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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 14, 2017, 11:19:12 AM »
Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Secondary Fermentation
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:11:41 AM »
Secondary fermenters are considered old school now days.  For good reason too.  The only reason I was told, back when I started brewing, for the secondary was to let the yeast settle out, more of a bright tank than anything else.  Another week or two in the primary does the same thing and eliminates one transfer and the oxygen pickup associated with it.

Leaving the beer in the primary will also keep you from bottling before the yeast have finished cleaning up after themselves.  I did this many times early on.  Diacetyl, yum.   :o

Good luck on the first batch!!


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: November 02, 2017, 11:14:59 AM »
Forgotten but not gone.  Gary Allan

Pimp My System / Re: A modern keezer
« on: October 29, 2017, 04:34:30 AM »
It looks cool but my first question is 'How much does that weigh?'.  Will the hinges hold up under the strain?

Very interesting design.  I admit I'm not that creative so it is fun to see what everyone else comes up with.

It's actually skim coated plywood, so not whole lot. I lifted it in place by myself.

That would make a big difference. My early morning, half awake, not enough caffeine brain could only see 3.5" of solid concrete.   ;D

Very cool look.


Pimp My System / Re: A modern keezer
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:49:44 AM »
It looks cool but my first question is 'How much does that weigh?'.  Will the hinges hold up under the strain?

Very interesting design.  I admit I'm not that creative so it is fun to see what everyone else comes up with.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Session Beers: book discussion
« on: October 17, 2017, 04:21:47 AM »
I'm about 1/2 way through the first section.  It is an okay read but I agree it isn't a "make your eyes bleed" technical text.

About half the book is recipes and their history (I think, haven't gotten that far yet) and I am looking forward to recipe ideas.  I need some lower ABV beers on tap once I can start brewing again.

(I have to have my kitchen torn out by next Tuesday so the house is in chaos.  8^( )


Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:42:20 PM »
On my BC you can actually see the wear on the rollers.  What used to be sharp, pointed pyramids are all flattened and dull.  I had it rebuilt just 2 years before which was disappointing.

I gave up on the BC and replaced it with a 3 roller Monster Mill which I have only used once.  It gave me issues but I'm still figuring out how to adjust a 3 roller mill.  Someday the addition/kitchen remodel will be done and I'll be able to brew again.

For simplicity, if I replaced it again I'd stick with a 2 roller mill.



I've seen it done in Iowa too.  It is illegal as it can be here but the young priests who donated the beer didn't care.  The school didn't care and the highest bidder in the silent auction of at least one of the baskets was a cop. 

That said, I wouldn't donate finished beer.  Too many people are looking for time in the public eye to take a risk on a Federal charge against me (I work for a Federally Chartered bank, conviction means no job). 

I would gladly give away lessons and ingredients.  The auction winner takes home sugar water (wink, wink) not beer.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Which freon is good for Refrigerator?
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:30:47 PM »
I never even noticed the link.  I did wonder about the photo and the lack of any additional posts.  It never feels right when an "out of left field" question pops up and then never gets followed up on.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Which freon is good for Refrigerator?
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:05:31 PM »
Something to look at that isn't refrigerant related is the cooling fins.  I didn't see where to mentioned what the problem your grandpa is having was. 

Some issues can be caused by the cooling fins (typically on the bottom) being too dirty to allow airflow through them. Ironically, this can cause both the unit to freeze up or not cool correctly. 

I ran a concession stand at a basketball arena for many years where we had a big chest freezer we sold ice cream out of.  It was having trouble staying cold one night.  My helper and I checked the spot a filter was supposed to be in and found a 1/2" layer of fuzz, dirt and who knows what built up on the cooling fins.  We removed that and the unit worked another year.  Sadly it died by the next season and was never repaired.

If you haven't cleaned the coils, check them, you may get lucky.


Ingredients / Re: Best hopping
« on: September 23, 2017, 05:08:41 AM »
Keep in mind the "best" approach to hopping a beer is whatever you like the most.  The classic 60/30/15 minute additions with dry hopping in a secondary is preferred by many.  All hops in whirlpool is sort of the opposite approach.  The way that is "best" for you is based on your trial and tasting.

I know this sounds like I'm dodging your question but there really is no standard of "best".  That is one of the best parts of homebrewing.



When I did a lot of bottling I would sanitize all my bottles and hang them on a bottle tree to drain.
Then I would mix my priming sugar with about a cup of water and boil it.  I would boil the caps at the same time since I was at the stove anyway (in  a different pan of course, for the pedantic among us 8^) ).
I would add the sugar water to my bottling bucket and then rack the beer out of the fermenter.
I gave the beer a few up-down stirs and set all the bottles out in a tight grid pattern.
Then I'd start filling bottles, adding a cap on top of the foam.
When all the beer was in bottles I'd cap them all.

It may not be "right" but it always worked for me.


The Pub / Re: Treated Sewage Water Beer
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:45:40 AM »
My first reaction was "you mean municipal tap water?".   :)


Equipment and Software / Re: Genesis Fermenter
« on: September 20, 2017, 04:15:35 AM »
Trying out one of these for the first time today....

Hey Denny, so what is the idea behind this. Easy or no cleanup by using the bags, no sanitation required?

I think there is a market for people who want to minimize cleanup and sanitation. If you BIAB or extract, you don't have a lot to clean on the hot side. There's still kegs or bottles, but with a brewlock style keg feature you could single vessel ferment & serve.

The other part is something I feel like I see in products all the time, which is companies trying to convert from a up front purchase to a continued use cost model. Some business major looked at the printer market, and realized where all the money is at. Look at the Picobrew C/Pro, etc. You can only make so much money selling a brewing setup for $800. If you can lock people into buying 5 L brew kits for $25/ea, you can have a continuous revenue source.

The other thought that popped in my mind last night-great for trying out sour brewing. If you don't want to worry about some brett lurking in a scratch, this'd be a little extra insurance.

It's the Kurig coffee business model.  I know a guy who picks up barely working Kurigs at garage sales for the serial numbers.  Calls in and reports them broken and gets a new one sent to him.  Coffee pot isn't where the money is, it's all in the little cups.

It may work for some people but cleaning doesn't take that long in my mind.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvest this yeast cake for reuse or no?
« on: September 09, 2017, 05:22:32 AM »
My understanding of the recommendation to not reuse yeast from beer with fruit in it is more about recipes with some number of pounds of fruit.  I wouldn't worry about it in your case.


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