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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer rust prevention
« on: August 16, 2016, 04:23:05 PM »
My 15 year old chest freezer finally died and I just got a shiny new one. I would really like to prevent the inside from rusting out. Anybody have any tips to keep my new fermentation chamber looking good? I just finished calking the interior in hopes that it will slow down the rusting process.

Check Experimental Brewing podcast either #1 or #2 near the very end for a tip from Drew.  https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast?page=1    If I remember right, I think he said to put silicon caulking around the inside seams to help prevent rust.

I'm sure that is where I heard this.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: That's a lotta salt!
« on: August 13, 2016, 11:21:28 AM »
Could it be a misprint and they meant 1 teaspoon?

Just a thought. I have never used salt of any amount in my beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How to add coffee to a stout
« on: August 13, 2016, 11:17:40 AM »
Just kidding. I love it here!  In Belgium I'm just one of the guys, but here I'm always right because of my Belgian Wisdom!

We only keep you for your waffles.

and chocolate. Don't forget the chocolate.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any Grainfather users?
« on: August 08, 2016, 09:28:59 AM »
Hi Denny, I use a Grainfather.  What's your question?

The question is how the hell do you seat the top and bottom plates when the silicone rings keep slipping off!  I've gotten some suggestions to try.

Ah yes, it's not the easiest.  The bottom plate I put in place without the pipe attached to it.  I hold it oriented vertically, and push it down until it reaches the bottom, and then slowly and carefully twist it until it's in place.  It took me a good few goes to it right.  The top plate I do the same thing, but when you've added the grain, the flour that sticks to the side makes it a lot easier than the bottom plate. 

Fitting the bottom plate definitely seems to get easier once the GF has been used.

Spray some water or starsan on the silicon. That seems to help me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dedicated home-brew supply store?
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:11:03 AM »
LHBS is on the way home from work so dropping by isn't out of my way. Very knowledgeable staff who all brew and some have gone pro. Most if not all are members of the local club. They have started a monthly bottle share and other open events. Yea, I could get some items cheaper by using an online shop but then I would miss dropping by after work or on a Saturday or Sunday to see what's on tap or to share one of my beers and get their take on things. They do have wine supplies but I think that is less than the beer supplies.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Young lager
« on: July 19, 2016, 04:50:37 AM »

A friend made this a year ago...



Do you accept PayPal?

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The Pub / Re: Mission Accomplished!
« on: June 28, 2016, 05:06:04 AM »
Congratulations Jim. I can't imagine how good this must feel. But in another 16 months I will be in your position.


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Drew, I'm curious to see what you think of the Yeast Bay saison strains.

I am curious about your thoughts also.

I have a saison using Wallonian Farmhouse that I plan to bottle this weekend. Tasted good last week when I checked SG. Went from 1.055 to 1.005. Tasted good and looking forward to tasting it after it has been in the bottle.

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Events / Re: 2017 NHC Date and Location.
« on: June 12, 2016, 02:20:13 AM »
I might have to go there.

It would be great to see you!  Although NHC is ostensibly about beer, for me it's really, about seeing friends.

Totally agree. And, I would add, making new friends.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 12, 2016, 02:13:14 AM »
It was great to meet evrybody and there were some truly great beers
I misread that. I read "and there were some truly great beards" .
That too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 12, 2016, 02:00:44 AM »
I'm the guy in the front left, kneeling, wearing the checked shirt and ball cap. Another grey beard!

Great time meeting others from the forum that are helping me make better beer.

Hope to see everyone next year in Minneapolis.

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The Pub / Re: How bout them Pens
« on: June 07, 2016, 05:12:16 AM »
Jim, can you imagine the poor baseball fans that have to watch 162 games and then the olayoffs, ending in the World Series to figure out who the best team is? If MLB really wants to fix the game, shorten the season. There is no reason to play that many games except to see who can survive playing 25 games a month or more.

Never happen. The owners won't give up the added income from all those games.

I'm a big baseball fan and I agree the season is way too long.


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All Grain Brewing / Re: How do I start all grain brewing
« on: June 07, 2016, 05:03:02 AM »
Look for brewing classes at the local homebrew supply store. Many places offer them for a nominal charge.

Ask around at the homebrew club in the area. Ask if you can help someone the next time they brew.

Its a ways away, but learn to homebrew day is in November. https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/learn-to-homebrew-day/  It seems like you are ready now and don't want to wait until November.

My suggestion is to check with your local homebrew supply store and the local club. Lots of people are willing to help a person learn.

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Events / Re: Beer Trade at HomeBrewCon
« on: June 03, 2016, 05:41:39 PM »
Hey Tom, Sent you an email.

I have a Goose Island Backyard Rye Bourbon Barrel Stout. Maybe you would be interested in a trade.


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I would second WLP585.

I would also recommend Saisonstein Monster. Like this one a lot. Nice spice flavor with some pepper notes.

I have a saison in the fermenter now, using Wallonian Farmhouse from The Yeast Bay. http://www.theyeastbay.com/brewers-yeast-products/wallonian-farmhouse   Looking forward to how this one comes out. I hope I get the funky and tart character the website says. Not too sure if I want any of the mild smokey flavor.

So many good yeast out there that it's fun to try different strains and see which one I like best.

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