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Hop Growing / Thoughts on hops in pots
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:36:22 AM »
Their growth will be seriously limited in pots.  Hops form huge root balls.  You might not notice for the first year or so, but after that they won't grow much.

I'm envious.  I'm working for the next 19 days so it'll be a while before I can brew again.

Blessed with work Denny?  Sounds a bit grueling.

It seems to be feast or famine.  Showbiz.....bleah.....

I'm envious.  I'm working for the next 19 days so it'll be a while before I can brew again.

Holding my breath....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing and Fly Sparring
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:04:37 AM »
My next recipe calls for a 2 step batch sparge.  The first is using 1.5 gal. and the second calls for 4 gal. all at 160.0 F.  Is there a need for this 2 step batch sparge.  Can't I just put in 5.5 gal. and do one?

Yep.  The only reason to do 2 steps is if your cooler isn't big enough to fit all the water at once.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First Lagers
« on: April 02, 2013, 11:49:39 AM »
Sounds good to me, although I try not to have schedule expectations for lagers.  I just let 'em do whatever the hell they want to do.

Great to have Fred and Justin back on the GC.  We had a bunch of great candidates for the 2 open slots this year.  There will be many more openings next year, though, so to the candidates who didn't make it, please try again.

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 02, 2013, 10:16:48 AM »
I guess I should add that I'm a very experienced computer user.  I started programming before a lot of people here were born.  I either build my machines from scratch, specify exactly what goes into them, or strip all the preinstalled software from a commercial machine and reconfigure it the way I like.  Admittedly, not everyone has the experience or time to do that and I think that those are the people who can run into problems.

The industry will have more situations like this very soon. A friend works part time for a supplier located in Ypsilanti MI. He goes to the CBC every year as one of the people at the booth in the trade show. He said it was huge this year in DC, and that they had high traffic at the booth, with many potential buyers looking to start a brewey. The thing that had him shaking his head was that half had never brewed beer and had no knowledge of the process.

Sounds like the 80s and early 90s.

Ingredients / Re: What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:39:00 AM »
Just add it. This is the synergy of brewing.

Well, that's what I do, but many people lack my faith....;)

There are times when our crew taste the different ales and feel that there might be a problem with some of our brew and then a few customers come in and fall in love with it.

"We thought about building something with better fuel economy, but customers keep buying the cars anyway." - GM ca. 1975

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
    H. L. Mencken

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:34:35 AM »
What really amazes me is to hear people say that they have issues with Windows, especially Win7.  I have run every build of windows since before Win3, all of them heavily used in a technical business situation.  I have also run Macs for quite a while and taken care of Linux networks.  I have never found Win to be any more troublesome or difficult to administer than any of the alternatives.  I have no problems with crashing or viruses.  I have no doubt, based on what I've heard, that others do have issues.  My point is that it's certainly possible to have an efficient, trouble free system based on windows.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lid on partially?
« on: April 02, 2013, 08:20:55 AM »
You'll be fine leaving your kettle partially covered as long as there's enough of an opening for steam to escape.  The ROT is to leave at least 15% of the kettle uncovered.

Ingredients / Re: What's the strangest ingredient you've ever used?
« on: April 01, 2013, 11:04:23 AM »
So if I wanted to add some orange peel or other citrus then I should be OK by just washing it well before adding to the fermenter?

When I add peppers to kegged beer or to the secondary, I stick them in the toaster oven at low (less than 200F) for 10 minutes just to be safe.  You could do that with orange peel, but I doubt you can do it with raspberries.

Spray them with StarSan?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing and Fly Sparring
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:56:53 AM »
Jeff, you are sparging for 45 minutes (5 gal) and Denny am I calculating about 30 minutes for your sparing?  Do either of you do a mash-out?

I don't do a mash pout step per se.  Sometimes I'll add water before I begin my mash runoff, bit that's not a mashout.  I try to use a mash ratio that lets me avoid that.  For a 5.5 gal. batch I need about 7-7.5 gal. of wort.  From the time I start my mash runoff til the time i finish my sparge runoff takes about 15 min. for that amount.

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