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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:43:21 PM »
If you like cheap beer, it's not cheaper  :D

But, if you have a salaried job with no overtime, enjoy brewing, and like $20 bottles of Belgian beer, you bet your sweet ass it's cheaper.  As long as you disregard equipment costs, which would totally go to some other hobby anyway if you had more time (artisinal mustard?).

I just bottled about $1000 worth of Gueze and Kriek according to market prices.  Considering how cheap pils malt, raw wheat berries, and old hops are, that paid for my pump/chiller/fermentation freezer!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 07, 2013, 12:58:01 PM »
I don't know if any of these are really myths, or at least common ones.  This seems more like debatable topics of interest, with a few terminology errors thrown in.  Using a hop back while recirc chilling is defeating the purpose of it, though this just sounds like a mistake.

What about:

1-2-3 week primary-secondary-bottle schedule should be followed
Smacking the smack pack = making a starter
Lag time is an important indicator of fermentation quality
Cleaning = sanitizing, sanitizer should be rinsed, etc.
Chalk works
etc...

EDIT: I guess the author doesn't bill these as being "top 10" myths.

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The Pub / Re: Oh that Google
« on: February 04, 2013, 02:55:11 PM »
This is Albany, GA.  And if you search for Albany, GA - then search for brewery it goes to Deschutes. Any other location in the country and this works fine. Also, search for just about anything else around Albany, GA and it works correctly.

Oh, you're right.  Perhaps Google, like me, didn't know there was an Albany, GA  ;)

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The Pub / Re: Oh that Google
« on: February 04, 2013, 01:55:34 PM »
It's because you're linking to Albany by lat-lon, I think.  If I actually search for Albany, NY and then search for brewery it shows nearby breweries.

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: February 03, 2013, 11:26:45 PM »


Bottled my kriek Saturday, won the superbowl, and had a great core workout today... it's been a good weekend  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: floating rice hulls
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:59:05 PM »
You can soak them in water before adding them to the mash to get them more hydrated.  This will help them to sink and also avoid more wort loss to absorption.
That is an excellent idea.  Thank you.  I will try that next time I use rice hulls.

You're welcome, I think it came from Gordon Strong :-)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: floating rice hulls
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:15:56 AM »
You can soak them in water before adding them to the mash to get them more hydrated.  This will help them to sink and also avoid more wort loss to absorption.

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The Pub / Re: Real men wear coveralls
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:20:05 AM »
Come on man, I thought everybody knew real men wear overalls, not that man suit you got on there. :P


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fun fermentions!
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:17:39 AM »
I get some really fascinating yeast art from certain strains.  This is ringwood in an open fermentation:


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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: January 30, 2013, 11:12:46 AM »
I am having a hard time mustering any interest in the game this year.

Why not?  You have Kaepernick, the 49'ers D, and Jim Harbaugh.  That's like Russel Wilson, Seahawks D, and Pete Carroll but even better!   ;)

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The Pub / Re: The OFFICIAL AHA 4M's NFL BULL SH$%^&TER'S THREAD!
« on: January 30, 2013, 08:53:53 AM »
What a bunch of hokum.  But I don't care if the guy wears holograms as long as he kicks ass on Sunday.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/baltimore-sports-blog/bal-ray-lewis-denies-using-banned-substance-during-rehab-from-injury-20130129,0,7725655.story

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All Grain Brewing / Re: is my theory sound?
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:17:42 PM »
A mash out will not make a difference unless you take an hour (or more) to lauter. At homebrew scale it's inconsequential.

Measure your grain temperature during the mash to make sure you're maintaining temperature.  I had a friend who did 3 gallon batches in a small cooler, and due to the low thermal mass/large surface area compared to the size of the cooler he ended up 10 - 15 degrees below temperature after only a few minutes.  Beta amylase will not denature this fast, and you could be getting a much more fermentable wort than you want.  If this is what's happening, raise your strike temperature and stir for longer during dough in, or you can preheat your cooler with hot water.

Also, make sure you have a good thermometer.  Cheap digital kitchen probes from the grocery store can be off 10 degrees or more at mash temp, even if they seem accurate when measured in ice water.

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Equipment and Software / Re: has anyone dissected their plate chiller?
« on: January 29, 2013, 08:57:13 PM »
What's the difference between this and the film on the outside of an immersion chiller that "sanitizes in the boil" and makes your copper come out shiny?  Recirc some hot wort through for a few minutes before you chill and it doesn't matter what's in there.

If you really care, make a hop stopper.  I have and I never see any particulate come out when I backflush.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Free rise temp for Belgian strong?
« on: January 29, 2013, 02:53:01 PM »
In general for Belgian yeast I like to control the fermentation for the first few days or so and then let it warm.  For my latest strong golden with WLP530, I pitched at 64, set the controller to 68 for 2 days, and then let it free rise up to 75 or so after that.  In the summer when it's hot I might keep using the temperature controller and limit the rise to 2 degrees a day or so.

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The only time I ever got a true cat piss scent was a beer secondaried with Orval dregs (at about 75) when it was really young.  It faded away, though.

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