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  1. VanHolton

    Help me make the reddest beer that was ever red

    It did have a slightly earthy flavor. Nothing unpleasant about it. Probably could be masked if you wanted with maybe some Munich added to a light base, or even some hop bursting. Depends on what you're going for. Red as hell though.
  2. VanHolton

    Help me make the reddest beer that was ever red

    Check out that link posted by maxam on the first page of this thread. I used beets the same way as the guy in post #18 of that thread and had great results! VERY red indeed! You blend two peeled, raw beets with (i think) 2 cups of water and strain it. The resulting liquid is blood red and you...
  3. VanHolton

    Saranac Brewery

    I used to love me some Saranac when I lived in NY. Great stuff! I heard they had a fire a year or so ago. Maybe longer. You have any details on that? Hope they're doing ok.
  4. VanHolton

    all my beers have the same flavor

    I noticed that too when I was brewing extract. As soon as I moved to all grain... GONE! I actually did one batch with only DME right before I went all grain that didn't have that flavor, but it was kind of expensive in comparison. My money's on your LME.
  5. VanHolton

    Good deals on erlenmeyer flask 2000ml?

    2000 is nice. I like mine... but sometimes I wish I had a 5000. Lots of times you just need more yeast, and with a 2000 stepping up often requires decanting. Ugh.
  6. VanHolton

    Any Mpls brewers have Simcoe?

    SHOOK, Thanks!! I placed my order! I checked a few other online retailers, but no dice. I appreciate the lead!
  7. VanHolton

    Any Mpls brewers have Simcoe?

    I'd be most grateful to any Minneapolis brewers willing to sell or trade me 2 oz of Simcoe. Any takers? Thanks!!
  8. VanHolton

    Washing and repitching

    I would do two jars. The little bit of slurry you get on the bottom of an 8 oz jar isn't enough I don't think. You could also use a bigger larger jar, and after you pour off into the smaller ones, you'll have quite a bit left in there if you just want to immediately pitch. I'd make sure you...
  9. VanHolton

    One for all you web developers...

    I fun beer I just made: Ruby On Ale
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  11. VanHolton

    Ruby Red Ale (please check my hops)

    Here's my final product. 1) The end result tastes a little beety, but not bad. 2) The head is pink, and I would prefer white. Not sure what to do there. 3) All in all, it was a fun beer!
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  15. VanHolton

    Beets: not as powerful a colorant as I thought

    Nilo, does yours have a pink head? Mine does. I didn't use any aromatic, like you do, but all in all, it's very red. I might add something (aromatic, probably:)) to add just a hint of brown. I definitely taste the beets though. I hopped to 45 IBU, mostly late additions, hoping to mask it.
  16. VanHolton

    Seasonal rise of my Cellar Temperature

    Ok. Thanks for sharing your experiences, guys.
  17. VanHolton

    Seasonal rise of my Cellar Temperature

    Am I better off in the fridge?
  18. VanHolton

    Seasonal rise of my Cellar Temperature

    Last fall, I started cellaring a few beers. I have a couple really nice stouts, some barleywine, and a keg of imperial stout I brewed at the beginning of September. Now that summer is upon us, I'm noticing my cellar temperature getting up to 65. I'm not sure how much further up it will go, but...
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