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The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:33:55 PM »

The Pub / Re: A bomber is rarely a good deal
« on: May 09, 2013, 02:31:54 PM »
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 07, 2013, 03:32:19 AM »
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.

Nor should sparge pH affect efficiency.  Conversion should be done in the mash, and if it's not, you won't get much more after your first runoff since most of the enzymes are in the liquid of the mash.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 30, 2013, 04:31:43 PM »

fyi, my friend scored 37.5 in this category and finished 2nd.  I also scored 37.5 and while it said "3rd" I found out tonight that I did not advance.  I'm fairly annoyed, truth be told.  The only reason I wasn't super excited is I was there when they announced someone else's name in that spot.  This is not an error we can make without people getting pissed off...

Did it say "3rd" on the summary sheet for your entries, or just in the box on the cover sheet for that beer?

Also, how do you know you didn't advance?  When did they "announce" the results?

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:07:41 PM »
Or, in the category of not-a-cheesy-80s-sitcom:

All Grain Brewing / Re: observation of dissolved oxygen loss in wort
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:28:18 AM »
Sounds expensive  ;)

I had expected that O2 would come out of solution quickly, especially above its saturation point, but it is surprising that it got down to 5ppm so quickly.  Still, you're fermenting beer, not growing yeast... I'd stick to continuous aeration in the starter.  Unless you're fermenting an ultra-high gravity beer, too much oxygen in the wort could have a deleterious effect.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:12:36 AM »

Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:22:58 PM »

Totally a Soviet Propaganda type. Weird choice for a DC brewery.

Well, I think it's definitely meant to be subversive.   :D

Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 05:20:28 PM »
Back to the original topic, if you're going to call it "Big Bug", the bug had better be big.  Like this guy:

Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 05:18:57 PM »
The capitol dome looks Soviet?  I suppose the red could use some blue to go along with it.

It does have a monumental looks, which I'm sure is intentional.  DC is a government city, and I guess these days anything involving government has become looked at as (gasp) communism.

Going Pro / Re: Logo Feedback
« on: April 25, 2013, 03:14:12 PM »
You don't like DC brau?  Different strokes, I guess, but for the first brewery in the city in over 50 yeast I think it's a pretty strong brand.

Equipment and Software / Re: March Pump Heads
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:11:05 PM »
They all come with mounting brackets.  I doubt you will get the higher flow rate if you're restricting the input to 1/2".  Also, according to this you'll get the highest head from the 815 (larger impeller).  If you can swap out the 809C impeller with this one like you can with the regular 809, I definitely would.  It helps a lot with cavitation problems like others have mentioned.

I don't know how you'd get stagnant water in either pump if you mount them with the input on the bottom.  You can also mount both horizontally as long as the bracket is on the bottom, which is more convenient for me, and I haven't had any problems with leftover water after cleaning.

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