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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: August 31, 2010, 08:13:27 PM »
So storing them overnight in the freezer should not cause any issues if they are still wet? I can dry them when I get home, but I am still about 3hours away.

I would expect freezing might make them mushy.  I'd just make sure that I fluffed them and got them enough air to keep 'em from molding.  But, I'm in a dry climate where I don't have too much problem.

Do you have more than one batch's worth?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: It begins....
« on: August 31, 2010, 07:59:46 PM »
I hate it when beer foam shoots out the hole in the top.

The Pub / Re: fak i need sleep
« on: August 31, 2010, 07:57:53 PM »
Internet! Is that thing still around?

Or his mobile brew trailer.

Living the dream he the dream.

Gotta +1 here.
Although with the $ printer it probably wouldn't be a dream any more. ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Room Temp
« on: August 29, 2010, 03:19:51 PM »
If it were me I'd surrender to nature - lagers in winter, ales in summer.  Otherwise, a kerosene heater is the best I can recommend for the cold months.

Ingredients / Re: Long Cascade hops
« on: August 28, 2010, 01:43:39 PM »
We had an unusually cool summer here in No. CA.  With that, I was able to keep them from drying out at all.  Usually I have trouble when I leave for vacation & count on the kids to do the watering.  This year has been the best crop ever for the BrewArk 14oz (dry) of Cascade and 4oz Magnum plus a few Saaz for aroma.

As far as the "long" Cascade goes they were I'd guess 5% of the crop.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Accidentally Mixed Star-San & OxyClean
« on: August 28, 2010, 01:07:41 PM »
Hey guys,

I had some Star-San solution sitting in my keg while I wait until my beer is ready to keg and I accidentally poured about 2-3 gallons of OxyClean solution into it thinking it was Star-San solution (I have a 10 gallon keg).  Is my Star-San completely ruined and can I not count on it to sanitize my beer line in 1-2 weeks when I plan to keg my beer?

More importantly, is it dangerous to leave the Star-San and OxyClean combination in my 304 Stainless Steel keg for more than a few hours?

Thanks so much for your help.


IMHO you are screwed.  You've diluted the Star San so it's efficacy can't be counted on.  And, you've added something that'll need to be rinsed.  I'd say throw it out & start over. :(


All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: August 28, 2010, 12:55:46 PM »
It does NOT matter as long as it is

are you ready????


Beer Travel / Re: Boston
« on: August 26, 2010, 09:40:55 AM »
One of my favorite quotes (I just wish I could remember who said it!):

I've just returned from Boston.  It seems the thing to do when you find yourself up there.

Ingredients / Re: Long Cascade hops
« on: August 26, 2010, 09:24:34 AM »
Wow, that is amazing!!  I'm still waiting for my cascade to be ready for picking.  I've never seen any that long.

I can't count the times I've heard that. :)

Other Fermentables / Re: Mead and Potassium Hydroxide (KOH)
« on: August 26, 2010, 09:14:01 AM »
You don't want to add KOH without checking the pH first.  When you do add it, add it in small doses and monitor your pH while you do.  The potassium is beneficial to live yeast but will not help dead ones.  I'd lean towards the carbonate myself.  It would change the pH more slowly.  There is potassium in the Fermaid if you are adding that, so you may not need to add either of these to get a good mead.


Ingredients / Re: Leaf growing out of a hop cone
« on: August 22, 2010, 10:15:43 PM »
I've never seen this before with my home grown hops.  Is this okay to use?  The leafs are coming out from inside the cone.

Depends on how you're gone use 'em.  Roll 'em & smoke 'em, or make beer out of them.

But seriously, I've always pulled the stems out and used them normally.

The Pub / Re: Only 79 Liters Per Person?
« on: August 21, 2010, 02:35:18 PM »
I know they are not counting my homebrews in that average!

The Pub / Re: Home Brewing Limit
« on: August 19, 2010, 01:34:25 PM »
  The way law enforcement works is if you brought enough attention to yourself, say by getting caught selling some, your bank/debit/credit transactions would be subpoenaed along with the records of the suppliers you were found to be doing business with. You don't have to be caught with over 200 gals on hand, they just have to prove you bought enough ingredients to produce that much.

  So, you bought 5000 lbs of malt and 50 lbs of hops to make 200 gals?

Works for me!  Which yeast goes with that?

All Grain Brewing / Re: New toy
« on: August 19, 2010, 01:26:09 PM »

1.  It's used, and I don't know what it was used for.  How do I avoid poisoning myself?  I was thinking about getting it electro-polished and passivated.  Is that overkill?(unless it was storing plutonium, it's probably overkill)  Is there another way? (I'd say an S.O.S pad followed by a few days in the air to self passivate)

AVOID THE SOS PAD... the steel wool will deposit some trace iron on the wall of the kettle and allow rust to develop... so the SOS pad will do just the opposite of passivating!  Instead use a green scrubbie, or some sand paper.  Just don't use iron based scrubbing device!

Duh!  I knew that.  What was I "thinking". ???  That's why I have the ss scrubbie.

Guess I shouldn't be on the board at that time of morning!  I'll have to give 'em their money back.

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