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All Grain Brewing / Re: Edit: I did a decoction, damm!t...
« on: May 10, 2011, 12:45:03 PM »
Sounds very similar to my first try at a decoction!  I can give ya a couple tips...

I think the best tip you gave me so far was "why bother"...

I only have one pot so I won't try another one without a second pot of boiling water handy. 

Also only ended up with 29L of 1.036 wort.  Going to boil that down a lot to try to get to 5.5 US gal of 1.051
Efficiency seems to be off about 5% from what I've been getting. 
Well, I tried it and I'll do it again but next brew will likely be a straight up infusion.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Edit: I did a decoction, damm!t...
« on: May 10, 2011, 11:13:03 AM »
I tried a simplified decoction today.  Did not go well. 
I mashed in 8 lbs of pale malt and 1 lb of crystal at 146 and left it for 30 minutes.  Removed about 6 quarts of thick mash and brought it to 158 and left it for 15 mins.  Brought it to a boil and boiled for 20 minutes.  I would have gone for 30 but it was getting pretty dry.

I added this back to the mash but I only got the water back up to about 148.  I added 5 quarts of boiling water and still only got it up to about 150.  Obviously I need to work on my calculations.  I guess this one will be a bit thinner than intended.  I'm glad I used a whole pound of crystal so it might have a bit of body. 
Still doing the second rest so I have no idea what the OG is but I'll let you know.

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The Pub / Re: Thoughts about fights
« on: May 10, 2011, 10:55:31 AM »
So of course, if my hands are tied and I'm attacked, I'm at somewhat of a disadvantage.

And does this happen to you often?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast for an IPA
« on: May 10, 2011, 07:03:40 AM »
Has anyone used WLP001?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
« on: May 10, 2011, 06:44:47 AM »
Nope, not a bed bug.
Some sort of little spider, who knows what kind.  Given you're in Pennsylvania, I think it's probably an Amish Wood Spider.
Here's a short documentary that gives you more information about Wood Spiders.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
« on: May 09, 2011, 08:03:59 PM »
Post a picture of your critter.  
Besides being great at finding web sites ;) I also spent a couple years as an exterminator and have an education in environmental pest management.  I've seen bed bugs more than once, and a few things you don't want to think about.  
In college we had some guys that grabbed a used couch and moved it into their dorm and brought bed bugs with them.  They'd get drunk, pass out on the couch and wake up the next morning with huge red welts all over them.  That was my first bed bug job when I was a student.  I'm surprised we don't have more threads on stored product pests.  Indian Meal Moth, rice and granary weevil, confused flour beetle, cigarette beetle...I've seen 'em all.

I don't travel off the continent but I travel a lot and I live in fear of bringing the little buggers home with me too.  They're a real pain to get rid of once you've got them.  Glad to hear your taking some precautions.  

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The Pub / Re: I'm not much for guns, BUT....
« on: May 09, 2011, 04:36:21 PM »
LOL this guy is hilarious either on purpose or incidentally.  I am a professional Russian! 

Personally if you look at the rate of fire he's getting, its not much better than you get with a good semi-auto with nice recoil control..

As a professional Canadian, I can get that rate of fire out of my Browning BPS pump.  Not terribly impressive.  And if you add in the extra weight of all those shells, I think you could do a lot better with another firearm.  Yes, it's a full auto 12 gauge...good to have if you're getting attacked by pheasants or ducks but as a practical firearm I think it's just too gimmicky.  Also agree about that slide in magazine.  I'd hate to have a flurry of ducks charging me and have to get that in place. 
Nice gun but I don't think it's overly practical. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
« on: May 09, 2011, 03:25:49 PM »
Oops.  Seems I got the wrong site.  Here's the right one.
http://www.sca.ca/
This makes much more sense.

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Ingredients / Re: What should I have on hand?
« on: May 09, 2011, 03:22:13 PM »
I don't know...Bear in Mind vs Bear Ass Brown.  Not that similar.  Maybe I'll come up with one called Mind my Bear Brown Ass....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
« on: May 09, 2011, 12:56:13 PM »
I googled it.  You're a very complex guy Oscar.
http://www.sca-recovery.org/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fastest Turnaround Time?
« on: May 09, 2011, 12:27:02 PM »
I didn't know T. thermophilus was a yeast...
Nice looking stout.  Have you posted that recipe anywhere?  Down the road a stout is in my future and I may as well start with a good one.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« on: May 09, 2011, 10:20:42 AM »
Well, I'm certainly not gonna argue with Denny.

Oh, c'mon...it's fun and easy!   ;D
No it's not!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« on: May 09, 2011, 10:16:30 AM »
Well, I'm certainly not gonna argue with Denny.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Do I need to fill the airlock ?
« on: May 09, 2011, 10:11:07 AM »
What was the temp when you put it in the freezer?  I'm assuming as it cooled it shrunk in volume and sucked the water into the beer.  I use cheap vodka for that reason, at least it's clean.  I don't see why you wouldn't want to add more water now that the temperatures have stabilized. 

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Ingredients / Re: What should I have on hand?
« on: May 09, 2011, 10:01:50 AM »
I stock vodka, tomato juice, beef broth, celery salt, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce for Brewing Marys.
If you run across Mott's Clamato in your travels, sub that for the tomato and beef broth.  It's called a Caesar.  Bloody Mary's are practically unheard of in Canada because of this.  I've had both and I like Caesar's much better.

I picked up a bunch of crystal on the weekend, 45 and 120L.  They also had a 75L and I should have asked before but can I blend the 45/120 to make 75 or 90 or 105 or some other combination or are the characteristics of each such that they are all stand alone products?
I also got 5 lbs of wheat malt, 5 lbs of pilsner malt (because in the O'fest string it was suggested this would be a better choice) and a few lbs of flaked corn.  
Now I don't know what to make.  I'm torn between a CAP or an American IPA style.  Or keep making changes to the ESB recipe I came up with and am trying to fine tune.  Too many choices...

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