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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:52:47 PM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Is my bottling process oxidizing my beer?
« on: February 21, 2014, 08:44:33 PM »
I need to add some sort of pick-up to the inside of my bucket. The current bucket I have is from MoreBeer and the spigot sucks. It requires the hole to be drilled way above the bottom or else the spigot would hit the floor. I have to have my lady lift and tip for me. I thought about using a corny, but most of my bottled batches are more than 5 gallons
I use a keg for my bottling "bucket". Works very nicely.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy Disaster
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:15:16 AM »
Holy sh*t, what a terrible way to end what sounded like an awesome brew day! I hope you're okay. I used glass carboys for years, but just recently switched to fermenting in kegs. No more worries about breaking fermenters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 2/16/14
« on: February 16, 2014, 05:22:20 PM »
I brewed a brown ale yesterday morning. It was basically BCS Dirty Water brown ale, with Wyeast1469 substituting for the yeast they list. It's going crazy in the keg right now, it'll likely blowout here in a few hours.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:02:00 PM »
I don't see how half pints would cut into profits. I fully to expect to pay a little over 1/2 the price of a full pint of beer when I get a half pint.  I realize there are extra glasses to be cleaned and fills for the bartenders to pour. I really don't mind paying a little more per oz. Some places get downright offended if you ask for a half pint though.
Yes they do. I had a manager at a local brewery get pissed at me because I asked for a half fill on my mug, for which I am a mug club member of their brewery. I couldn't believe it...why is it such a big deal? It turned me off a bit and I don't go to the brewery so much anymore. It's sad. He was being a dick about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 07:46:59 PM »
Thought of another thing that bugs me alittle... I don't like when breweries or craft beer bars don't sell half pints.  I really do enjoy a half pint much more than a pint typically.  Mainly because I had have more variety.
Me and my girlfriend were talking about this just last night. It's a great idea. Russian River does it, and that's super awesome. Some people, like her, have a lower tolerance and don't want a full pint all the time. And for those of us that do have a higher tolerance, it's nice too to experience different kinds without having to get a flight. 8 ounces of beer is about the right amount to get a full experience on a beer, I think. Flights don't give you enough for that experience.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:43:55 PM »
Good points, Jonathan. I recently stopped drinking coffee during the week. I guess I'm a caffeholic since I'm only drinking it on weekends, huh? But seriously, I stopped drinking it because it simply hasn't been tasting that good to me lately and it's upsetting my stomach occasionally. Besides, I never need it. I bike to work everyday and that wakes me up plenty fine. To drink coffee in the morning just to feel normal...that's not good either. That's almost as bad as having a couple beers or shots just to feel normal. But, sometimes, a beer is just daaaamn good and relaxes you so nicely. I KNOW I'm not the only one on here that feels that way.
Yes, having a couple beers at night is something of a habit for me or routine. I really like having a beer while I cook. I have been trying to not have the 3rd pint though. Once it gets to be 9 or 10pm and I've had a couple already. Sometimes I really really want that 3rd beer, but usually talk myself out of it. Back when I first started brewing, it was all bets off most nights.
I think we all go through phases and that's cool. Keeping it in check is a good thing, you appreciate it more. But I also don't feel 2 or 3 a day is bad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:13:01 PM »
Great response, Jonathan. It's a bit of an alarmist article just as the attitude towards alcohol in the US. I can't stand it, actually. People put beer and alcohol on a pedestal. People drink enough coffee that it's damaging to kidneys and blood pressure. People eat enough food so as to gain weight and get the diabeeets.
Take care of your body and you can have beers every day. Knowing when to stop is a good starting point.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:45:23 PM »
To me, it's not just about brewing lower alcohol beers.  Being pre diabetic, I'm extremely concerned about carbs.  so if I brew lower alcohol beers, I may tend to drink more of them than I should.  The me, the issue is self control.  Can you walk away from a beer?  Do you feel you need to have a beer every day?  Do you take days off from drinking during the week?
It really is about self control. But I think the more important issue is drinking responsibly. Know when not to drink that 3rd or 4th beer. I do almost all of my drinking at home, so I don't make any rules about it and I rarely go a day with out a beer or 2. I don't think beer every day has to be a bad thing. What about coffee? What about food? Are you eating lots of sugar? Fried food? Bread?

Just because someone says you shouldn't, doesn't mean you shouldn't. There's lots of stuff that's bad for us, and everything will kill us. I think as long as you're not getting f*cked up on a regular basis, exercising, and not overeating every meal, you're probably okay to have 2 or 3 beers a day.

Beer Recipes / Re: How do you plan your recipes?
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:09:09 AM »
If it's new style to me I start with a recipe from Brewing Classic Styles and make adjustments from there. Start with a known recipe and learn what the different pieces are doing my tweaking one thing at a time.
Same here. I do this when I can on something new to me and substitute ingredients if I don't have the exact ones they list. Basically, I just plan out a couple recipes of styles I think sound good at the time. And I try to keep my recipes as simple as possible.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:21:46 AM »
To Beersk,

Morebeer is taking pre-orders on them. I signed up for mine yesterday. Of course I have no idea when it may arrive.
Thanks. I'll have to consider that. Someday...
For now, I brew 4 gallon all grain batches inside on the stove and ferment in kegs. Works out pretty well. I like a fermenter you can rely on to last a lifetime. The Brew Bucket would probably be that.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What size CO2 tank is appropriate?
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:57:03 AM »
I have a 2.5 and 2 20 pounders.  The small one works great for parties and the 20s mean I never run out of gas.

Wow, you must not drink/brew much. I'm going through a 20 pounder in around a year. I brewed 38 four gallon batches last year, which is more than I plan to do this year, actually.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What size CO2 tank is appropriate?
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:15:37 PM »
I have a 5 and a 20. If you have the space, definitely get a 20lb tank.

Equipment and Software / Re: Ditching the glass carboy...
« on: February 11, 2014, 02:19:04 PM »
Maybe take a look at the SS Brew Bucket.
If you can get one. They look sweet. I ferment in stainless now, 4 gallon batches in 5 gallon ball lock kegs. I don't like plastic and glass is dangerous. I handle my carboys suuuuuper carefully and never really had any close calls, but I'd just rather ferment in something that is going to last me a life time without worry.
Quote from: morticaixavier
Not being able to see the beer actually is a plus for me because it encourages me to just forget about the beer once it's in the fermenter. I don't need to be messing around with it while it's working and the fact that I would have to pull the lid to peek encourages me to leave well enough alone.
This is true for me, as well.
Quote from: morticaixavier
one minor point, if you have the choice I would get the lids that are drilled for a big stopper rather than the little gromet. I find the gromet seizes to the airlock and it is difficult to get them apart. also with the larger airlock hole you can just pop the stopper and stick a thief or siphon tube right in there without removing the lid.
That's a good point. You could even modify the stopper so you could start the siphon with co2 like the orange caps for carboys.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How Fast do you Chill Your Wort Post Boil?
« on: February 11, 2014, 02:15:57 PM »
90 minute hopstand? That's a long time. I usually do 30 minutes after flame out or until the temp drops to 180F, which is about 30 minutes. I've never had a problem getting a good amount of hop flavor and aroma, even without dry hopping.

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