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Ingredients / Re: Briess malts in Bay Area?
« on: May 22, 2010, 09:56:43 AM »
I usually use buying grain as the excuse to make the pilgrimage to Santa Cruz  :) (especially during the summer concert series at the Boardwalk), so I tend to stick with Seven Bridges.

The Briess website lists:

Brewmaster (Homebrew Shops)
2315 Verna Ct
San Leandro, CA 94577
Tel. 510.351.8920
Fax. 510.351.4090

They have a good retail store (not a good retail website).  You might try calling them.

The Pub / Re: RIP Ronnie James Dio
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:28:02 AM »
I was shocked by this news yesterday, a world with Dio is going to be an unpleasant and sad place

Checking your grammar: did you mean "without"? or were you implying on where he is now? :o

Don't count the Flyers out's not over until the...well you know the rest. It's against all odds for those boys.

Chris Pronger should be in jail for life.  If there's any justice, any team he's on won't advance.

p.s.  Go Sharks!

Saw this on eBay w/only $9.99 opening bid:

Pimp My System / Re: I pimped my carboys
« on: May 01, 2010, 09:05:32 PM »
I'm envious.

I guess I also need to do better than just a magic marker.

First thing - "relax, don't worry, have a homebrew" (if one is handy).  If the glass is new, it has never had anything in it that bugs would be growing on and the only bad actors there would have been blown in on the wind (same as if you sanitized).  It will probably be fine. 

If you're not comfortable with that, use some no rinse sanitizer (follow the directions).

I work for a bleach company, and typically use that, but in your case, I don't think I'd recommend it because boiling water to rinse would be too much hassle.

Big Brew Day - Scottish 80 Shilling!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dilluting at Bottling Mistake
« on: April 28, 2010, 11:22:38 AM »
I'd agree w/Denny, & quote Pappy "relax, don't worry, have a homebrew."

Equipment and Software / Re: Which counterflow chiller should I get?
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:45:21 PM »
I too made mine from a garden hose & copper tubing.  To sanitize, I run boiling wort through it before I turn on the cooling water (then I return the wort to the kettle).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Bottle Storage "Racks"
« on: April 25, 2010, 10:51:04 AM »
That's just one reason I started kegging.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: problem with attaining gravity
« on: April 20, 2010, 03:17:35 PM »
Taste it.  Is it dry, or is it sweet?  If it's dry, you're done.  If it's too sweet, perhaps you'll need to make a starter w/champagne yeast to build up the number of cells before adding to the fermenter.

The Pub / Re: Its 4/20
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:39:36 PM »
& they announced about 45 minutes ago that Jimmy Buffett will be in Vegas on October 23rd.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 30
« on: April 20, 2010, 11:00:19 AM »
Has anyone seen a schedule or timeline of when each beer will be released?  i picked up the first one too, but it would be nice to know when to expect the others.  Sometimes things like this fly right off the shelf at my local beer store.

There are release dates on the web page:

Fritz & Ken's = Mid March 2010
Charlie Fred & Ken's = Mid May 2010
Jack & Ken's = Mid July 2010
Brewer's Reserve = Mid October 2010

Kegging and Bottling / Re: avel with a keg
« on: April 20, 2010, 10:48:06 AM »
Depends on the size of your party, if you've already invested in kegging equipment (if you'll be using it thereafter)/can afford it etc.  For me, I keg all my brews.  I keep it in an old fridge w/a controller to keep it up to cellar temp.  For a party away from home, I've put it in one of those big keg tubs for the commercial kegs.  It's a good excuse to get out of bottling if you can afford the investment.

Consider getting a keg of a good craft brew if 5 gallons isn't gonna be enough?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing TV!?
« on: April 19, 2010, 12:30:35 PM »
Jake, this sounds really interesting.  I hope I don't offend anyone by saying that I hope this is a bit more controlled than a lot of BN programs.  A lot of those have a level of asshattery that I just don't enjoy.  I guess that puts me firmly in the "old curmudgeon" category.


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