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The Pub / Re: Pronunciation of "Saison"
« on: June 28, 2013, 05:31:17 AM »
Re: Missouri, yeah, it's baffling here. Versailles = Ver-sales, Lebanon = Leb-uh-nin, Kimbrough = Kimbroo. People are really assholes here if you don't know how to say things in their peculiar, messed-up way. It's not bad in the cities, but outside of KC/STL/Springfield, if you speak standard American English, people are pretty rude. I swear, when I moved here from CO people treated me like I was a Martian.

Why all the hate on Missouri, guys? We're not all inbred hoosiers!

BTW, my boss is an Englishman. We discover new ways of pronouncing words every day. The British phrases are the best. I am going to name my next English beer "The Dog's Danglers". :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Scotch ale
« on: June 27, 2013, 06:23:52 PM »
Peat malt has no place in a Scotch ale, IMHO.  No matter how small the amount.  British/Scottish 2 row, roast barley, and boil down the first runnings a la Skotrat's recipe:

Exactly my thoughts.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today?
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:06:30 AM »
Brewing a second go at a Nelson Sauvin Saison today. This time with WLP 565 instead of WY3724... I gotta get this one done a bit quicker than 4-5 weeks. It's for another homebrewers bachelorette party the first weekend in August. First rendition of this Saison kicked the keg in 14 days.

The Pub / Re: Has anyone noticed
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:22:13 AM »
/\/\/\/\ YES.


That's at anchor brewery. there are three more like that in that room and another room with two more

I'm glad I'm not the only one who snuck a picture on the tour!

Equipment and Software / Re: Star-San Dependence
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:04:17 PM »
I switch from Star San to Iodophor randomly. Those little buggies never see it coming!! :)

But seriously, I brew sours, so I have to be extra careful.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Little confused with decoction schedule
« on: June 24, 2013, 01:13:25 PM »
You can do a decoction without a protein rest; check out Kai's page about the Hochkurz mash:

Love the Hochkurz.  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:05:08 AM »
In all fairness, I don't think Yeungling is bad.  I was just expecting... something... more.  It was a let down.

I thought it was... underwhelming.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mold on wort, should I taste?
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:00:16 AM »
A friend once made a "beetweizen".  You couldn't really tell there were beets in it.

A friend of mine made a beet beer - smelled like dirt, tasted like dirt but was this psychedelic purple color. It's become the stuff of local legend now.

But back to the OP... I like sour beers and all, but that picture doesn't inspire confidence. Looks pretty gnarly! 

Yeah - they probably could hold up in water, but most vendors (my LHBS included) says to not count on it.

The single-stange Johnson probe is all stainless, and it definitely is waterproof.

Hmm. Good to know! Guess I've been testing it's limits for a while now... whoops

All Grain Brewing / Re: Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: June 24, 2013, 08:56:00 AM »
A 70 qt. Coleman Extreme is the choice of a lot of people.

How many pounds of grain could this cooler hold?

The equation I use is total volume = (lb grain)*0.0933 + (lb grain)*(qts/lb ratio)/4

The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 05:13:32 AM »
My deepest sympathy to you and yours, Denny.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Infection
« on: June 24, 2013, 05:12:07 AM »

This is for AmandaK. 

I brewed three batches of beer (Irish red, Blonde, and California Common) using the exact methodology I described earlier; but, with new bungs and airlocks.  AND NO INFECTION.  Never underestimate Occam's razor.

Excellent to hear!  ;D


The 77F is in the display.  I assume it's the ambient temp.  I have the temp probe inside the fridge, in an empty White Labs tube that's filled with water.   I have the cooling set for 65F with a 3 degree differential, and the heating is set for 55F with a 3 degree differential.  There shouldn't be any overlap.

I don't think you want the probe wet.

I set mine with both heat and cool at 65 with 2° diff. If it's warm out I just unplug my heat source

It seems like you have everything set up just right. I too bought mine directly from ETC. They had good customer service (last year), so hopefully they can help.

BTW - The probes are waterproof. I either have my probes in water or taped to the carboy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:24:57 AM »
The graybeards around here may recall back in the halcyon days of the 1970s that it was very hard to get Coors anywhere but Colorado and westwards.  A huge mystique built up around it and everybody east of the Mississippi had to get their hands on some.  People would go out of their way to bring cases of it back East. 

In terms of American Light Lagers, Yuengling is the new Coors (reversing the east & west coast, obviously). I still don't get it.

My hair is not grey and I can't grow a decent beer, but back in the '80s we drank a lot of Coors in high school.  Extra Gold.  I haven't seen it since.

I have to say I was excited to try Yeungling when I was out in Philly a few years back and once I  had it I was disappointed.  Just didn't seem that special.

My thoughts exactly. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

My fiance's friends all talk about how "so-and-so is going to bring me back Yeungling!!!". I get really confused. But hey, more good beer for me, right?  8)

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