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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: travelling with lots of beer
« on: January 10, 2013, 05:41:05 PM »
You can check as many as you want, but the extra baggage fees might be as much as shipping them.

I have had good luck covering them with a sock or use one of the styrofoam bottle inserts.

Equipment and Software / Re: butterfly vs. ball
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:29:57 PM »
I haven't had any butterfly valves clog.  I do use a Bazooka screen inside the kettle though.

The has an "Exam Study Guide" that has some info on how to make "doctored" beers on page 44.  You can first learn what they taste like, then dilute it to see what your threshold is.

Equipment and Software / Re: Banjo Burner Issue...
« on: January 01, 2013, 03:16:29 AM »
Nice.  Picture?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Yet another keg line balancing question.
« on: December 29, 2012, 04:41:27 PM »
The real reason to adjust the line length is so the beer doesn't come out too fast and fill the glass with foam.  If the line is too long, then the beer comes out "too slowly".   Whatever that means.  That may be a problem for bars, but not so much for homebrewers.

Equipment and Software / Re: Banjo Burner Issue...
« on: December 26, 2012, 09:38:23 PM »
Or lower the burner guard a couple of inches.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wee heavy help!
« on: December 25, 2012, 04:10:57 AM »
Care to share your recipe?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Conflicting Info for Bottle Conditioning
« on: December 24, 2012, 12:29:53 AM »
Beer is a food product that degrades over time.  Once you have it where you want it, refrigeration will keep it there longer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 13 Years of Zymurgy Now Online!
« on: December 22, 2012, 10:35:17 PM »
Thank you so much!
Cheers and Happy Winter Solstice everyone - the sun will return.

Ingredients / Re: 6-row and rice - how much can I use?
« on: December 21, 2012, 04:47:26 AM »
A friend uses up to 60% rice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starsan after BLC
« on: December 20, 2012, 04:56:37 PM »
I do the BLC, cold water rinse, StarSan regimen.  Doesn't take much.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Berliner Weisse Question
« on: December 19, 2012, 05:08:29 PM »
Unfortunately, if you pitch the ale yeast with the lacto it can take that long. 

Now, most recommend pitching the lacto/sourmash first, then once you reach your desired acidity (~ 3 days) pitch the ale yeast.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Home Depot Deal of the Day!!
« on: December 19, 2012, 04:59:09 PM »
At first it looked like a good deal for another fermentation chamber, but the reviews are lackluster at best.  Anyone have experience with one?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Berliner Weisse Question
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:49:46 AM »
I do a "sour mash + lactobacillus starter".  I mash the grains, no-boil, and let cool to 100-120F.  Then add the starter and some more crushed grains and keep at 100-120F until sour enough.  Then cool to room temperature and add German ale yeast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Introduction
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:09:11 PM »
Welcome to the obession (oops, I mean hobby, that's it).  Tom

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