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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.

Equipment and Software / Re: Haze in carboy
« on: December 13, 2013, 01:18:57 PM »
I was gifted three nasty carboys and after cleaning them, they still had some kind of haze. After I soaked them in Starsan for a few days, they looked brand new.  Soaking doesnt really take any effort, so I would try it.  If you dont want to use taht you can try vinegar. 

Equipment and Software / Re: NB Big Bubbler
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:19:45 AM »
The open mouth would be great to have. My 5 gallon carboys seem like there is barely enough room in the neck to get my brush in....but if I were to buy another "carboy like" fermenter it would probably be a speidel.  I like that the spigot is optional, but that is something that I would want to use. I use an autosiphon so I worry about that being sanitary. Thanks for the info bigbaker

Equipment and Software / Re: threaded hose barb
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:21:45 AM »
Maybe you were looking for too technical of a term.  :)
I’m glad you looked more into it. I only found it while I was looking at the big bubbler. I actually need one myself for a hand pump I got with some stuff I bought from craigslist.  Hoping my lhbs has it but keep forgetting to check.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA's
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:32:59 AM »
Our liquor store in town  finally got celebration ale in and I had some last night.  It was wonderful as always.  If there was a mix up in kegs it could have been worse.  About a month ago we were at a bar and they had Flying Fish Oktoberfish tap handle hooked up to a Miller Lite keg.

Equipment and Software / Re: Kegerator faucet location
« on: November 04, 2013, 07:47:50 AM »
Putting taps through the door was one of the options I was looking at for converting a minifridge. It never happened so I eventually bought a Danby chill-n-tap from Costco in Bridgewater. Not all the Costcos have them.  It comes with a dual guage regulator, 5lb co2 tank and sanke fittings.  I replaced the single tap with a tower with a tower with two perlicks. I put the probe for my johnson controller and the gas line from one regulator through a hole in the back for the gas line. I cut the sanke fittings and replaced them with flare fittings.  I can fit two corneys another 5lbco2 tank and regulator for the second keg, some beer bottles and mason jars of yeast in there. I'm really happy with this purchase so far.

The taps being on top have kept my daughter away, but its only a matter of time.  I have done a little(very little research) to find Perlick locks and there are some available:

All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: September 06, 2013, 08:07:25 AM »
I forgot about this thread. I've made some mozzarella a handful of times, not as much as I thought I would, and for some reason the first time had been the best. I had large curds that were easily separated and it was very easy.  The second time was all ricotta. The rest have been varying degrees of curd size but I always was able to get mozzarella.  In some of the batches, I would have a fair amount of whey to separate out each time I heated the curds and it looked like I would get only ricotta like cheese, but it worked out.  For me some of it may be a patience thing, but I think a lot of it is ph.  The recipe I use also calls for less citric acid, 1 tsp and also no CaCl2.  I've used organic pasturized, not ultrapasturized, milk from Wegmans for every batch. The 2 tsp may be for raw milk.  From what I read the curds dont form as well if the pH is too low.

I also got some ricotta after making the mozzarella by heating and straining. It wasn't a lot but it was worth it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Freezer Died; Kegerator Recommendations?
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:48:14 AM »
I also would recommend the craigslist route, unless you are like me, who went the craigslist route and the fridge you bought to convert remained a fridge for years before you eventually just bought a kegerator. I bought a danby chillntap from Costco and replaced the tower with a two perlick tap tower.  I use a Johnson controller for temperature control.   I have fit two cornies, some mason jars of washed yeast, and some six packs stacked on each other.  It was relatively cheap, under 550 for the danby and the taps and tower. Its only been 4 months but so far I am happy with it and my fridge that was to be converted is now my fermentation chamber.  My wife is also happy because she will always have an IPA on a real tap(not picnic) and I agreed to get rid of one of the miscellaneous refrigerators I have in our garage.  Everyone wins!

Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:39:48 AM »

I also have no desire to seek out pay for Kopi Luwak coffee, though if someone brewed a cup I might could be tempted...

edited to reflect my thoughts on said topic
Im pretty sure people will eat/drink anything. 
Imagine a natural raspberry flavored version of this coffee. It would be chock full o something.

Edited because I missed this post

All Things Food / Re: Pickles and other fermented foods
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:56:56 AM »
I would think so to about the raw peppers. I had hot sauce with smoked bhutjolokia and smoked habanero and it was awesome. It also was not as hot as i thought it would be.

All Things Food / Re: Pickles and other fermented foods
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:31:44 PM »
I should try this. I have a bunch of scotch bonnets in my freezer. Have you ever tried it with smoked peppers or roasted peppers?  Would that work?

The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:19:02 PM »
In college, we mostly drank beer before going out to the bar. Mostly to save money. I guess the amount we drank at home was determined by how broke we were.  It was usually whatever cheap light beer was on sale, although very early on a lot of prebuzz bar times were provided by Mogen David or Gordon.

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