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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:02:21 PM »
I'm casting a personal preference to go out in a vat of Pappy (any of them) or Lagavulin 16.  Though I suppose I could be talked into buying it in a vat of Rochefort 10.   ;)

Wouldn't a vat of Pappy really just be a vat of pre-barrelled Weller?  I'm ok with it either way, but if it's a vat of Pappy I want it to be a slow death so I can enjoy it.

Yeah, that's what I've heard. Definitely needs to be a slow demise. Like a week or more.

I think I could manage to slip and fall in while wearing a flotation device.  And carrying a glencairn glass.

Yeah, a heavy guage inner tube with a backup air compressor. And the glass.

I'll meet you at Buffalo Trace.  I'll be the guy in the life vest.  Pretend you don't know me.  I'll pull you in when you try to "save" me.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:27:49 PM »
I'm casting a personal preference to go out in a vat of Pappy (any of them) or Lagavulin 16.  Though I suppose I could be talked into buying it in a vat of Rochefort 10.   ;)

Wouldn't a vat of Pappy really just be a vat of pre-barrelled Weller?  I'm ok with it either way, but if it's a vat of Pappy I want it to be a slow death so I can enjoy it.

Yeah, that's what I've heard. Definitely needs to be a slow demise. Like a week or more.

I think I could manage to slip and fall in while wearing a flotation device.  And carrying a glencairn glass.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:20:40 PM »
I'm casting a personal preference to go out in a vat of Pappy (any of them) or Lagavulin 16.  Though I suppose I could be talked into buying it in a vat of Rochefort 10.   ;)

Wouldn't a vat of Pappy really just be a vat of pre-barrelled Weller?  I'm ok with it either way, but if it's a vat of Pappy I want it to be a slow death so I can enjoy it.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Another eventful shopping spree
« on: March 27, 2015, 10:37:01 AM »
DBA is an outstanding beer.  I had a few pints with the owner of the Hopleaf in Andersonville (great bar to check out if you can get up to the North Side) and he was recommending it as one of his favorites at the time.

I haven't had a Samichlaus in years.  But I did see it on the shelves in the Wrigleyville Binny's recently.  Thought about it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: do I need to use campden tablets?
« on: March 27, 2015, 09:50:46 AM »
Probably not necessary, particularly if you're not noticing off flavors.

However, lots of people say it's so simple why not do it?

I bought some tablets a few years back.  I've never used them (I filter my water) and figure that they'll be good insurance for when the zombie apocalypse comes or the grid goes down and I need to collect rain water for drinking.  Though I've got enough beer in kegs to hopefully last until the grid comes back.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Boil Vapors = Bad?
« on: March 27, 2015, 07:58:54 AM »
Hrm...

Are wort boil vapors bad for you?

1.) I don't know but I stuck my head in a bunch of C02 and nearly died
2.) I don't know but ethanol is bad for you
3.) I don't know but I almost fell into a vat of whiskey
4.) I don't know but I cooked beef in cheap wine and almost seared my face off

Wow.

Your summary made me laugh.  More so than the original posts themselves, and I do think that falling into a vat of Early Times would be worse than JD.  If you have to die in a vat of whiskey, can't it be something top shelf?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 26, 2015, 08:07:55 PM »
you can try it but I think the problem at this point is not free o2 but the side effects of o2. the yeast won't scavenge them.

Exactly what Mort is saying.  I have not tried kmeta.  In the instances I've experienced oxidation, the beer is a dumper.

Scavenging free O2 with yeast or whatever will help with 02 in the headspace, but once that 02 has impacted the beer you have oxidized beer.

Here's my experience: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=15898.msg200881#msg200881

This saison turned almost pink.  Nasty.  Weird and gross.  Not drinkable.  I think I failed to purge the headspace when I kegged and did the shake and bake method to carb it up.  I still haven't dumped the keg, though I do use the nasty beer as liquid for my smoker so it's not a total loss.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 26, 2015, 01:40:51 PM »
I don't think you can de-oxidize.  IME, it causes darkening and other bad stuff to light beers.  It can do some OK and even good stuff to strong dark beers meant to be aged, but even then you can't remove the effects once they are there.

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The Pub / Re: What is this?
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:03:31 AM »
I think that might be the frumunda.  But I sure hope not.

I had to goggle this.  I'm sorry I did.  :o

I'm tempted to apologize.  But I won't.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:01:29 AM »
My recollection is that they were in the bottom of the bottles.  But I don't recall for sure.

I guess if they were in the bottles, they might have been floating in the fermenter or I sucked up some trub and gelatin when bottling.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Home Brew Stand
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:01:45 PM »
there's not much to guestimate.

They used 2" tube steel.  The top is 54" wide.  It looks like the gaps between the steel in the mid-section are probably 2".  This leaves you with openings of 12 2/3" for the burners. 

Alternatively, they say it's built for 16" kettles, so an opening of 12 inches for the burners lets your kettle overhang onto the steel framing (which I think it is supposed to do) giving you a total of 16" for each bay. This gives you 3 inch gaps between the steel in the mid-section.  Since these are whole numbers, I'd bet this is how they laid it out.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pinic tap hose length?
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:17:32 AM »
In the 5+ years I've been kegging (I've lost track of who long, truth be told) I've never used anything but picnic taps.  I've never had one leak like you describe.

I've bought them in-line, at the LHBS, wherever.  No problems.

I recommend replacing them pretty regularly, as the plunger can get kind of nasty.  Stuff will grow in there.

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The Pub / Re: What is this?
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:12:02 AM »
I think that might be the frumunda.  But I sure hope not.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:40:39 PM »
I have high hopes. I'd really dig consistently clear beer.

I really only use gelatin on stubborn batches.  But, yeah, clear is nice.

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Equipment and Software / Re: mini fridge fermentation chamber
« on: March 23, 2015, 02:31:37 PM »
u can try to modify mini fridge box - by adding another feet or two of height to original box - may not be professional but u can possibly have temp chamber for around $50 (depening on type of material u decide to use ) plus cost of a mini fridge around $ 100 - 150

Are you suggesting increasing the height of a minifridge?  My recollection is that typically there is a refrigerant line that runs across the top, which is why you must be careful when installing a tap tower, so adding height would not seem possible unless you were to splice into the refrigerant lines and then re-charge the freon.  Doesn't seem worth it.

But I may be misunderstanding you.

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