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Equipment and Software / Re: Arateing
« on: December 27, 2014, 07:21:15 PM »
I went back to using a nineties staple.

Racking Cane Aerator

I have made two of those. Both broke in the middle of a transfer. So now I am back to the old way. Was thinking of getting a short copper tube and making one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Arateing
« on: December 26, 2014, 08:36:33 PM »
I pour between two buckets about four times. Lots of foam. Place one inverted on top of the other until the foam has broken down enough that I can put the lid on. Has worked well for me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dedicated home-brew store in your neighborhood?
« on: December 26, 2014, 08:26:44 PM »
I think I live in the best place in the world for brewing.
The closest shop is about 1.5 miles away. It has limited supplies but is also a tap house and brewery.
The next closest is about 3 miles. It has the basics but is small. The people are nice and but I don't go there much after a bad experience once.
About 10-12 miles I have three great shops. Two are AMA members. All have extensive supplies and are very well versed in beer wine and meads.
Then there are four more that are 12-25 miles away. Never get to them but I try when I know I need something and I am in their neighborhoods.
There are probably 2 or 3 others that I am forgetting. But that means I haven't learned of them yet or they are really too far out of the way for me to get to.
If you haven't guessed, I leave in the Portland OR area. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time brew last night!
« on: December 25, 2014, 08:39:39 PM »
Congratulations! You are part of the club. Mess number one in the books. If you are lucky this will be the only time you have to clean up a overflow. Learn from it and go forward. Head space needed for fermentation foam is more than you first think.

Welcome to the forum. Welcome to home brewing. Let us know how it turns out. 

Ingredients / What is the most hops you have ever used in a batch?
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:27:39 PM »
I have a friend that loves very high IBU beers. So I decided to see to what end. I made a SMaSH with NW Pale Ale and Cascade.
The hops were year old back yard grown and fresh.
This is a 2.5g batch
1 oz 60 min
1 oz 30 min
1 oz 20 min
1 oz 10 min
2 oz flame out. This is an estimate as they where fresh just picked off the plant. I counted how many cones were in .25 oz and picked to match the count for the total. If I had thought about it, I would have weighed them out for my record.
Assuming 5.5AA Beersmith says it should have been about 110 IBU
To me it had a nice smell. And the first sip was good too. But I tell you that the finish was like a kick in the mouth.

So, what is the most you have ever used in a batch?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: beers too dark
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:14:15 PM »

How dark?  How do you know they're too dark?  We need some more specifics in order to guess.  If they're quite a bit too dark it's hard to imagine pinning it on pH.

That was my first question. How dark and compared to what? Can you get a commercial brew of something and put it next to your brew and post a photo. The commercial is for color "balance" in case your photo is to dark or light. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back to basics - the perfect blonde
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:11:01 PM »
Does your gf have a commercial beer that she likes? This would give you something as a starting point and then change it up from there.
Not that brewing lots of beers to get to what you want wouldn't be the best life ever too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barley wine too old?
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:00:32 PM »

or you could bottle it and send it to me. I love me a good aged barley wine.

You may be in luck. I am going to be in Napa and Moraga CA soon. I may fill up a couple of bottles for you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Barley wine too old?
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:38:37 AM »
I did a barley wine back in 2008. I would sample a glass or two every few months. It was really good for a time but now it seems like the good times have passed. It has what I would call a sherry taste to it. I like a little bit of that but I think the flavor now is way over powering now.
What is the longest you have kept a barley wine? This batch is in a keg and I don't know what to do with what is left. I remember reading that you can blend multiple years of barley wine. But I don't have any examples to go off of.
So fellow brewers, what do you recommend? I am open to anything.

First thing that comes to mind is how did it look when you pitched? Dark then or fine?
What is your kettle?
I picture or two would be helpful too.

The Pub / Re: Borderline Shameless borderline self promotion
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:29:22 PM »
Cool idea. But $60+ for 4 22oz bottles? IMHO a little over priced, even for the cool factor of it.

The Pub / Re: Robin Williams
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:24:15 PM »
Just watched his latest film, Angriest Man in Brooklyn Didn't know it would be his last.

Such a loss.

The Pub / Hops, not just for your breakfast brew
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:16:26 PM »
This is an interesting page. Learned a few things about hops.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Newbie here - bottle storage?
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:06:27 AM »
+1 on use what you got.
+1 on wanting to make my own wooden boxes. On the project list.
Always keep an eye out for empties when out and about. You will find them when you start to look. Having a backup box or two will help when you put one down on a puddle you didn't know was there and find the bottom no longer will retain the bottles.  :(
Also welcome.

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