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  1. mack65

    Fresh Hops

    I really love fresh hop beers and this year I would like to find a place where I can buy some fresh off the vine, so I can attempt a batch or two. Does anyone in know of a farm in Colorado that would allow a home brewer to buy (and maybe pick myself) hops fresh from the vine? I contacted...
  2. mack65

    Colorado Springs Water Report

    I finally got a Ward Labs report for my water and I think it explains why my hops uptake seems to be low. There is nothing in my water! :p So, I thought I'd post this here for anyone else on COS city water. Anyone here have any quick suggestions for adjusting my water to make better IPAs or...
  3. mack65

    Imperial Stout Ten Fidy Clone

    Boil Size: 5.95 gal Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal Bottling Volume: 4.50 gal Estimated OG: 1.106 SG Estimated Color: 68.7 SRM Estimated IBU: 80.0 IBUs Brewhouse Efficiency: 65.00 % Est Mash Efficiency: 65.0 % Boil Time: 90 Minutes Ingredients...
  4. mack65

    Bud Like

    My SWMBO is a Coors light drinker, or was, I should say. She refused to drink anything I made (I like IPAs and Imperial Stouts). So, in an attempt to convert her to real beer I made this recipe and she liked it. She liked it enough that she would rather have it than Coors. So, using this as a...
  5. mack65

    Ghetto Fabulous Hopback

    Well, after finding out my new favorite beer (ODells Mountain Standard Double Black IPA) attributes its awesome flavor to a hopback I decided to build one. I looked around at some posts and got some ideas. In the end, I ended up going with 4" PVC pipe/fittings. I haven't used it yet, but I'm...
  6. mack65

    Too many hop varieties in one batch? DBIPA

    I made a black IPA and drank the first off the keg last weekend and it is awesome. This weekend I want to do a Double Black IPA. So, I put together a recipe and I think its going to be even better. But, I am worried that I might be overdoing it in the hops. I love super hoppy beers and really...
  7. mack65

    My new brewstand!

    I'm hoping this thing was worth the trouble. Finished it Sunday night. I'm taking a few days off this week, so I get to try it out tomorrow.
  8. mack65

    Gravity Check

    This may seem like a dumb question, so I will understand any ridicule I recieve. :o When my brew is in primary or secondary I need to do a gravity reading. However, I'm so paranoid about contaminating that I am afraid to get a reading. How do you get beer out of a carboy in small amounts (I...
  9. mack65

    Strange Floaties

    I have a batch in secondary (Strong American Amber) right now and I was waiting for it to clear some more before I keg it. However, when looking at it just now I noticed some strange yellow floaties. It kind of looks like pollen. I'm not sure the beer is contaminated, since I have surgical...