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Ingredients / Chloramine removal and Hetch-Hetchy water
« on: July 13, 2010, 09:13:07 AM »
I've read all the threads on these boards and also researched other resources. Our local tap water, from Hetch-Hetchy, is treated with chloramine, according to San Francisco PUC. But the local LHBS says a) Campden tablets will not remove chloramine from water and b) most local brewers don't bother treating their water except to add small amounts of gypsum.

Nice store, nice people, but are they in groupthink on a)? Hard to measure b.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
« on: July 13, 2010, 08:48:37 AM »
I wrote Church & Dwight to ask about the formulation of Oxiclean Versatile. I have sensitive skin and noticed a difference between the old "regular" Oxiclean and Oxiclean Free--plus I could smell "regular" Oxiclean on equipment even after careful rinsing. I'll report back.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 13, 2010, 08:46:28 AM »
Russian River, 21st Amendment, Magnolia, Social Brewery, Speakeasy... yeah I have no trouble buying local. :-) One of life's better moments is wrapping up the weekend with a pint of Prohibition Ale at the Little Shamrock on a late Sunday afternoon... and I can walk there!

I think the TJ's thread was partly about being able to buy quality but low-cost beer at a grocery store such as TJ's versus being forced to buy PBR et al.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
« on: July 12, 2010, 12:33:04 PM »
If you can still find Oxiclean Free, that's even better--no perfumes or dyes.

Whatever else is in the Oxiclean Versatile that I use has no impact.

That's good to know. Maybe they consolidated into one powdered product and just quietly made it "free."

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Equipment and Software / Re: Oxyclean good for cleaning beer lines?
« on: July 12, 2010, 12:01:41 PM »
If you can still find Oxiclean Free, that's even better--no perfumes or dyes. I think Oxiclean reorganized its product line. I also found a fragrance-free percarbonate cleanser in a store brand... I think Safeway.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 11, 2010, 08:56:52 AM »
Look at the bright side. This will enable you to sample some commercial examples.  8)

Especially if you buy somewhere that allows mixed sixers.  Then you don't need to worry about getting stuck with five more of a beer you might not like.

Thats what I do anytime I buy beer now.. 2 or 3 that I know I like and then fill'r up with brews that are new to me.   ;)  Its a good way to find beer styles you like and those you don't or at least any particular beer from any particular brewery.

While I was doing just that at the City Beer Store several weeks ago, one of the proprietors said that was very common behavior. I had a Pliny and a Blind Pig in my basket but was hunting for new things to try.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Tasty crack cans!!!
« on: July 10, 2010, 06:50:46 PM »
In SF, Brew Free or Die is often on sale, making it a really good deal for a commercial IPA (particularly since buying it locally means it is really, really fresh). I don't find it too sweet. Pretty tasty for an everyday brew.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Drip pan for propane burner?
« on: July 10, 2010, 08:59:06 AM »
It's a non-issue with a big enough pot.  Besides, the wort is sugar based--washes right off.  The burner is high enough that it doesn't "bake" or "carbonize" the spills like a stove-top unit does.
I set my burner and 20 gallon kettle on my patio table (of course, it is sturdy--it's made of steel and tile, not vinyl or plastic)--it makes transfers into the fermenter a breeze after IC/whirlpooling.

Thanks... you're giving me good ideas!


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Equipment and Software / Re: Drip pan for propane burner?
« on: July 09, 2010, 06:45:02 PM »
This is our landlord's property... not mine to stain or mess up. Boilovers, incidental "stuff"--I realize this is more likely with grilling (I also have a mat under our grill), but just thought it might be nice to keep it clean.

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I have Monday and Tuesday off and am Home Alone as well those days... so I'm going to brew SOMEthing. I have been thinking about brewing Hard & Hardy, the English barleywine from Brewing Classic Styles, to set aside for the Christmas season. But Denny's Rye IPA came out so good I am tempted to brew it again...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:52:36 AM »
The dry stout TJ sells for $5.99 is (imho) pretty darn decent. Black Hart or something?? (I do like non-hoppy beers, just not frilly rickrack beers.)  I have paid almost as much for a single of a fancy Spanish stout that wasn't nearly as good. It's not fancy, just dry and sessionable and roasty and all that.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:27:06 AM »
I'm a female and I find blueberry wheat beer disgusting. Just sayin'. I did finally find a fruit beer I like (DH Aprihops), but probably because it has such relatively heavy hops and malt for a fruit beer. Even Magic Hat # 9 doesn't quite do it for me, though at least I didn't have the urge to spit it out. Though I have liked the Schmaltz brewery beers brewed with figs, dates, etc. ... but that's a very different sort of fruit flavor.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batches <5gal
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:21:29 AM »
I routinely make half-batches (mostly all-grain at this point) for a variety of reasons. It does take almost as much time, but the physical process is easier and you either end up with a great batch you horde because it's so small or a lame batch you at least have the room to hide in a dark closet hoping it someday improves. Also, if you're working with smaller equipment all around, it's easier to clean... and half as much water comes to a boil faster... and half as much beer cools down faster... and you can really get a good shake on your carboy (especially if you use Better Bottle)... and I can move a lot faster lugging three gallons than 5.5. ;)

Because of the wort-loss issue, I scale to 3 gallons and that actually turns out to be 2.5. Which is fine.

Beersmith conveniently has built-in scaling. Because it doesn't round up or down, after scaling, I generally smooth the numbers to a more rational amount (e.g. I'm not going to ask my LHBS for .97 lbs of a grain :) ). But that's fine too. I prefer entering the recipe in its original size and then scaling it and saving that as a second copy marked as a half-batch, just so I know what I started with.

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Equipment and Software / Drip pan for propane burner?
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:12:49 AM »
Do any of you use a drip pan or heat-resistant mat under your propane burner (like the Bayou SP10)? If so can you recommend one? I was looking at this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NT08PK/

Thanks...

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Equipment and Software / Re: >5 gallons...how do you all do it?
« on: July 09, 2010, 05:40:31 AM »
euge, that setup is very "green"! Very little water waste. Even the frozen bottles can be refrozen, I assume. Thanks for posting the pump pic. Adding that to my birthday/Santa list.

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