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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cirrhosis
« on: April 29, 2011, 04:41:05 AM »
Also don't forget about coffee:

"Cousin" Dry Hopped Coffee Stout anybody?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fastest Turnaround Time?
« on: April 28, 2011, 07:58:51 PM »
I do a quick pale wheat in 7-10 days... it's always been great to me and friends but a judge did detect a tiny bit of diacetyl in the competition I entered it into.  Must be below my taste threshold.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cirrhosis
« on: April 28, 2011, 07:53:43 PM »
Polyenylphosphatidylcholine always looked promising.  I know I drink enough to put myself into a higher risk category,might be smart to look into some preventative healthcare.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bent Mouth on Ball Lock Keg
« on: April 21, 2011, 04:32:49 AM »
I too have a keg with an imperfection around the lip that doesn't like to seal.  I typically apply generous keg lube and seal, test and repeat until it passes the star san leak test.  Mine has held pressure for weeks at a time, though I've only used it to hold sanitizer so far.

Just ordered a few of those O-rings, I'll report back when I get them.

Ingredients / Re: Nelson Sauvin hops
« on: April 17, 2011, 08:00:10 AM »
OP asked for Europe, but I guess others might want them in the US. If you are really desparate for them, you can have them shipped to me and I'll organize sending them on from the UK to the US.

They list them available in 5kg amounts.  Somebody could probably set up a group buy and make a few people on this side of the lake pretty happy.

I just brewed a wheat pale with amarillo and NS.  I'm hoping it's not too incredible given the scarcity of these two right now.

Ingredients / Re: Falconers Flight Hops
« on: April 17, 2011, 07:55:53 AM »
Forgot I posted this! 

Thanks for the replies.  Think I'll try 5 gal of a wheat pale and then see if I want to bother with an IPA.  If it doesn't turn out I have a friend that'll gladly trade some beer.

It doesn't take much citra before a beer reminds me of cat urine but I have noticed this character fades to a point that it doesn't bother me. 

One of my theories for why this has such a strong association for me has to do with an old friend with a cat that pissed everywhere and love for the dank.  I think I might have developed some association between the two or at least the combination smell of his house.

Ingredients / Re: Nelson Sauvin hops
« on: April 16, 2011, 03:39:02 AM »
Rebel Brewer advertised a new crop coming in in February 2011 but it never showed up.

Thanks for the link pinnah, just ordered 6oz and a few other varieties.

Ingredients / Falconers Flight Hops
« on: April 16, 2011, 03:24:36 AM »
So I ended up with about 10 oz of Falconers Flight hops blend recently.  Now that I am looking at brewing with them I am learning that they are a blend of hops including Citra (along with Simcoe and Sirachi Ace and some experimental varieties).

Typically it doesn't take much Citra before a beer taste "catty" to me.  Can anybody whose brewed with them tell me if Citra is in a notable makeup?  I'd rather give them to a friend that loves Citra then use a brew day towards something I'm probably not going to want to drink.

Ingredients / Re: Crystal vs Cara vs Caramel Malts
« on: February 16, 2011, 04:31:56 PM »
One thing I have never fully understood is how the dextrins are locked-in for Crystal malts to seemingly be immune to mashing with regard to adding body to a beer (similarly sweetness).  Are the dextrins modified in such a way that beta amalyse doesn't effect them during the mash?  

Or to put it another way, are Maillard reaction products of maltose/maltodextrin similar to the parent in some qualities (sweetness and body) but different enough to be unusable by the yeast/ amalyse enzymes?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Flocculating US-05
« on: February 16, 2011, 12:12:14 PM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Other uses for CO2
« on: February 13, 2011, 08:39:19 PM »
tomato plant seedlings
yea, I bet  ;)

The Pub / Re: Beer lovers more likely to have sex on the first date
« on: February 13, 2011, 11:03:12 AM »
Makes sense to me...  a few "good" beers can be a lot of alcohol, a lot more than a few drinks worth.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Other uses for CO2
« on: February 13, 2011, 10:48:11 AM »
Make sparkling water.

Or tonic water:

Or better yet, pre-carbonated Gin and Tonic.

Actually, I've been thinking about adding a fitting to my pressure cooker to allow me to cook under pressure at a lower temp.  And fool around with cooking food in a low O2 environment.

I have just bottled up a few partial batched with my beer gun and all been undercarbonated in the bottles while they were properly carbed in the kegs.  This is a little disappointing, I am going to try to add a little priming sugar and yeast to a few to see if I can save them.

Actually last night I was messing around with a cobra tap, rubber stopper and racking cane and my results were promising (though no CO2 purge).  I am going to try a side by side to see if it is any better and test stability.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Other uses for CO2
« on: February 13, 2011, 10:33:56 AM »
I use quick air disconnects with the male end on the tank side so it has a nice tappered finish for using with hoses and carboy caps for pressurizing for transferring.

This allows me to switch between my keg setup, a single ball lock connection for carbonating other kegs, double ball lock connection for carbing up two kegs and my beer gun fittings.

So far I haven't had any issues with any noticeable leaking, though I add a little keg lube to the disconnect to help seal it

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