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Messages - kramerog

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Blow Off Tube Advice. L-Bracket?
« on: December 27, 2016, 12:04:39 PM »
You might be able to use a shortened racking cane.

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The Pub / Re: Home sound system
« on: December 25, 2016, 01:53:18 PM »
This is some stuff I like that might be worth checking out:

Ride (Going Blank Again is probably the best album)
Swervedriver
Spacemen 3
Spiritualized (Jason Pierce's project after the Spacemen 3)
The Telescopes (Untitled Second is my favorite, but the earlier stuff is more noisey/rocking)
Slowdive (a little too ambient for me but pretty popular)
Loop
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (one of my favorite bands, only their first album Methodrone is really shoegaze, but their later work is fantastic; if you like 68-72 Rolling Stones check out Take It From The Man)
Cheatahs (this is a current band that is either shoegaze revival or just a rip off depending on your point of view, but I think their debut album is pretty good)

I guess you've already got My Bloody Valentine and the Jesus and Mary Chain covered.

Heading more into Madchester/Brit pop - I'm also really into The Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, Suede, Elastica, and of course Pulp and Blur.
Thanks Narcout, I'll check these bands out and I think I will like them.  I have an album of Spiritualized that has a lot of gospel influences, but not the earlier stuff.  I love the first two albums of the Stone Roses, but I only have them on cassette.  I also liked Mudhoney's and Spacemen 3's mutual covers.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration Date Dry Yeast
« on: December 25, 2016, 10:16:09 AM »
Plan on using two packages when 1 would do normally.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: EMERGENCY!!!
« on: December 25, 2016, 10:13:23 AM »
What the hell Santa? Get this man a fermentation lock.

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The Pub / Re: Home sound system
« on: December 24, 2016, 03:03:59 PM »
I converted most of my CDs to mp3s.  Generally most things sounded fine but certain artists did not convert well.  Specifically, bands that have a lot, lot of feedback sound terrible like My Bloody Valentine and J&M Chain. 

Should I try again at a higher bit rate or use AAC or WMA? I am using Windows Media Player

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Try AAC at 320 kbps.  My JAMC and MBV rips sound pretty good (though even on CD the production is a but muddled on some of that stuff - Isn't Anything for example).

I love shoegaze.
Narcout, thanks.  I never got into shoegaze generally for no reason that I can think of.  Anyone I should check out?

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The Pub / Re: Home sound system
« on: December 24, 2016, 09:45:02 AM »
I converted most of my CDs to mp3s.  Generally most things sounded fine but certain artists did not convert well.  Specifically, bands that have a lot, lot of feedback sound terrible like My Bloody Valentine and J&M Chain. 

Should I try again at a higher bit rate or use AAC or WMA? I am using Windows Media Player

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Frozen Beer in Bottles?
« on: December 19, 2016, 12:15:37 PM »
You could put a jug of tepid water into the fridge.  That might be easier than moving lots of bottles.  The insulation of the fridge is probably enough to avoid freezing.

Edit: You'll also want to turn off the fridge if you put in a jug of tepid water to keep it warm.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: December 18, 2016, 03:48:45 PM »
Being more consistent/avoiding mistakes/repeatable.  1.  During my last batch, a hose disconnected during the first run off.  The beer tastes pretty good in the samples but I need to get some clamps.  2. Use my new fermentation fridge.  3.  There will be lots more additional steps - to be determined.

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Going Pro / Re: Can a brewpub give away or sell extra wort?
« on: December 16, 2016, 09:57:57 AM »
A brewery in Chicago did a hombrew competition with a large homebrew club.  The wort was given away for free.  So I believe that giving away wort is not illegal at the federal level; don't know about MN laws.  IIRC, Granite City trucks wort around and does not pitch yeast until it delivers the wort to one of its pubs.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Reiterated mash question
« on: December 13, 2016, 09:19:12 AM »
I think you should aim for a pH of 5.5 in the final mash.  I see two ways this can be done.  The first way is to make the first mash have a ph of 5.5 and then to make the grain and salts bill for the second mash have an RA of 0.  That way the second mash will have approximately the same pH as the first mash.  Alternatively, you calculate your salt additions based on the entire grain bill and then make both mashes "identical" by making your grain bill and salt additions identical for each mash.  The first mash might be a little higher than 5.5, but that's OK.

What is your thinking in reserving speciaty grains to the second mash?

I would parti-gyle the grains of the first and second mash to make another brew.  These could also be reiterated.  The easiest way is to have two mash tuns.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Glass Hydrometer in Plastic Carboy
« on: December 13, 2016, 07:52:32 AM »
The other issue is that bubbles can attach to the hydrometer causing the hydrometer to read high.  It is easy to see those bubbles and knock them off when measuring a sample; not se easy inside a carboy. 

The best way to avoid multiple samples is to not take them, which is probably contrary to the instructions you may have been given. 


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Other Fermentables / Re: Sake Web Site
« on: December 12, 2016, 02:48:49 PM »
Have you brewed sake? If you have, how did it go?

I am interested in giving it a go.

Thanks,
Steve

Did you ever make the sake?  Did you follow the website's instructions?  How did it come out?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st runnings gravity reading
« on: December 11, 2016, 08:48:14 AM »
Yes, the chart is generally correct.  The chart is a little inaccurate if you use 6-row because there is less starch in 6-row. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: No salts in RO water mash
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:03:03 AM »
You can add the salts to the beer in primary.  Sulfate is generally beneficial to the flavor of IPA.  Calcium is beneficial for yeast health.  Better late than never.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation temps after 7 days
« on: December 08, 2016, 08:47:50 AM »
If you pitched enough healthy yeast, you are probably done after 7 days with <7% beers.  Give it a taste.  If you got a diacetyl bomb then leave it in the ferment chamber.

You could get yourself an aquarium heater and a large tote to create a temperature controlled water batch.  Check the minimum temperature of the aquarium heater as many heaters are not useful at maintaining temperatures below 70 F.  In the winter, water baths work well for me.

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