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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foil fell off yeast starter.....
« on: January 07, 2014, 05:09:24 PM »
Boy, that's embarrassing....


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foil fell off yeast starter.....
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:42:29 PM »
What are you planning to make? If it will be in a keg in 3-4 weeks, I say pitch. The baddies shouldn't be able to keep up with the yeast.

If it's something that's going to have an extended secondary/cellaring, I'd be more leery. That's when an "infection" will take hold.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Is my Stroh's keg a cask?
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:49:23 PM »

I had one that I would take up to my friend Steve Fried, the brewer at McGuires Irish Pub in Pensacola.  He would fill it with his barleywine, "What the Gentleman on the Floor is Having," as a donation to the Sunshine Challenge every year.  A VERY nice barleywine BTW.
Yes, it is, plus it's one of the best beer names ever.

1. If I'm ever in Pensacola, I'm going to that pub on the name of that beer.

2. I got the down tube (as it were) out without issue. Just remove the set screws (Allen head screws), put a flat head screwdriver on the right side of the "cross" and tap it counter-clockwise. Came out real quick. The bung came out in a few pieces, as it was semi-rotten and gross.

Both the kegs I got are rinsed out, draining in the shower stall, and ready to get a deep-clean and a decision on their fate.

Thanks for all the help, everyone.


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Diamond ring. Gave one to my girlfriend 17 years ago and nothing has been the same sense.

Shoulda put that money to brew equipment...


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Equipment and Software / Re: Is my Stroh's keg a cask?
« on: January 05, 2014, 02:36:50 PM »
I got a Miller keg at the same time, so it looks like I've got options for a new brew kettle, HLT, and/or mash tun.

Might be time to lose the igloo mash tun and build a brew sculpture.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Is my Stroh's keg a cask?
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:57:52 PM »
I'm still on 6 gallon batches, so I won't need it to hold pressure for dispensing or carbonating.

The good news is I got it free of charge, and I've got a full machine shop and a world-class welder at work, so I can get the works removed and the bung welded shut for Hot Liquor Tank or fermenter needs. I think it'll be more than fitting for a HLT in a Franken-sculpture with the cooler mash tun and the boil kettle I already have.

So total cost for this project will be a little gas and a few bottles of homebrew to grease co-worker palms.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Is my Stroh's keg a cask?
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:51:23 PM »
Thanks, folks.

I did more research after the post, and saw that the best way to deal with them is cut the Hoff-Stevens out of the top.

SO glad there's a machine shop at work. Time to figure out what it's purpose will be (hot liquor tank, fermenter, etc.), and do some shop engineering!!


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Equipment and Software / Is my Stroh's keg a cask?
« on: January 04, 2014, 03:28:44 PM »
Got this bad boy this morning, and I'm in the process of cleaning it up...

With the plug on the side and the non-Sanke connector, is this a cask?





Any help would be appreciated.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Today's brewing disaster...
« on: April 08, 2012, 06:35:38 PM »
Could have been dry rot on your regulator hose, too. Time for a banjo cooker or a Blichmann!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon 'Barrel' Stout question
« on: February 02, 2012, 07:45:27 PM »
I've had success soaking 2 oz of oak cubes before adding them to the secondary. I added them without the bourbon, then added 8oz of bourbon during bottling.

Mine was a 5 gallon batch of about 5% abv stout. Came with plenty of bourbon character, while still being a stout.

As for your batch... there's only one way to find out...

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Late malt additions and low gravity
« on: January 29, 2012, 06:47:13 PM »
Quote from: a10t2
You can take the gravity reading before adding the top-off water, then account for the dilution.

I do a full boil, so usually volumetrics are determined by boil off.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Late malt additions and low gravity
« on: January 29, 2012, 06:45:04 PM »
Quote from: morticaixavier
And, given the styles I usually brew, I can stick to the early malt additions and not worry about this as often. Cheers!

before taking your gravity reading give the wort a thorough stir. it might also be advantageous to stir more when adding the late addition. even if it's not scorching to the bottom of the kettle you could be getting unwanted coloration if the wort near the heat is higher gravity than that near the surface.

I always stir my wort quicky when adding any malt. And I usually take my gravity readings after I transfer to my fermenter, so I assumed that the transfer would eliminate any stratification. But I wil take all that into account.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Late malt additions and low gravity
« on: January 29, 2012, 07:59:07 AM »
Thanks, Mark. Never thought of those conditions. I'll have to keep an eye on volume, there's not much I can do with the stratification.

And, given the styles I usually brew, I can stick to the early malt additions and not worry about this as often. Cheers!

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Late malt additions and low gravity
« on: January 28, 2012, 08:52:00 AM »
First things first: thanks for a great forum. This is my first post because I've found answers to all my other questions by searching.

My issue: In recipes that have late malt additions, I often end up 0.010 or so short of my calculated gravity. Could the hops be leeching/absorbing some of the malt/sugar? I don't see any evidence of scorching or sedimenting that would show where else my sugars are going. (I will try removing my hop bags during late malt additions in the future.)

Any info would be appreciated. Cheers!

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