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Old 11-02-2011, 07:49 PM   #3651
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My mash temps were low bc it was my first time. Why would that make it lower? It seems to me I'm going to have a higher FG (less sugar conversion) than a lower one.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:11 PM   #3652
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The more sugar in the wort = higher density of water = higher OG.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:16 PM   #3653
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If your temps are too low it won't convert all of the sugar it should. If it's bot converting the sugars you will have a more watery beer since the yeast eat the sugars and create the alcohol.

Your beer is still going to be very drinkable though. In actually aiming for a 1.036 or so OG for my next ipa.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:19 PM   #3654
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Drank a Bell's Special Double Cream Stout and a Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout tonight. Two similar beers but completely different in taste.

The Bell's was very sweet, creamy, roasty, and milk chocolatey flavored. It was a wonderful beer 5/5.

The Brooklyn Brewery beer has a much higher alcohol taste to it which is undesirable for my tastes. I also get lots of bittersweet chocolate and a very deep astringent roast which is again undesirable for my tastes. Overall I'd give it a 3/5.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:36 PM   #3655
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The Bell's was very sweet, creamy, roasty, and milk chocolatey flavored. It was a wonderful beer 5/5.
Awesome. Never really see it much in stores around here (maybe I'm blind?) but saw a restaurant I'm going to on Friday has it on tap. Will make sure to try.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:39 PM   #3656
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I love that bittersweet chocolate that is in BCS. Haven't had had the Bells Double Cream in a while.

I finally found Sierra Nevada Celebration here in FL. It was my first sighting and picked up a six pack. It's one of my favorite beers and it was just as good as I remember. Going to try to find a case this weekend. It's one of the few IPAs I've had that is good fresh and 6 months old.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:38 PM   #3657
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Haha I bought a case of Torpedo the other night and then saw Celebration was being distributed and was like FMLLL I love that beer.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:49 PM   #3658
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Quick question for the homebrewers: I brewed my first all grain, a pale ale that was supposed to have an OG of 1.052, but ended up at 1.034. I checked the FG today, 14 days after brewing and it was 1.008. Does this sound about right? That seems so low to me.
1.008 is a tad low but nothing crazy.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:28 AM   #3659
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anyone want to recommend their favorite beer bars in manhattan? i can never remember the names of bars ive been to while out in nyc, probably because nyc is one of the best places to drink, ever. only going there for one night this weekend.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:45 AM   #3660
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The Ginger Man - kinda midtown.
Blind Tiger - in the Village.
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Old 11-04-2011, 08:20 AM   #3661
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The Ginger Man - kinda midtown.
Blind Tiger - in the Village.
I'll second these recommendations. Great selection and atmosphere when I was there this summer.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:10 AM   #3662
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Place I'm eating at tonight has the following beers on tap

Bell's Best Brown Firkin
Stone Ruination IPA
North Coast Red Seal
Ommegang Hennepin
Founders Breakfast Stout

Is it rude to drink 5 beers with dinner?
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:46 AM   #3663
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Depends on the company imo.

Plus, Bell's Brown as an app and Founders Breakfast Stout for dessert!
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:40 PM   #3664
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The Ginger Man - kinda midtown.
Blind Tiger - in the Village.
The BT was already on my radar, thanks for the rec. any Sunday night drink specials or anything of that Ilk that a person from Massachusetts would have no prior history with?
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:52 PM   #3665
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Snagged a 1st and 2nd for my Blonde and Wheat respectively in the Hops Bops competition in Philly this weekend. Woot!
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:39 PM   #3666
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anyone want to recommend their favorite beer bars in manhattan? i can never remember the names of bars ive been to while out in nyc, probably because nyc is one of the best places to drink, ever. only going there for one night this weekend.
I'm into belgian brews, so my overall favorite place is bxl bar on 51st b/w 2nd and 3rd, and resto on 29th (more of foodie place) somewhere. Vol de nuit is also good if you are in the village, although they don't have much in terms of food, only mussels and frites.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:18 PM   #3667
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The two recent Lips of Faith releases from New Belgium are friggin' amazing.

A fresh hop IPA, solid, and a FANTASTIC prickly passion fruit saison.

I bought a case of the saison.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:19 PM   #3668
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Awesome Coff! How many brews did you enter? I entered a pale ale into the upcoming Sunshine Challenge (my first ever entry!) and am excited to see how it does and what feedback I get.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:55 AM   #3669
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Why thank you.

I entered 4 beers, American Wheat, Blonde, Smoked Roggenbier, and an Imperial Pumpkin ale. There were 101 entrants and about 10 entries per category. Im excited to get my score sheets back since thats the real reason I entered all these brews anyway.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:19 AM   #3670
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Oh yeah, was the smoked one the one you did with the cherry smoked malt?
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:43 AM   #3671
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Yea thats the one, its just ok, I knew it wouldnt do great but id like someone to tell me what I may have done wrong. My guess is it scored in the high 20s to low 30s at best, but that might be optimistic I'll probably post my score sheets if people are interested.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:16 AM   #3672
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Congrats and please do post your score sheets when you get them.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:01 PM   #3673
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Yeah I'd be interested in seeing your score sheets as well. I got to do some stewarding and judging a few weeks ago and I was shocked to learn that they make the judges come within a certain number of points together. I get that it can make the judges talk and try to get a closer average but I think it kind of takes away from the good criticism you can get of the beer.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:23 AM   #3674
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I placed 2nd in the IPA category this past weekend in a competition in Maryland out of 9. I entered an extract Two Hearted clone which scored a 34/50. Still waiting on the score sheets. It's tasty but I wasn't expecting it to do that well.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:29 AM   #3675
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Nice one!

I wish tasting each others beer was as easy as sending it through email!

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http://www.craftcans.com/cigar-city-...-geiger-powell
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