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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA in the NYT
« on: June 24, 2011, 12:16:07 PM »
I'm a little late this party but I have to say that I didn't read the comments about some Advanced Home Brewers being anything derogatory.  It doesn't seem to be any worse than a golf club article that mentions the name of a certain manufacturer of clubs.  Sure the implication might be that you can only play good golf using "brand name" clubs but that's the vendor's statement.  He speaks for his business.

I don't recall hearing our systems called "Frankenstein" systems before but it's not too far off the mark.  We do spend a fairly large amount of time in hardware stores cobbling together parts of other products to brew beer with. 

Of the people who read the article. most will just "say oh that's nice" and move on.  A few will look into the hobby more deeply and learn what they need to.  I don't see why anyone would write an article for the NYT about a '72 Vega when they can write about a TT or Z3.



When you get upset with your kid's need to have cold juice boxes.  That fridge is for lagering!!!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can I make whiskey in Florida
« on: June 23, 2011, 07:42:23 AM »
It's illegal to distill spirits (w/o a license) in the US.

But apparently it's legal to sell everything for someone to make illegally?


The response I've heard to that question is usually "these systems are used to distill water, not alcohol".


Hey, I vote for raises for the whole AHA staff!  The amount of work that those 3 1/2 people do and the results they get certainly warrant it! 

I have always worried about all those poor .5 kids.  You know the national average 2.5 kids per household thing.  It's nice to know they can get jobs in organizations like the AHA.   ;D

I just renewed, about a month ago.  Oh well, too many things to read on my pile the way it is anyway.   :)


All Grain Brewing / Re: Screw-Up Confession
« on: June 21, 2011, 02:48:38 PM »
A while back, after I finished malt conditioning I realized I was using the starsan spray bottle rather than the water spray bottle. Beer turned out just fine. Cheers!!!

I've done this too.  You're not alone.  8^)


Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Kettle Shaking Uncontrollablly
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:35:26 AM »

A 9 gallon pot is a pretty large load for a standard electric burner to handle.  You may be getting hot spots (burner, stove top anything else close enough to heat up) that, along with some warping, might cause it jump around a bit.  I've seen inexpensive pots do this on electric burners back when I was in college but have never seen it on gas.  I would probably look into the outdoor burner and move out of the kitchen if it was me.  I don't think my wife could have been happier than the day my brewery moved to the garage.   :)


The Pub / Re: Watcha plantin' this spring?
« on: June 17, 2011, 05:51:58 AM »
Euge don't forget to water the hell out of that corn once it starts to show silk. Otherwise you get niblets.

Also sadly your peppers didn't want to germinate, the thing I had thought was a delicious pepper plant turned out to be a strategically placed climbing vine. :-( But I've started over with more seeds in some of those little peat seed pots. Here's hoping something happens...

I'm tellin' ya...  Miracle Gro...

They don't sell it here. I can get organic granulated fertilizer that works for tomatoes, peppers etc, but I'm going to wait to does the seedlings until they've grown a bit.

If you hit new seedlings with any fertilizer too early you will just get spindly little plants that can't support themselves (experience speaking here).  Let them start to thicken up before feeding them anything extra.

My garden this is growing a very nice new shed.  I gave up plants last fall.  There is no good spot on out lot for a garden and I needed a place to store seasonal equipment.  8^(


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Weak seal on bottles
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:50:40 AM »
Seems like a RDWHAHB type of question.   ;)

I've used a hand held caper for 14 years and never had a problem.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Aluminum Stock Pot
« on: June 16, 2011, 05:18:47 AM »
It really comes down to surface area.  The more area that is open the atmosphere, the more you will boil off.  Wide, low pots are nice for making sure you boil off DMS but they do require you start with greater volume in the pot to reach your target volume.

Tall, narrow pots will not boil off as much volume (and probably don't affect DMS that much either) so you can start with less in the pot. 

I, personally, weigh economics and access.  My 12 gallon boil kettle is nice and wide and easy to work in but it takes a bit more gas to heat it up.  Everyone makes their own choices.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Dumps Beer?
« on: June 15, 2011, 12:39:56 PM »
I've dumped 4, maybe 5, over the years.  Usually due to infections. 

I may keep a beer that I don't serve to anyone else and just drink it myself. I don't think I should waste the ingredients or torture my friends.  I do start to worry when I've developed a taste for a bad beer and start thinking about making it again.  8^(


Kegging and Bottling / Re: co2 issues for new kegerator owner
« on: June 15, 2011, 06:56:39 AM »
The relative high side pressure will drop some when the tank is in the refrigerator but should stabilize once the temp of the tank is equal to the fridge.

It sounds like you have been doing the right things so far to find the leak.  Make sure you are being systematic as you try to eliminate each component.  It doesn't really work to sort of jump around.  I would start as far away from the regulator as you can.  Don't connect a keg, turn on the gas and submerge the fittings for the keg in water and look for bubbles.  Leaks that might not show up in a "soapy water" test will show up under water.  If the leak isn't there move up the line to the next set of connections.  Try using a Star San solution (very foamy product) rather than detergent on joints that can't be submerged.

Keep working back till you get to the regulator.  If you have not connected a keg, don't.  Turn off your tank valve (close any valves you may have that will isolate the regulator) and note where the high and low gauges are sitting.  Come back in a couple to a few hours and see if they have dropped.  If they have, you probably need to rebuild the regulator as would be the source of your leak.


Ingredients / Re: Hop life span?
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:50:07 AM »
I've always assumed they were like irises, rhubarb, horseradish and the like.  These plants will produce (and reproduce) pretty much forever if they have water, food and no one sprays them with herbicide.  I've seen irises that were dug and dumped in the ditch along a road come up the next year and take over the ditch in 6 - 10 years if the ditch isn't cut and bailed.

Dig up some roots and take them along.  I think you'll be fine.


The Pub / Re: Les Paul's 96th birthday
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:08:40 AM »
That explains the Google home page this morning. 

It's cool you can actually play the guitar strings on screen.  8^)


The Pub / Re: Scotland Beer Stampede
« on: June 09, 2011, 09:06:20 AM »
Every single time I hear the word Michelob I think of either Stever Martin or Pizza Parlors from the '80s. I also remember seeing adverts from them about three years ago with a bunch of "new" recipes - dopplebock, weizen, that sort of thing - anybody try them?

I remember having my brother buy a friend and I a 6 pack of Michelob Dark when we were 16. I think the commercial sold me: "Dark beer: not just for thick-necked guys named Gunther". That was 21 years ago. I haven't touched the brand since.

Back in the day I was a big Schlitz Dark fan.  A "Dark Evening" with my friends entailed a doob or two, a pitcher of Schlitz Dark each, a pizza, and several hours in the footsball parlor.  As often as not fresh mushrooms were thrown in the mix for good measure (and belly laughs).

I see those dark days as the incubation of my quest for beer with flavor

Michelob Dark tasted the same as regular Michelob.  We used to joke that it was the same, with dark food coloring added.

I remember reading that Budweiser was using the Michelob brand as their experimental brewery and an answer to the Micro's that were coming out.  The brewers for Michelob get to play with new recipes.

Michelob was the "expensive" beer when I was younger.  SWMBO liked Michelob Dark when we could afford it.  I haven't had it in years and would be a little worried to try it now as it might taint a lot of good memories.  Oh well.

Anyway, Budweiser says Premium Lager right on the can doesn't it?  The can wouldn't lie.  8^)


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Newfangled bottle necks
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:03:52 PM »
The "new" bottles always shattered using my clam shell capper.  The glass was too thin.


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