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Other Fermentables / Re: Homemade hard lemonade
« on: July 19, 2010, 07:20:39 AM »
I usually do this whenever someone compels me to:

2 liters fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Mix lemon juice and water and add enough sugar to reach 1.055

Ferment with Cotes d'Blanc wine yeast.

Rack to keg, add sorbistat and sweeten with sugar syrup (or corn syrup)

Carbonate to 900 volumes.

Just wrapped it up here shortly after midnight PDT. 10 gallons of Saison Ordinare in the tanks burbling away.

Started brewing at ~6:30PM and kept going.. why 6:30PM... cause it was too damn hot to do the normal time and I don't see 6:30 AM except on the flipside!

Equipment and Software / Re: From the kettle to the fermenter
« on: July 15, 2010, 06:10:04 PM »
Ball valve is a wunderbar way to go, but if you're not prepared for that why not just rack the wort out of the kettle once it's cool?

This has the advantage of using that tight cone, you've hopefully created.

I'm a full blown recipe creator (big surprise). In a lot of ways, for me that's the biggest pants kicker I get from homebrewing is the thought experiments on what to create.

I'm not even sure I can remember the last time I did a kit!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership Levels?
« on: July 15, 2010, 04:32:04 PM »
I think you should have your own category Denny......Over 2000 posts?   :D

*whistling* *whistling* Oh hi there neighbors, isn't it great how sometimes the things you wish for out loud come true?

Being a Florida boy, all I can say is I don't miss the humidity. It'll be 100F here tomorrow (hottest by far of the year) and I'll be much better off even though I don't have A/C

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Simple recipe question
« on: July 15, 2010, 04:15:32 AM »
Generally it's safe to assume, unless noted, that hops are pellets.

How miserable of course depends upon which one you went to and from where. I can, with an understanding boss, make it to HWBC in about 1.5 hours round trip with shopping and a stop at Dan's Super Subs to pick up the lunch sandwich.

You know.. you just outgeeked me when I had to go search the whole tamarian language thing. Of course, it's sad that I remembered that you were talking a Star Trek metaphor language. *NERD!*

 Captain's log - Stardate 11007.16 - Plans for the interstellar fermentation experiments have been compromised by Starfleet's Home Admiral countermanding the Captain's orders. Away team sent to reconnoiter and restore the free standing transportation and observation outpost to Home Office's standards and living protocols. Away team's current mission is to scout local professional fermentation establishments and may delay experimentation furthers. Captain out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Problem with Empty Barrels
« on: July 10, 2010, 05:05:02 AM »
People need to be careful with burning sulfur in a barrel. Anyone who needs to understand why should just ask Gordon.

The other way to think about it is, if the scores are too far off then the entrant is less likely to pay attention to what the judges are actually saying in the comments.

The Pub / Re: Martini's
« on: July 09, 2010, 01:38:16 AM »
Oh, and I prefer to shake, hard, for about 45 seconds, to break up the ice cubes.  I love to pour my martini into a glass from the freezer and see slivers of ice float up into a layer on the surface of the martini.

Jeff, I have to say... I respected you until just now. :)

-- Drew
Proud stirrer of gin.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 08, 2010, 04:26:12 PM »
I've been amazed.  The TJ's beer that I've had is danged good. 

Helps when you have Gordon B and Firestone Walker brewing your house brands for you and they've gotten better about how they warehouse the beer. Sadly, they still don't have it cold at the store, but oh well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Consistent problems with Diacetyl
« on: July 07, 2010, 09:19:57 PM »
I went through a persistent low level infection for almost a year before I knocked it out.  I switched to StarSan and I think that's what got rid of it.  Of course, if you already use StarSan, disregard that advice!

But the real nugget of advice here is to switch sanitizers. If you use StarSan switch to Iodophor for a bit, etc.

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