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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't clean fermenter
« on: March 28, 2013, 05:36:44 PM »
I'll try the Free & Clear Natural 2X Seventh Generation detergent if the current 5-day soak in PBW/oxyclean does not work.  Sometimes you gotta change your approach rather than doing more of the same.

I tried the 7th generation detergent and did 2 soaks before dumping it an hitting it with PBW.  I have started inverting by BB when soaking with PBW to avoid stress fractures on the bottom.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't clean fermenter
« on: March 26, 2013, 12:07:31 PM »
I use a concentration of 2 oz of PBW in 5 gallons of hot faucet water and let it soak overnight.  On the few occasions where it didn't all come off a 2nd round took care of it.

I use starsan as well.  I'm a little paranoid and have dedicated tubing, siphon and airlocks for sours.

Judging at War of the Worts on Saturday and maybe a belgian braggot on Sunday.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to use a blow off tube
« on: February 22, 2013, 06:44:59 AM »
The only time I use a blow off tube is when I use wyeast 3068 or 3787.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Infection, what's this?
« on: February 22, 2013, 06:42:00 AM »
What kind of barrel was it and how was it cared for before you filled it with beer?  To me this looks like the beginning of a brett pellicle.

The Pub / Re: Fly Fisherpeople....tyers?? BEAUTIFUL
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:48:22 AM »
Magpie is the correct entity...

A black-billed magpie to be specific.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:03:27 AM »
I often use recipes out of BCS as a starting point.  DGB has a lot of great information, but is a bit dated. For belgians, sours or wheat beers I like the Farmhouse Ales, Brew Like a Monk, Wild Brews and Brewing ith Wheat.

Ingredients / Re: El Dorado Hops
« on: February 04, 2013, 07:21:21 AM »
I'm just finishing up a keg of el dorado pale ale.  The hops have a nice fruitiness, almost like cherry lifesave. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 04, 2013, 07:08:34 AM »
Do the full thing.

Read the first time attendee guide.

Get prepared for lots of beer, and lots of fun.

You won't regret it.
You might regret it if you book an early flight for Sunday. ;)

I made that mistake last year...that was a rough morning.  Luckily this year I can sleep in.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Free rise temp for Belgian strong?
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:04:26 AM »
I would try and keep the beer below 70.  Make sure you've got a blow off tube on it, this yeast really rocks!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 25, 2013, 06:33:25 AM »
I don't know that I've made a beer without yeast nutrients.  I use Wyeast Nutrient blend, a pinch in my starters and 1/2 tsp with 10 min left in the boil.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir-Plate 3000 yeast stirrer review
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:58:11 PM »
I personally can't justify the cost of a 4-5 L flask, so I use 1 gal glass jugs. $40 buys a lot of ingredients.

All of my glass jugs have a concave bottom and I couldn't get the stir bar to stay on.

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:52:01 PM »
People pay for beer glasses?

It looks like I am paying $255 for a glass this year, know what I mean?  :)

Think of all the free refills you'll get.

I will let you buy me a beer on club night. Hope you have yours there.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir-Plate 3000 yeast stirrer review
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:30:43 AM »
I have a 4 liter starting going right now on my Stir Starter, haven't had any issues with it.

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