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  2. Good, let us know what you make 😄
  3. Looks good! Very good is only good enough to some. Reaching for that next level is a rewarding and frustrating journey
  4. Going to do a small batch of Wiscohops, after reading my score sheets from the latest comp. I'm encouraged that this beer given the right timing and some more hops can move from very good to excellent. It was past its prime by judging time and with no changes, had it been timed better I believe it would have scored much better. I've entered this upcoming batch in another comp and very interested in its outcome. It's really quite good when in its prime. Lol, this beer was born out of a beer not sold here, @Creeps McLane, Titletown's Hopulation. Score sheet link- https://www.dropbox.com/s/m20m87m52g7zg82/000066 (1).pdf?dl=0
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  6. Just ordered all the ingredients for vienna lager brew #3. Then I checked the “bargain bin” and saw they have pale extract 3.3 lbs half off so I bought 8! Little Chute run tomorrow
  7. That was quick! Pink Boots arrived around 10:30 this a.m. and I just ordered yesterday.
  8. Im in, i ordered 8 oz of pink boots and 8 oz of the veterans blend. Figured just like my two boys, I cant pick favorites. I have so many hops. Like so many hops. Im almost my own LHBS at this point
  9. Nice, thanks Nick. I just ordered a couple packs of Pink Boots.
  10. Got 6 oz Pink Boots hop blend from Yakima. $5+ a 2oz bag but free FEDEX 2 day ship. Anyone else trying those? It's for Charity. Making a medium strength IPA today. Opened up the hops, VERY aromatic. The 2020 Pink Boots Blend was chosen by more than 100 PBS members during the 2019 Great American Beer Festival. The blend consists of Azacca®, El Dorado®, Idaho Gem™ and Loral®, creating a blend with tropical, citrus and piney aromatic qualities. https://www.yakimachief.com/pink-boots-blend/ Pink Boots IPA#1 PM 35 mins at 155-165 4 oz 2 row, 4 oz carapils, 2 oz oatmeal(3/4 cup) + 1/4 cup cream of wheat. Boil Pink boot blend 0.5 oz for 7 - 10 min 36-48 IBUs. Boil PB blend 0.5 oz 1-2 min - 2-4 IBUs American Ale HME - 36 IBUs, 3.5% ABVx .25 lb Sparking Amber DME 1x 6oz Booster pack Ferment 14 days with S-05 yeast 1 oz PB ops dry hop 7 days. 5.8-6 % , 70 IBUs.
  11. Going to brew my Altbier next week to enter into two March Comps. After that may try one more comp with my Wiscohops PA.
  12. Thinking about a double brew day today. I have all the ingredients for a recipe I stole from @Jdub. It was gonna be called “jackin jdub“ but I quickly realized that was the worst possible name ever. Also, “Jackin Jesters” got changed to “Jester King Yeast”. In my language jacking means stealing but I believe theres a second meaning out there also. anywho, the vienna lager isnt doing the greatest in competition so Im not going to waste my money sending that to NHC.
  13. There are already two packets of LME and 1 packet of booster in this recipe. I might consider using two cans of the St. Patrick's Irish Stout, no LME, and no booster.
  14. If you use the MB booster, you might also add some malto-dextrin to help maintain body and "mouth-feel". I'm not a fan of the booster, and have not used it since my first few brews. I would rather add more malt (within reason), as it adds alcohol, flavor and body. YMMV
  15. I thought it was Plain Old, Texas. Learn something new everyday
  16. https://www.mrbeer.com/booster adds about 3/4%. Two of them would be about 1.5% increase, so roughly 7.5% ABV. But the kit comes with one, so I wouldn't go with three. Personally, two most. Something else is https://www.mrbeer.com/brewmax-lme-softpack-robust commonly added to stouts, which adds 1% each. But that would add more stout flavor and could be a loss of the peanut butter flavor. I'm going to invite @RickBeer to this one. Maybe https://www.mrbeer.com/brewmax-dme-softpack-smooth @rickbeer, what do you think as far as adding more ABV, not affecting the flavor much, and the yeast would still be happy? Would switching the yeast to Nottingham Yeast be better? adoYiniM
  17. I just saw this recipe and would like to try it, but find the ABV disappointingly low, below 6%. I like my stouts 7-8% or higher. What would be a good way to increase the ABV without altering the taste (too much).
  18. Yup. Plano, TX (near Dallas)
  19. EDITED: It happened again and that's the smoking gun. The home page shows me not logged in. Refreshing does nothing. But if I click on a thread it opens up and I'm logged in. Weird.
  20. Are you logged in? I just noticed that the Forum appeared to log me out but a quick refresh logged me back in.
  21. It's doing it again. I took a photo. No "Community Drain Pipe" sub-forum. None of the posts made in that section since yesterday show up in the right side bar. Weird
  22. Behind the scenes, he put his glasses on. Then took a deep breath of relief. its like when im searching the house for my hat and then I ask my wife where my hat is and she says “its on your head”.
  23. Am I the only one that can't see it? ETA: nevermind, it re-appeared.
  24. bad news:
     

    Went to get my CO2 tank filled. It needs recertification. So I had to leave it there. No tap beer this weekend i guess

     

    went to a plumbing showroom to see if they sell commercial faucets. The fancy kind with the sprayer and all. $800, yeah, no thanks.

     

    i just picked up roughly 3.5 gallons of dog poop in anticipation of the 9” of snow thats on the way this weekend. 


    good news:

     

    black stones are on sale at wal mart. $175 for the 28” three burner model with a hard cover! Thats a steal

     

    my new lodge 12” Preseasoned carbon steel pan arrived today. I did a quick seasoning, fried an egg and it skated across the pan easily. BLTs on the menu tonight! 

  25. I've been studying water and messing with all of the calculators out there over the past few days. I realize that I only have a few options moving forward: 1. Go with what I've been doing for the past 5 years or so. I make good beer, right? 2. Trust the highly generalized aquifer water profile data that I found on the Internet and attempt to make adjustments from there. I don't think I'm going to do this. I wish I could get an accurate test from my Podunk water department, but my inquiries have been fruitless. Additionally, the mineral content and hardness are so high, and adjustment with salts has a second order effect on one of the other elements to undesirable levels. I've pondered buying on of the Brew Lab kits to test my own water, but I'm still left with the liquid rock that comes out of my faucet. 3. Build my water profile with distilled water and salts. Seems like the easiest and least expensive (short term) option. I'll obvious use my local hard water to brew those styles commensurate with it, as all the other historical brewers have done throughout time around the globe. 4. Buy an RO machine. Daddy ain't that rich. The great thing about being in the army is that I will move again, probably soon. I hope to at least go somewhere that I can get a water report when I ask for it. In the end, I just want to learn more. I'd also like to apply it through practical application as well. My biggest push for trying to figure things out is my plan to brew a kolsch this weekend. Not really a beer that benefits from additional bitterness. I'm cutting my water with distilled water, which should help. I'd build a desired water profile if I could get ahold of the salts from the LHBS, but a round trip up there takes a whole day. My beer is good. I look forward to making a beer that will jut knock my socks off one day. I guess I better get back to work...
  26. I've left mine on up to 20 psi, so you should be good @Bonsai & Brew
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