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The Pub / Signed 'Souvineer' Bottles - Save forever or drink at some point?
« on: September 29, 2011, 01:38:32 PM »
I have a few bottles I've collected over the last few years that are signed by the brewer and/or someone else with or connected to the brewery. 

What do you guys do with bottles like this?  Do you save them forever - never opening them.  Or do you drink them at some point & then still save the empty, signed bottle?  I'm not sure if I should drink mine at some point or save 'em. 

General Homebrew Discussion / A 'sanitizey' taste?
« on: June 06, 2011, 12:47:56 PM »
My latest batch of IPA has been in the keg for 1 week (after being in the fermenter for 31 days).  I had my first taste last night and it has a decidedly 'sanitizer-like' taste to it. 

Any ideas what might cause this?  I use Star San for all my sanitizing - and even though it's no-rinse, I usually rinse a bit. 

It's similar to that 'young' type taste I get in some homebrews if I taste them too early, but it's more prominent this time. Anyone else experienced this?  Will it dissipate over time? 

I was planning on dry-hopping this batch in the keg.  Would that help to reduce that sanitized-like taste? 

Thanks guys. 

Events / Seattle Beer Week Is Here!
« on: May 19, 2011, 06:57:32 PM »
I'll be at Maritime Pacific Brewing tonight for the tapping of the official Seattle Beer Week beer - Decompression Ale. 

I have so much stuff planned over the next 10 days.  This week is gonna kill me!  lol

You can see all SBW events (12+ per day!) Here:

Is this a problem for anyone else?  I'm always running out of bottles 'cause I never seem to get back all the ones I hand out.  Not that I expect to get 'em all back - it just means more bottle delabeling is in my future.

Oh - and I HATE Elysian labels (and a few others).  Amonia does not loosen whatever super-glue they use on their lables.  I've had to scrape the labels off those bottles.  Does anyone else use a method other than an amonia solution soak to easily remove labels? 

Has anyone received it yet?  

I re-joined the AHA this year, but I have yet to receive a copy of Zymurgy.  Will I get this issue?  

If I don't - who do I contact?  

All Things Food / May is National Hamburger Month
« on: May 02, 2011, 05:55:20 PM »
May is, among many other things, National Hamburger Month.  Who's got an amazing burger recipe?  I'll have to get creative & see what I can come up with.   8)

P.S.  May is also National Strawberry Month - so I guess it's time to start enjoying my Strawberry Cider.  :)  

Someone help me with the math here.

If I'm brewing a 5 gallon batch and want an OG of, for example. 1.060, how much should I expect my OG to drop if I wind up with six gallons of wort isntead of 5? 

I guess the basic question here is, if you have wort that's 1.060, what would the reading drop to if you added a gallon of water? 

The Pub / These boots are made for Walken!
« on: April 27, 2011, 07:27:28 PM »

Lol  Sorry.   :P

The Pub / Obama releasing his 'long form' birth certificate
« on: April 27, 2011, 01:18:15 PM »
He really shouldn't have to do this - but at least now Donald Chump and the rest of those stupid 'birthers' can finally STFU.

Equipment and Software / 15.5 Gallon Converted Keg Kettle for $99
« on: April 22, 2011, 01:16:41 PM »
I came across this deal today and thought I'd share in case anyone was in the market...

This site will ship Northwest beers.  

Northwest Liquid Gold

Sorry - no Pliny listed.  ;)  

Well, I made a couple of discoveries in the past couple of days, one good, one bad.  

I had a batch of IPA that I'd kegged back on April 2nd.  It was my first batch in a few years, so I was far too impatient and rushed things a bit (brewed on March 20th).  

The Bad:
When I first started drinking the beer, I attibuted some of it's faults to it being so 'young' and forgave it and kept drinking.  As I continued to drink it, hwoever, it seemed to be getting slightly worse over time - not better.  

This past weekend, however, I made a discovery.  The ball-lock fitting on the keg I'd been serving from had a very slow leak.  Closer inspection revealed a crust of yeasty film around the edges of the fitting, down the side of the keg and even a nasty little puddle of goo right under the keg.  After pulling the keg from the fridge, I found more yeast crusties on it.  I dumped the keg and cleaned it up.

The Good:
After dumping and cleaning out the leaky and infected keg (it had clearly been infected - the taste was getting progressively worse and the last glass I had a day or so before discovering this left a faint white ring on the glass), I decided to try tapping off a beer from the other keg, which I had not touched since filling and carbonating it back on April 2nd.  

Well, the combination of no infeciton from a leaky connection and allowing it to sit in the keg to condition longer before serving definitely made a difference.  Even before I took a sip I could smell a wonderful citrusy, grapefruit-like hop aroma with some subdued caramel malt aromas in the background.  The taste was very good and I knew then that this keg was good.  

So I unfortunately lost one keg due to infection from a bad fitting, but the silver lining was another keg of the same beer - but MUCH better!  Is still has a slight haze, but this now is a beer I enjoy drinking - one I would be proud to serve to my friends.  :)  

Of course, I now have a ball-lock fitting to replace - and I'm gonna double-check all the seals on that keg before using it again (and replace any seals that need it). 

General Homebrew Discussion / How Long to Leave Cider on Berries?
« on: April 15, 2011, 02:32:56 PM »
Hey guys.

I make cider far less often than beer, so I'm unsure on this one.

How long is it considered 'safe' to leave my cider on the berries I have it on?  Should I rack it off the berries after a week?  Two?  Should I let it age/condition on the berries or will they go bad? 


The Pub / Seattle Events Happening Today (4/13/2011) How to chose?
« on: April 13, 2011, 03:25:47 PM »
Amazing.  There are four different events going on in Seattle today.  I'd like to try and attend them all, but I'm not sure that's realistic.  

1. Old Wooly Veritical Tasting at Big Time Brewing (University District):
They'll have on tap Old Wooly '04, '05, '06 and '09.  Yum!

2. Beer Valley IPAs on tap at Brouwer's Cafe w/ Beer Valley head brewer, Pete Ricks in attendance (Unsure what time, waiting for Brouwer's to confirm).
-Rosebud IPA
-Leafer Madness Double IPA
-Black Madness Double Black IPA

3. Cooper's Alehouse IPA Fest is still going on, and they should be putting on some pretty good taps today (Lagunitas, Green Flash, etc. etc.)

4. IPA Throwdown at Full Throttle Bottles (5-7PM).  This is just a tasting event (1-2oz tastes) and it's on my way home, so I should be able to hit this one either way.  

As I said, I'm gonna try hitting all 4. Any other Seattle locals care to join me for one or all of these?   ;D

Equipment and Software / Bigger fermenter? - but I have no pump!
« on: April 07, 2011, 03:32:08 PM »
For those of you who brew 10-gallon batches.  What do you use as your fermenter?  

I currently have to 'split' each batch, because I still use 6.5 Gal. carboys as my fermenters (I put 1/2 the batch in each).  

What are you using for a fermenter that will hold all 10 gallons?  Also, how do you move that big, heavy thing when you have to rack to a 2nd fermenter?  I have no pumps.....

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