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Ingredients / Re: Punching down dry hops
« on: May 16, 2012, 07:18:30 AM »
Think the real tool would work better with leaf or pellet?

My fingertips started bleeding just by LOOKING at the damn thing...

If you have to punch down structured wiring you would learn to love this tool.  8^)

Even if you are only doing one cabling job it's worth the money.

I have nothing to add to the real discussion in this thread though. 8^(


Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer WAY off...
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:20:09 AM »
This thread reminds me that I need to calibrate my refractometer one of these days.

I'm with Drew on this and can say that the refractometer is always off 1 point or less on my FG.

For those not using a conversion tool (spreadsheet or online) you cannot expect the direct reading to be accurate in any way.  As was said earlier, the alcohol in solution changes the refraction.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Carbonation Issues For Me
« on: May 14, 2012, 02:06:20 PM »
A couple last questions, is PBW alright to use with plastic? Also if say i wanted to reuse my bottles from that batch would you soak those in PBW also then sanitize, or would you recommend using completely different bottles?

PBW is fine on plastic. 

As long as your bottles and clean and sanitized (I'm assuming glass) there should not be any infection carryover from one batch to the next.  If you are using plastic bottles of some kind you should still be able to use them unless they have scratches that could harbor an infection.

From what I've read in this thread it doesn't sound like and infection to me though.  To me it seems like a keg I have on tap right now that servers all foam.  I can guarantee my problem is too many sugars available when I kegged it.  I was rushed and made assumptions about it being done and SWAGed the amount of priming sugar.  The beer tastes great it just takes 10 minutes to pour a glass.  8^(


Pimp My System / Re: My Brutus System
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:07:15 AM »
The system is beautiful! 

I would be very hesitant to use the large propane burners we use indoors too.  I grew up in a fram house where we had a gas stove that ran propane but nothing with burners this large.

I think Kieth is right about those tanks being outdoor only.  Our tank on the farm was 1k gallon tank that also served the grain dryers.


The Pub / Re: Canadian Paralympic Committee: Running (Unstoppable)
« on: May 09, 2012, 02:23:13 PM »
Nice demonstration of how people can survive.  Our tech has come a long way and we are just getting started.  Good thing too, since we have had so many people coming back home from overseas the past few years.


Can't brew this weekend.  Going on a short camping trip in our RV/travel trailer.  My son is smart and is staying home.  I'll be going with my wife, 2 daughters and one of their friends.  So, I will have to endure a weekend with SWMBO and 3 teenage girls!  Give me strength!  Better yet, give me beer!   :P

You just describe the next year of my life.  My son graduates high school this year and then he's off to Iowa State U. for engineering.  After he's gone it's SWMBO, 3 daughters and me.  Pray for me.   ;)


Oh!! and no brewing this weekend.  Mother's Day and getting ready for the graduation parties.  (one of my daughters graduates from 8th grade this year too.)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Rose By Any Other Name
« on: May 09, 2012, 10:25:22 AM »
When I decided to name my brewery I went with a Information Technology is driving me crazy theme.  Hence the "Slowly Losing IT Brewery" was born.  I tried to give beers names that fit the theme.  Here are a few (along with, hopefully witty, tag lines:

"Just park'in son(s)!" Pale Ale (Named for my Dad in last days)
Ma's By Paul'er Bock
Alzheimer’s Amber Ale - "I'd love another!  First beer I've had tonight."
A Damn Hoppy Dubble  (ADHD)
Psychotic Psour Mash
Strawberry Savant Pale Ale
October Chill Dunkels (OCD)
Barley Fit For Society Stout
Halfway House Wheat
Loose Screw Stout
The Doctor's Loose Nut (brown) Ale
Electro-Stout Therapy - "This shocks for you!"
Psychopathic Porter
Schitzo Sour Mash "We told you to have a drink with me!"
Hallucination Hefe "Listen to all the pretty flavors"
Bulemic Bitters "'cuz sometimes what goes down, must come up"
Antisocial Amber Ale “Pull me another and leave me alone”
Sympathetic Scottish /70 “If I could still feel anything, I’d know how you feel”
Phobophobic Pilsner – It saves time to be scared of phobias.
Paranoid Pilsner “Is it just me or is this beer watching me?”

I even made sure to get the approval of friend who's son has OCD before I put a label on the tap for Oktoberfest so I wouldn't offend them. 


All Things Food / Re: Cleaning grill grates
« on: May 08, 2012, 02:13:28 PM »
If I let my grates get bad enough that "cooking off the excess" isn't good enough, my power washer does a fine job of stripping them clean.  Then you can reseason them.


The Pub / Re: Moon Shots
« on: May 07, 2012, 02:02:23 PM »

The Pub / Re: Moon Shots
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:58:33 PM »
Did anyone think the moon looked bigger last weekend?

I didn't see it myself but I did run across some articles about the "Super Moon" this past weekend.  Here are some cool shots of it from all over.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Brewing with my dad
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:56:15 AM »
I think anything that isn't too complicated would be good to use as an intro.

It's funny, I read the name of this thread and wondered if I could have made a Falstaff clone with my Dad.  That was his favorite beer for years.  By the time I came across a recipe, Dad was gone and hadn't been able to have a beer for 7 or 8 years before he passed.  I hope you have fun and really enjoy your time.


Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:05:59 AM »
I have buddy who reloads ammo for himself and his shooting friends.  He always says we should live well after the revolution, ammo and alcohol will make us a good living.  You could do both.   ;D

On a more serious note you can always become a BBQ/Smoker expert or a lawn fanatic like my neighbor.  Maybe wood carving?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Squeezing wort out of hops
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:56:34 AM »
I don't squeeze the juice out but I do let the bag hang on the side to drain out while I chill.


*** Edited to fix my typo.  Bag makes a lot more sense than back.   ::)

Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:46:59 PM »
There are projects under way to produce bio-diesel from chicken by products too.  Pretty much any fat can be modified to work as bio-diesel.

Keep in mind that with Mr Diesel designed his engine his plan was to make if run on vegetable oil.  It was later that petroleum companies made "diesel" fuel the standard.

I agree ethanol is a boon-doggle but I am looking forward to all the stainless steel that will be on the market in Iowa when the industry collapses.


The Pub / Re: Raise the flag, beer through the mail?
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:04:57 AM »
At least shipping to comps might be a bit cheaper.

I hope they do find a way to save the post office.  I really can't imagine this country without it's postal system.


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