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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 11:23:02 AM »
I am in, subject to shipping.  I was asked at 4 different locations when I tried shipping to KC last year for NHC - probably because I didn't do the prepay thing and it was going to a brewery!

Is it going to be a blind draw or similar? I'd like to send something the recipient might like and not my garlic potato salad and knock wurst Porter with belgian saison yeast (kidding!  please don't make me brew that....)

Knowing ahead of time would allow an offer of a couple styles on hand....but Jim it is your choice AFAIAC.  I will abide.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 09, 2015, 11:14:03 AM »
So how many of you have been through the safety training and videos and still store your tanks inside?
Considering my dad was a fire chief in the local VFD and I used to work for the fire district on summer break, I've probably seen my fair share of safety videos and real world results.  I don't ever recall a fire resulting from a propane tank ignition and we live in the land of crawfish boils, so they're everywhere.  Not saying it's not possible, just that on the relative risk scale, it's not extremely high considering my storage location.  I consider my natural gas water heater a bigger risk and it's inside my house.

We have a natural gas furnace & water heater in the garage. Those are the source of my decision to not store tanks in the garage.  I've always assumed that they're a potential ignition point if I had a leaky propane tank in the garage. Have no idea how valid that assumption is but, what the hell, safety third.

I agree with you in that instance, as well.  I would not store any fuel source in my garage with an NG furnace or water heater in there, probably including my car, if there are pilot lights on them!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 04:50:43 AM »
Jim I'd love to do it, but shipping can be difficult.  I would love to know a shipper through whom I could ship reliably for these purposes.  Last year's NHC entries for me was an all day runaround trying to locate a shipper willing to do this.  I finally found one, but that place was a member of some kind of wine club, so they were tied to a special group or had some kind of special rights with a national operator.  Now that place is closed down, so I don't know where to ship from (I am in the far western suburbs of Chicago).  I don't want to lie about contents, like has been suggested by others regarding NHC entries in the past.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 09, 2015, 04:39:16 AM »
I stand right next to him and watch the scale.
The scale is in a little dark shed, I should memorize the tank tare and see where it is set.

Edit - I have a respect for gas and gas over liquid tanks under pressure. I worked in a setting where even though I did not use much of what was in our lab, we had to watch the safety training films. Safety rules are there for a reason. Stuff happens, the results can be bad news. It doesn't happen all the time, but the results can be very bad.

So how many of you have been through the safety training and videos and still store your tanks inside?

I will shut up now.

Son of a firefighter here.  Seen pretty much all of it on safety.  I am willing to bet that more houses burn down from Christmas trees each year than propane leak fires (of course most propane fires are caused by ignition from the operating device, rather than the tank leaking when disconnected).  I agree that we should be safe, just that storage of a propane tank and lawnmower gas, chainsaw gas and weed whacker gas in my gararage away from combustion sources is a reasonably safe practice IMHO.  And as always, reasonable minds may differ and I am okay with that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:20:16 PM »
I stand right next to him and watch the scale.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 08, 2015, 06:04:11 PM »
I store them year round in my garage, just like I do my car, which has a pretty combustible source itself.

Key is insurance coverage and off site storage of Beersmith files.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing during the drought
« on: April 02, 2015, 12:54:57 PM »
I am pretty sure that sanitized frozen water bottles have been mentioned here before, as well.  I don't know how well they hold up to boiling temps, but certainly they could be used somewhere along the chilling process...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Repitching Lager Yeast
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:47:07 PM »
So, it's not really overpitching that much is what I get. So if that is the case, it would be worth doing for no other reason than to see for myself if it works out. I think I'm going to do it with the Maibock. I'll report back with my findings in a couple of months.

Go for it and see for yourself.  I doubt that it will be a problem.  I just pointed out that the lagers can be a bit one-dimensional when overpitched, based on my experience; but like it was said, we aren't counting cells in any accurate manner, so who knows for certain?  Don't fear going in the direction of simplicity, but be perceptive of distinctions as you do.  I brewed the exact same lager recipe numerous times in a row to get a feel for many different things, including trying to appreciate yeast drift.  One strain seemed to have little to none (WLP800).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:29:41 PM »
Now I'm curious.  Was there a specific question you wanted to ask?
I want to know what melanoidins taste like. Denny won't tell us.

A list from Designing Great Beers, by Ray Daniels:
"Chocolate, Rye bread, Musty, Violets, Buttery, Burnt, Toasted, Fruity aromatic, Rose perfume, Rock candy, Caramel, Bready, maple syrup, Burnt protein, Sweet"

I'm a helper.  ;)
Perfect! Now I know. Thanks Steve

So it tastes pretty much like everything, eh?

I'm pretty sure that the burnt protein flavor was from a poor attempt at kettle caramelization!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in a Minute
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:24:46 PM »
What he failed to explain was the water adjustment - certainly the missing link in all of this!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Repitching Lager Yeast
« on: April 01, 2015, 04:40:23 AM »
I agree with Jonathon - practice good sanitation and follow a yeast calculator for pitch rate.  The most I ever repitched a yeast for lagers was somewhere in the mid 20's (i.e., 20 times re-used).  No sanitation related problems encountered.  Then again, some yeast just don't track that well beyond 4-5 repitches.

One thing I would do, though, is taste that beer coming off the primary to be sure that it is totally free from any off flavors before pitching the second batch onto the yeast cake.  And have a backup yeast ready (such as 34/70 sachets) just in case you need to use it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ask the Experts
« on: March 31, 2015, 05:35:33 PM »
Does color taste if you close your eyes?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 31, 2015, 03:10:37 PM »
If you brew enough and keep the pipeline full lagering a couple months is easy

You don't know my friends, Jim.  I would have to brew every week, 10 gallon batches to get firmly in the lead.  They got a good thing going...and I welcome it.  It has made me a better brewer to keep the lagers in the pipeline.  I am trying to get them to accept an ale or two now and then.

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Corrected - thanks Euge.  Damned iPad always goofs up for me on copying stuff....I know, it's my own dang fault.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 31, 2015, 11:20:38 AM »
Has anyone noticed that one the main AHA page there is a recipe for a Maerzen that specifies a decoction mash? It is by Dan Gordon, but he is a German trained brewer, so he has that baggage.  ;)

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/homebrew-recipe/dans-marzen/

Just had to point it out as this thread has been going on for a while.

that's more or less the same as my maerzen recipe minue the caramunich and the decoction.

I will agree to decoct, but not lager for 6 weeks - I follow the Brulosopher approach now - so I guess I'm entering the enlightenment period of my brewing.... :P

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