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I can also get you the high res one if you want, it's 2.2 MB.

The Pub / Re: Fat Washed Bourbon....for da Weaze
« on: April 15, 2011, 10:14:29 AM »

Do you really want a beer that strong at a wedding?  I've got a 4.5% alt and a 8.5% strong golden w/ raspberries on deck for mine in 6 weeks, and I think even the 8.5 is way too strong.  You don't really want people getting drunk at a wedding... I've seen it plenty of times while working a photobooth at weddings, and it's just not pretty.  Plus it's in July... nobody is going to want heavy beers.

Now what would be awesome, is to have your sister and her husband over and you all brew the beer together, and they can crack some open each year around their anniversary.  A beer that strong would age for a long time.  I think we're planning on doing something like that after we get back from the honeymoon.

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort Chillers
« on: April 14, 2011, 11:42:35 AM »
I have a 100 ft. 3/8 copper immersion chiller

How the hell do you fit 100' into your kettle?  I was barely able to get 50' of 0.5" into mine, and that required a double coil.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HOPS IN THE KETTLE
« on: April 14, 2011, 11:35:07 AM »
Have you actually tried that?  The one time I did the strainer got clogged after about the first gallon - never tried it again. 

Yea, it works awesome.  I have a 1/2" ball valve at the bottom of the kettle, so I just attach a hose to that, and direct the hose around the strainer, distributing the gunk.  Fills up pretty quick in the first gallon, but gets better later on.  I just keep a trash can next to me, and when the strainer is getting full I close the valve and dump.  I usually need to dump about 3 times while filling, but the end result is having absolutely no sediment in the fermentor except for yeast.  My beers come out insanely clear.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HOPS IN THE KETTLE
« on: April 13, 2011, 04:01:54 PM »
I agree with everyone else that there's a little bit of a difference.

but why not just plop a kitchen strainer over the funnel when filling your carboy?  You filter out a lot of break material that way, too.

Agreed, Reinhart is the man when it comes to baking.

His bread recipes can't be touched by anyone else.  Although, King Arthur Flour's cookbook is the Bible of baking other things...

got my shipment notice at about 2:30 today.  can't wait!

The Pub / Re: AHA Pub Discounts - What a letdown (For WA).
« on: April 06, 2011, 12:35:45 PM »
Nevermind, I see on the AHA directory that Brew & Grow is offering that. Unfortunately, they're not really near me.

fortunately for me, they're the only one within any reasonable distance.  Surprising that there aren't more in the city.  Brew & Grow is the only one.


this one.  He has a few others, and they're all good.

Equipment and Software / Re: Autosiphon with bad seal
« on: April 05, 2011, 07:34:16 PM »
I really recommend a stainless racking cane with a carboy cap and a sterile air filter.  After switching to this I would never switch back to an auto-siphon.  It doesn't break or craze, I can push it with CO2 if I want, the siphon starts every time without fail . . . it works best for me.

Do you just blow into the filter real hard if not using CO2?

Pre-ordered my copy from AHA a good 4 minutes after getting the e-mail opening up the pre-sale.  ;D

The Pub / Re: AHA Pub Discounts - What a letdown (For WA).
« on: April 05, 2011, 01:23:53 PM »
Hopefully you get to keep that.

The pubs aren't part of the deal.  AFAIK, they've been independent of Fulton St. for a while.

The Pub / Re: It's Baseball Season!
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:33:33 PM »
Thank god, now I have an excuse to sit around drinking Old Style all day, watching my team lose.

Yup, that team is the Cubs.

The Pub / Re: Wrong on so many levels
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:31:05 PM »
Having been to Derby, I think that's a pretty accurate mascot for the infield at a big horse race.

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