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The Pub / Re: Retirement
« on: August 12, 2015, 01:16:54 PM »
Let me add....Not Oregon. It rains all the time, when the big one comes the whole damn state is going to slip away, and if you think Portland is weird you obviously haven't visited the rest of the state. (How'd I do Denny?)

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless insulated MT arrived!
« on: August 10, 2015, 12:47:26 PM »
The stainless slotted material is the same used for well screens. Johnson Screens in Minnesota made the stuff and was a customer of mine.(back in the 80s) We were able to buy flat stock and fitted up a bunch of brew kettles. The stuff is superior to anything else for false bottoms if you can find some. Don't know if a comml brew house fabricator would sell a piece, but thats what I've seen in the PKW systems I've looked at among others.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrewer going pro!
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:51:59 AM »
The very best of luck to you on your new venture. Looks like you're building a great place.
We're down in Roseburg, but will make it a point to stop in sometime on our way north.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: MicroBrew's Introduction
« on: July 06, 2015, 09:40:05 PM »
What club wouldn't love to have a resident microbiologist? Your popularity will be second only to the sanitary stainless welder guy. ;) You sound suitably obsessed to hangout on this forum. Welcome to the world of wort dreams. I'll look forward to hearing about more of your brew musings and experiments. Cheers!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Frustrated beyond belief
« on: July 02, 2015, 07:13:15 PM »
Have you let another homebrewer or brewery/brewpub brewer taste it? What is their appraisal of it? No matter how rural you are, there's usually someone with a bit of brewing knowledge you can turn to. 2 heads and palates are always better than one.

Are you brewing a known recipe that has worked for you before? I talk to a lot of homebrewers who are never happy with their results, yet they have never brewed the same recipe twice.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Modification
« on: June 08, 2015, 06:03:44 PM »
Bet you all feel sorry for my cronies at this point! Ha.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Modification
« on: June 08, 2015, 05:31:56 PM »
Can't vouch for it being safe, but I  do lift cronies that way. The garage door rail is song enough, it just depends on how strongly it is mounted. We have an electric hoist on a garage rail reinforced in another area and we hoist engines with it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Modification
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:15:32 AM »
Yup, it's nice for lifting full cornies, buckets, whatever. Take care of all those young bodies out there. Your back and joints will thank you for it. It's not the weight, it's the position you get into trying to lift stuff over the edge and lower into position. It can be just that one time when you're not positioned correctly and something goes twang.......that was the voice of experience speaking

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Modification
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:53:19 AM »
We looked at electric hoists too, but I have 2 chest freezers in 2 different locations and the rope hoist is lightweight and easy to just clip on an eye bolt or the garage door rail.

Beer Travel / Re: Latest can't miss suggestions for Portland please
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:28:06 AM »
That would be sad. I'll have to call and see what's up. That was one of the sites for hitting Hood River.

Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer Modification
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:59:01 AM »
That's very similar to what my husband rigged for me. I can move a 15 gal fermenter in and out of my chest freezer now by myself. Mine is a regular rope pulley with a brake on it he got from some local supply place. He decided he didn't want to have to do all the household stuff again while I had another ACL surgery. ;)  He's just soooo supportive of my brewing habit.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: % ABV mathematics ???
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:46:15 AM »
Good explanation Dave.

Beer Travel / Re: Latest can't miss suggestions for Portland please
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:39:07 AM »
Thanks for the input. The Commons is on my list. Can't say I've been a huge sour fan, but places like Logsdon, Commons and DeGarde have certainly expanded my horizons.

I'd love to stop in and say Hi Steve, but alas it will be on Mon. & Tues. that we'll be there, though a visit to Green Dragon is on the list.

There's actually 6 of us from our local club making a beer quest tour...some will be joining in or dropping out at various locales. We've got 2 days in Eugene with a VIP tour with Denny at Oakshire, a day in McMinnville with an appt. at Heater Allen, 2 Days in Portland, 2 Days in Hood River, then loop down through Bend and back down to the Burg. Looking forward to some nice meals and some great beers.

Beer Travel / Latest can't miss suggestions for Portland please
« on: June 06, 2015, 09:13:17 AM »
I've got 2 days in Portland coming up the end of the month strictly for fun. Any suggestions for hidden gems there? Maybe some smaller breweries or brew pubs doing some really solid beers but not yet known outside the area? Any and all can't miss suggestions cheerfully accepted.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Virgin brewer!
« on: May 13, 2015, 05:13:14 PM »
You answered your own question. Yes, temp would kill the yeast and it would be a waste of yeast and $$.

Too much hops is when you no longer like the results. Too much bittering hops can happen very easily. The beer will just be too bitter to be enjoyable. Flavor and aroma hops are different. You can really load up on those late addition and dry hops and probably not over do it if you like a really assertive hop flavor and aroma. I have run into situations where with leaf hops I've added so much hop material it soaks up way too much beer and my final volume for bottling or kegging is very low.

Keep track of your bittering addition and what it contributes to the IBUs of the beer. You'll learn to find the sweet spot for your palate, bearing in mind that a bigger beer can handle a lot more bittering than say a session pale ale. Then work on a late addition and dry hop schedule that gives you the hop emphasis that you want.

I know, probably not a very satisfactory answer, but there are no numbers to the taste game as we all like different results. Half the fun of brewing is in the tweaking. Keep good notes on what you do so you can make adjustments on subsequent batches.

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