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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.)

Or find a local club.  There's frequently somebody that is willing to take a newbie under their wing and loan equipment to them, until they are so hooked on the hobby that purchasing equipment is more important than feeding the children.

Other Fermentables / Re: Could it be the honey?
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:16:16 PM »
Have you tried making mead without the fruit?  I can't really call myself a mead maker (haven't made enough batches to say), but going w/just the honey would give you a pretty good single variable test.  (I like my mead that way)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:12:12 PM »
... A four or five hour mash won't hurt anything ...

I thought that if you left it for that long you would loose some dextrines in favor of more fermentables?  If you are looking for a good session beer, it wouldn't be as good as if you were looking for a silver bullet.

That said, it could be accommodated for with the proper grain bill.  Most on this forum probably aren't using 100% 2-row so perhaps I should stop writing this & have another homebrew.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:56:04 AM »
So, before you drill wear Safety Glasses (no matter what), gloves, and long shirt/pants if you're really timid or into protection.

& ear plugs!

Ingredients / Re: Companion Plants for Hops
« on: June 08, 2010, 10:39:32 AM »
Just a few days ago I picked up some rhizomes that were being discounted since it's so late in the season.  When the package arrived I found that they included extra rhizomes.

I've already planted tomatoes @ the end of where I'm putting in the hops, so now I have some rhizomes sandwiched between tomato plants.

Since it's their first year, and they got a late start, I don't expect many flowers this year but hope to get good roots in for next year when I'll probably move the tomatoes down further.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mills
« on: June 06, 2010, 12:18:25 PM »
It depends on how hooked/wealthy you are.  I was going cheap.  Two years ago, I finally got a corona on eBay for $20 (had to wait a long time to get one that cheap) after loosing a few auctions.  A roller mill is better but will cost more.  You need to decide if you want to pay more for more quality.

If I had to do it again...I'd probably spend a little more to win the auction sooner.  I haven't made the jump to a good roller mill yet.  But the savings from buying whole bags of (uncrushed) grain pays for the mill pretty fast.

Someday I'll drop $100 into a roller mill that I can attach a motor to but for now I'm upgrading other parts of my system. :)

The Pub / Re: Post count went down?
« on: June 02, 2010, 11:14:14 AM »
I know it's not the other site I frequent - it's beyond that number. And no, I was not drinking heavily yesterday.
Outside of it being weird, the numbers don't matter to me.
I think Denny secretly nudges all our numbers down at random intervals so he can stay on top.  ;)

'Cause he's getting rich on the commissions?

Questions about the forum? / Re: Unread topics/replies disappearing?
« on: June 02, 2010, 10:35:18 AM »
There seems to be some Gremlin.  I just read everything in my "Unread Topics" posts, & when I went back to to the "Index" there were several that I hadn't read there (even after a refresh).  I'm also on firefox.

In looking at it closely.  I didn't finish everything "unread" last night, but the items that I didn't read then, do not appear when I go to the "unread topics" today even though they remain "unread" on the Index page.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Broken Hydrometer
« on: June 02, 2010, 10:23:09 AM »
For me it was finding a plastic one that worked best.  If I could only locate the link :(

All Things Food / Re: AMERICAN cuisine
« on: May 26, 2010, 11:18:08 AM »
Not zucchini, fettuccini, or bulger wheat,
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat.

Cheeseburger is paradise.
Heaven on earth with an onion slice.
Not too particular, not too precise.
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.

I like mine with lettuce and tomato,
Heinz Fifty-seven and French fried potatoes.
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer.
Well, good God Almighty, which way do I steer
For my cheeseburger in paradise.

All Things Food / Re: Dutch oven.
« on: May 26, 2010, 10:55:18 AM »
Deepsouth... you got a serious addiction to expensive cook gear dontcha??? Not that there's anything wrong with it.... just being observant.  ;)

my goal is for it to last more than my lifetime, so if that happens, i'll finish ahead i figure.

With that much cholesterol, you should be careful what you wish for!  ;D

Can I trust my sanitation for those three+ days?
Would you trust MY answer to this question? ???

I'd taste it and if it weren't sour, I'd use it.  But that's me.  If you'll sleep better Safale 05 is a good yeast.

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