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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, ME ; North Conway, NH and Burlington, VT.
« on: August 16, 2011, 03:28:41 PM »
Longtrail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners, VT

I visited there in October 2001 on a Fall Colors tour and thought the beer was great.  Of course that was a long time ago, but I did like the IPA, Double Bag, and Harvest enough at the time to take a case of each with me for the rest of my trip. ;D  If I remember correctly, they have a nice pub with a deck right on the creek. Hard to beat that setting.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Need to downsize my Kegerator. Any Ideas?
« on: August 11, 2011, 03:16:19 PM »
The girlfriend wants me to get a smaller keg setup, and some thing that is a little more aesthetic than a full sized fridge. I'd like to be able to run two cornie kegs at once, and maybe have some room for lagering.  Any ideas?

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Get a new girlfriend??  ;D

Just kidding!! Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Seriously, though, maybe a small chest freezer that could fit in a laundry room or garage would work.  There are some great threads about kegerators on this forum that might give you some ideas for making one look more aesthetic. 

The Pub / Re: Which sport do you enjoy drinking beer to the most?(Poll)
« on: August 11, 2011, 01:48:53 PM »
Although my favorite sport to watch is football, sadly I don't usually drink during it b/c it's on Sunday and I have to work the next day.

just watch real football, it's played on Saturdays  :)
Oh yeah, you got that right.  ROLL TIDE.  I usually have all day Sunday to recover from my celebration or beating my head with an empty Chimay bottle.

They play football on Sundays? When did that start? 
Corky, is your head still hurting from last year's Iron Bowl? Hopefully you were able to finish that Chimay before you started beating your head with it.  ;D

Ingredients / Re: hops for a porter
« on: August 11, 2011, 01:40:54 PM »

Anything English well work well.

+1.  I use both in my Porter.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Uh-oh... Leaky Keg Blues
« on: July 07, 2011, 11:18:59 AM »
There is a market for them if he'll sell to you in bulk for homebrew use.

Tom, I'm not sure if he will do that or not.  I get the feeling they only do it as a goodwill thing to help out the local homebrewers, but I will inquire the next time I'm over there. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Uh-oh... Leaky Keg Blues
« on: July 07, 2011, 10:46:10 AM »
It is really drying up.  Jon at Mountain got them from me, and I checked with my source a couple of weeks ago (he works at the Pepsi distributor in Olympia) and he can't get any, they're gone.  I sold the last ones I wanted to a few weeks ago.

Keg prices do seem to be continually going up.  I guess I should consider myself lucky.  Our local Pepsi distributor will sell kegs to members of our local homebrew clubs.  Of course, who knows how long that will last.  Maybe I should pick up a few extras just in case.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Uh-oh... Leaky Keg Blues
« on: July 06, 2011, 05:52:21 PM »
Yeah, I went to Mountain for it. Figured it'd end up being cheaper paying the tax locally instead of paying shipping from one of the online places, since the actual unit price was pretty much identical. And I got to pick out exactly which keg I wanted! :)

I'm probably just going to stick with the one keg for now—partly for financial reasons and partly because I'm a very low-volume brewer at the moment. I do want to pick up at least one or two more eventually, but I don't see that happening until next summer at the earliest.That said, I wouldn't mind meeting up on Friday anyway, especially since you won't be at the meeting. Right now my schedule's open pretty much any time before 4:00, but given the nature of my summer job that could change by this time tomorrow.

Good luck with the "one keg for now" plan!  I just started kegging this spring and am already up to 8.   ;D

Beer Recipes / Re: First Recipe Help
« on: July 06, 2011, 12:19:17 PM »
I would agree about cutting down a little on the black patent and adding a few other grains for complexity.  I don't use much black patent compared to several other's suggestions, but I do add the roasted and black roasted barley.  Definitely use a big enough yeast starter, and a blow-off hose instead of an airlock (unless you want to mop the ceiling like Weaze).    Here is my Russian Imperial Stout. The last time I made this, it hit an OG of 1.116.

Russian Imperial Stout
Size: 5.5 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%

Original Gravity: 1.107 (1.075 - 1.115)
Terminal Gravity: 1.026 (1.018 - 1.030)
Color: 42.38 (30.0 - 40.0)
Alcohol: 10.83% (8.0% - 12.0%)
Bitterness: 62.9 (50.0 - 90.0)

17.5 lb Maris Otter
1.0 lb Barley Flaked
1.0 lb Crystal Malt 80°L
1.0 lb Roasted Barley
0.5 lb Caramunich® TYPE II
0.5 lb Chocolate Malt
0.5 lb British Black Patent
0.5 lb Black Roasted Barley
1.0 oz Magnum (14.5%) - added during boil, boiled 40 min
1.0 oz Glacier (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 40 min
1.0 oz Glacier (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 10 min
0.5 oz Fuggle (4.8%) - steeped after boil
0.5 oz Willamette (5.0%) - steeped after boil
0.5 oz Fuggle (4.8%) - steeped after boil
0.5 oz Willamette (5.0%) - added dry to secondary fermenter
1.0 ea WYeast 1028 London Ale

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Opinions on aeration system
« on: July 05, 2011, 03:50:59 PM »
The other thing you are not considering with the pumped air option is that there is a not a viable way to adjust how much air is being pumped. So while you leave the pump on the wort continues to bubble and bubble and bubble and you end up witha  huge mess of foam on your hand. You need to leave the pump running for at least 20 minutes so it becomes quite a PITA.

With an o2 tank you can adjust the flow (you only want the slightest trickle) and 2-4 minutes is all you will even need at most, as opposed to 20-40 minutes with an aquarium pump.

Also, while it make cost a small chunk of change up frontm I recommend visiting you local welding shop and looking to how much it would cost you to lease or buy a tank. One tank will last you years and the regulator will work better than the thing that works on the disposable tanks.

Good point.  I have been using the disposable tanks myself. Hadn't really thought of just buying/leasing a larger tank.  Regardless, I definitley think the O2 is a much better option than the air pump due to the time and mess issue.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Opinions on aeration system
« on: July 05, 2011, 03:15:26 PM »
If you are going the aeration route (instead of O2), I would suggest just buying a cheap fish tank aerator pump, some tubing, and an inline filter.  Making your own should be cheaper than buying a pre-made one. 

Brewing a Black IPA right now and will start an APA later this afternoon.  Also will be brewing a Dunkelweizen tomorrow.

The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 01, 2011, 09:14:21 AM »
I am currently reading The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara

I love Shaara'a books!  Can't miss reading for the history buff.  I'm about to finish No Less Than Victory. 

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:04:09 PM »
They are so easy to love.   

I assume you're talking about the pretty girl. :D

Is there something else in that picture? ;D

I usually seem to get through 20 batches or so before they break on me.  Got sick of them breaking (usually right in the middle of using it) and bought a stainless steel one last year.  Should last a bit longer.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing class
« on: June 10, 2011, 09:42:23 AM »
I would definitley agree with keeping it simple.  Maybe start with showing and explaining all of the equipment and discuss the basic process for an extract batch. Then actually brew a batch and pass out a few homebrews.  After the batch is brewed I would then discuss fermentation and bottling procedures, and end with a very basic discussion of the next levels (steeping grains, then all grain) to let them know where they can progress to as a homebrewer.  I would strongly suggest having handouts for everyone:  a list of online resources for brewing supplies and information; a list of some books they should consider purchasing; and a printed guide for beginners such as this
Having some references to take home has always been a big hit with the people I have taught. 
Good luck!!

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