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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 28, 2015, 01:01:19 PM »
After I crush the tablet, I dissolve it into 8 oz of water.  Since I'm doing 2.5 gallon batches and I start with around 5 gallons for most batches, I pour 2 oz. of this into the kettle where I've already measured out my full volume of strike & sparge water.  Stir that and I'm good to go!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 25, 2015, 05:02:48 PM »
I'm anti facebook, too.  If I want you to know what I'm doing right now, I'll give you a call and tell you.  Add to that the fact that a lot of companies are watching what their employees are posting.  Before I retired, there was one guy the company fired.  He was on medical leave for his back, but was in good enough shape to go out of town for a rollerblade competition.  The company found out because he posted this stuff on FB.  There was also the guy who would call off and then get on FB and tell everyone he was smashed again.  And these are the same people who scream about a lack of privacy in today's world.  Now what was the question?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: New brewer
« on: May 07, 2015, 04:21:27 AM »
Captain, welcome!  I, too, got my start with a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit about 3 1/2 years ago.  I saw a write-up about the kit in a magazine and told my wife she was getting me that for Christmas.  To answer your question, think of extract brewing as having someone else do some of the work for you.  If you were to make a batch with nothing but extract, you would skip the mash, mix the extract with water and go straight to the boil.  By following the basic directions that came with your kit, you have everything you need to make the best beer you've ever made.
And don't worry.  When I started, I didn't have this forum to fall back on so when I saw what was going on in my boil kettle and fermenter, I was thinking "Is that supposed to be doing THAT?" and "Why does it look like THAT?"  Relax.  If you've followed the directions, the beer is doing what it's supposed to do and everything will be all right.

Ingredients / Re: Using your back yard creek
« on: April 18, 2015, 05:15:12 PM »
I would still be afraid of the possibility of chemical pollution within the creek.  The EPA has made a lot of progress in cleaning the waterways but if someone handed me a beer made with water straight from, say, the Cuyahoga River here in N.E. Ohio (which runs just a mile from my house) he wouldn't appreciate my response.  After all, it wasn't that many years ago that the Cuyahoga caught fire.

With that said, there are a pair of videos on Youtube by Glenn who lives in, I believe, Denmark.  He saw a documentary on 'how beer saved the world' and tried his own experiment.  Using water from his backyard fish pond, he brewed a batch of beer.  The point was to show brewing beer purified the (non-chemical polluted) water so as to be safe to drink.  Back in the day, drinking beer was much safer than drinking water.  His fish pond, however, was a closed system, unlike a creek where you have no idea what might have gone into that creek upstream.

Ingredients / Re: rice hull question
« on: April 14, 2015, 06:51:51 AM »
For me that would just be another step to screw something up plus I'm too lazy.

Ingredients / Re: rice hull question
« on: April 14, 2015, 06:42:34 AM »
Pils malt 65%, wheat 30% & flaked oats 5%.  But they're already in there.  I had them on hand so there wasn't any reason not to use them.  Like you say, insurance.  Thanks all.

Ingredients / rice hull question
« on: April 14, 2015, 06:14:27 AM »
Getting ready to brew a wit beer and I'm using 8 oz. rice hulls.  I use the Brewtarget software and when I put the rice hulls in, there was no change in my volumes.  So I'm curious.  Do the rice hulls absorb any of the strike water?

Ingredients / Re: flaked oats
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:38:32 AM »
That'll make life a bit easier.  Thanks.

Ingredients / Re: flaked oats
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:33:24 AM »
Well, we've got 1 Quaker Oats and 2 quick oats.  I know they are different somehow, but I can't tell you how they are different.  I do know I've got one of them down in the kitchen, but for the purpose of putting them into the mash, can I assume they can be used interchangeably?

Ingredients / flaked oats
« on: April 07, 2015, 06:54:42 PM »
Getting ready to do a wit beer and the recipe calls for flaked oats.  Is this the same as the Quaker Oats I get at the grocery store or should I use what my LHBS stocks?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:46:36 AM »
The potential for uncivil responses rises for users that have avatars that are not attached to their actual identity. I've suggested that users be a little more open and put "themselves" out there personally so that your fellow user gets to know you and who you are. All it takes is a little extra info on your signature line.

Take responsibility for being a civil member of this forum.
I think most avatars speak somewhat to the actual identity of the owner, whether they are personal pictures or otherwise. 

Just think of in terms of 'truth in advertising'.  I could post a picture of myself and in reality, it tells you nothing, especially as small as these pictures are.  I use an image of Joe Btfsplk for my avatar and maybe you realize that it just might be harder for me to make drinkable beer than it is for you.  Of course, I could also use Pig from Pearls Before Swine if I wanted to make a comment on my general intelligence.  To accurately show my personality, I'd have to use Rat from the same comic strip. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 02:35:40 PM »
My biggest pet peeve is "this has been asked the forum before asking the same question again"  While it is good advice, sometimes the search functions don't provide the results you are looking for.

And it truly hate the "LMGTFY" posts...You go to all the effort to type the search into this website, then post the link on a forum to basically call people lazy.

Bottom line:  Rule #1 of the Brewer's Code - Don't be a dick!

 I don't mind a little good nature razzing.....its what we do sometimes. I did chuckle when i got the LMGTFY- it wasn't meant to be mean in that case.
I know I am a rookie brewer but I now feel really stupid for having to google LMGTFY! Doh!

I had to think about it for awhile to remember what it stood for.  I've done that to someone once and it wasn't on this forum.  He was full time, paid, computer geek just like me and kept asking questions that would all be answered if he just bothered to do a search himself.  Everyone else on the thread thought it was hilarious.  Him, not so much.   :-\


What? You can google these things?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Purchasing Crushed Grains vs. Milling
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:46:50 PM »
Another 'keep it' here.  You'll get things dialed in and honestly, I don't see the mill as your issue. If you rely on precrushed grain, your efficiency will be all over the place unless you find a place that will double crush - can't rely on that by mail order. RDWHAHB.

And even if you get it double crushed @ LHBS, that's no guarantee your efficiency still won't be all over the place.  Having mine double crushed for me means that my efficiency at least stays above 70%.  A grain mill is hopefully something I will be able to get in the near future.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New cleaning products
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:22:08 PM »
Two quick questions, Jonathon.

When you say hot water for the Craft Meister Keg & Carboy Cleaning Tablets, what's the temp range considered to be?  Only ask as I use Better Bottles and they can only take up to 120°.  My hot water heater is set for around 135-140° so I back off the temp and as I don't bother to check it I might be as low as 100°.

What's the product availability?  In other words, how soon before I might see this in my LHBS?  The less I have to buy online, the happier I am.


I ran the majority of my R&D testing on the Carboy Tablets at 115-120 degree water.  They should work fine at that temperature.  Lower than 100 is not highly recommended - the tablets will dissolve much slower at lower temperatures.

As for availability, the Keg & Carboy Tablets have been for sale through the BSG HandCraft catalog for about six weeks, since mid-December.  If your LHBS does business with BSG, they should be easy to order in.  If your shop doesn't carry them, give them a reason to and ask for them!  I'd be happy to talk to your shop and answer any questions, just let me know what I can do to help.

Great.  Sounds like a plan.  Thanks again.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New cleaning products
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:36:35 PM »
Better bottles are good up to about 140°

Technically, you're right.  Problem is I have one that I cleaned with Oxyclean and 140° water and I've got several bulges on the sides.  So, rather than continue to 'bulge' my Better Bottles, I've taken to reducing the temp of the water.  If I can get a good clean with the tablets at a lower temp, that would work for me.

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