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General Homebrew Discussion / Thermometer Disaster Avoided!
« on: July 10, 2010, 07:25:10 AM »
Working on the Old Jubilation. Dropped my Fermentap thermometer on the concrete. . . the one I use for the mash tun. Figured I better check its calibaration.

10 degrees LOW!! :o

Anybody know if there's a way to recal the thing?

The Pub / Zoo Brew
« on: May 29, 2010, 03:26:23 PM »
Just got home from Memphis where last night the Memphis Zoo hosted their Zoo Brew Fund Raiser. The local craft distributor Southwestern brought about 120 different brews. The Bluff City Home Brewers were there with another 19 kegs, and me and two other fellas brought and additional 7.

I'm thrilled to report the interest in home brewing, by what I'd estemate conservatively at probably 1200 attendees, was fantasstic! Lot's of intelligent questions  from new brewers and even a lot of queries from those yet to take the plunge. Repeatedly, folks would tell us the home brewers had some of the best beer of the evening. (Explains why the kegs were blowing left and right as the evening progressed.)

Thanks Brad and Neil for helping and bring a keg each.

A really fun night. Oh . . and I might mention LOTS of eye candy as well!   ;D

Beer Recipes / BYO 250
« on: May 25, 2010, 03:37:53 AM »
Just curious if anyone has picked up the new BYO 250 clone edition mag  . .and what the additional 100 recipes look like.

Yeast and Fermentation / WY1728 and Temp
« on: May 20, 2010, 03:20:02 PM »
Just kegged my latest batch of Scottish 80. Tried a little cooler temps this time . . in the 62 to 64 range. Ordinarily, I ferment in the 65 to 68 degree range. This batch is a little more fruity and a little less smoky than I typically get. You think that is from the lower temps? I'd rather have the earthy/ smoky flavor I'm accustomed to with 1728 . . .   

The Pub / Anyone up for a game of Chess?
« on: May 07, 2010, 04:40:47 AM »

Ingredients / Rhizomes and the Refrigerator
« on: April 05, 2010, 05:59:30 PM »
I've been given 26 very healthy Glacier rhizomes to start my first hop garden. (thanks Neal!)

Time is one thing I don't seem to have in abundance lately, so I'm wondering how long these things can stay in the fridge before I have to (at the very least) put them in a gallon pot or something.

Weeks, months, years . . ?   ???

Equipment and Software / Silica Gel
« on: February 09, 2010, 05:00:37 PM »
I know a lot of folks use Damp Rid in their keezers to absorb moisture. I also know they go through a lot of this stuff. I bought a 55 lb. pail of Silica Gel desiccant to construct some dehydrators for work and thought I might try this in my converted freezer to absorb moisture. Just pop it in the oven to regenerate when it gets saturated . . Anybody else use this? Any reason not to try? 

All Grain Brewing / Mash Hops vs. FWH
« on: January 26, 2010, 05:14:18 AM »
For this year's Tennessee Brewfest, I'm planning on cloning  all commercial beers. (10) At least one of the recipes I'm entertaining (Pliny) calls for mash hops. I've never used hops in the mash and was curious how this differs from First Wort Hopping?

Can it affect the pH level in the mash?

General Homebrew Discussion / Storing ColorpHast Strips
« on: January 09, 2010, 11:18:22 AM »
I've got some ColorpHast strips that I've had for awhile. Tough to use up 100 the way I brew. I've heard they have a shelf life, but can't recall what it is. Is there a way of storing them to lengthen their useful life? Putting them in a Ziplock bag with a packet of desiccant perhaps??

Or maybe hermetically sealed inside a mayonnaise jar underneath Funk & Wagnalls' porch since noon . . . ???   

Equipment and Software / What Did You Do Over the Christmas Holiday?
« on: December 23, 2009, 10:46:38 AM »
I decided to build a newer, bigger, better, (mostly blue) mashtun . .

Coleman Extreme 70

All stainless outlet with Quick Connect

Dry Fitting Heat Manifold . .

Holes for Manifold Inlet/ outlet

Installed Braid Pickup

Soldered Manifold before clean up (Wish I would have had some Stay-Brite 8 low temp solder)  :(

Testing all the fits before cleaning up the manifold . .

Lots more to do . . but it's a start!

Equipment and Software / Copper Bond
« on: December 21, 2009, 06:15:52 AM »
Anyone ever use it?

WWJPD   (what would john palmer do?)

I'm 'considering' using it in the new mash tun instead of the old solder sweat method.

I've heard a debate over the years on how fermenting wort generates heat and can be substantially warmer than ambient air. Another thread here said 4 to 6 degrees above ambient. Really?

I've also heard others say that there is no way with the agitation and mixing of the yeast and CO2 release that the core would that much warmer, if any over ambient.

I can see MAYBE in 150 bbl conicals where the temp MIGHT be a little warmer at the core, but in a carboy or bucket?? Really? Is there empirical evidence to prove this? I've never measured, but it seems 4 to 6 degrees is a little beyond the realm of reality.   

All Grain Brewing / Batch Sparging and Time
« on: December 10, 2009, 05:55:23 AM »
Just read the Wort Quality and Water Ratio Question thread. I like reading threads that get the cogs turning and lead to more questions . . .

I've been a Denny Batcher for years and never really thought too much about how long the sparge water should sit in the grain before draining based on the total amount of grain. Should it sit longer for more grain, perhaps shorter for less grain, does it matter, and how long do you Batchers typically take when batch sparging?

I usually do 11 gallon batches with an average of 20 to 26 pounds of grain.

(btw . . why doesn't the auto spell checker recognize the words sparge and sparging on this site)   :D

Other Fermentables / Oxygenating Wine
« on: November 29, 2009, 06:26:26 AM »
Just made my second kit from Cellar Classic . . a Syrah. It dawns on me that the instructions say to sprinkle the yeast on top (do not stir). After everything was button up in the ferment bucket, I wondered if you should or should not oxygenate the must like you would the wort.

Yea or nay?

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