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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recommended Reading for Intermediates?
« on: November 01, 2011, 01:25:17 PM »
I just picked up Brewing Classic Styles recently, it's a good book.  Not sure if it's intermediate or what it is.  I guess I'd say it's for those who are starting to experiment with different styles and wanting a good guideline from a proven recipe.  So I guess I'd say that's intermediate as beginner is mostly just brewing kits, in my opinion.

The Pub / Re: Happy Halloween
« on: November 01, 2011, 01:19:06 PM »

Gawd, that's gonna be me someday, I swear...

The Pub / Re: Happy Halloween
« on: November 01, 2011, 11:28:14 AM »
I worked all evening and came home after midnight. Though I often refer to my work as "every day is Halloween"...

No good ones for me.

The carolers sound like a hoot!
You work in a porn store or something?  I can imagine that's like Halloween everyday...some weird people in those joints.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: accidently priming in a keg
« on: October 31, 2011, 01:23:56 PM »
And after it sits, blow out some of the yeast at the bottom, then rack to a new keg before you move it to chill.  Unless you don't mind if it's a bit cloudy.
Is naturally carbonated beer in kegs typically a little cloudier?  I would think that if you just poured off the sediment in the first couple pints it'd be fine.  But I haven't naturally carbonated in kegs before, so I don't know.  I was thinking I wanted to try it though, but if I'm gonna have to do an extra step, I don't think I will.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Rates: Wyeast vs Mr. Malty
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:32:50 AM »
I was discussing pitching rates and their website's pitching calculator with a Wyeast rep once and they straight up said to use Mr Malty instead for best results.
Yeah, that's kinda weird.  Why would they even have the pitching rate calculator on their site in that case...

kegged an IPA last night. Brewed the Roll In Ze Hay Hefeweizen today and tomorrow I'll brew Nachtmare Schwarzbier.
Ha, nice Young Frankenstein references!  I think Teri Garr in that movie is such a babe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you want Santa to bring you?!
« on: October 30, 2011, 10:43:04 AM »
Don't really do the Christmas thing, but I have been wanting a Foodsaver vacuum sealer for my hops.  Probably will get that before xmas OR for the Winter Solstice!

Ingredients / Re: Passion fruit flavour
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:46:20 AM »
I just made an all citra APA yesterday.  The wort smelled pretty tropical fruity; pretty excited for the beer.  I also don't get the negative attitude towards Simcoe.  They're delicious!  Made a Green Flash IPA clone last week which uses Simcoe, should be delicious.

Wish I had someone to show me the ropes when I first started.  I didn't know what I was doing and had no guidance, hence my first few batches weren't very good.

I got all of my early brewing knowledge from this old guy that worked in a little LHBS that has since closed down.  Without me knowing it at the time, this guy was giving some of the worst possible advice.  After a few years of reading books on my own, finding forums, and entering some competitions I finally got to the point where I figured out how to make pretty good beer.  I remember being particularly proud of one batch in those early days that I brought in for this guy to try.  I remember him saying "it's all right ???".  My blood boiled! I remember thinking to myself "if this guy takes his own advice then this bottle I just gave him should be the best homebrew he's ever had!

I can look back and laugh now, but in reality it's true.  It seems like there are a lot more resources (including helpful people) for todays starting homebrewers.
Obviously (or maybe not?) I meant someone who is experienced and brews good beer to guide you through your first couple batches.  Not someone who has been doing it for a long time, but doesn't know sh*t about the process and making good beer.
Zim zam?

I agree. That's why my suggestion is to get fermentation temps under control before buying any fancy system upgrade or kegging rigs. For most people this will involve refrigeration and a controller.

And I kinda like returning to the stove-top. Brought the fun back into the endeavor.

Fermentation temp control and sanitation are two of the most important process factors.  These two items and a good recipe can't be beat.
Agreed.  Good beer can be made at 70F if you can't control the temp to 64F or whatever.  But good beer can't be made without good sanitation practices.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Disassembling cobra taps for cleaning?
« on: October 25, 2011, 11:56:37 AM »
so does all this mean I am flirting with disaster by simply running a keg of hot PBW then cool idophor through the cobra taps after each use? Guess it's time to break everything down for a proper cleaning!

I broke my taps and QDs down the first time after using them for maybe 3 years.  They were very grungy inside! 
Well that's not very encouraging.  I run oxiclean through the lines after a keg kicks, let it sit for a bit, then rinse with water.  Then run Starsan through.  So my lines are probably gunked up then...


And I kinda like returning to the stove-top. Brought the fun back into the endeavor.

Same here. 

I'm going to be teaching a friend to brew soon, starting with extract partial boil kits.  Wish I had someone to show me the ropes when I first started.  I didn't know what I was doing and had no guidance, hence my first few batches weren't very good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: finally brewing with gas
« on: October 25, 2011, 07:04:48 AM »
Your climate is conducive to outdoors brewing... here in Michigan, downsizing to 3 -4 gallons and doing it on the kitchen stove in winter just seems..... cozy.....
Oh yeah, no doubt about that.  A 15lb tank would last me about 5 beers.  I think that was with only using it to boil.  I did the strike and sparge water on the stove to save propane.

Ain't no Citra.  Can't believe they'd be out of it already...I have 4oz of it that I got from NB last week.  I'll try doing a single hop APA with it to check them out.
Three Floyds Zombie Dust is all Citra and it's a great beer. Hard to come by outside of the brewery, though.
I only wish we got FFF's in Iowa.  I miss Alpha King.  And I had the Gumballhead recently too; that sure is good stuff.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: finally brewing with gas
« on: October 24, 2011, 02:17:53 PM »
Funny, I moved from gas back to the kitchen.  Downsized to 3 gallon batches and it's great.  Propane sucks, don't like having to go buy a refill tank and worry about whether I'm almost out all the time or not.  Even with a back up tank, sometimes I got lazy to refill the backup.

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