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The Pub / Re: Shrubs
« on: August 01, 2017, 11:07:00 AM »
I spent about two hours trimming shrubs the weekend before last.

I have no idea what you all are talking about.

Right there with you.  I had to look it up. ::)

"The term "shrub" can also be applied to the sweetened vinegar-based syrup, from which the cocktail is made; the syrup is also known as drinking vinegar. Drinking vinegar is often infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices for use in mixed drinks."


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Can anyone suggest some nice beers?
« on: August 01, 2017, 07:03:51 AM »
If you're trying to find a style(s) you like but never knew about, pick a local taproom and buy a sampler flight.  Taste beer, take notes.  Then pick another pub, rinse, repeat.  You have to expose yourself to different styles and interpretations.  Takes friends with you and have fun.   :)


Beer Recipes / Re: Honey vanilla Blonde
« on: July 27, 2017, 09:10:12 AM »
Other than that does this recipe sound okay? is the 15 days with 2 beans enough time to impart a noticeable vanilla? Is that the best way to add honey? I've never done anything like this before.

Have you ever used honey malt before?  You might find that to be WAY too much.
Personally I can't handle it beyond 5%.
I'm with goschman on the timing of the honey (even so, don't be shocked if you don't detect it in your finished product) and switching out the late hops for something a little more complimentary to cinnamon and vanilla.

I agree on the timing of the honey addition. Adding it to the boil will drive off most of the aromatics and flavor.  Wait until primary fermentation is done or almost done to add it to have your best shot at keeping the flavor in the beer.


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 27, 2017, 08:21:54 AM »
Round Here - Counting Crows

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Natural Carbonation in Keg.
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:05:43 AM »
My little tidbit to those who carb in the keg. Add the priming solution to the fermenter and allow it to restart fermentation. Then rack that into a keg. You will kill 2 birds there by the yeast consuming any left over oxygen from the transfer and keg.

Another tip I use is storing my kegs under CO2 pressure while they are empty.  On the day I fill a keg, I purge the pressure, fill under a blanket of (mostly) CO2.  Then I add the priming sugar and seal up the keg with a shot of CO2 to set the lid.

This lets me know the keg was holding pressure before I put beer in it and minimizes O2 pickup during transfers.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Natural Carbonation in Keg.
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:58:01 PM »
I naturally carb all my kegs.  I use sugar and give them time to mellow and blend.  I'm usually not in a hurry so no need to use CO2 from a bottle when my yeasty friends will do it themselves.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mashtun question
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:47:57 AM »
My first thought was that not putting slots on that pipe would help maintain your siphon better.  My gut says slots in that pipe would apply more suction in the first pipe and reduce the flow from the outer pipes.  I'm not an industrial/process engineer and am probably missing some major point so I could (easily) be completely wrong.  ::)

I batch sparge and would be worried about leaving a lot of wort behind with that setup without having a way to maintain the siphon.


Equipment and Software / Re: Gott style coolers
« on: July 19, 2017, 02:45:14 PM »
I'm not sure putting 160lbs of water in a plastic cooler with plastic handles would make it past the legal department in most companies.  That's probably just me though. 

I haven't see any over 10 gallons.

I hope you find what you need!!


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 18, 2017, 01:51:15 PM »
I Fall to Pieces - Patsy Cline


"you might start with cloudy beer and then achieve brightness by the last pint served. I am somewhere in the middle. "

This isn't a problem, it's how I know the keg is almost empty.   ;D


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 17, 2017, 10:50:43 AM »
Baby elephant Walk - Henry Mancini


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: mold?
« on: July 14, 2017, 07:58:15 AM »
I agree with Denny.  Just CO2 collecting on some yeast bits.  They can be nucleation sites.

Nothing to be concerned about.


The Pub / Re: really regretting the cataract surgery
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:08:51 AM »
From a completely different perspective, I'm happy to hear the surgeries are going well.

Unwelcome sites seem like a small price for being able to see them.  ;)

I'm considering Lasik to at least get rid of half my bifocals.


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:05:40 AM »
I Want a New Drug - Huey Lewis & The News


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: July 07, 2017, 10:20:05 AM »
Time Is On My Side - The Rolling Stones

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