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All Grain Brewing / Re: lactic acid to acidify sparge water
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:11:24 AM »
Here's another question for the water guru's:  If I'm brewing a 'double strength' batch (5 gal), then topping it off with water to dilute and make 10 gal of beer, should I be treating my top off water?  If so, how would I calculate the final profile?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:12:51 AM »
I'm lucky that my drop off point is only about an hour drive from me, so for round one, I'm making the road trip.  It will probably cost me more in gas, but at least I know they'll get there safely.  Plus, it gives my beer a few more days in optimal conditions at my house instead of laying in a warehouse.  I'll figure out round 2, if I get through round 1.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:08:29 PM »
I've entered 5 competitions: two firsts and two thirds....in my flight, that is.  I've never gotten close to BOS.  The one comp in which I didn't place, I had a stout score a 41...my highest score to date.  I'm working on three entries for this year's NHC.....fingers crossed.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg volume indicator
« on: January 07, 2014, 12:21:28 PM »
I use a white board and tally each pint.  For me, an empty keg weighs about 8 pounds.  I weigh each one after I fill it and subtract 8...the number I'm left with roughly equals the number of pints in the keg.  It's not exact, but it's better than flying totally blind.
That's not a bad idea at all.. Weigh the keg empty (note down weight) and weigh it full (note down weight).  Then you can always compare and see how much is left... Though it would require pulling the keg out of the kegerator to do so.

For people with keezers you could gently pick up the keg with one of these

American Weigh Scale American Weigh H-110 Digital Hanging Scale, 110 X 0.05-Pounds
http://amzn.com/B0012TDR9E

If you know the tare weight if your keg you can use Beersmith Mobile's weight to volume calculator to derive the remaining beer volume.
I don't even think you would need a calculator.  A gallon of water weighs 8 pounds and there are 8 pints in a gallon, therefore, a pint weighs a pound.  I doubt there's any weight difference between beer and water.  Subtracting the tare weight of your keg should give you the number of pints that are in the keg.  If you want the total oz. just multiply by 16.  I just use the pint as a unit of measurement because all the numbers fit perfectly and most beer glasses are pint glasses.  Usually I get 1-3 pints more than my measurements would indicate, but I've always attributed that to pouring 13 oz of actual beer and the rest is head.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg volume indicator
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:03:21 AM »
I use a white board and tally each pint.  For me, an empty keg weighs about 8 pounds.  I weigh each one after I fill it and subtract 8...the number I'm left with roughly equals the number of pints in the keg.  It's not exact, but it's better than flying totally blind.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Very pale ale for a friend.
« on: January 05, 2014, 02:36:24 PM »
I make a 'Yellow Fizzy' that's
8lb Two Row
.5lb Carapils
7g high alpha bittering hop...bitter to about 20 IBU
28g Cascade at knockout.
Clean fermenting ale yeast...001, US-05, BRY-97
OG: 1.044ish
FG: 1.009ish
It looks like Coors Light, but it's way better.  It's best about four weeks after brewday.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Simple Aeration?
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:13:14 AM »
I've been using a big whisk, but I think I'm going to purchase a mix stir....seems like it would be easier to let a drill do all the work.  I also rarely brew above 1.060.

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Equipment and Software / Re: I'm ready to trash my kettle
« on: June 26, 2013, 03:24:44 PM »
90 pints in a 5-gallon batch
God, I wish my 5 gallon batches had 90 pints in them...mine only have about 40. :o

Yep, I fudged up that math quite well. Why is there no facepalm emoticon?

In any case, point being that I simply don't go through my kegs very quickly, at least not without help.
you need help going through your kegs?!?!?!  Well, why didn't you say so.....I'd be happy to help.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: I'm ready to trash my kettle
« on: June 26, 2013, 04:12:05 AM »
90 pints in a 5-gallon batch
God, I wish my 5 gallon batches had 90 pints in them...mine only have about 40. :o

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Equipment and Software / Re: I'm ready to trash my kettle
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:38:55 PM »
I've got a 10 gallon pot that loses about 2.25 gal per hour to evaporation.  Preboil is about 7.5 gal (which I measure with an oak dowel that I marked with Sharpie..works every time)....I use Fermcap-S to control the hot break and foaming.  I also back the flame off so it doesn't foam as much while it's boiling.  I'd love to have a 15-20 gallon Blichmann kettle and burner, but I make great beer with what I've got.  We as brewers have to adapt to our equipment, somewhat.  BTW, I think you're going to find that evaporation rates of well over 20% are fairly common.

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So, the NHC is almost upon us.  I know, I know...I'm just as excited as you are.  It's my first NHC and I'm almost to the point where I'm counting the hours.  My question is simple:  Which seminars are you attending?  You can only make it to 12...which one's are the most important to you?  Here are mine:

Thursday:
2:00-3:00   Process Improvement and Beer Enhancement: The Nano Experience
3:15-4:15   Beer Recipe Design
4:30-5:30   Stepping Up Your Sensory Game: How to Be a Better Taster

Friday
9:00-10:00      Yeast Culturing 101
10:15-11:15  Biochemistry and the Mash
11:30-12:30  Hop Growing 101: An Introduction for Everyone
2:00-3:00      Brewing Better Beer: Practical Applications

Saturday
9:00-10:00      A Simple Fermentation Monitoring and Control System
10:15-11:15  Step Up Your Starters:  Instight Into Yeast Propagation for Homebrewers
11:30-12:30  Current Techniques and Recent Developments Used for Brewing Great IPAs
2:00-3:00      Methods of Creating and Maintaining a Wild House Culture
3:15-4:15      Fermenting on the Flip Side: Alternative Fermentations & Practices

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 24, 2013, 05:27:48 AM »
Condolences, Denny.

It's almost here, it's almost here!!!!!  3 more days.  I'm really getting excited, now.

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The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:06:58 AM »
Sorry if i scare you. My metabolism is young, I can eat garbage all day and sit on the couch with brew all night, without gaining any weight. I have been told the only way I can gain weight, besides lifting weights "Like thats going to happen," is to get older. 150lbs and not yet thirty ;)
Your time will come, son.  Your time will come.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:02:22 AM »
I'm going....not wearing anything special, though.  I'm also not affiliated with a club.  I guess you could say I'm going solo.  I only live about 50 miles NW of Philly, so I'm taking the train back and forth.  $90 total to commute is still cheaper than a hotel room....and I get to sleep in my own bed.

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Ingredients / Re: Columbus hops
« on: March 24, 2013, 05:36:42 AM »
I just did an all Columbus pale ale a couple of weeks ago.  The additions I chose were: .5 oz 30 min and 1 oz ea @ 10, flameout, and dryhop (in primary after 4 days).  5 gal batch...OG 1.050.  It's been in the keg a week and the flavor is like eating a grapefruit.  My sniffer isn't very good, so I can't tell exactly what the aroma is (people say dank, pungent, citrusy...I have no idea), but it certainly smells good to me. :)  The only way you'll know is to give it a try.  If you don't like it, you can always send it to me...I'll even pay shipping.

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