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General Homebrew Discussion / How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 07, 2014, 07:22:10 AM »
Just wondering how everybody's brew weekend went!

Personally, mine went all kinds of wrong. I attempted to brew a Vienna so I can lager it for a long time, but nothing went right. First it snowed, then the wind blew the flame on my boil out (for 20 minutes because I couldn't get it going), and despite all my pre-boil numbers being spot on I somehow came up well short for my SG...just one of those brews that despite all efforts didn't work out. Still gonna keep the Vienna and maybe call it something else.


All Grain Brewing / PH Test Strips
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:16:09 AM »
Hi all!

I thought I would take the next step in my brewing education by reading books on water quality and working to adjust my water PH (I know there are other factors but I'm focusing on PH first). I bought some Precision Labs strips the other day at my LHBS and took several readings at the 5-7 minute mark during the mash by pouring a small amount of the wort into a cup and quickly cooling to room temp. I came up with 3 pretty different readings making me think the strips aren't all that accurate.

Is there a better way to take readings other than strips?


General Homebrew Discussion / Old Brewing Texts
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:59:36 PM »
Does anybody know of any old brewing texts that are available to the general public? I don't can't read the German language so preferably the texts are translated, but I wont let that stop me :)


Kegging and Bottling / New or old Soda Kegs
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:58:07 AM »
Just wondering if anybody else is finding the old soda kegs to be too much of a headache and switched over to the new soda kegs?  I'm always chasing down some gas leak, repairing something, etc on an old soda keg. This question is very much on my mind as I am noticing the cost for a repair kit and old soda keg are quickly approaching the cost of a new keg.

Thanks guys!

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Day Results
« on: September 23, 2012, 01:41:12 PM »
Just curious how all your brew days went?!

I'm also needing to vent since my went horribly from a logistical stand point...starting with the LHBS clerk missing my separated milled grains into one bag "for my convenience" and ending with me realizing my wort chiller doesn't fit to my new apartments kitchen spout. The only things that did go right were nailing both beer's OGs.

Kegging and Bottling / Help Please!!
« on: May 06, 2012, 12:56:33 PM »
I've had my keg setup for about a year and have moved away from it because I can't seem to find the leak anywhere! I think it may be in the regulator even though it's brand new out of the box. Last night I did a test, I hooked the regulator up to the CO2 tank, turned the valves so that the CO2 didn't escape, put in 25PSI of CO2 and turned the CO2. I checked a few hours later, the gauge still showed 25. I came back a few hours later and it then read 29PSI!! I came back this morning, 0PSI. Is my regulator bad?

Thanks for the assistance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Krausen Lid?
« on: April 02, 2012, 08:29:47 PM »
In my latest batch my OG was 1.068 with a target FG of about 1.015, pitching WLP001 (california ale) from a pretty decent starter. After a week of primary fermentation I was going to rack to a secondary and popped the lid on my plastic bucket to find the yeast still in high krausen!! I had carefully watched my air lid and it hadn't been moving any air in a couple days so I grabbed my hydrometer, the gravity was 1.030. This is where it gets weird for moving some of the krausen to get a gravity reading I had made a hole in the krausen. Immediately I noticed lots of CO2 bubbles coming up thru the hole in the krausen so I put the lid back on it and the air lock is once again going like crazy.

So...was the krausen somehow holding the remaining CO2 in the beer? Did all the hops somehow make a super thick krausen that didn't allow other CO2 thru? I'll continue to take reading throughout the week and see if the air lock slows down any...but I've never had a krausen so thick that was apparently blocking the release of CO2. Any thoughts? Is this common and I've just never noticed it? Thanks!


**Note: I don't normally make high IBU beers so if this is common plus let me know!**

General Homebrew Discussion / Got the cops called on me!
« on: March 10, 2012, 02:56:38 PM »
I've heard of this happening, but didn't believe it happened. We moved into an apartment in the new city we're in until we find a permanent place, on with an open basement for a brewery/bar of course. While brewing my Irish Red I had a knock at the door...the cops had been called because a neighbor "smelled a funny odor"...this just happened to be after my first hop addition. After 30 minutes of showing them the boil, the cleaned out mash tun, the hops and swearing upon a stack of brewing books I wasn't smoking pot they left...I'm making an IPA next weekend just to see if they'll call the cops again! Had I been arrested this would have been not so funny...but since I'm off the hook and have my beer almost finished this is awesome!!!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / What do you want Santa to bring you?!
« on: October 30, 2011, 06:28:22 AM »
My wife and I were going thru our list of what we're getting everybody for Christmas list when we finally landed on ourselves. I could always use a new shirt for work, and maybe a sweater...but what I really want from Santa is a chest freezer or maybe some classes at the community school on welding!

What's on your Christmas list for Santa to bring to you?


General Homebrew Discussion / Holy Annoyance!
« on: October 09, 2011, 07:51:12 PM »
I made a cherry ale based on Charlie's Cherries in the Snow recipe this Saturday. I made a healthy starter and was very pleased when the yeast was bubbling away with about 30 minutes of pitching. Just in case it was a little active I set up a blow out tube and used my largest ale bucket to give it extra space to ferment.

I woke up this morning to a funny sound in the kitchen about 5 AM, grabbing my knife I headed out for the fight of my life only to find the weird noise were my blow out tube about to...well blow out of the bucket. From 5 AM this morning until just now I've scooped Krausen out of the bucket every 30 minutes because it was so full it would clog even the blow out tube. This better be a good beer!


General Homebrew Discussion / Let's make this into a competition!
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:08:43 AM »
I brewed the cheer beer Sunday morning than ran to our friends house with the wife to babysit their two girls for the evening (the saying no good deed goes unpunished came to mind).  We come back around midnight to find that in the course of about 12 hours the yeast has blown the air lock out, sprayed beer in a relatively amazing pattern, and overflowed all over the carpet.  More than a little aggravated we cleaned what we thoughts was everything up until on my drive home last night I was thinking "what happened to the airlock?!" 

I found it!  In my loft, 12 feet up!  To my amazement I looked up at the 18 foot vaulted and found a little spot on the white ceiling where the airlock had hit the ceiling and left a mess...which I then promptly cleaned up.  It's possible the airlock didn't actually hit the ceiling but beyond a doubt some beer did.

So in trying to make lemonade out of lemons, lets see you beat that!  I shot beer/the airlock 18 feet into air with yeast pitched only 12 hours earlier!!!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Brewing Lessons of Life
« on: August 21, 2011, 09:55:55 AM »
So I'm just starting the boil on my cheer beer and I'm for some reason in a deep thought mood.  Since my wife is at best faking interest in the details of homebrewing I'm turning to my friends on the AHA forum who hopefully understand!  So here they are in no order:

-More isn't always last cheer beer had just about every spice in the cabinet and every grain you could buy.  A year later I've learned simple is often better and more flavorful.

-No one brewing session has, or ever will, go to plan.  I will at some point burn myself, forget the sparge water, have a boil over, forget to put my manifold into the cooler until after I've added the scalding hot water, etc

-Drinking the perfect homebrew for that moment means I had better plan 3-6 months out, because a lager just can't be made in an afternoon

-I love my friends but not their beer selections...we just had a backyard brew off and to my amazement the beers that won were something close to the macro lagers and not anything worth actually trying...this may make me a beer snob but at the end of the day there's just too many good beers out there to try

-Homebrewing has made me something of a local celebrity, but it also means people expect me to provide ALL the beer at a party/wedding/BBQ.  Reference the thought above about my friends taste, plus beer for everybody I know gets expensive and I'm to the point of not having many "friends" anymore (close circle of friends would be ideal)

-I love homebrewing and dream of the day when I own my own bar with microbrewery...but that may just be a dream.  At that might just be ok because I have a lot of fun brewing...why ruin a good thing? 

Anyway this is just a random thought process that needed to get out and be heard by somebody somewhere.  Thanks all!

General Homebrew Discussion / So frustrated
« on: June 03, 2011, 11:16:27 AM »
That high pitched muffled scream you just heard states away was me in frustration with my kegging system!  Despite reading the various posts about kegging I just can't get this right!  I replaced the O-Rings, checked for leaks, and carefully filled my keg with beer.  Here I am 5 days later with flat beer, a once full but now bone dry CO2 tank, and nothing but frustration.  Since the wife doesn't seem to understand the frustration I'm venting to you all.  Thanks for having a sympathetic ear. 

We're hoping that a little polling will help settle a debate at my LHBS about drinking while brewing.  Thanks!

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