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    Cigars and Craft Beer

    I can honestly say that the only tobacco smoke that entered my lungs was of the second hand variety. Smelled cigs, pipe and cigars, but never appealed to me. I've associated cigars with cognac, but not craft beers. I'm watching this thread
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    MUG Nationals

    I never saw the final results. Where are they posted?
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    Creating a recipe database

    Slow day at work, so I figured I'd update and post the latest version of the spreadsheet. Only changes are the addition of new recipes MrBeerRecipes.xlsx
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    MUG MidWest meeting

    Bring them with you to the 2019 Midwest meeting?
  5. I am currently thinking things over for a MUG Midwest meeting, similar to the one we had this year in Munster IN. Here are some thoughts: - Naturally, even though it's "Midwest", anyone/everyone is invited. - If we get a date and location set up early, more people can participate, including those from more distant locations. - I'm thinking it should be held in April, like last year. Most of the snow should be gone from this area by then (although it did snow on us on the day we departed this year) - We could bring our own beers, but unless we have someone who is BJCP or has similar qualifications, I'm not sure about making it a competition. Some locations I'm considering are: - Munster, home of 3 Floyds - Columbus, specifically https://www.brewdog.com/usa/doghouse - Cincinnati. Lots of great breweries there, as well as in Northern Kentucky (specifically Braxton) - Indianapolis. - Louisville. Yes, my home, but I know it well and know the best breweries. I'm open to other location suggestions. Also, I know that Louisville has a company that can take us by van to various breweries, so that we don't have to drink and drive. I'm sure other communities have them as well, or we can hire an Uber van or some other company to truck us around. Please feel free to post suggestions/comments here, or to me by personal message.
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    MUG Nationals

    My understanding is that the home brew competition has also been cancelled, but @MRB Rick and @MRB Tim can confirm this
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    lagering is soooooo long

    So, I'm planning out this season's brewing schedule. While I probably won't do any lagers until March (to keep it consistent with the Marzen style), I'm considering to start thinking about buying a new fridge. The old one I had, normal size and could hold 4 LBKs, died, and I have to replace it. I'm leaning toward a mini/dorm fridge, one that would hold two LBK's comfortably. I'm open to suggestions on any brands/models.
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    lagering is soooooo long

    Well, I guess it paid off. A friend who loves German culture and is very particular about her beers opened one of my Austin Pils that I've had lagering in the fridge since about March or April. She gave it a 4.5 out of 5 on Untappd, and said it was very good. She will try the Mad Ludwig's Marzen either tonight or tomorrow. Still have a dozen bottles of each in the fridge. If I go back to making more lagers, I'm going to need another fridge.
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    lagering is soooooo long

    Need two more bottles of beer to finish the 99 Bottles badge on Untappd, so I figured I'll go ahead and crack open one of each of these. First up, Austin Pils. Probably the most clear beer I've ever made. Carbonation was a bit high, which is normal for the stuff I brew. I have no sense of smell, so don't ask me, but I think there were no off-odors. Taste was very clean and crisp, almost zero hop flavor (which I expected some from a Pilsner, but not if it aged this long). Very happy with this recipe! The last swallow was a wee bit hoppier and less carbonated, so I'm guessing my first impression of the flavor was offset by the carbonation. The best way to describe Mad Ludwig's Marzen would require language that would ban me from this forum. Also extremely clear, no haze at all, as expected from a beer in the fridge for about 6 months. Very low carbonation, which is surprising for my brews. PERFECT color, and with the understanding that I have no sense of smell, I could smell this one as perfect in malt. I still get the carbonation mouth feel, but there is no head....interesting. Overall, if you want a great Oktoberfest beer, brew these two in March to true-lager rules, and sit on them in the fridge until late September. I'm keeping them in the fridge until next month, then sharing them with friends. Yoda
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    lagering is soooooo long

    I just wanted to see how these recipes would do after 6 or so months of cold lagering. This year Oktoberfest starts September 22nd, so I'll crack the first ones then.
  11. Brewed Mad Ludwig Marzen and Austin Pils. Fermentation started on Feb 3rd as true lagers at about 57 degrees. Bottled Feb 24 and conditioned for three weeks at 65 degrees. Put the bottles in the conditioning fridge at 65, then slowly lowered the conditioning fridge to 35 degrees About 2 degrees/day drop in temp. Transferred the bottles (both batches, 18 bottles each) to my regular fridge on 3/10. They have been lagering in the regular beer fridge at 35ish degrees since March 10th. Not *quite* true Marzens, but 'bout as close as a first timer could do. Opening this to the public. First, WHEN DOES OKTOBERFEST START??????? Nevermind that one....I can look it up.....that was out of frustration. Honestly, when would you start to crack open beers fermented with Lager yeast since February? And how much hop flavor has been lost, resulting in a malty twang?
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    MUG Nationals

    got an email a week or two ago. @MRB Josh R @MRB Tim are you able to discuss this on the forum?
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    MUG Nationals

    So, have a question about the home brew competition, and since there is no official thread (yet), I have to post it here. Do I need to mention any or all Mr. Beer products used in making the beer?
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    MUG Nationals

    Registration - Check Hotel - Check Flight - Resolve next week Rental Car - Probably next week Personal expenses - No earthly idea how to do this one. Figure out what beer to bring...…….that's a tough one I went a bit rouge on the hotel. My plan is to arrive Wednesday 17, and fly out on Tuesday 23, thus I'm there for about a week. While the hotel that Mr. Beer is selecting for the event is excellent, since I'm going to stay more days, their rate will change for the non-conference days. Instead, I'm staying at the Extended Stay America -Tucson Grand Road. It's with walking (staggering) distance of the Sheraton Tucson, and between us is an IHOP in case I want breakfast (which I rarely eat). Plus with the savings, I get to sample more Tucson breweries Work on Flight will take a bit longer Rental car can wait a while What beer to bring...…...um...……. Can't wait for October
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    just bought the international discounted sale that Mr. Beer has. Between those six, and an American Light, I should be able to start the brewery up again soon. Hopefully Yoda, Senior Master Brewer of Dagobah Brewery.