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Ingredients / Re: Will thawed star san solution be effective?
« on: December 23, 2016, 08:30:59 AM »
Thaw it and verify that the pH is 3 or less and, if it still foams up, you should be good to go.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Golden Strong
« on: December 22, 2016, 12:07:17 PM »

Trying to clone Tripel Karmeliet?  Fantastic beer...

Yeah, that is a great Tripel. Awesome stuff.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Golden Strong
« on: December 22, 2016, 11:16:19 AM »
Look at Duvel...nothing but pils malt and sugar and better foam tham nost will ever get.  You do not need oats or wheat (or carapils, etc.) for great foam.

I'm all for just pils and sugar in my tripels, too, Denny. I may try blending pils with pale malt for one, though.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:41:48 AM »
I'm gonna keg hop as I spund on the IPA I'm doing soon. But I am pretty interested in the dry hop extract idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:25:22 AM »
I'm starting to narrow down the recipes I want to brew with regularity to about 5 or 6. I think I'm past that phase of brewing where I just want to brew EVERYTHING.  :)

I'm feeling the same lately. I've brewed a ton of styles over the years (~ 40) but I'm down to around 10 that I really like best and want to try work on for a while. I'd rather brew 10 great ones than 40 good ones at this point.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:48:17 PM »
Given the recent notes indicating glassware, I'm curious if anyone has tried the new Norlan whiskey glasses.

That's pretty interesting.Looks like the aromas get intensified by the airflow from the air chamber. May look into one sometime.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:38:08 PM »
Looks tasty, Paul. Love American Brown. Good tribute, too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:23:33 PM »
My most recent Saison, brewed 7/30/16. Clear as a bell: you can see the Christmas tree behind it above the glass and reflected upside down in the glass. Starting to fade a bit in flavor, but still tasty. Loving this recipe

Enjoy the holidays everyone, I'll be celebrating in Gunnison and Crested Butte till the end of the year( not going to enjoy driving a U-Haul, with a tow dolly on the back over Monarch pass; then the rest of the way back to SE Indiana)

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Looks great, Frank!

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:16:53 PM »
Drinking it neat, from a Glencairn glass.  Smooth and not hot or boozy.  I could sip it all night.  Need a cigar or a fire.

Sounds awesome. As tempted as I am tonight, gonna wait until tomorrow to pour some Lagavulin into my thistle glass and celebrate - vacation starts at 4pm tomorrow.

All Things Food / Re: Bread
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:09:54 PM »

I like these for the holidays.  Roasted garlic and thyme

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Great looking bread. I was never coordinated enough to do something like that.

I do make basil rolls for Christmas dinner. But those are rolls; nothing fancy.

Yeah, looks and sounds fantastic!

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 21, 2016, 06:06:47 PM »
You can keep the Booker's.  I'll take Knob Creek if we're going that way.

I just opened a bottle of Mortlach Rare Old single malt scotch.  Not typically my thing, but buying for the holidays and it was on sale at $50 off.  It's very light, spicy, and the peaty scotchness is restrained.  Smoooooth.  Good stuff, but only coming out for special occasions.

I agree on the Knob Cree, Joe. I love it for the price point. I've never tried the Mortlach, though - sounds right up my alley.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: December 21, 2016, 12:58:35 PM »
Again - it's just info. Use it or don't. Really that simple.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun for High CO2 beers
« on: December 21, 2016, 11:01:05 AM »
OK, I've had a beer gun for a while, use it to bottle ciders and beers when I need to give them away (as around xmas) instead of slurping them out of the keggerator.  I brewed up a batch of Weizenbock and in the keg brought it up to 4.25 - 4.3 volumes of CO2.  Off the keg (with very long keg line) it is perfect.  Going to try to bottle up some in some belgian bottles (cork & keg) for xmas and ran into a problem.  I chilled down a keg to 31F and using the blichmann beer gun, can't seem to get it to go without foaming everywhere.  Using a 3/16 ID beer line 10ft long (3psi/ft), I still get a bunch of gushing when the beer hits the 33F bottle (pre-chilled).  Any ideas outside counter pressure?

Here is an image of my foam machine.  Nothing says the holidays like a 1/2 full corked and caged homebrew!


Foamy Joe

I assume you vented the keg thoroughly and fill with ~ 3psi? Highly carbed beers are definitely a challenge. I chill the Beer Gun as well FWIW.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sparge Water vessel
« on: December 21, 2016, 10:52:09 AM »
No straight answer. It depends on how much sparge water you will need.

Yep.  OP - This calculator is handy - it tells you how much grain you can mash in your cooler based on mash thickness. Scroll down to  'Can I Mash It'  :

All Grain Brewing / Re: Introduction to Low Oxygen Brewing
« on: December 21, 2016, 09:01:41 AM »
I don't have ball valves. What I do is fill a silicone tube and siphon the water out the old school way. What I do is take a 2qt pitcher, dip it in the cooled preboiled water, fill the 4-5 foot tube with water, cap the end going into the mashtun with my thumb, dip the other end in the kettle and start siphoning into the grain in the mashtun. I have the Blingmann green gloves on while doing this. It's my cheap and easy method for doing it. You get better at not letting it splash and whatnot the more you do it. But my point is, you don't have to have ball valves, this was my workaround for implementing these methods.

That's essentially what I did.

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