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Equipment and Software / Re: Cooler Warping
« on: October 04, 2010, 12:53:22 PM »
I have a red Igloo that is warped.
I have a blue Coleman that is not warped.

It has to be the exterior color right?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old Newark Ale Yeast
« on: October 04, 2010, 11:34:50 AM »
Yeah, East Coast Yeast.  That guy really needs to get a website together - even the facebook page seems to be gone  :-\

For sure.  Nobody from the "Brewark" is going to drive from the left coast to the least coast for it.

The Pub / Re: Does every state poke sport at the state to the south?
« on: October 01, 2010, 11:07:44 AM »
I live in Wisconsin and we poke fun at Illinois.  They are called FIBs.  With that said I would have to say that it is true  :P
Although, we do refer to Upper Michigan as Yoopers.

I was visiting relatives in Wisconsin.  Last Sunday, we stopped at the Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.  There I learned that FIB stood for "Fellow Illinois Brethren". ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from a n00b brewer
« on: September 30, 2010, 09:59:18 AM »
I like the idea of brewing the kits and perfecting your techniques.  You should be fine adding water to volume to hit your gravity.  I'd recommend stirring the wort with a sanitized spoon (your primary is a plastic bucket right?) and taking a sample just to verify the gravity.  One watch out is to measure at a consistent on the temperature,  The warmer the wort the thinner it is (or lower the gravity). 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gluten Free Beer
« on: September 30, 2010, 09:38:40 AM »


I'll post back in a few weeks with a review.

Looking forward to that.  I've committed to brewing a gluten free beer for the office Christmas party and am considering what spices to add, and what special flavors will already be present.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature and yeasts
« on: September 29, 2010, 08:04:00 PM »
Is there a cooler space in the basement, say on the floor near an exterior wall?  You might find something that would carry you through 'till the temps drop.  Otherwise make wine - it likes to ferment at that temp.

The Pub / Re: 2010 Joke of the Year
« on: September 28, 2010, 01:52:09 PM »
It's not like we've gone to dirty limericks..... yet.

I don't think AHA has banned anyone yet - I have plenty of jokes that could make me the first.
We all have different thresholds, different lines, different filters, let's all just have a homebrew.

Oooooo, dirty limericks.  "There once was a man from Nantucket..."

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Taking longer to carbonate
« on: September 13, 2010, 10:43:48 PM »
The time you are taking to cap isn't the issue.  It is more likely fermentation temperature & how long you are in secondary that is affecting the yeast activity in the bottle.  The better you can control your fermentation temperature the more consistent you'll be between batches.  If you've increased the amount of time you are in secondary that could leave you with less yeast activity too.

The Pub / Re: Where are you?
« on: September 13, 2010, 10:07:44 PM »
Did it work?

My location is NOT a commentary on how exciting it is in Oregon, but actually the name of my town.

I've been there - It's both ;)

Ingredients / Re: Growing Hops Next to Siding - Any chance for damage?
« on: September 09, 2010, 03:50:15 PM »
Hops die off every year.  I'd recommend strings.  They are much easier to take down in the late fall.  When the plant dies back, you can just cut & discard the twine instead of unwinding the bine off the trellis.  I have a sidewalk next to the house & plant the hops next to that and string them up to the roof from there.  You want them far enough away from the side of the house to get some air movement even after they fill in.  I'd say 3-4 feet minimum.

Most people I know have had the best luck (highest yield) with Cascade.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning immersion chillers
« on: September 06, 2010, 05:07:00 PM »
Is it even necessary to clean a copper IC with PBW?  What is PBW getting off your IC that you're concerned about having in your brew kettle?  Is it the oxidation layer?

After use, I simply rinse the IC off with water.  It tends to take on a mottled greyish-coppery color during storage.

On the next brew day, I hook up the IC  to the garden hose.  I rinse the IC with the water that flows out of the output end (to get the dust off of the IC).  The IC gets placed in the boil kettle for the last 15 minutes of the boil--it gets shiny copper colored due to the acidity of the wort.  I don't notice a greenish residue during storage.

Any problems doing it this way?  

I wouldn't think so.  Unless, you have something in your storage area that rinsing won't remove.  I use a counter-flow, so I like to clean it pretty good before storing it, then prior to use I rinse, and then follow by running hot wort through (that I return to the boil) for sanitizing.


Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning immersion chillers
« on: September 06, 2010, 04:44:21 PM »
PBW is a cleaner, not a sanitizer.  After cleaning, you put the immersion chiller into boiling wort to sanitize it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Inventory via Input by Barcode
« on: September 04, 2010, 08:04:03 AM »
If you just drink them all you won't need to keep track of how many are left ;D

A few years ago my wife came home from work and asked me "How many beers have you had?"  I came up with the often repeated phrase "I don't count them, I just drink them!"

The Pub / Re: fak i need sleep
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:17:30 PM »
I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Harvestmoon
« on: September 02, 2010, 02:00:31 PM »
Think I'll give it a miss!

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