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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: December 31, 2015, 09:44:33 AM »
A few simple tips - and I use a lot of those already mentioned, such as bucket heater on a timer, but some very simple things that are so obvious:

Put the propane tank in a large laundry tub with a little water to keep it from freezing up in cold weather.

Consider using hop bags with drawstring closures held by small spring clips to attach to the kettle for easy removal and less hop matter to carry over into the fermenter.

Don't discard an old dishwasher tray or silverware holder when you are getting a new dishwasher - they  make an excellent tray/bin to dry things up off the ground and upright.

A wine de-gassing rod with flexible "fingers" can be used to aerate wort - it really works quick.

I had a simple 2X2 frame built and attached to the ceiling of my garage to store 9 empty kegs - essentially it is looks like a hashtag with a square frame around it and 1/4 inch plywood slats on the bottom of each section to make sliding the kegs in and out a breeze (I know that a picture would help, but I am not at home presently).

A simple periodic mopping out with some light bleach solution can keep your keezer smelling fresh and free of mold.  I have a dedicated long handle mop with "Sham Wow"-type wipes that I use to make the chore even easier.

Use a large desk calendar mounted to a wall in your brew area to track your brewing - it lets you check at a glance how long beers have been fermenting/what the brew calendar will be (if you plan ahead for events)/ and which beers are getting a bit long in the tooth in your keezer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Acid solution for Beerstone
« on: December 31, 2015, 09:23:23 AM »
Just wondering if anyone out there has a standard solution acid concentration for use in removing beerstone from brew kettles as mentioned by Drew Beechum on the most recent podcast?  Also, which type of acid do you use?

Any insight would be appreciated, as I have always done an overnight soak with PBW or Craftmeister in the past, but I understand the acid approach is quick and effortless.  I plan a New Year's Day brewery and keg cleaning and beer racking day.

Yea - really good stuff.  And I thought it looked like Drew had lost a lot of weight - glad to hear that it was an intentional thing - I was a bit afraid to say anything about it....

I look forward to more of your insights and to the taste test comparison results.  I will be using some acid on my kettle as a New Year's Day beer stone removal project - just wondering how strong it needs to be?  Any quick and easy suggested acid solution?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What to use S-33 for?
« on: December 22, 2015, 04:47:36 AM »
I tried it on an English Bitter on a lark - it tastes more like a saison to me. Highly phenolic for an English strain and super low flocculation, so I would think it is more in the wheat style for ales, but as always YMMV.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hoppy Irish Red - Ooops.
« on: December 21, 2015, 09:26:19 PM »
So many hoppy reds out there - I wouldn't sweat it, unless you have intentions to enter it....even then, I wouldn't sweat it.  I'd just enjoy it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinions on Homebrewing Equipment
« on: December 21, 2015, 09:18:51 PM »
I have equipment that I don't use and could sell, but I always think I may use it someday...usually, though I add things that help in some way.  Recently I added check valves on all CO2 QDC's to prevent any back flow on over filled kegs.  Not needed, but helpful as a precaution.  A new (my third) 60 liter fermenter, so I can dedicate 2 of them to lagers and the third to ales for my typical 10 gallon batches.  The new antimicrobial beer line as an upgrade since the old tubing is heavily discolored and I wanted to replace it anyway.  A new 1.75 gallon keg for those occasional larger than 10 gallon batches that exceed a growler in extra adds up, but still is way cheaper than my other hobbies of fishing, hunting and golf - and my wife loves that I am home on most Saturdays - to brew or do beer related stuff like cleaning things or racking beers.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hochkurz vs 150F - The 'play nice' thread
« on: December 11, 2015, 06:17:13 PM »
Anyone thirsty for some Pilsner?

raises his hand.

Both hands! 

I have a Helles and a schwarz waiting to be kegged next weekend for XMas Eve - 10 gallons of each, so I have some kegs to clear at a party next Friday night (a Vienna and a Czech pale lager - 10 gallons each - last year the first keg of Vienna blew in 15 minutes).  Can't wait to taste them!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Episode 3 - Experimental Brewing
« on: December 11, 2015, 06:08:37 PM »
I'm lucky to be near a good LHBS - very knowledgable folks (award winning homebrewers, one Seibel grad, and a few young guys who are pushing the envelope and keeping up with the trends).  They know me well enough now to order an extra sack of floor malted Weyermann's when they get one for somebody else - and they set it aside for my dibs before selling it to anybody else.

My wife looks at my brewing as a hobby that keeps me around the house and timing things well with an all grain brew day allows me to get a lot done and brew beer as I go.

No downturn that I see in my group of friends, but I don't measure their output closely, either.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: too much salt?
« on: December 11, 2015, 05:57:47 PM »
You can always try making a Gose....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: December 11, 2015, 05:56:39 PM »
I still have a handful to go through (Jeffy was all to accommodating with his and the commercial beers).  I sent some Midwestern brews knowing that mine may have had issues (blackberry sludge on bottling for example).  But I didn't kill him, so we're all good.  Don't worry about your brews - most guys (and Amanda) just enjoy the process!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Florida
« on: December 11, 2015, 05:53:01 PM »
Jeffy sent me Green Bench Sauvage and I have been saving it for a special occasion.  But maybe the holidays will present just such an opportunity with the family (some beer snobs among them).

I believe it is an outstanding beer - Brett with white wine must.  Knowing what I know about JEFF, my guess is ...merely fantastic for my flavor preferences.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 Kolsch Yeast-no activity
« on: December 10, 2015, 08:14:31 PM »
Ken, have you tried the Pure Pitch for 029?  I just picked up a pouch for use in a Gose.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Vorlaufing
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:03:22 PM »
Virtually every time - but I wonder why, frankly.  My initial runnings get pretty clear and I pour through a double mesh strainer to strain out grain, anyway....force of habit, I guess.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Episode 3 - Experimental Brewing
« on: December 09, 2015, 10:18:12 PM »
Enjoyed the podcast fellows!  Keep the good stuff coming.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Hochkurz vs 150F - The 'play nice' thread
« on: December 08, 2015, 07:48:30 PM »
With the Zymatic, it seems that you might simply make a larger beer and dilute it down to get a 5 gallon batch of a desired original gravity beer...would that be the basis for another experiment on efficiency-taste effect with the Zymatic?  I know that would be a factor for me in whether to go with a Zymatic or not, since my batches are typically larger than the Zymatic-sized batch....

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