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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "Wet Hopping"
« on: March 01, 2014, 11:44:49 AM »
My hop bags are utterly disgusting looking. Many, many batches of beer under their drawstrings. I toss 'em in a bowl of Star San for a few minutes, wring 'em out then add the hops, a weight and toss 'em into the fermenter or keg, where ever I want the hops. Seriously.....never a problem.  I even (shame on me) neglected to clean them immediately after use one time and they molded. Scraped the mold off, washed and bleached the bags and I continue to use them.

I would never worry about contamination of a beer just through adding hops...remember, when dry hopping there's alcohol in there already and the hops are recognized as having antibacterial properties.

Equipment and Software / Re: Yet another mill setup
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:20:59 AM »
Oh my, if you have been using a Corona Mill all this time, you're gonna be in heaven with the new set up.
Less time, better crush, better efficiency.

You're build looks very ....dare we say.....pragmatic. Clean, simple, efficient, cost effective. Good job.

Ingredients / Re: Fermcap-AT
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:42:40 PM »
Ah, that I get. We only get up there every other month or so, so we really have no basis of comparison. I must say I have the same problem down here.

Open a brewery, then learn to brew. Weird, it would have never struck me that you could get away with that.
I'm always saying to our members....yah, that's good, but can you brew it again. They're off doing this that or the other without ever getting a foundation recipe down and then expanding from there. But hey! Their friends just love their beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: cold-weather brewing
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:14:08 AM »
If you're out of the wind, you can brew in just about any weather. I had a whimpy burner back in Minnesota, so I always stuck to 5 gal. batches when it was cold. Loved having all the snow for quick chilling.

Now get out there and brew. You'll be able to tell your grand kids about the adversity you survived one day.

Ingredients / Re: Fermcap-AT
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:12:07 AM »
I respectfully disagree with the brewery comment Denny. We've got a 65 mi.trip home after leaving Eugene and I really like having a nice selection of low gravity beers. Too many places up there have little available under 6.-6.5%. Maybe I'm just getting old. Maybe you're just getting cranky. ;)

Ingredients / Re: Fermcap-AT
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:47:24 AM »
Good store, good people.

The Pub / Re: Beer Limericks
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:59:05 AM »
There was an old farmer named Lear,
Who possessed a fine cow that gave beer.
Budweiser or Schlitz,
Could be tapped from her teats,
And pretzels came out of the rear.

What is hoppy and brings us good cheer?
Not a froggy, I promise, my dear!
It’s brown, black or tan,
It may come in a can.
It’s deliciously wonderful beer!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy Disaster
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:52:28 PM »
 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Equipment and Software / Re: Weird Gas Post
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:34:29 AM »
Got a couple like that.  Cleaned as usual, been using for 20 yrs. no problems.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:58:21 AM »
Beautiful balance makes a beer eminently enjoyable. My favorite place to drink has about 11-12 rotating taps. 10-11 of them range from 3.2% to under 6%. Mountains of malty flavor and plenty of hop aroma and flavor and very, very balanced beers. There's usually one bigger one with massive IBU's for the "Xtreme tasters" out there, but the bulk of their offerings are brewed for those who want to savor the flavor and appreciate all that a well crafted beer has to offer. Good Food is also important in this establishment, and the hops bombs don't play well with many foods.

Ingredients / Re: making Torrified Wheat?
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:26:11 AM »
Torrified wheat is not malted. It is made from unmalted wheat berries. They are just heated. I saw a Youtube of a guy who did his in a popcorn popper. Heated until brown and aromatic, but not popped

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Steel Hop Flter
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:11:10 PM »
Just got one.  They work very well. I purchased mine after using a friends. Good bye grubby little hop bags.
I special ordered a 6x16 with the center or side hanger option. Had it within 3 days. Great customer service from Arbor Fabricating in Ann Arbor, Mi.

All Things Food / Re: Beer braised pot roast
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:48:51 AM »
Stouts work well, like Guiness. Any beer really, but nothing over the top hoppy as the long cook evaporates the liquid and the hops concentration can get too bitter. The secret to a good braised dish is to brown the meat really well to start and don't skimp on the onions.

Going Pro / Re: Pros (or wannabes) - Propane or NG
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:38:13 PM »
Where I am I have no choice but to use propane, so it's a moot point. However, NG provides just over 1m btu's per cu. ft for approx. $.01 and propane around 2500 btu at around $.03 cents. Prices vary a lot by time of year
and region of country.  Both sort of track up and down with crude prices. NG is lot cleaner burning than propane.

Propane pricing is not controlled. Propane cos like to lease you a tank, you are then a captive customer and they bind you to a contract or price gouge you. We made the mistake of leasing a tank when we first moved rural, but quickly learned the game, purchased our own tank, convinced the neighbors to do likewise and now collectively bargain for the best rates. We actually get better rates by having an independent Eugene distributor (who is 60 miles away) supply us than large companies in our own town. And I'm talking dollars per gallon cost differential, not pennies. We were mad as hell when we first discovered this.

Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:02:16 PM »
We've got Umpqua Valley Truant Amber, Timothy Taylors Tenant Bitter and Bare in Public Razor V IPA.

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