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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:41:16 PM »
Disasters - hmm, let me count the 3 biggest:

1) Carboy shatter #1 - I was sanitizing a carboy at the end of a brew session and shaking 1 gallon of Star San around in the kitchen. I was holding the carboy horizontally. On a downward shake the carboy slipped out of my hands and crashed to floor with such force (after all, I had in essence thrown it on the floor) that it shattered with shards even hitting the ceiling. Luckily, no injuries.

2) Carboy shatter #2 - I was transferring from primary to secondary in the garage (I had smartened up and no longer did anything brew related in the kitchen) and had the sanitized carboy sitting on a step stool so that my siphon hose would reach the bottom. It must have been unstable and got bumped and I noticed it falling and instinctively tried to grab it. My hand touched it just as it hit the floor, shattering into big shards. I essentially stabbed myself in the finger with one of the shards causing a deep gash on the underside of my middle finger. Blood was everywhere, but beer had to be transferred so I wrapped up my finger, cleaned up, and proceeded. The next morning my finger was still bleeding so I went to the doctor where I ended up with 5 stitches. I still don't have feeling on the end of that finger.

3)  Cereal mash burn - I had returned from a deployment in Afghanistan and was brewing my first beer since I got back. I was brewing a Classic American Pilsner which called for a cereal mash of the corm meal and some 6-row. Normally I wear my brewing shoes (LL Bean duck boots) but it was hot and I was trying to recover from "foot funk" which can happen when wearing combat boots every day for a year. So I wore rubber river sandals (open). During the cereal mash while I was standing over the boiling wort stirring - a little glob of corn meal/6 row wort popped out of the pot and landed on the middle of my exposed foot. I did not feel any pain but knew I was in trouble when I saw the skin immediately fall off. Of course I continued with the brew but ended up with a third degree burn on my foot. It swelled up so much that I could not where a shoe for a week.   :o

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Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: October 10, 2017, 11:35:02 AM »
Thanks Denny. I will take your word for it. Seems like a lot of crystal malt to me but how about this:

12 lb. (5.44 kg) 2 row malt
2 lb. (0.45 kg) 60° L crystal malt

That comes to a SRM of 13.85. Doesn't seem red enough but I will try it and can still "cheat" if the color doesn't turn out right. I will adjust my mash temps so it doesn't turn out to be a crystal bomb.

I have fresh Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops arriving soon to use.

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Equipment and Software / Homebrew pump comparison
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:42:09 PM »
Has anyone seen a general review/comparison of the various homebrew pumps available now? I am particularly interested in flow rate comparisons.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:39:18 PM »
Hmm, so no chocolate malt huh? The Sierra Nevada site doesn't give me an SRM but I can make a good guess. I have to plug the numbers but here is what I am thinking:

12 lb. (5.44 kg) 2 row malt
1 lb. (0.45 kg) 60° L crystal malt
8 oz. (227 g) 120° L crystal malt

Then have 2 oz chocolate malt on hand in case it is not red enough.

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Beer Recipes / Sierra Nevada Celebration
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:50:06 PM »
This is the grain bill from the Celebration clone recipe in the July/August 2017 Zymurgy issue.

12 lb. (5.44 kg) UK pale malt
1 lb. (0.45 kg) 60° L crystal malt
8 oz. (227 g) 80° L crystal malt
8 oz. (227 g) dextrin malt
2 oz. (57 g) chocolate malt

I plan to bump the recipe up to 11 gallons and am thinking the following:

- I don't see any reason for dextrin malt in the recipe so I will leave it out. With the specialty grains and starting OG I think this beer will have plenty of mouthfeel.

- 2 lbs of crystal 60 and 1 lb of crystal 80 seem like WAY too much so I think I will go with 1.5 lbs of crystal 60 and stay at .5 lb of crystal 80

- I think I will stay with only 2 oz of chocolate malt for 11 gallons unless the color doesn't seem red enough and then I will cold steep the other 2 oz and strain into the boil

Thoughts ?

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Pimp My System / Re: Basement electric kettle / cooler setup
« on: October 02, 2017, 03:40:00 PM »
What is your hood? It looks like a big bowl I would use to put sauce on chicken wings  :o

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Events / Re: Great American Beer Festival Denver---Presale Tickets
« on: August 02, 2016, 09:43:00 AM »
Now it will finally process but says there are no tickets available for the session I want. SCREW YOU TICKETMASTER !  >:(

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Events / Re: Great American Beer Festival Denver---Presale Tickets
« on: August 02, 2016, 09:13:41 AM »
I haven't been able to get any. Every time it just says it can't process my request. Started trying at 10:00am exactly.

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Events / Re: GABF - Codes
« on: August 02, 2016, 09:06:33 AM »
I have my code and am trying to get tickets but not having any luck. It just says - unable to process your request, please try again later.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Stout - Help!
« on: January 27, 2016, 11:18:39 PM »
Replace the Biscuit Malt with Special B. You will be glad you did. I agree with the others on no Dextrine and upping the roasted barley.

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In my experience using pumpkin in the mash gives some color and mouthfeel, and makes for a bright orange mash  :o

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: carbonation for 9% ABV beer in bottles
« on: September 10, 2015, 03:39:37 PM »
This is what I do to all my bottle conditioned beers.

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Or you could just look up my article in the SEP/OCT 2013 edition of Zymurgy  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is applejack?? And is it good?
« on: June 09, 2015, 08:34:15 PM »
No health risks I am aware of besides higher alcohol level, but distillation is technically illegal without a license  :o

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Events / Re: NHC Ride Sharing
« on: June 08, 2015, 03:02:37 PM »
I arrive at 6pm Wednesday. If anyone is arriving at a similar time and wants to share a ride to the T&C let me know.

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