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Kegging and Bottling / Home built beer engine
« on: September 02, 2011, 04:40:23 PM »

A work in progress, have already changed the spout design, and need to gussy it up some, but it pours a half pint (almost) per draw. Will be brewing bitter this weekend to test this out on!

Yeast and Fermentation / Disaster in my brewery
« on: August 16, 2011, 01:19:13 PM »
My chiller died, leaving a ten gallon batch of Scottish 60/ fermenting at wildly high temps (mid 90's when I found it). I'm guessing the beer is a total wash, but what are the odds of saving the yeast cake? Think it will be re-usable? It was Wyeast Scottish Ale if that makes any difference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Fruit Flies
« on: August 01, 2011, 11:28:30 PM »
They are swarming around my taps. Any good methods of getting rid of them? Seems every time I pour a pint, I get one out of the tap.

All Grain Brewing / Sugar to lighten body
« on: June 05, 2011, 12:54:04 PM »
I made a Saison yesterday, 10 gallon batch, 1042 going into the fermenter. I ended up mashing a little high (155) due to a couple miss calculations (temp of grain, mash tun temp, still on winter brew mind set, that and brewing in the upper 90's). So this is going to finish a little thicker than I want. So the question is, will adding a sugar syrup to the fermenter lighten the resulting body? If so, how much sugar do I need to add?

General Homebrew Discussion / Triple batch day!
« on: May 21, 2011, 04:17:49 PM »
I'm half way thru my triple batch day. Batch 1 is chilling, 15 gallons of bitter. Batch 2 is boiling, 5 gallons of porter. Batch 3 will be 10 gallons of American Brown. Things are going very well!

Yeast and Fermentation / SAFLAGER S-23
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:18:34 PM »
Has anyone tried this? Comments? Reviews? Is one packet really enough for a five gallon batch?

Homebrew Competitions / Win a Brewhemoth (conical fermenter)
« on: April 19, 2011, 04:29:58 PM »
Once again, you have a chance to win a Brewhemoth of your very own (BOS prize). Check out 2011 Microfest Homebrew Competition.
Also for those who wish to judge and or steward, a Penrose Kettle will be raffled off to the one lucky person. Every session you judge or steward, gets you an entry.
Good luck to all who enter.

Ingredients / Burton water
« on: March 30, 2011, 08:09:03 PM »
To start, my chemistry is mostly forgotten  (been 30+ years since college chemistry) so talking in moles is foreign at best. If I start with DI water,in what quantities do I add what to make this water? I'm wanting to make some historic IPA. Any water recipes?

Events / NHC requirements
« on: February 12, 2011, 08:12:47 PM »
How many bottles this year for the first round? I can't find anything in the rules, is it one like last year?

General Homebrew Discussion / Competition Ethics
« on: December 28, 2010, 10:04:48 PM »
I made a melomel with 7 kinds of fruit, two of them dominate, a few are subtle, a couple very faint. The guidelines say one should enter with all fruits listed, would you enter it that way. I can see the scoresheet, "could barely taste fruit 6" minus 10 points on flavor. What would you do?

Homebrew Competitions / Win a Stainless Steel Conical at the HHHC
« on: October 29, 2010, 01:41:17 PM »
St Louis Brews is offering the Brewhemoth, a half barrel conical fermenter, as the Best of Show prize. It will be shipped anywhere in the lower 48 free of charge. You can only win if you enter. Competition information at


Pimp My System / Copper clad conical
« on: October 17, 2010, 01:00:13 PM »

We took our standard fermenter at work and copper plated the outside. Gives my Pub room a bit of class!

Other Fermentables / still, petillant, or sparkling
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:48:50 AM »
Can some one in the "know" put some numbers on these terms. At how many volumes does petillant become sparkling?

Equipment and Software / Immersion Chillers
« on: August 17, 2010, 11:53:49 AM »
Which works better, cold coming in at the bottom or cold in at top?

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