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Ingredients / Re: Hot peppers in an IPA
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:49:13 PM »
I've only made one pepper ale and that was 11 or 12 years ago.  I used jalapenos and added them with 15 minutes left in the boil.  It took a very large dose of courage to drink that beer.   ::)  It finally mellowed out about 3 years later.  It had no head and fizzed like champagne.

Lately people have been suggesting that you "dry-pepper" the beer.  Just split the peppers and add them after the primary fermentation is done.  This seems like a way to better control the heat. IMHO


The Pub / Re: I want to toast to Euge's father
« on: August 01, 2012, 03:26:55 PM »
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  We'll keep him (and his family) in our prayers. 

It may sound odd but enjoy your time with family you don't see often.  Good visits come out of sad events.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Alabama Beer Success
« on: August 01, 2012, 01:27:16 PM »
I heard that just before I got to work too.

Congratulations to Alabama!!!  One hurdle down.


The Pub / Re: Beer of the week recipe?
« on: July 31, 2012, 01:27:42 PM »
I just tried the link on the home page and the recipe is there (for me at least).  I t might have been a timing thing.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Headache City
« on: July 26, 2012, 02:48:19 PM »
Dirty lines will cause this.  My own beers out of keg freezer were giving me killer headaches until last week.  I realized I had not cleaned the lines in, let's just say awhile.  I cleaned everything up and no more problems.  Even a sort of sour flavor I hadn't really noticed is now absent.  It's on my calendar now so I don't forget again. ::)


Equipment and Software / Re: Fryer for boils
« on: July 26, 2012, 02:41:09 PM »
This came up on the other day:
10 gallon aluminium pot for $42 shipped.

WOW!  Not that he needs anything this big but there is only a $10 difference between the 50QT and the 80QT.

That's a great price on the 10G, for sure.


The Pub / Re: State Fair Food that just Screams Weaze 8^)
« on: July 26, 2012, 02:33:47 PM »
Iowa State Fair is Aug. 9th. thru 19th. where all the food (almost) comes on a stick.  2 years ago a booth started selling salad on stick (Iceberg lettuce and fresh vegies) as a healthy alternative. 

My personal favorites are the lamb/mushroom kabobs and the pork chop on a stick (a breakfast chop, grilled and cut back from the bone to make the stick).  Just to yummy too describe.


*** edited to add a couple of missed letters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Headache City
« on: July 25, 2012, 06:35:11 PM »
Drinking a couple large glasses of water and eating a banana helps too.  I've heard the potassium helps out somehow but I make no claims to being a chemist (organic or not) so I won't try to explain why it might work.  It has saved me a few times though.


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:36:02 PM »
"Sky Pilot" - Eric Burdon & The Animals

High 90's to low 100's forecast for as far as you can see here in Iowa and no rain worth thinking about.  No brewing for me as the ground water I use for cooling is warm enough to cook with most days.

Saturday is "summer oil change day" at my house.  I'll get the truck and the Vue done before it gets hot and then curl up in the basement.  Sunday we'll skip straight to curling up in the basement.  TD hot to do much of anything.


The Pub / Re: An Interesting Article in Today's Seattle Times
« on: July 13, 2012, 08:33:17 PM »
Currently distilling is illegal here in the states and an organization that is promoting a practice that is illegal is standing on awfully shaky legal ground.  I would hate to see the AHA targeted by Federal investigations due to this type of campaign.   I hope they continue to be very cautious on this topic as they have been invaluable to craft brewing community and will continue to be going forward.

Yes, let's hope we are not promoting a practice that is illegal, such as homebrewing, in states like Alabama and Mississippi!

Sorry if my context was off a bit. 

My statement was aimed more at the article, which seems to encourage people to violate Federal law by running stills at home.  It wasn't my intention to say that an organization can't petition the state to get a law changed. 

Feel free to point how I'm mistaken if you'd like.

Setting the freezer's thermostat to the coldest guarantees that you won't have any contention between the internal and external controllers.  It really shouldn't matter in a freezer since the idea behind the appliance is to freeze things but it is basically standard practice on control systems to set the controller being overridden to the max setting to avoid issues. 


All Grain Brewing / Re: Does it matter?
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:38:57 PM »
I've done both.  I really haven't seen any difference in dust or dough balls. 

When adding water into grain, I have learned to add the grain, then add almost all my strike water and let it all sit for a couple of minutes.  This seems to give the grain time to absorb the water before I start stirring.  This is kind of like adding water from the bottom and produces fewer dough balls.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Unlabelled Kegs
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:31:35 PM »
I have a box of 500 of these:

Hang them around the neck of the starter jug, move to the fermenter and put them on the keg lid bracket and write all you want.  They go on easy and are easy to remove.


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