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Ingredients / Re: spices/flavorings for dark beers
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:52:57 AM »
Now I know to avoid using ticks and possibly licorice root ;)

Let's not get carried away. I just said Lonestar ticks and I’m sure you can substitute other ticks if you have a recipe that calls for them. 

Ingredients / Re: spices/flavorings for dark beers
« on: December 19, 2014, 09:00:17 AM »
Totally agree. I have been breaking out in hives when I eat beef, pork, and lamb for the past year sop I have to make sure I know what's in things now myself.

Not to derail this thread….I don’t post here too often but reading your post made we wonder if you are aware that a tick bite from a lonestar tick can cause you to develop an allergy to red meat. I know some people who went into anaphylactic shock and that’s how I found out about it.  It can happen hours after eating meat and it seems to happen out of nowhere.  It can get worse or you can "outgrow" it.  It doesnt happen with chicken or fish, only mammal meat. There has been more about it in the news recently, but I’m not sure how widespread it has been.  This scares the crap out of me. Winding up in the hospital hours after eating a delicious bacon cheeseburger because you couldnt breath. Just an fyi for you or anyone else that hasn’t heard.

My wife called me to ask if I knew Ballantine made an IPA. I didn’t realize it was out already. She picked up a couple of bombers for us(and some Dirt Wolf). She rocks.  I was excited to try it and it wasn’t a disappointment.  I never had the original so I cant really compare it to anything but for me it was a refreshing break from the overhopped dozen of ipas you can find at any store now.  It has a great balance of citrusy earthy goodness with a nice oak flavor.  Both of us really enjoyed it. I wound up picking up a six pack the other night and I will definitely buy it again. Better on the warmer side than the  colder. I’m looking forward to hearing some of the Ballantine IPA experts opinions on this one.  If this is close to what the original was like, Ballantine was way ahead of their time.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:43:15 AM »
I had one pebble when I started milling about 6 years ago. And two within the last year probably from this sack of Golden Promise that seemed like it had a lot of junk in it.  I will say that I am blessed with getting the stuff that shouldn’t be there. Like seeds in seedless fruit, a pit in a slice of pie, hair in my food. Great things like that.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:11:58 AM »
I hand crank because I am a glutton for punishment.  I’ve been thinking of hooking up my drill but what I want to know from the powered mill users is how bad is it when you have a pebble in your malt?   I have had two the past year that have stopped my rollers.  I would think it would be worse with a drill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Felt Like Cheating
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:51:18 AM »
I wasn't saying it's cheating and no one should use extract, just that after so many AG batches it sort of feels like cheating to not have to monitor much.
Sorry, I’m not trying to infer that using extract was cheating was the meaning to your original post. My response was geared more towards brickpig’s, which I may have been reading into.  Probably why I dont post too often :)
and I would be lost on a brewday that goes smoothly and I’m not constantly doing something. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Felt Like Cheating
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:07:20 AM »
I still fly sparge and can squeeze in a half day brew day.  You have to be organized and do things to shave time. I prepare the night before, mill grain while heating strike water, heat sparge water while mashing, heat the runoff while I am sparging, clean out mash tun and clean and sanitize fermenter while boiling and chilling. It is possible. And I don’t think using extract is cheating. I have been thinking of brewing extract batches to get more brewing in. There are a lot more/better extract options available now than when i started brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Countertops and Homebrewing
« on: June 25, 2014, 07:39:50 AM »
We have black countertops and white cabinets from the previous owner. Worst color choices unless you dont use your kitchen.  The white shows everything and will stain so brew day cleanup takes extra effort and the white spots from where i have dripped undiluted starsan really pop out on the countertops...and permanent marker doesnt last as long it should. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 002
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:21:27 AM »
+1 to everything major said.
I used this yeast for my Christmas ale this past year. I made a 2L starter same method, and there was very little activity if any.  I felt like I had to swirl it more than most starters.  I pitched it and it worked the way major described.   I will say that I bottle conditioned my beer to give out as gifts and it took a long time to carbonate.  For what its worth my Christmas ale was a gingerbread beer and this yeast worked well with it.  The residual sweetness and fruity taste complimented the spices.  Not sure what you’re brewing but I would check the gravity and if it is still good I would use it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: First kegging attempt, Explosion
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:51:49 AM »
I didn’t have one explode, but I had an infection that pushed out the top and bottom and shot beer out the seal where the tap is. I liked using them, but I found them hard to clean around where the tap is unless you did it immediately and you have to be careful not to scratch the interior coating. Immediately and careful are not always my friends.

I dont know about all of other brands, but Hofbrauhouse minkegs are the same kegs. They cost about the same as new ones but they are filled with beer.  You just need to remove the vent that is in the bunghole. I got to say bunghole.

Edit for lack of proofreading

All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:04:41 AM »
I bought the Emeril cookware for my mom years ago when she desperately needed new pots and pans. It was a really good buy for the price. She still has them and they are as good as when I bought them. I think they are made by Allclad.

We were gifted an Allclad set for our wedding and I like them a lot. They heat even, are easy to clean, and are durable.  I dont use non-stick so the easy to clean stainless steel and cast iron is all I use.  I would also recommend only buying what you think you need and I would look in Marshalls, homegoods, TJmaxx or whatever store has kitchenware because they do sell “name brands for less”.  Marshalls by me lately has had a lot of Lodge, Le Creuset, Calaphon stuff for about 50% off plus there’s usually a bunch of other kitchen gadgets that you can wonder how to incorporate into your brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 15, 2014, 01:26:54 PM »
They probably use only some proprietary bottle.  Ill have to bring a Mr beer bottle with me next time I go over and check…provided I can find them. I can bring my Christmas ale because it still didn’t carbonate. Hope the OP's did.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 08, 2014, 08:36:08 AM »
My wife has a SodaStream device made for infusing carbonation into H2O for bubbly water.  We just wondered.  We tried it.  Let me tell you, this is the solution to a problem I hope never to have again.  One blast from the CO2 bottle and I had wonderful head and fizz.  Forced carbonation baby step.  I have no keg or CO2 bottle, and it wouldn't have helped in the bottle, anyway.  This is a solution for those in that unfortunate position.
I have been wondering how well this works. I brought a growler to a friends house that was flat. I'm still having issues bottling from keg to growler or bottle. They had a sodastream but no co2 canister so I never got to try it.   I'm glad to hear it worked.

I have a bottled Christmas ale that has been slow to carbonate, the same amount of time as yours. I gave most of them away knowing they might not be fully carbonated by Christmas and told people to wait a week or so before drinking them. The ones I have opened recently were still flat.  I used the same process I always do, which is pretty much the same thing you did and others suggested, and for some reason they werent carbonated. I can only think that the temps in our house were low and slowed the yeast down...or there is a problem with the yeast. Still tastes good. I might have to check one tonight.

The Pub / Re: Found this today
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:21:29 PM »
Wasn't there one in opening in New Mexico or somewhere around there? This is much closer. Ill have to swing by there sometime.

Equipment and Software / Re: Haze in carboy
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:15:27 PM »
Nice avatar, by the way. That was one of my favorite albums as a kid.
Thanks. Was one of mine favorites too. I actually made it for a label for the beer I brewed for the birth of our daughter. Not too many people knew it. Some thought it was actually her. Beer Birth??:o
Good luck. The haze would bother me too.

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