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All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam from the boil
« on: March 09, 2011, 05:31:44 PM »
If you're prone to getting easily distracted by shiny objects, then skimming gives you something to do.

LOOK! a chicken!

Nah, its not a chicken or even the kids that provide the distraction.  Its usually "Now where did I put those damn hops I weighed out 10 minutes ago ???
Actually the biggest distraction for me is this forum.  What starts out to be a couple minutes sometimes turns into 20, then why did the flame go out, and what's that propane smell, or dang boil-over...
Whew, I'm not the only one. Except for me it seems to always be, "crap, I missed my hop addition." Luckily it's never been more than a couple minutes.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Strange fuzz......
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:03:44 PM »
Was there still a lot of yeast in suspension when you transferred the beer? Hard to say without seeing it, but it could just be yeast settling on those rings of the BB. That might explain the foam on top too, just the yeast finishing up after getting roused by the transfer and small amount of oxygen that was picked up. It could just be wishful thinking on my part too... I agree with everyone else that you should taste it before you decide anything.

Equipment and Software / Re: Don't ever......
« on: March 08, 2011, 10:51:56 PM »
I'm laughing with you, not at you... Really...

Ingredients / Re: Hops Anyone?
« on: March 08, 2011, 06:23:38 PM »
I have more than my wife appreciates. I really need another freezer. Roughly a pound each of Hallertau, Magnum, Cascade, Centennial. Then smaller quantities of Styrian Goldings, Saaz, Northern Brewer, EKG. I think there's more too, but I can't remember off the top of my head.

The Pub / Re: I'm getting a divorce.
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:17:13 PM »
Last Thanksgiving, my mom made a turkey wrapped in bacon. It was the best turkey I've ever had. And the bonus was we got to eat bacon as a side dish. I'm not sure what I ate more of, the turkey, or the bacon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The batch from hell!
« on: March 08, 2011, 04:46:40 AM »
This will be a great story to tell over a pint of Belgian Triple... It will turn out to be one of your best beers, just wait.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Schematic
« on: March 08, 2011, 04:42:35 AM »
Cooler is coming along.  I over did it as always with brass fittings and a tap and everything, had to get my friend to machine a couple parts for me but he gets paid in beer so its good.  I'll try to put on a picture.
Bought my kettle today.  Couldn't afford stainless.  Went with Aluminum so I will have to season it as described above.  Does it need to be full or just some water in it?  I sort of over did on the pot too.  I got a 60 quart pot which I think is 15 gallons (not sure if that is US or Imperial gallons).  Either way I have enough for a 10 gal batch when I get up to it.
Someday I hope to stop buying parts and actually make some beer...
You won't think you overdid it as soon as you brew your first 10 gallon batch.

I'm not sure if you can get away with only filling the pot partway to season it. I filled mine all the way (or within a couple inches of the top) when I seasoned it. If anything, you can test it's performance on a burner to get that much liquid to a boil. You can also season it in the oven, but I don't know the details off the top of my head. I believe Palmer covers it in How To Brew, but I don't have my copy handy since I gave it to my brother to convert him to homebrewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My LHBS employs a style nazi
« on: March 07, 2011, 07:18:27 PM »
Good thing pro brewers don't listen to buffoons like this.

Great news! And it starts on my birthday. I know what I'm doing this year. Any thoughts on adding a homebrew comp to the festival?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: My first yeast starter - questions!
« on: March 07, 2011, 04:37:33 PM »
This came up a while back on the forum, and since then, I've been keeping my starters in the fridge until I'm ready to pitch. Then decant, and pitch cold. It's been probably 10-15 batches, and I haven't noticed any difference in yeast performance.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
« on: March 07, 2011, 04:33:32 PM »
Have a meeting dedicated to actually brewing a beer if there's a lot of people new to brewing. You can do an extract batch to keep within a reasonable timeframe (depending on the audience's attention span). Good luck.

Well, you see, you're allowed to BBQ on the Champ de Mars (that's where the Eiffel tower is). My plan (seriously) is to have a 'visibility' club meeting in front of the tour eiffel, doing an extract batch with my electric kettle hooked up to a car battery.

My wife is going to check with the Mayor's office to make sure we don't need any special permits for having a CO2 canister. I hope to do it sometime this summer.
What a great idea!

Homebrew Clubs / Re: First Paris Homebrewer Meeting
« on: March 07, 2011, 04:09:33 PM »
Have a meeting dedicated to actually brewing a beer if there's a lot of people new to brewing. You can do an extract batch to keep within a reasonable timeframe (depending on the audience's attention span). Good luck.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ringwood?
« on: March 05, 2011, 11:16:41 PM »
I just finished fermentation of a Premium Bitter with this strain. It turned out great. I'm sure it would do well in any Bitter or English Pale Ale.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Haze issues with a bag of Maris Otter malt
« on: March 05, 2011, 01:50:04 AM »
So to resurrect an old thread, I brewed up a bitter yesterday using Crisp Maris Otter. I had lots of dough balls at dough-in, followed by significant protein coagulation by the end of the mash. Runoff was very cloudy, even after roughly double my normal vorlauf. I also noticed a much larger volume of break at the end of the boil. I used Whirlfloc in the boil as I always do. Normally when I brew a 6 gal batch, I get 5.25-5.5 gallons into the fermentor, leaving most of the break material behind. This time I barely made 5 gal. And, of course, the wort was cloudy going into the fermentor. I'll report back after fermentation is complete, but I'll be going out to pick up some gelatin in the meantime.
I kegged this beer a couple days ago, and as expected, it was still a bit hazy, although not as bad as I initially feared. I used WLP005, and based on past experience, it should have been much clearer coming out of the fermentor. I added gelatin to the keg yesterday, so hopefully that clears it up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anybody Going to DMC in Aurora IL?
« on: March 04, 2011, 02:57:49 PM »
Well, the kegerator will be down there...  ;)

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