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The Pub / Re: "The Denny Level"
« on: August 05, 2010, 11:14:00 AM »
Woohoo...I'm a brewer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 21 A's "Back in black"
« on: August 05, 2010, 08:38:16 AM »
Funny you should ask...just got this on Google alert today ( although I think you are in WA State )

I haven't had it yet, but I think it is available in Mass.  Just haven't made the trip yet.

Beer Recipes / Re: Christmas beer recipe for friends
« on: August 05, 2010, 05:37:31 AM »
How about an Old Fezewig Clone?

This is my favorite Christmas time beer.  Too bad they don't sell it in 6 packs.

The Pub / The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 05, 2010, 05:35:33 AM »
Hope this is allowed here, but WOW...what a response the email from Gary got about removing techtalk.  Some of the posts in yesterdays email were entertaining and some annoying ( like the constant plugging of ).

I understand the issues some people have with losing this, but since the forum started I barely skimmed the topics on tech talk since I could get an almost immediate answer from the forum.  I also like the back and forth conversation in case something wasn't clear and I didn't have to wait another day to find out the answer.

And I don't agree with the posts about making the forum available to paying members only.  I would guess that any serious homebrewer on the forum would sign up for a membership when they realize what the AHA has to offer.  I would hate to turn away someone who is looking to get into homebrewing because they'd have to pay up front to get the information they need.  This is what makes the Brewing Network and Basic Brewing Radio/Video such great resources.  They provide their content for free but you can support them if you feel the information warrants it. ( Corporal in the BN Army ).  Just like I support the AHA with my membership.

Just my take on it...opinions may very of course.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Serving Lager from Bright "Keg"
« on: August 04, 2010, 07:35:58 AM »
You could cut off an inch of the diptube and make that a bright tank.  That way when you serve, all the yeast should be below the dip tube level.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Question
« on: August 03, 2010, 12:05:45 PM »
...except that I give the mash a stir halfway through the mash to mitigate any localized gelatinization of sugars. YMMV

I always forget to do this...gotta stop drinking before I brew :)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Good Source for Plastic Washers ?
« on: August 03, 2010, 12:03:28 PM »
I don't know specifically, but I bet you can find them here:

These guys seem to have everything.  Maybe someone can chime in with a part number.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Question
« on: August 03, 2010, 10:46:50 AM »
Yes.  Otherwise you'll end up with hot spots or dough balls.  I add water, grain, stir.  Add more water, the rest of the grain, stir.  Then I add the remaining water, stir and then take the temperature and adjust accordingly ( hot water if too low, cold water if too high ).  I find with my setup ( 70 qt rect. Coleman cooler ) it takes a good 5 minutes or so for the temperature to stabilize. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: homebrew shop
« on: August 03, 2010, 08:03:32 AM »
Just make sure you stock White Labs yeast...can't find it anywhere around the Derry area and have to have it shipped in ( not the best circumstances in the summer ). 

Keep us informed about the opening...I'll make a trip out to Keene to check it out...although I have to honestly say it will be too far for me for my regular shop.

Good luck.

The Pub / Re: "The Denny Level"
« on: August 03, 2010, 05:11:53 AM »
Denny level = ∞

The Pub / Star San for treating Powdery Mildew
« on: August 02, 2010, 09:14:41 AM »
Last night I was watering my pumpkins and noticed a white, powdery substance on my pumpkin leaves. I'm assuming it's powdery mildew since it's been pretty humid here lately. I was reading up on it and see that some people spray them with a milk/water solution because the low ph of milk kills the mildew.

So I was wondering if Star San would be a good solution to this because of it's low PH? Anyone use Star San on their plants to control this stuff? I know some will pour their spent Star San on their flowers as a fertilizer, but I'm not sure if 12ppm Star San is harmful.

I had a spray bottle of SS so I sprayed a couple plants this morning to see what would happen.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: July 30, 2010, 07:38:17 AM »
welcome to the Dark side...
I'll second that!!

Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest!
« on: July 30, 2010, 05:43:54 AM »
Did mine last Saturday.  Even though it's an ale version, it's going to ferment for 3 weeks then lager in the keg for a minimum of 2 month, which puts it right around the beginning of October ( although I may try a pint in September at the beginning of Octoberfest ).

The Pub / Re: Yet another World's strongest beer 60% ABV
« on: July 29, 2010, 12:09:18 PM »
Thank God it's not packaged in a dead animal!
I heard they wanted to package it in live animals, but they could get them to hold still long enough.

I thought Brew Dog's marketing gimmick was a riot.

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