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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 05, 2016, 05:08:22 PM »
American Pale Ale (18B)



... and the "salt effect":


Nice pics! Is the salt just for effect/head creation?

Here's a companion to the Boysenberry Lambic I posted last week. The un-fruited straight Lambic:


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 29, 2016, 07:41:25 PM »
Thought to myself "That's a pretty beer", and I remembered this thread.

Marionberry lambic. In the primary for a year and change, and on fruit for 4 months of that:


Very nice! I've made many sour beers with fruit, but never marionberries. How does it taste?

Quite refined, really. The tartness of the fruit nicely offsets the sourness of the bugs. It's less intense than blackberries, leaning more toward the tart character of a raspberry.

I'm more of an IPA guy, and I wasn't so sure how this one was going to turn out, especially since quite a few people think keeping a beer in a bucket primary for a year is nuts, but I was quite pleased how it ended up.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 29, 2016, 07:16:29 PM »
Update, for those who may have the same question in the future: acquired a backup tank, and left the old tank on to run out. My two kegs were hit pretty hard for the BBQ, but I didn't run out of gas.

With my luck, I attribute all of this to having a backup tank.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 26, 2016, 07:42:45 PM »
Don't buy a new tank.  Get a used one and save a couple bucks.

You'll swap it out eventually anyway.

Hmm, this does appeal to my cheapness. And I'd rather buy something to replace my ailing Barley Crusher. I'll do more research.

I live in a huge homebrewing town, but the CO2 filling situation is pretty disheartening.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 26, 2016, 07:10:40 PM »
Thought to myself "That's a pretty beer", and I remembered this thread.

Marionberry lambic. In the primary for a year and change, and on fruit for 4 months of that:


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 25, 2016, 06:44:02 PM »
Do you plan on keeping the gas on both kegs for the remaining 3 days prior to serving?

Yes, I am.

Can't you take off the regulator and weigh the tank, subtract the tare weight and see how much is left?

Now that's quite reasonable. Short on the time needed to disassemble my system, however.

They're expensive for what you get, but the adapter + 16 gram CO2 cartridges are good for emergencies and for serving when you travel.

I do have a portable set up for 2.5 gal tanks with a paintball tank, but only one regulator. I suppose if needed to, I could switch between kegs to keep enough pressure for serving.

But I think I'm just going to buy a brand new tank tomorrow for a backup so I can avoid this in the future.

Thanks everyone!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 25, 2016, 09:49:28 AM »
Tough call. This is why it's a good idea to have a spare tank.
Actually, let me check my finances. Maybe I'll spend lunch buying a new tank!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 25, 2016, 09:45:44 AM »
No, I indeed do not!

I suppose I'll sacrifice lunch to get a fill up tomorrow.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: How are my odds looking?
« on: August 24, 2016, 09:06:58 PM »
I pulled it out of the fridge and let rise to room temp overnight to take the reading. It's back in the fridge.

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Kegging and Bottling / How are my odds looking?
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:36:26 PM »
CO2 tank is reading one notch above "Refill".

I've got two kegs force carbing for a BBQ on Sat, 3 days away. I have them on 30psi now, will drop to 12 tomorrow.

What do you think? Do I have enough gas to carb and serve? Or should I punt and get the tank swapped?

If it wasn't so hard to fill the tank during the week, I'd just do that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Considering some literature about
« on: August 17, 2016, 06:09:25 PM »
I got started with Palmer's excellent: http://howtobrew.com/

There's a new revision in print, but all of the basics are covered on the web, if you are so inclined.

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Thanks all!  I'll try out Libre Office on my desktop. I'm generally using a Chromebook for 90% of my computing these days, which is why Google Docs is attractive to me. It's light, stay charged all day, and I don't mind when I accidentally dump it on the floor. Which is often.

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Of course, I just updated the free version of Bru'n Water to include an interface that is more like the supporter's version and it has also had the form controls removed so that the program will work on more platforms. The program has been stripped down to the barest minimum so that new users are less likely to be overwhelmed and will use the program. The free version comes in a single program that includes settings for US and SI units.

Check it out and let me know if you find bugs!

Hey Martin, do you know if the new form works in Google docs? I'd tried the older one and it mostly worked, but the style selection drop down didn't. So I couldn't set a water profile. Not horrible, as I could research that stuff elsewhere but it would be nice to have.

If not, that's fine! I know most people have Excel. I'm just an outlier.

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You know, I should have hit Google before replying. A science teacher many moons ago gave me some bad facts about distilled water. I was under the impression it was fairly hostile to life, as it theoretically pulls essential minerals out of cells, but it turns out that's not all that true.

Sorry to spread misinformation!

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I'm not sure that microorganisms can survive very well in distilled water in the first place, so I'd think it's fine.

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