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The Pub / Re: If you could travel around in a motorhome
« on: November 16, 2009, 12:47:41 AM »
We'd probably just visit family in... Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon & Washington.  Probably drive through the rest of the lower 48 in the process.  Actually I'm trying to convince the wife to do this very thing, except with a 5th wheel.  She's not buyin' it. She says, "What are you going to do with all that crap?"  She's probably right. We'd have to tow a trailer behind the 5th wheel to haul all the brewing "crap".  :D

The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: November 16, 2009, 12:14:16 AM »
o,k,, i'm finally here lets get this party started you may know me from other forums as ...speed ;)

Glad you made it speed!!!  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starter's OG
« on: November 15, 2009, 11:48:51 PM »
In general, you'll get better yeast growth from a starter in the 1.020-1.035 range.  The easiest way to achive that is to use .75 oz. DME (by weight) for each cup of water in the starter.  You're not in serious trouble this time, but try to get that gravity down next time.

An even easier way is to go metric.  1 gram of DME for every 10 mL of water gets you right around 1.035.

Maybe on the other side of the pond, as that's what they grew up with.  I guess I'm just old school...   ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: sunday, a day of brew
« on: November 15, 2009, 10:32:35 PM »
I think you'll enjoy the Three Hearted Ale!!!!

Two batches at once? Sort of.  I plan to do a partigyle next Saturday.  1st runnings will be a Strong Scotch Ale in the 1.090 range.  2nd runnings (with 5 more pounds of grains) will be a 70/- to 80/- Scottish Ale depending on the SG.  The Strong Scotch Ale boil will overlap the Scottish Ale for a half hour or so.  Started the Wyeast 1728 today.  I'll step it up to a gallon through out the week.  It'll be a big day for an' ol' fart like me  :o but the rewards should be worth it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stout or Porter
« on: November 15, 2009, 10:14:08 PM »
Well, this topic will probably be debated to its death but here's my rendition.  A stout is a porter, a stout porter.  The porter style died off some years ago and has made a come back recently.  Generally, but not always, a stout will have more roasted barley than a porter and some porters will have no roasted barley.  Alcohol strength isn't a gauge either because some porters are higher ABV than stouts.  It's a bloody mixed up mess..... :o

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Firestone Keg & Plastic Dip Tube
« on: November 15, 2009, 09:57:01 PM »
The stainless dip tube does fit in the hole for a short length. So what some of you have said is to cut the stainless dip tube short enough to fit in the hole before bottoming out.  Don't see why that won't work and I don't have to drill out the post.  I'll try that.  Thanks!!! :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The hoppiest beer in history?!
« on: November 13, 2009, 07:45:47 PM »
Holy Cow!!!  How do you keep your toes from curling up?  :o  Looks AWESOME!!!

Kegging and Bottling / Firestone Keg & Plastic Dip Tube
« on: November 13, 2009, 04:36:41 PM »
Anyone ever drill out the Gas-In post of a Firestone Keg that had a plastic dip tube and replace it with a stainless steel dip tube?  How did you do it and did it seal okay afterwards?  Thanks!!!

The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:42:48 AM »
Fresh from GABF  L to R. My son, his wife, my wife & my ugly mug.

The Pub / Re: What's for dinner?
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:22:40 AM »
Leftovers... Salad & Fettuccine.  Okay, now don't crucify me here.  Washed it down with a Rye IPA/Sweet Stout blend.  :o Quasi Black & Tan I suppose.  I thought it was amazing. Rye, hops, sweet, bitter, chocolate... Very complex!  It's really hard to explain but I liked it, a lot!

Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Kettles - Appropriate Size
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:11:45 AM »
Go BIG!!  As big as you can.  I have a 15 gallon, sometimes wish it was a 20 when the wort is 2" from the top.  Remember the old days, one hand on the burner control & one with a spray bottle...  The key to reducing evaporation is to reduce the surface area.  IE. Tall not wide, smaller the diameter the less loss to evaporation. ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Chillin' with the Weazle.....
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:03:02 AM »
Yeah, I guess you all make good valid points. And, I suppose if it worked that well, there would be commercial ones available. Guess I will stick to the old tried and true. Thanks for the input. 

Don't give up so quickly.  When I first read it I thought...  Wow, you could move that thing up & down in the pot and almost touch every drop of wort???

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The hoppiest beer in history?!
« on: November 12, 2009, 09:55:16 PM »
That's right.  Rob Westendorf from Cincinnati OH.  Wife Roxanne, who makes a heck of a mead I hear...  Nope, don't know them from Adam, but GOOGLE does...  ;D

Sounds like one heck of a beer though!!!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt conditioning rocks!
« on: November 11, 2009, 04:26:26 PM »
I'm definitely going to give it a try next time just to see.  If it works, great.  If not, no great loss.....

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