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The Pub / Re: Old Sayings - Cryptic Quotes
« on: March 02, 2010, 01:05:06 AM »
To Alcohol!  The cause of - and solution to - all of life's problems
Homer Simpson

Bitten by the brewer's horse
Old English slang for being drunk

If you drink don't drive.  Don't even putt.
Dean Martin

Without question, the greatest invention of in the history of mankind is beer.  Oh, I grant that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
Dave Barry

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bleach in bottles
« on: March 01, 2010, 05:38:11 AM »
What's your water's mineral levels like.

A rough guess would be the bleach changed you pH enough to precipitate out a bunch of material.

Probably dissolved bicarbonate that's now insoluble carbonate.  Over time, that will likely dissolve back into your beer, which is better buffered.  Will it impart flavor?  Possibly, but I'd wait & see (I wouldn't be afraid to drink it when it's ready).

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:51:13 AM »
I'll weigh in too:

I received the current issue last night in the mail.  I'm almost finished reading cover to cover.  For that purpose I prefer paper.  Even if it were distributed in PDF, I'd print it out to read it.

Over time I had a stack of 15 year old magazines, my beloved determined that they had to go to the recycling station.  For clutter sake I concurred.  Now my problem is I have an online index of articles that I've recycled.

If the PDFs were in a "members only" section, I could reference articles without having to store the library in my brewshack.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oops - Skipped my diacetyl rest. Now what?
« on: February 24, 2010, 08:23:49 PM »
I don't have enough Kolsch experience to really say, but I think I agree w/your approach of slowly dropping to 32° and waiting longer for it.

The Pub / Re: Petsmart now offering 3 Guinea Pigs for the Price of ONE!
« on: February 24, 2010, 04:59:11 PM »
Do Guinea pigs go in the boil, or do you have to MASH them first?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First lager attempt
« on: February 24, 2010, 05:53:38 AM »
I'd expect too big a temperature fluctuation outdoors.  But, I don't live where you do.  My experience has been that at some point, it'll get warm, then when it gets cold again, you won't get much yeast activity.  Do you feel lucky?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Campden Addtions
« on: February 22, 2010, 10:55:01 AM »
Municipal water with chloramine added will be above neutral pH, w/mostly monochloramine.  Added sulfur dioxide combines w/water to form some sulfurous acid that reacts w/monochoramine to produce ammonium, chloride, hydrogen, and sulfate ions in your solution.

SO2 + H2O --> H2SO3,

H2SO3 + NH2Cl + H2O --> NH4+ + Cl- + 2H+ + SO4-

Drinking water is supposed to be less than 4 ppm chloramine, so it looks like you are in the ballpark.

The Pub / Re: OxyClean your thermos
« on: February 20, 2010, 11:28:29 AM »
I started noticing a weird film in my coffee cups when the coffee was poured from my thermos.  Its been several years since I really gave it a good cleaning.  I decided to clean w/ OxyClean.  Oh my, what a disgusting mess.  After an overnight soaking, the Oxy water looked like cola and the black flakes just kept comin- rinse after rinse.  The "flakes" looked like black, soggy corn flakes.  I had to OxyClean a second time as the flakes just kept comin.  After the second soak (24 hrs this time), it just took a few rinsings and the inside is spotless.

I know many of you will come on a tell how spotless you keep your thermos, but I'm betting some of you will find the same disgusting mess that I did.  Soooooo- hit your thermos w/ OxyClean and tell us how it went.
Maybe a sanitizer chaser.  I usually bleach (Clorox Clean Up) my percolator when the color gets too dark.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: leaky keg top
« on: February 20, 2010, 10:47:32 AM »

In a pinch, I've also used Vasoline, cherry chapstick, and hemoriod cream.
on the keg... right?

50 degrees here in CO. I decided to take the day off work to brew. It's nice to have a cool boss! 10 gal of brown Porter today, 5 gal IIPA this weekend!

It's only supposed to get to 70° here, but I'm stuck inside.  Brewing my standard APA, and hopefully starting my yeast ranch.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Re-using commercial pry-off bottles
« on: February 11, 2010, 03:16:42 PM »
I use the Sam Adams all of the time.  I prefer the amber to the green.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Visual cues to fermentation progress
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:18:06 PM »
Yeah a hydrometer! They are cheap!!!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Shops Plus and Minus
« on: February 09, 2010, 12:28:24 AM »
Supplies that are on hand, so I brew today rather than waiting for the mail.
Someone to bounce ideas off of/get advice from.
No shipping charges!

When business is slow and supplies get older than they should (bugs in grain, old slow yeast, etc.).
Smaller inventory, not stocking some things I might want.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 08, 2010, 01:01:22 PM »
El Nino!  >:(

For those of you who don't habla espanol, El Nino is Spanish for: The Nino

Not Snowmegeddon?

Time to go camping @ Valley Forge!

Other Fermentables / Re: Bentonite Source?
« on: February 05, 2010, 11:37:23 AM »

I would think twice about using kitty litter as a clarifier!  ;D  If you do; you might want to get fresh unscented kitty litter! Just kidding! ;)

Or I might get "skunky" wine? :D

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