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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,


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxyclean...I'm doing something wrong...
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:45:56 PM »
Like euge I use oxyclean to clean then immediately rinse, I never let it soak for more than a few minutes unless its something that is seriously stained like my gold coffee filter, which i'll let sit for a few hours or overnight depending how bad it is.

BTW, if you have a dollar store near you they sell a small bucket of an oxyclean knockoff, saves a ton of money.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 at 60deg or lower
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:27:22 PM »
I think i'm going to give it another 24hrs, then if there's still no activity i'll try to get it somewhere a bit warmer.  Good idea about the brew belt, i'll have to grab one of those.

thanks for the info.


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?


Brewed a Northern English Brown Ale this afternoon, was quite chilly outside but it was fantastic brewing outdoors for the first time. Had a bit of a time fiddling with the burner until I got it dialed in but it was also a tad windy which made the boil sort of erratic, hopefully it won't cause any problems. I did notice a bit less boil off and finished with a little more than 5ga (started with 6ga).

Pitched 2 vials of WLP002 @ 75deg and its sitting in the 60deg garage on a small bench.

All in all a great afternoon of brewing!


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.

New Jersey could use a good one.

south east jersey specifically!

Equipment and Software / Re: I hate going to the LHBS...
« on: March 24, 2011, 04:17:17 PM »
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!"

Sorry, am I reading this right?  She's encouraging you to get more stuff?  I have the opposite problem.  Why did you buy...?  Do you really need....?  How much did you spend...?

yup you read that right...this crazytrain has no brakes...

I read a rumor somewhere that boil-off volume is a function of the water's surface area.
This almost seems to confirm that, if you were using the same kettle, for both tests.

yup, same kettle.

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.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: We're going pro!!!
« on: March 22, 2011, 03:46:51 PM »
Only concern with Black River would be name conflicts. There was a Black River Brewing in VT, but it appears closed.

If this does become a problem maybe Dark River or Black Water would be good substitutes.

Equipment and Software / Re: Giant pot, cheap
« on: March 22, 2011, 03:15:51 PM »

Is the burner on the right the bayou KAB4? If so i just bought one of those but noticed my existing propane tank doesnt have the right connection for it, did you have to buy a tank that fits or did you buy an adapter? if so do you know the name or model # of it?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
« on: March 20, 2011, 08:25:43 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions I'll give it a go and report back

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer Say What !!!
« on: March 19, 2011, 03:16:10 PM »
wow thats fantastic! I love how the granite and wood look together, really nice job!

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!"


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