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The Pub / Philip Sayce wins a spot in crossroads
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:53:16 AM »
A young "unknown" musician won a chance to play in Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar festival at Madison Square Garden this year.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=AL94UKMTqg-9BJwHBxqTq6xIkwewiq_1yG

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General Homebrew Discussion / Whatcha all drinkin on St Pat's day?
« on: March 16, 2013, 07:25:40 AM »
I have plenty of Irish Red Ale and Oatmeal Milk Stout. Oatmeal Milk Stout isn't exactly Irish but close enough.

108
All Things Food / I discovered
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:39:52 AM »
That if I drop an olive in the food processor when making my jalepeno artichoke hummis, it makes it really good.

110
Equipment and Software / Chiller to pond pump question
« on: March 04, 2013, 10:05:30 AM »
I am wanting to get a new chiller. I want stainless steel and I want to circulate water through a pond pump in a bucket of ice this summer. Which of the two following chillers would be easier to adapt to the pump?

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/stainless-steel-immersion-wort-chiller.html

http://www.midwestsupplies.com/stainless-steel-immersion-wort-chiller-w-garden-hose-fittings.html

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Beer Recipes / My second stab at a brown ale
« on: March 04, 2013, 09:52:08 AM »
BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Ralph's Little Brown Ale II
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: American Brown Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
--------------------------
Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.056 SG
Estimated Color: 21.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 38.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
7 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        64.4 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        18.4 %       
8.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         3        4.6 %         
8.0 oz                Victory Malt (25.0 SRM)                  Grain         4        4.6 %         
8.0 oz                White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain         5        4.6 %         
4.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               Grain         6        2.3 %         
2.0 oz                Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM)          Grain         7        1.1 %         
0.75 oz               Cascade [6.10 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           8        19.2 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] - Boil 15.0 Hop           9        18.9 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Nottingham Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 m Yeast         10       -             


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 14.0 oz

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General Homebrew Discussion / Question about AHA membership renewal
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:44:56 AM »
I just got an offer in the mail to get a discount if I renew early. But I don't see the ability to get that discount by renewing online. I don't want to renew through the mail. Is there a way to take advantage of that discount renewing online?

113
The Pub / Ready
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:45:09 AM »
Just filled my gas can. That big ol Snowblower of mine aint gonna do me no good if I aint got no gas. We are expecting 1 to 3 inches overnight and 6 to 12 inches tomorrow.
Closet full of canned food...check
10 gallons of bottled water...check
10 cases and a keg of beer....check
Bring it on

114
General Homebrew Discussion / Just out of curiosity
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:18:13 AM »
I did a search and didn't come up where this has been asked about or discussed before. So if it has please pardon the rerun. But has the AHA ever considered a facebook page?

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Kegging and Bottling / Brand new keg from beveragefactory.com
« on: February 18, 2013, 12:53:53 PM »
I really like this thing. The opening is big enough to put my entire arm in so I can get in and scrub by hand. The bottom is dome shaped and the tube meets the middle of the dome so that if i want to prime with sugar instead of charging with C02, any sediment that forms will fall off the sides and I will be drawing from clean beer. Ralph likes it too and that is important  :D






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General Homebrew Discussion / New Tap Handle
« on: February 13, 2013, 11:41:12 AM »
I got my new tap handle and my kegerator is now customized to fit my mancave  :D









On the last one I was trying to get it against the background of the picture above my tapper. Unfortunately my built in flash leaves a lot to be desired.

117
Kegging and Bottling / morebeer reconditioned corny kegs
« on: February 09, 2013, 01:00:24 PM »
I bought one of those. I received it a few weeks ago. Today I got it out to clean it up and get ready to fill it tomorrow and this is what I found.



I have been trying to get that outpost, or whatever it is called, off with a 25 inch long half inch drive breaker bar and it absolutely will not budge. You would think they would inspect a keg after reconditioning it. I am all done doing business with them.

118
Equipment and Software / I am not sure where to post this but...
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:07:33 PM »
I am wanting to find a chess piece tap handle for my kegerator. My preference would be a knight. So far all I have been able to find is the following:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/122448008/queen-chess-piece-beer-tap-walnut-chess?ref=sr_gallery_12&ga_includes[]=tags&ga_search_query=beer+tap+handles&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

and

http://www.etsy.com/listing/122447828/rook-chess-piece-beer-tap-walnut-chess?ref=v1_other_2

Does anybody know of any other sites where I might find odd custom tap handles?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Anybody familiar with BRY-97 by lallemand?
« on: February 07, 2013, 09:07:09 AM »
I was at the home brew store in Lawrence KS. They had all Lallemand yeasts for $3 a package. I saw some of this. The owner said it competes with Fermentus S 05. I haven't been having very good luck with O5 lately so I picked up a few packages of this stuff. I was just wondering if anybody has had any experience with it.

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Beer Recipes / End of the World Milk Stout vs Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
« on: January 29, 2013, 08:51:14 AM »
A friend of mine asked me if I was ever going to do a milk stout. He said he just loved the Left Hand Milk Stout at Old Chicago. So I thought why not give it a shot. I went to the Left Hand website and they listed the ingredients but not the portions. So I ordered one and tasted it and guestimated the proportions of the ingredients. This is what I came up with:

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: End of the World Milk Stout
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Sweet Stout
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
--------------------------
Boil Size: 5.70 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.059 SG
Estimated Color: 54.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 22.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
5 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        44.4 %       
2 lbs                 Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM)             Grain         2        17.8 %       
1 lbs                 Roasted Barley (Simpsons) (550.0 SRM)    Grain         3        8.9 %         
8.0 oz                Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM)                 Grain         4        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         5        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               Grain         6        4.4 %         
8.0 oz                Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)                   Grain         7        4.4 %         
4.0 oz                Black Malt - 2-Row (Briess) (500.0 SRM)  Grain         8        2.2 %         
1.00 oz               Fuggles [5.40 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           9        22.1 IBUs     
1 lbs                 Milk Sugar (Lactose) [Boil for 60 min](0 Sugar         10       8.9 %         
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         11       -       

Trying them side by side the left hand was definitely sweeter where mine had a bit of a bitter bite. Not drastically but detectable. I am thinking this will condition out over time. Also when tasted side by side I could definitely detect more 2 row in mine. The bubbles are finer in the left hand giving it a "nitro" feel even out of the bottle. I have no idea how they do that. Other than that there were no discernible differences in flavor.

I was surprised at the hop bitterness when I only used an ounce of relatively low alpha hops. If I take another stab at this sometime I will FWH half an ounce and add the other half at around 45 minutes to tone that down.  Also I will back off the 2 row by half a pound. 



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