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Adventures in home brewing in the north metro area of Minnesota
Adventures in home brewing in the north metro area of Minnesota

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Update to my tasting notes for the Basic Brewing Radio collaborative experiment: trub vs no trub.
http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/02/18/results-of-trub-or-no-trub-experiment-from-basic-brewing-radio/

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The results are in from the Basic Brewing Radio collaborative experiment — testing your brew with and without the trub being left in your primary fermentation chamber. The results were actually, well, clear.

http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/02/18/results-of-trub-or-no-trub-experiment-from-basic-brewing-radio/

+Bell's Brewery, Inc. — picked up a couple six-packs of #hopslam yesterday, and one thing I noticed is that it has a much different profile than when I have it on tap, like say our local craft beer pub The Happy Gnome. On tap, the hop character is much more aromatic than bitter and the honey-malt body not as in your face — on the whole a lot more pleasant and mellow than the bottled experience.

Is there anything different between what happens in the bottling and kegging process that would contribute to the vast difference between the kegged Hop Slam and the bottled version? It's so noticeable that I'd almost rather buy a whole five-gallon ball keg for my beer chest (with ball-lock tap dispensers) than the bottled form.

The six packs were chilled at the liquor store and were not left out, in fact had just arrived yesterday, shipped to them from the distributor. So the beer's fresh.

I'm just curious and would love to hear what could contribute such a vast difference in flavor between your kegged Hop Slam and the bottled counterpart.

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Just a weekend update on what's shaking around the home brewery.

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Round one of the test batch for a gluten-free "ale"... not too happy with the results either. And why should I be surprised?

http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/01/31/pico-batch-gluten-free-oatmeal-ale-test-batch-1-0/

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New pico-sized test batch brewed up last night — a pseudo-clone of Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale....sort of. I also split the batch up for Basic Brewing Radio's latest experiment, testing the results of your beer with and without the trub in the primary fermenter. Should be interesting to see the results!

http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/01/19/pico-batch-notes-pseudo-celebration-ale-clone/

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The big throw-down between an all-grain organic American Pale Ale and its non-organic counterpart. Same recipe, organic and non-organic grains, and a load of hurt trying to do two mashes at the same time. BLAM.

http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/01/07/the-battle-of-the-brews-organic-vs-non-organic-malt/

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It's the eve of the great organic vs. non-organic malted grain throw-down. Tomorrow I brew up two 1-gallon all-grain batches side by side:

http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/01/06/the-eve-of-the-great-organic-brew-debate/

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