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Ingredients / Re: Just can't find the best hop trellis design.
« on: March 31, 2010, 10:31:30 AM »
I like this one: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/my-hop-trellis-design-99256/, but it may not solve your problem of having too much lateral intermingling unless you space them a lot.

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The Pub / Mosquitoes
« on: March 30, 2010, 11:08:49 AM »
This came from CEN March 15,2010:

"Finally, should you be inclined to down a pint on St. Patty's Day, try to avoid doing so in regions prone to malaria.  Opt for Ireland over a West African country such as Burkina Faso.  A recent study published in PLoS One finds that people who consume BEER are far more appealing to malaria-bearing mosquitoes than those who drink water (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009546).  The authors of the study believe that alcohol metabolism increases the breath and odor markers that attract mosquitoes.  Sláinte!"


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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Magazine?
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:27:52 AM »
Publishing Zymurgy's recipes in BeerXML and linking them from the website or forum (in both XML and rendered HTML) would be helpful in many ways, big and small.

+1

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Equipment and Software / Re: sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 01:49:57 PM »
...some fragrance and lotion free hand sanitizer

aka denatured ethanol.

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Equipment and Software / Re: sanitation
« on: March 25, 2010, 06:54:58 AM »
I agree and that's what I do but once an item is rinsed in sanitizer can you just handle it.  Is rinsing my hand in sanitizer enough?

Anything you touch w/your hand isn't sanitized.  You need to hold what ever it is somewhere that isn't going to contact the beer.  So - any tubing has to be handled downstream from where it will touch the beer - the racking cane from the top - the bottles from the outside - the hydrometer from the very tip top etc.

I like your idea of gloves,  once they are sanitary they should be good until they come in contact w/something you touch.

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I usually clean the keg w/PBW. Once you keg you almost never go back!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mystery yeast.
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:12:44 PM »
...No sense in throwing away good yeast.

Unless you don't know what kind it is  ::)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is it cheating?
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:34:36 PM »
If I brew my own beer.  Drink my own beer.  Don't enter competitions.  Am I still cheating?   ;)  Heck, this is 'merica,  we don't even have a Reinheitsgibberish.  If you take a short cut & use lactic acid is that different than using malt syrup instead of grain?

If someone is misrepresenting what they've done, they're cheating.  If they want to buy a commercial beer and put their own cap & label on it, and win a competition - enjoy the ribbon.  Hey, it's their eternal soul that'll pay the price not mine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Higher SG than OG?
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:00:18 PM »
How hot was the wort when you first measured it?  Hot liquids are thinner than cool ones.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water adjustments: Strike vs. Sparge
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:57:43 PM »
I'd put it in the strike water, provided that your water is ok to begin with.  If you have chloraminated water you might want to use a campden tablet in the water that you'll sparge with too.

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All Things Food / Re: Hard boiled eggs...what is your secret?
« on: March 22, 2010, 09:41:26 PM »
Don't boil the eggs in beer.  Drink the beer.  Drink more beer, forget about the eggs.

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The Pub / Re: Odd Ways You Never Thought to Make Money
« on: March 19, 2010, 11:29:54 AM »
I hope to finally get started on a book I've been talking to Brewers Publications about.

It's about time.   ;)

I'd say. Let me know if you want or need a ghost writer.

If you're writing a book for Brewer's publications, it should be about beer not ghosts or time. ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FYI: blind taste test
« on: March 17, 2010, 04:34:18 PM »
I had my wife serve me four glasses of Miller, two from a bottle and two from a can, all prepared in the kitchen while I waited in the living room.  I can tell the difference 100% of the time.  The bottled beer is clean while the canned beer has a dull cloyingly sweet and bitter flavor.  Just in case anybody wanted to know if I would actually do the test.   ;)

How many times have you repeated this?  Is it can/bottle or lot/lot variability?

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Man, I've been playing around with this for a LONG time.  I wondered about the very same chart.  I've been trying very late hop additions (after flameout, during whirlpool, etc), but feel as though I'm getting less hop aroma than the old 2 minute additions used to give me.  I need to take better data regarding addtion time, cooling time, etc. so that I can move from having a hunch to knowing.

Me too!  The more I brew the less I know.  Here's to killing more brain cells :D

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The Pub / Re: Beer Drinking Music !
« on: March 17, 2010, 08:41:51 AM »
I almost puked in my mouth.  Most pop music from any era makes my skin crawl.

I'd agree, except for Jimmy Buffett - I consider myself a parrothead.

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