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Messages - Jarhno

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Kegging and Bottling / Keg Manufacturer Preference
« on: December 22, 2013, 04:04:14 PM »
Hey Homebrewers.

I've been looking into buying a keg for quite a long time now. I love homebrewing and am looking into purchasing a new keg as a long term investment and I was wondering if all of you on the AHA forums had a preference in manufacturers.

Thanks for any help.

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All Things Food / Re: Peppers
« on: October 10, 2013, 11:09:49 AM »
That is awesome! Where do you live where they sell peppers on the side of the road? All of the produce stands near me only sell berries, fruit, flowers, and select vegetables!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:56:07 AM »
Triple rinse after pouring is my method. Fill it about a quarter of the way, shake, empty, repeat 2 more times. Seems to work well.

This is what I have been doing as well, and I believe that I read this technique in Palmer's How To Brew.

After reading everyone's response, is it pretty accepted that that method is inadequate?

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Ingredients / Re: Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:45:19 AM »
Oh, and I don't know if it helps but it was 11 lbs. 2-row, 1.5lbs Victory, and 0.5-1.0 lb Rye (I can't remember how much exactly).

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Ingredients / Storing Malt: Do I need to buy more?
« on: October 10, 2013, 10:44:00 AM »
I bought some grain at my LHBS and milled it there last friday (10/4/13). I haven't really stored it, but it's has been in a paper bag that I've stretch-wrapped because it tore a little.

Will it still be viable for brewing this coming Saturday (10/12/13)??? Or should I just re-buy my grain bill?

Thanks everyone,
~ John.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Avocado Beer
« on: October 04, 2013, 09:57:22 AM »
Two months back, Angel City here in LA (the Alan Newman/Jim Koch seed project that they bought from the founder) did an Avocado beer for an Avocado fest. Same sort of idea as the guacamole saison only he went and added both avocado flesh and garlic (I will let no sulfur bearing components near my brew!)

He mashed the avos and added some in the whirlpool.

http://laist.com/2013/08/20/angel_city_avocado_beer.php

I love avocados, but yeah.. I'll stick with the Saison Guacamole approach.

Interesting! Thanks for the link!

Yeah I was imagining a very light beer like a pilsner that had hints of that avocado sweetness, almost a savory kind of sweetness. Depending how pungent or potent the flavor is I will consider adding some sort of fruit (in very, very light amounts) to a successive brew to maintain a delicate and light approach but to add some complexity.

Thanks for all the information, everyone!

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Other Fermentables / Juice & Strain Method
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:58:25 PM »
Hey Brewers,

I read the Juice & Strain article on the AHA website and am very interested in buying a juicer and trying it out. Before I do, though, I had a question.

The article seemed to say that if you have a high powered juicer you could speed up the process considerably. They say in parenthesis that a 1,200 watt juicer would yield (I think) around 8 gallons per person per hour. I cruised amazon.com really fast to get a ballpark idea of pricing and saw a certain brand that had 800, 900, and 1,000 watt juicers for $150, $200, $300 (respectively). Now I'm not excited to spend $150 on a juicer and $200 is my absolute limit I would spend.

So my question really is, does anyone know if the lower watt juicers would work well for someone trying to make 1-5 gallons of juice? I work in the lighting industry so I'm intimately aware that wattage is a measure of power consumption not how efficient the motor or device operates, so I'm really trying to ask people with personal experience on the subject. Any preferred juicer brands or juicers in particular?

Thanks for your time, everyone!

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Beer Recipes / Avocado Beer
« on: October 01, 2013, 12:32:09 PM »
I'm wondering about brewing with avocado. I did a little searching on threads and found stuff on Guacamole Beer but I'm curious about how avocado comes out in different kinds of beer (or if it'll come out at all).

What are your experiences with brewing with avocado? I know the brewers on this forum are crazy so I don't put it past them to have experimented with it.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Pomegranate Flavor
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:14:14 PM »
My buddy makes a great pomegranate hefeweizen and he takes organic 100% juice a reduces it on the stove top before adding it to wort before pitching the yeast. My (not really educated) guess is adding it to the secondary would give a more potent flavor.

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I use a 8gal bucket or 6.5gal glass carboy for a primary fermentation and haven't needed to do a blow-off hose for a 5 gal batch. I do, however, prefer the 5gal glass carboy as a secondary fermentor because it has much less headspace so the beer doesn't oxidize. Though I'm under the impression very few people have oxidation problems.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:28:56 PM »
I got my copy last tuesday, which seems very fast compared to everyone else!

But maybe it was because I ordered Water, Hops, and Yeast all together that they jumped me ahead in shipping?

Gee...if you waited for Grains to come out, you could have ordered a "Beer"  ;D

Hah!! Is it officially going to be "Grains"? I thought it might be Malts but then they wouldn't have a new & different vowel to highlight in a different color on the cover.  ;D

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Zymurgy / Pliny the Elder: Worth the 45 minute drive?
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:26:17 PM »
I'm a more recent AHA member and I saw that Pliny the Elder was nominated best beer in America for Five Straight Years?!? I live in Oregon (and even close to Portland) but for some reason I can only find Pliny on tap at a pub 45 minutes from where I live. I can assume, but I wanted to ask if you all thought it was worth the drive.

Thanks for your time, Ladies & Gents.

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Hop Growing / Re: Obtaining Hop Rhizomes?
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:22:34 PM »
Hmm, this may come off as naive but can anyone get a hold of Mosaic, Citra, or Simcoe hop Rhizomes?

It's not naive, but no. No Amarillo, either. These are proprietary varieties and are not available to the public.

That's interesting. Out of curiosity, do you happen to know who the growers are? And also is there any history of hops that used to be proprietary, but became public after some time? (They're my favorite and I can't help but get my hopes up for hops!)

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Hop Growing / Re: Obtaining Hop Rhizomes?
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:08:43 PM »
Hmm, this may come off as naive but can anyone get a hold of Mosaic, Citra, or Simcoe hop Rhizomes?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 27, 2013, 01:03:48 PM »
I got my copy last tuesday, which seems very fast compared to everyone else!

But maybe it was because I ordered Water, Hops, and Yeast all together that they jumped me ahead in shipping?

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