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The Pub / Re: Sleep and awakeness
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:08:08 AM »
I don't have oat sodas on "school" nights.
I run 3 miles just about every day.
I have a very active job; I'm constantly moving/lifting/carrying heavy things for 12+ hours a day.
I have a little sleepy time tea at night.
I sleep and wake pretty well.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How careful are you?
« on: February 02, 2012, 12:53:33 AM »
I'm pretty easy going on brew day. i do take pretty good notes i can look back on. however, I am also refining my process a little for the jump to all grain in the spring. I like trying something different just about every time, mostly because I read about a new hop I want to play with. if I like the beer, I give to my friends. if I'm not crazy about I keep it to myself. half the fun for me is just putting stuff together in the kettle and seeing what comes out of the bottle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 2/3 Edition
« on: February 01, 2012, 10:03:28 PM »
I didn't have anything planned for this weekend but found myself itching to brew on the way to the fox lot this morning. I have some amarillo and simcoe I should use up.

The Pub / alabama shakes
« on: January 30, 2012, 03:41:08 AM »
nothing beer related.  sorry.

I've listened to this set maybe 50 times over the last several days.  they rock.  small new band.  discovered thanks to npr.

i missed them in la because i was at a wilco show.  if they are coming to your city and you like to rock, see them please.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermenter beer loss
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:47:07 PM »
that's about what i was thinking.

thanks denny!

General Homebrew Discussion / fermenter beer loss
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:37:22 PM »
so today i am calibrating my new kettle(various water levels to the quarter gallon and boil off tests) in preparation of brewing in the morning. 

anyway, to the point.  i'm going to be refining my new system pieces over the next few weeks.  however, i wanted to get some opinions/thoughts on how much beer people are losing for 5 gallon batches after fermenting.

i thought i would start with half a gallon and see where i am after a couple brews.

so, how much are you fellas and ladies leaving behind in the fermenter after bottling a 5 gallon batch with a siphon/racking cane?

thanks and cheers.


Saturday I will be bottling my second batch of the year, a wheat porter, and am working on a cenntenial pale ale recipe to brew sunday morning.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cheapest/best wort chilling device.
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:29:27 PM »
I built a second, slightly smaller chiller. I put it in a bucket of water and in the freezer the night before a brew day. after brewing, I use the first chiller normally until I'm down to about 80-90. I then add the prechiller in line(between the hose and the first chiller in the kettle) and am down to great pitching temps in no time.

General Homebrew Discussion / hop bag vs. hop spider vs. free hop pellets
« on: January 20, 2012, 07:13:06 PM »
in a lot of my recent readings(across the entire interwebs), it seems that some people agree hop bags and spiders can contribute to lost hop utilization. others report no decreased utilization.

how are you fellas using your hop pellets and what are your feelings with these methods?

I haven't been able to find any sort of way to calculate any lost hop utilization so I'm wondering how this lost utilization is taken into account. is it individual by palate perception? is the beer not tasting bitter enough? is the beer not smelling hoppy enough? or both?

I've used bags and have also just tossed pellets into the boil freely. I've been happy with both results. though I liked the bags because of the no hassle removal of hop matter from the wort.

I'm going to build a hop spider this weekend to give that a try and have just been thinking a lot about hops in general.

cheers and thanks!

bottling my first batch of the year, an all warrior ipa.

and reorganizing all my gear.

and reading more about all grain. will probably give it a try in the next couple of months as work allows.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottle conditioning
« on: January 07, 2012, 04:19:28 PM »
i agree with one month.  i'll usually test one about two weeks in but still wait another couple of weeks before full enjoyment.  i've actually brewed a few porters that were amazing after 6-8 weeks.  though the last couple of really hoppy stuff started losing the hop kicks after about 8 weeks or so.   

i'd just try one each week for a couple of weeks and see what you like.  if your palate is super happy after 2 two weeks or 8 weeks i don't think it really matters too much.  it's your beer.

Classifieds / Re: GABF tickets
« on: September 12, 2011, 10:33:50 PM »
the saturday afternoon tickets have been sold.  i still have the members only saturday night tickets.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: sunday night bottling
« on: September 12, 2011, 02:10:06 AM »
all things must pass.  sorry george.

Kegging and Bottling / sunday night bottling
« on: September 12, 2011, 02:06:32 AM »
i know lots of people keg because it's quick and simple.

i still bottle.  i'm prepping stuff now.  george harrison's all thing shall pass is spinning on the turntable.  i'm sipping a home brew(a wheat porter one been working on).  i'm smiling.  i'm enjoying.  call me crazy, but i like the bottling process.

that is all.

a wonderful week to you all, keep on brewing.

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