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Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:20:03 PM »
Thanks everyone! 

One follow up question:  Does adding sugar to the boil have a flavor/feel effect?  Or is it just to boost fermentable/alchol?


Beer Recipes / Re: Cream Ale
« on: June 14, 2013, 03:51:36 PM »
Hi All:

I was thinking about brewing one of these cream ales over the weekend, and I have a real amature question:

I see the recipie above calls for an addition of 1lb cane sugar during he boil (at 30 min).  If you substitute flacked corn (which I have a little of), does that go into the boil too (and not the mash)?

Thanks for any guidance to the amature here!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 09:05:29 PM »
As others have clarified, what I meant was that all grain brewing (assuming you do more than a very few batches which would make up for the cost of the cooler, etc.) can be cheaper.  Of course, there are suppliers who will be happy to sell you a bunch of expensive stuff.  On the other hand, there is no reason you couldn't boost the cost of extract brewing by using a Blichmann.  They are very nice looking kettles - don't get me wrong.  But they are not required to brew all grain.

I'm with Denny on this one though.  It all about the brew, not the bling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: All grain jump
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:22:30 PM »
Another, admittedly less noble, reason is that it is cheaper to brew all grain. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer Conspiracy
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:09:29 PM »
Wow - those really are the big guys!  I thought I was getting pretty serious when I started buying 55lb bags of malt.  Their minimum order is a pallet of 40!

Cool suppliers - I'll have a look around.  Thanks!

Equipment and Software / Re: Hydrometer Conspiracy
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:44:30 PM »
I hope I am not cursing myself.  But I'm still using the one I got in my original kit approx. 20 years ago.

By the way: does anyone have a recommendation for hydrometers with a bigger scale?  (I'm also using the same eyes, and they aren't getting any better!)

The Pub / Re: Frivolous Magic Hat Lawsuit
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:12:37 PM »
This does sound like a frivolous law suit - which I think is a serious mattter and a terrible tactic.  So I don't mean to make light of it in any way. 

That said: don't we have any Jimi Hendrix fans around here?  Spot on lyrics:

If the sun refused to shine,
I don't mind, I don't mind.
If the mountains fell in the sea,
Let it be, it ain't me.
Got my own world to live through
And I ain't gonna copy you.

Now, if 6 turned up to be 9,
I don't mind, I don't mind.
If all the hippies cut off their hair,
I don't care, I don't care.

I just fly by the seat of my pants and measure them out right before I need them. Surely I can't be the only one! :)

You are not Amanda.  I do the same thing.

How do you know she's not Amanda? She Claims to be Amanda. I say we give her the benefit of the doubt!  ;D

Give her the benefit of the doubt?!? Shirley, you jest.... 8)

I do something similar, but your approach (including the time) is an improvement.  Thanks.

Coincidently, I looked at this thread right after one titled "Drinking while brewing."  Seems like they may work together nicely...

A lot of folks don't move wort from a primary fermenter to a secondary.  But if you do, my impression is that it doesn't much matter how much trub (hops, etc.) get into your primary.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anybody familiar with PBW?
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:41:31 PM »
This is great to know.  I believe that the mixing instructions on the plastic jar call for a much higher concentration (in ounces, if I'm not mistaken - I don't have any around to look at right now).  And I have really dried out my hands at that level - plus you go throgh jars pretty quickly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: maintaining temps in freezer
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:21:29 PM »
If the temp stays at or below your target during the winter, another option would be a big plastic tub full of water with an aquarium heater.  It's a little extra equipment, but it sounds more efficient.  (Less wear on the refrig. too.)

That wouldn't work if there is any cooling required though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BOTTLES, BOTTLES, BOTTLES
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:23:04 PM »
I started brewing 10 gal. batches, built up a big back log of beer, and ran out of bottles.  So I started scavenging on recycling day on my way into work.  I have identified several source houses.  It's amazing how consistent people are - some people never drink, some others always drink wine, beer in cans, or screw tops.  And there are some households that put out a couple of six packs of pry-off bottles every week.  (A subset of these include smokers who drop butts in their empties, etc. but you learn to avoid those houses quickly.)

Obviously, you need to give them a good rinse and a soak in PBW.  But they clean up just fine.  (Soaking in a bucket of warm water with a little amonia takes most labels off easily.)

Equipment and Software / Re: Where to get specialized faucet adapters
« on: January 31, 2013, 09:29:40 PM »
I'd second the idea of a tee in the pipe under the sink.  It's a pretty easy change to make.  And if you have a friend with some rudimentary plumbing skills (and a few tools), I'll bet you could arrange a trade for some homebrew...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: oxygenation v.s. aeration
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:53:53 AM »
Hey, thanks folks!  I did not know the name "MixStir," but I'm definately familiar with those things.  (I've used them with paint.)  I'm going to pick up a clean one and give it a try.

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