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Pimp My System / Re: Show us your Son of a Fermentation Chillers!!
« on: August 29, 2012, 02:08:01 PM »
Taking this OT:

Is Ken still brewing?  I learned about batch sparging from him many moons ago.

But just the same,  I also think that those that complain so loudly  about the patent office would probably feel very differently if it were their intellectual property, invention, or idea  being appropriated by someone else without compensation.

A someone who made a living (kind of) for 30 years by writing, copyrighting, and selling music, I have to say I heartily agree with Al.  I know that he's involved in the arts, too, so we both have a first hand interest in cases like this.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best AHA Conference Seminars
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:39:35 AM »
Fermentation Mythbusters was great.  I think maybe my favorites were Greg Doss on attenuation and Stan Hieronymous on hops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this commercial
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:35:46 AM »
It doesn't offend me any more than 99% of all advertising does.  I don't think it's particularly funny and I wonder just how stupid they think the people watching the ad are.  Of course, I made commercials for 30 years and I came to this conclusion 29 1/2 years ago.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Can't log on
« on: August 28, 2012, 04:03:48 PM »
See if this helps....if not I'll see if I can get the AHA IT staff to look into it tomorrow.

When you create a user account for it also generates a user account for the AHA Forum.  However, the password does not also populate.  So username exists for the AHA Forum, just not yet with an associated password.  The user needs to use the ‘forgot password’ link at login to set it now:

If someone is registering on the AHA Forum that will not give him access. It should reboot him to register via the AHA website.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: oxygenation v.s. aeration
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:38:41 PM »
A MixStir is a long rod with paddles on the end.  You attach it to a drill and put the paddle end in the wort.  when you run the drill, it spins around and aerates the wort.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: oxygenation v.s. aeration
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:06:00 PM »
I can only offer anecdotal evidence, but it seems like my MixStir aerates my beers as well as my friends who use O2.  At least the results are pretty much comparable.

All Things Food / Re: New Hottest Chile...Carolina Reaper?
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:59:10 PM »
On the Moruga Scorpion:

"The Moruga is a great value because you can use one or two a week to heat up all of your meals. It also makes delicious Hot Sauces and can be used as a garden pest repellent....or to strip your garage floor."


Ingredients / Re: raisins
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:10:08 AM »
I've used raisins a couple times. 

Thanks!! do you know how much raisins per 5 gallon batch?

1-2 lb.

Ingredients / Re: raisins
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:59:54 AM »
I've used raisins a couple times.  My method is to wit til the beer has finished primary fermentation, then caramelize the raisins ins super red hot wok. 

Very interesting!  I like it.

Also works great with figs!  Herman Holtrop's Rochefort 8 recipe with figs added in done this way is fantastic.

Ingredients / Re: raisins
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:13:51 AM »
I've used raisins a couple times.  My method is to wait til the beer has finished primary fermentation, then caramelize the raisins in a super red hot wok.  Deglaze with some beer from primary, add it all to a secondary and rack the beer onto it.  I have also added raisins directly to secondary, but the wok method brings out a lot more flavor.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Palmer's Spreadsheet - Kettle addition
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:09:58 AM »
Everyone loves Bru'n water but i hear people saying that they add the most minimal salts. My question is: if you are trying to mirror a profile (malty brown for ex) on this spreadsheet you aren't going to be able to achieve that without adding multiple different salts, right?  Especially if you are starting with RO water you wont reach the target with cacl alone.

Maybe, maybe not.  I don't think you can generalize it.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Over-carbonation mystery solved
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:02:52 AM »
You could always get a degassing wand to remove nearly all the CO2 before you bottle, but that's probably overkill.

Seems like that would oxidize the beer, though.

Ingredients / Re: Frozen Blueberries in Hefe
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:01:55 AM »
Is there any problem with adding frozen blueberries without thawing them?

So what you're saying is that I should actually read the post I'm responding to?

Oh, and aereation after 4 or 5 days is a bad idea.  Just pitch enough yeast and you will be fine.


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