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The Pub / Re: Lost another friend yesterday
« on: November 21, 2011, 01:40:30 PM »
Three in one year, I can't imagine what you're going through.  Hang tough Jim.

I'll be celebrating my birthday by brewing 5 gal of Marzen.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: French Saison yeast quirky?
« on: November 08, 2011, 10:00:27 AM »
No, I typically ferment this yeast in mid-60s and never had a problem with attenutation; usually finishes in mid single digits.

My weekend starts today at 4 pm.  Kegging an apa tonight and brewing an am. stout tomorrow.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting Observation wlp 530 vs 500
« on: October 19, 2011, 06:15:20 AM »
Let  us know the results after you re-brew.  The last two times I've used  WY3787 (wyeast equivalent of 530) they both ended up under-attenuated despite pitching enough yeast and ramping up the fermentation temps into the low 70s.

The Pub / Re: Farewell to my pal...
« on: October 16, 2011, 06:41:32 AM »
Sorry for your loss Ron.  I'll raise a pint of RIS to BB tonight.  I'll be sure to give my 4-legged children a hug when I get home.

Brewing an apa tomorrow to try an use up last years hops.

Don't mean to hijack the thread, but have you or anyone else used fermcap to control the belgian and hefe yeast. I love the wy 3887/WLP530, but the blow-offs and loss can be substantial even in a 6 gal carboy.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First lager batch
« on: September 21, 2011, 11:06:27 AM »
Might be lazy, but with the price of DME, it makes sense. If it takes a pound of DME, which costs $5, to make a 4-L starter, and a smack pack costs $6.25 and is fresh, seems to me that the extra pack is the way to go.

Sound logic, assuming 1 extra pack is all you need.

For a 5.5 gal lager recipe with 1.050 SG, MrMalty calculates the amount of yeast pitched would require either a 3.56 qt starter or 4 smack packs of yeast (assuming 97% viability).

The Pub / Re: East coast earthquake
« on: August 24, 2011, 06:55:40 AM »
Taylor Ham? Is that a brand? Anyone ever had Treet?

Isn't treet the poor man's spam?

+1 on the pork roll, egg and chees on a hard roll.  Ate a lot of those when I lived in NJ.

Stonekeep meadery in Birdsboro makes some decent meads, but don't know if you can get them in state stores.  If  you are close, they usually have an open house every month or two.

I made a run down to Lancaster area and grabbed all the varieties of Stonekeep meads, Frecon Farms ciders, as well as Mt Hope winery's meads. I have not tried the Stonekeep's yet. I'm planning to have a mead tasting party in a couple weeks.

What do you think about Mt Hope's offerings? I had their sweet mead and found it enjoyable - but I was camping in the woods.

(I did enjoy some good brewpub beer at Mt Joy's Bebe's Brewery too!)

I've never had any of the Mt. Hope meads, let us know what you think.

Having a hard time getting any good mead in Pennsylvania   - our stupid/archaic state owned wine stores makes obtaining anything like Redstone, Rabbits Foot, Long Island, Moonlight meadery's virtually impossible. 

Moonlight Meadery is looking for a PA distributor, if you know of any... have them contact me at

That would be awesome to get your meads in PA. 

I tasted all of Michael's meads in San Diego and they were phenomenal.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 06:17:39 AM »
It's a toss up between SA triple bock, tastes too much like soy sauce, and SA cranberry lambic.  The lambic is one of the only beers that I've poured out after 2 sips. 

Homebrew Competitions / Malt Madness 2011
« on: August 03, 2011, 06:32:24 AM »
The Lehigh Valley Homebrewers will be hosting Malt Madness V, their annual AHA/BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition, on September 24, 2011 at the Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, PA.

Entries are $6.00 for the first entry and $5.00 for subsequent entries and will be accepted from August 17th through September 8th. Complete details and drop-off locations are available at  Forms and online entry should be available soon.

If you are interested in volunteering to judge or steward, please visit the following website to register:

Good luck to everyone entering.

Mike Lessa
Competition Organizer

Dave Barber
Judge Coordinator

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wort chillers
« on: July 28, 2011, 05:41:27 AM »
I run some for cleanup and the rest goes into the washing machine.

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