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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Root BEER
« on: November 04, 2010, 07:41:04 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 04, 2010, 04:28:51 AM »
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, 07:39:29 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 02, 2010, 05:03:41 AM »
This is as close to a "old style" pub as I ever get anymore.

The Pub / Re: Time to celebrate
« on: November 02, 2010, 04:42:35 AM »
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

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Chimay
« on: November 02, 2010, 02:10:55 AM »
I'm drinking a delicious bottle of the Blue right now.  I love the Red but the grocery store quit carrying it.  In fact this is the first Chimay I've seen there in months.  I've never had a bad bottle, either here or in Europe.

The Pub / Re: Time to celebrate
« on: November 02, 2010, 12:02:44 AM »
I can't make myself drink the Bud-I'll enshrine it in his honor instead since he left it here at our last party just before he died.  But I've got some Chimay Blue for tonight.

The Pub / Time to celebrate
« on: November 01, 2010, 09:39:20 PM »
I've got to drink something special tonight.  Besides being payday, our company just won a lawsuit against us.  The troll wanted 39 million dollars, $39,000,000 for copyright infringement on software he wrote while employed by us 17 years ago.  We won the lawsuit, and the first appeal, now on the verge of starting the second appeal the other side dropped it.  2 years and a large fortune later it isn't hanging over our heads.  WooHoo, gonna celebrate tonight.
Unfortunately my boss, the owner of the company didn't live long enough to see this, he died 2 months ago.  But I may drink a Budweiser in his honor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watch out for short-cuts!
« on: November 01, 2010, 03:26:41 PM »
Yesterday brewing a rye IPA I was recirculating through the counterflow chiller in an ice bath back to the kettle.  Wort was down to about 65, almost finished when my neighbor stopped by.  We talked a minute, and he left.  I looked at the kettle and there was a bunch of wort missing.  Then I saw the hose lying on the garage floor in a big 3 gallon puddle of wort.  I ended up with 8 gallons instead of 11, and today I have to take a bunch of stuff out of the garage so I can hose the floor down.  My floor isn't level, all the wort flowed away from the door.

Did my Imperial oatmeal stout on Friday-put almost 5 pounds of oatmeal instead of the 2 pounds the recipe called for.  It will be interesting.  Yesterday crushed 8 pounds of crabapples and 8 pounds of grannysmiths to get almost 2 gallons of juice, topped it off with WallyWorld apple juice for 5 gallons and pitched Nottingham.  And I just doughed in for a rye IPA-20 pounds 2-row pale, 5 pounds rye and 1.5 pounds crystal 60.  For hops it'll be Columbus for bittering and Cascade for 20, 5 and flameout additions.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Your FIRST all grain?
« on: October 31, 2010, 03:32:54 PM »
I can't remember what my first AG was, but I'd go with Tubercle's advice to be able to make a valid comparison. 
I brewed for 3 years with a ZapPap lauter tun and my kettle did double duty as a mash tun.  I would mash for an hour, transfer the mash to the ZapPap with a saucepan and then I sparged by pouring water over the mash with the saucepan.  Even with this simple and primitive method my AG beers were drastically better than my extract beers.

The Pub / Re: Wife and Homebrew?
« on: October 31, 2010, 03:20:12 PM »
My wife let me rob our savings account and open a brewery. And she was the one who encouraged me to do it - it was her suggestion, I had never even contemplated it. And she works full time and brings home the paycheck now while I work at the brewery and make $0. And she doesn't regret it at all and is almost as excited as me. I couldn't have found a better woman.
My wife has also encouraged me to quit my real job and open a brewpub, alas there isn't enough in the savings account to rob.  She's also encouraged me to plant a barley crop in our old horse pen so I'm not sure how well she thinks these things out.
But on an every day homebrewing note my wife is happy that because I keep so much beer on hand I haven't been to a bar in years and she doesn't have to worry about me driving drunk or chasing wild women.   I may be spending a lot of time and energy in my garage brewery, but I'm at home, not off wasting money or doing something stupid(like her old hobby flying).

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