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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Controlling sourness
« on: August 17, 2015, 08:07:29 AM »
Lactic acid to taste post-fermentation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Phenolic Feedback
« on: August 16, 2015, 09:21:51 AM »
Phenolic off-flavor is frequently caused by a wild yeast contamination.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Kentucky Common & Apple?
« on: July 18, 2015, 09:20:04 PM »
Hi all - I'm looking into brewing a Kentucky Common and was thinking about adding apple flavor/essence and maybe cinnamon. Will this style work with apples and maybe cinnamon? Or should I do this with a Porter instead? Thanks and happy Friday!


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No offense, but it sounds like you haven't really thought this through.  You should have a solid idea if the base beer first and THEN think about what you can add to enhance it.  It kinda sounds like you've decided you want to use apple and cinnamon and you just want to shove 'em into some beer.
Why do you say that you should have a base beer first and then add stuff to it?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Stand
« on: July 18, 2015, 07:51:10 AM »
I cut a hole into a piece of painted plywood and attached the mill to the plywood, lining up the holes. The I just set the whole thing on a clean 33 gallon garbage can. No dust at all.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Accidental lacto infection; help needed
« on: July 15, 2015, 09:31:30 PM »
Lacto  won't survive a soak in 180+ water.

 Any bucket or plastic part that has been contaminated with an undesirable yeast or bacteria can be sanitized. It might not be worth your time or effort, but it is possible.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Out of ideas
« on: July 13, 2015, 05:39:29 PM »
I put a piece of colored electrical tape on the gas side of the keg.  Never made a mistake after that.

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Beer Recipes / Re: malt character for pale ale
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:38:56 PM »
Your malt bill seems pretty weird for a APA. I would suggest an American Pale Ale malt or standard 2-row instead of the Pilsner. Then you can drop the Munich way down.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 07, 2015, 05:19:51 PM »
I recommend looking for a drill with an adjustable trigger stop. This will allow you to set the trigger to the desired speed.

+1

That's one of my biggest gripes about the Dewalt I use. However, since I got it on sale I'm somewhat tempted to cannibalize it and make it into a dedicated mill motor. Rigging up a more precise speed control would be pretty easy. Might not even be that hard to rig some form of PID control to set the speed.

If you could figure out a way to do this it would be great. I run my 1/2 drill on a  monster mill and just zip tie the trigger all the way closed. It runs much, much faster than it should which shreds the husks.
http://m.harborfreight.com/router-speed-control-43060.html

I picked up this link from a previous forum post.  It might be helpful for the zip tied drill. -T
Great!  That looks like a cheap n easy solution.

Has anybody tried using something like this to control a drill for a  grain mill?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 07, 2015, 12:04:46 PM »
I recommend looking for a drill with an adjustable trigger stop. This will allow you to set the trigger to the desired speed.

+1

That's one of my biggest gripes about the Dewalt I use. However, since I got it on sale I'm somewhat tempted to cannibalize it and make it into a dedicated mill motor. Rigging up a more precise speed control would be pretty easy. Might not even be that hard to rig some form of PID control to set the speed.

If you could figure out a way to do this it would be great. I run my 1/2 drill on a  monster mill and just zip tie the trigger all the way closed. It runs much, much faster than it should which shreds the husks.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Rust
« on: July 04, 2015, 12:05:16 PM »
Acid solutions are best for removing rust. Try some vinegar.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: conical as HLT?
« on: June 29, 2015, 08:02:45 AM »
Good idea. If you get it hot enough it will be sanitized too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 17, 2015, 05:01:57 PM »
Seems to me that most of the arguments about changing the rules can be summed up like this:

"What can we do to make it so the BN doesn't win next year? "

That kind of seems like poor sportsmanship to me.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sour Gushers
« on: June 17, 2015, 07:05:03 AM »
In all fairness, you just need to open the bottle cold but you don't have to drink it that cold.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: pFriem Blonde IPA
« on: June 11, 2015, 08:53:04 PM »
I found an IPA that I like. Well, another one. So now there's maybe 3 or 4.

pFriem Blonde IPA:
A - piney grapefruit zest, clean mixed fruity fermentation
A - brilliant straw with tiny bubbles and a thin bright white head and lace
F - pretty much matches the aroma, plenty firm bitterness with a piney grapefruit flesh ant zest followup. Finishes dry and clean with a pleasant grapefruit aftertaste
M - medium-light bodied, no stickiness, slickness, or astringency
O - ranks up there with PTE in my opinion, my favorites (that I can get easily) are FW Union Jack, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed,  and now pFriem.


Have you been to the pub Jim? They have quite a few great beers as well as good food and an amazing atmosphere right by the river. It is probably my favorite beer destination outside of Portland or Seattle. Although Bale Breaker is pretty great too.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 11, 2015, 07:11:52 AM »
Ugh still so early. Really screws over teachers.

The Philly conference was great.  I rolled a couple extra vacation days into 4th of July and had almost 2 weeks off. 

I just looked at the calendar and this falls on the night of my son's 8th grade graduation.  Unless we get 3 snow days we have to make up, I think I'm going to have to skip next year too.  COME ON SNOWSTORMS!!
I can't believe 8th grade graduation is a thing now! My son is only 24 and that wasn't done when he finished 8th grade. I don't remember anything before finishing High School even CALLED "graduating". They make kid's and therefore parents lives so busy and stressful these days. I'm glad my kid is grown up.

My 6 year old had a kindergarten graduation this year. He was sick that day so we missed the festivities, but I was sure surprised when he brought the note home about it.

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