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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 5 gallon sanitizing bucket
« on: October 24, 2010, 10:01:53 AM »
reading through the Equipment forum and the new mashtun thread someone posted a link that led me to

I love the simplicity...Next project for me that is for sure.

Same here! Thanks for posting this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Raindrops are falling on my wort...
« on: October 23, 2010, 07:09:51 AM »
Is it ok if a little rain/drizzle gets into my wort in the last few minutes of the boil? It's drizzly today, but nothing that would keep me from being on the deck (or at least right inside, with a direct view of the kettle 10 feet away). This is in a city, so it's probably not the cleanest rain possible.

Note, at 15 minutes, the boil-off should be great enough that loosely covering the pot won't risk a boil-over (3-gallon batch, 8-gallon pot). But I just wondered what other brewers do.

Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottle Stoppers and Dry Traps
« on: October 22, 2010, 08:54:24 PM »
I love BB. I don't think I'd be able to brew (except in buckets) without them; I'm a small older female and it would just be too much. Oxyclean (I use Safeway's brand) cleans these right up. Treat them carefully and lift from the bottom, not the neck (this is also true for glass) and they will last for ages.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 5 gallon sanitizing bucket
« on: October 22, 2010, 12:33:41 PM »
I'll also throw in my little tip I picked up from a friend

wallpaper trays. Work like a charm for long things.

I finally found one and am a bit disappointed... it's still too short for a disassembled autosiphon. Where can I find one that long?

The Pub / Re: Tweaking Forum search
« on: October 22, 2010, 09:30:33 AM »
Thanks, Denny!

The Pub / Tweaking Forum search
« on: October 22, 2010, 08:42:23 AM »
Anyone else notice that "recent headlines" are starting to overwhelm search results? Any way around that? This seems to particularly impact ingredient-related searches (try pumpkin).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 5 gallon sanitizing bucket
« on: October 21, 2010, 08:47:34 PM »
I have a 5-gallon Homer bucket from Home Depot I use solely for sanitizing and bottle-cleaning. perfect for the price.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in the Bible
« on: October 20, 2010, 08:04:44 PM »
Let us not forget, "Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days." This obviously refers to both fermentation and the likelihood that some of your best beer will resurface when you're cleaning a closet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:57:12 PM »
Easing (and/or automating) the physical process is a topic I'd like to hear addressed.

Moving into kegging would be another good topic.

The whole idea of getting ready to compete is another.

I have the apartment to myself all weekend so I am brewing at least once. Haven't put my finger on what I'm brewing yet. I tried Full Sail Wassail this week and was surprised by how much I liked it, so I could go in that direction. Could also roast some local pumpkin, toast some oats. whatever... I guess I'm in an autumn state of mind. :-)

Bottling the Ab(E)normal Dubbel tonight ...

Love the Young Frankenstein reference!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 10/1
« on: October 02, 2010, 07:02:53 PM »
Mazel tov on the house!

No brewing this weekend... Church of the Work tomorrow. For the first time ever my partner asked me if I'd like to spend the day brewing. Is it close to Christmas or something?

Did get to talk this week with one of the (of-age) students at our university who is planning his first brew very soon. Fun to be the little old library director who can talk about hop schedules and fermentation temperatures. :)

I'd be up for brewing a recipe this weekend if there was one in work. I admit I cried when I read this post. but I am also grateful Scarlet has such a loving family.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/24 Edition
« on: September 24, 2010, 08:08:29 PM »
bottling a batch of rye IPA. have the house to myself tonight so can take over the kitchen and not rush things.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 18, 2010, 05:49:42 PM »
Remembered I needed to dry-hop my first "outdoor" brew, a rye IPA made in my new kettle on a propane stove on our deck. It's not terrible, but it's clearly too caramelized (boiled too long, boiled too hard). I am sure somehow I'll find a way to choke it down... and next time I'll have a better feel for quantities and boil time and strength.

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