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Diamond ring. Gave one to my girlfriend 17 years ago and nothing has been the same sense.
Man, that's brutal. I hope she doesn't read these forums ever...

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Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:38:38 AM »
Red Devil TSP/90 is what I use to mix with oxiclean. It works rather well.

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Pimp My System / Re: Simple Keezer
« on: January 05, 2014, 11:49:14 AM »
Looks good. You should've gone with Perlicks though!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 02:37:13 PM »
I don't usually plan my beers out that far in advance. It's usually what I'm feeling or what I think will be good in a month or so. I plan to do a Maibock, then a brown ale. But it could change at any time. It's too cool in my house for Wy1469 to properly attenuate I think (which is what I have for harvested ale yeast). Can't raise it to 68. Which makes me think I should be brewing more lagers and steam/hybrid beers.

I usually use 1469 around 60-62F, and it has always attenuated quite well, IME. I obviously don't know what your conditions are like, but thought I'd throw that out there.
Wow, I just don't get it. I aerated with pure O2, pitched a starter for one and harvested yeast for the other, mashed at 153...had a 1.044 bitter stop at 1.014 and a 1.065 IPA is currently at 1.021 after a week and a half. I'm perplexed. The only thing I can think of is the fact that it's a rather flocculent yeast and I can't get temps above about 64 right now.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:44:48 AM »
I don't usually plan my beers out that far in advance. It's usually what I'm feeling or what I think will be good in a month or so. I plan to do a Maibock, then a brown ale. But it could change at any time. It's too cool in my house for Wy1469 to properly attenuate I think (which is what I have for harvested ale yeast). Can't raise it to 68. Which makes me think I should be brewing more lagers and steam/hybrid beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stouts - grain to glass
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:10:12 PM »
The carboys always get a soak with homemade PBW mix of 70/30 oxiclean free and TSP/90 for 24 hours, then rinsed well. My guess is it's some kind of deposit building up maybe? But soaking it in a mild acid solution isn't getting rid of it. I mean, I don't taste anything really off in my other beers, but whose to say it's not something subtle and the dark beers roast character is more affected by it? I don't know, I'd doubt the haze is causing any issues, just curious.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stouts - grain to glass
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:56:57 AM »
Anyone think haze in a carboy could cause off flavors? I think my answer is no, but I don't know 100%. I've tried soaking them in starsan solution, soaking one now with 5 gallons of water and 2 cups of white vinegar. 18 hours later and I'm still seeing the cloud line. It's weird.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Broke my glass carboy today
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:47:52 AM »
I'm still using carboys. I just make sure to be very careful when handling them. I don't lift them when full unless I use a brew hauler and I make sure my hands and the carboy surface is dry when I pick it up to dump out yeast/trub. Use some finesse, guys!
Glad you weren't near the carboy when it broke, alestateyall.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bo-pils frustration (saaz problem??)
« on: December 30, 2013, 01:29:18 PM »
I'm skeptical....

I would be, also, but I had a pound bag of German Select and after using about half of it, I realized that either the hops were bad or I just didn't like them.  I went back to Magnum and no problem.  Still not sure whether they went "bad" or were just not to my liking....but I wouldn't discount hop differences from year to year being noticeable in an award winning recipe from a brewer who brews that particular style very well. 

Last thought - could it also be a little of your palate changing?  I know I have suffered palate fatigue and need to "reset" it by foregoing a style for a couple weeks.  Just a few thoughts to consider.
True, but I'd be hard pressed to think he'd have palate fatigue for a whole year. I felt that the 2012 crop of chinook were harsh. Sucks because I have a bunch of them in my freezer...
So it very well could be the crop. I've also heard that 2013 Amarillo are harsh. Damn it, because I've got a pound of them in my freezer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stouts - grain to glass
« on: December 30, 2013, 12:11:32 PM »
Thanks for all your input, guys. I appreciate it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stouts - grain to glass
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:56:35 AM »
If your problems only occur with dark beer then it is unlikely to be an infection or mess somewhere in your kegging system. It should be showing up in all of your beers. Seems more likely to be a ph issue.


I sure hope so. I've got some things to work on. Seems like it all used to be so much simpler. The more you learn, the harder it gets, it seems.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stouts - grain to glass
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:41:58 AM »
Could it be the carbonation level? I'm assuming since you're using a distributor, you are carbing your stouts and american ales all the same.
Possibly, but seems unlikely. I'm carbonating at 10 PSI at about 38F. So what's that, around 2.4 volumes?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BIAB Natural Bags?
« on: December 30, 2013, 06:51:44 AM »
A pillow case would be too fine. I've read about guys having terrible times when they've tried it. Get the voile!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beers planned for 2014
« on: December 30, 2013, 06:49:13 AM »
I don't plan to brew, but that's cool that you all are. You won't be too hung over to brew? I actually don't plan to go anywhere on new year's eve. Just don't care for the "holiday" and don't need to be out on the road with all the drunk drivers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stouts - grain to glass
« on: December 30, 2013, 06:46:36 AM »
I wish it were that simple, I guess. I just don't think this issue I'm having is a mouthfeel, more of a flavor I can't quite place. I'm disassembling my co2 system to see if I didn't miss something before. I hope I don't have to take my regulator apart to clean it, I don't know how to do that. I need a sanity check as I've considered going back to bottling.

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