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Ingredients / It's SPRING!!!!
« on: May 13, 2013, 06:06:27 PM »
Second year for these puppies and they are coming out swinging..... So, when to harvest and how do most people utilize?

Beer Travel / Live from the 21st amendment.
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:10:40 PM »
Ok, worked all night and hoofed down here at noon, figuring, you know, early morning bar atmosphere, quiet, chat with the bartender... Wrong..... The joint is PACKED.

Meanwhile, the Sneak Attack saison is awesome.

General Homebrew Discussion / Forgive me, it's been too long.....
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:19:45 PM »
As I schlepped tub upon tub of empty bottles to the curb today..... OK, so I am supporting craft breweries and that's a good thing....we'll it's darn near a car payment....for a Cadillac! I cranked out 10 gallons of will get dry hopped in about a week and should be a nice fruity bev....

And 10 gallons of imperial stout, half of which will get coffee fu fu'd as that's what some of my friends like....yes we're heading for a get together SCA style end of the month...

So, there IS a question in here. I was thinking for the "espresso keg" to brew a few pots of coffee using an espresso grind, then boiling the results down about 75%, after which I would add the syrup to the keg....

Sounds like a plan?

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast London Ale III
« on: June 30, 2012, 10:42:14 PM »
OK, this one is out of control. I mean, there's 5.25 gallons in a 6 gallon bucket, 1.070 OG for a Russian Imperialish Stout, and two smack packs. This thing has been bubbling out of the bucket for 12 hours now.....I've had to mop up the lid every half hour, and it ain't stopping...... (24 hours since pitching) Finally I broke down and stuck a hose in it to a 1 gallon bucket and there's an inch of beer in there..... (I plan on putting it in a soda bottle and carbonating and drinking it.....) Heck, at the rate we're going there will be nothing left in the bucket!  :o

I've had to mop up a lid before.....but eight times in 6 hours?

Anyone else seen this?

(BTW, brewed batch # 80 today........    8)  )

Yeast and Fermentation / Eubayanus......
« on: June 10, 2012, 05:41:14 PM »
A search for that word gave no results so it appears this has not been posted before:

General Homebrew Discussion / Fermenting under pressure.
« on: May 21, 2012, 07:13:15 PM »
As per my post in "equipment" yesterday I spent a day slaving at a large-ish (10bbl) brewery in Holland. One of the big surprises was that these folks ferment under pressure. It' all goes in a large SS conical fermenter, and the thing is sealed. Dry yeast is re-hydrated in a cornie sized keg, and then forced in with CO2 through a little valve on the side of the thing. Then it airlock, no blow off. After a week or so it gets racked to a lagering tank. (They call it lagering, although most of it's ale....the word is used for what we call lagering as well as for what we call conditioning.) The result is a carbonated beer.

Thoughts on fermenting without blowing off CO2?

Equipment and Software / My new system.......
« on: May 21, 2012, 07:01:28 PM »
Well no not really, but I had to pick a forum to put this story. Yesterday I had the honor and privilege to help with a brew at this place:

Sorry it's in Dutch. It's a micro brewery, with tasting room, food and live music. It's a cool place in that it offers employment opportunity to people that are recovering from, and dealing with psychiatric problems. There are over 100 employees. The head brewer is a psychiatric nurse. (how's that for a job description). Health care pays for part of the occupational therapy, beer sales does the rest. It's a NFP and is holding it's own quite nicely. (My wife thought I would fit right in..... that's a joke, I'm not making light of people with real mental health issues.) Anywho this is the brew setup....

A half a million dollar stainless steel German precision artwork. Whirlpool, plate chiller (the mother of all) and fermentation vessels all down stairs. Grain loft up, you can see the balcony where there's a chute to drop the grains into the BK.

We made 275 gallons of Russian Imperial Stout. (that's a lot of 50 pound bags bags of wet grain to get rid of at the end of the day.....)

I found a lot of inspiration for my "ultimate system" and also a lot of questions about process that I will pose in the appropriate sections of this forum.

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew-a-thon
« on: February 10, 2012, 12:46:38 AM »
OK, so I was down to my last three kegs in the keggerator, and now it turns out we are going to be at an SCA event in Mississippi in March, so Beer Cart I will be deployed which means I need beer........lots of it, soon.

So in the last 30 hours I have brewed 4 10 gallon batches..... German Ale, Imperial Stout, IPA and a Belgian Triple.

Phew.  :o

Equipment and Software / Beer Machine
« on: February 06, 2012, 08:05:02 AM »
Probably been seen before here.......but this would be PERFECT in an RV or boat.

General Homebrew Discussion / Yes, we have no bananas......
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:25:00 AM »
For some reason I am not getting the "banana notes" I would like in my Belgian. about I make a banana tincture and adding that.....?

1 Good idea yes no?

2 How does one make a banana tincture? Just soak bananas in vodka?

Kegging and Bottling / Carbonation Experiment......
« on: January 26, 2012, 04:11:51 PM »
So, I'm heading for this hotel this weekend with about 500 of my closest friends and of course I am bringing beer. Need three kegs to load Beer Cart II.... Have one Kölsch ready to go......and then I got a little behind.... I have an American Stout and a Belgian strong in the buckets, brewed 1-8-12 in the fermenters at a perfect 65ºF since then and down to 32ºF for the last 24 hours....

Will keg tomorrow, stick them in the back of my truck, hook up to service pressure plus a little bit and drive 339 miles.....

I've heard this works, I will let you know.

Kegging and Bottling / Beer Cart II
« on: January 22, 2012, 11:16:06 PM »
Some of you may remember my beer cart......

Now there's Beer Cart II, for indoor use....

The Pub / A bonding moment......
« on: January 18, 2012, 01:24:55 AM »
So, my thirteen year old son....going on 18, is sitting in the kitchen playing with the iMac and pulling up a few comedians and laughing is ass off...... Now, normally I tune this stuff out, but it caught my ear.....and I sorta recognized the style......from a universe far, far away.....

So I pushed him over and pulled up the Carlin videos........ The kid is seriously digging it, all the way. Told him this crap was 30 years old.......he was still digging it.

It was a bonding moment.

Equipment and Software / Where to get Blichman Brew stand......
« on: January 14, 2012, 04:07:32 PM »
Friend of mine wants a three tier gravity system. Unfortunately he has two left hands and has been trying to talk me into welding up a setup for him......time is tight though. So is the space in his garage so now I'm trying to talk him into getting a brew stand.

Unfortunately he's balking at the cost.....Blichman controls it's prices rather tightly. Does anyone know if/where there are deals on these, and whether there is any used ones out there?


General Homebrew Discussion / Ooooops.......
« on: January 10, 2012, 01:47:23 AM »
Planned a busy brew day yesterday....ten gallons of American Stout, ten gallons of Belgian Triple. Had the base malt in stock, as well as all the hops. Had a jar of Belgian Strong Ale yeast from a cake a few weeks back so all I needed was the specialty grains and a few packs of yeast for the Stout.

So far so good..... The ballet of heating water and grinding and mashing and so on started and all went well...too well. (Stone cold sober at this point) Half way through the second grind I realized........... the pilsner malt went in the stout and the MO I had for the American Stout (shhhh) went in the triple.......SHID!  >:( >:( >:(

Well, too late to do anything about's all bubbling away......This'll be interesting.......

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