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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Texas Microbreweries
« on: July 28, 2010, 03:12:34 PM »
I was just up in Midland. It also is a wasteland. There were some of the more popular breweries represented like New Belgium etc at the fancy HEB there but my local "ghetto-B" has a better selection. Typical 4/5 of the aisle was Bud, Miller and Coors.

That city is crazy conservative so I wasn't too surprised. Reminds me of why I dislike going there.   

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Well it was in April, so probably it isn't of the Head McCrackin variety. If it's started to autolyze then you'll know it.

I wouldn't even bother with the extra yeast. Siphoning will pull enough up.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Longest Brewday? Latest Brewday?
« on: July 28, 2010, 11:36:38 AM »
I've staggered out of the brewery to pitch my yeast at 5am plenty of times. Recently the twelve hot hours sapped my spirit, and I didn't brew again until all my beer ran out lol.

Usually it's about 7 hours to do a single 12 gallon batch but I tend to mash longer and boil longer. I'd like to get it down to 5 which is achievable. Preparation and being ready to go helps. Spontaneous brewing can make for a long session.

Extract? Hour and a half to 2 hours.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Texas Microbreweries
« on: July 28, 2010, 11:08:04 AM »
Alaska has the advantage of being cold and having long stretches of it.

Cold indeed! And having all that light to drink by in the Summer and the dark night to hole up in during the Winter.

Part of the problem IMO is that Texas is such a large state. Populated but really spread out once one leaves the major population centers- BTW we have three cities in the Nation's top ten. We should have more Breweries. Period. ;)

I might agree with the spread out and large part if the whole Alaskan beer scene did not exist. 

You are correct that Texas could use more breweries, but the market has to be there. 

Population of Alaska is about 700,000 http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/02000.html

Population of Texas is pushing upwards of 25 million http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html

Difficult to compare the two: my point was about how rural Texas actually is. The laws have been slow to change as well as public tastes and perception. But it is changing...

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All Things Food / Re: Pale Ale battered fish and chips
« on: July 28, 2010, 10:49:14 AM »
Planning on doing a beer-batter this weekend with shrimp. But I likes fish & chips too. It'll have to be a "Brown Ale" batter though...

Thanks for the pic. Making me hungry for this type of cuisine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Texas Microbreweries
« on: July 28, 2010, 10:25:25 AM »
Part of the problem IMO is that Texas is such a large state. Populated but really spread out once one leaves the major population centers- BTW we have three cities in the Nation's top ten. We should have more Breweries. Period. ;)

Another aspect to consider is that the laws differ from county to county and from city to city. We have "dry" counties and cities all over the place where you can't buy a beer. We're still pulling our way out from under some very conservative laws.

Real Ale Brewing has a decent and consistent presence in beer coolers at HEB and some decent offerings.

Brewers have the option to treat their water but quite frankly our water isn't that great except for darker beers, which I suspect is why Shiner is what it is. It's difficult for the Pale/Light Lager mass consumption folks to graduate to craft beer, which is usually darker and more strongly flavored.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Gushing bottles
« on: July 28, 2010, 10:05:53 AM »
Without tasting it hard to tell. You should weigh priming sugars not measure.

There's tricks to vent the bottles without opening them. Kinda a pain in the butt but it does work.

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Classifieds / Re: Source for a 4000ml Erlenmeyer Flask
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:58:27 AM »
That's a great idea! I have quite a few close by that can be checked!

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The Pub / Re: Martini's
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:39:07 AM »
Pizza looks great.  ;)

How was the Bacon-tini? It looks mighty tasty!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: No sign of fermentation in the secondary
« on: July 27, 2010, 11:35:46 PM »
 
I racked a batch of Scotch Ale to a secondary fermenter almost a week ago. Everything went according to plan during the brewing process (OG was on target) and primary fermentation seemed to move along nicely. I waited 6 days before racking to the secondary, which is the norm for me. However, my gravity reading after primary was only .01 less than the original. I figured the batch had a lot of fermenting left to do in the secondary so was very surprised to see no "action" in my airlock after 24 hours nor any since then. Did I do something wrong? Are my yeast dead? Should I just take regular gravity readings over the next week or so and see if I hit the right mark before bottling or do I need to take more proactive steps? Help/advice is VERY much appreciated.

Fermentation's pretty much finished after a few days anyway, for most ales. Now if it's about a high finishing gravity then that's a yeast issue as Mr Bonjour is getting at.

So what's your gravity reading's? And yeast strain?

I suspect a skewed after reading "primary fermentation seemed to move along nicely." 

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The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: July 27, 2010, 11:20:28 PM »
Hey guys, my name's Rob and I just recently joined the AHA.  Your forum has a lot of great stuff on it.  I look forward to participating.  Cheers!

Hi Rob. Welcome to the Fo-rum.

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The Pub / Re: Alive and well
« on: July 27, 2010, 10:59:35 PM »
Lookin' great dude .... all except that last picture.  :P ;)

He couldn't post the one he wanted to with a female enjoying the meal.

I was looking at that dog. Totally obscene. Embarrassing.

And that smirk on his face... :D

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Classifieds / Re: Source for a 4000ml Erlenmeyer Flask
« on: July 27, 2010, 06:56:41 PM »
I made a crappy one out of a fan but it doesn't heat, which I want.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: What is full on a 10 pound tank
« on: July 27, 2010, 10:53:25 AM »
And, weigh it empty and again after it is filled. Should gain 10#. Then it is simple to calculate how much you have left regardless of the gauge.

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Classifieds / Re: Source for a 4000ml Erlenmeyer Flask
« on: July 27, 2010, 10:49:26 AM »
Thanks! I've been eying some things like a hot plate/stirrer. Cheapest I found there was $260. Not bad but still a little pricey.

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