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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Natural Carbonation in Keg.
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:39:35 PM »
My little tidbit to those who carb in the keg. Add the priming solution to the fermenter and allow it to restart fermentation. Then rack that into a keg. You will kill 2 birds there by the yeast consuming any left over oxygen from the transfer and keg.

Yep, did this last time.  Waited maybe an hour before transferring.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: She's Stuck!
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:46:04 PM »
Are you trying to get the yeast to clear or for the beer to attenuate more?  If the yeast is dropping out, it's not fermenting.

As others have said, it's done when it's done.  It might still be fermenting slowly, and warming it up would help.
If it stopped, maybe the wort wasn't as fermentable because the mash temperature varied, or the ingredients changed, or the pH was different due to seasonal water variations.  It could be that the yeast wasn't healthy, but at this point it's hard to fix.  Chilling will make it clear but that doesn't affect the FG.  If it tastes sweet and there are fermentables sugars that the yeast failed to use, pitching a large active starter can help.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purge keg with Iodophor
« on: July 20, 2017, 03:34:55 PM »
There's no problem using iodophor at its recommended concentration when purging kegs.  Even if you leave behind an ounce in 5 gallons, the resulting iodine is significantly below the flavor threshold.  I was a little bit worried before I started doing it, but I haven't experienced any noticeable effects.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Special Delivery from The Beerery
« on: July 18, 2017, 08:26:35 PM »
So I guess you're pleased with the shelf life of your cans?  Very cool.

The Pub / Re: Tipping ettiquite
« on: July 15, 2017, 04:29:01 PM »
There's no "service wage" in Oregon, so they are making at least State minimum which just went up to 10.50 I think? 

Quite a few years ago my sister-in-law worked as a waitress in Portland and her employer's report to the IRS listed her tips as 8% of all the bills from the tables she waited on no matter what she actually received, so stiffing a server in Portland hurts them two ways.

On the other hand, I doubt anyone is averaging less than 8%, and if it was more it's on you to report it.

These days it's likely moot since with credit and POS systems I think all charged tips are reported at the actual amount.

Beer Recipes / Re: Golden Sour
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:49:33 PM »
I just want to point out that Brett is not necessarily going to get you a sour beer.  It can produce some acidity, and with a tart fruit added and the tannins from the wood you might get what you're looking for.  I haven't had the source beer but if it's legitimately sour, lacto/pedio is probably the cause.

All Things Food / Re: 5 mother sauces
« on: July 10, 2017, 01:03:19 AM »
I use sodium metabisulfite and brewtan b in mine

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Funny you say that, when making pizza it's worth noting that active dry yeast contains ascorbic acid as an anti-oxidant.  And in small batch sizes, oxidation could still be a problem. Sorry, but you brought it up  :D

All Things Food / Re: 5 mother sauces
« on: July 10, 2017, 12:36:50 AM »
Bolognese has tomato but calling it a "tomato sauce" is a disservice imo.  It is a rich meat sauce with some tomato, not the other way around  ;)

Besciamella has existed in Italy for a long time, though I think mostly in the north.  They put it in their lasagne but my family would call that heresy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Summertime beer cocktails
« on: July 09, 2017, 09:05:03 PM »
Not a huge fan of beer in cocktails but a nice Saison can be great for breakfast with some fresh squeezed orange juice.

All Things Food / Re: 5 mother sauces
« on: July 09, 2017, 08:59:47 PM »
Seems quite Euro-centric  ;) Obviously these are classics but I'm much more interested in exploring an Indian cookbook than mastering veal stock.

Also, a true Bolognese has barely any tomato.  It's all about the meat.

Ingredients / Re: Cryo hop pellets
« on: July 09, 2017, 08:53:27 PM »
I also got a pack of these hops at the NHC, Simcoe.  I dry hopped 3.5 gal. of an old (1.5 mo.) IPA with it, and I got a really nasty, harsh bitterness from it.  Time helps mellow it, but after a 2.5 weeks, it's still harsh.  I'm thinking oxidized beta acids, but that's a guess.  Anyone else find this?  Thanks.

When and where did you dry hop?  Did you crash cool to settle out the solids?

The Pub / Re: "High End's" Message to Craft
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:10:15 PM »
And, I'm pretty sure Yuengling would be free to use the logo if they wanted.  Not craft, just independent.

The Pub / Re: "High End's" Message to Craft
« on: July 08, 2017, 03:01:21 PM »

I'm not saying that's what I prefer.  I'm saying that the logo doesn't accomplish what we want it to or what we think it will. 

The fight between small beer and big beer is very real.  That's a business thing. Monopolies and whatnot.

The fight between craft and non-craft is nonsensical and hypocritical and based on emontions and hurts craft more than it helps craft. Non craft drinkers are portrayed as dumb oafish neanderthals while craft drinkers are portrayed as elitist snobby hipsters.  Yes, those are both the far extremes but that's what's getting painted in these videos and super bowl commercials and we're all getting caught in those same brushstrokes.

Just my .02$.

That really has nothing to do with this logo. Again, it was AB Inbev that first made a commercial about making beer "the hard way" that wasn't fussy.  Now they want to buy craft brewers but hide the fact that they did, for their marketing purposes.

Craft has the connotation of small and has for a while, for better or for worse.  That ship has sailed.  This is just about a little bit of truth in advertising for all the Redd's Apple Ales, Shock Tops, and now Golden Road, etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 30 Gallon in 30 Days Challenge
« on: July 08, 2017, 02:05:47 AM »
I brewed 50 gallons in a 6 week period from late February to early April, but this time of year it is just too freakin' hot to brew outside.  My Independence Day brew session about killed me.

You need a Zymatic or Grainfather.

And a big brick of Enartis yeast  ;D

The Pub / Re: "High End's" Message to Craft
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:54:07 PM »

This is all well and good for those of us who are deep into the industry, but as always these moves are made for the "rest of the world" who don't care as much where the stuff in the can comes from. 

As with most things that go on a label, as several people have mentioned above, there will be an implied quality statement with the logo.  That's just how food labels work.  I'm a food scientist and there's a lot of stuff that goes on food labels and of course if it goes on a label it must be important right? That's how people's brains work.  The FDA doesn't regulate beer labels yet, but it's coming very soon.  We're already having to work on calories and nutrition facts labels. 

There's a lot of stuff out there that have nothing to do with quality, but crafty advertisers or just human intellect of "this must be different and special" turns into quality statements.  For example, if I say the words Black Angus, what do you think? Most people are going to think about a fancy downtown steakhouse like Ruth's Chris. Black Angus is a breed of cattle.  Not a quality designation.  There are three grades of meat, Select, Choice and Prime.  Choice is what you get in the grocery store, Prime is what you get in Ruth's Chris, but they are both still Black Angus.  When Hardees/Carl's Jr is advertising Angus Burgers they are banking on most people equating that with expensive steak.  Are they using Prime beef? Hell no, they are using Choice (or even Select) but people equate Angus with Prime. 

The BA's selling point is "local and independent is better".. better how? Better for the economy, better business practices, better for your community etc etc.  Over time most people will turn that into "better quality" or "tastes better".  Is the BA trying to intentionally mislead people? No, I don't think so, but they are certainly taking advantage of how human emotions work to push their message.  In essence that's how all advertising works.  Is it meant as a quality statement? No, but in 5 years that's not what people will remember about it.  People automatically assume "better quality" and pay a premium for things like "Natural", "No Corn Syrup", "Free Range", "Dolphin Safe" "GMO Free" etc etc, all of which are unregulated and mostly meaningless statements (Organic is the only one certified by the government) and don't always (or sometimes ever) equate to product quality.  It's a shell game.. and it always has been.

Eh, the BA didn't start this war.  The only thing they're doing is pointing out that the advertising message coming directly from the big crafty brewers is half-truth, at best.  More power to them.

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