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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:46:47 AM »
Tom's right I forgot to mention you'd be in the 4-5% alcohol range. Honestly, I think you could pull it off in 5 days but convention pushes me to go longer...

Try it. ;D

The Pub / Re: Election Day in the USA!!!
« on: November 03, 2010, 01:32:35 AM »
I feel for you guys. I don't even live in the country and I'm sick of it.

The toy commercials for Sinterklaas have begun here. Yep, Sinterklaas - almost as weird as an American election. Did anyone campaign in blackface?

The interesting times are still in progress.  :-\

As always.

I'm surprised at what I perceive as a low turn out. Really? Am I wrong? Apathy. At most about a quarter of my colleagues voted.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Removing spent grain from MT, has anyone.....
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:47:30 AM »
...If I did try it I'd put the vac head on top of the wheelbarrow with a false top of wood for the vac head to sit on.

Will that work? Interesting. Might be useful for those that have the 120qt tuns.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watch out for short-cuts!
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:45:34 PM »
I was cutting my brew time down to just a few hours by doing concentrated boils and chilling the kettle in the bath tub. I lost two consecutive batches when the kettles floated and capsized wasting a potential 10 gallons of beer. Expensive beer.

And I was distracted both times.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: tips for turning beer around quickly
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:37:19 PM »

I'll probably be ding'd for it but if you want a kegged beer to drink in 8 days this WORKS:

Use extract and cane sugar 60/40 and steep if you want to. Hop around 40 IBU. Or more. The trick is to use yeast with high flocculation characteristics like Nottingham. On the 8th day keg, chill and force carb.

This doesn't do so well if you let it sit in primary for longer than 8 days. To do that you need to use 100% extract. Seems to me that with the cane sugar it tastes a little cleaner at that young age. However, let it sit too long it's like Schlitz. Gotta halt that fermentation and retain a little sweetness and mouthfeel by chilling.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I just sent this to Pabst Brewing Co
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:24:38 PM »
I hope they take your letter seriously but I dont think they will. Pabst beer is s***ty and they get away with selling swill because they market it to hipster kids. Pabst "brewing" company doesnt even make their own beer. Its all contract brewed for them

Yup. They brew it here too. Drank loads of the cheap lager in the past. Shiver.

The Pub / Re: Election Day in the USA!!!
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:21:38 PM »
...a brewer just got elected Governor in CO...I've had his beer, pretty good.
What I always liked about his brewpub is, after suffering major beer fatigue at the GABF, I could wander down to Wykoop and have a mead.

That being said, this forum is not the progressive echo chamber; political opinions should be taken somewhere else.

I agree. I've seen it rip asunder another forum. This is not the venue at all.

And I'd vote for a man that could brew decent beer. Yup. Sure would.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: watery flavor to finished beer
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:18:46 PM »
I am noticing  a Watery flavor or weakness to my beer.
Can this be conected to the ph level .
I ask that since I have not been checking it and am trying to find a reason or a fix.

Really there's little reason to attempt a diagnosis without a recipe and brewing info. Is it an ongoing problem or just your latest batch?

But maybe Gordon gave you all the info you need... ???

Beer Travel / Re: San Antonio beer tips?
« on: November 02, 2010, 11:04:50 PM »
Really!?  :D

Bluestar is downtown on S. Alamo. Short walking distance for a New Yorker- even cheaper in a cab. Honestly, never had it but it's supposed to be a decent brewpub. Will have to make it sometime. Very close to that is Liberty Bar. They say serious I say damn good. Again another but waay out on the North Side is Freetail Brewing Co.

Oh you meant more serious food downtown? Biga on the Banks.$$$ There's really a multitude of places good and bad- I like local establishments for inexpensive Vietnamese, Thai and Tex Mex.

It's a huge city. A car city like LA so if you're downtown as a conventionero it makes sense to stay there unless you know a local  ;) and have access to a car.  ;)

Welcome to San Antonio Gordon. Or Bienvenidos. It's lovely this time of year.

Other Fermentables / Re: Tepache
« on: November 02, 2010, 10:26:00 PM »
I've heard of it. But with the addition of oranges. It was fermented at hot temps while traveling in a van through Mexico so no wonder the author wasn't particularly complementary of it. I think at ale temps it ought to be pretty good.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cadillac Fermenter ?
« on: November 02, 2010, 10:29:46 AM »
Nice. Price is a bit steep, but then again it ain't your average beat up old corny keg.

The Pub / Re: Election Day in the USA!!!
« on: November 02, 2010, 10:22:09 AM »
I've gotten several "private" calls on my cellphone in the last couple days. Experience has taught me not to answer. Didn't occur to me that it would be a political call. Probably in Spanish anyway. ;)

I'm headed to the polls in a few hours.

Oh it's one thing or the other. Now it'll be Christmas ads bombarding us from every angle for the next seven weeks.

The Pub / Re: Back-scratchers?
« on: November 01, 2010, 11:58:03 PM »
Poor family. Misguided father.

I remember thinking no way that kid will survive a crash landing. It was something to see. I'm glad it was all a hoax.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I just sent this to Pabst Brewing Co
« on: November 01, 2010, 11:54:26 PM »
I drank a lot of PBR but never anything pre 1978. I laud your courageous email to the company. May they see your wisdom and profit by it!


Ingredients / Re: Galaxy hops
« on: November 01, 2010, 11:38:09 PM »
They are derived from Perle which I found to be very earthy. Interesting they get tropical as a late addition.

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