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The Pub / Re: Fantastic Amazon Sale
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:10:11 AM »
I too have the DVD collection but I'm not sure I need the Blurays but that is a great price.  Now if I could just get TNG and Voyager complete series at a price like this.

And yes, I like TNG and Voyager better that TOS.  (I know...tomatoes

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Why do YOU keg?
« on: April 04, 2013, 07:01:22 AM »
1. Time.  It is much easier kegging than bottling and takes less time.
2. Cleaning is easy.  Homemade keg cleaner (bucket, pump, line and disconnects).  Stick it on and let it rip.  Also clean lines with gadget featured on AHA site.
3.  Easier to store 30 gallons (6 kegs current ) than a bunch of bottles
4.  Cleaner product, especially since I like to brew a lot of lagers.  No sediment in keg after first couple pints, unlike bottles which have sediment in each
5.  Looks cool  8)
6.  And Amanda's reason to pull exactly how much I want...sometimes just a small glass, others a liter or two  :o

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lid on partially?
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:40:15 PM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lid on partially?
« on: April 03, 2013, 07:11:40 AM »
What is ROT? Sorry, I'm new to all of this.

FWIW, ROT was a new one for me too.  LOL ROTFL RDWHAHB  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Lagers
« on: April 03, 2013, 06:22:54 AM »
Which means that the Maibock that I had intended on lagering until May is on tap right now... this is dangerous.

That's're just following the trend of all those commercial brewers out there.  Octoberfest and Harvest Ales in July, Summer Ales in March, Maibock in April... ;D

I love lagers...have a German Pils and Munich Helles on tap right now.  Hope to get a Czech Pils and Schwarzbier done this year, along with Marzen in July (brewed in July not on tap  ;) )


All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpooling
« on: April 03, 2013, 06:15:13 AM »
I just got a new pump and Jamil's Whirlpool chiller and plan to test it out in a "dry" run this weekend using just water (no brew plans yet).  Once I use it on a brew day, I'll let you know how it works.

Congrats Fred and Justin!!!

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:36:57 AM »
Wow...the optimism is overwhelming. 

However, It's going to be a loooooooong season for the Phils.

Sorry...I should have put a few of these  ::) ::) ;) ::) ;) in.  ;)

Most sports writers in Boston and New York have the Sox and Yankees finishing 4th and 5th in the division (some homers are picking 3rd).  It's going to be a battle for the basement.

The Pub / Baseball 2013
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:48:03 AM »
Red Sox beating the Yankees 4-0 after 2 innings!!!

World Series, here we come!  ;)

Events / Re: NHC seminars
« on: March 28, 2013, 06:04:01 AM »
Not really fair to the one's that paid full price.  However, Michael and Berniece are always around and I'm sure are willing to chat with anyone about mead and chocolate.

Also, the seminar will most likely be recorded and be made available.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New to Lagering
« on: March 28, 2013, 05:55:52 AM »
1.  No...I actually pitch at 45 and let it free rise to 50 and hold there. 
2.  All my lagers are started at 45 and held at 50.  I ferment my alts at a colder temps, not 45-50 low but around 60F
3.  I have found that diacetyl is minimized when pitching lower and free rising up and holding at 50F.  I may jump it up the about 55F at the end just because I can ( temp controlled chest freezer ) but I'm not sure it's necessary.

Once you've done your first lager, you'll see it's not much different than other beer you've brewed.  Lower temp control and longer aging (lagering) time are really the main differences.

Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't clean fermenter
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:44:46 AM »
A several day soak of Oxyclean has always cleaned my better bottles.  Have you tried using warm water with Oxyclean, around 120F.  It's not hot enough to warp the BB but may work better with soaking.  Eventually it will cool but you should get a good few hours at warmer temperatures.

You could also stick a wash cloth in there with some warm oxyclean/pbw solution and shake the hell out of it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Connundrum
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:40:48 AM »
If you are brewing lagers anyways, I'd stick with RO.  My water is pretty good brewing water but for my lagers, I find it easier to just build from distilled.

Wow...that's a lot of sodium in there.  I think mine is 18.

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