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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:06:56 AM »
That's a great idea, Tom.  There's a CSA down the road from me that does that with both chickens and ducks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pro Brewers...Fermentis yeasts
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:05:03 AM »
I've pitched 05 both with and without aeration and didn't find any difference in performance of the quality of the beer.  Being the "pragmatic" type, I hate to do work that doesn't provide a noticeable benefit.  I don't bother doing anything about aeration with 05 now.

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I'm with Jim on the Ranger...maybe it's because that we're both from the PNW that we expect a bit more assertiveness in an IPA.  The best thing I can say about Ranger is that it's OK.

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I installed a sink and water heater for brewing a few weeks back.  They made a huge difference in my work flow, but maybe the biggest difference was having more counter space!

I'll be brewing Herman Holtrop's Rochefort recipe this weekend.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DC's Rye IPA fermentation schedule
« on: October 27, 2010, 10:01:17 AM »
How long does a keg last around your place?  Weeks?  Months?  Hours?  Seconds?

2-3 months on average.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: ProAm for the National Homebrew Competition
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:00:18 AM »
I've heard nothing about it and tend to think it's not true.  Janis would know one way or the other, though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How do you take your AIPA, sir?
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:59:27 AM »
"Balanced" is in the glass of the beerholder!  I like mine "balanced" toward a big face slap of bitterness!

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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:57:59 AM »
when I moved into my current place, we had 3 chickens left behind by the previous owner.  They pretty much ran wild and roosted on a ladder in the garage at night.  They also laid their eggs in the garage.  I say "garage", but at that time it was more of an open shed (no doors) with a gravel floor.  They lasted about 3 years before the coyotes and raccoons got them.  We have a chicken coop I was going to restore, but we discovered it was painted with lead based paint, which had gone into the ground all around the coop.  we didn't want the chickens scratching in that, so the coop became a toolshed.  Plans are to build or buy a new coop...eventually!  This place here in Eugene sells some pretty cool ones...

http://eugenebackyardfarmer.com/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DC's Rye IPA fermentation schedule
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:53:34 AM »
Do you put the dry hops in something Denny, or do you just toss them in?  Do you rack after a time or do you just drink it until it's gone?

I dry hop in the carboy, then rack to the keg after a time.  Just curious how your process differs.

I put the hops in a bag.  I tie the bag to the diptube with monofilament in case I want to remove it, although that's never happened!  I leave them in there until the keg is gone.  Sometimes, depending on nothing more than my mood, I'll rack to a secondary, dry hop that, then add more dry hops to the keg, too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DC's Rye IPA fermentation schedule
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:22:19 AM »
US-05. I was going to ferment the "same as any other beer", but when I ran across those directions I thought maybe something different was in order to get the intended character. I normally ferment to TG, rack, and dry hop for 2 wks. I like to do a recipe as is, then tweak(if needed) on subsequent batches, so I am looking to set a baseline. I know, I know, should've used 1450 for that but am on a dry yeast kick.  ;)

With 05, I usually go 2-3 weeks primary, then keg with the dry hops.  But I really don't decide by the calendar...I decide by how the beer is doing. I decide whether or not to use a secondary on a case by case basis.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing Methods
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:28:17 PM »
FWIW, I've found that it's more malt specific than style specific.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pro Brewers...Fermentis yeasts
« on: October 26, 2010, 02:20:51 PM »
I aerate ALL yeast. I don't believe dry yeast should be treated any differently.

It doesn't need it, but it doesn't hurt.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ring around the collar in fermenter
« on: October 26, 2010, 11:06:08 AM »
I don't think I'd worry about it.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Thermometer for Rubbermaid Cooler?
« on: October 26, 2010, 10:46:42 AM »
Stirring thoroughly at mash in is the key to getting even temps.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Thermometer for Rubbermaid Cooler?
« on: October 26, 2010, 09:37:07 AM »
The problem I've found with installing a permanent thermometer is that then you only know the temp in that one place.  I prefer being able to move the thermometer around so I can make sure there's an even temp throughout my mash.

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