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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dryhopping residue
« on: August 29, 2010, 09:24:48 AM »
Wrapping a (new, unused, sanitized :) ) copper Choreboy around the end of my siphon has also improved the clarity of my dryhopped beers. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Designing Christmas beers
« on: August 29, 2010, 09:16:45 AM »
Thanks--looks great. Divided by 3 it would make a great small batch!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: August 28, 2010, 05:36:41 PM »
It does NOT matter as long as it is

are you ready????


So many of them are, too! Among the horizontal coolers, Coleman, Igloo, Rubbermaid: nearly all seem to be blue. A few white and red, and even a green cooler. But mostly blue. (With cupholders, even.)

No brewing, just lots of household/personal chores, but am going to order a 10-gallon kettle this weekend as soon as I make the final decision between light/liftable/thin vs. heavier/sturdier (I've spent more time on this than deciding on a house/car/degree). If it gets here by next weekend I'll brew with it then... got the Bayou Classic SP10... got the propane... got the time... I just need a pot and a recipe. :-) Otherwise I'll do another very small all-grain batch on the stove.

Beer Recipes / Re: Designing Christmas beers
« on: August 28, 2010, 04:19:46 PM »
I'll have to put a word in for Avery's Old Jubilation. I just made a clone of it and am blown away by the perceived spiciness . .with no spices added . . It'll definitely be warming my hearts cockles this winter!

Recipe pleeze? I've been looking for just the right thing to brew. It is getting late to be doing this.. I was going to brew a holiday beer in May...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: August 25, 2010, 03:09:03 AM »
I started with a round cooler because it was on sale for $12 at Home Depot and I was on a very tight budget at the time and didn't want to overinvest in a hobby that I had been doing a couple of months.I have stuck with it only out of inertia. It holds heat well but I am very short, which means adding hot water to the tun or stirring the mash requires getting on a stepstool, which makes me feel like Stuart Little and doesn't feel safe.

Costco has some really outstanding deals on coolers and my birthday is coming up... I've thought about shoes or a spa treatment... But this chick is probably treating herself to a new mash tun (and a SS kettle) :)   

No brewing... All family stuff piled on with weekend work (super-busy weekend for my job). Though I convinced visiting family to go to a local brewpubs for dinner (Magnolia) and I had a most wonderful wet-hopped bitter.:)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should the AHA Keep TechTalk?
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:30:29 AM »
Second, as soon as they take thier eyes off of what gets posted we will be hip deep in ads for either porn, penis enlargement, get-rich-quick schemes or all of the above.

Not a chance, we moderators are eagle eyed and move all that stuff to a private forum for our own use. huh? :)

Seriously, we have a fleet of volunteer mods and we're quick on thr trigger and we're well spread out timewise.

If it makes any difference, when I led a large (9,000+) discussion group from moderated to unmoderated status about a decade ago, this was a great concern, but it didn't pan out. Moderation after the fact works out pretty well in many cases, especially where there are strong volunteers as there are here.

Equipment and Software / Re: Equipment you own but have never used
« on: August 17, 2010, 05:01:22 AM »
I bought the wine thief from the guys that make the auto-siphon, and I think I used it once. 

Same here!

WY1214 is Chimay yeast.  I know White has an equivalent, but I don't know what it is.

Possibly WLP500?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Toasted Rye
« on: August 15, 2010, 10:04:54 AM »
I lightly toasted a few pounds of raw rye. The only beer I've used it in is still fermenting.

I do the same thing with raw wheat and very much like the results.

Rye berries or flaked rye?

Either way sounds delicious.

Zymurgy / Re: Submitting Articles.
« on: August 15, 2010, 09:28:59 AM »
It all seems so confusing. 

Copyright is confusing! And will only get more so!

One easy way to find images you are free to use in your work is to use Flickr's advanced search features and limit your search to: "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content."

If you are writing for publication, you may also want to check off "Find content to use commercially." (Though, just to make things confusing, if you're writing for Zymurgy, it's a publication published by a nonprofit, which I believe would be noncommercial use--unless you are paid for the article, in which case it's commercial use. Anyone with a better take on that is encouraged to chime in.)

So this picture can be used for commercial or noncommercial use, as long as you provide attribution:

Click on the "License" link on the right-hand side of the photo page to see the Creative Commons license.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your Homebrew Name
« on: August 15, 2010, 09:08:34 AM »
Writers' Brew Ltd., named by a daughter of a friend in my former writers' workshop in Tallahassee.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
« on: August 14, 2010, 05:45:42 AM »
I had this at an airport bar a couple of months ago (at DCA if memory serves) and was surprised at how much I liked it.  It was by far the best beer on the menu!

None the next two weekends, except for a little "research" here and there. Vicariously enjoying other folks' brewdays on the Forum!

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