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    Sports

    Yeah that's why I prefer playing to watching, even if you lose it's still fun as long as you give it your best shot. Although I usually can't help replaying all my crap shots and passes in my head the next day. But even if you're kicking yourself for all the mistakes, at least your body is aching nicely and you're going to be that little bit better the next time you play in a few days. Hate the breaks though, when you come back and can't do anything! Cheers, John
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    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    Sounds like a fantastic day Lusty. A truly special experience! I've only visited the Clare Valley wineries once, and loved Pauletts - brilliant riesling and shiraz, well priced for the quality, plus they were selling 6 packs of the Clare Valley Brewing Co. ESB at the time which was really tasty. I visited Sevenhill as well which was a lovely place, but my determination to zoom over to Gibson's at the Eden Valley end of the Barossa meant I couldn't get to any other Clare wineries. That man is a genius with shiraz, and I couldn't resist grabbing a couple of bottles of his Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz as I think he was doing a 2 for $150 deal or something. Not a bad discount considering one bottle is usually $125. I think I still have one in the wine fridge actually. Come to think of it, I haven't gone through the wine fridge for a while now. It's great having a terrible memory, they'll all be a nice surprise. I think I'm going to have to try a Tim Knapsteinn pinot noir! If you feel so inclined to try a nice pinot from Canberra way, Maipenrai from Brian Schmidt is the best, most interesting and complex I've had. Back when I had some spare cash I used to get a 3 pack of every vintage and try one straight away, give one to my Mum and cellar the other. I think I might have a couple of vintages in the wine fridge still? Edit: I just realised you're probably talking about his winery up in the Adelaide Hills rather than the Clare Valley winery that bears his name. Doh! Unfortunately I've never visited any Adelaide Hills wineries Cheers, John
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    The homebrew economy

    Sorry to hear that James, I can imagine how excited you would have been after taking the kegerator home. Here's to you having your ideal kegerator up and running in the future. Nothing wrong with bottling in the meantime while you sort it out though! I do a mixture of bottling and 'kegging' with my little (now obsolete) Tap-a-draft 'kegs'. Cheers, John
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    That's good to hear! My beer with the dankness was a Coopers TC Pilsner kit plus 1.5kg light LME, with a 45g Topaz flameout steep and a 45g Topaz dry hop (in 21l). So very different to your recipe with the hop blend... Which I bet will taste great! Cheers, John
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    What's in your fermenter? 2019

    In my experience, when the beer is young Topaz is dank and resinous as, then really nice tropical fruit flavours emerge over time as the dankness fades. Cheers, John
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    To do ...

    Good tips! I mashed at 65C for 45 mins and then boosted it to 67C for the remaining 45 mins. WLP028 is meant to attenuate from 70 - 75%, and produce some noticeable esters at my planned fermentation temp of 21C, so fingers crossed I get a bit of malt sweetness and yeast character. Cheers, John
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    To do ...

    Thanks very much for sharing your experience Jools. So reading between the lines, what you are saying is add a higher proportion of smoked malt and then also make it an imperial version? That last part could be of my own volition of course ... This is coming to the boil now after a 90 min no-sparge mash ... 3kg Cooper's Schooner Ale malt 1kg Best Malz Smoked malt (22.7% of the grain bill) 200g Simpson's Medium Crystal malt 200g Voyager Chocolate malt 45g EKG at FWH (60 min boil) That will give 11 litres into the fermenter at 1.064 OG, 45 IBU and 63 EBC or thereabouts. Should be pretty tasty from the smell of the wort as it is coming to a boil! Cheers, John
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    To do ...

    Yeah The Captain's got it... Best Malz say start with 10%, others say go for 20%, so I'm starting at around 15%. Cheers, John
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    To do ...

    And they did! So I'm going with the this recipe for a smoked English porter ... keeping it fairly toned down. 2.5kg Cooper's Schooner Ale malt 500g Best Malz Smoked malt (beech wood smoked) 150g Simpson's Medium crystal malt 150g Voyager Chocolate malt 30g EKG at FWH (60 min boil) White Labs WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale yeast 11 litre fermenter volume, 1.051 OG, 33 IBU, 51 EBC Cheers, John
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    To do ...

    Need to go and grab some yeast and malt for my next batch. With the weather cooling off and given I have heaps of EKG in the freezer an English Brown sounds good... Or maybe a smoked porter if my LHBS has the right malt in stock. Cheers, John
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    Finances and homebrew

    Well but to be fair, they are tricky to make at home!
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    Pliny the Elder

    In my experience this will work pretty well for a DIPA: Bittering addition to a theoretical 100 IBU or so 8g/l late boil hops (eg at 5 mins - don't worry about the IBU number on this) 8g/l flameout hops (steeped for 15 mins) 8g/l dry hops when fermentation is dropping off This has worked well for me and if I remember correctly a recent presentation on hopping rates mentions that anything over this rate can be detrimental / wasteful (can't remember which off the top of my head). Cheers, John
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    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    Well speaking of core ranges, I'm probably going to grab a box of Weihenstephaner Weissbier Dunkel this weekend if I can find someone that has it in stock. Personally I'd rather spend $50 - $60 on that than most of the Aussie craft brewer's core range beers, just a great beer. Wonder how their sales are going given the one-off beer chasing trend? Cheers, John
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    Coopers Mexican Cerveza

    Glad you liked it! Cheers, John
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    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    Big Shed XPA FTW... Best I've tried by far. I seriously considered buying a case despite the $80+ price tag. Despite being completely different it somehow reminded me of a Coopers pale, maybe just in terms of being nicely balanced and immensely satisfying. In Macau atm, so no beer around to speak of, but plenty of nice Portugese wine. Looking forward to getting stuck into some Benriach sherry cask scotch back in Singapore though! It's great when you're staying at the groom's place, and they bring all the wedding leftovers back then disappear on a honeymoon! Cheers, John
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    Todays tastings

    A bunch of Beerfarm, Heretic and Hitochino Nest beers. The Hitochino saison was great and the Beerfarm IPL was pretty good (smelt like a fresh rubbed hop cone). Cheers, John
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    Hop questions 2019

    I have heard it said that IBUs are a measurement of 'bitter stuff'. Basically things that absorb 275nm wavelength light. These include beta acids and oxidised alpha acids as well as isomerised alpha acids, which both taste bitter. Hence dry hopping adds measurable bitterness. Cheers, John
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    Todays tastings

    A couple of Tiger variants. The white is a Belgian wit and the black is a lager darkened with black rice (so an Asian schwarzbier?) Both are inoffensive, neither is memorable. I prefer the black. Cheers, John
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    Ever used “The homebrew handbook”?

    This was really tasty, would have been even better with an extra 25g choc malt. Cheers, John 069_dark_mild.xlsx
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    Todays tastings

    Yeah doesn't sound right at all, I had a couple of cans recently and there was definitely a nice hop hit. Try the BentSpoke Red Nut if you can find it, I prefer that to the Capital Evil Eye. Cheers, John
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    Finances and homebrew

    I had a really nice IPA from a Vietnamese brewery Heart of Darkness yesterday. 7.9% ABV, but well balanced with lovely floral hops. Unfortunately it cost me $20 for a schooner here in Singapore. The local beers, Tiger variants, ABC stout etc are much cheaper at the supermarket, but some are pretty ordinary. Avoid anything that boasts about its high strength on the can. Fortunately Guinness FES is really popular here so you can find it everywhere. I'm the breadwinner for a single income family with a mortgage and good beer is definitely too expensive for me to buy regularly. Being able to brew the same thing at a third of the cost is great. Being able to taste it all the way through the process and then drink it fresh out age it is a big plus as well. Being able to make styles that are very difficult to find is another plus. I do want to support local business but just don't have much spare money. But I still find that some commercial beers are exceptional enough to be worth buying as an occasional treat. Particularly those that have been barrel-aged or have special yeast and fermentation character. Thinking about the taxation side of things, I wonder how it could be better targeted, to discourage people from drinking a case a week, but not really penalise someone who wants to drink a 6-pack over a weekend. I guess government policy assumes that the different total costs will do the trick and it mostly works. Cheers, John
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    Todays tastings

    Should be nice and hoppy if it's fresh, what was the date on the can? But yeah with the red IPAs the malt flavour comes through more than with a normal IPA. Cheers, John
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    What else do you drink ?

    I couldn't resist doing a duty free pre-order of this to collect on the way back to Aus in a few weeks. A litre of Ardbeg 10YO for $72 is hard to pass up! Added in a litre of the JW Island Green too... The normal Green Label is quite enjoyable and I can only imagine a higher percentage of Caol Ila being a good thing.
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    Sports

    No, I liked the North Melbourne Giants ... must be something about North Melbourne hey?
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    Sports

    I've played bball most of my life, once or twice a week nowadays. I do like to watch NBL (don't follow anyone) / NBA (Pacers fan) and AFL (Kangaroos fan), but virtually never get time to. Cheers, John
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