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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling for Competitions?
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:16:52 PM »
When I bottle for comps, I use the Beergun and brand new bottles, and hit it with a little CO2 just before capping (very easy to do with the Beergun).

I'm not sure how well you can control with carb tabs, especially since you've already carbonated in the keg. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Starter: Step Up or Two Separate
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:24:51 PM »
In about 10 days, I am going to brew a doppelbock with an OG of  about 1.085.   I just purchased 2 packets of Wyeast 2124 that I was going to make a starter with.  I have a 2L flask and a stir plate that can handle that volume (i.e. it will not run a 5L flask) and I don't have time to brew another smaller beer and repitch the yeast.

I was on and see there is a new setting that Kai had developed.  After inputting required info, it looks like I would need to step up the starter a couple times (3 2L starters to be exact, although it's a little too close to the amount...I always like a little cushion) to get to the amount of yeast I need. Funny thing is with Kai's formula, if I only use 1 pack of yeast, the end result is almost the same, about 661B cells.

Now I have time to do this, but I noticed the first starter grows the cell count to about 352B cells.  Would it be possible to get a second 2L flask and do 2 separate yeast starters and combine them on brew day for a total of 700B cells instead of trying to grow up a starter with a couple other steps? 

It would definitely save time, and give me a little more insurance that there is enough yeast available.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sticky taps
« on: May 09, 2013, 11:07:03 AM »
I have Perlick forward seal taps, and squirt star san when done for the dayand use the Kleen plugs.

The really strange part of it all is after 20 years I'm starting to fit it. :o

But which part? ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Give this guy some beer
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:07:15 AM »
Target practice with a 30-30...pretty cool seeing them explode!

(and then recycle the cans of course)

Beer Recipes / Re: For my next stunt
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:47:29 AM »
Cool reply. Help me out on acronym CAP ?

Classic American Pilsner

(Bud = CrAP)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: i'm brewing a beer for a movie
« on: May 08, 2013, 06:01:51 AM »
As long as you wait until July 1st to brew it  ;)


Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:17:53 AM »
I've been happy with the Milwaukee ph600 el cheapo ph meter.  I had consistently hit my ph number each time, so I don't even bother checking anymore.   I still keep it around to test out Star San that's been left out to see if it's still good.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: May 06, 2013, 05:29:20 AM »
Anyone with young children will like this one:

The Pub / Re: You know you're a homebrewer if............
« on: May 06, 2013, 05:12:13 AM »
When you see this headline:

"NH sale features EKG of Armstrong's moon heartbeat"

and the first thing that comes to mind is East Kent Goldings.

The Pub / Re: Sam Adams Cans
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:17:33 PM »
I wouldn't call it rallying, but there are some who comment they will never drink a Sam Adams again because they went to cans. 

I'm can't wait for the days where canning is cost effective for homebrewers  ;D

I use this (probably not enough time to worry about making one before you brew):

The bag is the paint strainer bags from Home Depot.

The Pub / Sam Adams Cans
« on: May 03, 2013, 10:18:30 AM »
As we all most likely know, Sam Adams is not available in cans, that's right cans!  Sam Adams posted this on Facebook (I apologize to those who don't use it) and some of the comments are out there.  How do we educate these people or is it a lost cause?

Granted we are a little more versed on the craft beer scene, but people equating them to Budweiser because it's in a can is ridiculous. ::)  I wonder how many of these people drink Heady Topper (not available in bottles, but in cans )

Homebrew Clubs / Re: No East End Long Island Homebrew Clubs?
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:19:34 PM »
Wow...Worcester to Long Island.  How long before your accent reverts?  ;D

Good luck on finding/starting a club.  I'm a member of a club in Portsmouth, NH that was small when I started but is gaining every month.  There are homebrewers where you just may need to coax them out with some beer.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:53:39 AM »
I think Amanda should expect her region to fill up quickly next year if they decide to do it again. 

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