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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Two important lessons
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:05:22 PM »
Yep, slug. This was stored in my basement, which is fairly dry. But evidently has slugs in it.

I'm glad he decided to stick around, because if he decided to leave, I'd have no clue he was there. Meaning that it would be coated with slime, and I'd be none the wiser.

Not really interested in finding out the effect of slug slime on stout.

General Homebrew Discussion / Two important lessons
« on: October 13, 2012, 12:47:32 PM »
Hey all! Long time lurker here with a cautionary tale...

Important lesson 1: Always do an equipment check. I was getting my mash tun ready to go, when I noticed something that would have most certainly put a crimp in my Coffee Oatmeal Stout. Any guesses as to what this little guy is?

Important lesson 2: Always buy doubles. I just replaced my cooler's line last brew, and bought enough tubing for another down the line. Turns out that "down the line" was today!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Probably infected
« on: September 16, 2011, 05:35:56 PM »
I've heard that labs consider aluminum foil as sanitary off the roll.  It's a pretty hostile environment for something to try and grow on. 

However, I always use a rubber band to secure foil on my starters, as fruit flies are pretty industrious.

My worst brewday offence is a starter day offence.  Turns out that if you put a smack pack in an oven, and then forget about it and turn on the oven, it goes POP!

Hey Look! Someone dumber than me!  :P ;)
Hey, the theory was fine!  The practice, well...

The silver lining was that the yeast didn't get all over the oven.  The smack pack exploded on the top, leaving a huge hole, but kept all the yeast neatly inside.

And no, I didn't use it.

Like dunngood, using carboys was the dumbest thing I've ever done while brewing.

I'm with ya Denny.  I replace my buckets about 10 brews or so.......   And do not go to secondary fermentation.  11 days, and I'm kegging it up. 
I use the same bucket from when I started about 6 years ago, and I'm still using the same tubing that came with my auto siphon from the same era... I think plastic is more durable than it's reputation. 

My worst brewday offence is a starter day offence.  Turns out that if you put a smack pack in an oven, and then forget about it and turn on the oven, it goes POP!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: So. Many. Hops!
« on: September 07, 2010, 02:16:36 PM »
I talked to a guy who once said he brewed a beer that tasted like freezer burn, so I was shying away from the whole freezing thing.  I think I'm gonna jam as many hops as I can in this kettle.  These are Willamettes, so I should be able to use a bunch of 'em.

FWH'd with 4oz, and going to add the same at 60.  Then I'll start getting crazy! 

General Homebrew Discussion / So. Many. Hops!
« on: September 06, 2010, 01:38:19 PM »
So, I have a garbage bag filled with freshly picked hops.  I've given away all I can.  I've got no way to dry them.  I need to use as much as I can in a brew session.  I have a 7.5 gal boil pot.  How would YOU blow thorough the hops?

My idea was to get as many hops into the pot as I sanely could, and then skim them out and replace them every 10 minutes.

Equipment and Software / Re: Regulator won't seal...
« on: March 29, 2010, 02:19:34 PM »
That's odd, I've never noticed a gasket before, but it wouldn't surprise me if I did have one that got itself lost.  I'll ask the guys at the shop the next time I'm in.

Pressure seems to be stable, so I guess all is well for now.

Equipment and Software / Re: Regulator won't seal...
« on: March 23, 2010, 04:12:20 PM »
Answer:  get mad.  Apply more force.  No more bubbles.

Hopefully, that does it.  We'll see if it drains in a week anyway.  But I'm gonna keep a close eye on it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Regulator won't seal...
« on: March 23, 2010, 03:53:05 PM »
I believe it has a built in gasket.  There's a rubber ring where the regulator meets the tank.

Equipment and Software / Regulator won't seal...
« on: March 23, 2010, 03:47:28 PM »
Does anyone else love it when the most simple things in life decide to stop working for you?

So I'm low on co2 for my kegging system.  I unbolt the regulator from the tank, and swap out the tank at the local fire extinguisher supply.  But now when I try to screw the regulator back on to the tank again, it won't seal tight.  I spray with star san and nice little bubbles come out from the seal.  I try undertightening... I try cranking on it as hard as I can.  I try using some keg lube.  None of this works.

Anyone have any suggestions?  Before I shoot the thing?

EDIT:  could a mod move this to the Kegging topic?  Must be too upset for basic reading comprehension.  Sorry.

Tis the season for my Coffee Stout.  Was going to brew it up today, but forgot to cold soak the grains.  So now it's on the schedule for Thursday!

Dad wants to do a Jubelale clone, so I'm bringing the cheap'n'easy set up over for Thanksgiving.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How Not To Make a Starter
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:43:38 PM »
Luckily, I planned my starter well ahead, so I'm still on track for my Jubelale clone.  But I did spill some homebrew for my poor, dead yeasties.  Sorry I let ya down, guys!

Yeast and Fermentation / How Not To Make a Starter
« on: November 24, 2009, 11:46:36 PM »
I'm fairly thick skinned, so I haven't turned the heat on in the apt yet.  So, it's about 65 degrees or so.  I just smacked a pack of wy1968, and I was needing also to soften some butter to make some cookies, and I get an idea.  I turn on the oven for about 30 seconds, then pop the butter and yeast inside where it's more cozy.

Yep, you can probably see where this is going.

I continue on with dinner, and my girlfriend arrives with some surprise fancy breadsticks.  Great!  I'll pre-heat the oven!

About 3 minutes later, we hear a very loud POP!

The silver lining is that the smack pack ruptured on top, and didn't spray yeast all over the hot oven.  I can't imagine how that would smell.

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