never be able to reproduce the resulting product, so its a no-no for...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-08-2013, 02:56 PM
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British pint or GTFO. Best drinking vessel ever...

British pint or GTFO. Best drinking vessel ever created by man. Heavy glass, but not obnoxiously heavy. Thumb bump to keep it in your hand and not on the floor when you maybe had a few (too many?)...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-28-2012, 06:15 PM
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Endevour = middling DIPA, Santo = Kolsch. yes,...

Endevour = middling DIPA, Santo = Kolsch. yes, its black. woo. Icon = Belgian IPA that is neither belgiany or IPA-ish. I stand by my skip it :)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-24-2012, 06:12 PM
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Skip St. Arnolds. Most of their beers are quite...

Skip St. Arnolds. Most of their beers are quite mainstream, and you wont get any of the good stuff on the tour. For breweries, hit Karbach, No Label, or Southern Star (though thats a tich of a drive,...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-21-2012, 09:50 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
This. I have a 10 gal tamale steamer I've...

This.

I have a 10 gal tamale steamer I've been using as a BK for like... 5 years? It's beat to absolute hell, dented, bottom is scorched on the bottom and totally warped, lid only kinda fits at...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-18-2012, 02:23 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
No credibility at all. You should leave headspace...

No credibility at all. You should leave headspace for the Krausen, so ferment in a larger vessel than the size of your batch. The second point, you should pitch your yeast and seal the fermenter as...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-06-2012, 05:55 PM
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Clean, not overwhelming, middling bitterness,...

Clean, not overwhelming, middling bitterness, middling earthyness, a hint of citrus and floral notes on the nose. Very very versitile, plays well with others, and cheap. Whats not to like? One of my...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-29-2012, 06:25 PM
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Can vouch for them. Made the Rye IPA PM kit a few...

Can vouch for them. Made the Rye IPA PM kit a few months back, came out excellent. I dont really do kits much, have not in years, but got a gift card for them for a birthday and was pleasantly...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-13-2012, 09:58 PM
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You're probably just fine. Just because your...

You're probably just fine. Just because your airlock isnt moving doesnt mean fermentation isnt going just fine. As long as its covered with CO2, you wont have any problems. The ferment temp is a tich...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-13-2012, 07:25 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
What yeast did you pitch? Fermentation temp?...

What yeast did you pitch? Fermentation temp? Cider does not usually krausen much.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-13-2012, 07:23 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
Another vote for glacier. Fun, cheap, tasty,...

Another vote for glacier. Fun, cheap, tasty, versitile.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 11-07-2012, 07:59 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
Ska - Modus Hoperandi or Southern Star - Pine...

Ska - Modus Hoperandi
or
Southern Star - Pine Belt Pale Ale
or
Three Floyd's - Alpha King
or
my DFH Indian Brown clone, cause it ages really well :)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-28-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By mindcrime
Good new ones from TX: Deep Ellum -Dallas ...

Good new ones from TX:

Deep Ellum -Dallas
Southern Star - Conroe TX
Karbach - Houston TX

All worth the time.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-20-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
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I used S-04. Brew went well, took off like a...

I used S-04. Brew went well, took off like a rocket. Gonna give it 3 weeks and then a week on the dry hops, 3 weeks in bottles.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-17-2012, 09:22 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
Special Bitter recipie (PM) could use opinions!

I'm planning on brewing a special bitter this weekend, my first go at one in a while. Here's what I've come up with, I'm buying the materials tomorrow afternoon and brewing Sunday. If anyone has any...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-31-2009, 01:30 PM
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Me me me! Two batches. Recipies below. ...

Me me me!

Two batches. Recipies below.

Brewing 1/3 - Sierra Nevada Early Spring Beer clone -

Partial Mash recipie

6 lbs Pale LME
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 12-30-2009, 01:53 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
My pain free process that has yet to produce off...

My pain free process that has yet to produce off flavours or infections!

Step 1: Rinse bottle well immediately after pouring with hot water/soap/Oxy/PBW/whatever. (I usually just use hot water) ...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 11-23-2009, 07:46 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By mindcrime
You also have a problem with Chicago liquer laws....

You also have a problem with Chicago liquer laws. I lived there for a very long time. Licences are hard to get, brewing even harder. Its not a very friendly town for the microbrewer. I thought myself...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-20-2009, 04:01 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
Anyone able to convert this into extract/steep? I...

Anyone able to convert this into extract/steep? I know the crystal and hop schedule would remain the same. I have access to fresh extra pale, amber, dark, munich, and wheat LME. I'm thinking.. what.....
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10-30-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 54
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Posted By mindcrime
You stated you dont want another hobby....

You stated you dont want another hobby. Homebrewing is not for you. It is time intensive, requires continued research, and simply needs love and passion to do well and for any length of time. You are...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-23-2009, 02:29 PM
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Posted By mindcrime
That still looks like a lot of hops for an ESB....

That still looks like a lot of hops for an ESB. That looks more like an english IPA, even if the hops are a bit old. Cascade seems a bit off style as well. I'd probably stick with EKG only, and scale...
Forum: Extract Brewing 10-22-2009, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By mindcrime
Heres my recipie. Came out fantastic, though...

Heres my recipie. Came out fantastic, though perhaps not as hoppy as you would like. Takes a good long time to condition. Perhaps a place to start.


6 lbs amber LME
6 lbs pale LME
(1/2 of each...
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