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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Erlenmeyer flasks...bottom
« on: May 17, 2012, 10:22:37 PM »
Some more so than others. I picked up a cheap 5L that I ended up returning because the bottom had an arch and the glass was so thin it made me really nervous to handle. I would recommend you invest in Kimax or Bomex and if you can, inspect before you purchase.

I'm experimenting with a Praline Brown this weekend.
That sounds excellent! Please report back.

Kegging the Browns and cooling the Kolsch. Planning the O-fest for next week.

Thanks for the info and insight.

So for those of you who leave the hops in until the keg kicks, have you had any issues with grassy flavors?  I had an APA last summer that I botched (no flavor or aroma - I think I messed up the sparge) and I tried to fix it by dry hopping in the keg. I just ended up with the same beer except it tasted grassy. Probably because it had no flavor to start with...

The Pub / Re: Meaningless thread.
« on: May 12, 2012, 08:18:02 AM »
Looks like a ha-ha wall to me. 

The Pub / Re: i bid you all fare well...
« on: May 12, 2012, 08:06:11 AM »
What about Marilyn?
Have fun!

Equipment and Software / Re: Black Beer bottles and caps
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:27:52 PM »
Hmmm.... can't say I've seen black bottle caps and I think if you put a RIS in a 'brown bomber' I think you've got yourself a black bottle.  You could do a black wax dip on oxygen absorbing caps and get a really cool effect plus have great packaging for aging.

Toot on my friend, it's a good feeling and confidence is a fantastic ingredient.  I had a great experience last weekend at BigBrew brewing with club members that have no problem letting you know what they think is off about your beer.  We had about 20 systems set up and it was a lot of fun. I was pouring my all Mt. Hood "pils" and my Pliny the Imposter.  One guy told me the Pliny was the best thing he tasted all day and at another point I had a group of guys standing around my rig discussing my Pils. One guy stops and says to me,"you sir, make a damn fine beer". Me and my gal love the beer we make and we get great reviews from friends, family and co-workers, but to get that feedback in that setting was pretty damn satisfying.

I think any of the methods you describe will work. If you add hops to the primary without a bag you just need to take some measure to make sure you don't clog during your rack to the keg.  I've had good results with that method but I think the best aroma and flavor results for me have come from tucking a hop sock of whole hops behind the dip tube as high as I can get them to stay and leaving them in the keg.

Ingredients / Re: what to put in a multigrain ale
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:40:50 PM »
HUB makes a 7 grain Stout.
The seven grains: Barley (Egyptian), Wheat (Mesopotamian), Oats (Egyptian), Amaranth (Aztec), Quinoa (Incan), Spelt (Mesopotamian), and Kamut (Egyptian).
They also add 15 lbs. worth of cold pressed coffee.
It really tasty stuff.

Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:30:06 PM »
What do you like for a fermentation schedule for your Kolsch? I've got a batch thats been at 60df for almost two weeks. Was thinking I would ramp it down to about 38 for another few weeks before kegging.

No brewing for me this week. Cleaning kegs Friday. Taking Gramma, Mom and Aunt to breakfast on Saturday. Hopwork on Sunday. Letting 20 gal. of Kolsch and Brown Ale roll on. Need to sample the Maibock and BVIP and kick a keg of Oregon Amber to make room for the fresh.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: when to add nutrient to starter
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:01:10 AM »
Youll want to boil the stuff for 15 minutes with the rest of your starter wort!

That's what I've always done. Yeast haven't complained.

Equipment and Software / Re: faucet locks
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:19:40 AM »
I went ahead and ordered one of the locks to try out. If they don't work. That makes the decision easier. I'm not leaning towards disconnecting/sanitizing/reconnecting my lines every time I want a beer, not to mention moving whatever happens to be on the lid. I'm hoping I can add a lid lock to the hinges somehow so I don't have to crap up the front of the kegerator.

The word is mediocrity.  But somehow that seems to fit.

Yeah, I am an idiot!  :)

Mediocracy is a situation which can occur in a democracy in which mediocre people prevail. The society is then subordinated to a quasi-egalitarian ideology in which words and ideas are redefined by mediocre people, to be convenient for mediocre people. ;D oh, and those that cut and paste from Wikipedia ::)

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