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Ingredients / Re: Gotta Vent about CaraPils
« on: December 13, 2013, 09:25:45 AM »

I totally agree, it is redundant. I've been brewing for a long time - long enough to remember when every recipe had carapils, every Scottish recipe had peated malt, and every beer got a secondary no matter what.  Things have come a long way.

And we only had dry yeast and Coopers in a can... ;)

Thad being said, how do you feel about adding wheat malt for head retention?  Probably not necessary but I've been doing it for years...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:50:12 PM »
I provide homebrew to anyone who comes over, if they want it.  I also take my kegs to parties if it is okay with party givers. 

I recently received a $100.00 gift certificate for my LHBS from a group of friends with a note attached thanking me for the beer.

The Pub / Re: Robertsons
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:37:51 AM »
Not a huge fan of the show, like all reality TV it is staged and scripted, but the family has a good message and seems fairly genuine.  Agree with the earlier post, I'd much rather my kids turn out like them then some of the other reality TV personalities.

Ingredients / Re: IPA Experiment - Sulfate/Chloride
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:02:32 AM »
I was part of the tasters.  James brought the samples to our club Learn to Home Brew day. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Converting you wife
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:14:51 AM »
It is easy to get my wife to mash out temps... ;)

My wife will try anything I make but typically likes Wit and the more malty beers.  I try and keep one style that she likes on tap at all times.  Makes my weekends in the garage brewing go smoother.  ;)

The Pub / Re: Any statisticians here?
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:39:01 AM »
Apparently no statisticians but lots of comedians.   :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chemistry of Beer
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:57:36 AM »
We should start a study group.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chemistry of Beer
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:48:10 AM »
I signed up as well.  Looks interesting, is free and I don't have to worry about a grade.  My undergrad degree was pre-med so I had plenty of chemistry but that was over 25 years ago so I'm sure I'll be a bit rusty!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chemistry of Beer
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:02:12 AM »
Looks cool and it is free.  Also some others on there that look interesting.  Thanks for the link.

The Pub / Re: Halloween beer
« on: October 31, 2013, 10:00:58 AM »
Mine is triple hopped, I use 3 frogs.  Ba dum pum

You make special trips home from work to check on the beer you put in the fermentor the day before and feel like a kid when you see the Krausen.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Storing an empty keg
« on: October 24, 2013, 09:57:13 AM »

To be completely honest, though, sometimes they are "stored" just as they are when the keg kicks.  I tend to get lazy and will clean them when I need them or clean them in batches.

Ha, now I don't feel so bad!  I don't normally clean mine until I need to refill.  Once they kick I just let them sit till I need to refill and then clean.

Beer Travel / Re: New York beer report
« on: October 22, 2013, 06:42:03 PM »
Enjoyed reading of your escapades.  I doubt that I will get to New York anytime soon but, if I do I have a good starting point of where to go for beer. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Temperature for Conditioning
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:37:41 AM »
What is the recipe and what yeast strain are you using?  Seems to me conditioning at 52 after fermentation would be just for clarification.  So worst case, your beer wouldn't drop as bright, but without knowing the recipe and specifics that is just a guess.

All Grain Brewing / Re: mash pH changes over time
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:20:49 PM »
You can go to Kaiser's homepage and check it out.  Lots of info there.

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