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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st AG Effieency
« on: November 20, 2010, 11:09:03 AM »
There is really no need at all to do a step mash, especially a protein rest, with that grist.  You're not only making more work for yourself, it could be detrimental to the head and body of the beer.

That is sage advice per my experience.

I get 3.2% ABV per your gravities. That's a typical session beer and can get you fairly buzzed in no time. If you need it "stronger" then you might add some Everclear- don't do it blindly, but do a separate graduated taste test. You'll need some sweetness to counter the added alcohol but 1.018 might work in your favor in this case.

Or leave it as is and enjoy. Looks like it's a decent beer already. A learning experience.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bung hole plug. Which would you choose?
« on: November 20, 2010, 11:00:16 AM »
I've been following this thread. Very interesting.

I am so glad it's about casks and not about what I initially thought... :-\

Equipment and Software / Re: refrigerated truck as fermentation lager house
« on: November 20, 2010, 10:55:04 AM »
Unless you could find it for dirt cheap you could probably build a walk-in cooler.
Walking coolers are expensive thou.
And then how would you control temp on each fermenter?

A new commercial walk-in would be pricey. Build one like Jamil Z. and cool with window unit ought to be less. I don't see how one control temp on each individual fermenter in a refrigerated truck since it's basically the same thing unless it has compartments.

But maybe I'm missing something? I often do. ;)

Where ya heading Euge?

Heading out to West Texas & Midland to see my folks. Only a short 5.5 hour drive. PITA but I do enjoy the scenery. Most of it anyway. The Permian Basin isn't all that inspiring to me.

Gives me a chance to listen to all those Brewstrong episodes. Learned a lot on those drives...

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: November 20, 2010, 01:33:22 AM »
Doing a "choice" chuck roast (boneless). Rubbed and awaiting overnight in the fridge.

Have a dilemma: do it fast and slice thin or low and slow with a foiled resting?

I'm traveling next week. No way I can brew this weekend.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Unmalted Wheat.....
« on: November 19, 2010, 11:41:18 PM »
It's about 50/50 so it should still convert.

That's a hefty endeavor.  :D

The Pub / Re: Capazolli's Trip to South Carolina in 2011
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:31:19 PM »
I was just thinking about this thread the other day.  What an awesome group we have here at the AHA.  ;)

Hear! Hear!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Comment on proposed keg cleaning procedure
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:28:07 PM »
Nice video. I might use that sometime for a quickie but without the PBW soak.

What do you gentleman think about leaving a little pressurized starsan in a keg that isn't in use?  What with the stainless and all.

Isn't it iodophor that shouldn't be in contact w/stainless for a long time? I'm sure a couple days is fine. I.O. Dophor  ;D I'm curious too about the starsan.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Comment on proposed keg cleaning procedure
« on: November 19, 2010, 08:15:56 PM »
Breaking a keg down is so easy I do it every time.

I like the idea of saving time by just rinsing with hot water. It's ok if you're going to keep the refilled keg at refrigerator temps. Done it many times. However, open a keg up and remove the dip tube. Look down it. See all the gunk built up in there? I swab my dip tubes out like a rifle barrel every time. Usually my kegs sit at room temps until they go into the kegerator and might develop an infection if the kegs aren't sanitized.

First the kegs get rinsed. Then I add a Tbs of oxyclean and about a quart of hot water. Shake the crap out of the keg. Drain and rinse. Particulate matter, sludge and gunk still there? Repeat. Otherwise break down and rinse well. Assemble and sanitize if using right away. Regardless, I always sanitize with starsan before racking.

If you want to add co2 to avoid oxidation just connect and purge the keg before filling.

Basically the wisdom part is why risk the very beer you worked so hard to produce by slacking at the very end?

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:36:31 PM »
Now I'm doing it.

Hitler has only got one brass ball
the other- is in the Albert hall.
His mother- that dirty bugger
bit it off when he was just small...

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:30:19 PM »
Thanks for the link cap. I will watch it (maybe tonight at work) ;)

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:22:01 PM »
Which got me thinking about Mad Max. Wow! Not a big budget not particularly well made. And Mel Gibson- fresh faced still with his puppy fat. Who would have thought he would turn out to be a crazy fokker.

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:15:10 PM »
Zardoz for weird scifi. Bladerunner is definitely one of the fave. In the top ten- director's cut again...

All Things Food / Re: Cheese and Cheese making
« on: November 19, 2010, 12:10:26 PM »
Thanks tubercle. Another forum...

I will be making cheese. No doubt about that.

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