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General Homebrew Discussion / New brew pot suggestions
« on: April 18, 2013, 03:21:38 AM »
Thanks for the input so far! I do like the Blichmann Bollermaker 10 gal, with all the options but a bit on the pricey side. I like the keggle too, but it looks so big. I think a sight glass is a must have option.

A sight glass is nice, but I certainly don't consider it a must have.

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:19:29 AM »

Equipment and Software / First kit questions
« on: April 18, 2013, 02:00:37 AM »
If you're short on cash, get an AL kettle.  Works great, less expensive than SS.

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 18, 2013, 01:59:40 AM »
Ah, do remember that the finest beers are from the US and Belgium where brewers aren't limited by arcane and outdated rules.

+ 1.060, Martin!

The Pub / Reinheitsgebot craziness
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:44:19 PM »
I believe Irish moss is R'gebot compliant since it doesn't end up in the finished beer.

Ingredients / Re: Wyeast Nutrient Blend how much to use?
« on: April 17, 2013, 06:47:46 PM »


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Begian Dark vs Quad
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:02:57 PM »
I'm brewing a quint, where do I enter that?

You send it directly to me!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: budweiser yes, but kind of cool
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:59:34 PM »

"Consumers will be giving up about an ounce of beer to get that conversation started. The new can holds 11.3 ounces rather than the standard 12 ounces."  Maybe getting less Bud is an advantage?

Ingredients / Re: Wyeast Nutrient Blend how much to use?
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:45:43 PM »
I add a pinch to my starters and still add 1/2 tsp to my wort.

+1 Ditto

I knew a couple brewers who did that and were consumed by their own ravenous mutated giant yeast.

Ohhhhhh, the horror!   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: JIB free
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:45:00 PM »
Don't wait!  I don't know how long it will be open, but I know it's for a limited time.

The Pub / Re: Why I run Windows
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:40:05 PM »
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.

Kudos Denny! I am beginning to wonder what you CAN'T do!

Actually, that would be a very long list, Mike!  My wife would be happy to verify that!

General Homebrew Discussion / JIB free
« on: April 17, 2013, 01:57:57 AM »
The Journal of the Institute of Brewing is free online for the time being....

Equipment and Software / Thermometers - Calibration
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:31:38 PM »
I don't know about you guys, but I don't mash at either freezing or boiling temps.  I calibrate my brewing thermo at about 150F using a certified lab thermo.

Going Pro / Arsenic in beer caused by filtration
« on: April 14, 2013, 08:39:04 PM »

Similar to the arsenic in apple juice craziness that hit the media a while back, beer is now getting its arsenic inspection.

Mehmet Coelhan, a researcher at the Technical University of Munich, reported that nearly 360 beers tested in Germany had some trace amounts of arsenic. And while
arsenic is a natural substance that seems to pop up in water and apple juice, a few of those beers were found to have more than 25 parts per billion of arsenic. The standard for drinking water in the States? Ten parts per billion.

NPR reports that the source of arsenic seems to be the filtering process, which uses diatomaceous earth that contains iron and other metals. "The levels shouldn't be alarming, because it's the kind of thing you see in dust or air," Roger Boulton, a professor at University of California, Davis, told NPR.

The same filtration process, NPR notes, is also used for wine, and while there seems to be no taste appeal for filtering wine or beer, there is definite visual appeal in a clear, cold brew, or a crisp glass of white wine.

There aren't many other options for filtration, NPR notes, as other methods affect the taste of the brews and wines more so than diatomaceous earth. And while this means maybe we should all try some cloudy brews, let's note that the same arsenic scare occured with apple juice, to no avail. While studies found 10 percent of apple juice to contain more arsenic than drinking water standards, the FDA claimed that "a risk to public health does not exist for apple juice. Unlike drinking water, the levels routinely found in apple juice are either not detectable or occur at very low levels."

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