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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Type?
« on: December 01, 2009, 08:29:26 PM »
I use both swing-tops and regular pry-offs.  Both work equally well.  More important than the closure type is probably the color of the glass.  Brown does the best job of keeping out the light that can skunk beer.

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The Pub / Re: Been scarce, wife has cancer
« on: December 01, 2009, 07:15:34 AM »
Both of us are 44 and thought this was for older people.....until now.

We're going through the same thing and the wife is 51 so yeah, it really isn't just for old people.  Hers was advanced enough that we're doing chemo first to shrink it then double mastectomy (Jan/Feb) then radiation.  You're in our prayers.

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The Pub / Re: Bama # 1 ?
« on: November 30, 2009, 07:35:15 PM »
Not that we have any claim but, look who scored the most points against Bama this year

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Water in yeast plates?
« on: November 25, 2009, 09:47:04 AM »
Some are now as old as 3 years.

What exactly does that mean?  I've just started doing slants (from the info on your web page thank you very much) and I put the date I started each one on it.  When I need to grow up a starter, I use the loop to pull a little off the lawn and go from there.  How long can I keep "mowing the lawn"?  Surely not three years, right?  Do I need to periodically replant a lawn on a new slant?  How often? Best method?

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The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 25, 2009, 06:35:18 AM »
Sorry, tygo,  only 299 members have posted so far.
sort the members list by posts and you will see.  Sorry but that stat seems to be broken.

Maybe that stat has more to do with how many users are "logged on".  Especially with the "keep me logged on" thing, that number is very possible.

On second thought, maybe those stats are just broken after all.  Says the lastest user is "roger" who is user #940 and here's this thread talking about the 1000th user and beyond.

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The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 25, 2009, 06:24:41 AM »
Sorry, tygo,  only 299 members have posted so far.
sort the members list by posts and you will see.  Sorry but that stat seems to be broken.

Maybe that stat has more to do with how many users are "logged on".  Especially with the "keep me logged on" thing, that number is very possible.

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do you transfer to a bottling bucket before adding the priming sugar?

Not before, after.  Mix priming sugar with a little water, boil to sanitize, cool, add to bottling bucket.  THEN siphon the beer from the secondary into the bottling bucket.  Makes sure things get mixed up well that way.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Storing Grain?
« on: November 24, 2009, 10:36:10 AM »
I use large Rubbermaid totes for storing my grain. Keeps it dry and also keeps the mice out. Plastic trash cans work weel too.

Yep, Rubbermaid totes here too.  Work great

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Are we talking here about finishing fermenting in secondary fermenter or are we talking about transferring fully fermented beer to another vessel for flocculating and clarification?

These are two different things.

In general, don't you never want to transfer out of primary until fermentation is done, whether to a secondary or not?

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The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 24, 2009, 07:12:47 AM »
Way cool, thanks folks.  I was just kidding but who knew?

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The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 23, 2009, 06:23:56 PM »
Guess that begs the question, then, are we going to be able to see our member number?  I want 666

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Medicinal Off-Flavor ?
« on: November 23, 2009, 09:38:21 AM »
all of the local water depts use standard chlorination protocols in this area.

Nice! Lucky you :)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Medicinal Off-Flavor ?
« on: November 23, 2009, 08:15:51 AM »
The water for this beer was run through a whole house carbon filter so should not have had any free chlorine. 

Be careful of making that statement.  If the municipality supplying your water uses chloramines (as more and more of them seem to be doing), even a whole house carbon filter may still leave some chlorine.  They prefer chloramines to old-school chlorine additions because the chloramines are more persistent.  That persistence is exactly what makes them more difficult for a filter to get rid of, though.

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Necessary?  absolutely not.  Desirable?  could be.  You really need to try it both ways and decide for yourself.  Brew the exact same beer twice, once with secondary and once without (keep total time the same) and see which you prefer.  I've done that and prefer to always secondary because I (and competition judges) prefer the result.

You'll get plenty of opinions both ways in this thread so you really need to decide for yourself.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Ever replace the SS braid in your mashtun?
« on: November 22, 2009, 08:46:33 AM »
Palmer talks about manifold configurations in his book as it relates to the flow through the grain bed.

The manifold configuration is only really important for fly sparging.  Assuming the OP is following Denny's Cheap'n'easy methods, he would be batch sparging and 6 to 8 inches of braid is perfectly fine.

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