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Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 07, 2010, 11:14:06 PM »
Do you think mixing 50% domestic 2-row with 50% marris otter would add any noticeable complexity to an APA or AIPA? 

My default grain bill for most of my IPAs/APAs, etc are exactly that 50/50 2-Row / M.O.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 01:31:43 PM »
I currently use an auto-siphon which works well but with Drew's system I like the idea of not moving the carboy and minimizing the beer's exposure to O2.

The not moving it part is definitely the main reason I do it. I started doing it because I just didn't have anywhere high enough to set the carboys for settling and I really hated a) the danger of moving a full carboy - again b) stirring up sediment that had settled.. So, on with the CO2. It also helped that until 2 months ago I got free CO2!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:41:52 AM »
I never did the full keg hookup for a few reasons
  • Back pressure - it's a helluva lot easier for that little poppet space to get clogged with random material (think hop bits) and that could cause the pressure to build up
  • More fiddly bits to ensure are completely sanitized - actually the biggest reason.

Of course nowadays, I brew in a garage and most of my beer ferments in a couple of 10g cornies, so... pressure racking all the way.

And Kai, regarding the pressure - I swapped out my standard regulator gauges with a more accurate low pressure gauge. At ~3.5 psi, those carboy caps will pop off the bottle, so it hasn't been that much of a worry so far.

Ingredients / Re: Flaked Oats
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:37:23 AM »
If you want to be absolutely spot on with the correct way to handle things, yes you need to mash the oats with a little pale malt to ensure they'll convert.

Basically think of it as a controlled steep at 15-something Fahrenheit (aka 155F) with some crushed 2-row and a few quarts of water.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 12:55:23 AM »

The Pub / Re: House cat jumps claim to zymurgy collection
« on: March 04, 2010, 12:03:33 PM »

go and load the file onto an img sharing site like flickr,, etc. and then use that url to fill in between the img tags you get from pressing the img button above.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast choice for wheat beers
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:47:02 AM »
Depends upon what you're wanting out of the yeast.

It will make beer, but it won't make a Hefeweizen for instance - to get those clovey, banana, bubblegum things you'd expect from a German wheat beer, you'll need a Hefe yeast.

But if you're wanting to make a neutral-esque British smelling wheat ale, sure thing

The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:25:34 AM »
Ya know, 35 years ago I was HOT!  :)

That's just cause you kept catching your hair on fire. :)

And just cause it's funny and I laugh that my "friends" would post such a picture.

The Pub / Re: Beer Explained
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:23:56 AM »
I love the oatmeal. That dude works hard and brings the funny.

The Pub / Re: I am bored and wish to be entertained
« on: March 03, 2010, 12:21:08 PM »
If I bring the ukulele to NHC this summer, I'd say our GC meeting is in danger!

Is it too late to drop out of the election?  ;D

On that note... don't forget to vote for your Governing Committee!

The Pub / Re: I am bored and wish to be entertained
« on: March 03, 2010, 11:46:23 AM »
In the days when I was playing in bands, I once cleared an entire bar full of drunks by singing one verse of "Mustang Sally"!  Yes, I'm that bad....

Useful to know if we ever have too rowdy a crowd at club night or pro brewer's night.

What's the beeps, peeps?

The Pub / Re: Feeling too weak to eat?
« on: March 03, 2010, 10:30:34 AM »
Hey Drew...great article on smoked malts in the latest Zymurgy.


Homebrew Clubs / Re: Beer Geek Brewers of Tennessee
« on: March 03, 2010, 02:30:08 AM »
Good luck Neil!

The Pub / Feeling too weak to eat?
« on: March 03, 2010, 02:26:39 AM »

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