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The Pub / Re: Blah, winter sickness
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:51:20 AM »
I haven't been holding up too well.  I seem to have some kind of mild cough that just won't go away.  Ugh.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Leak
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:38:36 AM »
You always run a risk of infection but you still have to do something.  When the lid is removed, cover the keg with a piece of plastic wrap just to keep the floaties out.  Wash the lid and sanitize.  Lube the ring and attach to lid.  I even sanitize again at this point.  Attach and pressurize.  Also, at this point test your posts by spraying with sanitizer and look for minute bubbles.  You will be good to go.
What he said.  You'll be fine.  Once you get the lid back on, blast it with 30psi and bleed the valve a few times.  Then take the psi back down to your normal pressure.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Black Ale recipe
« on: December 13, 2010, 09:22:02 AM »
beersk, I re-read your post and recipe and you specify lager yeast. The heading of this thread
is there I did the freudian thing and did not think that one of the lagers I could brew
could be your 1554 recipe since it does indeed use lager yeast.  I wanted to brew a maibock
and then something on the yeast cake from that...may just work quite well....and fyi, I have
2 packets of S-189 reserved for these beers.

Well it is a lager yeast brewed at ale temps.  They use a European lager yeast, pretty sure it's Bohemian lager yeast, fermented at ale temps.  So you could do it.  So it's kind of an ale...hybrid type thing.

Look it here:
This will provide some more insight.  I didn't realize they use Target hops.  But the grain bill looks pretty close.

I just found out 2-Below isn't the best...

Just a hoppy Fat Tire.

I had a couple last night at a bar and was underwhelmed.  Just not that great of a beer.

To each his own, I'm not knocking anyones taste. But for me, I can olny listen to many chicks ride the Sybian (and my limit on that is about 15 seconds) He makes me sick how he rips on metally challanged people, High pitch Eric, Gary the Retard, etc...As faras I'm concerned, they do not get any lower, or sleezier than Howard. And to hear him tell the audience one more time about how he pretty much, single handedly, invented radio, and he was the first to do everything, UGH! Get over yourself already!!

For a guy who hates Howard Stern, you seem to know a lot about the show  ;)


I used to watch his show on E! once in a while, probably because I was a horny teenager.

Equipment and Software / Re: On a mission from beer......
« on: December 10, 2010, 12:54:58 PM »
"This is glue.  Strong stuff."

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What's the record?
« on: December 10, 2010, 11:52:33 AM »
I'm usually happy with 6-12 hours.  Never had anything much shorter.  BTW, Denny I like your Spinal Tap avatar.  "These go to 11!"

Sierra Nevada's Celebration isnt really a holiday beer, it's just an IPA.

Excuse me, but it most certainly is a holiday beer since it's only available at the holidays!  A "holiday beer" doesn't necessarily have to have spices and stuff in it.  I fond Celebration to be my favorite of all the holiday beers.
I wasn't aware that there was any excuse for you   ;D

Celebration is damn good stuff.

The Pub / Re: Midwest Supplies offering $60 for $30
« on: December 09, 2010, 02:44:17 PM »
Click this link for stealing the deal of the day.. Midwest homebrew supplies certificates (limit 2) $60 in product for only $30 ....

Note that it says it can only be redeemed "in store"


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kai in Popular Mechanics!
« on: December 09, 2010, 02:41:42 PM »
Nice work, Kai.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Barley wine should i Bottle or Keg
« on: December 09, 2010, 11:18:07 AM »
Bottle,  but counter pressure fill if it is really big as that will eliminate carbonation issues.


Good suggestion.  But, I wouldn't necessarily worry about counterpressure filling it.  The BEST barley wine I've ever had was a homebrewed BW that was in the bottle for 5 years, that another brewer made.  All of the carbonation was gone, but the beer was incredible.  For a really well aged and excellent barelywine, I don't think carbonation is too important. 
You could keg it, carbonate it, and bottle it from the keg on the cheap.  That's what I'd do, see!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sanitizing bottles in the dishwasher
« on: December 09, 2010, 11:11:31 AM »
By all means! Sanitize in your dishwasher.  You are so lucky to have that option, really wish I had that option.  Use the no soap/detergent setting and you should be set.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help a veteran
« on: December 08, 2010, 03:34:04 PM »
I need some more.

ahem, third person...

haha, that's the first thing I noticed as well.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer label...stuck!
« on: December 08, 2010, 01:16:48 PM »
Ammonia and water! A quick five minute soak has taken off every lable I've thrown at it - including the foil Avery Brewing uses on their bombers.
Isn't that dangerous to dunk your arm into a bucket of that stuff?

I usually use BBrite and hot water, soak over night.  Some labels fall right off and float, some are harder to get off.

Beer Recipes / Re: Please don't hate me: Heileman's Old Style clone recipe?
« on: December 08, 2010, 12:46:55 PM »
Plus, I don't think it's as good as the recipe they used for the last 50 years or so.  Come back Old Style!

Ah, but as you likely know, the recipe changed sometime 10 - 15 years ago (prior to the current reversion to the old version), I believe when Pabst bought it and closed down the LaCrosse brewery.

I don't know if the current version is closer to the original, but the Old Style of my high school days is no longer.  Still, you can't beat a cold six of tall boys.

Incidentally, Old Style Light is the worst beer I ever tasted.  Ever.

Okay, I did not know that.  hmmm

Old Style Light is pretty's usually on special during cubs games at my neighborhood bar/grill.  Depresses me, I really wish they had the regular stuff or PBR. 

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