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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sour finish in beers using S-05
« on: April 03, 2012, 02:48:49 PM »
With my limited brewing experience, I can't offer much explanation on why you are getting sour notes, but I can tell you I haven't had any sour issues with using 05.  I've only been brewing since Oct and have used 05 for 3 APAs, 2 IPAs, and 2 Milk Stouts and none of those had any "sour" issues.  It will be interesting to see what is contributing those sour notes w/ your 05 batches.

On a different note, I recently brewed one APA with 1056 (with the same recipe that I used for one of my previous APA) and my friends and I really couldn't tell any difference between 1056 and 05.   

Equipment and Software / Re: 55 gal SS drums
« on: April 02, 2012, 02:01:06 PM »
I picked up a surplus power transformer shell at the scap/recycle center last week.  It is painted stainless steel, 47 gallons and never used.  The scrapyard attendant thought it was carbon steel and sold it to me for $20.  It is going to make an awesome boiler!   ;)

Wow, that's a great deal!

General Homebrew Discussion / 15 New Breweries coming to Denver
« on: March 31, 2012, 02:41:12 PM »
In an article in today's Denver Post, they mentioned that 15 new breweries are planning to open up in the next year.  Good article featuring Grimm Brothers Brewery in Loveland, CO, on how they went from homebrewing to owning a that I think about it, I guess we all own a brewery of some sort.  Article hits on how homebrew laws have changed the industry and with craft brew taking up only 5% of the industry, there's lots of room to grow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Add Vanilla
« on: March 17, 2012, 09:46:58 PM »
Split them. Scrape out everything inside and add to secondary.  Chop the pods and add to secondary.

I think I may skip the vodka the first time.  I think I'll scrape and chop as you suggest and add them about a week before I keg.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Add Vanilla
« on: March 17, 2012, 09:45:19 PM »
How much do you plan to add?  I've been debating a vanilla milk stout and I have no idea how many beans to put in.

I'm planning on 2-3 beans.

General Homebrew Discussion / How to Add Vanilla
« on: March 17, 2012, 07:10:04 PM »
Going to brew my first Vanilla Porter soon and was wondering how everyone adds the vanilla.  I'm going to be using whole vanilla beans.  I've read where some soak the beans in vodka before adding them.  Is soaking them in vodka necessary?  Thanks.

652 spend your entire lunch hour and breaks on the AHA forum.  8)

I work from home, how about spending your entire work day on the AHA forum!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:18:21 PM »
I do 3 gallon all grain batches and boil about 4.5 gallons with no problems with my electric range.  I haven't tried anything bigger on my range.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 13, 2012, 04:52:44 PM »
Beautiful and gonna be in the 70s here in Denver.  Wife's tulips are coming up, which means it's going to snow soon.

Beer Recipes / Re: Critique my amber ale recipe
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:18:26 PM »
What does adding roasted barley before sparge do?

Makes it so it contributes color but virtually no flavor.  Also doesn't affect mash pH.

Never thought of doing this.  I may have to try this sometime. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is your perfect spring beer?
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:36:26 PM »
Never really liked the traditional spring beers that much or the summer ones for that matter.  But I guess I'd go with a nice pale ale, also.  I'm starting to not really care what season it is for beer, if I have good beer on tap, it doesn't matter what the weather is like.

I hear ya.  A good beer is a good beer anytime of the year.  I usually brew certain styles for certain seasons due to requests from friends and family. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:28:54 PM »
I hear New Belgium is looking in that area also.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What is your perfect spring beer?
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:59:23 PM »
I personally like a good Pale Ale or IPA for Spring.  My Pale Ales and IPAs are session style beers, so not very high ABV, usually high 4s low 5s.  After drinking a lot of malty dark beers for winter, I'm looking forward to some lighter body, hoppy beers.  My wife is asking me to brew a Wit (I currently have a Hefe on keg for her). 

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: March 11, 2012, 08:47:10 PM »
How do you have the temp probe set up?  Mine sits at the side. :-\

Drilled a small hole in the side of the barrel, then stuck a spare turkey fryer probe (extra long) in there and secured it to the outside with duct tape to keep it level on the inside.
Is this a dial thermometer?  I'm spoiled by my digital remote temperature probe - I can read it from the kitchen while I do other things.

I've got a Redi Check digital with a probe for the meat and a probe for temp inside the smoker.  Amazing how much off the temp gauge is that came with my Brinkmann Trail Master Limited smoker.  I can set the the temp probe next to the meat to get exact smoker temp where my meat sits.  The remote transmitter is nice cause I can sit it in the kitchen like you and keep an eye on it.  Comes with alarms to let me know when the meat has hit temps or when the heat inside gets too high or low, but don't use that feature.  My next gadget is a fan that attaches to the smoke box inlet to control the air flow to keep steady temps.

The Pub / Re: Latest life changing event.
« on: March 11, 2012, 06:57:29 PM »
plus the app ecosystem is littered with malware, spyware and ripoffs.

So is the internet, and yet I wouldn't want it policed by anyone (remember AOL?).  What you see as safe I see as closed. 

I love OS X and thought it was awesome that it was based on BSD Unix.  The problem I have with Apple devices is that they're going back to the walled garden that frustrated even Mac lovers like myself in the 90s.  iTunes pisses me off, and the fact that they bought and shut down Lala (a spotify-like service from 2 or 3 years ago) was even worse.  I'd get an iPad if it were more like a regular computer and less like a computer-lite.  The fact that it's a locked down, controlled "experience" is a big sell for some people, but not me.

Precisely why I sold my iPhone and never plan to buy another Apple product again. It'd have to be pretty special to convince me to not to wait for a better and open-source version to come out.

Eh, just my personal opinion but open-source is over rated.  I've worked on every kind of phone and tablet out there and it doesn't matter if you system is open-source if your product isn't as good as Apple's.  I have yet to run across any of my clients that have decided against an iPhone or iPad to get another product.  On the other hand, just about every user of Droid or Windows OS devices have switched or are switching to and iOS based product.  Again, this is just my opinion, but Apple continues to put out the best products with the best ecosystem.

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