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Kegging and Bottling / Unlabelled Kegs
« on: July 11, 2012, 10:57:21 AM »
Are a pain.  I need to get the darn brewer to be more organized.  I have 4 kegs sitting here full of beer that isn't labelled.  So, here I am tasting them and wondering what style it fits.  Geez what a mess...

Maybe its a good thing, I can call it what it tastes like and not worry about what it was meant to be.  Oh well, just a rant for today.  I know that one is a solera sour that was aged, and its pretty good.  One I am pretty sure is my Swiller Lite, as it has very little body, fizzy and yellow.

The other two are red.  I make lots of variations of red beers, so thats an issue.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 05, 2012, 07:17:18 AM »
Too hot to drink homebrew?!  What?  Are you wrting in English?  That does not compute!
I was kidding.  I was actually into my favorite beer, a red IPL.  Its pretty much a delicious red beer with lots of centennial dry hops that was fermented with 830.  Dry, hoppy, and crisp. 

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:28:53 PM »
Only 95 today.  Only.  OMG, its too hot to drink homebrew!  HELP! ;)

The Pub / Re: Beer Made With Yeast Found in Brewmaster's Beard
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:26:17 PM »
Lots of sour beer lovers apparently.

The Pub / Re: Read any good book lately?
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:25:23 PM »
Just finished Plague Ship yesterday and started Corsair.  Both are from Clive Cussler's Oregon series.

So far it's been a Clive Cussler summer for me.

I read all kinds of technical s*** too, but i do not necessarily reccomend that, unless you have insomnia.
I love Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt.  Good stories.
I am working my way through Web Griffith as well as a couple Vince Flynn novels right now.  American Assasin was stellar. ;D

The Pub / Re: Samuel Adams sharing hops again
« on: July 04, 2012, 07:20:21 PM »
I think that is very noble of Sam Adams to do, they aren't creating competition by it, they are allowing people to experience the love of beer.
Anyone can make a giant hoppy beer, but allowing people to pursue their dreams is paramount!  Prosit to Jim!

Beer Recipes / Re: Tallgrass Oasis Clone
« on: June 29, 2012, 01:05:09 PM »
I adjusted the pale down for my higher efficiency.  I left the carmel alone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Plate Chiller or Whirlpool
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:48:33 AM »
That is pretty much what I have for a CFC.  I haven't used it with gravity though, so I can't answer that question.  My CFC is low, so I need a pump to push the wort out and into my buckets.  Maybe someone else will chime in that uses it with gravity.

The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:36:21 AM »
Good speakers make all the difference with car audio.  I put new speakers in my Passat and left the original stereo and it made a TON of difference in sound quality.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenters
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:22:36 AM »
One con is it will not fit in my chest freezer so I cannot make lagers with it.

My conical stands 5 foot tall, thus I do not have a fridge or cooler large enough for it to fit in.  I therefore built a 2' X 2' X 6' insulated surround for it.  I have evolved into having a 40' 1/2" OD copper coil centered in the conical.  I pump chilled water from a chest freezer through the coil to maintain lager temps.

Copper is good prefermentation, but you don't want it in fermenting beer.  I would recommend you make a SS coil and keep the copper one out of your conical.

Beer Recipes / Tallgrass Oasis Clone
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:17:45 AM »
This is my second favorite beer, with Surly Furious edging it out by a very close margin.

I brewed this up last Saturday, but instead of using an ale yeast I have it in the fridge with 830 lager yeast.  I just racked 15 gallons out, so I dumped 2 cakes and split one amongst the three fermenters.
I used the NB recipe, and scaled it to 12 gallons for my batch.  When its all done and carbed up I will add a picture of the beer in a glass also.

12 gallon batch
OG 1.075

22 lb Pale Malt
2 lb C-60
2 lb C-40

Mash at 155 for 60 min

2 oz Northern Brewer 60 min
2 oz Columbus 60 min
1 oz Columbus 15 min
1/4 oz Northern Brewer 15 min
2 oz Cascade Flame out

I did a hop stand for 30 min, then through the chiller to the fermenter.

Dry Hop
1 oz Cascade 7 days
1 oz Columbus 7 days

Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Pilsner - advice/suggestions?
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:09:10 AM »
I would use sterling for this beer IMHO.

General Homebrew Discussion / My Mini Brew model
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:32:14 AM »
I am making a little brew system for a shelf in my mancave.  I ended up purchasing a box full of old brass calorimeters at an auction last week and am working on making it look cool as a display.
Here is what I have so far, I want to make a little auger to bring in the grain and find a toy bin for the malt as well.
From the picture below, from the right to the left I have the
Mash Tun
Boil kettle
then the rest are just extra's.
On the far left is what I will call a still.  (Not sure if it shows up too well, crappy cell phone picture.)
Anyone have any ideas of other stuff to add?  I was thinking of a mini catwalk, but not sure what to make it out of.  I'm not too good at art. :(  I'm going to dig out the good camera, I can't get a decent picture with the phone I guess.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Plate Chiller or Whirlpool
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:06:09 AM »
I use a CFC and it enables me to cool the wort to pitching temp quickly as well as not having the tiny passages to catch hops or trub and plug as easily.
I do a hop stand at the end of the boil for about 20 minutes to get some goodness out of the 0 min hop additions, then run through the chiller.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Altitude and beer transport
« on: June 25, 2012, 04:59:07 PM »
I think temperature would have a greater influence on the carbonation than the altitude change.

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