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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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 16, 2010, 08:26:59 PM »
Just bottle-cleaning and "research."

Equipment and Software / Calculating boil-off for new setup
« on: September 11, 2010, 06:10:57 PM »
Did my first outdoor brew last weekend (on a deck outside our kitchen). Being able to hose down my "kitchen" is a big plus. If I ever build a house, it will have a hose-down kitchen!

The issue that kept me hopping (no pun intended) was boil-off. It's a whole new setup for my brewing, a Bayou Classic SP10 and a 8-gallon kettle (intentionally small, because 4 gallons is about the largest I brew, and more often 3 gallons). I supplemented my kettle with water twice during the boil-off. In the end I hit my quantity and my numbers, but I'd like to get this more predictable.

Is it possible to get a better estimate of boil-off before my next batch by bringing water to a boil and then boiling it for a set period of time? The variables I thought might throw this off are a) the viscosity of wort vs. water and -- I'm guessing even more significantly -- b) the issue of how much propane to use. I suspect I had the boil too strong. It was fun to see that wort roiling, but I suspect that's not necessary.

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