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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Inconsistent Carbonation
« on: August 11, 2012, 10:49:08 AM »
Thanks for the help, everyone.

To clean the bottles, I usually run them in the dishwasher (no detergent) right before I'm getting ready to bottle.  I open the dishwasher for the first time as I start bottling.  Is this not good enough?

I'm assuming I do have a sanitation problem, if that's the common thread here.

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Kegging and Bottling / Inconsistent Carbonation
« on: August 10, 2012, 02:50:39 PM »
Some of my beer fizz over (to the point of emptying an entire bottle) when I open them.  Some don't.  Now, this isn't a batch vs. batch problem.

My stout, for instance.  Some of the bottles just explode when I open them.  Others are fine (and taste delicious).

Does anyone know why this would happen?  Why the inconsistency?

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Beer Travel / Re: Free Dinner at Stone Bistro and Gardens
« on: June 09, 2012, 05:35:48 AM »

Car ride? Screw that. I say we all pitch in and get you a limo or party bus. Welcome the f##k home, dude.

+1

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Last summer, the appease the masses who - while they liked my massively hopped/high ABV home brews - wanted something "lighter" for the warmer months in New England, I brewed a honey apricot wheat.

(Disclaimer: I did NOT know Ithaca Brewing had one of these when I made the recipe. I had just purchased too many apricots)

To my surprise, it was good. I'm not usually a fan of wheat beers.

So that's the plan today.

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Beer Travel / Re: San Diego Beer & Brewery
« on: May 07, 2012, 05:42:23 PM »
I don't know where you're staying, but if you want the best breakfast burrito that you'll ever have, go to Kono's Surf Shop in Pacific Beach. I've moved to the east, but I dream about egg burrito #1. Seriously.

Alesmith is a great place. I'd recommend storing some bombers in your suitcase for the flight home.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Customized growlers
« on: May 07, 2012, 05:28:27 PM »
My future wife and I are looking for ways to incorporate craft beer/home brewing into our wedding. One of the ideas is to have customized growlers as centerpieces with flowers.

Does anyone know any sites (or anyone) that are affordable and good?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wedding favors
« on: April 18, 2012, 07:54:16 PM »
I am getting married next spring and I've been asked by a number of my friends if I'm going to "brew something" for the wedding. My initial response is, "Yes" but I am a little reluctant. I think a lot of people like the idea of craft beer more than they like beer. For instance, I did a cranberry IPA for Christmas called "Hoppy Holidays" and it came out great. My dad, who is a Bud drinker, said, "That's not real beer."

My point is this: I don't want bottles of something I spent time and money on perfecting to be discovered the next day half full.

Am I being too cynical?

not cynical, but not realistic. You will never brew a beer that everyone likes. brew for you at your wedding. or for you soon to be wife. You could also consider this an opportunity to get a kegging set up. if you serve your beer from a keg there will be no half empty bottles!

And there'll be more for us to drink the next day. Good call.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« on: April 18, 2012, 07:52:41 PM »
Thanks for the help. Good options all around.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wedding favors
« on: April 18, 2012, 03:13:52 PM »

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You just need better friends.
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Well played, sir. It's not friends I'm worried about. It's the aforementioned drinkers of "real" beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wedding favors
« on: April 18, 2012, 03:08:29 PM »
I am getting married next spring and I've been asked by a number of my friends if I'm going to "brew something" for the wedding. My initial response is, "Yes" but I am a little reluctant. I think a lot of people like the idea of craft beer more than they like beer. For instance, I did a cranberry IPA for Christmas called "Hoppy Holidays" and it came out great. My dad, who is a Bud drinker, said, "That's not real beer."

My point is this: I don't want bottles of something I spent time and money on perfecting to be discovered the next day half full.

Am I being too cynical?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Near-perfect Brew Day
« on: April 18, 2012, 03:03:40 PM »
My friends are definitely not interested in brewing. They will, however suck down all my beer when they are over. I prefer not to have the distraction. 8)

Kudos on the BBQ-Brewing event. Sounds like a good way to keep the wives and kids happy while the brewer(s) gets to working.

+1

throw on some tunes, crack one open, and enjoy some "free" time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Any suggestion on scales?
« on: April 18, 2012, 03:00:53 PM »
I'm planning to use the "Pliny the Toddler" recipe from Zymurgy. But the recipe calls for .75 of a few of the hops (per six gallon recipe). I'm thinking about delaying and purchasing a food scale.

Any suggestions for someone on a "new home and wedding planning" budget?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blow off
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:48:12 PM »
The only blow off I've ever encountered have been with higher gravity batches. Actually, just once, when I did a Russian Imperial.

I just assumed it was a product of more yeast. Am I right?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: April 04, 2012, 05:46:11 PM »
Getting Zymurgy alone is worth it, then I do use the pub discounts a lot, saving more than the price of the membership I'm sure.


Agreed. I'm new to the AHA and have been pleased with the magazine, the recipes, and the enthusiasm on the boards. I'm looking forward to sharing pics, recipes and advice to reciprocate what I've received.

Cheers.

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