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Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-18-2008, 07:58 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Quercus
Amazingly, Charlie Papazian says yes, you can. ...

Amazingly, Charlie Papazian says yes, you can.

(lazy mufugger...)
Forum: General Chit Chat 04-17-2008, 07:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,274
Posted By Quercus
Disc golf was a long-time passion of mine, before...

Disc golf was a long-time passion of mine, before I got into mountain biking. My hobbies tend to be intensive, years-long, and only one at a time. It was disc golf for several years, fishing before...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-11-2008, 08:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By Quercus
Yup, it's a good 'un. Excellent hop aroma...my...

Yup, it's a good 'un. Excellent hop aroma...my guess is either amarillo or nugget.

Not sure why it's listing for $10 a sixer, though. But Bev Mo had it marked down to $7, so it came home with me.
Forum: Company Reviews 04-11-2008, 08:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,079
Posted By Quercus
No reason to suffer

Definitely no reason to get sub-par ingredients with B3 and Oak Barrel around. B3 goes through a ridiculous amount of stock due to their mail order busines... everything I've ever purchased from them...
Forum: General Techniques 04-03-2008, 04:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,997
Posted By Quercus
One thing to try would be to make a starter with...

One thing to try would be to make a starter with US-05 or equivalent, pitch at high krausen, and keep the temp in the 78-82 range. It's cheap, and would only take a day or so to see if it's working....
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-31-2008, 05:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,538
Posted By Quercus
Sounds like a damn fine weekend. I empathize with...

Sounds like a damn fine weekend. I empathize with your studying woes; I recently took the state geology board exams in California, and three months of studying almost killed me. And I only had three...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 03-27-2008, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,391
Posted By Quercus
Haven't had the Mephistopheles, but I have seen...

Haven't had the Mephistopheles, but I have seen it around. I'll likely pick one up at some point.

Had the Abyss, and it was special, but pretty intense. I've got one I'm saving for next year.
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Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-21-2008, 07:42 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Quercus
Thanks for the guidance, Ed. I'd like to...

Thanks for the guidance, Ed.

I'd like to keep it well under $200 per night. This trip is already a bit extravegant, by our standards.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-20-2008, 07:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,361
Posted By Quercus
I brewed the Bee Cave Pale for my first all-grain...

I brewed the Bee Cave Pale for my first all-grain batch just last weekend.

The recipe was simple and inexpensive, except I had to spring for 4 oz of Cascade due to the low alpha content, but at...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-20-2008, 04:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 666
Posted By Quercus
Thanks a lot, folks. I've heard of Gingerman, and...

Thanks a lot, folks. I've heard of Gingerman, and we'll probably hit Uncle Billy's as well.

I'd love to pay a visit to AHS. Hopefully my wife will be equally enthusiastic.

Blacklab, I have no...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-19-2008, 11:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 666
Posted By Quercus
Heading to Austin, TX: where's the good beer?

SWMBO and I are headed to Austin, Texas in early May.

It will be a very short trip, just two nights, to see Wilco at Stubb's (http://www.stubbsaustin.com/music_home.html).

So, I'm trolling for...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-17-2008, 06:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 945
Posted By Quercus
If you got 6 gallons at 1.060, your efficiencey...

If you got 6 gallons at 1.060, your efficiencey must have been phenomenal, assuming the standard Bee Cave Pale grain bill. What was your pre-boil gravity?

I brewed the same batch yesterday. Missed...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-17-2008, 06:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,306
Posted By Quercus
Here's my $0.02, having just brewed my first...

Here's my $0.02, having just brewed my first batch on my new Frankenbrew system:

- I also bought the HD turkey fryer kit for my HLT. I thought the kettle was sort of a joke, being so thin and...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-17-2008, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By Quercus
I brewed on my new system this weekend, also...

I brewed on my new system this weekend, also utilizing a 10-gallon cylindrical cooler.

I pre-heated with about 1.5 gallons of 170-degree water. I put the lid on tight, sloshed it around several...
Forum: General Techniques 03-12-2008, 07:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,680
Posted By Quercus
Yes, I believe this would be considered a 2-liter...

Yes, I believe this would be considered a 2-liter starter.

I'm not sure why 'stepping up' is so important...I frequently do 2-liter starters in one step with great results.

YMMV
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-11-2008, 10:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 988
Posted By Quercus
I soak my bottles in a hot solution of PBW...

I soak my bottles in a hot solution of PBW overnight...the labels are found floating in the solution the next morning, totally intact.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 03-04-2008, 11:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,016
Posted By Quercus
I'd been checking various HDs for a couple of...

I'd been checking various HDs for a couple of weeks, since that last thread popped up, with no luck.

Then, in Santa Rosa last Friday, the HD had 'em on sale, but $26.99. I got one anyway, since...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 02-28-2008, 10:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,161
Posted By Quercus
Agreed...I'm sure they're both great beers, but...

Agreed...I'm sure they're both great beers, but no doubt a real hop-bomb would have rounded out the package nicely.


Speaking of packages...Russian River Brewing will begin bottling Pliny the...
Forum: Commercial Brew Discussion 02-27-2008, 11:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,161
Posted By Quercus
Who's had the Sam Adams Longshot winners?

I saw the six-packs in BevMo today...read the box, but didn't buy one.

Who's had them, and what did you think? Bummer about McDole's IIPA not getting made this year, but hopefully SA will make...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-27-2008, 08:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,435
Posted By Quercus
I share your enthusiasm! I always brew...

I share your enthusiasm!

I always brew outside, no matter how cold it is in the SF Bay Area (not that cold). The last several brews have been late starts, too.

Until last weekend, when my wife...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-27-2008, 07:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By Quercus
Yeah, I'm already thinking about the best way to...

Yeah, I'm already thinking about the best way to use gravity...I have a patio table that I can use for the 'middle level' of a gravity system, but I'm already thinking about a better solution. The...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-27-2008, 07:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By Quercus
Yeah, I could operate in a similar fashion; I...

Yeah, I could operate in a similar fashion; I have a couple of 2-gallon stock pots that could hold almost all my sparge water.

But to me, the real benefit of collecting runnings directly into the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-27-2008, 07:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By Quercus
Yeah, I'm really looking forward to messing...

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to messing around with Beersmith...the $20 isn't the issue, but I've had other stuff occupying my time, and I really don't want another time sink until I get some...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-27-2008, 04:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By Quercus
In the short term, I think I'll stick with one...

In the short term, I think I'll stick with one pot/one burner, to get a better idea about the direction I want to go. The next upgrade may very well be a second burner and kettle with a weldless ball...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-27-2008, 03:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By Quercus
OK, ajf...so what temp is your sparge water when...

OK, ajf...so what temp is your sparge water when you add it to your cooler? What sort of temperature drop do you see there?

Good point about using the pitcher to transfer mash/sparge water...in...
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