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Beer Travel / Re: Road trip! (Beer in KS, CO, UT, CA, NV)
« on: July 30, 2010, 10:03:35 AM »
In CA check out Beverages & More.  They should stock the Maui Coconut Porter in four packs of cans.  MMMMM!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Longest Brewday? Latest Brewday?
« on: July 29, 2010, 01:15:16 PM »
Great thread, had to share w/SWMBO to show how efficient I am. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Some Brewing Questions
« on: July 28, 2010, 02:50:43 PM »
I've been hanging around a brewer at a brewery lately, and he's been helping me a lot. But I still have some questions about things he's told me, and just some general questions.

1) He said he ferments his ale's at 32F, so that when you pour the beer and the people drink it at higher then 32F you don't get precipitation. I'm trying to figure out how to clarify my beer, and I know I can use..."something"...I can't  recall the name of the product you can use in the kettle to coagulate the proteins so they sink to the bottom.
That's awfully cold for fermentation.  Maybe after fermentation he might store it that cold to get precipitation before bottling.  There are multiple things to add to aid clarification.  Try some Irish Moss at the end of your boil.

2) If you are making a 5 gallon batch of beer, how to you calculate how much water you should use? Or do you just start with 2 gallons, boil your wort, then add cool water to the wort until it reaches desired gravity/Plato? Where can I find a Plato meter to purchase online? It's generally preferred to put as much of your water in the boil as possible.  I loose about a gallon/hr so 6 gallons in the kettle for 5 in the fermenter.  While you're starting out, stick to gravity (remember it changes with temperature).

3) Plato vs. Gravity. Which is better, I'm told Plato is more like working with metric (ie: C), it is more precise then gravity. Again stick with gravity.  On the net there's plenty to read about Plato - & that'll be what he uses in a brewery, but at home, it's much simpler to take a gravity.

4) How do I control the thickness of the head on the beer? I'm finding my beer's carbonation has big, round bubbles, and I would like finer bubbles, and a thicker head on the beer. How do I manipulate this? There are several discussions on foam/head retention, read up on those.  My advice is focus on cleanliness and temperature control.

...I think that's it for now ;)


Equipment and Software / Re: Counterflow chiller - slow throughput
« on: July 28, 2010, 01:24:53 PM »
How much of a height advantage do you have? I'd say you want the kettle 2-3' above the chiller and the chiller 2-3' above the fermenter to get decent flow.
I'd agree.  I think you need the height advantage.  How small is the tubing you're going through?  There's a limit to how much flow you can get just using gravity.

My old system has 1/4" tubing inside a garden hose and takes quite a while to move through the line but I consider that time to water the garden and to get some good aeration before pitching.  (I did drill my kettle, and for the price of a case of homebrew got a pretty darn good welding job on the valve)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Membership Levels?
« on: July 19, 2010, 10:03:23 AM »
Membership levels are like the hood ornament on a car.  To some people it's not important. To others it is.

I remember that AMC eventually put a hood ornament on the Pacer.   ;D

I plan on driving up to the OBF from CA.  While staying w/friends in Salem, we are hoping to get to Rogue's farm (about half way down):

Maybe we'll see you there. :)

The Pub / Re: Martini's
« on: July 05, 2010, 11:52:45 AM »
Two oz (cold) Bombay Sapphire.  Wave the vermouth bottle over the top.  Add an olive or two.

That is a Martini!

Mine don't all ripen at the same time.  I pick by hand, that's largely because I enjoy standing on a ladder, doing it.  It couldn't be done on a large scale that way.  But the advantage is that I can dry/use some while the others are still developing.

Ingredients / Re: Wavelengths of light that lead to skunking?
« on: July 03, 2010, 09:06:06 AM »
...The reason I ask is if it's only certain wavelengths, this might be another reason to consider LED lighting for reach-in coolers...more energy efficient, less heat output, and the possibility to select LEDs that lack the offending wavelengths.

Sounds like you need a patent attorney!  Great idea.

I got a bit of a clarification today.  It seems to have something to do with the judging being in a public area.  Beyond that, I dunno.

Close the door, make it "private"!

I can't understand, the supreme court can "reinterpret" the constitution, so that the politicians can do whatever is popular, but when a silly oversight is found in a complex "law", we are helpless to act as adults.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing outside.
« on: July 03, 2010, 08:43:11 AM »
When I die, I hope it's drowning in beer!  But I recommend dumping THAT batch.

One insect shouldn't be a problem.

All Grain Brewing / Re: My water is a changing...
« on: July 03, 2010, 08:20:43 AM »
My local water treatment facility has just announced that they are starting to adding phosphate ... 

Just love the hypocrisy of the government mandating that private enterprise remove phosphates from their products then adds it to the water they are trying to clean up.  It's like the air pollution people demanding that disinfecting sprays remove alcohol from their products to clean the air.  I'd rather see fewer diesels on the road & have my disinfectants disinfect!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging beer and hot summer days.
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:38:34 PM »
Before I got a beer fridge, I used the crawl space under the house (no basements here in No. CA).  That was better than the garage but probably not 55°.  For me, it isn't that big a problem because I consume most of my beers by myself and I am rather forgiving of myself (especially after the third homebrew).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew house temps
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:32:04 PM »
I so love living in No. CA.  I brewed in the morning (in mid 70's w/no appreciable humidity) then drank in the afternoon.  Maybe I'll wash the car this evening.

The yeast are doing all the work, just bubbling away.

If we could get the government to get out of our lives, I think I'd be in heaven.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Shoes?
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:25:40 PM »
It has been suggested to use those plastic milk crates or carboy haulers to transfer carboys to reduce one's risk of injury.

+1 (but I use the milk crate w/rope through the sides for handles.)

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