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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Dumps Beer?
« on: June 15, 2011, 07:22:41 AM »
Have I dumped beer? Yes. Probably 2 or 3 in about 20 years. I won't save a funky tasting beer

Would I dump because it didn't meet expectations and/or a beer style? Heavens no. If it is drinkable (no major flaws) I'll save it or try to make it a little better. Maybe I've got a so-so batch of stout and a so-so pale ale, but by mixing it makes both a little better. Maybe just  dry hopping with improve the beer. I'm not a big fruit beer fan, but maybe adding some cherry or apricot flavoring to it will do the trick.

That said, I have some (really) sweet mead that's been in the bottle for over 10 years. Don't want to throw it. Wonder what would happen if I put a few bottles in at the end of a boil of a lager? Hmm.

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Ingredients / Re: Hop talk
« on: June 07, 2011, 07:30:01 AM »
Saaz- Gotta have my Czech Pils
Cascade- love the aroma/taste in a PA
Chinook- hey, I'm a hop head from the Yakima Valley

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Equipment and Software / Re: Extending the life of Star-San
« on: June 04, 2011, 07:32:58 AM »
I'd try the Brita water. I just got my water tests back. My tap water hardness (CaC03) is 198. I also sent in a sample of my Brita filtered water, it was 71.

As for the rest of my test, it looks like I'll be buying a lot of bottled water for brewing....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: too effecient?
« on: May 27, 2011, 03:50:51 PM »
I think the guy is full of it. I don't get 80% (70-75%), but I know a couple good brewers who consistantly do and have great beers.

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Congratulations! I hope it's all that you want it to be.

I like the first one (#29). I can see it on the side of a pint of a freshly drawn ale. The middle two look like baseball logos. The #10 would be second.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Spent grain
« on: May 27, 2011, 07:23:21 AM »
I spread my spent grain out in the field next outside the 'cave. I see rabbits, quail and my neighbors "free range chickens" eat it. I guess it makes up for a couple that flew into my yard that the dogs got (they are bird dogs). Anyway, it's gone in a couple days. I told the chicken guy he could have it but he always seems to be busy on brew day. After a few days in the buckets, it can really stink...

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Moving the Kolsch from the conical to cornies for more lagering and making a yeast starter tonight. I put some finings in the Kolsch last Saturday to clear it up. I think it's going to be a pretty good beer. Even without carbonation it tastes very clean and crisp (trying to do a better job of evaluating my beers as I read Gordon's book).

Then I will be brewing a Czech Pils either Sunday or Monday whenever the inlaws leave.

Have a fun, safe weekend fellow brewers!!.

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Ingredients / Re: Deformed Hop Plant
« on: May 25, 2011, 02:20:44 PM »
That leaf curling looks familiar. Take a look at the under side of the leaves. Any sign of bugs? We get a lot of mites and aphids on our trees and I know the hop growers out here spray for them.

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Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build
« on: May 24, 2011, 07:51:14 AM »
Hey Ray
Great build! I've been following your progress and am impressed with the end product. Do you have beer on all four taps?

I didn't see any electrical wires that went to the lid of the freezer. The "donor" freezer I'm looking at has wiring to the lid for the light. Just wondering if I should splice in an extension or cap it off and not have a light.

Hope you're enjoying!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Selling.....maybe?
« on: May 23, 2011, 07:44:13 AM »
Weaze
I have owned a business for 20+ years. The first few years were tough with long hours and doing most of the work myself. The old 90% of businesses fail in the first year weighed heavy on us (wife and I). There have been times when I wonder just why do I put myself throgh this. But overall, it's been a very good.

I'm going to give you a couple of things to think about. First and perhaps the most important, is your wife behind you in this? Is she going to be OK with you brewing on a Saturday night? Mine has been a very supportive to me. I have times when I'm extremely busy. With some one less than understanding, it would definitely be a problem.

Next, walk into partnerships very cautiously. Talk about who is going to do what. Who is going to get the profits? Are they reinvested in the business? If you are getting backing, draw up a contract that clearly spells out how much they get and when they can expect it.

Good luck!

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Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: May 21, 2011, 07:53:33 AM »
Done. I've checked your "shed thread" out several times. It's truly a work of art. Mine is still a "work in progress". The brewery is up and functional. I agree having everything close at hand makes brewing a lot less stressfull.

Congratulations!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 19, 2011, 04:30:49 PM »
Punatic- I bet they (the Beer Gestapo) would love to audit your records on the Big Island.

I know I'll be on my wife's yearly allotment soon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Love sharing my beer, BUT....
« on: May 14, 2011, 07:45:51 AM »
I agree it's not acceptable unless you offer it to them.

I guess for me, it's not so much the cost, it's the time that I put into a good beer. I have never really added up the hours of brewing, racking, kegging, cleaning and so on, but I wouldn't be surprised if I put in close to ten hours on a batch of ale and a few more on a Pils.

It's always a little sad to have an empty keg that once had great beer in it, it's worse when a moocher takes a half gallon of it.

Good luck Weaze

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Mash Tun
« on: May 06, 2011, 02:46:24 PM »
I'd keep bring 'brew that guy's place... Nice score!

Isn't it a light blue?

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brewery
« on: May 06, 2011, 10:10:52 AM »
When I was planning my "man cave", I wanted a few things for my brewery. First, a commercial stainless 3 bay sink and overhead sprayer (Craigs list $200) with a tankless water heater, A floor drain was next. Clean up is a lot easier and quicker. I put the green sheet rock around my brewing area, in case I splash water on it. If I were brewing close to the wall, I'd consider something water proof and fire resistant.

As an added bonus, which I haven't used yet, while they were installing my tankless water heater, I had them stub off a propane connection both inside and outside so when hooked up, I won't have to mess with propane tanks.

It is sooo nice to have everything I need within a few feet of the brew stand. I used to have to drag the stand out of the garage and several trips to my "junk room". DW likes it too because it doesn't wake her early during Brew Day. More bullets, right!

Have fun and I hope it all comes together like you want it!

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