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Time to bottle or keg in my brewery. Or you can let it sit for 2+ more weeks and then rack. Up to you. Secondary fermentation is an appropriate technique but many of us eschew the practice feeling it is unnecessary and that the extra time in primary is more beneficial.

You'll easily get a feel for it visually and by smell and as well how different yeasts behave. I think a thermometer is more important than a hydrometer but you should be using both.

Good luck with the IPA.

The Pub / Re: It appears I'm not brewing for a while.
« on: August 26, 2010, 06:26:19 AM »
That is outrageous! I assume they're just scamming everyone they come into contact with. Holding their possessions hostage. Was it a well known moving company? I'd be suing some butt. Writing letters and making phone calls.

I found that penny-pinching my ingredients made me unhappy. I whined about it (prices) endlessly. Currently, I've got my economy of scale going, and save where I can, mainly with bulk hop purchases.

Otherwise I no longer care if I save a few pennies here or there- especially with grain since bulk-ordering is pretty much out of the question. Trying to be pragmatic and realistic about the whole issue. I support my LHBS and only ask that he keeps stuff consistently in stock, which he usually does if he can get it. I'll drop $120 in there without blinking and I get no discounts.

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH)
« on: August 25, 2010, 06:26:22 PM »
It raises pH.  Helpful if you find your pH in the low 3's and still expect the yeast to do something.

Ahh... That makes sense. So one would need to check the pH to make sure, and not just blindly add KOH.

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH)
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:19:31 PM »
KOH is caustic. Be careful! I'm curious as to why it aids in fermentation.

Ingredients / Re: Ginger
« on: August 25, 2010, 04:58:09 PM »
OK, somebody's gotta say it....

I prefer brewing with Maryann!   ::)

Wasn't that another thread? ;)

Go easy on it, it can be harsh and needs some sweetness to counterbalance it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Citrusy Oktoberfest
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:59:52 AM »
Sounds like the hops to me as well. You changed things in many areas but maybe the extra sulfate brought them forward some. From a style standpoint do you feel it is a detriment?

Pimp My System / Re: Arctic Brewery and Mobile Fermentation Trailer
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:43:30 AM »
That brewery would be the envy of any homebrewer. Awesome experience to be sure. I'm looking forward to seeing this one and any others.

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:03:23 AM »
Finally read the thread. This is terrible. Hopefully he'll pull through. Prayers help a great deal so I'll be saying several.

God bless you Jeff.

The Pub / Re: In case you wonder what happened to me
« on: August 25, 2010, 01:31:10 AM »
Good to hear from you Kai. Work is overrated IMO.

The Pub / Re: Testing my serenity
« on: August 24, 2010, 05:45:26 PM »
Those GPS units are hot tickets. Never leave them out and visible. It sucks for you Euge, but I don't know how many I've seen stolen. I would never leave a big ticket item visible in my car, regardless of how "secure" I felt the environ....

The Officer that came out said pretty much the same thing adding that there's a large stolen GPS ring here and they can't figure out why. Hmmm.... who would need a cheap disposable GPS? ??? I don't have to think very far on that one.

And, even taking them off the windscreen doesn't keep your parked car safe if you leave the dirty suction cup rings. Screams GPS or radar detector. Now I'm sorta nervous because my address, phone number and name is in that GPS. I won't make that mistake again.

On a lighter note: ;)

I've always regarded the left lane as a "passing lane". Isn't this the official designation for the left lane? Pretty inconsiderate of the driver "doing the speed limit" to have cars dangerously stacking up behind them in the passing lane. It's called common courtesy & common sense regardless of whether anyone is violating posted speed limits.

Cell phone usage while driving (unless hands-free) should be a ticket-able offense everywhere not just in school zones.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Missed Target Gravity
« on: August 24, 2010, 04:32:40 AM »
Were you brewing a stronger than usual batch- IE batch-sparging with a lower than usual pound/qt ratio? This could be a loss of efficiency. Often times it helps to add extra grain to compensate for stiffer mashes.

Sure... it's great to take preboil measurements but beware of the beer faeries or gremlins. You'll go mad... The only measurements I make are pre-pitch and post-ferment.

The Pub / Re: Brewing Tattoo?
« on: August 24, 2010, 04:13:45 AM »
Gothic RDWHAHB across the stomach gangbanger style.   :o

I like the hop-bine. It's what first came to mind.

The Pub / Re: Favorite mixed drinks
« on: August 24, 2010, 03:49:03 AM »
With what I have available the Light and Stormy is pretty good. Not bad in a rocks glass.

I'll have a few or several tonight.

The Pub / Testing my serenity
« on: August 24, 2010, 03:41:39 AM »
What chapping it right now? Any current tests of your serenity? This last one's making me tired and disappointed.

Tonight, while we were tracking the trespasser going throughout our offices and work areas throughout my floor and directing security towards him... at least another was in the parking garage breaking into my car. >:( Hopefully that was the only break-in!

Sumb****es are getting smart. While Security was escorting the decoy off campus the other was smashing and grabbing. At least that's how I see it.

I only discovered it because my supervisor let me off early. Busted out my driver's side and stole my GPS. Broke the mirror off & can't find it either.

Silver lining in there is to replace the driver's side window, already cracked windscreen and mirror will only cost me $50. And I might be able to claim my GPS on my Home-owners.

So I'm having a Light & Stormy, smoking some wings and watching No Reservations. The material is replaceable...

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