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Ingredients / Re: Bulk grain storage
« on: February 13, 2017, 08:18:51 AM »
I used to use the same container as you to store my grains but I felt it didnt seal that well either. I never had any problems with them, but I switched over to vittle vaults because they seem to seal better. Whether or not they are better, I have no idea.  BTW besides amazon, I have seen vittle vaults at TJMaxx or Marshalls for pretty cheap.  As far as the silica packs, dont eat them ;)

All Things Food / Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: February 13, 2017, 07:54:52 AM »
Thanks for the write up. I was going to make some Thursday during the storm too but noticed my co2 tank was empty.  I just hooked up a keg and I must have a leak.

When I tasted it later that day, there was a nice prickly carbonation, and the oversweet character was gone. Note to self - carbonation seems to help counter that artificially sweet character.

My daughter and I made a 7up like soda for her 7th birthday.   We naturally carbonated it and with citrus juices it takes much longer to carbonate.  There were a few bottles that were opened too early(I give here credit for waiting longer than a week)  and they were undercarbed and tasted off, also like an artificial sweetener like taste.  After it carbonated it tasted fine.

The only thing that it needed more of is heat from the ginger. I got some spiciness on the lips and tongue, but it needs more kick for me. I really don't want to go up on the fresh ginger, because this recipe already scales up to a kilo of fresh, prepped ginger for a full 2.5 gallon batch.
From what I read, simmering ginger will also bring out the heat.   You could simmer some to add spiciness and steep the rest for flavor.

Thanks again for the write up and look forward to hearing more.

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long does it take you to brew a beer?
« on: February 10, 2017, 12:56:18 PM »
Normal 5 gallon batch takes me about 5 hours or so including getting everything out, brewing, and cleaning.  Putting everything away might not happen for another day or so….sometimes longer.  I have a very patient wife.

All Things Food / Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: February 07, 2017, 01:15:00 PM »
The great thing about soft drinks is that they are ready quickly and you can experiment without having to wait a month.

Carbonator caps are great and if you are fine with ordering from Amazon, i think they are selling steel ones for about the same as the plastic ones.

All Things Food / Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: February 07, 2017, 06:37:27 AM »
I have been brewing a few batches of sodas with my daughter and was thinking of having a keg of ginger beer on tap. We made a gallon at a time using 1.25 to 2.5 oz of grated fresh ginger, depending on how much ginger flavor we wanted, 1/2 a lemon juiced, and about 1.75 cups of sugar simmered for about a half hour.  It's a pretty simple recipe, but makes a pretty good ginger beer.  This also was for naturally carbonated ginger beer.  If I force carb, I will probably cut the sugar amount down. Good luck and let us know how it goes and what recipe you use. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:24:45 AM »

Low oxygen related, I would like to thank Bryan for sharing his information.  \

Absolutely! I am not against him or anyone else sharing information. His claims have gotten me to rethink my processes. OTOH I don't want to be personally called out any time I post an opinion.

This wasnt meant as a diss to you. It is what it is. Just a thanks. I have not problem with anyone(well maybe your opinion of New Jersey). I don’t blame either side for getting defensive(mod or not). Both sides had trolling and some of the back and forth comments have crossed lines on both sides.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Message to the forum. from me.
« on: January 30, 2017, 09:30:10 AM »
First, I would like to thank the mods.  I’ve seen other forums and this one is much more civil.  I would imagine it is a crappy job that I sure as hell wouldn’t want to do.
I’ve been an active reader on this forum for years. I hardly post because 1) I don’t have time 2) someone else will answer in much more detail than I will 3)I do not have a lot of posts so I assume people will assume I don’t have a lot of experience and wont listen to me anyway 4) Im not really sociable
 Anyway, the bickering between over Low oxygen techniques on what seems every topic has definitely been annoying to me.  I wrote a longer post, but I’m not bothering posting it.  I am not looking to insult or blame either side because both sides can share the guilt.   I just want this stuff to end.  It would be a great loss if either side stopped participating here.
Low oxygen related, I would like to thank Bryan for sharing his information.  This is why I come to this forum.  It has an incredible amount of knowledgeable brewers in one location and the info shared may improve the way I brew. I decide what information I feel can make my beer better and if you brew differently, I don't care.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of the Forum
« on: January 27, 2017, 08:00:16 AM »
Bravo hops are a terrible idea!  Tibetan monks would be rolling over in their graves.

Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control failure
« on: January 19, 2017, 11:10:44 AM »
I think the default setting for the jumpers is for cooling and you need to switch the jumpers to use a heating source.  Is this the first time you are using a heater with the controller?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Small Batch Brewers - Let's Talk!
« on: January 19, 2017, 10:01:18 AM »
1. What's your usual batch size?
I still brew  5 gallons. But also have been brewing smaller batches, usually around 3 gallons

2. Why do you brew small batches?
My wife is pretty much only into hoppy beers, so its 5 gallons of stuff we both like.  I like pretty much everything and I didn’t want 5 gallons of something I am the only one drinking. A lot of it would probably get dumped.  I started brewing smaller batches for batches only I wanted. I also started testing out different ingredients, hops, yeasts,etc and didn’t want 5 gallon test batches.

3. Do you brew, extract, partial mash, all grain?
All grain

4. What's your basic process?  I.E., BIAB, tiny cooler , just stir in the extract, etc.
Basic process.  Exactly.  I don’t think I can get any more basic.   I would post pictures, but if anybody I knew saw them, Im pretty sure it would be like when a magician reveals his trick and the crowd is disappointed on how simple it really was.  I don’t want to disappoint anyone.  If I do a small enough batch, it is all on the kitchen stove, but our stove is pretty weak, so even 3 gallons will have me outside.

5. Do you have a favorite piece of equipment that you like to use especially for small batches?
Only things I use different are my 3 gallon kegs.  I really like these smaller kegs, but they are pin locks and I wouldn’t exactly say they are my favorite.

6. If you've brewed larger batches how would you comapre the two in terms of effort?  Time?  Equipment needs?  Recipe consistency?
I don’t find I save a lot of time or effort doing 3 gallons as opposed to 5 gallons.  My equipment can handle at least 10 gallons so it totally overkill for small batches.  If I just started and I was only going to brew 3 gallons, I would buy smaller brew pots and fermenters.  My recipes are pretty consistent  no matter what the batch size.   

7. What am I missing that should be known about small batch brewing?
3 gallons works out for me.  I don’t drink a lot so smaller batches means more variety, but  it’s a double edged sword.  If I don’t like the beer, it’s only 3 gallons.  If I really like the beer, it’s only 3 gallons.

I wonder if people who own cats are less likely to like the “cat pee” hops.  I never had a cat so I don’t know what their piss smells like.  I do like simcoe, cilantro and I guess dishsoap.  My personal preference was for Lux, but I found Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This is Belgium
« on: December 30, 2016, 08:35:05 AM »
What is the traditional beer to pair with each of the following?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: mastered kegging...issues when I bottle
« on: August 26, 2016, 12:06:23 PM »
Meh.  Shaving down the dots sounds like too much work.  I bought them to make life easier.

As far as filling from the keg, I get some spillage when I'm filling bottles, but not too bad.  It helps to have the bottles cold and wet.  For growlers, I'll spray some star san in them, swish it around, dump it, and fill.  As long as the keg pressure is low, you should be fine.  But, yeah, it's almost always done at the last minute.
The next go round of bottling from the keg, although I say this everytime, I am going to take my time and try this.  I'm sure its a combo of things.  As far as the dots go, I bought them for Absinthe.  ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: mastered kegging...issues when I bottle
« on: August 26, 2016, 09:24:23 AM »
Yeah one dot would be too much co2 for a bitter for me.  The past few beers I used the dots to prime were lagers or other beers around the same co2 level.  For less carbonation I shave off some of the sugar from the dot...and I make sure its a dot not a cube!  I don’t really like priming individual bottles and the dots make it easier for me.  I have a bag of carb drops somewhere in my house. I have no idea where they came from or where they are.  I have never used them because I heard negative things about them.

I don’t bottle straight from my kegs too often, but when I do its not pretty.  I’ve tried a number of things with little luck.  I wind up wasting more beer out of the bottle/growler than the beer that makes it inside.  It doesn’t help that we are usually running around trying to go somewhere and at the last minute I think it’s a good idea to try to bring some of my beer with me.

To the OP when you say they never taste right, could there be an infection?  That would cause beer to overcarbonate and taste off.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: mastered kegging...issues when I bottle
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:15:52 AM »
Domino dots are 1/2 tsp of sugar.  I used them to bottle 4 beers from a batch I kegged recently.  They are easy to use and the sugar dissolves completely, unlike the carb drops.

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