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Beer Recipes / Re: First lager!!
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:19:30 AM »
So you let it settle overnight and then just rack to primary and ferment?

That's it.

Big +1 to jamils method.  Made my first lager (ok fest) and it turned out GREAT.  Clean and malty.

Not necessarily JZ's method. This is standard lager practice.

Blasphemy!!!  Don't you know Jamil is an omnipresent, immortal time traveler ( kinda like Q ) that invented beer?  I'd be careful or he will go back in time and spit in your first homebrew, infecting it and make you never want to brew again  ;D

I assumed it was some ancient chinese secret, but I learned of it first from Jamil, so I give him some credit. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: Pests in brew house/ Need storage suggestions!
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:25:04 PM »
Vittle Vaults.  They are probably thicker than the buckets, but either way, you have some pretty bad-ass mice.

Beer Recipes / Re: First lager!!
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:04:47 PM »
My first lager ( last January ) was a Munich Helles and I got a silver at NHC.  Your results may vary (i.e. Gold :) ).

Temp control, big yeast pitch, O2, and time/patience.  I also use a method that I heard from Jamil Zainasheff about letting the wort sit overnight at fermentation temp, transferring to another vessel, hitting it with O2 and pitch the yeast.  I was amazed at how much break material formed just overnight in the first carboy.  It is now a method I use with all my lagers.  I pitch cold ( 44 F ) and let it free rise to 50 F and hold it there. 

Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mold spots in bottom of air lock bottle.
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:24:45 AM »
I just had a similar experience.  I had a blow off tube on a pale ale with the tube sitting in a plastic jug with starsan.  Some of the blowoff ended up in the jug and mold formed on the top of the liquid.  No mold was evident in the blowoff tube or the beer when I kegged it last night.

So I'm sure it will be fine.

The Pub / Re: Global Bacon Shortage
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:08:29 AM »
This makes me want to cut myself:

What the hell would be the free toy?  :o

The Pub / Any hunters here?
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:41:40 AM »
I used to hunt growing up in VT.  This was back in the day when I'd get home from school and walk thru town into the woods carrying my 30-30, past an elementary school.  Boy times have changed.

I stopped hunting when I moved to NY in the early '90's, where you carry a gun for a totally different reason.  When I moved to NH, I just never hot back into it.

Luckily most of my family in VT still hunts so I have a supplier of venison, turkey, and they even got a moose this year.

The Pub / Re: Sandy vs. East Coasters
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:22:23 AM »
Thankfully Northern New England didn't get hit with this.  I had a lot of wind and rain, and lost power for about 26 hours. 

The devastation in NY, NJ, & CT was unbelievable.  Hope everyone is getting back to normal. 

The Pub / Re: Happy Birthday Ron!
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:19:42 AM »
Happy Birthday Ron!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg poppets
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:47:35 PM »
I do and I use a small screwdriver ( from a PC tool kit ) to help move the "feet" but not too hard.  Sometimes they just need a little nudge. 

I only take them out when I do a full cleaning and gasket replace...maybe once or twice a year.  Otherwise I just run cleaner through them with my keg washer.

If anyone is in the Portsmouth, NH area this weekend, Earth Eagle Brewing is having their taproom Grand Opening on Saturday, November 17 from noon - 4pm.  The brewery is located adjacent to A&G Homebrew Shop on 165 High Street.

Along with some traditional style beer (i.e. New England Gansta IPA ), they are specializing in gruits.  Having tasted a few from the homebrew version, they should do well.

If you are in the area, you should check them out.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:49:27 PM »
but the movie, the song, the coffee houses, the software co, etc. are in totally different lines of business that have, with the possible exception of the movie, nothing to do with beer.

not saying they did the right thing or handled it well but they did take an action when an action needed to be taken.

Except the SB Tavern, which you could say is in the same business ( as much as a homebrew shop and a brewery are ).  But then, maybe they're next.

Much like the Monster/Vermonster mess, they aren't really in the same line either, but they gave up the pursuit when they realized the PR nightmare that was brewing ( tee hee ).  I guess in the end the homebrew shop will "win", but the locals I'm sure will still call the brewery Strange Brewing.  I never stopped calling a concert venue in Southern MA "Great Woods" just because Verizon, Comcast, Fidelity, etc decided to change it's name.  I am however too young to call the Patriots stadium Shaefer Stadium but at least it's not CMGI anymore. 

Holy crap I'm rambling!!!

Preordered mine yesterday.  Now I can see what all this hops hub bub is about  ;)

The Pub / Re: Winter 2012
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:52:49 AM »
Well, if our recent weather patterns in the Mid-Atlantic Region(Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter last week) are an indication of what's to come....we're going to have rough winter.  :-\

Well last year in the Northeast we had Hurricane Irene and about 1.5 ft of snow on October 29th and it was the winter that never happened.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using Irish Moss
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:40:03 AM »
Good to know though they take longer than 5 minutes to dissolve.

Wow, you must have some tough Whirfloc!  When I add 1/2 tab it dissolves almost instantly.
I add mine at 10 minutes and I crush it with the back of a spoon before adding it.  And yes, it does fizz when you add it.  I always imagine I'm making some potion and this is the ingredient that goes "poof" and makes the skull and crossbones appear above the kettle like in the Bugs Bunny cartoons.  ;D

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