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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Wit is too clear!
« on: January 15, 2011, 05:05:40 PM »
I was going to say the same thing.  Randy Mosher, Graham Sanders, and others have suggested that by adding about 1 tablespoon of wheat flour in the boil kettle, your beer will be cloudy every time.  You might want to pre-mix it in a little cold water so that it doesn't turn into a doughball, but other than that, I'm betting it will work (I haven't tried it yet but will on my next wheat).

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who has wheat beers come out crystal clear.  I've work so hard over the years to get clear beer it seems weird to complain about it being too clear.  I'll have to give the wheat flour a go on my next wheat.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question about aging.
« on: January 15, 2011, 05:01:37 PM »
I've never really thought it was all about gravity.  I usually think about it more from a dark verse light decision.  I will keep dark beers like porters and stouts in starage for long periods of time because they develop very nicely over longer timeframes.  High alcohol beers will also age well but I do not keep light colored beers in storage for long periods.

Not really scientific but it has worked for me.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost my marbles...
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:28:29 PM »
You can get decorative glass marble in any craft store like Michael's.  Or in flower shops.  They come in bags of 100 or so for $3 or $4.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Science Project for my 5 year old
« on: January 13, 2011, 12:17:14 PM »
Here's something I remember doing as a kid...

Raw materials required:

Matches or lighter
4 empty, opened cans of same size (average size, like the normal canned corn can)
Wire Hanger
Duct Tape
rubbing alcohol
Tennis ball

The tennis ball should fit moderately snugly in one of the cans.

First take three of the cans...drill a largish hole (maybe 1 1/2"?) in the base of the can.  This will leave a baffle ring around the edges, this is fine.  Take the fourth can, and drill a small hole (maybe 1/8") in the side of the can near the base.  Then duct tape them tightly together, with the fourth can as the base, the others on top.

Bend the wire hanger so it constitutes a nice stand...mold the main hanger to prop the "cannon" up, and bend the hook straight so it sticks in the ground steadily.

Load the tennis ball into the end of the cannon, it should fit down into that first can.  Using an eyedropper, shoot a couple squirts (I really don't remember how much) of rubbing alcohol into the hole in the base.  Roll it around for 30 seconds or so, so it covers surfaces on the inside.  It will start evaporating within the cannon.  With the cannon facing a safe direction in the stand, touch a lighted match or lighter to the hole in the base.  

Boom!  I had a lot of fun with this when I was younger.



Hah! Cool! But remember, You'll put an eye out! How's that larger hole figure in to everything? Can this be used to annoy squirrels?

Look up Potato Cannon or Spud Gun.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewery lighting
« on: January 06, 2011, 12:22:18 PM »
to get all that you're going to have to spend the $$ on LED.

+1

I have cheap shop lights in my brewing area and plan on installing LED lighting once it finally comes down in price.  For now I just use soft white fluorescent tubes and put old dress shirts on my carboys to keep the light out.

Incandescent lights (plain old light bulbs put out better light than any of the fluorescent types.  The down side on these though is about to be availability.  The last US plant making them (and any other light bulb in the US for that matter) is closing down this year.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Label your keggerator/keezer taps.....
« on: January 04, 2011, 02:07:14 PM »
Here's a pic.  I use a stainless steel mud pan attached with magnets for the drip pan.

I love the drip pan idea!
But....stainless shouldn't be attracted by magnetism.....
With the help of google I find that some stainless can be magnetic, but usually not.  So what is that shiny drip tray?
Cheap Stainless Steel I guess 'cause it's on there tight & the manufacturer said it stainless.  ;) I bought it @ Menards for ~$10. Cheers!!!

I mounted mine with heavy duty Velcro.  It's self adhesive and works like a champ.  Magnets wouldn't work on the drywall mud pan I have.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Best outdoor all-weather serving method?
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:53:41 AM »
Personally I ignore it.  My friends and family don't really care if the beer pours perfectly they just care that beer comes out.  :)

A bit more seriously, people are generally used to keg beer at an outdoor party being ice cold and not having much of a head so no one really notices.  I don't do competitions and I don't serve in a commercial setting.

As with any other facet of this hobby how much detail you worry about is up to you.  I make the best beer I can, roll in with a keg and then go throw horseshoes.   :)

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Best outdoor all-weather serving method?
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:32:50 AM »
I built a portable kegerator out of a Ice Cube rolling cooler.  It wasn't my idea, I stole it from here and other sites.

The build is easy, just cut a keg sized hole in the lid of the cooler, insert keg, remove lid and add ice then reinstall lid.  We use a 2.5lb. CO2 tank and a cobra tap to serve.

I did fill the lid with expanding foam to make it hold the cold longer.  One big load of ice will last 2 to 3 days which is usually longer than the keg does.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Label your keggerator/keezer taps.....
« on: January 04, 2011, 10:26:44 AM »
Here's a pic.  I use a stainless steel mud pan attached with magnets for the drip pan.

I love the drip pan idea!

I do the same thing for my drip pan.  The problem I've had with it is it isn't quite wide enough (front to back) to catch everything all the time.  Some day I am going to add a board of some kind to push it a bit further away from the front of the fridge.

Back to the topic... I use business card magnets and print a business card sized label for each beer.  I stick them to the top of the chest freezer behind the tap handles.  This usually keeps them dry (ink jet printer so it smears if wet) and lets your creativity show.  You can get business card forms at Staples, Office Depot, Office Max or anywhere Avery Labels are sold.  They normally carry the magnets too.

Paul

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blow off tube
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:26:02 PM »
I had a broken plastic racking cane lying around, so I cut a short piece of it off and stuck that in a standard bung.  Then I put a short piece of racking tubing on the top end of the cane piece.  Works like a champ and when the major fireworks are done I just remove the cane and insert a 3 piece fermentation lock.

I used to just put a piece of racking tubing on the inner pipe of the airlock but it still plugged up once in a while.  The bootom of the airlocks I've got have a 4 branch screen type thing on them that would get gunked up.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: When the Back no Longer Wants to Play
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:39:14 AM »
I'm 46 and wondering what I'm going to do when my 17 year old son goes to college after next year.  Some days it's just dang hard to move 5+ gallons at a time.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mixed Up Yeast!
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:37:13 AM »
Interesting things can happen with yeast mistakes.  I just kegged a sour mash yesterday that was brewed with London ale yeast instead of London ESB.  Let's just say after purchasing the wrong yeast twice I wasn't going back to buy it again. 

Anyway, I think it's the best tasting version of this recipe I've ever made and that's saying a lot!  Just another happy mistake.  You'll likely end up with something special.

Paul


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's your first brew for 2011?
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:25:57 AM »
I had to check my list.  Looks like the next one on deck is my 4th attempt at a Pilsner.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Is to Early to Say Happy New Year?
« on: January 01, 2011, 08:25:09 AM »
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

The family and I got home about 11:45 last night from some friends house and it didn't occur to me post here before bed.  2010 could have been worse but I hope to not end too many years the way it went out.

I did get 1.082 out of Denny's RIPA recipe on Thursday.  Maybe in 2011 I'll be able to figure out what I did different.   ;)

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: December 28, 2010, 04:37:59 PM »
I have a Krups.  It gets the job done and we got it as a wedding present 23 years ago.  If ain't broke don't fix it I guess.  I roasted 8oz. of a wet hull Ecuadorian bean this afternoon on a beautiful day in Iowa.

Paul

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