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C-ya last won the day on December 22 2014

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  1. I made it to Dragoon Brewing after visiting Josh and stopping at the Tucson Hop House. Their Frosty Friends Red IPA was awesome. It was even more awesome cask aged with an extra dry hop addition.
  2. Well, I made it to Mr. Beer headquarters. Josh and I talked for a bit, toured the digs, sampled some beer, got the skinny on some of the micros in town to hit, and I bought some half-price HMEs. Nice visit - thanks, Josh!
  3. Any other recommendations for dinner or drinks? I'll have two nights open for dinner. If it is at a brewpub, so much the better. I'll most likely head over to Dragoon after leaving Mr. Beer since they aren't too far apart if they are open.
  4. @Kevin Caffrey, they just keep getting better the longer they sit. Seriously, hide one or two and put a note on your calendar to go get them. You'll kick yourself for not saving more!
  5. A light (lite) beer with a kick! Nice!
  6. @WisconsinBadger, @Shrike, @Kevin Caffrey, do yourselves a favor and let as many bottles age for as close to a year as you can. Believe me, you won't be disappointed!
  7. I would think that would be OK to try young. The lighter beers don't gain much by aging/conditioning like the higher ABV or maltier/darker beers do. Maybe wait 3 weeks since it will probably have a higher ABV than normal.
  8. What is this batch, Pete? If it is an IPA or a wheat, try it early. It should be OK after 2 or 3 weeks.
  9. recipe

    I'm an altbier fan so I really enjoyed the article. I'll try the above recipe as well. I am just about finished with a 5 gal batch from AIH. I brewed that one with an ale yeast. The next batch will done with a lager yeast. The batch after that will be a lager yeast and then lagered for a couple of weeks extra to see how that influences the final product. I read that in the BYO article and it sounds like something I would like to try.
  10. Thanks for the suggestion. I may need to leave on Saturday...
  11. It's on! Shipped the component to the customer so I'm planning on flying out there Oct. 11 and returning Friday or Saturday. It looks like I can get there around lunch on Wednesday so I'd head over to the Mr. Beer shop for a few beers, I mean minutes. Customer on Thursday and try to meet a forum member from an FAL forum.
  12. When I first got mine, I calibrated it and compared it to the hydrometer. It was always within a point of the hydro, and both were within a point or so of the recipe if the OG was given, or what the brew program calculated. After that, I quit wasting wort in the hydro and used the refractometer. Is it 100% right? Probably not. Do I care? Absolutely not! I like to have an idea of the ABV, but I don't need to prove that it is correct in a lab or a court. With 5 gal batches, I wouldn't mind a hydro at both ends of fermentation. I'll probably do both as a check on each of them for OG.
  13. I bought a refractometer for my OG readings. The volume in an LBK is small enough that I only want one hydrometer reading's worth lost. One drop with a refractometer and about 1/2 - 3/4 of a cup for the hydro. That gets sipped as I'm bottling once I read the FG and make any corrections.
  14. Nice! I'll keep this thread updated as the time approaches assuming everything goes to plan.
  15. To the Mr. Beer Team, it looks like there is a very good chance of my company visiting a customer in Tucson. If so, I would take the trip in hopes that I could stop by and visit. Would that be possible? I would plan an extra day there to visit as I guess no one is there after hours.