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The Pub / Re: Got the Nod
« on: June 27, 2011, 08:25:57 AM »
Congrats, Sean.  You're livin' the dream, brother.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Finally got a chest freezer
« on: June 27, 2011, 08:21:23 AM »


Damn, I am jealous.  I'm planning to purchase a chest freezer and Johnson controller this fall as well to start with fermentation temperature control.  But free for the freezer!  That's insane.  I wish I could be so lucky...

It actually took me a few weeks of very intense searching, to find this one.
I called & emailed so many, I started to seriously confuse myself as to which ones were which.
I was just about to give up & buy one from Menard's, when I saw the ad for this one.
Persistence pays off.

Funnily enough, my stepdad told me that a friend of his has two 5 cf chest freezers he's trying to get rid of, both in good shape and free.  I was planning to downsize my batches to 3 gallon batches and ferment in 5 gallon kegs anyway, so this sounds like I scored a deal also.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: UNDERPITCHING, Could it be desirable
« on: June 24, 2011, 10:45:56 AM »
It's funny people talk about modern fermentation temperatures with saisons...this style was originally to be fermented WARM, like in the 80's.  

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Equipment and Software / Re: Finally got a chest freezer
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:51:04 AM »
Damn, I am jealous.  I'm planning to purchase a chest freezer and Johnson controller this fall as well to start with fermentation temperature control.  But free for the freezer!  That's insane.  I wish I could be so lucky...

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Ingredients / Re: 2011 Hop Crop - and the Homebrewer?
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:48:23 AM »
They really should start selling rhizomes for all these hops on shortage so homebrewers can grow their own and the breweries still get their supply.  When!!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from keg
« on: June 24, 2011, 07:45:40 AM »
I'm a big fan of filling bottles from the faucet: turn off gas to keg, bleed most of the pressure through the release valve, purge bottle with CO2 from extra outlet on manifold, fill at an angle straight from tap, and cap on foam.

I fill all my competition bottles this way, and it works very well.  I usually don't lose more than an ounce or two of beer throughout the whole process.

I have perlick faucets with removable spouts, and I remove and sanitize them before bottling.
I have the same faucets, they're great.  Sometimes I forget to take the spouts off after a few kegs in the rotation and they get kinda stuck on there, but I can get them off after a second.  Need to remember to remove those more often to clean them.

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The Pub / Re: Woo Hoo, the recovery is ON!
« on: June 23, 2011, 12:54:15 PM »
Huh? I miss something?
Nay...full time for 2 months and the corresponding 2 pay periods and the ability to dunk 2 house pymts...
seen by some to be a good thing.   :o

paycheck to paycheck seems to be normal these days.  :-\
Same here, I'm terrible with money.  It's like, as soon as I get paid I feel great.  "Awesome! I've got money!"  So then I spend it by going out to eat a bunch or buying CD's or beer stuff.  I need to quit that and save a little each paycheck.
Fortunately, I don't have a stupid credit card.  Those things are evil in today's consumerist society.  I'd like to get one for traveling though (renting cars, hotels, etc.).

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The Pub / Re: Woo Hoo, the recovery is ON!
« on: June 23, 2011, 10:52:19 AM »
Huh? I miss something?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from keg
« on: June 22, 2011, 11:31:29 AM »
I use this:

http://www.kegworks.com/product.php?productid=18982&source=nextopia

and it works pretty well. I squirt some CO2 into the bottle first using a picnic tap attached to an empty keg with some co2 in it, and then use this to fill it up.
Hmmm that's not a bad idea either.  I assume you turn down the gas on the regulator and bleed the keg also?

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: June 21, 2011, 08:14:10 AM »
Been stupid, hot and humid here in Iowa City.  Not terribly hot, I guess, around 80-85 degrees, but 80% and up for humidity.  I hate it.  I want 60's for temperatures. Been getting a lot of storms here too, which rocks.  I love storms.

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Ingredients / Re: CTZ Hops anywhere?
« on: June 21, 2011, 08:09:31 AM »
http://www.freshops.com/cgi-bin/shopper.cgi?search=action&category=HOPS&keywords=all&template=PDGCommTemplates/hops.html

freshops has them right there - don't kow what you're looking at.

FWIW - Puterbaugh doesn't grow Simcoe, so you won't find them there.  They had them once ('06 or '07 IIRC) when they traded with another grower, but its been years since that happened. 

From what I hear from pros, it is unlikely we will see any Simcoe at the homebrew level from the '11 harvest.
Damn it, I was just starting to get into Simcoe, too...argh.  I don't understand why these are on such a shortage, fakkin' plant more!  Is it really that difficult?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from keg
« on: June 21, 2011, 08:06:14 AM »
I use the picnic tap and bottling wand method.  Sanitize the bottles, cover the opening with foil, put in freezer.  Turn off gas, bleed kegs, turn gas down to 2-5 PSI, fill bottles to about an inch or half an inch from the top, cap on foam.  Works like a charm.

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The Pub / Re: RIP Mr. Fabulous
« on: June 15, 2011, 01:40:32 PM »
Bummer...

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The Pub / Re: MLB pitcher/homebrewer really turns pro for a day
« on: June 15, 2011, 01:37:54 PM »
That is pretty cool, but yeah, I don't know about the aging on Louisville Sluggers...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Deschutes Brewery uses Malt Conditioning
« on: June 15, 2011, 10:11:03 AM »
Funny this should come up, I just saw on Beer Advocate that Larry is leaving at the the end of the year to open his own brewery. http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/3838984

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