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    MiniYoda got a reaction from MRB Tim in MUG Nationals   
    I never saw the final results.  Where are they posted?
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    MiniYoda reacted to Mic Todd in Cold crashing - what it is, and why do you care?   
    But...this certainly IS a crash.  A fantastic crash.  And it certainly looks to be pretty da_n cold...
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in MUG Midwest meeting, 2019 edition, planning phase   
    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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in MUG Midwest meeting, 2019 edition, planning phase   
    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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    MiniYoda reacted to MRB Tim in MUG Nationals   
    As of right now, we're lining up the details to still have the competition. So, it's tentatively still on. I'll make an effort to get an informational thread back up today. 
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in MUG Midwest meeting, 2019 edition, planning phase   
    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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from MRB Tim in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in MUG Midwest meeting, 2019 edition, planning phase   
    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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Jdub in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from moots in Ales to Lagers   
    Here's your mission for the weekend, should you choose to accept it.
     
    I'm getting ready to bottle my first lager since I borrowed the second fridge from my landlord.  Got me to thinking, I could do a lot of lagers this summer when it's too hot in my apartment to do ales at room temp.  There are some great ale recipes at Mr. Beer, and I'm wondering:
     
    1)  In addition to changing the yeast and brewing temps, what else would I have to change to convert an ale recipe to a lager?

    2)  Most recipes use Safbrew T-58, S-33, US-05 and S-04 ale yeast, and W-34/70 and S-23 Lager yeast.  Is there a rule to use when switching from one ale yeast to a lager yeast?  In order words, if the recipe calls for ale yeast X, should I always/only/never select lager yeast Y?

    3)  Are there recipes (high hop?  wheat?) that should not be switched from ale to lager?  I know that I would lose the ability to call a porter a true porter if I brew it as a lager.  I would just have to call it a Porter-style Lager
     
    Thoughts?
     
    Crazy Yoda
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from D Kristof in 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
  18. Like
    MiniYoda got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in 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.
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in lagering is soooooo long   
    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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from JoshR in The Real Mr. Beer - Live Stream Thread   
    It was great to be back on and able to watch the live streams again. Thanks @MRB Tim for the video on Yule Like This Ale.  I still have a few bottles of the first time I made this recipe, bottled December 23 last year.  Throwing out some ideas on the chat area about holiday beers, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Winter in general made me "chomping at the bit" (as they say in Kentucky) to get started brewing again. 
     
    I'll start cleaning the brewery (aka Kitchen), and evaluating my tools of the trade this weekend.  Perhaps I can ferment a Saison soon while I wait for the temps to cool down a bit, and work on a brewing schedule.
     
    Yoda
     
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    MiniYoda got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in 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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    MiniYoda got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in 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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