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Ingredients / Re: Gelatin finings
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:42:07 AM »
Is it bad to start force carbonating before letting it settle 24 hours?   I add it to the keg, rack on top of it, seal and pressurize the lid, shake a bit, then hook it up to start carbonating.
Nah... I usually rack into the keg and put it on pressure to start carbing, but don't add the gelatin until a day later once the beer is cold. Then I just continue carbing until it's done, blow out all the crud with the first pint or two, and have nice, clear beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Kettle ?
« on: March 03, 2011, 07:37:19 AM »
Go as big as you can afford. You won't be disappointed doing even 5 gallon batches in a 60-qt kettle. And yes, you can still get a boilover, although it takes some effort... Trust me on that one. Try searching commercial restaurant supply places online. There's lots of good deals out there, especially if you're willing to install the ball valve, etc. on your own.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Perlicks
« on: March 03, 2011, 05:59:54 AM »
Yes, they are definitely worth it! I haven't noticed any more foaming since I started using them.

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build
« on: March 02, 2011, 05:17:56 PM »
That turned out very nicely. Well done.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: C02 tank and force carbonating
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:20:27 PM »
The low pressure gauge I know is to set the pressure for my beer, which I know how to do. Is the high pressure gauge simply to tell me how much gas is left in the tank, if so ive already used up my gas because the needles in the red? Damn leak!

going to take some more soapy water to the fittings
If your high pressure gauge has dropped to zero, you're outta gas... Get your tank refilled and start over with leak testing. I suggest Star-San. It foams like crazy at the leak, and you won't have soapy residue all over your kegging equipment to clean up later. Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Homebrew
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:01:00 PM »
Awesome... Denny and the President sharing space in an article. I assume the White House chefs use a blue cooler.

The Pub / Re: bikeskills
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:01:37 AM »
And I thought I was cool when I learned to ride a bike without using my hands as a kid.

The Pub / Re: Charlie Sheen or Col. Qadaffi?
« on: March 01, 2011, 02:32:08 PM »
2 out of 10  :-[

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed Grain Life?
« on: March 01, 2011, 02:24:32 PM »
I usually crush my grain the day before brew day to save a bit of time, with no ill effects. You'll be fine for a couple days. Just keep them cool and dry.

Equipment and Software / Re: SS vs Copper Immersion Chiller
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:46:15 AM »
I have two chillers, both identical 1/2" diameter and 50', but one is copper and one is SS. In the summer I use one as a pre-chiller with the other in the BK. In the winter, I only need to use one. I honestly cannot tell the difference in performance between the two. I've tried timing them, but with the variability in my water temps throughout the year, I haven't been able to get any meaningful data. I'd guess the chilling time is within a few minutes of each other if water temps were the same.

The Pub / Re: Just had a great shower beer
« on: February 28, 2011, 08:31:23 AM »
My name is Mark, and I am a shower beer drinker.

All Things Food / Re: Who rattles the pans in your house?
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:59:50 AM »
I do almost all the cooking here, although my wife does bake some awesome cookies. She tries to help, but gets frustrated that I never have a recipe to follow, so that pretty much ends the help.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:41:42 AM »
Woke up to a quarter inch of ice over everything this morning. And of course that happened because I forgot to pull the car back into the garage last night.  >:(

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build
« on: February 27, 2011, 06:16:35 AM »
Can't wait to see the finished product!

Other Fermentables / Re: Blueberries
« on: February 26, 2011, 07:59:28 AM »
I made an oatmeal stout with 6 lbs of fresh blueberries last year. I threw them into secondary for 3 weeks. It's a very subtle flavor at that quantity, especially in a stout. I think if the flavor was any more pronounced though, it wouldn't have been as good. There was just a hint of berry tartness. Any more and I think it would have clashed with the roastiness.

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