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The Pub / Re: Blue Rhino
« on: November 22, 2011, 02:53:11 PM »
I'm glad I switched from 5 gal batches to 3 gal batches.  Now I can brew on my stove!

Pimp My System / Re: Tap Handle Project
« on: November 22, 2011, 01:23:41 PM »
Sweet tap handles!  I wish I was crafty like that.

Equipment and Software / Re: Haier Chest Freezer on sale
« on: November 22, 2011, 01:17:48 PM »
i had a haier once, not again. the coils rotted out inside the walls, nothing you can do to fix them. it only lasted 4-5 years.
Well that's not very encouraging.  5cu ft is pretty small.  Fits what, 3 kegs?  Probably about one fermenter unless you ferment in kegs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Horizon for Late Hop/Dry Hop
« on: November 22, 2011, 01:15:43 PM »
I agree....I love Horizon for bittering but not so much for aroma.

Every description I read says it's resiny, candy-like, floral.  Sounds perfect for aroma!  I've used it only once in a beer.  It was single hopped, but it was a super dark beer, so the hops didn't even come through.

Going Pro / Re: Show you goods
« on: November 22, 2011, 12:00:53 PM »
Right on, Marc!  Tangerine Dream, coming to a store near you!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Horizon for Late Hop/Dry Hop
« on: November 22, 2011, 09:55:22 AM »
Everything I've read about Horizon says it should be used for bittering.  I don't know what the hell these people are talking about. I actually have some in my freezer, I plan to make an all Horizon pale ale pretty soon.  Looking forward to it.
Like hopvine said, everything indicates that it would be an amazing all around use hops.  Of course they say the same thing about Simcoe.  Aye, Gevalt.  

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is PBW safe?
« on: November 22, 2011, 09:51:04 AM »
A few years ago on the brewing network a guy from five star drank star san...
Is he still alive?  :)

If you're afraid of StarSan, you'd probably better stay away from Coca Cola.
StarSan makes my skin itch like mad if I expose my hands to it too much.  It's certainly not pleasant to drink, in my opinion.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: November 21, 2011, 11:51:34 AM »
If there's any time I don't want a beer it's Sunday morning because I spend most Saturday nights drinking.

The Pub / Re: A tragic accident on Iowa today
« on: November 18, 2011, 04:25:11 PM »
Ha!  That's one small step for man...

Ingredients / Re: Buckwheat Honey
« on: November 17, 2011, 11:28:16 AM »
I'm with Tom in saying I've only used it in mead.  It's a strong flavored honey.  In mead, it definitely needs aging time.  Not sure how much you'd want to use in a beer, maybe 1-2 lbs at the end of the boil.  Or rack on top of it mixed in with some boiled and cooled water in the secondary (this might actually be best as adding it to the kettle will just be adding more highly fermentable sugars).

Running new lines in the kegerator. More cleaning/organizing in the cellar. No brewing this weekend.

This is one of the things I don't like about kegging.  Bottling is more time consuming, but you don't have to worry about this kinda stuff.  Been considering doing more bottling from the keg.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Oatmeal Stout mouthfeel
« on: November 16, 2011, 12:33:37 PM »
I'd mash warmer, not shorter, for more body.

it's a combination of factors.  thermometer calibration is a good idea. 

bay brewer didn't mention his original mash time, nor what the rest of the grist was, but a 45 min mash is reasonable.
I was assuming he was doing the standard 60 minute mash.

I'm making a.....wait for IPA!  My recipe I call None More Black. Three gallon batch with a blend of Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook in 5 different additions throughout the boil.  Yum!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry hopping a porter
« on: November 16, 2011, 09:02:05 AM »
"Noonan!  Nnnnnnnnnnnnoooooonan!!!!" 

"Top notch Danny! Top notch!"

The Pub / Re: Happy Nigel Tufnel Day!
« on: November 16, 2011, 09:00:06 AM »
David - "John 'Stumpy' Pepys...Great, great tall blond geek with glasses...Ah..."
Nigel - "Good drummer"
David - "Great look...Good drummer..."
Marty - "What happened to him?"
David - "He died. He died in a bizarre gardening accident, some years back."
Nigel "It's really one of those things that was, you know, the authorities said...You know...Best leave it unsolved, really...You know"

"You can't really dust for vomit."


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