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Ingredients / Re: Wyeast Nutrient Blend how much to use?
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:43:09 AM »
I add a pinch to my starters and still add 1/2 tsp to my wort.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting Split-Batch Belgian
« on: April 07, 2013, 05:05:50 PM »
I did a belgian blond with 3522 and crashed it at 32 and eventually added gelatin.  Never did clear up, but damn was it tasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 07, 2013, 05:00:24 PM »
Didn't know there was a National Beer Day either, but am celebrating by downing some tasty Bo Pils.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 05, 2013, 12:49:32 PM »
I soak my peas for 30 minutes in compost tea.  Just planted them last week.

No asparagus up yet, but the rhubarb plant is starting to pop.

no brewing; NHC judging!


I'm heading up to NYC to judge the regionals.


Not looking forward to getting up at 5 AM to drive there though.

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.

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