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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitizing tap
« on: May 26, 2015, 06:14:09 AM »
Just remember to remove the plug when you pour or it could end up in the glass causing a choking hazzard.

BUT WHERE DO I PUT THE PLUG WHEN I REMOVE IT??? LEFT OR RIGHT HAND???

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with bugs
« on: May 09, 2015, 06:27:10 PM »
So I tasted it. Slight souring, but with a high fusel alcohol component and some slight funkiness. I pitched it into a 3L starter and am gonna let it ride for a while.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with bugs
« on: May 09, 2015, 10:05:43 AM »

Any idea if the beer is fully fermented? If it had been left at ambient temps, I would think it would be safe by now if the pH is below 4.5.  IIRC, the mad fermentationist said after 3 months a wild fermented beer should be safe.  Googling his site, I didn't see where he said that but you might be interested in this article: http://www.themadfermentationist.com/2011/05/american-lambic-spontaneous.html.

If it tastes OK (spit don't swallow), consider adding fresh wort so you have a 1/2 gallon to 1 gallon of this stuff.  Let it ferment at room temp for several months.  In the meantime confirm if what I remember about when it is safe to drink these things is correct.

Pretty sure it's fully fermented, and I'm gonna give it a taste test later today. If it's good, I'll do as you suggested and add it to a 1 gallon of starter wort and let it sit for a while.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help with bugs
« on: May 08, 2015, 04:50:20 PM »
Out of sheer curiosity I would probably see what the pH is. If it was below 4.5 I might taste it.

Hmmm. I don't know if I trust my crappy pH meter though.

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The Pub / Re: Where Should I Stop on I-87?
« on: May 08, 2015, 03:05:04 PM »
I'd recommend Peekskill Brewing Company in Peekskill. It's not right off 87, you'd have to cross the river probably at Bear Mountain, but it's not too far. Their beer is tasty and they have some good food also.

You could also check out Gilded Otter in New Paltz, which has an exit off 87 (18 I believe).

It's funny, that whole area is where I grew up but most of the breweries/brew pubs have sprang up way after I left.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Help with bugs
« on: May 08, 2015, 02:00:56 PM »
So I did a wort stability test on a batch I made back in September. I immediately smacked myself in the head because I used a mason jar (and lid) that previously had yeast in it and knew I didn't wash it well enough. Shockingly, it had a krausen on it a day later. I tossed it in the fridge after it looked like it was done fermented and figured I'd deal with it later.

Well I checked it today and it has a pretty nice sour smell to it. Pictures are below... but what do I do with it? Taste it and see? Keep it? I've just started getting into sours and I'd love to have a "house bug", but I'd like to hear from someone with more experience than me on this.






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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: May 05, 2015, 05:13:42 PM »


Hop Fu Jr (American Pale Ale), brewed by Kevin (braufessor)

Poured with a nice fluffy head and pretty strong hop aroma. Initial bitterness seemed a little high for my expectations, however it mellowed a bit and this beer is extremely tasty. The more I drank, the more I wanted and now it's gone and I'm all sad.



Comet (American IPA), brewed by Kevin (braufessor)

Solid hop aroma/flavor and pleasant bitterness. I was expecting a little more malt backing, however I've seen the recipe/grain bill and I probably don't know what I'm talking about. Tasty IPA and I would gladly have another.
I like the little snippets of people's lives you get in their beer pictures. It looks like you play rugby and have a bulldog, a little girl, and allergies and are a wallet guy rather than a money-clip guy.

Mostly correct, all except the allergies. Good job.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: May 05, 2015, 07:08:26 AM »


Hop Fu Jr (American Pale Ale), brewed by Kevin (braufessor)

Poured with a nice fluffy head and pretty strong hop aroma. Initial bitterness seemed a little high for my expectations, however it mellowed a bit and this beer is extremely tasty. The more I drank, the more I wanted and now it's gone and I'm all sad.



Comet (American IPA), brewed by Kevin (braufessor)

Solid hop aroma/flavor and pleasant bitterness. I was expecting a little more malt backing, however I've seen the recipe/grain bill and I probably don't know what I'm talking about. Tasty IPA and I would gladly have another.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 30, 2015, 03:03:24 PM »
I don't mean to brag, but this is my haul from the beer swap. Way above and beyond, but thanks Kevin (braufessor)!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 27, 2015, 11:04:32 AM »
Mine is all boxed up and will ship to SecondRow_Sean tomorrow. Some experimental APA's, a second-runnings Black Lager and some local commercial brews.

I'm currently eyeballing every UPS/FedEx truck that goes by my house.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Prop. 65?
« on: April 26, 2015, 05:57:23 PM »
I feel bad for whomever had to toilet train you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 09:54:10 AM »
I lurk much more than I post, but I'm certainly interested.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:14:52 PM »
Just moved and got my new report from Ward Labs. Might be time to consider an RO system...

pH 7.4
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 413
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.69
Cations / Anions, me/L 9.1 / 8.9
ppm
Sodium, Na 17
Potassium, K < 1
Calcium, Ca 106
Magnesium, Mg 36
Total Hardness, CaCO3 415
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.8 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 7
Chloride, Cl 27
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 466
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 383
Total Phosphorus, P 0.01
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01
That alkalinity is, well, impressive! That has mine beat!

Guess I'll start brewing dark beers.

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Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:34:33 PM »
Just moved and got my new report from Ward Labs. Might be time to consider an RO system...

pH 7.4
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est, ppm 413
Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm 0.69
Cations / Anions, me/L 9.1 / 8.9
ppm
Sodium, Na 17
Potassium, K < 1
Calcium, Ca 106
Magnesium, Mg 36
Total Hardness, CaCO3 415
Nitrate, NO3-N 0.8 (SAFE)
Sulfate, SO4-S 7
Chloride, Cl 27
Carbonate, CO3 < 1.0
Bicarbonate, HCO3 466
Total Alkalinity, CaCO3 383
Total Phosphorus, P 0.01
Total Iron, Fe < 0.01

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Looks tasty, but I'd be tempted to throw in another ounce or two of Galaxy at flameout and again as dry hops.

I'll try it. Thanks!

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