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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anyone use Iodophor for cleaning?
« on: January 26, 2016, 01:30:21 PM »
What's the best temp?  I'd never heard it wasn't to be mixed with hot water.  My usual procedure is to wash my bottles and then sanitize with iodophor mixed with hot water the day before I actually bottle.

The Pub / Re: Magazine Subscriptions
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:14:32 PM »
Got an email from Craft Beer & Brewing yesterday (1/13/16) saying if you have a Apple device, you can download their app and have access to all their issues if you are a current subscriber.  There you go, Frank, issue #1!

The Pub / Re: Magazine Subscriptions
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:20:27 AM »
Craft Beer & Brewing.  Started out as a quarterly in Spring, 2014 and with the 5th issue went every other month.  Single issue price at $10 is high but with a subscription, it's not too bad.  Found my receipt and I paid $24 (after a discount) for 6 issues.  Each issue loosely focuses on a particular style.  The Dec/Jan 2016 issue highlighted Big Beers with 4 recipes for Barleywines and Old Ales starting at 8.3%.  There are also articles about brewers, bars, etc. as well as a set of articles about English Cask Ales.  Overall, I've enjoyed this magazine and I'll probably continue to get it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt by the ounce
« on: November 21, 2015, 09:28:01 AM »
Grape & Granary in Akron, Ohio sells by the ounce, whole or crushed.

Ingredients / Re: Swaen Malt
« on: November 17, 2015, 03:44:36 PM »
Wow!  Kent and Chagrin Falls are, what, 20 miles apart and there's no direct freeway routes?  I guess I'm lucky with my LHBS just 10 minutes away.

Ingredients / Re: Swaen Malt
« on: November 17, 2015, 02:07:30 PM »
My LHBS carries it now. They tell me it's very similar in quality and varieties as german avangard malts. (they brew at the store).
Ken, who is your LHBS?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: mason canning jars for bottling
« on: November 11, 2015, 06:43:08 AM »
On a couple of occasions, I've used a 16 oz. plastic vinegar bottle and that has thinner walls than the pop bottle.  Before screwing the cap on, I squeeze all the excess air out and this gives me an idea of how the carbonation is coming along.  Never had any issues with it.

Ingredients / Re: base malt for Irish Red - MO vs GP
« on: November 09, 2015, 07:41:31 PM »
Ken, I know it's a county away, so it's not local local, but Grape & Granary stocks Golden Promise.

Equipment and Software / Re: Advice for a Newbie
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:32:48 PM »
Zymatic is to brewing what a washer and dry are to laundry.

THIS^^^^^  I'm gonna steal that quote!

Denny, just make sure you give credit where credit is due.  Ben Franklin said it first! ;D

From my point of view, here's the thing.  I don't want to be an ENGINEER, I don't even want to be a BREWER.  I'm retired.  I'm math challenged.  Hell, I threw cases for most of my working career.  I just want to be a HOMEBREWER.  And if I need software to get the job done, what do you care?  It's not like I'm going to share my beer with anyone else. ;)

Ingredients / Re: simco hops
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:10:07 PM »
Grape & Granary has 56 1 oz. pellets @ $2.89 in stock as of just a few minutes ago.  1 oz. flower @ $2.69, 15 of those.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaning and reusing blow off tubes
« on: November 03, 2015, 07:29:14 AM »
I just bought 100 ft of tube and when in doubt, chuck it.  Better safe than sorry and I haven't found a way to get crud out of the middle of a tube once it's solidified.
Absolutely.  Clean the bung and replace the tubing.  I try to remember to replace my tubing every 6 months, no matter how clean it looks.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Recipe formulation
« on: October 13, 2015, 10:31:17 AM »
Beersmith allows pounds and ounces in displaying a recipe. It's in the settings. My scale is easier to read in pounds with decimals than pounds and ounces so I don't use it, but the option is there if you want it. It doesn't change entering, which I guess is another shortcoming.

Edit - actually weights can be entered in pounds and ounces. Format is ##lb ##oz.

Yeah, when I'm putting recipes into the software, I'd much rather add 1/3 pound of whatever using .33 pounds than 5.28 ounces.  I'm using Brewtarget software and at the same time I'm putting grains in pounds, I can also input hops using grams.  And most recipes these days give quantities in both pounds and kilograms.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Recipe formulation
« on: October 12, 2015, 07:26:28 PM »
I have a recipe for a 5# batch that calls for .5# of whatever grain.  I'm brewing a 2.75 gallon batch so I'm using a multiplier of .55 to get it down to my batch size.  My result is .275#.  The LHBS store I frequent (Grape & Granary in Akron, Ohio) has a scale that measures out to 1/100th of a pound.  So it's no problem to go in and ask for .28# of whatever.  Is it something that's going to make a difference?  Probably not.  Does it work for me?  Yeah, it does.

The Pub / Re: German immigrants
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:45:13 PM »
My mother's parents were born in Vodslivy and Ostredek which are now in the Central Bohemian District of the Czech Republic.  I believe my grandmother came to the US in the early 1920s and she identified herself as Bohemian and that was the language that was spoken in her house.  In the 70s my mother went to Plzen to visit some of her cousins.  Plzen is about 70 miles as the crow flies from where my grandparents were born.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonating with cartridges
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:53:08 PM »
That's the density of CO2 at STP. 1.97 g/L to be more precise.

Aha!  Standard Temperature & Pressure.  Thanks.

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