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The Pub / Where to Drink in Huntsville, Alabama
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:15:13 PM »

Beer Recipes / Transferring from a corny keg fermenter w/o trub
« on: August 29, 2017, 03:16:30 AM »
I have been fermenting in a 5 gallon pin lock keg the last few batches. I brew 3 gallon batches, so, the size is perfect. I use a spunding valve to naturally carbonate the beer and then transfer under pressure to a sani-purged keg.

I tried using a cut dip tube. That worked okay, but, I also have tried   using a Clear Beer Draft System ( in the fermenter. The clear beer draught system works well for this application.

Here a couple of pics stolen from Clear Beer's website.

The float keeps the beer inlet above any trub. The float is in the fermenter from day one. I was worried it might get clogged by krausen, but, so far that hasn't been a problem.

The float is stainless steel.

Beer Recipes / IPA Recipe Help
« on: August 27, 2017, 10:46:16 PM »
I would like to brew an IPA. I haven't brewed one in a few years. Here is what I have so far:

For 3 gallons at 1066 OG
87% 2-Row Pale
13% Clear Candi Syrup (1 pound)
59 IBU Simcoe @ 60
1 oz Azacca @ 1
3 oz Azacca steep/whirlpool
3 oz Azacca dry
M44 West Coast Ale Yeast

I have 1 more oz of Azacca. I can add that anywhere. I also have 8 oz of Amarillo and Crystal I could use for variety.

The candi syrup is just something I have laying around. I can drop that. I just thought it might be good to dry out the beer.

Any suggestions?

Kegging and Bottling / Purge keg with Iodophor
« on: July 16, 2017, 05:28:20 PM »
Is it okay to purge a keg with BTF Iodophor? I know it is a no rinse sanitizer at 12.5 ppm, but, I still wonder if people have any experience using it to purge a keg. The BTF Iodophor instructions say to let the sanitized item air dry. That is not be possible when purging a keg. So, there would be some small amount of BTF Iodophor left in the keg when filling with beer.

All Grain Brewing / Chewy malt
« on: July 03, 2017, 04:24:56 PM »
I have a 10# bag of Golden Promise. I just milled and the milled grain didn't look right. Didn't break in half. Lots of it still looks whole but bloated after milling. Some of it is floating in the mash.

I tasted the uncrushed malt. It tasted soft and chewy instead of dry and crisp.

I am mashing now. Not sure what the conversion will be like.

Should I toss it? I bought this malt at the LHBS about 1 month ago.

The Pub / I would never wish for...
« on: June 20, 2017, 12:47:42 AM »
...the wife and kids to go out of town, but, sometimes the do. 

The Pub / Sweet Water Mix Pack
« on: June 12, 2017, 03:24:17 PM »

From the box on this mix pack a buyer can deduce there is a extra pale ale, a pineapple IPA, a session IPA, and something else. Why no style on the Cool Breeze?

After opening the box I know why.

Because it's a cucumber saison. Yuck!

Kegging and Bottling / Whirlfloc + Gelatin vs Gelatin alone
« on: May 31, 2017, 12:58:49 AM »
I used to use Whirlfloc in every batch and then used Gelatin in the keg. Then one day I forgot to add the whirlfloc. I fretted, but, I figured the Gelatin alone would have to be enough.

Low and behold, Gelatin alone cleared that beer as good or better as any batch I had brewed before.

The next four batches I skipped the whirlfloc and just used Gelatin in the keg. Every time the beer was crystal clear. 

I am not saying this is a good practice. "The Beerery" says Gelatin oxidizes beer. I can't taste that, but, I won't say he is wrong.

I just thought I would report on my results. I surmise that maybe the lack of whirlfloc is leaving more protein for the Gelatin to grab hold of and therefore the Gelatin works betters better in this scenario. But, that is just a guess.

The Pub / Water profile for Iced Tea
« on: May 20, 2017, 09:31:47 PM »
This is a bit off topic, but, does anyone have a preference for particular water profile for iced tea?

I like when the tea has a minerally/harder water taste. I think it's more refreshing.

I am thinking of experimenting with gypsum and calcium chloride when I brew tea. Maybe I will start with Brun'water Amber Balanced profile for my first batch.

General Homebrew Discussion / I can make some delicious wort
« on: May 12, 2017, 02:26:28 AM »
It's the fermented beer that sometimes escapes me.

In other words, I F-up the fermentation from time to time. Like 2 batches in a row with diacetyl.

The Pub / Good deal on Zymatic
« on: April 29, 2017, 01:06:03 AM »
This seems like a pretty good deal; $1379 shipped.

The Pub / Not so local after all...
« on: April 09, 2017, 06:50:09 PM »
Target had some craft beer on sale right as I walked in the other night. I thought it was an Alabama brewery so I went for the deal.

Turns out Catawba is from North Carolina and Cahaba is from Alabama. 

At least the beer is good. :)

The Pub / Rebel Brewer Closing Retail and Warehouse
« on: March 07, 2017, 08:43:21 PM »
Sad day. Rebel Brewer is closing their retail location and warehouse. They will still have a website to sell drop shipped items. They are very close to me and have very fast shipping.

We just got a LHBS in town. So, I guess the timing works out for me.

The Pub / My new 32 oz. growler
« on: February 12, 2017, 12:49:52 AM »
I have 2 64 oz. growlers but I rarely fill them because they are too big unless I have company.

I have been buying 32 oz. crowlers (cans filled at the brewery). But, recently the bartender suggested that I should buy a 32 oz. growler since they are $4 and the crowlers cost $1 and are not reusable.

So, I am the very proud owner of  this new 32 oz. growler. I am a bit surprised it was only $4.

The Pub / New definition of back stage pass - craft beer style
« on: February 09, 2017, 02:50:03 PM »
I'm not sure where Foreigner stands on folks "Music I never want to here again list" but I thought this concert plus craft brew served by the artists was an interesting idea.

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