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  1. 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
  2. That was quick! Pink Boots arrived around 10:30 this a.m. and I just ordered yesterday.
  3. Nice, thanks Nick. I just ordered a couple packs of Pink Boots.
  4. Going to brew my Altbier next week to enter into two March Comps. After that may try one more comp with my Wiscohops PA.
  5. Comp potential. Best foot forward!
  6. I just ordered an assortment of 41lbs of grain. Pils, wheat, briess 2 row, Maris, golden promise, and a little melanoiden. With what I've already got on hand in base and specialty, plus hops and yeast, I should be set for a few months. First will be an Irish red and a witbier back to back, then probably shift back to a couple larger repeat batches of Altbier and a Pale Ale like my Night Moves or depending on how well it turns out my Wiscohops PA. I'm excited to get brewing again after the holidays and looking forward to rebuilding my pipeline.
  7. Brew day coming up will be my Witbier and a Red Ale. Gotta look at the yeast temp ranges to plan my order though since I'll have both in the mini fridge at the same time a week apart. Guess I'll also be looking at the BJCP to see if I'm brewing an Irish, a red, or whatever. Going to program a step mash for the Wit. My first time doing a step mash, just to see if I can tell any difference. Been months since I've used the mini bucket and an LBK, but they generally both work well in the mini fridge when brewed about a week apart.
  8. I've pretty much quit cold crashing cause I'd get starsan sucked back into the fermenter. Even with dry hopping 3 days before bottling I haven't had clarity issues. Everything seems to settle out just fine to the bottom of the bottle during carb/conditioning. Kegging I don't know about.
  9. Our local report has some lag to it as well, but that's okay it puts me close enough. However, they include an average for all the levels, which is helpful.
  10. Ordered my grains and adjuncts for another batch of my Witbier. I'm going to change this one up and use a different yeast, Wyeast 1007, that I use for my Altbier. This will be a nice change up in styles after 3 pale ales and an altbier.
  11. I'm no expert either but I let Beer Smith do the calcs for me. I had been using Deer Park Spring water as it was in their database, but recently started using the Virginia Beach water after I put in their water profile. I do use a ph meter though to check the water ph and then the mash ph to make sure I'm adjusting correctly.
  12. Ordered some grains and yeast today after finalizing my recipe for "Wiscohops." I ordered from MHBS this morning and they shipped this afternoon and will be delivered tomorrow afternoon! @Creeps McLane I did drop the wheat from my recipe and tweaked the hops and SRM in BS a tad. I know it's likely to be a bit or a lot different from "Hopulation", but that's okay. It'll still be a Pale Ale and a fun recipe.
  13. Lol, no. In fact I mostly brew what I can't buy. If I could buy it I'd probably lose my motivation to brew it.
  14. Welcome back, @HoppySmile!!
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