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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:03:13 AM »

Sounds like a "you may be a redneck" joke.
Which reminds me of another regional yard display from southern Louisiana, where some ethnic folks bury used bathtubs half way in the ground to make a virgin mary backdrop.
What were we talking about again?

That's one of the great things about living out in the sticks where I do.  If I want to get rid of something, I just put it up by the road with a "FREE" sign on it.  In an hour, it's gone.

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer gas
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:01:09 AM »
This last batch of beer finished at 1.010. Thats a little sweet, maybe fermentation picks up after it hits my intestine.

What kind of beer, Jim?  1.010 doesn't seem like that high of a FG.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AAU and IBU
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:57:59 AM »
Well, I use Promash to do all the technical stuff like that for me.  There are 3 generally accepted formulas for figuring IBUs.  Rager, Tinseth, and Garetz.  Generally, Rager is considered the one to use for partial boils and Tinseth for full boils.  I use Tinserth and when I've had beers analyzed for IBUs, the results come very close to the prediction Promash made.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Competition submission
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:52:43 AM »
Ok, here's a clarification I need: da rules say "no 22-oz bombers." That's 65cl; I've bottled in 50cl bottles. Would those be allowed if they're under the max size guidelines for the "case box slot" size (7cm x 7cm x 22.9 cm)? I have to measure to be sure...

I'd think so, but check with Janis to be sure.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Competition submission
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:52:05 AM »
I'd be careful about the bottle sizes.  A friend entered some Belgian style beers a few years back in large (750 ml.?) corked bottles.  Went through the first round just fine, and advanced to final round.  But the bottles were rejected for final round because they were a non standard size and that made storage of them difficult.  He was upset since they made it through first round, but technically they shouldn't really have been allowed there.  It's really a pragmatic kinda thing...your bottles can't make it difficult for the people who have to cellar the beer.  I'd say that either use standard bottles or contact Janis to see what the ramifications of non standard bottles might be.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AAU and IBU
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:42:01 AM »
Ray, what is it that you're looking for?  A way to calculate what the IBU of your beer will be?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam from the boil
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:41:06 AM »

I have to say that when my wort is about to come to a boil...I'm right there and watching it closely.

If you've ever had a boilover you'll understand why.  >:(

Once bitten...twice shy.   ;)

That's why they invented foam control, Ron!  I put some in once my kettle is full and then don't worry about it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Skimming foam from the boil
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:39:35 AM »
I'm with Jeff on this one.  Because I can skim that material easily, I do it for all my brews that aren't First Wort Hopped.  There is ample evidence in my opinion that the scum on the boil has flavor negative impacts, so it seems that it is worth doing when I'm not going to lose some of my FWHs. 

Well, I haven't been able to ascertain any negative effects from the foam, so I leave it.  I used to skim, but when I started doing a lot of FWH beers I stopped the skimming.  When I was able to make a comparison due to stopping, I found that there really wasn't any difference that I could attribute to skimming.

Ingredients / Re: hop freshness
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:37:23 AM »
They can still be OK, but when you buy from ebay you just never know.  As mentioned, Hopsdirect is a great source for pellets.  I've also gotten really good German hop pellets from Northern Brewer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Don't ever......
« on: March 08, 2011, 07:39:16 PM »
You know, that's not as silly as it sounds.

Yes it is..... ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Strange fuzz......
« on: March 08, 2011, 03:41:31 PM »
Taste it before you do anything drastic.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Just Thinking
« on: March 08, 2011, 03:15:32 PM »
From now on I will read everything Drew posts in The Dude's voice.

It's gonna be hard for me since I always figured he sounded like Gomer Pyle.

Dude, where you live EVERYBODY sounds like Gomer Pyle!   ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Noob Question
« on: March 08, 2011, 03:01:52 PM »
B, and you have to promise you'll never do it again!  ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Noob Question
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:49:38 PM »
I have to say, those are both... unusual (being charitable here) choices for a tripel. If you have the time, I'd use just the 3944 and make a big ol' starter - about 3 L, no airlock, and shake it up frequently. If that isn't an option, get a pack of T58 dry yeast and add that, rehydrated, in addition to the 3944. Or if you want to go for broke you could just pick up three smack packs of 3787. Bottom line is, for a big beer, you need a lot of yeast.

Words of wisdom, all the way through....

Ingredients / Re: Hops Anyone?
« on: March 08, 2011, 02:34:32 PM »

That would be great!

Only $80/lb.!   ;)

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