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  1. TyTanium

    Jubilee - Sour Cherry Stout

    My parents have a sour cherry tree. Have ~3 lbs in my freezer. I'm not an experienced stout brewer, so I'd appreciate your thoughts. 1.065 OG / 35 IBU 5 lbs Pale Ale 4 lbs Maris Otter 1 lb UK Light Crystal 0.5 UK Dark Crystal 0.5 UK Chocolate 0.5 UK Roast Barley 0.5 UK Black Patent...
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    Brew Day at Commercial Brewery

    What would you brew? AHA's Big Brew Day is this Saturday and one of the local homebrew clubs does an event with a local brewery. The brewery mashes & lauters, then hoses the wort into our kettles. We do the boil, hops, yeast, etc. So here's what I'll get: 5 gallons @ 1.052 preboil 85% US...
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    CO2 Wand

    I don't have a kegging setup, but want CO2 for purging carboys, filling headspace, bubbling hops, purging sulfur, etc. Any ideas? I was thinking a paintball tank + regulator + tubing + diffusion stone? I have a paintball tank and the Williams Brewing O2 wand...so if I just get a...
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    Hoppy Belgian Pale

    I want to brew a hoppy Belgian pale ale. Don't care much about "true to style", just want something that tastes good. 9 lbs Pale Ale 1 lb Munich 0.5 lb Victory 0.25 lb Aromatic 1 oz Saaz @ FWH 0.5 oz Saaz @ 10 mins 1 oz Saaz @ 0 mins (160F hop stand) 1 oz Cascade @ 0 mins (160F hop stand) 1 oz...
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    Penguin Hops

    Shedd aquarium planted hops a few years ago because they look cool. An employee (and homebrewer) noticed them and suggested they be used in beer. Revolution Brewing did and donates $1 from each beer back to Shedd. Pretty cool if you ask me...
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    Star Wars VII

    It's happening. 2015. Disney to buy Lucasfilm for $4.05B. Stock and cash deal.
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    Another use for yeast

    Saw this on Pro Brewer: HALLOWEEN ZOMBIE MAKE-UP Put some on my hand, dried it with a hairdryer and, viola! Instant zombie skin! http://www.probrewer.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=27550 I haven't tried it, but this guys picture looks pretty cool!
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    Wet Hop / Harvest Ales 2012

    Saw the harvest thread, but didn't see a wet hop one for 2012. Post pics, recipes and experience wet hopping with your own hops. Here's mine: Cascade & Centennial. Picked during the mash, added in handfuls during the last 10 mins of the boil, and during chilling sub 160°. Krausen is covered...
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    Bad & Condescending LHBS advice

    Two interesting conversations at a homebrew shop I respect. First was crushing grain. Mill is locked at 0.040”… I typically crush finer, so I asked the guy if it was possible to adjust it tighter. Employee: No. 0.040 is an industry standard. No need to crush it finer. Me: Last...
  10. TyTanium

    Mead needs to be aged.

    It's true, they're not making this up. I have 5g of 1.006 jet fuel. Wow. Worse than apfelhooch...and that's saying something.
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    Dubbel Brown

    Posting this because it's different and I didn't think it would work, but it does. Pleasantly surprised. Combination of Belgian Dubbel & English Brown. The fruity Belgian yeast on the nose with subtle roasty notes. Flavor is a smooth combo of the Belgian character with the brown...
  12. TyTanium

    raw unprocessed honey available

    This is awesome. Looks like you're ~30 miles from me. Do you sell at any local farmers markets?
  13. TyTanium

    Post-fermentation diacetyl reduction via Kräusening

    It works!* Had a diacetyl butter-bomb lager after 2 months of lagering. Saw this on a few threads and thought it was worth a shot...pitched a 2qt starter @ high krausen w/same yeast...gave it 2 weeks in low 60s. Diacetyl is gone. No perceptible trace. I am impressed. *Disclaimer: n=1 small...
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    Chest freezer can't keep up

    I think my chest freezer is dying. Is it plausible that fermentation is really generating enough heat to out-compete the compressor? Or is my freezer dying? I'm thinking the latter. A freezer designed to keep things sub-zero should be able keep an ale at 67°... Have it set to 67°, it can't...
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    Walker angers temperance union by serving beer

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-walker-angers-temperance-union-by-serving-beer-20120612,0,2739183.story
  16. TyTanium

    80 degrees and covered in fruit flies

    Oh boy. We'll see how this turns out. Crazy Belgians. (pitched at 62°...up to 80° in less than 24 hours...) This whole going-to-work business really interferes with brewing.
  17. TyTanium

    Two Brothers is hiring

    I'm not a representative for Two Brothers. My reason for posting is because I want someone I know to get a job there :) Brewery: Experienced professional brewer Forklift driver Entry level packaging assistant Windy City Distribution: Warehouse and Driver positions
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    Found a 5 gallon carboy!

    My brother & his wife just bought a new house. Very exciting. They were giving us a tour of their immaculately-landscaped backyard and saw some glass hiding under an overgrown bush. He pulls it out, and it's a 5-gallon grenade-style glass carboy! It was absolutely filthy. Who knows what...
  19. TyTanium

    Gerbelgican

    German malt, Belgian yeast, American hops. Inspired by Houblon Chouffe Tripel IPA, modified to fit what I have. 12# Munich I 0.625# CaraMunich 0.125# Crystal Rye 2# Invert sugar, post fermentation .50oz Columbus (FWH, pellet) .25oz Columbus (60min, cone) .35oz Columbus (20min, cone) 1.25oz...
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    Lagunitas building brewery in Chicago

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-lagunitas-to-build-brewery-on-sw-side-20120410,0,6460197.story And the comments section is particularly entertaining (as always).
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