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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 18, 2013, 12:01:49 PM »
I called it first Amanda.

Since I generally get relegated to specialty or veggie/herb anyway, it'd likely be in my flight anyway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Details on Tapping a Firkin
« on: December 18, 2013, 11:59:57 AM »
Our local distributor's craft beer specialist is bringing a couple of firkins to a local bar over the next two weeks, and I've been asked to do the honors of tapping them.  I proceeded to watch a few videos and sometimes they explode with foam and other times there is no spillage.  I guess my question is, how does one go about this?  I am wondering if placing the spile in the shive first won't prevent the blast of foam when hammering in the spigot?  I'm also wondering whether it isn't more fun to do it the other way and make a splash, literally?

The one this Saturday night is Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, and on Dec. 28th we have Abita  Thomas Handy barrel-aged Winter ale.

And yes this is a bit of a brag.  This guy with the distributor is new and he's really twisting arms to get some new stuff in the local places.  I think its working too, exciting to see craft beer finally hit this little berg.

Ingredients / Re: Gotta Vent about CaraPils
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:31:08 AM »
Without delving into the mechanisms I can say that, in my own experience, adding a little wheat to a recipe is a good way to ensure good head retention.  It often gives a bit more of a rocky head too, which I like.  Would it happen without wheat?  Probably but theres no real downside either unless you're out of wheat and don't brew anyway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Root Beer in a comp?
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:18:28 AM »
Heck yeah.  I've though about it before but never executed.  I have made a homemade rootbeer with roots and mint and stuff in it.  Pretty good, a little different than your standard rootbeer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oatmeal stout..breakfast anytime
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:55:30 PM »
Sam Smith organic pale ale is the best beer. Period.

Ingredients / Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:20:09 PM »
Glad I'm not the only one new to this outfit. Must've just started exporting to the US.  I've read Germany's maltsters are generally small and unorganized. Weyermann sure doesn't give that impression. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First US Trappist Brewery!!!!
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:04:22 AM »
I went through my Belgian phase and have moved on, but this is cool to have a brewing monastary in country.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oatmeal stout..breakfast anytime
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:01:55 AM »
We just kegged a nice oatmeal stout last week, in fact I blew the "bonus beer" keg (an extra gallon after filling the other two).  I used oats, flaked barley and some flaked rye.  You can really tell the rye is in there because the body is super thick and creamy.  Definitely a stout time of year, and the basement garage is running barely 60F so I've been leaving the kegs by the door and drinking them at cellar temp, really brings out the malt.

Congrats!  What're you breiwng next?  We just did a black IPA with a really heavy hop load.

The abbey malt seems to be a crystal malt.  How much did you use?
Weyermann calls it a base malt and says you can use up to 50%.  I was thinking it sounded like a caramel malt too with the description of honey malt.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A minor conundrum
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:15:57 PM »
I recommend "rinsing" your mouth with vodka, or better yet bourbon to sterilize it.  At least once day regardless of whether or not you plan to siphon.
That qualifies as "for medicinal purposes."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cleaning the inside of soldered copper
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:08:53 AM »
I think I'd just use boiling water to remove any leftover flux, then the first batch will quickly passivate the metal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Air Cooling
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:05:43 AM »
I set up a plastic 55gal drum with water for my chiller and circulate with a DC bilge pump powered by my battery charger.  Works great, saves on water usage and no ice flows in winter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometers?
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:32:27 PM »
Went to Amanda/Sean's website and saw there was a buy two for $16 each sale, so I got two.  Going high tech.  This will set back my efforts to think Celsius though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometers?
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:42:06 AM »
I have a couple of lab thermometers and they are accurate although they force me to think in degrees C which is painful.

Yes, that is the stated accuracy range.  My friend who is a chemist checked mine in his lab and found it to be within .5 degree F across a wide temp range.  Use what you like !  :D

You have a friend who is a chemist?  I didn't know they had the social skills to make friends.  Maybe its just me after all.

Use what you like, exactly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smithwick's Clone Tastes Malty
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:25:41 AM »
Smithwicks is malty.

Special roast has a pretty potent flavor profile if I'm not mistaken.  Maybe thats what you're detecting.

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