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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: oxygenation v.s. aeration
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:11:41 PM »
By "MixStir" you mean the same thing as I do when I refer to "splash and stir," right?  I just ask because there are lot's of techniques and equipments that I haven't heard of...

Yeast and Fermentation / oxygenation v.s. aeration
« on: August 28, 2012, 08:52:05 PM »
Hi everyone:

I'm considering upgrading from the "splash and stir" method of getting a little oxygen into my cooled wort before pitching yeast and I wondered what this group thought about the merits of oxygenation (i.e. pure oxygen from a tank) v.s. aeration (air pumped with an aquarium pump). 

My current, low tech method (splash and stir) is producing what I consider good beer.  But there's always room for improvement!

Clearly oxygenation would be quicker and provide more oxygen.  But it's going to cost more and require trips to a supplier (for refilled tanks of oxygen).  What are you folks doing?   

Thanks in advance!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 27, 2012, 07:36:25 PM »
Signature # 9,730 - we're getting there!

All Grain Brewing / Re: composting spent grain
« on: August 23, 2012, 04:59:18 PM »
Thanks for all the tips!  I also live in an urban area, so it's good to have these warnings going in.

I don't have a dog, but my daughter (who lives nearby) does.  How do you make dog biscuits?  Squish together and bake?

All Grain Brewing / composting spent grain
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:04:06 AM »
Hi All:

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, so my apologies if not.  But I'm ending up with a fair amount of spent grain after brewing 5 gallon batches of beer (approx 11 lb dry is a lot heavier when wet!)  It seems like a waste to have the trash guys haul that away to a landfill.  Do you compost your spent grain?  Are there any other ways to dispose of it responsibly?  If you compost, do you have any tips for someone with little experience?  Thanks!

Hi and welcome to DC.  As a 52 year old native, I can say there was a long stretch of dark days for beer in DC.  But I'm proud to say that those days are over and the beer scene is vibrant!  Let me add a few to the list (there are many more):

micro breweries:

Chocolate City Brewing
DC Brau
3 Stars Brewing

Someone already mentioned Port City (close by in Alexandria).  All of the above are in DC proper.  3 Stars is new, but I believe they are already doing growler sales and tastings.  The other two have both (growlers and tastings) on Saturdays and usually have a food truck or two in attendance.  Chocolate City is not too far from the Brookland Metro stop. 

There are a ton of pubs including several brew pubs.  A new one that I really like is called Menomale Pizza (I think that means "welcome" in Italian) on 12th St. NE.  They don't brew their own, but have approx. 20 taps with a great selection.  They specialize in very good pizza, but I recommend the cheese plate (includes bread made in their pizza oven, nuts, honey, etc.) as a great sampler.  They serve small pours so you can try a few.

There are lots of other places too.  Enjoy your visit!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Plastic crates
« on: August 09, 2012, 11:52:48 AM »
I have some of those plastic milk crates that I use for larger bottles too.  There is a lot of variation in the size and shape of bottles (I've never bought any empty bottles, so my collection is quite "varied"), but I believe I normally get about 1/2 a 5 gallon batch in each crate.  Some of the bottles I have are pretty tall though so that crate has to be on top of the stack.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 09, 2012, 11:44:44 AM »
Hey AleForce: I only have limited experience (one Bud Lite 16oz that my wife drank), but based on that experience I suggest that you use a bench capper if you have one.  I used a wing/two-handled capper on the bottle I have and it worked.  But because the bottle (that I had, at least) doesn't have a flare on the neck (like most glass bottles), the wing capper didn't have much to grab onto.  As a result, I slightly mangled the bottle's rather soft neck.  The cap held though, the brew carbonated, and I did like the bottle.

If you survive the Bud Lite, let us know how it works.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 08, 2012, 09:11:52 PM »
Thanks for the link TonyP.  I actually found that too, but they looked like a large commercial supplier.  Maybe I should give them a call though - they might do smaller orders.

I was just surprised that none of the homebrew suppliers whose sites I've visited stock these things.  (Most homebrew suppliers sell glass bottles and growlers, etc.)  Maybe the aluminum bottles are not as practical as I am guessing they would be. 

But if anyone does find a supplier, I'd be happy to go in on a relatively small order to try them out.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:42:56 AM »
Thanks - and just for the record: I've knocked back plenty of Bud over the years.  But I do prefer a homebrew!

I've seen a variety of those aluminum bottles, including some that use standard, pry-off caps (Bud Lite, for example).  I can't seem to find an online supplier, but I will keep poking around and report back if I do.

I'm surprised that there is no homebrew supplier who carries them, as they seem to have some distinct advantages over glass bottles: unbreakable, light weight, complete light barrier, etc.  But then again, it's not like glass doesn't work...

Kegging and Bottling / aluminum "bottle cans"
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:46:19 PM »
Hi All:

Here's another question from a newbie: You may have seen some of the aluminum "bottles" that various beers come in.  For example, I have one that originally contained a Bud Lite.  I used that bottle to package some homebrew and messed it up a bit with my hand capper (bench capper probably would have worked better), but the brew conditioned nicely.

It seems like aluminum has a variety of advantages: i.e. light-proof, lighter weight, unbreakable, etc.  Do any of you use aluminum bottles when you aren't kegging?  And if so, where do you get them?  (There's no way I'm drinking a couple of cases of Bud Lite!)

Thanks for any advice.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Twist-tops
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:46:42 PM »
This is good to know.  I have always believed that you couldn't re-cap twist off bottles.  And my wife still drinks a beer that comes in those.  I will be giving this a try soon.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Some very basic kegging questions
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:45:10 PM »
Thanks again to everyone - this is a lot of great info.  I will be shopping for some used kegs soon!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Some very basic kegging questions
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:34:14 PM »
Wow - great info. - thanks.

I've read over the 'bodensatz' piece and will read it again.  Lots of info.

And thanks for the links to suppliers.  I agree with the local club suggestion.  I have sent them an e-mail asking to get on the distribution list for meeting times, and I hope to attend the next one.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Some very basic kegging questions
« on: July 31, 2012, 08:14:05 PM »
Thanks again - great info.  The "Draft Beer Quality Manual" looks very interesting.  I will take a look through this evening.

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