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Ingredients / Re: Jarrylo hops
« on: July 21, 2015, 04:12:49 AM »
My hops showed up last Friday or Saturday.  The wait was long enough that I had forgotten about them.  Like, seemingly, everyone else I'm still trying to decide what to do with them.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dripping beer faucet
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:30:06 AM »
Assuming the drip is from the faucet and the metal parts aren't badly worn my first guess would be gaskets and/or seals being bad. 

Maybe some kind of debris in the main tube or under the gasket, but a rubber seal being cracked seems more likely to me.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-using yeast
« on: July 19, 2015, 04:40:14 AM »
The yeast won't carry extra baggage along.  You've rinsed it and are planning to do a starter so the yeast you are going to use next are all new anyway.   :)

You can run into problems using the yeast cake from a high gravity beer due to the number of worn out or dead yeast cells but no worries in your current scenario.


All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: July 17, 2015, 08:10:45 AM »
Just looks like square tube to me.

Cool idea.


The Pub / Re: Are these cherries?
« on: July 14, 2015, 02:02:22 PM »
The leaves look like cherry leaves and pictures on the internets look very similar.  Definitely contact your Ag university extension or a green house you trust before tasting any though.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An extremely important reminder
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:53:31 PM »
Years ago a member of my parish was moving a boil kettle and dumped it down his front (middle of his chest to his toes).  He spent weeks in the burn ward and years to fully recover.

My best friend in high school was severely burn in a building explosion.  It took many years for him to fully heal.

Burns are nothing to mess with and take a very long time to heal.  It's good advice to be very careful.


Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Blowoff Tubes
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:39:15 PM »
I accidentally broke a plastic racking cane.  I decided to cut up the surviving pieces into ~3" tubes that I use to connect the blow-off tube and the carboy bung.  It was a simple solution to what used to be a constant problem for me.  When the tubing starts to look bad or I can't get it clean enough for my comfort I replace it.

Better temp control and less greedy fills of the carboy have made blow-off less of an issue for me.  Not completely gone but fewer monster blows.


All Things Food / Re: Root Beer Rookie
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:57:13 PM »
Interesting topic.  I've toyed the idea of making sodas in the past.

I have seen the bottle of root beer extract, some number #'s of sugar, water and dry ice method.  It was good but not really a keeper type recipe.  More of a use the day you make it type of thing.

I'm sure someone on this board has a good recipe for a brewed version.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew day visitor
« on: July 10, 2015, 08:30:47 AM »
I've had early morning visits from racoons, opossums and way too many ground squirrels (the locals call them squinnies, I call them targets) but no deer so far. 

They are probably still upset that I caged in the raspberries this year.


Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Contact
« on: July 01, 2015, 04:14:24 AM »
Interesting.  That error usually indicates the address doesn't exist at the destination server or is setup to reject any incoming mail.  It can also indicate an email server with severe issues.

I'm don't know what to tell you.  The email is the only way I have ever contacted BC.


Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Contact
« on: June 30, 2015, 01:38:32 PM »
My only contact with Randy was through the email address on his site,

 He was pretty responsive when I was contacting him.  Are you getting an error when the emails get bounced back?  It could be a hosting problem.


Ingredients / Re: How would you add lime juice?
« on: June 26, 2015, 11:07:45 AM »
I usually add my lime juice to tequila and Triple Sec.  Some crushed ice and salt usually...

Wait, that may not be what you're asking.   ;D



Some people react to my 4 kids the same way.  The typical "OMG, how do you <insert any question you can think of here>" .  Seven kids are a big commitment.

And for the guy who says he has no time to brew with two kids, I didn't start brewing until we had three.  I think it was defense mechanism.   ;D

Serious though, good looking family!


Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Crusher Roller Issue
« on: June 23, 2015, 11:10:13 AM »
I am sure I'm way over analyzing the picture but it looks like the base may have not been mounted straight.  One side seems narrower than the other (might be a camera trick?) and that would cause binding. 

$25 for shipping seems high too.  Maybe I got lucky but I don't recall having to spend that much.

I hope it all works out well for you once past the troubles.


Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:35:17 AM »
1.100 will be tough in a 5 gallon cooler.  Using just grain, that is a very large grain bill.  It would not leave much room at all for mash in and sparging.


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