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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/
Update: February 21: After seeing remarks from both Basic Brewing and at least one other person mentioning that they've never noticed a difference, I re-tasted, using the other half of my six pack...
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I've only got two left, but sure thing. Next time we get together we'll do the triangle test again.
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+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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Thanks a bunch, Every kit i brewed the other day included grains :) My Rye Stout is really doing well and the Wheaten Beatdown is too, fermentation has slowed on the ale yeast based Oktoberfest but im not sweating it. Ill let that one chill.

I asked cause per the NB instructions i can bottle my Rye Stout/Wheaten Beatdown in 2 weeks (pending that fermentation is done of course) and with the immediate start fermentation got off to im thinking it would be fine. However i know another week just conditioning wouldnt hurt it either .....I'll wait on the Stout and have it 2 weeks bottle conditioned and 3 weeks in the primary (more than called for by one more week in the primary ) for St patty's day.

Obviously im itching to try one of my FIRST Home Brews and my Bday falls mid week this year (03/06) so im having a lil get together here(03/10) and id def LOVE to have a home brew that day.Hence why i brewed last sat !! The Wheaten Beatdown per instructions would be fine but i know waiting longer would always help it......It calls for 1-1-2. Ive read numerous articles about secondary not being needed anymore but with this type of beer and such a quick turn around time im wondering if i should stick to the regimen or let it sit 3 weeks in the primary and bottle it ? That would put it at being a week bottled by my get together... im wondering if it will be carbed up good by then or a disappointment?

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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/
Yesterday was another pico (small) batch brew session, this time brewing up a recipe loosely based off of Jamil Zainasheff's IPA recipe for a Celebration Ale clone. The recipe came as a challenge ...
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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/
The eve of the great Organic brew-debate. Posted by Michael on January 6, 2012. side by side: organic vs. non-organic. side by side: organic vs. non-organic. It's the night before the big fight — ...
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New beers on tap at the Home Brewery: The Innkeeper and Patersbier. If you're in the Refill Club, make your arrangements to have your 1-liter bottles filled!

http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/on-tap/
What's on tap. The Innkeeper (brewed December 21, 5.5% ABV) An easy-drinking, lighter ale with notes of spring and fresh-cut grass with a really mild bitterness in the finish. This beer is an easy...
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Does brewing organic make a difference in flavor, aroma and appearance? In the coming weeks I will set out to do a couple test batches, brewing up a classic American pilsner and comparing organic grains versus standard grains and see how the two compare.

http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/01/04/brewing-organic-vs-regular-grains/
Brewing: organic vs regular grains. Posted by Michael on January 4, 2012. Over the past few years, I've become quite the organic advocate, at least as it applies to buying produce, dairy and other...
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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/
I'm always up for a good experiment, particularly if it leads to results that improve my brewing process and aid in the refinement of my techniques. The collaborative experiment that Basic Brewing...
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I don't doubt your findings, pretty interesting.
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Results from the organic vs. non-organic malted grain test with this Cascadian Pale Ale recipe of mine:
http://www.pikelakehomebrew.com/2012/02/08/results-organic-vs-non-organic-malted-grain-with-tasting-notes/
With both batches force-carbed and bottled last week after four weeks of fermentation and clarifying, the organic vs. non-organic home brew was ready for the triangle taste test. The main objective he...
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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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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/
The battle of the brews: organic vs. non-organic malt. Posted by Michael on January 7, 2012. left: organic pale ale, right: non-. left: organic pale ale, right: non-organic pale ale. In the left corne...
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Hey citizens of the intertubes. My name is Michael and I'm a home brewer in the north metro area in Minnesota.  I'm an avid and active home brewer and love brewing both extract and all-grain recipes.  One of my new interests is how to take home brewing to the next level of efficiency:  becoming more Eco-friendly and reducing my impact on the planet.

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