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Questions about the forum? / Re: Missing avatars
« on: May 21, 2013, 08:49:26 AM »
Today is the first time I've seen avatars all week.

The Pub / Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave...
« on: May 20, 2013, 08:43:06 AM »
MillerCoors appears about 5 times in the legal copy, though.  They might be shooting themselves in the foot here  :) Of course, for anyone who likes blue moon this could be a positive brand association.

I think the $5 off of PRODUCE is the funny part.  Kind of like the Publishers Clearing House "No Purchase Necessary" to enter (as required by law), except that all of their ads imply that you'll have a better chance to win if you buy magazines.  They've had to settle claims with the justice department multiple times over that.

Ingredients / Re: 3 hour dry hop?
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:56:15 PM »
I tried a 3 minute dry hop in some Miller Lite once.  Tasted like Miller Lite with floaties.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cowboy Brewers
« on: May 16, 2013, 07:10:40 PM »
How about this guy.  :)

God, that shirt is hideous.

Nice Baltimore Beer Week shirt just left of that pimp...

I'll post this awesome display of hop stopping one more time  :)

I did one extract (w/steeping grains) batch with help from a friend who had done a few before.  I fermented it myself and immediately wanted to start on my next batch.  After reading How To Brew and everything Denny had posted on the NB forum (this was 7 or 8 years ago), I immediately bought a cooler and did an all grain batch next.  And kegged it   ;D

Of course, it took me a few more months to give up that stupid spinning Phil's sparge arm.  Why I didn't listen to Denny about that I don't know.

The Pub / Re: Do you hate to be corrected?
« on: May 12, 2013, 01:33:31 PM »
Facebook is great.... for finding out how stupid your friends and family are.  You're not going to change anyone, so  put their status on ignore  :o

Equipment and Software / Re: pH Meter
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:21:45 PM »
The MW101 is the new model, which is equivalent to the one Kai has.

I have the MW102 which is the new one with automatic calibration and I've never had any problems.  YMMV.

Equipment and Software / Re: O2 regulator noise
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:16:44 PM »
For the disposable O2 tanks, it's not a regulator, it's just a valve.  If it's whistling, turn it down.

It's always better to start the gas flow before you submerge the stone.  Otherwise the liquid can make its way into the tiny pores and disrupt gas flow.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sticky taps
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:16:25 AM »
Forward seal faucets like Perlick will fix this problem.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:33:55 AM »

The Pub / Re: A bomber is rarely a good deal
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:31:54 AM »
I thought this was going to be about drinking a bomber before going to the shooting range, with hilarious Darwin anecdote included.

The only bombers I buy are the ones that don't generally come in 4 or 6 packs, mainly because they're extremely high alcohol, barrel aged, or sour.

ok, but Narvin, I never approached 80% efficiency until the release of Bru'n Water that provided water treatment measurements for sparge in addition to mash.  So in my case I truly believe that adding water treatment for the sparge, with my water, DID improve efficiency for me, since all other batch sparging BMPs have remained the same.

Well, believe what you want, but I'd at least take a gravity measurement of your first runnings before the sparge and then of the batch sparge to better understand your efficiency.  :)

Ziplocks work.  If I'm actually preparing them in advance I might vacuum seal them, since I have to reseal the lb. bags anyway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: WLP565 What a monster
« on: May 06, 2013, 08:32:19 PM »
Well I guess my question is, brett character aside. Will it be drinkable by August? Or would I better better of brewing one minus the brett and letting the brett saison age?

Definitely drinkable... it's not like pedio or other bugs that get ropey and produce diacetyl at first.

Whether or not you think the Brett character is ready is another story.  I've used Orval dregs in secondary at warm temperatures and had wild Brett within a month, so much so that it started with a distinct cat pee aroma and only mellowed to horse blanket after aging for another two :-)  Other times, Brett has needed more time to become distinctive.  It really depends on the strain, health, pitching rate, and other factors that are hard to quantify.

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