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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Juicy beer
« on: October 16, 2017, 03:37:34 PM »

What do you mean when you describe the beer as "juicy"?

I don't think there's one agreed definition. Sometimes people mean it tastes like citrus/tropical fruit. Other times they mean that plus the thicker mouthfeel of the hazy/NE IPA/pale ales. Other times I'm not sure they even know what they mean. So I ask to make sure we start from the same place.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 03:34:46 PM »
Look at the organic thread from yesterday.
OP - “where can I find organic non-gmo ingredients?”
Reply “you know organic is BS, right?”
OP wasn’t asking about the value of organic and non-GMO, simply asking where to find them. Now it will turn into a few pages of the merits or dangers of GMO and “conventional” farming techniques.

ETA - I see you actually answered the OP organic question. Good job!

I'm not a fan of a high degree of moderation but that kind of stuff could probably do with moderation out of the thread. Not every off topic or tangential post needs elimination, but those drive-by posts that completely disrupt a thread and offer nothing useful to the conversation could go. Maybe we could have a dumping ground thread where those posts are moved. Let people rage over those topics in its own place.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:55:36 AM »

Altered Beast is available as an app along with a bunch of other Genesis games.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 16, 2017, 08:00:56 AM »
If the AHA wants to grow and develop the homebrew community, it needs to serve the needs of both beginner and advanced homebrewers. It’s been doing a great job at outreach and education for new brewers. But beginners don’t stay beginners forever, and there’s room for improvement when it comes to serving the advanced portion of the community.

Two concrete suggestions I have are:

1) Provide (or at least subsidize) access to professional/academic brewing literature for AHA members.

This was raised last year or the year before. I don't think enough of the AHA's membership has a desire to read technical brewing literature to justify subsidizing access to those journals. I'm not even sure the AHA could afford to do that without cutting other services and/or raising dues. You're talking about paying for licensing fees for 46,000 people. That isn't cheap, especially buying non-academic licenses.

I'm not saying I wouldn't enjoy access to those journals but I can understand why the AHA has not moved on this.

2) Find a way to facilitate “advanced”/R&D oriented discussion for those interested in it. This could be as simple as a creating an “advanced” subforum on the AHA forum. I don’t mean a LODO subforum - I mean a discussion space where the next LODO could be postulated and developed. The problem right now is that any advanced discussion isn’t flagged as such, and so either 1) newbies stumble into the conversation and either become confused or derail it or 2) novel/crazy/challenging ideas get shot down by the groupthink before they ever have a chance to develop into something more. Every new invention in history began life as an outlandish, crazy sounding idea. A designated “R&D” discussion space would allow novel ideas to be tossed around and refined without interference to/from the mainstream discussion channels.

We don't have the traffic to have a need to continue fracturing the forum. In more technical discussions in the past I don't recall newer brewers derailing every conversation and I'm not sure how in future conversations you plan to eliminate majority opposition.

If I recall correctly the original forum where the LODO model began development was a small forum of non-newbie brewers with closely shared goals. Even that forum eventually fractured over disagreement about LODO and how to share it, right? HBT has had advanced subforums for a decade yet much of the information in those subforums is not particularly advanced or it's info copied from somewhere else. Simply slapping an advanced subforum on the AHA forum isn't going to do anything better or worse than what's already out there.

Kegging and Bottling / Basic question about splitting gas line
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:58:03 AM »
I just picked up a gently used single tap kegerator. I have it running lines for a single keg but I'd like to split the gas line so I have a second available to flush equipment and carbonate a second keg so I don't have to disconnect the beer on tap. I purchased an air distributor to split the line.

Question: When I add the distributor should I cut the existing gas line and put the distributor in the middle so the existing line remains the same length or is there a reason to add more line before the distributor and keep the existing line the same length?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help Me Make a Better Brew Day
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:49:36 AM »
Six hours making cheap crafts you can sell on etsy for a large markup.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:48:17 AM »
I was a very regular reader and frequent commenter here, until the lodo arguments began. It ruined the atmosphere and friendly discussion

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Which freon is good for Refrigerator?
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:00:51 AM »
I am I the only one scratching my head about the OP’s handle?

Yeah I was expecting this to be the setup for a spam link.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:30:01 AM »

Honestly I haven't spent a huge amount of time on many homebrewing forums this year. When I do, it's usually over at milkthefunk on facebook.

The other group that is worth following on Facebook is Saison, Bière de Garde, & Farmhouse Ale Appreciation Society.

That group is a lot of beer pics to wade through for brewing discussion. There is some really good discussion on there sometimes. I just don't always want to rifle through thirty pictures of a beer to find it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:38:35 AM »
This forum collapsed under the weight of the conflict over the past couple years. We lost a lot of active members and of those that remained it often seems there is an uneasiness about having an honest brewing conversation for fear of reigniting the conflict. The forum doesn't have the organic community it once had nor does it have a well defined niche in the homebrewing discussion.

I looked at HBT a couple weeks ago. There's still a lot of good information from across the years, even current info. However, it's lots of drive by questions and answers that makes a deeper conversation difficult.

Honestly I haven't spent a huge amount of time on many homebrewing forums this year. When I do, it's usually over at milkthefunk on facebook.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Heat Shocking Yeast to Increase Glycerol
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:17:17 AM »
3711 produces a lot of glycerol for a brewing yeast. Beers made with it definitely have more body than similar beers brewed with other saison yeast. They aren't thick by any means but the difference is noticeable in a dry beer. Unless you're making saison or another dry style I'd think other options to build body would be easier and preferable. Mash temperature, grain bill, water profile, yeast choice. All ways to affect body.

It is an interesting experiment. If you're doing it for experimentation's sake then good luck and please update with the results.

Yes, provided you follow the right procedure. I regularly use the same bottling equipment between clean, sour and brett beers. It's all plastic. No problems with crossover after sanitation. You need to use a base sanitizer rather than an acid sanitizer like star-san because a high ph will kill off bacteria and yeast but acid sanitizers are far less effective on yeast. Bleach is an easy base sanitizer. If you have idophor, that will also work.

I use 1 tbsp bleach to 1 gallon of water. Sit twenty minutes, then rinse with hot water. Soak in hot water with a crushed campden tablet per five gallons of water for twenty minutes. Rinse and let dry. The campden will remove the chlorine from the plastic so there's no carryover flavor/aroma from the bleach.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware Recommendations
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:38:48 AM »
I have a large amount of glassware, almost all branded from breweries. My wife keeps collecting them. We have some cool glasses but a huge collection that covers an entire China cabinet, the entirety of the top of the kitchen fridge and two full cabinets in the kitchen. I don't complain because my brewing equipment and reserve of homebrew bottles far exceeds that space in the home.

Some of my favorite are the half pint glasses that look like the ones posted above but the ones I have seem a less tapered at the base. They are perfect glasses to split a 12oz bottle between two people or a larger bottle between four people. Not sure where they come from but I bet a brewery local to you has them and could tell you their supplier. Most of the brewery glassware is made by one or two manufacturers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mashtun recommendations
« on: September 29, 2017, 07:45:42 AM »
Is there something about the cooler mashtun you dislike or want to improve upon, or are you just seeking something new and shiny?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vinyl tubing smell question
« on: September 29, 2017, 07:44:43 AM »
When I've seen people complain about vinyl taste getting into the beer it's usually sourced from improperly manufactured tubing.

Run water or water with vinegar through it (rinse out the vinegar with more water) and then run water through and taste it. If you taste vinyl then replace the tubing but otherwise it should be fine even if you smell vinyl.

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