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Zymurgy / Pros & Cons
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:44:37 AM »
Let me start by saying that I really, really love this magazine.
I look forward to each issue's arrival with GREAT anticipation & enthusiasm.
I typically read each issue, upwards of a dozen times, just to be sure I'm learning & retaining.
I could honestly go on a rant, with huge amounts of praise.
However...I'm observing something that I hoped would never happen to this publication.
It's something that seems to happen to all good publications, once they become well-established.
The advertisements are taking over the precious spaces that used to hold nuggets of pure, golden knowledge.
Is this my imagination?
I sure hope so...
I hope Zymurgy isn't trading function, for fashion.
That would make me sad.

The Pub / Good things happening in MN, for small breweries
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:26:26 PM »
I like this & I like where it's going.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Autolysis & Pressure
« on: January 25, 2012, 07:54:37 AM »
In another thread, I was reading about pressurized fermentations & got to wondering...
At what pressures do yeast typically undergo autolysis?
Are pressurized fermentations a potential recipe for disaster?

How much pressure is too much?

The Pub / Bye, friend
« on: December 12, 2011, 01:16:30 PM »
Friday night, I got home from work & started my normal evening routine.
Then, I heard painful screams coming from my 20 month old son.
I heard "Lucy bite" & saw the blood streaming from his hand & dripping all over his sweater.
My furry friend bit my son.
This was the second time she had bit him.
She had also attacked a neighbor dog (innocent passer-by), just a week before.

I decided it was time.
Lucy had to be put down, Friday night.
I feel horrible.
I'm doing all I can to make it through teaching today, without bawling like a baby.

I'm sorry, Lucy.
...So goddamn sorry.

Ingredients / Reading water reports that state "ppm as CaCO3"
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:55:10 AM »
I believe there is some confusion out there, about how to read water reports.
Personally, I think I may have been originally mislead by my utility guy to believe that Ca ppm as CaCO3 = Ca ppm.
After more research, it appears that:
Ca ppm as CaCO3 = (2.5*Ca ppm)
Mg ppm as CaCO3 = (4.1*Mg ppm)

Can anyone verify whether these statements are correct?

I'm looking to add a 240V 4500W heating element to a kettle.
I had previously expected to operate it with a switch, but was informed by a friend that this is a very bad idea & will likely fry the switch in short order.
I've looked at the control boxes on & am not entirely impressed.
I think my $ would be better spent on something a little more accurate.

Does anyone have the ability to instruct me on how I would go about using a SSR & PID, to control my element?
Can anyone provide wiring diagrams, for a very basic build?

Thanks, in advance.

I can't wait to get home tonight & crack it open.
I quickly thumbed through a bit...Wow!
This book is packed with information.

All Things Food / Any Favorite Cranberry Sauce Recipes You'd Like To Share?
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:22:56 PM »
I made a great sauce 2 years ago & lost the recipe.
Last year's sauce was mediocre, at best.
Any really great ones, out there?

Beer Recipes / Very Plain Lagers
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:13:28 AM »
When creating extremely plain lager recipes, I'm finding that many don't readily fit into a BJCP style.
For instance, I was just looking at making an easy drinking lager like this:

11 gallons:
10# 2-Row
8# Munich
1 oz Northern Brewer 8.5% - 45 min
1 oz Northern Brewer 8.5% - 25 min
2 pk Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager

Hochkurz Mash:
144*F - 30 min maltose rest
158*F - 60 min dextrinization rest
Double batch sparge

Ferment at 45*F until krausen falls
Diacetyl rest at 68*F for 5 days
Lager 6 weeks at 35*F

Any idea what I'd call it?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Lucky Bucket Lager
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:06:00 PM »
My pack of Lucky Bucket Lager smells & tastes like bile.

Beer Recipes / My First American Lager
« on: July 20, 2011, 01:33:42 PM »
I recently brewed my first American Lager & last night I absolutely had to know how it was going.
It's been lagering for only 1 week, but I just couldn't stand waiting.
It tasted great!
I'm so happy with it!
I was originally VERY skeptical, since the Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast had a sulfur character that I was certain would never diminish.
Thanks to Bryan Rabe's lagering tips...I had great results.

Here's the recipe I concocted...Simple, but effective:

5# 2-Row
3# Flaked Corn
1# Munich
A couple handfulls of Rice Hulls
.5 zo Northern Brewer 8.5% - 60 Min
.5 oz Northern Brewer 8.5% - 2 Min
R/O water
1 tsp Calcium Chloride - Mash
1 tsp Gypsum - Mash
1 tsp Irish Moss - 15 min

Yeast nutrient

Wyeast #2124 Bohemian Lager Yeast


Equipment and Software / Finally got a chest freezer
« on: June 24, 2011, 06:53:29 AM »
After years of going without temperature control & never making lagers, I have finally made a step in the right direction.
I had purchased a Johnson digital controller, last week (planning ahead).
Then, 2 days ago, I got a free (YES...FREE) 10 cu ft chest freezer, on craigslist.
Last night, I added a 2x6 cedar collar.
(Incidently, my house & garage smell freakin' marvelous, right now.)

It's very plain, but I'm extremely happy & excited.
Maybe some day I'll get around to making it pretty.

This afternoon, I'm brewing an American Lager.
Can't wait!!!

Kegging and Bottling / Newfangled bottle necks
« on: June 08, 2011, 01:26:11 PM »
Has anyone tried their hand capper on the newer style bottles?
That is...There are a lot of new bottles out there that have a very short collar, beneath the lip...
It seems to me that many hand-held cappers may run into some trouble sealing them.

To make a comparison, around at some of the bottles your local liquor store has & compar the necks.
Some look like this:

Others, like this:

The Pub / Clone Brew Names
« on: March 31, 2011, 02:18:35 PM »
So, I just heard that Larry Bell has sent a cease & desist letter to Northern Brewer, requesting that they change the name of their Two Hearted Ale clone recipe from "Three Hearted" to something else.
While I realize that trademarks are serious business, I wonder what you're supposed to do, when you name a clone recipe.
It seems to me that nearly ever clone brew out there can run into trademark troubles.
What to do?

Beer Recipes / Paulaner Salvator
« on: December 21, 2010, 08:40:57 AM »
OK...This isn't a recipe for Salvator, nor is it a request for one...
I just wasn't sure where this topic actually belongs.

I recently bought a sixer of Salvator (yummmmmm) & decided it had been a few years since I actually read the label.
Looks pretty much like I remember, aside from one small, almost forgetable item.

On the back label, in fairly large, bold lettering...
It states "ALE".

Can anyone explain this?
I had never noticed it, before this particular six-pack.
Has it always said that?

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