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    Shrike reacted to Mic Todd in New (essential?) Equipment   
    I decided I needed a better way to estimate the abv of my experimental batches so I purchased a refractometer.  And, thanks to Northern Brewer I also have a calculator to use when I use it.  I feel like a nerd using this thing but it's fun and easy to use.  I also think I've found the perfect place to store my bottled beers - for conditioning.  I'm gonna talk to a realtor soon...as soon as I can learn the language...Norwegian.
    Cold? check,   Quiet? check,   Out of the way and likely not to be disturbed? check.

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    Shrike reacted to Brian N. in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    Once every few weeks I'll enjoy a cigar (mostly mild) with Scotch (all kinds). I may have a beer with a cigar once every few months. The wife likes a few puffs too, and usually drinks red wine of some type. We always stay outside, as the odor lingers too long in the house. The best was last year when my wife and I soaked in a hot tub with drinks and cigars - can't relax more than that!
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    Shrike reacted to Mic Todd in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    Yeah, my god.  That is a powerful cigar!  My hat's off to ya.  I've been enjoying cigars since 1992 and that puppy's stronger than I can handle - they remind me of when I tried some cuban cigars while on business trips in Canada - full and powerful.  I see cigars trending that way in recent years, away from the milder and mellower ones like the Macanudos or Ashtons.
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    Shrike reacted to oldbagobones in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    I enjoy cigars  with a beer.  Actually, I enjoy cigars.  I agree with Shrike, in the summer a nice cocktail on ice with a cigar is great.  When the weather cools its nice to have a porter or stout with a cigar.  Of course I have to do this outdoors because my wife don't want a stinky cigar smell in the house! Lol!
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    Shrike got a reaction from efdbrian in newbie here   
    Welcome to the hobby and the forum!  I keep my sanitizing container simple. I use bottled spring water to brew with.  So I just save one of the empty bottles and use it next time I bottle a batch to mix the sanitizing solution in.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Nickfixit in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    That very well may be the first time in the history of humanity that that particular sentence has been written.  😄
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    Shrike got a reaction from Jdub in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    Here's a whole thread on cigars.
     
    Here's my setup
     
    As far as beverages with cigars go, I usually stick with whisky.  That's mainly because it's hot here most of the year; I don't like my beer getting warm while on the patio.  Once it cools down a bit I'll start off with a beer with my smokes.  With the powerhouse cigars and strong Maduros I'll usually have a stout.  With medium-bodied ones I prefer lightly-hopped ales  or lagers.  I don't drink IPAs with my smokes (even though I love IPAs) as the strong hop component is too overpowering and I lose any nuance from the cigar.
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    Shrike reacted to Mic Todd in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    I find many premium cigars delicious- when smoked on the palatte, not in the lungs.  Never smoked cigarettes, never chewed tobacco or ever smoked a pipe so I cannot vouch for those, but hand-made cigars are a real delight and are the world's best stress remedy.  It takes me about 60-90 minutes to enjoy a handmade cigar and I find it impossible to not relax and let the problems of life just melt away.  Alcohol, unfortunately, is a bit of a depressant and usually makes stressful situations more so.  Not so cigars, for me.  But maybe that's just me.  I would never tell anyone to start or stop or try harder!!! lol
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    Shrike got a reaction from Nickfixit in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    That very well may be the first time in the history of humanity that that particular sentence has been written.  😄
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    Shrike reacted to Brian N. in newbie here   
    Welcome. Read all the advice under RicklBeer about brewing. Take your time, be patient. I use a large rectangular plastic container from Home Depot for sanitizing. It can hold 4 liter size bottles. I submerge them, shake and rinse a few times, then let them soak a few minutes. As for sanitizing on brewing day, soak everything a few minutes. I first wash the LBK with liquid dish soap, rinse in warm water, then fill with sanitizer, shake, let it sit, shake some more. I do this before the brew, and after fermentation. I sanitize the sink with a hot water and soap, and wipe the handles and faucet with an Oxyclean  type spray cleaner. The stove, range hood and back splash get a wipe. All counter tops, cabinets and knobs the same. Sounds excessive, but I've never had an infected beer. NEVER use a kitchen sponge. Use lots of paper towel. Good luck.
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    Shrike reacted to Nickfixit in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    My impressions of tobacco smoke.
    Fortunately, cigarettes taste better than they smell.
    Unfortunately pipe tobacco smells better than it tastes.
    Very unfortunately cigars neither taste or smell good - and tend to make me nauseous. (Don't tell me to try harder - 😄)
     
    Disclosure - I smoked for ~ 20 years before giving it up for good some 40 years ago.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Nickfixit in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    That very well may be the first time in the history of humanity that that particular sentence has been written.  😄
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    Shrike reacted to RickC1970 in newbie here   
    I should be getting my Mr. Beer kit tomorrow. I look forward to getting started. My plan is to brew with the Mr. Beer kits till i am consistently making good beer and then maybe venture off with better equipment and start experimenting a little. Any ideas for a gallon container for when i sanitize the bottles...I was thinking about something with a spigot on it.
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    Shrike reacted to Mic Todd in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    That's what most of my cigar-smoking friends do, pair the Stouts and Porters with their maduros and the IPA's with lighter fare like a Connecticut shade wrapper, etc.  Some like the Ales with Corojo wrappers.  Since I'm not much of a fan of maduro cigars (I sometimes find them a bit too strong) but greatly prefer the Connecticut wrappers and cigars on the milder side of Medium, I don't really have any certain beer for my particular cigar.  Not very sophisticated, I know, but I know which cigars I like and just about any beer goes well.
     
    That said, you are right about the hopped-up beers overpowering a mild cigar.  But I generally avoid the really hopped up beers anyway.  Actually, I think I like a strong cup of black, freshly ground coffee with my cigars more than beer but I have to shut myself off of coffee around 2 in the afternoon.  I usually smoke my cigar in the evening time, out on the porch in nice weather.   Chocolate, Coffee, Tobacco: all Central & South American products.  Interesting....
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    Shrike got a reaction from Jdub in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    Here's a whole thread on cigars.
     
    Here's my setup
     
    As far as beverages with cigars go, I usually stick with whisky.  That's mainly because it's hot here most of the year; I don't like my beer getting warm while on the patio.  Once it cools down a bit I'll start off with a beer with my smokes.  With the powerhouse cigars and strong Maduros I'll usually have a stout.  With medium-bodied ones I prefer lightly-hopped ales  or lagers.  I don't drink IPAs with my smokes (even though I love IPAs) as the strong hop component is too overpowering and I lose any nuance from the cigar.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Jdub in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    Here's a whole thread on cigars.
     
    Here's my setup
     
    As far as beverages with cigars go, I usually stick with whisky.  That's mainly because it's hot here most of the year; I don't like my beer getting warm while on the patio.  Once it cools down a bit I'll start off with a beer with my smokes.  With the powerhouse cigars and strong Maduros I'll usually have a stout.  With medium-bodied ones I prefer lightly-hopped ales  or lagers.  I don't drink IPAs with my smokes (even though I love IPAs) as the strong hop component is too overpowering and I lose any nuance from the cigar.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Jdub in Cigars and Craft Beer   
    Here's a whole thread on cigars.
     
    Here's my setup
     
    As far as beverages with cigars go, I usually stick with whisky.  That's mainly because it's hot here most of the year; I don't like my beer getting warm while on the patio.  Once it cools down a bit I'll start off with a beer with my smokes.  With the powerhouse cigars and strong Maduros I'll usually have a stout.  With medium-bodied ones I prefer lightly-hopped ales  or lagers.  I don't drink IPAs with my smokes (even though I love IPAs) as the strong hop component is too overpowering and I lose any nuance from the cigar.
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    Shrike reacted to oldbagobones in Hydrometer reads   
    Thanks RickBeer, I know the difference is small but having the correct equation makes the difference.
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    Shrike reacted to Jdub in Cold crashing and bottle carbonating   
    ive been brewing for less than 1 yr, but i cold crash every batch. not for beer clarity, but for compacting the trub so I get more yield  (beer in bottles). I bottle in 12 oz glass with 1/2 tsp of sugar and I condition/carb for at least 4 weeks at 70+ deg. I have never had an undercarbed beer. Using PET bottles, I have experienced that. I blame faulty caps, didn't screw them on tightly enough, i'm an idiot....one of those reasons. i find that the bottle caps make a tighter seal. at least for me, but what do i know. i just love beer.
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    Shrike reacted to Big Sarge in Cold crashing and bottle carbonating   
    I tend to attribute it to magic on most occasions. Definitely magic. How could science be the sole reason beer tastes so majestic?
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    Shrike reacted to JoshR in Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?   
    I do still like their cucumber sour. Very good, but I hate buying it. lol
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    Shrike reacted to Mic Todd in Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?   
    Yeastie Zombies.  You guys are amazing....😜
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    Shrike got a reaction from kedogn in Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?   
    You can still get some use out of it.  Next batch you brew, throw the yeast in with the water that you boil. You'll have billions of little yeast corpses in the water to serve as nutrient for the yeast you'll be pitching.
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    Shrike got a reaction from kedogn in Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?   
    You can still get some use out of it.  Next batch you brew, throw the yeast in with the water that you boil. You'll have billions of little yeast corpses in the water to serve as nutrient for the yeast you'll be pitching.
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    Shrike got a reaction from Mic Todd in Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?   
    Lots of folks do that with the dry yeasts.  Liquid?  Pitch it all.  Dry?  Use half a packet if you want (I pitch the whole packet).  But as Kedogn says, a ziploc bag will help preserve the remaining 1/2.
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