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Equipment and Software / Re: Morebeer mash kettle and mash thickness
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:59:00 PM »
That works for getting your volume out but still dilutes the wort though an additional couple pounds of grain counters that problem.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: The nuclear (Beano) option
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:55:57 PM »
I have two 5-gallon fermenter buckets that have stalled at 1.024 (1.062 OG, mashed at 152*F, pitched w/ Danstar Windsor).  It has been 2 weeks and after a quick and strong ferment for 2 or 3 days, there has been no noticeable activity.  I'm thinking of adding Beano to one of them and letting it ferment out.  Afterward I can blend them and immediately chill them to stop fermentation.  How low can I expect the Beano half to go? 1.000? If so the blend would be 1.012.  Do I need to add more yeast?  I have another packet of something...can't remember what.

Windsor has a tendency to "finish" not stall around 1.020. I found it isn't a detriment. You might seriously f!@ck up your beer using Beano in this case- which is an upper mid-range strength ale.

I countered Windsor's trait by using cane sugar in two successive batches. The beer has finished at 1.012 each time and has taken a great deal more conditioning to taste right than my previous straight malt efforts. At first I was alarmed and disappointed with this yeast- now I'm in love...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barleywine-related questions
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:38:11 PM »
It looks good but more late additional flavor additions might help in addition to the FWH. I think you're right on with the heavy bittering approach though, since you'll lose some BU's over the lengthy conditioning period.

I've brewed 2 AG BW's- but one Pale and one Dark. Everyone loves them but I'm certainly not happy with the results. I've found that crafting even a decent BW is a real art and skill. There has to be a strategy.

Go for the DME due to the fermentability. It'll be real sweet even if you get it down to 1.020 so the hops will really play a big role in balance. Use more. Much more... Maybe at something like 40, 30, 20 and 10.

My $0.02

Good luck!

Beer Travel / Re: London Brewers Alliance
« on: September 17, 2010, 11:28:33 AM »
Very interesting! Also shocking to see Young's Brewery gutted and basically brewing on a homebrew scale. If they are actually brewing.

I'd love to be in London right now. Sadly, when I spent my various times there I was a wee lad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Use
« on: September 16, 2010, 10:34:44 AM »
Brewing the beer uses the least amount of water, and as indicated it's the chilling and clean-up that is the bulk of the usage. My opinion is that I'm not wasting anything- just using what it takes to make the beer. Certainly got my process down and with a recirculating pump can chill my wort from boiling to pitching a bit more quicker so that saves some water there- but not that "conserving" is on my mind at that particular moment.

I brew 12 gallon batches and 50 gallons of water sounds conservative. Loosely measured it by timing the fill of a 5 galllon bucket in the chill process and was a little disconcerted to see how rapidly it got filled. :P

Then experimented with chilling from about 140F by using frozen 2&3 liter PET bottles as a basis for the ice-water recirc through my IC. Took forever! Wrong approach. Dead end at my brew capacity unless one is able to accept the hour and half chill time. Now I just freeze up a bunch of ice in the deep-freeze and use that to good effect.

Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Hop Blocker
« on: September 14, 2010, 11:40:49 AM »
Like a tea-bag.

I've been doing this lately with great success.

Ingredients / Re: Paying for hops is worth it !!!
« on: September 14, 2010, 09:49:30 AM »
I'm willing to bet that even in Summer the shipping process has little affect on the hops.

All Things Food / Re: Rant! Glad Fold lock sandwich baggies
« on: September 13, 2010, 11:48:19 AM »
I for one hated these type of baggies. Stuff was always falling out... :o

Questions about the forum? / Re: what happened to wanted to buy and sell?
« on: September 13, 2010, 11:05:43 AM »
And now theres "All things food" with the child boards and everything combined. Works for me.

Ingredients / Re: Paying for hops is worth it !!!
« on: September 13, 2010, 10:24:34 AM »
Is there any appreciable difference between hops ordered from say... Freshhops and ones you picked out of the backyard? With tomatoes or peaches it does. However, I can't see it being the same with hops.

Then again you can't tell your friends "I grew the hops in this beer."

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Extremely Quick fermentation
« on: September 13, 2010, 10:08:39 AM »
Did you check the gravity before pitching the second yeast?

Sounds to me like the attenuative phase is done.

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: September 12, 2010, 11:25:30 PM »
If it is EEE and if Jeff makes it, he's in for months of recovery. So please keep Jeff, his wife and his kids in your thoughts and prayers.

Time to cross fingers and say some fervent prayers everybody. Thirty-two days have passed and just only a few more could make a real difference in how Jeff turns out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking my first brew as I type
« on: September 12, 2010, 10:31:18 PM »
It is safe to say I am quickly getting addicted.

Muahahah...! ;D

Really, once it gets a hold of ya theres no turning back. Welcome to the obsession!

Oh, and let your newly carbed beer sit longer in the fridge- say 24 hours. IMO it makes the carbonation a bit better sooner.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: September 12, 2010, 11:22:23 AM »
I'm smoking a leg of lamb.  I wonder if it will be noticeable?  :)

Doubtful. I haven't found it to make a difference one way or another.

The Pub / Re: Name That Tune!
« on: September 12, 2010, 10:06:37 AM »
I've never under half of what the Boss sings. But it sounds good.

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