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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I guess I should make some beer.
« on: September 07, 2015, 04:28:45 PM »
Wish I got that many.  My Cascades are way off this year.  Uneven watering schedule.  (It's the drought, that's it! I'm sticking to that story.)

My Cluster's did ok this year, but they came in over three weeks - not all at once.

I'd let my senses be the guide.  If the hops smell cheesy throw them out.  The yeast will probably not be salvageable even with a starter.  The grains, taste & smell.  If they smell like last weeks leftovers, put them in the compost with last weeks leftovers.  The LME will probably be darker but in a sealed bag might be used with other replacements.

Most importantly, why wait a year between batches?  Get brewing man!

Ingredients / Re: Harvest Hops & Aphids
« on: September 05, 2015, 10:15:33 AM »
Next year watch for ants around the base of the plants.  They nurse the aphids and keep the lady-bugs from controlling the population.  When I did that (put some granules of the lawn type ant control), there were significantly fewer aphids to the point of not having to spray the plants.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Safe to bottle?
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:51:21 AM »
I wouldn't fault you for bottling now.  It's the Lazy Ant way isn't it?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Wheats fall from grace
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:41:23 AM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bench capper
« on: August 13, 2015, 12:37:38 PM »
I'm still using the cheapie one I bought in 1986.  Did the Italians have better quality back then, or do you have bad karma?  :-\

If it were me, I'd go down the the LHBS & ask to test drive one, before buying.  I'd think they'd not have an issue if you told them your story.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Temperature of US-05
« on: August 08, 2015, 12:45:08 PM »
The Fermentis data sheet says that it'll go as low as 53.7°F but ideally not below 59°F.

This has always been a struggle for me as I serve and ferment in the same "beer fridge".
SWMBO says I can't get another fridge, so I'm left with the dilemma of serving slightly warmer than I'd like, or fermenting cooler than I'd like.

Anybody got a recommendation?

Equipment and Software / Re: Beginner supplies
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:55:17 AM »
Sounds like you want to go with brew sculpture.  MoreBeer makes them, as well as Blichmann Engineering. 

I've done brewing demonstrations for a Boy Scout (Venture) crew.  It was met w/a fair amount of indifference from both the scouts & their parents.

Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: July 02, 2015, 10:28:09 AM »
I've had good results with Castle (Belgian Pils).  I also like Simpsons for crystal malts.
The sack of this I bought was full of chaff.  I felt the need to winnow it before using.  I took a box fan and poured the grain through the breeze.  It didn't seem right to buy so much imported material that ended up straight in the compost.  Perhaps I got the bottom of the grain elevator, but I've been afraid to buy another.

(my beer was fine)

All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 12:35:57 PM »

Good idea. If you get it hot enough it will be sanitized too.
I would still follow up with starsan personally.
Why? At the temp of the HLT there's not going to be anything in there.  Seems like more hassle w/the foam to me, let alone the cost.
Now if your going to make up 5 gal of starsan anyway for your utensils, then maybe it wouldn't hurt to double use it, but I wouldn't just for an already sanitized container.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:58:54 PM »
Kinda what I was getting at in the first place.  I have vinyl now, and before dropping $2.50/foot I wanted some rationalization other than the manufacturer's promise.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Using Mint
« on: June 11, 2015, 12:55:11 PM »
510 brewing made a killer peppermint porter at Christmas time a few years back.  At first it didn't sound appealing to me.  But when I tasted it - WOW!  So I too approve of experimentation.

Kegging and Bottling / Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 04, 2015, 04:17:06 PM »

I'm planning an optimization of my system (replacing the 1/4" line I have now w/3/16").  Has anybody tried this?  Are there any negatives?

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:13:17 PM »
Get 3/16" instead of 1/4" & you won't need a long a piece.

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