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Equipment and Software / Re: Sanitizing a barrel
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:58:09 PM »
Will boiling water really kill any bugs that are living in there?  I assume that those things are deep into the wood and that you'd need to get the wood hot enough for long enough to kill them.

My assumption has always been that once you've got bugs in a barrel they're there for good.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning bottles
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:19:36 AM »
heat sterilizing is a great way to go..

I've always understood that the heating and cooling cycles put a lot of stress on the glass.

The dunk, soak, rinse process is a PITA and one of the many reasons I prefer kegging, but it has always worked effectively for me.

I try to get my bottles clean and then box them up.  When I need to bottle, I pull whatever I need and sanitize them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 01:13:41 PM »
I try to be respectful when disagreeing, clear what I mean when I'm teasing a poster in a friendly way, and when someone says something I don't like say something but give them the benefit of the doubt that they just had a bad day. My success rate at doing this is good but not 100%. I find that the regular posters here have been great about owning their crap when they mess up. Just the other day a regular poster got a little testy with an answer and totally got it and fessed up and apologized when called out.

This is my experience.  We can all be dickish at times, but most everyone here will own up to it and apologize.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh! version 2
« on: March 03, 2015, 11:30:39 AM »
But I still have to bottle and ship.

I take it you didn't get the Chicago region?

I did.  But I'm exceedingly parochial and Aurora is quite a ways away.

Worst case, I'll drive them out.  But I don't know when I could/would do that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DME
« on: March 03, 2015, 09:58:41 AM »
The difference is practically measurement error, IMO.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh! version 2
« on: March 03, 2015, 09:51:19 AM »
I pulled a keg from my cellar last Friday to chill for bottling.  I was shocked that it was super low and was getting worried that I didn't have enough beer for all the bottles I need (of course, we only need two right now).

It took my a couple days, and some organizing, but I finally realized that the keg I grabbed was the wrong keg.  I still have almost 5 gallons of the beer I want to submit, thankfully.

So, my ARRGH! was averted.  But I still have to bottle and ship.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: safbrew t-58 question
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:09:56 PM »
Yes.  I would check it, wait a couple of days, and check it again.

With time, experience, and re-brewing you'll get to know where you expect a beer to end up.  Regardless, you want to be sure it's stable before you package it.

If you bottle before it's done, you can have exploding bottles (worst case) or simply over-carbonation (best case).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: safbrew t-58 question
« on: March 02, 2015, 01:55:06 PM »
There's no correct final gravity that your hydrometer "should" read.  If it's close to what you expect, that's great, but the important thing is that it is stable for a period of days.

There is still a hope. Good to hear.

if you figure the average 6-pack sells for $9.99 in grocery store , that's $1.65 a beer. selling that beer in a bar for even $3.50 is a nice and fair price - but $5-$7 a bottle or pint.....robbery.

$3.50 maybe gets you a domestic.  Are local prices in Chicago really that much higher than everwhere else?  $5 pints are pretty standard and a good deal for craft beer or imports.

As far as 5-6 dollar pints go, I agree it feels excessive.

Pints of Sculpin are $9 at my neighborhood bar.

If I can find a good pint for $5, I'm a happy man.

$4 is even better, but quite rare unless it's a special.

If you want a cheap buzz go buy a handle of Wolfschmidt and some Gatorade.  The hangover is free.

The Pub / Re: Nerd Alert! Star Wars Action Figures
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:34:47 PM »
I have a box of those that I let my nephew play with.

Han Solo, Bespin outfit, customized by my dog 30+ years ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Two Hearted Clone
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:00:31 AM »
FWIW, I use Briess pils DME and a couple oz steeped crystal for my 1 gallon hop trial APAs.  Using most other extracts leaves a higher FG.

My experience with Breiss pils DME is that it is highly fermentable.

I've switched to their golden light in order to maintain more body in my beers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:46:04 AM »
This thing has my saison 14 degrees above ambient and 10 above it's previous high.   It may still be climbing, too.

Very nice.  Thanks for the recommendation.

Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 21, 2015, 03:19:05 PM »
What sort of tub are you all using to hold the warm water bath?

I've got my better bottle in a metal wash tub (like you would put a keg in) with warm water and my new aquarium heater.

I have a smaller plastic tub that would work, too.  It's deeper and holds less water, but I'm concerned because the heating element would be approximately 1/4 inch from the side of the BB.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Dubbel
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:10:53 AM »
Interesting. I was under the impression that Ommegang used their house strain (which isn't available from WL or Wyeast to the best of my knowledge) for all their beers.

Ommegang yeast is super easy to culture from the bottles.

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