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The Pub / Re: fak i need sleep
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:55:56 PM »
What is really cruel is eating PLANTS.  They don't have a chance at all.  They are rooted to the ground & can't get away.  If we humans were at all sensitive, we'd stick to eating animals.  If they don't want to be eaten they at least can attempt to resist.

(How did this thread get so serious!)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast book now on sale - coupon code??
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:00:08 PM »
I had a problem using a coupon code to renew my membership and get the Compleat Mead Maker.  I also called and got it corrected and they (AHA customer service) were very helpful.  It turned out that the code is case sensative.

Mine went through ok.  I got my book, and just received my current Zymurgy that says it may be my last, and my expiration is for the end of the month.  I'm hoping that they "crossed in the mail" & I won't have to send in my receipt to show I've paid my dues. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Storing Fresh Hops
« on: August 31, 2010, 08:55:33 PM »
Water expands when it freezes.  The water in the plant cells can expand causing the cells to burst.  Ever freeze lettuce?  I think I'd try the fridge instead of the freezer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast book now on sale - coupon code??
« on: August 31, 2010, 08:36:11 PM »
Mine was dated the 18th.

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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?

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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.

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

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Or his mobile brew trailer.http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3407.0

Living the dream he is...living the dream.



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

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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.

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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.

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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.

/RyLO

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. :(

-Rick

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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????


BLUE
+1

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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.

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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. :)

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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.

-Rick

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