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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Baltic Porter - Guideline ?
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:08:56 AM »
yeah - if you use enough 120Lthe plum and raisiny aromas'll  jump out of the glass and grab your nose if you're not careful.

Special B sounds similar - "147 L. An extremely dark caramel malt with a sharp, almost toffee like flavor. It will impart a heavy caramel taste and is often credited with the raisin-like flavors of some Belgian ales."

Does it give more or less of the plum/raisin/prune than the Crystal 120?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Shops Plus and Minus
« on: February 09, 2010, 06:46:27 AM »
Like they say about real estate... location, location, location

Our LHBS is about 20 miles away which is about an hour with the stupid traffic around here.  Way too much easier to have stuff shipped to my door.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: so the debate is
« on: February 08, 2010, 08:30:06 PM »
After reading this thread, I think I'll put off all grain for the time being and get my fermentation under control.  Do most people use the single stage (heat or cool) or the dual stage (heat and cool) controllers?

Single stage (cool) here.  Don't think I've ever had a fermentation where I needed to warm it up.

The Pub / Re: Howdy everybody!
« on: February 08, 2010, 08:06:48 PM »
how do i put up a pic on here. 

Welcome.  To see how to post a pic, check out this thread...

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 08, 2010, 02:23:00 PM »
Now they're calling for another 8+ inches here tomorrow  :(

yep, we got bumped from a watch to a warning and from 1-3 to now 7-14 inches.  yikes!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Wort Hopping ?
« on: February 08, 2010, 02:15:52 PM »
I am not a big fan of FWH.
I did about 6 brews with it and all of them had harsh bitterness (my term).
I tried it with Saaz (Zatec) and Hallertau. 

I've recently tried it with Cascade and Centennial and it's the smoothest hop flavor I've ever come across.  Definitely a keeper for me.

The Pub / Re: bone marrow donation
« on: February 08, 2010, 08:58:33 AM »
+1, that's a great thing to do.

Also, imagine the look on her face when she's told she's received bone marrow from a "darkerpower" :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How worried should I be about DMS?
« on: February 08, 2010, 08:04:12 AM »
Can't help you much with the DMS issue but, assuming you use portble propane tanks, there's a couple of things you might want to consider.

First off, the colder the weather the colder the tank the harder it is for it to push the gas out.  Partially submerging the tank in a tub of warm water helps there.

Second, it's a good idea to always have a second full tank around.  That way, when the first tank starts to wind down, you can just switch over the second.  Then it's just a matter of refilling the first tank whenever it happens to be convenient.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Temp Control
« on: February 06, 2010, 03:06:15 PM »
I use a homemade "sorta son of fermentation chiller" setup.  And yes, I agree that fermentation temperature control is the single most important improvement you can make to you brewing process.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 06, 2010, 08:48:06 AM »
Just finished my second shoveling.  Pulled about 10 inches off so far.  Thinking about just drinking and shoveling all night and sleeping tomorrow.  I hate the thought of having to shovel a foot or two all at once.

Just finished my fourth shoveling.  Almost two feet so far and still coming down like a mutha.  House one behind us and one to the right had a big evergreen (40+ feet) come down...  took out a section of the behind us neighbors fence and is now mostly sitting in his in ground pool.

The Pub / Re: Getting ready for another Nor'easter...
« on: February 04, 2010, 07:59:06 PM »
Yeah, me too.  I wouldn't be surprised if this one dumps three feet on us.  The whole area will be shut down for a week.

Yeah, they made the decision to cancel our kids school for tomorrow at 2:00 today.  Who knows if they'll be open at all next week as there's also talk of another storm Tuesday or so.

Other Fermentables / Re: Wine Making
« on: February 04, 2010, 07:55:17 PM »
I am wondering how much is the right amount to use. states that one 1/2 ounce campden tablet will chlorinate 20 gallons.  My tablets are Sodium Meta and they are .7 grams each which would mean I would need approximately 5 for a similar ratio.  I have also read that the sodium meta is 1/2 as strong so she would likely need 10 tablets.

1/2 ounce campden tablet?????  that can't be right, can it?  That would be one huge tablet, yes?  I've just been using one quarter of the normal size campdem tablets like you get from Northern Brewer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast alcohol tolerance concern
« on: February 04, 2010, 07:48:34 PM »
a lower gravity stout (1.086)

1.086 is "lower gravity"? Yikes!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Loop vs. needle?
« on: February 04, 2010, 02:11:19 PM »
who was it that wrote the song "they call him the streak?"   Don't looook Ethel!   :D

You mean Ray Stevens?  here...

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