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The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 24, 2009, 02:12:47 PM »
Way cool, thanks folks.  I was just kidding but who knew?

The Pub / Re: 1000th member
« on: November 24, 2009, 01:23:56 AM »
Guess that begs the question, then, are we going to be able to see our member number?  I want 666

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Medicinal Off-Flavor ?
« on: November 23, 2009, 04:38:21 PM »
all of the local water depts use standard chlorination protocols in this area.

Nice! Lucky you :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Medicinal Off-Flavor ?
« on: November 23, 2009, 03:15:51 PM »
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.

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.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ever replace the SS braid in your mashtun?
« on: November 22, 2009, 03:46:33 PM »
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.

All Grain Brewing / Re: General mash tun advice
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:21:24 AM »
The cooler should be blue, of course

The Pub / Re: Forum Members Pics
« on: November 19, 2009, 08:20:35 PM »
So are you proposing we post photos of our insides then?

I can help you out there, got a colonscopy coming due pretty soon and they usually give you pictures.

The Pub / Re: Wildlife Houses
« on: November 18, 2009, 03:22:36 AM »
I've had a bat house for a couple of years, but bats don't like it and I know they're around here.

Check out the BatCon link above.  Lots of new info including if the bat house isn't at least
two feet tall, it likely won't get used...  if the bat house is mounted on a tree, it likely won't
get used.  But even with those, the single biggest factor is the nearness of a body of water.

The Pub / Re: Wildlife Houses
« on: November 18, 2009, 03:20:04 AM »
Never heard of a butterfly house :o

Technically, they are butterfly hibernation boxes.  The butterflies only use them (if
they even do) over the winter to hibernate.  They're not like birdhouses that get used
during the warm weather.

The Pub / Re: Wildlife Houses
« on: November 14, 2009, 04:07:10 PM »
Start with Bat Conservation International for all things batty...

All Grain Brewing / Re: spent grains
« on: November 13, 2009, 02:16:06 AM »
I compost them for the garden.  Never really noticed much of an, uhhh, aroma problem.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 13, 2009, 12:29:38 AM »
It seems like it's only on the main account page, not the forum preferences.

mucho thanks!  works like a champ and I'm now linked

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: November 13, 2009, 12:02:55 AM »
So, I entered my AHA account number and linked my login to my account.

Could you describe that process.  I don't see anywhere to enter my AHA number like you're talking about.

Equipment and Software / Re: How do you brew?
« on: November 11, 2009, 01:46:19 AM »
Filter tap water into a couple of water jugs, add campden for our chloramines
Crush grain with two-roller Monster Mill
Heat strike water in 4-gallon stainless pot on Bayou Classic SP-10
Mash in blue Coleman Xtreme "Denny'ized" tun
Batch sparge into 10-gallon Mega Pot
Boil and then cool with copper immersion chiller
Transfer to 6.5-gallon glass primary
Pitch "grown from slant", stir-plated yeast slurry
Ferment in "son of fermentation chiller"
Rack to secondary
Bottle in 1 case of 12-oz plus remainder in 500ml flip-tops

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