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Other Fermentables / Re: braggot
« on: November 07, 2010, 12:13:10 PM »
I've used ale yeasts for cider, that's good but never the mead or braggot.  I just used the brewing honey from morebeer,com.  If I were more serious about meads and braggots I'd find a local source for some more distinctive flavors but they are just oddities I enjoy brewing and drinking occasionally.

Other Fermentables / Re: braggot
« on: November 06, 2010, 06:11:13 PM »
I have only made one braggot, a nice dark one made from the second runnings of a robust porter. I also added about 4 pounds of fresh 2 row so I'd have enough malt.  I added the  honey once the wort got down to about 150F.  I racked the braggot onto the yeast cake from a prickly pear mead(I'm pretty sure it was White labs dry mead yeast.  It fermented a couple of weeks, then several months in secondary and finally to a keg.  After a year in the keg I bottled the remaining 2 gallons.  It's a very interesting  brew, not something to slam down every day but a great sipping brew on a hot afternoon.  BTW I took no gravity readings, either FG or OG.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 06, 2010, 09:32:01 AM »
Our company probably spends $50-75K annually with these guys.  But they're afraid of drinking my homebrew, one of the employees lives down the street from me and visited once but since he's a hard core Silver Bullet drinker my stout overwhelmed him after one sip.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Step one.......
« on: November 06, 2010, 09:24:26 AM »
Use the freezer to store your bulk hops purchases.  Welcome to the addiction.  One of the first things you should brew is something your wife enjoys so you can hook her on your new obsession.
And I also recommend a simple mead, they're pretty easy and very tasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Root BEER
« on: November 05, 2010, 05:26:01 PM »
Thanks Professsor, that's the kind of first hand knowledge I'm looking for.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging and CO2 refills/purchase
« on: November 05, 2010, 05:23:06 PM »
I get swap refills at the welding shop.  Sure the bottles are ugly but I've never had to pay for a hydrotest. 
I recommend getting the biggest bottle you can.  I pay $20 to fill a 50 pound tank delivered to my office.  Once my 20 pound tank goes dry(been 2 years now) I'll hook up the big one and probably die before it does.  20 pounds costs $12, 5 pounds costs $10 and my 2 pound traveling bottle costs $8.
Build a relationship with them and it pays off.  The welding shop didn't have a 5 pound tank swap one day so they gave me another 20 pounder.  Somebody left a 2 pounder there and never came back for it so they gave it to me since there's no market for a bottle that small

All Things Food / Re: Post your chili recipes
« on: November 04, 2010, 12:46:06 PM »
Always better the next day! ;D
And throw some Velveeta in it & grab some Tortilla Chips.  :o

Throw in some cheddar and jack cubes and grab a toasted tortilla.  Much better

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Root BEER
« on: November 04, 2010, 12:41:04 PM »
Thank's guys, I think I have a plan.  I do hate bottling, but it would help free up kegerator space.  I got 10 cornies from a high school concesion stand.  They had been partially filled with a variety of sodas for 5 years in  shed(think 100F days in the summers)when I got them.  They can be cleaned successfully, all I did was soak them overnight in PBW and replace all the rubber parts.

Equipment and Software / Re: Life after Brett
« on: November 03, 2010, 09:28:51 PM »
Long before I knew any better I made a batch of malt vinegar and a batch of apple cider vinegar in cornies after I decided they sucked as alcoholic beverages.  Those 2 cornies are still in rotation 10+ years later with no special efforts made to clean them.  They still have the same gaskets and everything because I have no idea which of my +/- 20 kegs were used to make those vinegars, and I'd wager that each keg has had 30 batches of beers stored and served from them without a single infected batch.  Bottom line is that normal sanitation procedures are plenty to kill whatever you've had in your containers

General Homebrew Discussion / Root BEER
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:39:29 PM »
A guy in town who makes and sells root beer at events gave me 3 bottles of Zatarains root beer extract. Directions call for adding 1 bottle of extract and a packet of beer yeast to 4.5 gallons of water along with some sugar.  This makes me wonder if I can(or would even want to) brew a beer with this stuff.  Maybe 8-10 pounds pilsner malt and no hops.  Any thoughts?

Is it aluminum on the inside also?  If so I'd be hesitant to use it, but I still think it's probaly just the outside jacket that's Al.
You'll need to attach a cord with a plug to the controller.  It's simple, I wired mine but I don't remember how exactly.  It's a pretty common homebrewing device so you shouldn't have any problem getting help with that.

I've got an ugly homemade one from the diptube of a 3 gallon keg.   I love it.  I use it in my conical siting in an insulated box I built with a window AC as a cooling source.  I brewed a bunch of beers with Nottingham earlier this year and was able to keep them at 58F fermentation temp using the thermowell and Ranco controller.

Does look a bit like galvanized, but I can't believe anyone would make a fermenter like that!
Or just filthy, it may be covered with poorly rinsed PBW or something similar.  Or it could be a galvanized steel jacket with a stainless fermenter inside.

The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: November 01, 2010, 10:03:41 PM »
This is as close to a "old style" pub as I ever get anymore.

The Pub / Re: Time to celebrate
« on: November 01, 2010, 09:42:35 PM »
I went to work for John in 1981, we were best friends even for the years I didn't work for him.  And the lawsuit really took it's toll on him, especially since we knew it was totally bogus from the start.  But the wheels of justice grind slowly in this country, crushing everything as they turn.  Winning cost a million dollars and a great man's death, I'm sure the stress helped kill him especially since the troll threatened to appeal for the next 3 years unless we settled and paid him big bucks.
I'm drinking Traippsts tonight, had my Chimay Blue and then hit the cellar  for some Rochefort 8 and Westmalle Dubbels I put in the cellar just before this sh*t started back in 2008.
Good night all

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