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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: BRY97 vs. S-05
« on: April 26, 2017, 05:51:35 AM »
I use East COast yeast's BRY-97 frequently and everything that “he” said was spot on. My last pseudo Ballantine IPA I used mostly late addition hops and was extremely muted.   That dude knows his stuff and his information is truly missed.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:02:04 AM »
I got coupons for NB and Midwest in my email and I remembered someone posting that the GF was excluded so I tried using them.  It looks like they will work for now.  I’m not really interested in buying one, but if someone may be, now might be the time.

They were always excluded except this one time when I bought mine...don't know if someone messed up or lost their job over it but I got my GF delivered for $731.  Pretty good deal.  Maybe now that NB & MW are owned by the "brewery-that-shall-not-be-named", the discount may apply.

I think someone messed up again.  I get a lot of different offers from them and another coupon I have says its excluded. Maybe before they change it, someone else will get a great deal too!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:14:31 AM »
I got coupons for NB and Midwest in my email and I remembered someone posting that the GF was excluded so I tried using them.  It looks like they will work for now.  I’m not really interested in buying one, but if someone may be, now might be the time.

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All Things Food / Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:12:20 AM »
Havent checked this in a while.  I went the opposite direction and cut my sugar down to 50g.  I think with using less sugar and less ginger still makes a good ginger ale and it not totally out of balance.  I’m trying to use as little sugar as I can without it tasting like carbonated ginger water.  I have some spare blueberries around and I may try to use them next time.  I also bought two more carbonator caps. 

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All Things Food / Re: Wings
« on: March 24, 2017, 10:02:04 AM »
I love all sorts of wings.  I’ve been smoking my wings lately too.  I use a Cajun seasoning rub and smoke them  with Pecan wood.   They are great with or without sauce.   Now I’m hungry!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 17, 2017, 11:31:44 AM »
This buyout thing doesn’t bother me yet. I stopped ordering from NB and Midwest years ago when they were bought out by an investment company and their customer service and speed of processing orders dropped.  I’ll be more concerned when they start trying to prevent other homebrew shops from selling kits similar to their beers or their homebrew kits...or if they become the exclusive stores for major homebrew products or brands.
They already have.  I happen to like their Big Mouth Bubbler fermenters.  Is there another source out there?
Good question. I know NB and Midwest are the only places I have seen them, but are they exclusively selling them or is it just that other places don’t carry them?

I was thinking more of AB being able to use their power to leverage contracts like Walmart did/does.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It begins...
« on: March 17, 2017, 06:41:20 AM »
This buyout thing doesn’t bother me yet. I stopped ordering from NB and Midwest years ago when they were bought out by an investment company and their customer service and speed of processing orders dropped.  I’ll be more concerned when they start trying to prevent other homebrew shops from selling kits similar to their beers or their homebrew kits...or if they become the exclusive stores for major homebrew products or brands.

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All Things Food / Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: March 03, 2017, 12:31:17 PM »
The passionfruit soda sounds good.   Jarritos soda has some great flavors and pretty much started us on making different kinds.   It is fun and easy.  As my daughter says, you just take juice and carbonate it. It’s not much more than that.  So far we have made lemon-lime, pineapple, grapefruit and ginger ale.  I think we are going to make tamarind soon.
 
Are you still carbing by shaking at 30 psi?  I think I’m giving up naturally carbing because its not worth it, especially with citrus juice based beverages.   I was planning on ordering a few more caps too so I can have multiple bottles instead taking up one of my taps by kegging it.

Sorry for the derail.  To bring it back you could make a blueberry ginger ale.  Blueberries go well with ginger. Are the IKEA syrups made from all fruit?

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All Things Food / Re: Looking for a good ginger beer recipe
« on: February 28, 2017, 10:15:01 AM »
Thanks for the updates. I’m glad it is working out for you!  I’ve been playing around with making 1 liter bottles too with similar results. I used:

75 g of fresh diced ginger
100 g of evap cane sugar
Lemon juice.
500 ml of water.   
Simmered for 20 minutes and cooled down another 20 minutes.
Topped off to 1 liter cooled and force carbed.

The ginger flavor was good but not enough so ill probably up the quantity and the simmering time.  The sweetness for me was still a little too much, but I’m not a big soda drinker(I grew up in the soda isn’t good for you while dad hot boxed us in the car smoking cigarettes household)

I like the idea of lime instead of lemon and I may try using honey as a sweetener instead of sugar.

The full 1 liter is really hard to carbonate.  I found the same thing out when I first tried a sample and it was really flat.  I attached the co2 and shook the crap out of it and the extra room made it a lot easier.  You would think it would have been obvious.  :)

I would also be interested to hear if you try out the concentrates you mentioned. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got a brewday disaster story?
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:56:16 AM »
My three favorite disasters.
1)In my extract days I topped of my carboy of Irish stout with StarSan instead of distilled water.   

2) I must have put my brew pot on a spot of sticky wort and then on a pot holder, which stuck to the bottom of the pot.  I didn’t notice it before I put it on my stove.  When I went to heat my strike water, flames started to shoot up the sides of the pot.  I grabbed the flaming pot and ran out of the house and stuck it in a snow bank. My friend was hanging out with me to learn how to brew that day...

3)  My wife and daughter were gone for the weekend and I figured I would have a relaxing brewday and I would keg an existing carboy of an awesome IPA I made for her.  The IPA was one where I had to take multiple measuring samples because I would drink it before I actually checked the final gravity.  Anyway, after a hot summer brew day, my friend called me to invite me to a BBQ so I decided to postpone kegging the IPA and jumped in the shower.  While getting dressed, I remembered I forgot to put my freshly brewed carboy in my fermentation fridge to drop down to pitching temp.  I carried the carboy down into my basement in my brew hauler. I was rushing and when I made the turn to put the carboy into my fridge, I slightly swung the brew hauler and tapped the “to be kegged carboy” with the one I was carrying.  The to be kegged carboy shattered, flooding our basement with gallons of beer.  I was fortunate enough that the one I was carrying did not break and I didn’t get cut.  I could have been found bled out in my underwear in a puddle of my blood, my beer, and my tears that I shed because that IPA that I lost was so awesome.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cleaning auto siphon
« on: February 27, 2017, 07:34:54 AM »
After each use, I usually clean the outside with soap and water. Then I take a pint glass with warm soapy water and pump from top to bottom circulating the soapy water back into the pint glass. I empty the soapy water in pint glass and run clean water into glass while pumping auto siphon into sink drain to rinse. Take it apart and rinse some more. Then hang to dry and sanitize with Iodophor or starsan on the next brew day.   I store it in the original bag in a sterilite bin with my other equipment mostly to keep it from getting scratched.

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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 ;)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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