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Itís Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #34 March 8, 2013
Free Republic | 3-8-2013 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 03/08/2013 3:30:34 PM PST by Red_Devil 232

Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!

Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew

 

Irish Stout Yum!

Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers.

I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let us know what your favorite brew, wine or spirit is.

A little Beer News:

 

Samuel Adams beers captured nine medals at the International Brewing Awards 2013 in England.

The bi-annual competition attracted more than 1,000 entries from 45 countries. Forty judges, all professional brewers, assessed the beers over the course of three days. The medals winners in each category were announced at the National Brewery Center in Burton upon Trent, where the judging was held. The 11 overall championship winners will be unveiled April 24 in an awards luncheon at London Guildhall.

Beers are judged in several categories and sub-categories, so may be classified on how they are packaged, their color, their alcohol content, and by other means.

Thus Samuel Adams Cream Stout won silver in one category and gold in another. The other Samuel Adams gold medal beers were Cinder Block, White Lantern, Black & Brew Coffee Stout, and Latitude 48 IPA. Double Agent IPL and Third Voyage both won silvers, while Utopias 2012 took a bronze.

Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery won four medals, Sierra Nevada Brewing took three, BridgePort Brewing two, and Alaskan Brewing one for its highly decorated Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA and Obsidian Stout all won gold, and Red Chair NWPA took a bronze.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale won a gold and a bronze, while Narwhal Imperial Stout took a gold. BridgePort IPA and Ebenezer both won silver.

The complete list of the winners can be downloaded as a pdf.

 


TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: beer; homebrewing; weekly; wine

1 posted on 03/08/2013 3:30:34 PM PST by Red_Devil 232
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To: quantim; spinestein; 5Madman2; DTogo; Horatio Gates; Ribeye; decal; B Knotts; doodad; hemogoblin; ..

Ping to the Homebrewers and wine makers.


2 posted on 03/08/2013 3:31:34 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Made a number if batches in the 70s. Dark and lager. If I could still drink I might consider making more.


3 posted on 03/08/2013 3:33:46 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I had the pleasure of having some of the Samuel Adams Third Voyage a couple of months ago. It is a Double IPA and was very good.


4 posted on 03/08/2013 3:37:55 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Yes Mississippi, You Can Homebrew (If Governor Signs New Bill)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/06/173634009/yes-mississippi-you-can-homebrew-if-governor-signs-new-bill


5 posted on 03/08/2013 3:41:17 PM PST by WKB ( Remember "Bush Lied and People Died" Now it's "People died and Obama Lied")
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To: Red_Devil 232

Your stout, is wonderful to use as the liquid for chocolate cake. Just for an idea. ;-)


6 posted on 03/08/2013 3:43:34 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

7 posted on 03/08/2013 3:47:38 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: WKB

That is great news!


8 posted on 03/08/2013 3:51:11 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Doc. changed my Chemo medications, and gave me permission to drink a little bit. He is worried about over stressing my liver. I finally had a glass of the Hard Cider I made last September.

It was like sipping a little bit of Heaven.

9 posted on 03/08/2013 4:06:49 PM PST by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I am hoping to try the Pale Ale I brewed with the new Belma hops this weekend. It has been on gas for a few days so it should be ready soon. I have a reddish/brown ale I made that should also be ready.

I brewed my once a year batch of Broweiser last weekend, a Bud clone-ish sort of thing. What a difficult to brew beer it is and it takes forever to make. That’s why I brew it once a year. It is fermenting away at 50 degrees and the krausen is starting to drop. I will be kegging it in a few weeks to do the lagering.

I think I am going to make an IPA next. I had a bottle of Lagunitas Maximus a couple of weeks ago and have had the itch to drink something super hoppy ever since.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Cheers,

knewshound


10 posted on 03/08/2013 4:30:58 PM PST by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: WKB; Red_Devil 232

I was going to tell everyone that Mississippi finally legalized home brewing (Gov. Bryant will sign it, maybe already has), but you beat me to it, WKB. :-)

That means that me and my husband are now “legal.” HA!

It’s hard to believe that Mississippi was the only state in which home brewing was outlawed. Silly.


11 posted on 03/08/2013 5:19:15 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: knews_hound

I want to try your beer, Knews Hound! :-) I know it would be awesome.


12 posted on 03/08/2013 5:22:08 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: knews_hound

I read your homebrew 101 this week. We’re ready to make the jump from Mr Beer.


13 posted on 03/08/2013 5:25:19 PM PST by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: WXRGina

Actually there is still Alabama. It is funny that Ms allowes the making of wine but not beer. If signed into law July 1 homebrewing beer will be legal.


14 posted on 03/08/2013 5:25:54 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Petruchio

Glad you got to sip on it. I am sipping on a small glass of my hard cider right now and it is good.


15 posted on 03/08/2013 5:28:04 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I will be bottling a Maibock tomorrow that I brewed with US-05 ale yeast. I know, not really Maibock if made with ale yeast.

On Sunday, I will be brewing up a Moose Drool clone.

I also have an Oktoberfest waiting for a temperature controller for a chest freezer so it can begin lagering.

And soon, I will be cracking open an APA I brewed with Galaxy hops.


16 posted on 03/08/2013 5:30:22 PM PST by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Beer News: License Plan Allows for Craft Brews Only
17 posted on 03/08/2013 5:30:27 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Anybody grow their own barley and hops?


18 posted on 03/08/2013 5:42:24 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ( Sometimes I make myself sick.)
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To: Rio

The law passed refers to Homebrewing.


19 posted on 03/08/2013 5:48:57 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

I'm currently enjoying a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. It's made by a microbrewery in Lexington who gets recently decanted bourbon barrels and stores their ale in them for six weeks. The aroma and flavor combinations are amazing!

20 posted on 03/08/2013 5:50:08 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I planted a couple of hop plants last year. They were doing well, though not yielding any hops (as expected). The trick will be to see if the plants come back this Spring.


21 posted on 03/08/2013 5:55:56 PM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Rio

Me, too. Got any plans to grow barley?


22 posted on 03/08/2013 5:58:18 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ( Sometimes I make myself sick.)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

I have a Stout that I used oak chips soaked in Maker’s Mark. It is in bottles conditioning right now. A few more weeks and it should be ready! Hate the wait!


23 posted on 03/08/2013 6:00:05 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: WXRGina

I just linked this thread to it. You can still ping the MS list if you care to.


24 posted on 03/08/2013 6:02:20 PM PST by WKB ( Remember "Bush Lied and People Died" Now it's "People died and Obama Lied")
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To: Red_Devil 232

Then I had bad information, since I was told at a beer fest that we were the only ones. I see our “twin” state was right there with us!


25 posted on 03/08/2013 6:02:59 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WKB

Nah, WKB. Not everyone would appreciate this, I suppose.


26 posted on 03/08/2013 6:04:18 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
The Kentucky Ale microbrewery is going to release a stout this summer. I can't wait.

I have some friends who homebrew and have tried to get barrels from the distilleries around here (I live less than forty miles from over a dozen major bourbon producers) but they will not sell to private individuals. Hopefully this will change in the near future.

27 posted on 03/08/2013 6:05:44 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: WXRGina

That’s why I just linked it. Personally I have had a drink since 1985. I haven’t quit I just don’t want to break my record. Quit smoking in 84. I tell people I may get drunk again one of these day but I ain’t never smoking another cigarette.


28 posted on 03/08/2013 6:11:59 PM PST by WKB ( Remember "Bush Lied and People Died" Now it's "People died and Obama Lied")
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To: WKB

You’re a super trooper.


29 posted on 03/08/2013 6:21:38 PM PST by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Monitor

Sounds like you have been actively brewing! I usually slow down during the winter months except this year I have branched out to make a few Apple Hard Ciders.


30 posted on 03/08/2013 6:32:09 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: All

Anyone have a Redds Apple Ale? Just wondering about its taste.


31 posted on 03/08/2013 7:39:26 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I have been growing hops for years. They are really hit and miss on production. One year I got several pounds, some years I only get a half pound. It’s all weather.

I’m adding 2 more this weekend. A buddy has been growing them but gave up since he doesn’t have room to put the 25 foot tall poles needed for them.

I do !

Cheers,

knewshound


33 posted on 03/09/2013 6:57:08 AM PST by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I have played at growing wheat, so I could probably grow barley. The reason that I haven’t seriously considered it is that the malting process is quite a mystery to me.


34 posted on 03/09/2013 7:11:40 AM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I am growing my own barley and will put in hops this year.


35 posted on 03/09/2013 4:06:00 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: wastoute; Rio

I’m growing barley this year - maybe 1/10th of an acre (~60X60) and I have several hops vines going. Once upon a time I worked with a grain operation tempering grain and malting a only a few steps beyond that. In quantities of 100 pounds or less, it should be a fairly simple operation. The good thing is that malting barley won’t need to be threshed from the husk like wheat. The bad side will be the drying and toasting operation. Small batches working up is probably the way to go.

Let’s keep in touch on our respective operations and findings.


36 posted on 03/09/2013 7:15:06 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ( Sometimes I make myself sick.)
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To: logitech

Feel free to ask questions if you have any.


37 posted on 03/10/2013 4:04:29 PM PDT by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: WXRGina

After 30+ years and thousands of gallons, it had better be. I have sure practiced enough ;0)


38 posted on 03/10/2013 4:05:43 PM PDT by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: knews_hound

Thank you, Knews Hound. Logitech is here with me, and I told him you said to ask any questions. He said, “We will!” :-)

We have to find a big-ass pot first. We know aluminum pots are not recommended, but we have a big aluminum pot for turkey-frying. Is it really bad to use aluminum?


39 posted on 03/10/2013 4:18:10 PM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WXRGina

Using an aluminum pot is fine. SS is preferred but there are thousands and thousands of home brewers using aluminum without issue.

I say, go for it.


40 posted on 03/11/2013 7:46:08 AM PDT by knews_hound (Reading without commenting since 2001.)
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To: knews_hound

Thanks, Mister! :-)


41 posted on 03/11/2013 11:18:55 AM PDT by WXRGina (The Founding Fathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I have 3-4 hundred sq ft in three plots planted about three weeks apart for a cover crop. The oldest is turning yellow and a few stems have hairs but no grains yet.

I have waited to order rhizomes and now it is time and I can’t decide what to order! What are you growing?


42 posted on 03/15/2013 10:56:50 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: wastoute
I have (I believe) a Willamette, a Cascade and a lagering hop. I will find the planting map and let you know for sure. All three are three years old and not doing optimally. Alongside the old clay brick silo is not a good choice for cooler climes but I have modified their home somewhat and saw a yield last year.

I plan to get some more and different rhizomes this year and plant out on the eastern edge of my main field near a tree line on the tilting poles for easier harvest. Where I lived last, I had a single vine over 10 years old that was monstrous - on a south side of the house. However, when it hit the roofline it turned back from the heat. Yield was spotty but growth was spectacular.

My barley is a two row strain named Conlon. I plan to seed an area of about 2,500 ft^2. If all goes well this summer, I hope to toast the global demise with a nice lager or dark bitter (not too much, though).

43 posted on 03/16/2013 4:52:32 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: wastoute

The other two vines are Nugget and Kent Golding.


44 posted on 03/16/2013 1:41:51 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Red_Devil 232
Mississippi Senate Bill 2183 (legalize home-brewing) has been signed by the Governor for approval.
45 posted on 03/19/2013 6:32:33 AM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

Yes! I think it does not go into effect until July 1. I was just in Meridian later part of last week, checking on my house and property. Beautiful weather.


46 posted on 03/19/2013 6:47:37 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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