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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxyclean...I'm doing something wrong...
« on: March 29, 2011, 09:28:52 AM »
I agree that Versatile does have a scent to it.  But I've never noticed it carry over to any of my beers.  Usually I can't detect it on the equipment right after cleaning if I've rinsed it well.

Thanks for clarifying what I meant to say.  There is certainly no "Oxiclean aroma" that ends up in my beers.

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Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:34:21 AM »
What do you use to sparge? 

A toilet hose in a cooler...


www.dennybrew.com


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Ingredients / Re: How to use tea in beer?
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:33:36 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I'll likely use more than that, since chamomile is supposed to be promient flavor in this particualr brew. 

Well, whatever amount I used, I can guarantee ya it was prominent.  I'll try to dig up the recipe.

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I think it's time for a Denny return on The Brewing Network.


Dude, I'd have to learn something new to talk about!

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Then you'll be surprised that it's actually like a cross between Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Shaggy from Scoobie Doo.

Gordon, that's the best description I've ever heard!   :D

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Ingredients / Re: How to use tea in beer?
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:30:45 AM »
I use chamomile in wits.  I'd have to check my notes to be sure, but I think it was an oz. for the last 5 min. of the boil.

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How does that work, you are grinding into one basket while pressing in the other?

Yep.

I was thinking of using a garbage disposal setup for crushing apples, but I heard they tend to get hot since they aren't typically designed for continuous hard use.

Yeah, I could see that happening.  I also wonder if it's possible to overcrush?  Bob Correll, the guy who built my press, makes everything on it by hand, even the metalwork.  He consistently wins cider press comps (who knew?) based on overall throughput.  Take a look here to see what the shredder assembly looks like.

http://www.applejournal.com/correll/const.htm


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Oxyclean...I'm doing something wrong...
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:25:09 AM »
When you say oxyclean do you mean oxyclean free? I was always told that regular oxyclean had perfume in it?

Either one.  I use the Versatile and always have.  There is no scent from it.

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Pimp My System / Re: Rate my system!
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:24:24 AM »
Phil's Sparger (I could use a new one - but they aren't made anymore).

The reason being that Dan Listermann said it was the most worthless piece of equipment he ever produced.

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Can't do much about the search, but thanks for the reminder about purging the announcements.  I'll get to it ASAP.

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:21:51 AM »
OK, so I don't have a need to grate Parmesan on my halibut

I've got a recipe for cashew crusted halibut that has Parmesan in it.  Just a bit, but it really ups the flavor.  OTOH, I'd never just put Parm directly onto the fish.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is a refractometer worth the $$?
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:19:21 AM »

I loved my refractometer when it worked.  For some reason, it started deviating from my hydrometer so I stopped using it.

That seems odd.  Perhaps it was defective?[/quote]

Well, it worked fine for a couple years.

[/quote]What basic calculation do you use for your gravity readings?  Years ago I learned this one:

Starting Gravity - Final Gravity X 129 = Alcohol %

For example:

SG: 1.062
FG: 1.010
Alc: 6.708%

Is that how you calculate it?  What was your refractometer showing for something like this? 
[/quote]

No, the refractometer doesn't show anything like that.  It's just an alternative for taking a gravity reading, not calculating ABV.  And once the beer has started fermenting, the alcohol in it skews the refractometer reading so you have to apply a correction factor.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: OR Homebrew law ALERT!
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:16:48 AM »
The deed is done...


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is a refractometer worth the $$?
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:12:46 AM »
I loved my refractometer when it worked.  For some reason, it started deviating from my hydrometer so I stopped using it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing software?
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:11:35 AM »
I've been a Promash user for 13 years.  I absolutely love it.

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