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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP007
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:37:07 AM »
So, in case it sucks; how do you make malt vinegar?

It is about as easy as pouring some unpasturized vinegar from the store into the beer.  Seal it, set it someplace out of the sun and let it go.  Check it now and then.  When it get strong enough for you, it's done.

Paul

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: No fermentation temp control
« on: June 14, 2012, 08:59:50 AM »
I've brewed some high temp beers and most of them were great.  Once in a while, with the wrong yeast for the conditions, I would get one where the general comments were "that's interesting" or "it's got a flavor I wasn't expecting".  There is a lot of things you can get away with if use a forgiving yeast.  8^)

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Second attempt at decoction...
« on: June 14, 2012, 08:51:19 AM »
I did a single decoction on the O-fest I made last weekend.  As usual I missed the next step temp by 5 or 6 degrees but 1.5 qt. of boiling water put me back on track.  I figure that if I know I'm going to need some boiling water I can be ready.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:06:41 AM »
Down on the corner - CCR

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 100% Brett
« on: June 13, 2012, 02:50:35 PM »
All the recommendation I've ever seen say to make any plastic items Brett only just to be safe.

I haven't ever made a beer using Brett though so it's all hear-say and not admissible as evidence.  8^)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 13, 2012, 01:16:47 PM »
Route 66 - Nat King Cole

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I'm wondering if I'm thinking about this too hard. With a known quantity of sugar going into the syrup, I wonder if I could just do a simple dilution calculation to figure out the ppg figure.

I'm thinking something like [(points)*(sugar weight) + (points)*(water weight)] / (total weight)

So if I start with 500g sugar, and the end syrup weighs 750g, that'd be

(46 points)*(500g) + 0 points*250g / 750g = 30.6 points/pound/gallon

^ This. The sugar in the pint is the same as the sugar in your starting solution. The total points in that pint are the same as that in your original 500ml + of solution.

A pint's a pound the world around - Alton Brown.

as much as I love alton brown gotta call foul on this statement, and the attribution. I have no idea who said that originaly but it tweren't AB. also a pint of sugar syrup is not a pound. at 1.046 a pint is 1.046 pounds. a pint of honey weighs in at like 1.5 lbs. you can actually use this to determine gravity of a solution if you have acurate volume measurments and weight measurments.

(Pardon the spelling, I do not have integrated spell check at work  :'()

My understanding of "a pint is a pound the world around" was that it was an American memory tool.  One pint in America is 16 fluid oz and 1 pound American is 16 dry oz.  Those are 2 different units of measure and are not equal but people can generally remember that one pound is 16 oz. so 1 pint is too.  The phrase wasn't meant to indicate they were equal, just that they were the same number. 

None of this should be confused with the English pint though which is 20 fl. oz.

Just one of the many reason the metric system makes so much more sense.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:55:44 AM »
This is the time. - Billy Joel

There are rules?  WOW!  Who knew?   8)

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 13, 2012, 10:17:29 AM »
Down Under - Men At Work

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The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:17:50 AM »
Give us the model and year of your vehicle and perhaps a target budget and I'm sure myself and or others can help dream up a list of things for you to consider.  Slowbrew - you too.

Thanks for the info.  I'm along for the ride on this one.  I have no plans at this time to upgrade my truck because I start putting 4 kids through college (over the course of 10 years) this fall so it's interesting but not likely right now.  8^)

Paul


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Equipment and Software / Re: How big for a homebrewer?
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:13:21 AM »
Well, not to be the buzzkill (pun intended), isn't the legal limit 200 gallons per year for a household with 2 or more adults?

Good point but that only applies to the US.  I've searched the Alcohol and Gaming Commission website multiple times and I've never been able to find anything that stipulates a maximum volume for homebrewers in Ontario.  The only information I've ever found is on the www.agco.on.ca site where it states:

"You may make beer or wine at home as long as it is only for your personal consumption or to be given away free of charge.  Homemade (or U-Brew) beer or wine may not be sold or used commercially."

You can assume that we will never see that kind of freedom here in the "Land of the Free".  Sorry.  That's how brewing laws really should be, in my humble opinion.

Knowing that, I'd design something in the 1bbl range.  Full batches for the house beers and .25 or .5 batches for not so popular ones. 

Paul

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 13, 2012, 07:08:22 AM »
Love in the first degree.  - Alabama

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Equipment and Software / Re: How big for a homebrewer?
« on: June 12, 2012, 02:40:00 PM »
You may want to start by working backwards from the question of "how much beer do I really need to brew to keep up?".  If you can firm up that number then work back to "how often can brew?".  At that point you will have a good idea of what size system to think about.  IMHO

I've wondered about a 55 gallon drum brewery sometimes.  Then I realize what my wife's reaction would be.   ;D

Paul

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 12, 2012, 02:35:12 PM »
Love Stinks - J. Giles Band

Ya, Ya

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:27:52 AM »
Saturday Night Special - Lynyrd Skynyrd

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