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All Grain Brewing / Re: Acidifying the mash
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:39:22 AM »

I agree, with the exception of when a piece of information comes from a credible source such as John Palmer (where the phos reference comes from).  If someone sees a wild theory online there is good reason to doubt it, but when it comes from a credible source there is less of a reason for dispute. 

Even when something comes from a "credible source" you do yourself a disservice to blindly accept it without trusting your own observations and experience.  Although the source may have established credibility in the past om some things, there's no absolute guarantee that source is accurate on all things all the time.  You need to use your own experience and common sense to see how that advice relates to you.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Acidifying the mash
« on: April 04, 2011, 08:36:10 AM »
I honestly don't know where some of these goofy ideas come from.  People are going along fine, then someone says something on the internet, and all of a sudden everyone is dumping olive oil in their beer.  If your processes are working for you, stop looking for evidence to change to something else.  In this case, it should be pretty evident whether you accidentally dropped all the calcium out of your wort.  If you don't have the signs of it, then chances are it didn't happen.  Theoretical is one thing, but if you have actual empirical evidence to the contrary, just believe your own senses. 

Gordon, I love, not like THAT!  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2.5 hour mash ?
« on: April 03, 2011, 02:59:25 PM »
Wouldn't a conversion test with iodine tell you whether it's done in the mash or not?

Maybe.  It's fairly easy to get a false reading with that test.  It also doesn't tell you how far things have gone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What does oxidized beer taste like?
« on: April 03, 2011, 02:20:30 PM »
  to me it is just a stale taste.

If it is quick oxidation this is what I get as well. The longer it develops the more "sherry wine" like it gets. The wet cardboard is a decent analogy as well.

And I'm glad Gordon also mentioned the weird caramel taste that oxidized beers have.  That's something I perceive, too, that you don't see get mentioned much.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: plastic fermentation vessels and oxygen
« on: April 03, 2011, 10:26:10 AM »
It's going to be difficult to not be able to watch the action.

You'd be surprised how quickly you get over that.

The Pub / Re: Patricks Law
« on: April 03, 2011, 09:46:02 AM »
Out of curiosity Denny, what was the gender of the two people at the shelter he trusted?  My dad had a rescue dog when I was a kid, she had clearly been abused.  She had no problem with women or kids, but my dad was the only adult male she ever trusted.

Both male and female, Tom.  We went down that route.  I even went so far as to shave my beard (for the first time in 35 years!) to see if that would do it.  Aside from making me even uglier than I already am, it had no effect.

The Pub / Re: Patricks Law
« on: April 03, 2011, 09:36:51 AM »
  Denny; I wish you luck with the dog with the mental issues. It might come down to that dreaded tough decision but you have to do what's best for your family, then your pet.

Oh, he's here to stay.  Our "family" consists of my wife, me, and the pets.  The dog has severe fear issues.  He's scared to death of everyone except my wife and 3 other people (2 from the rescue he came from and his foster mom that we got him from).  He's a beautiful, sweet, loving dog to them.  He won't even be in the house with me if my wife isn't here, and he'll leave the room when I come in if she isn't sitting next to him.  He's actually gotten better in the 2 1/2 years we've had him, but he still has so far to go that it's sometimes hard to see the improvement.  In a very small way, it's similar to having an autistic child.  Fortunately, the dog we adopted last July is a sweet, mellow dog who loves everybody.  They've become huge buddies and she has been a good influence on him. 

Have a great time, man!

All Things Food / Re: Bread today!
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:43:37 AM »
Sorry, no pics, but the bread turned out perfectly.  4 beautiful sourdough bagettes, one of which was consumed with dinner last night.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: have you had a chemay?
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:42:10 AM »
i've got dennys chimaybe in keg right now, haven't tapped it yet. made it 11/7/10 it came out at 9.7%. should i let it sit and age or drink it young?

Only you can answer that, unless you want to send me some to taste!  ;)

The Pub / Re: Patricks Law
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:38:29 AM »
We've got 2 shelter dogs (including one with severe mental issues) and just picked up 2 more shelter cats (for a total of 5) last week.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Big Beer Kits and Efficiency
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:35:01 AM »
As long as you can't control the crush, about the only ting you can do is to sparge more, collect more wort, and boil longer.  You need to be careful not to oversparge, though.

Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:33:26 AM »
I'll ask the AHA IT folks to take a look at this thread tomorrow and see if they have any ideas.  Maybe the internet is broken.  ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch sparging big grain bills
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:07:36 AM »
Good pint, Sean.  19 lb. is only a bit bigger than the amount of grain I use for an IPA.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermcap-S The good and the bad.
« on: April 02, 2011, 11:06:28 AM »
I don't know what to say. I used the required amount and it boiled over. I then added more and it still boiled over.

Are you sure it was used correctly? You add the drops as the foam starts to rise in the kettle. It knocks it right out and the foam doesn't reappear.

I'm sure it is the same technique for fermenters and krausen.

Actually, it is possible to have your boil turned up so high that not even Fermcap can help.  If you use a little caution, it works great.  If you assume it makes it so you absolutely can't boil over, you'll be in trouble.

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