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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fermentation taking LOOOONG time
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:06:01 AM »
Okay, guys, I hear you.  And I trust ya - pretty much.

But riddle me this:  I checked that nasty old bubble rate this morning and it has now gone to 5 seconds!!!  So, given that I am bottling, not kegging, what is going to stop this bubbling so that I don't blow up every bottle.  Yes, the sg is perfectly leveled off to 1.020.  So, if fermentation is not happening, what is the yeast eating and what will save my ceilings?

I think you're confusing fermentation with CO2 outgassing here.  Both will produce bubbles in the airlock, but outgassing can happen after fermentation is finished, as shown by your steady gravity reading.

The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:03:50 AM »
so i saw this guy throwing a brick in to the air. it would come back down then he would throw it up again.  i asked him what he was doing. he replied that he was hoping to get it to go high enough it would not come back down.  so i watched him a bit.  after about 5 minutes the brick never came back down

okay maybe you'll like this one.
i was flying on one of those old prop jet airplanes once.  small flight, thought i could get away with a cigar.  well this old hag with a small dog said my smoke was bothering her dog.  she complained and the attendant threw my smoke out on to the wing. so being the angry man i am i threw her dog out on the wing.  few minutes later i looked out and saw her dog sitting on the wing. you know what was in his mouth? no not the cigar, he had the brick. 

Is that from Groucho Marx?  Sure sounds like him!

The Pub / Re: Sharing small joys
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:01:56 AM »
Eagle Scout, 1976.

Beat ya by 10 years!  Order of the Arrow, too.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low attenuation please help
« on: August 15, 2011, 08:57:25 AM »
Yes, using a refractometer. I think I'll do a couple samples using both and see how accurate ProMash is.

You'll get much better results using Sean's spreadsheet for correction than Promash.

The Pub / Re: Sharing small joys
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:04:31 PM »
Being a scout was one of the best things I've ever done.  I still draw on the things I learned there.

The Pub / Re: Sharing small joys
« on: August 14, 2011, 10:57:24 AM »
Good on ya, Phil!  My day won't be as relaxing and satisfying as yours was, but any day above ground is a good day!

It makes no difference at all.  I generally pitch, then oxygenate.  Subconsciously, I think it will mix in the yeast better, even though rationally I know that doesn't matter.

All Grain Brewing / Re: fix my Bohemian Pilsner
« on: August 14, 2011, 09:21:34 AM »
Martin, regarding kettle caramelization:

There is no such thing as kettle caramelization.  You can't achieve the temps needed for caramelization in a kettle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in Europe...
« on: August 14, 2011, 07:09:58 AM »
I'm told its aged six months in wood casks before they even tap it so this should be a real treat...

I'd be really curious to know if this is true or a myth.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low attenuation please help
« on: August 12, 2011, 11:45:19 AM »
Are you measuring with a refractometer?  If so, are you using a correction for the alcohol?
Not sure I know what you mean Denny. Take readings ending sparge; start/end of boiling; andSG from the fermenter. Pro Mash is measuring/calculating what I am giving from those readings. Am I missing something? Thanks.

If you use a refractometer to take a gravity reading after the beer has been fermenting, the presence of alcohol will throw the reading off.  You need to use a correction factor in order to get an accurate reading.

The Pub / Re: Crazy Eyes
« on: August 12, 2011, 10:34:22 AM »
The caption under the picture leaves no doubt as to the publisher's intent.

Perhaps, seeing such a large decline in their circulation numbers, they have decided to transition from hard news to satire, to compete with the likes of National Lampoon and Mad Magazine.  If so, they should say so, and change the name of their magazine to Newsweak.

It seems to me like you're projecting your own biases rather then accepting it for what it is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition letdown
« on: August 12, 2011, 10:32:37 AM »
Just my opinion,  I don't think that is a very good score sheet for feedback. 

I dunno...seems pretty good to me.

The Pub / Re: Crazy Eyes
« on: August 12, 2011, 06:54:25 AM »
The publishers of Newsweek used that picture of her so that you would have exactly that reaction.  Nice huh?

Have you got somebody inside at Newsweek that told you that?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low attenuation please help
« on: August 11, 2011, 02:25:55 PM »
Are you measuring with a refractometer?  If so, are you using a correction for the alcohol?

Ingredients / Re: hops for a porter
« on: August 11, 2011, 02:24:15 PM »

Anything English well work well.

Not in this house!  I use a combo of German and American hops....usually Tettnang and Cascade.

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