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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nervous about my original gravity...
« on: September 11, 2010, 11:21:35 PM »
That'll work too! :D Cheap and easy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nervous about my original gravity...
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:14:25 PM »
But it'll probably be OK, albeit a little dry on the tongue.

Mix-stir and a drill for the carboy.

Equipment and Software / TEC coolers
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:11:26 PM »
I'm looking for a complete TEC assembly with heatsinks and fans all wired up or plans with specs to build one. My searches on the net have resulted in the Peltier wafers or super-expensive thermoelectric cooler assemblies but few inexpensive basic units.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First batch done!
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:07:11 PM »

Jump back on the horse and do it again. If you're into it you'll regret not brewing sooner when the current batch runs out!

Welcome to the obsession...

Equipment and Software / Re: Calculating boil-off for new setup
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:03:41 PM »
You'll get a feel for it: vigor of the boil, time and ambient humidity all play a role. Plus, leave the lid 2/3 on and you'll get less evap, but increase risk of boil-over.

For me it's about 2 gallons a hour.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you blend your beers.
« on: September 10, 2010, 09:57:16 PM »
Would someone be willing to share technique how to blend and bottle beers?
How to be consistent across multiple batches of the same base beers?
I was thinking about it the other day but so far no cigar.
Thank you.

Been working on it. One part Strong ale to 5 parts light young Pale ale is a good start. Remarkable.

The Pub / Re: Why Grammar is Important
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:20:07 PM »
Evidently not to the younger generations, if you've ever gotten a text from a fifteen year old.

The Pub / Re: Name That Tune!
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:11:18 PM »
It's a TX band, but I believe they got national airplay.

Need more clues....

It's the Toadies.

"...Mm, she's hot as a pepper but smooth as a Mexican brew.
So head for the border and put in an order or two.
The wings of the blackbird will spread like an eagle for you..."

Equipment and Software / Re: Fixing a Deep Scratch in a Stainless Fermenter
« on: September 10, 2010, 09:59:32 AM »
After all this does it need to be passivated again?

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning immersion chillers
« on: September 10, 2010, 09:57:44 AM »
I rinse it well after use making sure no hop particles and such are adhering to the coils (mine are tightly bound) and then a good rinse and application of starsan before use to get any dust off.

Mine goes in at flame-out since it drops the temp immediately by at least 10 degrees.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brown Yeast in bottle?
« on: September 10, 2010, 09:51:56 AM »
Isn't that brown stuff some of the residual hop isomers that gradually drop out of suspension? IIIRC Jamil Z or Palmer talked about it: such as a brew gradually losing half it's BU's over a year's time due to this process. Ends up as brown sludge in the bottom of bottles or kegs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nice find today.
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:32:28 PM »
That's great! How about the rest of yer stuff?

Beer Recipes / Re: English IPA tips
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:06:46 PM »
Oh it isn't limited to Britain. I had a jeep once that came stock with both metric and standard bolts- sometimes on the same part! We need to take the plunge and accept Standard International Units completely.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Dreaded O Word
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:01:50 PM »
Hey Drew, when's your deadline for pictures?

I have a feeling no-one's posting pics cause it ain't pretty... Seen some impressive setups posted elsewhere. Mine isn't. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brewing application etiquette
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:00:55 AM »
Sure bring the beer. But as previously stated it doesn't hurt to state that you have personal brewing experience, but emphasize your excellent work ethic, eagerness to learn and supreme desire to help brew HIS/HER product the way he/she wants it done. Unlikely you'll be teaching them anything new so the home experience aspect is a good, but not a ticket in.

If the opportunity arises share your brew- more as an example that you understand the process. Don't divulge that it was a Cooper's kit... ;)

Most importantly, bring some humility along to back up that bravado. In my field of expertise a somewhat experienced egotistical colleague with just barely a year in got herself sidelined by being too cocky with the management. Recently, when she desperately needed a transfer- she ultimately didn't get the job; her position was filled by a new hire and she now works about 7 hours filling in a hole here or there. I think they expected her to quit...

What does that have to do with getting an entry level job in a brewery? I think many would prefer to train and mold their new hires, whereas "experience" can sometimes bring discord to the workplace depending on personality. So come to the interview ready to work immediately.

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