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General Homebrew Discussion / Lager question
« on: September 05, 2012, 03:30:54 PM »
I taste-tested my first lager and got just a hint of butterscotch. It's been lagering @46F for 17 days after 10 days @56F. I just raised the temp back to 56F and plan to leave it that way for a few days then chill again.

Is this the right approach to clean up diacetyl?

The Pub / Cell-phone woes
« on: August 24, 2012, 02:30:33 PM »
I'm wondering if anyone has noticed the same thing as me? Cell phones programmed/designed to fail around the end of a two-year contract? A pre-planned obsolescence?

For example in 2006 I bought a Motorola Razor and signed a 2-year contract. Two years to the day the phone died... I replaced the battery thinking this was probably the problem. Phone was dead.

So forced to get a new phone (and sign a new contract with ATT) I fiddled with a Blackberry Bold (garbage) and graduated to an iPhone 3g S. Sold that after about 10 months and bought an android phone (Galaxy SGH-I97) from ATT while re-setting my contract for further two more years. In the mean-time I bought the "master" model from China: the Galaxy S GT-I9000 because you could tether, video call etc... as a toy to compare ti the ATT phone.

The GT-I9000 had a specific issue where due to the "infrastructure" I could only get 3g in my neighborhood- after two years this has been resolved, however this particular phone remained unused and battery removed until about three weeks ago.

Interestingly, the SGH-I97 is basically an identical phone without a few bells and whistles. I've used it heavily for data use and it has been reliable until about three weeks ago where it wouldn't respond via touchscreen and began to behave erratically at times.

And guess what? My contract was up on the 14th of this month. Two weeks shy of the ending of the two-year contract my phone starts to fail. HMMM is there a pattern here? So I pulled out the GT-I9000 which is basically a brand new unused 2 year old phone and slipped the sim in and began to use it. Works great- better than the other model and I get my proper 3g signal everywhere. But, in the last week it has begun to exhibit the same symptoms as the prior phone.

Ideas? Thoughts? I burns me up that these expensive phones would have a designed expiration date for their hardware.

Yeast and Fermentation / Top cropping a lager
« on: August 11, 2012, 06:39:42 AM »
I brewed a lager on the 9th (Thursday evening) and will start on the octoberfest in a hour or so. The recently brewed lager is showing signs of fermentation- a krausen about 1.5" thick but only covers 4/5 or the beer's surface.

Is it too soon to crop the yeast and can one even "top-crop" a lager fermentation?

Kegging and Bottling / Plastic crates
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:56:22 PM »
Anyone use milk crates to store bottles? I've been using a collection of cardboard boxes to hold upwards of 6 six-packs and some 12-pack boxes the beer originally came in.

But I bottle in 24's, 16's (german wheat-beer bottles) and a variety of 12's (stubbies and long-necks). Don't really feel like "borrowing" any from the corner store but have seen milk-crate-esque crates at walmart and at the container store.

I know one day the bottom of the cardboard boxes will give way as I'm carrying my precious homebrew to the storage area. So am seeking alternatives. Wondering if the various bottles are a good fit and if this is a decent solution?

The Pub / Stay off my f'ing driveway!
« on: August 08, 2012, 01:33:41 PM »
Guess I'm getting old. 8)

I've been living in this house for four years. I have witnessed many thousands of drivers use my poor driveway as a turn-around for any variety of vehicles frequently including some heavy trucks. My neighbors I can tolerate but the 10-15 vehicles day and night that whip into my driveway, back out and drive off the way they were going has me at the end of my wits.

The drive way is ruined and I can't afford to replace it right now. And if I did it would be reduced in short order by the constant traffic. >:(

For the first six months I stacked a couple rock cairns about 2' high blocking access with just enough room for my VW to squeeze by. I'd come home to rocks knocked off the tops daily but got little satisfaction from imagining their scratched bumpers. Then I decided this made me look like I was a crazy person so got rid of the rocks. I also tried positioning the flood lights right into the windshields so the glare would be a deterrent. This has been unsuccessful.

Short of a gate- which would look odd as I have no fence what can be done to stop this constant traffic? I know you are a clever enterprising bunch. Any thoughts and suggestions that would help my situation?

General Homebrew Discussion / Cali Common question
« on: July 22, 2012, 01:37:16 PM »
I've brewed a Cali Common for the first time. Due to a last moment change in plans and a ramped up brewing schedule I won't be able to turn my freezmenter down to 50* because I'm putting two new batches of ale in there at 60*!

The Cali Common has finished fermenting and I'm wondering is it necessary to do the 2 weeks at 50*...? Can I bottle this beer first, carb for a few days at room temp and then cold condition it? Or would it be better to do this on the yeast in primary and then bottle? I can move it to my kegerator for a couple weeks regardless.

Equipment and Software / Garage door opener
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:00:41 PM »
I have an old Craftsman garage door opener laying in my garage that needs to go. I'm wondering if the motor would be right for running my Barley Crusher.

It already has a sprocket and I might be able to use part of the chain if the links can come apart. All I'd need is another one for the mill.

Ideas? Suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer and ice
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:56:30 PM »
Lately I've been adding ice to my beer. Not bad. Very refreshing.

All Things Food / Foie Gras in California
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:52:18 AM »
I'm paying $98.43 per pound foie gras at the local upscale market. Limited availability, but at least I will still be able to buy it here.

Sorry to say this but there must be some heads up some asses out in California to make this illegal. It should be up to the consumer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Le Mort Vivant
« on: May 11, 2012, 06:36:23 PM »
I broke my beer buying fast with this Biere de Garde in the can. Very impressed with the flavor. Nice soft malty low hop belgian pale ale. Med body.

Anyone experience this beer?

All Things Food / Biscuits
« on: May 09, 2012, 11:12:57 AM »
I've been craving me some biscuits and gravy. But with my self imposed austerity measures I don't have the Bisquick that I'd normally use. But I do have the ingredients.:)

Anyway I made drop biscuits that came out beautifully golden with a perfect texture. Taste? Flat. Lifeless. Bland. ???

You guys got any tips on a biscuit recipe?

Equipment and Software / My badass wortchiller
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:33:00 AM »
I found out how badass my wort chiller was yesterday.

A six gallon batch. A coil of 50' 1/2" copper. Only half in the wort. I turn on the water. It doesn't seem to be chilling. I turn up the water. Stir. Now the dial starts dropping. I get it down to 120F in a couple minutes with some vigorous stirring.

I let the water run and stir it every 5 minutes. It refuses to budge from 120F after 20 minutes. WTF? ???

I look down and both of the burners the kettle is straddling are on full blast... ;D

And to think I only had two beers at that point!

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer Suprise
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:19:21 AM »
I was looking in my old cellar, and found a mystery stubbie (SNPA bottle). Popped it in the fridge before work and later that night...

Wow! This has to be one of the bottles of Braggot that I made. And this one is great! Every dang bottle of this has been different but they all have been better with age. This is excellent. Malty. Effervescent with excellent head formation and a nice lace down the glass. A bit of the honey funk. Somehow this one beer is displaying the qualities that I want in several of my styles- a particular mouthfeel and malt flavor. No. Hop. Bitterness.

Another look and I have two more in the fridge with a possible two 24oz'ers behind them. At 4 years this beer is at it's prime. I'm drinking them.

General Homebrew Discussion / Hop Topics
« on: April 14, 2012, 11:38:57 PM »
Why are hops listed under ingredients? Shouldn't they merit a category of their own? Yeast have their own. Grain and extract each have their own...

Hops merit a category of their own IMO and probably Water as well. ;) Anyway not trying to start trouble but this suddenly struck me as out of whack with the forum, and it might make it easier for forum users to post topics and find answers about hops.

Respect the hops.

Ingredients / Hopshot and Hop extract
« on: April 14, 2012, 11:26:06 PM »
I looked up the Hopshot on NB. The price seems ok  but I'd like to buy more than a syringe-full.

Ideas and experiences with hop-extract?

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