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Equipment and Software / Anyone using this cooler?
« on: April 07, 2011, 08:08:35 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 30, 2011, 02:21:04 AM »
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, 05:08:52 PM »
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 26, 2011, 01:47:29 AM »
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 24, 2011, 03:00:53 AM »
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, 10:12:02 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, 10:03:53 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, 07:49:09 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."

Kegging and Bottling / Bottling Temp and Taste Correlation
« on: March 01, 2011, 06:36:06 PM »
I recently bottled an Irish Red Ale and after 1 week of room temp carbonation, as an experiment I put half of the bottles in a fridge (approx 45deg) and half in the garage on the floor (exactly 60deg), each for another week.

After tasting them, my wife and I both agree that the bottles stored in the garage have a much more pronounced flavor, a much thicker/richer head. The fridge bottles have less of a head and you really have to chug it into the glass to get a head at all, and the bubbles are noticeably smaller but it has less of a bitter aftertaste.

Does this make sense? Can anyone explain why this is?


General Homebrew Discussion / Climax Brewery (NJ)
« on: February 28, 2011, 04:23:43 PM »
Just saw this video posted on twitter and thought I'd share it:

Climax Brewing

I met Dave at a local brewpub called Artisan's here in Toms River, NJ about a month or so ago where he is the brewmaster. He happened to be eating lunch at the bar when my Wife and I stopped in for a few pints. Super nice guy, he even let us try a smoked cherry porter he was working on before it was on tap, really tasty!


General Homebrew Discussion / First brew with new equipment
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:35:33 PM »
So after a 12yr hiatus I'm back into home-brewing and made an Irish Red Ale (just from a kit, nothing fancy) to break-in the new equipment. I'm really surprised how well it came out for an extract kit, there's no twang, yeast or syrupy taste so I guess paying attention to the details and sanitation really paid off. I didn't make a starter but I did let the smack-pack sit for a couple of days before starting to brew.

I did a full boil thanks to an 8-gal brew kettle, cooled it with an immersion chiller as fast as possible, let it sit in the primary for a few weeks taking gravity readings every 3-4 days until it leveled off and stopped. I then carefully transferred it to a glass carboy secondary for another week which really seemed to clear it up a bit, then carefully primed and bottled it into 1-liter flip-top amber glass bottles.

I wasn't too sure if using the flip-tops would work but i took a chance and it seems to be fine so far. I also used a couple of regular 12-oz capped bottles just as an experiment.

I just popped one open after a week of sitting at room temp and a few days in the fridge because i just couldn't take it anymore, and its fantastic! Hopefully it will get even better over the next few weeks.

I think the best part of getting back into brewing is that my wife loved the whole process and seems just as excited as I am to start our next one. We had a blast brewing together and she helped me every step of the way. She even has ideas for recipes and is already planning and area in the garden for hops and maybe barley! hehe she's totally hooked!

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone on this site, the amount of brewing knowledge I've accumulated in a short period of time has been incredible.

So I raise my first giant mug of home-brew to you guys! Cheers!

Beer Recipes / Genesee Cream Ale Clone
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:08:31 PM »
Requested from another thread:

This is Skotrats "Gennesee My Butt"

Brewing Method: All Grain
Yeast: WYEAST 2035
Yeast Starter: 1/2 gallon
Batch Size: 15.5 US Gallons
Original Gravity: 1.049
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 4.5-5.0 %
Total Grains: 30
Color: 4.4
Extract Efficiency: 75 %
Hop IBU's: 22.9
Boiling Time: 70 minutes
Primary Fermentation: 7 days at 62f
Secondary Fermentation: 7 days at 58f
Additional Fermentation: lagered in corny keg

Grain Bill:
17.00 lbs. Lager Malt(6-row) Canada 1.031 1
6.00 lbs. Flaked Corn (Maize) America 1.040 1
3.00 lbs. Vienna Malt America 1.035 4
2.00 lbs. Munich Malt(light) America 1.033 10
2.00 lbs. Crystal 10L America 1.035 10

Hop Bill:
4.00 oz. Liberty Whole 3.40 60 min.
4.00 oz. Liberty Whole 3.40 5 min.

Mash Schedule:

Mash Type: Single Step
Saccharification Rest Temp : 152 Time: 90
Mash-out Rest Temp : 166 Time: 10
Sparge Temp : 170 Time: 70

Commercial Beer Reviews / Genesee Cream Ale
« on: February 22, 2011, 07:06:56 PM »
When I was a little boy I remember my family jumping in the Ford LTD wagon and traveling for what seemed like days to get to my zitzi's (it means aunt in italian) house in upstate NY from our place in Jersey. The long ride, and the snow aside, one of the things i remember most is my grandfather being excited over the fact that he would be able to buy cheap Genesee by the case. He loved the Cream Ale and always let me take a few sips while he and my uncles played pool together downstairs in the den.

Since I recently started homebrewing again I was looking for recipes and ran across a cream ale clone which prompted me to pick up a 6-pack of the original. The memories came flooding back almost instantly although my palette is now much more sophisticated than it was when i was 9 :)

Here's my review:

Genesee Cream Ale
Appearance: Light Golden Straw, thin white head, minimal lacing
Smell: Malt, corn, slightly sweet, almost no hop aroma
Taste: Clean, Crisp
Mouthfeel: Watery but slightly creamy with a dry finish
Drinkability: A perfect lawnmower beer, could easily have 3-4 with no effort.

In memory of my grandfather I'm going to attempt to brew a clone of this, if it comes out ok i'll drink one on the dock where he used to fish every summer.


Ingredients / Pine extract?
« on: February 10, 2011, 07:18:11 PM »
I have an idea for a winter porter that would have a pine and nut flavor. 2 Questions:

1) Have any of you ever used a Pine Extract Flavoring? I did a search and found several organic shops that sell it. I'm thinking that it would be wise to add it to the secondary, but how much? Any ideas?

2) Any idea what nut flavor would go well with Pine? I was thinking maybe Hazelnuts or maybe Pistachio?

Any insights would be welcome!


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