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The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 18, 2013, 10:07:07 AM »
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.

Brewing a mild this weekend and maybe some starters for upcoming lagers.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermenting a Barleywine
« on: January 10, 2013, 06:59:26 AM »
For big beers I oxygenate for 2 minutes for a 5 gal batch.  I have never re-oxygentated but there are plenty of people who do.  For barleywines I rack the wort onto the yeast from a previous low-gravity beer and have never had a problem with the beers attenuating. 

The only other I would add is monitor your fermentation temperature and don't let it get out of the 60s.  When making a beer with this amount of sugar fermentation can really take off.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Batch19
« on: January 09, 2013, 08:41:41 AM »
I had a sample at the local distributor last week.  Definitely more drinkable than the other offerings from Coor's, but it didn't change my mind from getting the mixed case from Founder's.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Christmas Presents
« on: December 25, 2012, 06:41:33 PM »
I got a March pump and the hops book by Stan H.

No brewing this weekend...removing the rust from my chest freezer.  But, I've got two starters going for a munich helles and a bopils.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: oxygen absorbing caps
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:15:04 AM »
I use them whenever I bottle, which is usually only for competitions and big beers and meads.  I use them straight out of the bag and turn the bottle over to wet the cap and activate them.  Never had a problem with either infection or oxidation.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Post a pic of your Pellicle!
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:49:53 PM »
I've had a vial of WLP655 pitched for about 4 months now and I've not seen a pellicle. It was 5 gallons of BDSA that had stopped at 1.035. A month ago I blended it with another 5 gallons of the same Batch that had sat on sour cherries with Brett. The brett is noticeable but I think I need more sour. Should I just be patient or repitch more bugs?  Also, what temp should it be sitting at? I want a big gnarly pellicle that will scare my GF!!

I brewed a BDSA that was aged on sour cherries and I added a vial of Brett brux.  I didn't think it was sour enough so I ended up pitching the dregs from several bottles of Jolly Pumpkin beer.  After a year or so, it was at the sourness level I wanted.  I kept it at cellar temperatures which was low to mid 60s.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1 step closer!
« on: December 03, 2012, 11:30:41 AM »
I know, but my wife has short arms and deep pockets.

Other Fermentables / Re: Favorite book on mead
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:54:29 AM »
+2 to The Compleat Meadmaker

Add me to the list of people that highly recommend that book.

I like this book so much I have 2 copies.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1 step closer!
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:30:22 AM »
Good question. I'm up to three 7.5cf chests, and two small conversion refrigerators. That takes care of 16 kegs. Any more and I'll need a walk in for sure. :)

Wow.  I'd kill for that much lagering space.  I want to get another chest freezer, but the wife is balking at the extra electricity usage.  I currently have a chest freezer that fits four, a spare fridge that fits 3 and a small serving fridge that fits 2. 

I'll be brewing a belgian dark strong and dumping it on a yeast cake from a belgian single.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: disposing of yeast cake
« on: November 25, 2012, 06:47:50 AM »
it goes in the compost. or directly in the garden.

+1  Mine goes in the compost bin.

All Things Food / Re: Thanksgiving!
« on: November 18, 2012, 07:30:17 AM »
For me it will be roast turkey with sausage dressing, mashed potatoes, roast sweet potatoes from our garden, green beans.  For desert apple pie with fresh whipped cream.

I'll be breaking open some 2009 granny smith cider to go with dinner and some 2009 cyser with dessert.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Duvell adn Duvel Singl
« on: November 18, 2012, 07:24:26 AM »
+1, Duvel Single is an excellent beer, but I've only ever seen it on draft.   Mmmm, mussels and duvel single.

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