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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 07:15:43 AM »
For me this forum was the best place to find information because there were a lot a regulars that were knowledgeable.  I usually sift through recent posts to find helpful info for me. I tend not to answer questions because people will answer more thoroughly than I will, plus I don’t have a ton of posts so I don’t think anyone will listen to my advice so I don’t bother.   Would I like to see more advanced info? Sure.  But this is a forum for every level and every type of brewer.  It’s a drag when there is a bickering s***show going on because the amount of irrelevant posts outnumber useful ones.  I also think the bickering that has driven away a lot of the regulars has kept people from adding valuable information, which is a shame.  I will still check this forum out almost everyday (that I am at work  ;) ) but I wish a lot of this crap will end. Has it been going on for a year now?

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I posted the chart above on the other thread not realizing it is probably misleading, mostly to show the differences between the different grades of gas.  I think that is probably the reason the person made it.   I took it to show the max of impurities allowed, not necessarily the actual constituents.  I’m not sure why they have max on some, but not on all, and I can totally see that it could be confusing.  Here is a chart for beverage grade co2 from foodsafetymagazine.com that seems to line up with how I was reading it.


Back to the op,  I feel your pain.  My pale ale/IPA kegs have been going south quickly, especially my last one. It lost a lot in a week.  It sucks when you pull a pint and it is not the same beer you first tapped.  I used to bottle prime my kegs and was considering spunding.  Could be unrelated. Could be we dont drink as fast as we used to.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Washing Yeast.
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:21:33 AM »
Acid washing was big, but short lived in the 80s. Now the trend is unwashed.  I  hear acid washing may make a comeback.


on a serious note, I also just use some slurry. I did the rinsing thing a few times and didnt really find it any better. I brew using a variety of yeasts so the most I have done was 3.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:13:55 AM »
Brewed a kyut this weekend. Long brew day.  Spent a large part of my brewday taking turns chasing step temps on my mash tun and temps on my smoker while making some pastrami.  Had to deal with my first stuck sparge.   Spilled a bunch of grains and wort all over my kitchen floor and cabinets. Had to brew in my front yard because our back yard is torn up and had a few people drive by leering at me as if I would actually be cooking meth in my driveway.  At the some point everything evened out, I still hit my numbers and I had 10 lbs of pastrami. It was still a great day. 

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All Things Food / Re: Pie iron pizzas
« on: May 22, 2017, 06:52:06 AM »
I love my pie iron!  I never used it for pizza yet. That will have to be next.  I was using it inside on our stove to make lots of things for me and my daughter this winter. Grilled ham and cheese, toasted pbj, nutella and bananas.  I swear to god my wife hid it on me because I cant find it.  It will “reappear” the next time we go camping. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 Education
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:47:55 PM »
I took a photo of this chart the last time I was filling up my co2 tanks. Take it however you want.

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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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