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Old 03-31-2013, 01:44 PM   #61
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Was only Jonathan and I, but the three wise monks should be our place from now on. Great beers on tap and both bartenders/owners were home brewers. They have been throwing around the idea of starting a homebrew club themselves, and seemed cool with the idea of bringing in homebrew as long as we shared with them.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:11 PM   #62
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perfect! So that sounds good then... do they have food?
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:17 PM   #63
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question.... I seem to recall one of you gents being set up for lagering. Or maybe that was the beer talking? I had a lovely munich helles while on vacation, and a pils that was incredible, and I'm trying to figure out how to do that.
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Old 03-31-2013, 11:41 PM   #64
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I think they have a simple bar menu. No idea about the quality of the food.

As for lagering I have a fermentation fridge that can handle the primary fermentation but from there most people keg and lager in the keg. I can't fit a corny in my fermentation chamber but I guess I could put it in my keezer to lager but it would prevent me from using one of my taps for 6 weeks or so.

I'm gonna make a shot at using a Munich helles grain bill with a dusseldorf alt yeast. I've fermented that cold and gotten a nice crisp almost lager character out of it. Was missing that slight sulfur component that lagers tend to have but I want something with a relatively quick turn around.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:50 AM   #65
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I am considering picking up two mini-fridges... One with heat/cool mods for fermentation and one with just cool for lagering. I was going to put it off for another season, but as much as I have been enjoying Munich helles and pils lately I am tempted just to suck it up.

In other news, my automated single-vessel system is taking waaaaaay longer than I thought it would (learning to weld, soldering my own electronics, and educating myself enough to design it all rather than following a plan). I am a total glutton for punishment. Anyways, I decided to do a v1.5 version of my brewery... Traditional two-coolers-and-a-kettle. Went with 10g coolers. My first beer in it will be a cream ale recipe altered from mad fermentationist. From there, maybe a Gose.

It is also easier to truck around for group brews.

The plan remains for the v2.0 super BIAB, but I will probably be brewing in it in August or September. I haven't brewed a thing since November, and I was jonesin' soooooo bad.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:07 PM   #66
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Alright guys. What's next? Wanna meet up sometime in the next few weeks?

Also mark may 4th on the calendars. That's the aha big brew day. I'll offer up my place for a group brew. We can all brew the same thing or make a big batch of wort and all use a different yeast or all do completely different stuff. Doesn't matter to me. I'll also fire up the smoker and have ribs or something to eat.

Lets brainstorm ideas of what to brew.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:36 PM   #67
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I am going to make my first lager here pretty soon. I have a mini fridge with a two stage and small ceramic heater. My kegerator is also large enough to store the beer in a keg for the 3-6 months needed without losing space for beer on tap. That is how i will be attempting my first lager.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:49 AM   #68
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hey guys
just found this thread. count me in for the meetings. i used to be with barley legal in sj but i immigrated to nnj.
is anyone going to the garden state brew fest on may 11th??

 
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:28 PM   #69
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I'm hoping I can make it to the next meeting. I'm getting ready to start my keezer build. Still need to pick a few things out and find a place to fill up my C02 bottle.

 
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:15 PM   #70
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Mistucky Creek Homebrew in Warwick, NY. They will exchange your 5# CO2 tank for i think $20.

I have never been to Cask and Kettle, but the guys in the group said its a good homebrew shop. I would think they would have something.
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