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General Homebrew Discussion / Heat and beer questions
« on: September 09, 2013, 08:01:56 AM »
If bottled beer sits in a car trunk on a hot day for a few hours does it ruin it? What happens to beer being shipped to contests and stuff during hot summer days? Just how much heat does it take to ruin bottled beer?

The Pub / Just emailed discover
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:59:39 AM »
They do offer virtual online numbers. You can generate one anytime you want. So anytime you purchase something you can log onto discover and generate a different number. That way it doesn't matter if someone even gets ahold of your virtual number. By the time they do you have a different one. And nobody ever has your real credit card number.

Equipment and Software / Conical test run
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:42:52 AM »
I am doing the maiden run of my new conical with a Wheat beer.
Recipe as follows
BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: White Wheat Hoppimania II
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: American Wheat or Rye Beer
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: 1.051 SG
Estimated Color: 3.8 SRM
Estimated IBU: 44.2 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 75.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        66.7 %       
3 lbs                 White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain         2        33.3 %       
0.50 oz               Amarillo [9.20 %] - First Wort 60.0 min  Hop           3        20.2 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Citra [12.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min          Hop           4        17.3 IBUs     
0.50 oz               Amarillo [9.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min        Hop           5        6.6 IBUs     

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs
Name              Description                             Step Temperat Step Time     
Mash In           Add 12.25 qt of water at 164.7 F        150.0 F       75 min       

I used Nottingham yeast.

I found the conical to be extremely easy to sanitize. I put 2.5 gallons of star san in it, made sure it contacted entire interior with a paper towel. I drained all I could through the "spigot" ball valve, then let the rest out the bottom. No need to lift the conical at all. I checked for any leaks while I was at it. I must say I really do like the tri clamps.

Once I had my beer in the thing I sealed it up. Instead of using a #7 stopper with an air lock I put the 90 degree barb in the top that I bought for pressurizing the thing to push the beer out instead of siphoning.

I then put a hose on that leading to the bucket of star san, I ran that through and air lock grommet, and left the lid loose and slightly off for pressure to escape.

The next morning bubbles were being blown into the star san at about the speed of an automatic weapon you hear on the movies. Ambient temperature in that room is 67 degrees. My beer was at 68. Before work that day I checked on it and it was blowing like an aquarium pump and the temperature of the wort was 74. When I got home from work last night it was still blowing and wort was 75. That's 8 degrees over ambient temperature of the room. I am not fond of Hefs but it looks like I am making one.

My overall impression with this thing is it is a bit less work than my buckets when making beer. But I haven't had to clean it yet. I suspect that is going to be a trade off. I will be able to dump the yeast cake out the bottom so I won't have to clean much of that out, but I will have ball valves to disassemble and clean. Also I never watched the fermenting temperatures in my buckets. So I don't know if this is holding more heat or not. I might need to look into a way to control it. I will wait and see what happens next time I use it. I have rarely had fermentations this active so this might be a unique situation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Security Breach at Midwest Supplies
« on: September 03, 2013, 10:46:45 AM »
This is from another forum where it was reposted from HBT.

This was posted on HBT over the weekend by Midwest Supplies:

    Recently we learned that despite our best efforts the security of our website was breached by an outside party. For certain types of transactions, this breach may have resulted in the outside party being able to capture and use customer credit card information entered at the time of the transaction. When we identified the breach, we immediately secured our servers, hired a technical team to investigate and help resolve the situation, notified the credit card companies and law enforcement, and obtained legal counsel specializing in computer hacking to help us navigate the very specific legal notification requirements for all 50 states. At this time, all of the notifications have been made, and letters have been sent to all customers that may have been impacted. We regret not providing an update sooner, but we did not want to comment publicly until our investigation was complete and we were able to identify and notify those potentially affected.

    Our investigation has now been completed and we are satisfied that the situation has been resolved and that all affected customers have been identified. We have also implemented extensive steps to prevent this kind of incident from happening again. In addition, we sent a letter to each customer who may have been impacted, notifying them of the incident and providing our sincere apology and a credit for $25 worth of homebrewing or winemaking supplies. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our customer service department by phone at 888-449-2739. Rest assured that if you were not contacted you were not among the customers impacted.

    We have spent many years working to earn your trust and loyalty. And we recognize an attack like this can undermine that trust. As one brewer to another, you can rest assured that we won’t rest until you’ve brewed your best.

    David Kidd

    Beer and Wine Making Supplies since 1995

One of the reasons I have always liked them better than Northern Brewer is that they accept paypal. I really feel a lot safer using paypal over credit cards online.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Free State Octoberfest
« on: September 01, 2013, 05:45:18 PM »
Free State Brewery is the oldest brewery in Kansas. It is a small brewpub who recently started bottling and selling kegs. Thier Octoberfest is rather different then the ones I am accustomed to. I had it on tap at Old Chicago.It was lighter in color than Octoberfests usually are. The munich malt was there but not as prevelant as I would expect. The beer was on the sweet side but not in an unpleasant way at all. It had a very subtle chocolate flavor accompanied by a really nice toastiness. This is an extremely pleasant beer that I would highly recommend. Very malt forward with no hop presence at all. Which is what an octoberfest is supposed to be.

Equipment and Software / Can you beat this deal?
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:56:55 AM »
A friend of mine was given a refrigerator and wants to convert it to a kegerator. This is the best deal I have been able to find on the equipment to do it.
I have tried Midwestsupplies, Northern Brewer, Morebeer, ebay, and none have had a conversion kit as complete as this one and none have matched this price even without the kegs. Am I missing any sources?

General Homebrew Discussion / cleaning and passifying question
« on: August 28, 2013, 08:28:38 AM »
My new conical came with first time cleaning instructions. They say to clean inside and out with a grease cutting soap. Would dish soap work for that? I don't think oxyclean cuts grease. Then it says to use Bar Keepers Friend as my cleaner. This has Oxalic Acid which passifies my kettle. Again would oxyclean or PBW passify my Conical?

Equipment and Software / opinions on which conical is better solicited
« on: August 15, 2013, 07:56:30 AM »
Stout charges an arm and a leg for shipping so both of these are very close to the same price. I am looking at the 14.5 on each. On the stout I would want the one with the thermometer.

Would it be better to buy this one?

Or this one?

Equipment and Software / Has anybody used one of these?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:58:11 PM »

It looks to me like it would be too low to the ground to rack from it to a keg or to bottle from it.

General Homebrew Discussion / What's up with this?
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:06:16 PM »
Northern Brewer sends me an email saying it has been a long time since I have done business with them and they want me back. I always did like Northern Brewer but I deal with midwestsupplies because they use paypal. NB gives me 20% off my next order. It just so happens I need a sack of 2 row. So I order one. With my 20% discount plus shipping I am getting my 50lb sack of 2 row for $45. Now here is what I find confusing. They send me my UPS tracking number. I ordered yesterday scheduled delivery is tomorrow...very impressive..BUT the UPS tracking thing says it is 41.2lbs shipping weight???? Isn't a 50lb sack supposed to weigh 50lbs? Or did they take out my 20% savings in grain?  :o
Mind you I am not in anyway trying to slight NB. They are a great company to do business with. I am sure I am getting a 50lb sack. This is just a mystery and I am wondering if anybody has an explanation?

Beer Recipes / A couple tweaks to my Red Ale recipe
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:57:21 PM »
I dropped the 2 oz of black roasted barley for color and used 2 oz of chocolate malt instead. Usually I FWH with an ounce of cascade then flavor and dry hop with UK Fuggles. But this time I used Goldings for everything instead. Also I don't think I am going to dry hop this batch.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Ralph's Knucklehead Red with goldings
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Irish Red Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 6.20 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.20 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.052 SG
Estimated Color: 15.3 SRM
Estimated IBU: 29.1 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
9 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        88.9 %       
12.0 oz               Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)    Grain         2        7.4 %         
4.0 oz                Special B Malt (180.0 SRM)               Grain         3        2.5 %         
2.0 oz                Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM)               Grain         4        1.2 %         
0.80 oz               Goldings, East Kent [6.40 %] - First Wor Hop           5        22.9 IBUs     
1.20 oz               Goldings, East Kent [6.40 %] - Boil 5.0  Hop           6        6.2 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               SafAle English Ale (DCL/Fermentis #S-04) Yeast         7        -             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 2.0 oz

Beer Recipes / Amarillo Witbier hybrid
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:14:14 AM »
A friend of mine is giving me some coriander that grew in his cilantro bed. I never cared for fruit in beer so I thought I would use Amarillo hops in lieu of the orange peel. Anyway this is what I have come up with. All suggestions will be taken into consideration whether I end up using them or not.

BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout -
Recipe: Amarillo Witbier
Brewer: Roger
Asst Brewer: Ralph the Wonderdog
Style: Witbier
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 6.52 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal   
Bottling Volume: 4.60 gal
Estimated OG: 1.053 SG
Estimated Color: 3.4 SRM
Estimated IBU: 20.0 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 83.8 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
6 lbs                 Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)           Grain         1        63.2 %       
3 lbs                 White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM)               Grain         2        31.6 %       
0.38 oz               Cascade [5.50 %] - First Wort 60.0 min   Hop           3        7.8 IBUs     
8.0 oz                Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)          Sugar         4        5.3 %         
0.76 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min   Hop           5        7.9 IBUs     
0.76 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min    Hop           6        4.4 IBUs     
0.75 oz               Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins)           Spice         7        -             
0.50 oz               Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Aroma Steep 0.0 Hop           8        0.0 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml]       Yeast         9        -             

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
I plan on mashing at 148 to 150 for around 75 minutes.

Total Grain Weight: 9 lbs 8.0 oz

All Things Food / Tip
« on: July 30, 2013, 01:00:19 PM »
If you wrap a brat in a tortilla instead of putting it in a bun it becomes a "wrap" and then it is healthy.

Ingredients / Charlie asks
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:49:41 AM »
I was looking at the Charlie Asks thing that is currently on the main site. Is there really a big difference between US and UK Goldings?

General Homebrew Discussion / Bottle cap discovery
« on: July 22, 2013, 08:04:01 AM »
I have been using the American flag bottle caps they sell at midwestsupplies for a long time. Yesterday I was at the home brew store in Lawrence and they had them. I bought a package. It said on the package that they were oxygen barrier caps. I never knew that. I got them home and compared them to the ones I have already and they are definitely the same thing. They just are not labeled as such when you buy them form midwestsupplies. Not that I am complaining as I have a stout and a porter that I want to age nearly a year to be ready this winter.

I have always liked these caps, not only for the really cool design, but also because they are a sturdier metal than the other caps I had been using. The home brew store was selling them for $3.75 for a bag of 144. I had been paying $4.99. Shipping is a wash as the home brew store is approx 30 miles away. It makes a nice pleasant get away road trip and there are to excellent breweries in Lawrence.

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