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Other Fermentables / Wine noob
« on: November 09, 2016, 09:32:37 AM »
I have 2 batches of wine in secondary that have reached my desired final gravity. What is best method to stabilize before a tertiary for clarification? Both were fermented in mid 70s per manufacturer specs. I have now dropped temp controller to 55 to aid in this. What's next?

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Beer Travel / Kingfisher
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:19:27 PM »
So I am in Gunnison,Co for the week. We decided to get takeout from the Sherpa Cafe(food smells wonderful as we finish our drinks at the bar.). I order a Kingfisher, after reading here that it's from SE Asia and it was their feature. The beer was tasty, but take a closer look at the label for brewing and bottling notes: Saratoga Springs,NY for both, not listed as the importer. Definitely caught me by surprise.

Anyone else ever realize that they have started brewing here in the States?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Neat little business posting
« on: June 21, 2016, 10:47:35 AM »
Found this awesome little posting in the menu at the Gunnisack Cowboy Bistro and bar in beautiful Gunnison, CO. I don't live in Colorado,  so this may cause some problems for our brother brewers in Colorado,  but I think it's great that even small restaurants are starting to focus not only on small breweries, but also on the business practices of BMC. I just thought it was worth posting, hope the pic is legible:

General Homebrew Discussion / Best Beers in America
« on: June 17, 2016, 10:48:50 AM »
     Ok, so now the newest list has been put out for public display, and guess what? Pliny the Elder is number 1 again. I am in the Midwest and don't often have the chance to try this beer. In the recent past though, during the Swaptoberfest, I was lucky enough to get a fresh bottle sent to me by @surfin.mikeg (thanks again Mike.) Even more recently, like this past Tuesday afternoon, I was able to try it fresh on tap at Toronado in San Francisco's Haight district. I really can't say anything bad about the beer, but I will take my house IPA any day over it. To me most recently, it came off as clean tasting, yet a little boring. There was just nothing exciting there, except the experience of saying I had it fresh and on draft, to allow me to understand the hype. I know I obviously must be in the minority as it keeps winning, but I would never go out of my way to have it again. Its just another IPA to me and nothing to chase. I always see comments on here that tend to agree with my sentiments, yet it still keeps winning. I guess the majority of the folks who vote for it do not post here on the forum often. As for the rest of the top 10, minus BCBS and Heady that I have not tried, all are great beers that I would never hesitate to order anywhere I could find them. The next time I am on the west coast, I will stick to experimenting with stuff I have not tried, or go with a stand out beer like Sculpin or almost anything by Stone when available. Just my thoughts, but the way this top ten goes every year leaves me wondering who is voting for it, and/or what I am missing with this beer. Not really trying to start a Pliny bashing thread, just leaving my thoughts, so don't beat me or Pliny up too bad, it is a good beer, just nothing special to me except the chase. rant over

Equipment and Software / Igloo 5 gallon tun
« on: June 01, 2016, 03:15:44 PM »
Having trouble finding the right false bottom for this cooler. Checked the usual suspects and find several sites that claim to have the one. All I find are either 9" or 12" and larger. A rough measurement t of my new cooler puts diameter at about 10.5". I did find 1 site that sells a kit with bottom, bulkhead, valve, etc but it's like $68 and I only paid $25 for the cooler. Any thoughts or experiences. The cooler is just what I was looking for for 3-3.5 gallon batches AG

Beer Recipes / How much lactic acid is a problem?
« on: May 31, 2016, 01:39:36 PM »
     I know it has been discussed, but just looking for more thoughts. I am planning on a 10 gallon batch of Saison that will be split into 2 fermenters that will secondary on either blackberries or lemon balm. Following a recipe I have used before from @AmandaK: 90% pilsner and 10% Munich II. Getting down to pH of 5.22 requires 6mL of 88% lactic, putting the finished beer at roughly 204ppm lactate in the finished product(per Bru'NWater estimates.)   Kai states generally being confident that under 400ppm  should have no taste effect on the product/consumer. Does this sound like a good place to be? From past attempts, I know I added 3.8mL to a 5.5g batch last year, but in the end that batch caught something wild from my raspberries so I am not certain how much the lactic affected the batch. My other batches of saison I did not take good enough notes(no record of how much lactic I used.) Any thoughts on this plan?


Our favorite sushi restaurant runs half price Tuesdays. Nothing like $70 worth of specialty rolls for $35. Hot sake and cold Kirin Ichiban go with it all so well. Really the only time for the Kirin, but it fits

The Pub / How bout them Pens
« on: May 10, 2016, 08:48:02 PM »
Sorry Caps fans, but Ovi still has not been to a conference championship, let alone the Cup Final. Heck of a series, but I saw it coming all along. I know there is a football thread, now there is a topic for the new NHL Playoff/Second Season!

Ingredients / Pilsner Malt? Cmon
« on: April 27, 2016, 10:02:53 AM »
So I walk into an LHBS today looking for 5-10  pounds of continental Pilsner Malt, saw they mainly carried Weyermann, so I asked for that. The employee reached into a bag of Swaen Pilsner(?) and tells me she only has about 1# left. "Let me go get another bag of Pilsner" and disappears for a minute, and then comes back saying she is out of Pilsner, but does have Marris Otter and Briess 2Row. I almost never shop at this shop, as it is the farthest from my home, but I was out that way today for work so I gave them a shot. They also operate with a brewer's license and are out of Pilsner malt. I think I remember why I rarely shop there

General Homebrew Discussion / Great little lost oddity
« on: April 22, 2016, 07:51:23 PM »
Here's a pic of a poster advertisement for a German restaurant in Milwaukee  called Mader's. No idea when it's from but it's hanging in the basement of my boss's father's house, now our office. Just thought it was kind of neat and that some might like to see it in case it brings back any memories

Enjoy, anyone ever there?

Beer Travel / Hey Chicago members
« on: April 14, 2016, 07:15:02 PM »
Going to be in town this weekend for a birthday. Getting in late Fri leaving Sun afternoon.  Leaves Saturday night and the plan right now is Moxee Restaurant/ Mad Mouse Brewery. Any thoughts or comments from the local crowd?
Edit to correct my mistake


Thank you for writing to us about your recent experience with our signature brand, Kentucky Ale.  We appreciate that you have taken the time to write to us and we apologize for the inconvenience. Quality is our number one priority.

Thank you for sending us the numbers etched on the neck of the bottle just below the label. This will help with our research.

To say thank you, we would like to offer you free tour tickets to our facility in Lexington, KY to see how our beer and spirits are made first hand.   In addition, we would love to send you two of the Kentucky Ale pint glasses.

We look forward to your response; please send along a mailing address."

I had emailed them about an issue with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale 4 pack we had purchased. Once again, the squeaky wheel gets the greaase.

Equipment and Software / Bottling blowout
« on: April 04, 2016, 04:59:24 PM »
What a blast 3.5 gallons into the 16 I have to bottle and my capper blows out. Several poor crimps, straighten out the metal edges as best as possible, then 3 crushed bottles out of the next 6. Still picking up shards. Tossed the last 1.25 gallons of the batch I was part way into. Hoping to get a new capper tomorrow and get back on it.  I have extra buckets, tubing, airlocks, etc. Never expected to need an extra capper mid batch. Lesson learned?

Equipment and Software / Burner performance
« on: March 07, 2016, 12:44:08 PM »
     My last 2 brew days I have had a reduced amount of boiloff in the kettle. Yesterday, I saw the same problem and tried to investigate carefully in the middle of the boil. I have a bayou classic burner like this
     It was a coolish day, so the first thing I did was to place my propane tank into a tub of water, as I have heard some say the tank can start to freeze up, which I was hoping would get it going better. that did not solve the problem. I then started playing around with my air mix valve, and saw no change in my flame. Next onto my regulator. Think this is the problem, from just on until fully open, the setting on the regulator seemed to have no affect on flame height, color, or intensity.
    Taking all this into account, do I have a bad regulator, what can I do to remedy, or is it possibly a dirty burner? the burner had a nice solid blue flame as usual, but playing with the regulator just never made the flame start jumping off the burner, or any real change.
     Anyone have any thoughts on a solution or better trouble shooting now that I dont have 8 gallons of boiling wort sitting on top of the burner?

Beer Travel / Spring Break in DC
« on: March 01, 2016, 04:00:35 PM »
Planning family vacation in DC for Spring Break, kind of last minute I know. Not a lot of time for brewery tours with the kids in tow, but definitely looking for some good, hard to find outside of area brews. Who can recommend the best single brewery/taproom to visit while there? Also looking for tourism tips, tour suggestions, etc. I know we want to see the big mainstays of memorials, monuments, the Mall, several Smithsonian stops, Possibly the spy museum, Pentagon, etc. Googling gives so many tour results, top sights, etc, really just looking for some insight from someone living in or familiar with the Metro Area. Who do you recommend and who would you say we should avoid? "Tours by Foot(?)" sounds like a great, cheap way to see the sights with a guide. We are not afraid of walking the area on tours like this, but are open to ideas for Double Decker buses, etc. We are staying Northeast of DC proper, just outside the beltway but plan on spending each day inside of it seeing everything that the kids and we want to see. As well as as many of your suggestions as possible. What do you have for us?

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