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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: online stores and shipping
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:40:17 AM »
Austin Homebrew ships kits for free. Other stuff is $8 I think

This recently changed and is now a flat $6.99. Still a great deal.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:00:56 PM »
I get the timeout message when posting fairly regularly.  I just hit post again and it takes it though.

Happens to me too.

I also find that if the system logs me out, I can go to the regular AHA page, then hit the back button and it will log me back in.

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The Pub / Re: Three beers a day keeps the doctor away!
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:38:43 PM »
I've actually had 2 doctors tell me that 2 beers a day will benefit me. Of course they point out that if I skip a couple days I can't make them up all at once!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What can I do with a Mr Beer Kit?
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:08:21 PM »
I started on a Mr. Beer kit and though I haven't used it in years, I still have it. I kept the fermentor for making yeast starters, the bottles for test beers when checking for carbonation on a batch I can't wait to drink, and the instruction book when I need a laugh. The bottles are also handy when you goof and run out of glass bottle caps on bottling day or if you have less than 12 ounces left in the bottling bucket.
As far as the extract it came with, I'd say make a beer with them, but not what they were meant for. I'd say only half of those kits are worth drinking. I did make a fabulous vanilla honey wheat beer based off one if their kits once. They can make good beer.

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Zymurgy / Re: Read Zymurgy Online Problem
« on: December 28, 2013, 04:14:39 PM »
Try the compatibility mode with IE. That's worked for me.

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My blue Rubbermaid cooler turned into a mash tun. I fell in love with a model that has the drain in front instead of one of the ends.
After purchasing, I found the inner drainage channel to be very steep, making it difficult to use fittings to attach a valve. I found the drain to be an off-size that is a bit too big for 1/2" pipe and fittings. I could have returned it, but was determined to make it work. So after buying enough fittings and cpvc, copper, and stainless piping to fill a storage shelf, I found no other alternative to make it work and keep from leaking other than food grade silicone.
What started out as a project to have a nice looking functional mash tun, turned out to be a beat up siliconed disaster. It works fine now, but I could have saved a ton of money and time if I'd gone with a traditional and much cheaper setup.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 21, 2013, 06:56:16 AM »
When I login my info is correct, but I have to login everytime I visit the site. I always check the box to stay logged in forever, but it doesn't remember me anymore. My browser settings haven't changed. Minor annoyance, but otherwise love the site.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cloudy StarSan
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:49:13 AM »
I've had this same cloudiness clear up after a couple hours of sitting out. Sometimes my starsan mix will cloud up the second its mixed up to use.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Black Friday and cyber Monday
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:12:47 PM »
I have been watching this site.
www.homebrewfinds.com
They're doing a good job of posting sale info.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer's Bio: William Powers
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:01:44 AM »
Welcome to the forum! Good to see another Nebraskan on the site.

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Ingredients / Re: Raisin Addition
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:12:07 PM »
I'll take a swing...

Yes, you get lots of raisin and rum flavor in the final beer.

The rum leftover is also pretty wicked too.

Thanks Drew! I appreciate that your club posted the recipe on the site.
I ended up soaking the raisins in Crown Royal instead of rum (thought I had a bottle and didn't, so made due with what I like). It smelled amazing after being in the refrigerator about 2 days. I added the raisins to the boil, but held what little Crown didn't soak into the raisins for myself. That was the smoothest whiskey I've ever had! I normally don't drink my whiskey straight, but that was too good to dilute with anything including ice cubes. I'll keep brewing variations of this just to have the excuse to make the raisin soaked liqueur again!

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The Pub / Re: So I am out in the garage brewing today
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:00:24 PM »
It is November and we were having a wind free 60 degree bananna belt day

the boil is going I just finished skimming hot break off and I see this thing
that I thought was a spider dangling by my hat bill.....so I grabbed my hat
and swatted it down.....it was a HONEY BEE!.....I am thinking wow this is
so strange....so i picks her up and takes her outside (tactfully avoiding the
stinger that was being deployed in a futile attempt to snag me)  I set
her down and she disappears....I go back to the garage and then much
to my amazement I am visited by 5 -6 more honey bees.  They were detecting
the sugar fumes and there is NOTHING blooming for them to eat and the warm day
had them active.  It was way strange.  ???

I brewed on Sunday and fought little hornet-like bees all day. They were too big for a sweat bee, but smaller than the normal "mean" bees we get here in Nebraska. I had a little Crown Royal sitting out that had raisins soaking it in. Those bees came in with the smell of the mash, but when I brought out the Crown they were diving into what little of it I had. I was picking out drunk bees all day. Didn't bother me, just wanted that raisinized whiskey mix.

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Ingredients / Re: Raisin Addition
« on: November 07, 2013, 04:05:46 PM »
Bigchicken, I have a raisin oatmeal cookie amber recipe that doesn't use raisins and you would swear that it does. It came from bugeater in Omaha. I think he is on thebrewingnetwork forum. But if you want the recipe I can give it. This is one awesome beer.

Thanks! I will let you know on the recipe. It's too late for me to change much now with the grain bill. I had to order it a while back so what I've got is what I got. If I don't like my results, I'll get back to you for that recipe for the next attempt.

For my imperial porter fermented with WLP530 - I caramelized 1 pound of raisins ala Lost Abbey (torched them till blistered and smoldering) then pureed the batch with wort drawn from the kettle. The pulp went into the hop bag at 60 minutes.

The porter may mask the raisin flavor. Only time will tell.

I thought about doing this same procedure, but I'm worried it will put too much raisin flavor in the beer. I'm wondering if boiling them whole in a bag will produce enough flavor, though. I'm looking for the flavor without going overboard. I know I could have used some crystal malts that would give a raisin like flavor, but thought it would add the Christmas beer touch by having real ones. Too many decisions!

I'm also at a loss about soaking them in rum in the first place. If I don't add the rum back to the mix later, will anything really make it in for flavor boiling the raisins the whole boil?

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Ingredients / Raisin Addition
« on: November 06, 2013, 04:17:58 PM »
I'm getting ready to brew this weekend and plan to make an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie beer loosely based off the Maltose Falcons version here:
http://www.maltosefalcons.com/recipes/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-celebration-ale

According to this recipe, the raisins were added to a mesh bag and put into the boil. The raisins were rum soaked prior.
My questions with this are:
1. By boiling the raisins, will they add much flavor? I've read where caramelizing them or adding to a secondary can produce stronger flavors, but how much more flaovor?
2. Will any of the rum flavor make it into the beer if the raisins are just soaked in it? Would it be better to add the rum back in at flame out or at bottling?

I appreciate any feedback you all can provide on this.

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The Pub / Re: Gotta give props to My Beautiful Wife
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:38:30 PM »
That's a fantastic chicken. Fine specimen!
I like her work.

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