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Homebrew Clubs / Re: A visitor in Paris
« on: September 19, 2011, 08:28:03 AM »
BTW Denny, he claims you stole the mushroom beer idea from him :-)

I absolutely did and I freely admit it!  Credit where it's due, ya know!  The very first brewing book I got, that came with my original kit, was Randy's Brewer's Companion, not Papazian's book.  It mentioned Nirvana, Randy's chanterelle beer.  Having an abundance of chanterelles around, I had to try it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Probably infected
« on: September 19, 2011, 08:25:21 AM »
I usually dump my paper towels in sanitizer, foil I do occasionally but don't sweat it if the foil is not dipped in sanitizer. For instance, if I am sanitizing a container to harvest yeast froma  fermenter I dunk the container and foil in sanitizer. But if I am just covering a bottom dump valve to keep it sanitary I just grab foil off the roll and cover it up. Paper towels I usually dunk but in a hurry I have been known to pull one off and use it as a sanitary surface. Convenience sometimes outweighs paranoia.  ;)

Agreed.  I use paper towels, plastic wrap and foil right off the roll without sanitizing.  Never had a problem related to it.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: A visitor in Paris
« on: September 19, 2011, 08:18:19 AM »
Five Rabbit, yep, just that they're trying to get it going. Hopefully he can take me on a tour when I visit Chicago next month.

I got to sample one of the beers at NHC last summer.  Delicious and very unusual.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: A visitor in Paris
« on: September 19, 2011, 07:59:01 AM »
That Randy sure is a swell guy. :)

He is, indeed.  Phil, did he mention anything about his brewery?

Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 17, 2011, 10:38:20 AM »
Either you guys don't believe me or you didn;t read my post.  ;) I can't find the info now but IIRC Budweiser said the cinnamon added to mash worked to stabilize the beer in packaging and wasn't just hot side aeration but also countered the effects of o2 pick up after packaging. It's been several years since I first read it, but supposedly it works well only, as I said, Bud didn't want it to get out that they used cinnamon in their beer.

I think that the point is that although it might have worked for them, on the homebrew level it's kinda like a solution in search of a problem.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparge water won't fit?
« on: September 17, 2011, 08:28:21 AM »
I thought pH wasn't an issue with batch spargng? I thought the tannin thing was from over spaging?
And if I had money for a pH meter I'd use it buy a bigger mash tun.  ;D

It's more difficult to oversparge and increase pH with batch sparging, but it can be done.  In a "normal" batch sparge situation, it shouldn't be a problem.

Beer Recipes / Re: Using cinnamon in the mash
« on: September 16, 2011, 12:38:52 PM »
I think one of the BN shows said it was used as an antioxidant.

OTOH, since I've never used it and I've never had an oxidized mash, it doesn't seem like it has much value.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparge water won't fit?
« on: September 16, 2011, 09:31:54 AM »
The only concern is your mash pH during runoff. In an effort to avoid tannin extraction you will need to monitor and maintain your mash pH < 6.0 during runoff. You can always make a small addition of phosphoric acid if need be.

Ron, I haven't found that to be a problem if you're only adding a gal. or 2 of water.  it would be more of a concern if you did multiple discrete sparges as several here have suggested.  But you're correct that you should be aware of the possibility and make sure you're OK.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparge water won't fit?
« on: September 16, 2011, 08:40:35 AM »
Instead of doing 2 sparges @ 2 gallons each, can I add the 3 gallons that will fit and then slowly add the remaining gallon as the mash tun drains? If I do this should I slow down on how quickly I run off the sparge water.

You certainly can do what you propose.  I've done it many times when my sparge water wouldn't fit.  I don't s;low down the runoff at all, just add more water gently as the level in the cooler allows.  I haven't seen any effect on my efficiency, either higher or lower.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/16 Edition
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:40:29 AM »
I'm gonna brew the NB Rye IPA extract kit.

Wood/Casks / Re: Barrel aging questions
« on: September 15, 2011, 08:37:51 AM »
There is a sulfur candle that winemakers use to sanitize barrels

Just ask Gordon how well those work for bourbon barrels....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mixing Yeast?
« on: September 14, 2011, 12:40:51 PM »
I have done this numerous times over the past 16 years with excellent results.  Yes, it may be unpredictable, but isn't most home brewing that way?

I try to avoid unpredictable in my homebrewing.  Not that it doesn't sometimes happen, but that doesn't mean I have to like or accept it.  YMMV.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mixing Yeast?
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:10:38 PM »
Probably one will dominate the other.  It's pretty much unpredictable and unrepeatable.

Ingredients / Re: When should I add this Candi Syrup?
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:07:10 PM »
What secret?  After the wort is fermenting for a couple days, pour the sugar into the pail or carboy.  What is so difficult about that?  Not pragmatic enough I guess......

Plenty pragmatic, as long as you remember to do it!  I add the sugars to the kettle so it's over and done with and I din't have to worry about it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: drill press bottle capper
« on: September 13, 2011, 06:04:36 PM »
That is a Tool Time kind of solution  ;)

The Binford Model 1800 Drill Capper!

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