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Forum: Sour Ale 12-03-2012, 05:50 PM
Replies: 65
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Posted By cactusgarrett
Sorry for the delay - i've brewed this two ways: ...

Sorry for the delay - i've brewed this two ways: pitching 1056 first, THEN the Roeselare, as well as both from the beginning. You definitely get a more complex, round, sourness from pitching...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 07-03-2012, 12:52 PM
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Posted By cactusgarrett
For fear of feeding a troll (?), why would you...

For fear of feeding a troll (?), why would you sanitize your container, then add non-boiled tap water?
Forum: Sour Ale 03-19-2012, 05:35 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 31,186
Posted By cactusgarrett
I think this is a very solid recipe, if one would...

I think this is a very solid recipe, if one would allow some self back-patting. I likes 'em sour, so every subsequent time i've brewed this i pitch the sacc yeast along with the Roeselare blend (and...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-30-2012, 06:13 PM
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Posted By cactusgarrett
In my opinion, you'd have to decide that after...

In my opinion, you'd have to decide that after you've bottled and it's all ready. Once you determine what it'll actually taste like, THAT will be the most applicable category to enter it into. No...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-25-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,316
Posted By cactusgarrett
Revisiting this, as i plan on brewing a 3P clone...

Revisiting this, as i plan on brewing a 3P clone soon. Anyone have any info on timing of kreik additions?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-30-2011, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By cactusgarrett
I think the grainbill is solid, but you could...

I think the grainbill is solid, but you could even drop the crystal. I've got a recipe up for something similar to Schlenkerla's marzen (HERE...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-07-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,316
Posted By cactusgarrett
Not necessarily with the Three Philosophers, but...

Not necessarily with the Three Philosophers, but has anyone tried using a kreik for infusion in this manner? I was listening to that Sunday Session and Randy stated that they use the kreik "in the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-10-2011, 05:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,316
Posted By cactusgarrett
I saw a reference in another thread about it, but...

I saw a reference in another thread about it, but i couldn't determine if it was confirmed or not: is the Lindemann's pasteurized?

I'm interested in any follow-up to this, as the reference to...
Forum: Sour Ale 11-07-2011, 11:40 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 31,186
Posted By cactusgarrett
I, personally would skip it for the boil. It can...

I, personally would skip it for the boil. It can always be added in the secondary if you do some tastings and it isn't sour enough for your liking.
Forum: Sour Ale 10-31-2011, 05:13 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 31,186
Posted By cactusgarrett
Yeah, i really love the red color in this brew. ...

Yeah, i really love the red color in this brew.

I brewed up another iteration of this in April, and this time around i left out the malto dextrine because i pitched on top of dregs from the...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-28-2011, 05:52 PM
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Views: 2,960
Posted By cactusgarrett
I use my own, also. I get a floral, spicy aroma...

I use my own, also. I get a floral, spicy aroma & flavor from mine. I LOVE the solo-Nugget brews. Despite the ~13%aa, i think it's a VERY viable variety for all additions.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-28-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 39
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Posted By cactusgarrett
LOVE me some Stag!

LOVE me some Stag!
Forum: General Techniques 09-01-2011, 12:02 PM
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Posted By cactusgarrett
To me, i would go with something neutral in order...

To me, i would go with something neutral in order to get OUT of the way of everything else you got in there. WY1056 is the first one that comes to mind, although pretty conservative.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-07-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By cactusgarrett
Yeah, the only situation i can think of that this...

Yeah, the only situation i can think of that this is a significant factor is matching recipes for heavily hopped beers. Otherwise, the difference just isn't significant enough to worry about.
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 08-05-2011, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By cactusgarrett
Recipe Forumulation - Consistent Hoppiness

A local blogger recently posted his thoughts (http://www.madisonbeerreview.com/2011/07/five-gallons-at-time-maintaining.html#comments) on maintaining hoppiness when dealing with inconsistent alpha...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-20-2011, 05:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,284
Posted By cactusgarrett
With my wife being pregnant, i've been trying all...

With my wife being pregnant, i've been trying all the NA beers she gets. There are a couple, especially good German wheat beers, that you can't even tell they are NA.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 07-11-2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 701
Posted By cactusgarrett
I've done the same thing, and my previous slurry...

I've done the same thing, and my previous slurry took a while to start as well. I gave mine about a week, with frequent grav checks, and when i determined it wasn't going anywhere i pitched a new...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 06-29-2011, 12:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,143
Posted By cactusgarrett
I've used frozen wort months past the initial...

I've used frozen wort months past the initial freezing. Gravity does matter, as too high or low can stress the yeast in various ways - IMHO, you should be shooting for a starter around 1.050, and...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-17-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,034
Posted By cactusgarrett
Hell, mine are in their third year, but i think...

Hell, mine are in their third year, but i think this is the BEST weather/year they've ever had. The rain and heat are shooting these to the sky.
Forum: Smoke & Wood-Aged Beer 06-09-2011, 05:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,311
Posted By cactusgarrett
Update - this took "Honorable Mention" in the...

Update - this took "Honorable Mention" in the best of show round in the local pro-am contest. The main "concern" from two of the three judges (they admit it's nit-picking, too) was that it finished...
Forum: General Techniques 06-06-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,059
Posted By cactusgarrett
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Forum: General Techniques 06-06-2011, 11:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,059
Posted By cactusgarrett
Well, the judge that noted the finding was one...

Well, the judge that noted the finding was one who gave the beer a 40/50 and was not certified, whereas two other certified judges gave 47 and 48/50. He did not note as to whether he was referring...
Forum: General Techniques 06-03-2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,059
Posted By cactusgarrett
Bubble Size - Keg vs Bottle

Some recent feedback from a competition judge noted that one of my beers' bubbles were "too big" and the beer itself would benefit from bottle conditioning. In my info i provided, i didn't mention...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-19-2011, 04:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,037
Posted By cactusgarrett
To me the problem is the intangible aspect of it...

To me the problem is the intangible aspect of it all. The new Points Plus system stresses in the literature that the assignment of points for alcohol isn't as cut & dry as *just* calories, as our...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 05-10-2011, 04:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 930
Posted By cactusgarrett
Pre-soak to wash them and then it won't matter. ...

Pre-soak to wash them and then it won't matter. I would highly advise to pre-soak, actually, as they're typically pretty dirty. Pre-soak with HOT water, discard the water, then add the saturated...
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