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The Pub / I'm a dad again!
« on: May 10, 2011, 11:25:34 AM »
My wife ordered 14 baby chicks (assorted styles and colors!) and they arrived today, they are so adorable! In the laundry room we converted one of the big utility sinks into a holding area equipped with feeders, water dispenser and heat lamp. I also bought an extra thermometer when i was building my fermentation tote, which works great! It'll be awhile before they are big enough to lay eggs, I think my wife said about a year, but boy it'll be nice to have fresh organic eggs again.

We live on 4 acres and have an old broken down chicken coop (foxes killed all of our chickens a few years ago) and a fenced in area so my wife also ordered a new 3x5 coop for their new home which should be here in a month or so.

The orange glow is from the heat lamp:


Equipment and Software / New Mash Tun
« on: May 06, 2011, 12:40:02 PM »
Brought some homebrew over to a buddy's house last week and started talking about going all-grain. I mentioned that I was going to purchase a coleman cooler for the mash tun conversion and he says "I think i have an extra, you can have it!". I know it isn't blue, but it was free!

So since I saved about $40 not buying the cooler, I decided that instead of going the DiY route I bought a SS Ball Valve Kit from Northern Brewer. Can't wait to give it a go!

I took some picts:

GUERNEVILLE, Calif. - Inside a stainless-steel tank at a brew pub here overlooking the redwood-rimmed Russian River, a 45-million-year-old yeast proves its mettle.

Prehistoric yeast takes beer drinkers back in time

Cool article

Yeast and Fermentation / WLP080 Cream Ale Yeast Blend
« on: April 16, 2011, 01:55:32 PM »
WLP080 Cream Ale Yeast Blend
This is a blend of ale and lager yeast strains.  The strains work together to create a clean, crisp, light American lager style ale. A pleasing estery aroma may be perceived from the ale yeast contribution. Hop flavors and bitterness are slightly subdued. Slight sulfur will be produced during fermentation, from the lager yeast.
Attenuation: 75-80%
Flocculation: Medium
Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 65-70°F
Alcohol Tolerance: Medium High

Anyone have any experience with this yeast? I was thinking of brewing up a cream ale and saw this listed and might try it instead of WLP001


A few weeks ago I bought a Bayou Classic KAB6 and used it for my first outdoor brew session. Having never used it before I adjusted the flame to what I thought was a good mix between flame height and jet-engine sound but I'm interested in hearing how others set their flame height/power, because I don't think mine was set correctly.

There were a ton of variables that day, one of which was intermittent wind gusts. Several times during both the run-up to the boil and during the boil that the flame would get knocked around and was even blown out once. I was steeping specialty grains and found it difficult to hold temp without having to constantly adjust the gas valve and/or the air-intake. I also noticed that the temp was varying a little too much during the boil and while it kept rolling, there were a few times where the temp dropped and the boil was reduced to a simmer before coming back up to temp.

After the whole session was complete, I did notice that there wasn't a lot of boil-off like there should've been, obviously. I started with 6 gal, added 6lb of extract and ended up with over 5.5 gal of wort after cooling. I put all 5.5 gal into the fermenter and pitched.

The fermentation went perfectly and after 3 days of the same FG I bottled as I normally do. The beer is ok but its definitely thin/watery and a little sweet for my tastes (both my wife and 2 other people really like it, go figure). I'm chalking this up to the inconsistent boil and the extra wort volume. Please correct me if I'm wrong about that.

After bottling, but before it was finished carbonating, we found out that our water treatment system was failing and needed to be serviced. We have well water (which i haven't had a water report done yet), a neutralizer and a salt tank. The neutralizer hadn't been serviced in a long time (long story...) and we ran the tank out of salt, both big problems. Needless to say the Ph was waaaaay off and actually caused our pipes to spring leaks 3 times over the last year or so. Obviously this Ph is also affecting the beer that we brewed with the untreated water, but I'm not exactly sure how.

Our water system is now fully repaired and serviced and I can definitely tell a difference in the taste, and now our soap makes suds. yay!

I plan on brewing this beer again (a northern english brown) now that the water is so much better and I also want to make sure that I'm setting up my burner correctly so that I get a full consistent boil throughout the session. As a test, I put the burner in an area outside that was protected by the wind on 3 sides and brought 6 gal of water to a boil. It took roughly 35-40 minutes to hit 100C (212F) and I let it boil for 60 minutes. After it cooled (i just left it sit outside with the lid on for a few hours to cool) I poured it into a fermentation bucket and it measured a tad under 4 gal (less than a finger thickness under the 4 gal mark).

To setup the burner I lit the flame and turned the gas valve until the flames leapt off the nozzle holes, then dialed it back slowly so the flames were actually resting on the nozzle holes. Then I adjusted the air-intake until the flame was a bright blue color with no orange/red at all. Is this a correct setting or do you guys go full balls to the wall with the flames shooting out of the sides of the kettle?

Sorry for the book-length post but i wanted everyone to have as much data as possible to come to a conclusion. I know there are a ton of variables and you should only change one at a time but I think so many of them were wrong that I need to try to get a new base-line.

Thanks for any info/tips you can give.


Equipment and Software / The WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery
« on: April 12, 2011, 08:20:06 PM »
Beautiful design, lots of picts and info here:

The WilliamsWarn Personal Brewery

Equipment and Software / Anyone using this cooler?
« on: April 07, 2011, 01:08:35 PM »
75 Qt DuraChill™ Wheeled 6-Day Cooler

Are any of you using this cooler? Do you like it? if not, which do you recommend for mash tun conversion?


General Homebrew Discussion / un-Official AHA Twitter List
« on: March 29, 2011, 07:21:04 PM »
I noticed a few people have their twitter addy in their sigs and thought it might be a good idea to have a thread (or a sticky) where other members could find them easily. One idea I had was to have everyone that wants to participate reply to this post with their name and twitter addy and I'll update this post as the replies come in. Once you see your name listed you can delete your post to keep this thread easier to manage.

Good idea? Bad idea? btw, if any mods or admins have a problem with this or want to take it over, lemme know.

In any case, i'll start it off:

Name/Forum Name                 Twitter ID
Tony Pittari/Tonyp           @tpittari
kgs           @kgs
Norm Benson/Timberati           @timberati
Joel/Sophisto           @Sophisto
Mark Gres/Mark G           @markgres
Gordon Strong/gordonstrong           @gordonstrong
Shamas/wahoo           @shamasuva
Ruben Abril/rabid_dingo           @Rabid_Dingo

If you would like to be added, please reply to this post with your Name and/or Forum Name and Twitter ID

Please don't forget to delete your post once you see your name in the list! Thanks![/b]

Been jumping around the archives to interesting topics and saw what i figured to be Denny's name so I gave it a listen, just wanted to say nice job Denny! Once the skype connection cleared up it was a good show, lots of a great info and now i can read your posts in your voice!

good stuff,


Yeast and Fermentation / WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:08:52 AM »
So I brewed up an English Brown using WLP002 this weekend, put the bucket on a small bench in the garage where its usually a steady 62-65deg and then the weather went south pushing the temps under 60deg since saturday, especially overnight. I wrecked my back and there is no way I can carry the bucket up 2 flights of stairs to where its basically 68-70 constant temp. Should I be worried at all, there is still no movement after a full 48 hrs.

I know, I know RDWHAHB but i'm still stressing over it and check the airlock every hour or so...

Have any of you used 002 at 60 or below?


Commercial Beer Reviews / Flying Fish ESB Amber Ale
« on: March 25, 2011, 06:47:29 PM »
As a fellow NJ Resident I felt a strong urge to support a local brewery and decided FF was a good choice.

Appearance- Amber/Orange, very hazy and 'thick' looking, head was thin, white and dissipated quickly leaving a ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell- Green apples, grassy, a little fruity and another aroma that i just can't place

Taste- toffee and caramel with a bit of sourness

Mouthfeel- Light, thin and crisp with a bit of a bite to it, dry finish

Drinkability- Overall I guess i would rate this a 5 out of 10, I was expecting an english ESB but it was more like an american ale. Not sure if i will pick this up again, but i will definitely try more Flying Fish in the future.

Equipment and Software / Bayou Classic KAB6 vs Electric Stove...FIGHT!
« on: March 23, 2011, 08:00:53 PM »
Bought one of these this week and finally got it setup with a new propane tank. I did a test on the electric kitchen stove then the same test outside using the new burner. I was surprised how easy it is to adjust the flame just using the air intake on the burner and dialed it in pretty quick, tho i suspect i can still fiddle with it a bit to be more efficient.

I brought 6ga of water to a boil and let it roll for 60 minutes to see what the boil-off would be.

EquipmentTime to Boil    Starting Volume     Ending Volume     
Kitchen Stove     1:21:00       6ga       5ga
KAB6  0:23:00       6ga       5ga

Both ending volumes were so close I just rounded it to 5ga. I would've had to use a measuring cup to find the actual difference. Not sure if anyone else will find this data useful but I just thought it was interesting.

BTW I'm not sure what the BTUs are on the electric stovetop, its really old. I can try to find out if anyone needs the info.


Equipment and Software / I hate going to the LHBS...
« on: March 19, 2011, 03:12:02 PM »
Because I never have enough money to buy everything I want, which is everything they have...

I went there to buy grain, hops and yeast...

I came home with:

Bayou Classic KAB6 Burner
Racking cane, Bottle filler, Carboy Cap
20' Tubing
1L Flask for starters
3 Bungs, 2 Airlocks, Funnel, Giant SS Spoon
Star-san, grain bag, BYO magazine...

And enough grain, hops and etc for making a nice big batch of beer.

The Total?

And my wife was no help at all standing next to me cheering me on going "do you need one of these? what about this? ohhhh look at that!"


Yeast and Fermentation / Bought the wrong yeast...
« on: March 19, 2011, 03:03:53 PM »
So I'm trying my hand at making my own Northern English Brown Ale recipe and forgot to write down the Wyeast # before I left for the LHBS. They only had White Labs and by mistake I said "English Ale Yeast" instead of "London Ale Yeast".

So instead of getting Wyeast 1028/WhiteLabs WLP013 I got WhiteLabs WLP002. Is this going to make a huge difference in the style profile? Its a 40min 1-way trip to the LHBS, should I bring it back and get the WLP013?

Any info appreciated.


General Homebrew Discussion / Space beer reaches final frontier
« on: March 04, 2011, 12:49:09 PM »
Space beer reaches final frontier

"An Australian brewing company has, for the first time, manufactured a space beer. As in, a beer that can actually be consumed in space! This is most certainly one giant leap for beer affectionados."

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