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General Homebrew Discussion / Spilling Beer
« on: November 10, 2012, 02:56:11 PM »
I must say that a lot of beer has been spilled at my house... 8)

But, last night I fell asleep holding a full glass of beer in my hand while sitting on my couch. About half of it splashed on me but the rest went into he couch. :(

There is a distinct sickly sweet candy smell now emanating from the couch which I find highly objectionable. The slip cover has gone into the washer. I dabbed at the area with a hot cloth but it hasn't seemed to do much.

How in the hell do I get rid of this odor?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Batch19
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:44:04 PM »
Pre-prohibition style lager!

Inspired by a 1919 recipe; this is an offering by Coors I was to find out later with a web-search. A golden bright fizzy lager with a decent malt and hop backbone. A tad sweet but balanced. Lightly herbal and citrusy with a faint currant nose. Definitely reminiscent of the Coors malt profile.

Nice beer. If they were drinking beer like this back then then they were drinking well! The macros would do well to take notice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Is this a good problem?
« on: November 07, 2012, 04:49:30 PM »
Think I'm developing weaze's problem where his friends were drinking all of his beer up- even when he wasn't at home.

One friend in particular comes over for "beer and a visit" and grabs the largest glass available -24oz and he usually drinks five of them in short order while I'm quietly drinking a couple 12oz.

I nearly snapped Monday when my keg of IPA kicked after a couple of these visits in the space of days. I think he could tell I was a bit miffed about it. In the scheme of things even homebrew is costly and time consuming to make. There has been no offer of "helping out" but then again I haven't asked. I know the guy doesn't have much money right now so feel bad about that. Friends for over 30 years...

SO the 24oz's are going away. So will the 20oz nonic glasses. It'll be 12oz flutes and maybe only the 6oz kolsch glasses.

The flipside is I get to brew more, and the compliments I get are gratifying. Still doesn't balance out things but maybe I'm just selfish. :-\

General Homebrew Discussion / Red Hoptober
« on: October 10, 2012, 09:14:22 PM »
This fall offering from New Belgium. Has anyone tried this beer?

Kegging and Bottling / Beer line and transfers
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:08:49 PM »
My regular serving line is 3/16" ID. I want to build a jumper so I can transfer carbonated beer from keg to keg. I have some extra 1/4" ID line- is there a problem associated with using this diameter to move chilled carbonated beer to another tank?

Equipment and Software / Freezer concern
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:10:15 PM »
The chest freezer sits nearly flush with my floor- about 1/2" gap and after moving it I noticed some mildew on the tile in the center of the footprint. Obviously there's some condensation buildup from the tile getting cold and the dark creating an environment encouraging growth.

I'm considering raising the freezer up about 1.75" off the floor. Is there any practical reason why this shouldn't be done? I'm concerned about affecting the performance and efficiency by widening the space.

The Pub / Hope at the end of the rainbow
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:00:31 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Lager question
« on: September 05, 2012, 10:30:54 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, 09:30:33 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, 01:39:42 PM »
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, 09:56:22 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, 08:33:41 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, 08:37:16 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 14, 2012, 06:00:41 AM »
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 09, 2012, 05:56:30 AM »
Lately I've been adding ice to my beer. Not bad. Very refreshing.

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