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The Pub / Google Photos Test
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:05:48 AM »
Testing posting a picture from the new Google Photos service.  So much easier to use than Photobucket

The Pub / Flow Hive
« on: April 10, 2015, 07:47:57 AM »
Of course there are several mead makers here and maybe a few beekeepers as well, but does anyone have an opinion on this Indiegogo campaign for the Flow Hive?

I'm all for easy stuff...especially collecting honey, but I see a lot of conflicting opinions regarding the effects on the bees.  I would love something like this to collect honey for mead and general use and to help pollinate my garden and the wife's flowers during the spring/summer.

What do you think?

The Pub / Denny and Drew on The Session Tonight (11/10/14)
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:35:49 AM »
Coming soon (tonight) to a computer near you, Denny and Drew will be on The Brewing Network Session talking about some book they did  ;D

You can watch the show live on or listen to the archive when it's released (usually within a couple days) at

The show starts at 6pm PST (that's 9pm EST for the right coast!).  You can also join the live chatroom (on the BN web page, not the one on Livestream), where we will mostly make fun of Denny and Drew all night long :P

Drew/Denny - either one of you going to be in studio or just calling in?

The Pub / Pay to Play - Pretty Things Rant!
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:33:59 AM »
I generally don't post things from this particular site, but they consolidated all the tweets from Pretty Things Beer's rant about breweries paying for tap handle space or bars asking for money to list their taps.  Somehow it doesn't surprise me this happens in Massachusetts, but I wonder if it is a common practice elsewhere.

Pimp My System / Build Your Own Temp Controller
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:46:37 AM »

The instructions on this say to wire black to 1, 5 & 6 but the diagram says 1,5 & 7.  You may want to fix that.

Perfect timing on this since I just bought one of these temp controllers a couple weeks ago.  Thanks!

Yeast and Fermentation / Temperature Control After a Week
« on: July 02, 2014, 01:24:34 PM »
With the horrendous winter (i.e. nearly zero brewing), and travel to Ireland and NHC, I have some homebrewing catchup to do.

I have a 5 cu ft chest freezer with a Ranco 2-stage controller to control my fermentation temperatures.  I want to get my lagers going soon but have a couple ales on the schedule first. 

Is it acceptable to control the temperature of an ale (around 1.070) for the first week then pull it and leave it in the basement that is typically around 65-70F during the summer?  After one week, I would expect most of the fermentation to be completed (at 67F) and it wouldn't be too much of a shock to leave uncontrolled.  I am mostly concerned about fermenting too high and ending up with fusel alcohol or off flavors.

I like letting my lagers take their time but I need to get these ales done first for an event coming up, so they can't be pushed off.

What do you think?  (besides get another chest freezer...believe me I have thought of that :) )

The Pub / Baseball 2014
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:29:20 AM »

The truck left Fenway last Saturday & pitchers and catchers report this Saturday!

Spring is coming!!!

Begin the 2014 MLB trash talk thread!!!

Does anyone remember who won the World Series last year?  Oh was

General Homebrew Discussion / Make My Beer Medicinal
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:06:57 AM »
That's right, you heard me.  :P

At my homebrew club meetings, I want to start doing some educational talks regarding off flavors.  This month I am doing a presentation on Phenols.  After looking at the BJCP Study Guide, it says to use Chloroseptic to produce the medicinal flavor.  Apparently I can only find the flavored versions around plain old chloroseptic.

The one I have is cherry flavored.  If I use that, will the medicinal characteristic come through or will it just taste like a cherry-cough syrup beer?

Any other ideas on how to get the medicinal flavor in a beer?  I plan on buying some Coors Light (first time in nearly 20 years) to doctor for the meeting.


Questions about the forum? / Links on AHA Page Broken
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:24:39 PM »
No problem with the forum but it seems like all the links from are broken.

I couldn't even use the "Contact Us" link because that is broken.  Tested from an unblocked internet connection and my iPhone...same result.

Anyone else having issues? 

Other Fermentables / Atomic Fireballs
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:45:17 AM »
I love these little candies and have had some great commerical and homebrew ciders/meads that highlighted the fireball taste.

I am planning on making a cider and then adding the atomic fireball candies (after stabilizing) to get that hot cinnamon flavor.  I'm curious if the fireballs add any sweetness to the cider, since it is stabilized and the sugar in them won't ferment out.  I don't want to backsweeten first in case they do then it becomes too sweet.

Has anyone tried this before?

I know Gordon Strong has a recipe online that has cinnamon oils, which I may use in the future, but I really want to try this route first.

I also have 5 gallons of wildflower mead fermenting right now that I may pull a gallon off of to run a test batch.

The Pub / Burlington woman charged with selling beer online
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:58:21 AM »
Thoughts on this?  Of course for these people to sell online, someone's has to be willing to pay the high price to buy it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Adding Super Kleer to Carbonated Keg
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:13:27 AM »
Can Super Kleer be used on a carbonated keg?  I have a Maibock that isn't clearing as well as I'd like after being in the keg for about 6 weeks and have a package of Super Kleer.

I did use gelatin when I kegged it and whirlfloc near the end of the boil.

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