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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew ruined??? Vodka drip in wort....
« on: January 22, 2013, 09:12:01 AM »
Just remember, it was less than an ounce of vodka.  An ounce of 40% ABV vodka diluted in 5 gallons of liquid will increase the alcohol of the liquid by about 0.06%.
And the alcohol in vodka is ethanol, which the yeast make. I don't think you or the yeast will notice the extra 0.06%.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Need advice on stirrer plate
« on: January 20, 2013, 04:11:43 PM »

Use the stir bar that comes with it.  It works great in my 5L Erlenmeyer.

I have one. Like it. Dan backs up his product.

The Pub / Re: Trying to understand state excise taxes on beer.
« on: January 19, 2013, 02:31:35 PM »
ABInbev also have breweries in CA, GA, VA, NY, NH, FL, VA.
MillerCoors also in CA, GA, NC, VA.
Not all are low tax states. Just saying.

Fair point, but if you except the South, where they're just into that kind of thing, it still applies.

I missed NJ. You are probably right. Big business often has many reasons to locate a facility, taxes are just one.

I am wondering what the can of worms correlation is.


The Pub / Re: Trying to understand state excise taxes on beer.
« on: January 19, 2013, 02:05:42 PM »
I don't think there's much mystery. States with breweries big enough to do substantial lobbying (CO, TX, MO, WI, PA) have low taxes.

ABInbev also have breweries in CA, GA, VA, NY, NH, FL, VA.

MillerCoors also in CA, GA, NC, VA.

Not all are low tax states. Just saying.

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:27:10 PM »
People pay for beer glasses?

It looks like I am paying $255 for a glass this year, know what I mean?  :)

Think of all the free refills you'll get.

I will let you buy me a beer on club night. Hope you have yours there.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Overshot Mash PH
« on: January 19, 2013, 11:14:33 AM »
Not much, the worst that could happen is that the beer might be slightly sharp in taste, I don't think it will end up tart.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Steeping Dark Grains
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:53:39 AM »
I just did the cold steeping technique with the chocolate malt for an American Brown. (Brewed for a national television audience - details to come when I know the air date.) I have found that the beer is lacking in intensity for the chocolate character. The recipe originally called for 8 ounces of chocolate malt. I steeped 10. I first added the equivalent of 6 ounces, and found it very weak. I added all of the rest, and it's improved, but still weak. I'm going to steep more grain, and blend it in soon. I'm curious about other people's experiences here. Have you gotten good results with the same amount of grain as you previously mashed, or did you need to use more grain? I'll add that I really like the smooth character, but it just needs to be bumped up a bit from where it is now. The nice thing is, it's easy to bump it up with this method.
Dr. Fix said it was not as efficient, so you need to use 1.5 to 2 2 to 3 times the grain. Scroll down.

Ingredients / Re: Bine Ripened Summit Hops
« on: January 19, 2013, 07:07:36 AM »
If you use them for a bittering hop (it is a high AA variety) you will boil off the sulfur compound that causes the onion/garlic that those are known for. You will not get the orange/tangerine that you want.

The sulfur compound becomes higher if the hops are ripened longer. This is done to get higher AA, which increases with ripening also. The use of sulfur based fungicides will cause the onion and garlic to go up also.

You might try and do a small 1 gallon test batch with Summit all the way, and see if you like it or not.

Hope this helps.

I thought the process of making the DME or LME denatured all of the enzymes.  Am I mistaken on this?


I think you are correct. But adding the extract to the mini-mash has potential to dry out the beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Adjusting gravity with DME
« on: January 19, 2013, 07:00:08 AM »
Doing a high gravity beer recipe of mine at a local brewpub, the brewer added a bag of DME to 7 barrels. That is standard procedure for him, as they max out the mash tun for big beers. We also added some sugar and a gallon of molasses to this one, a Baltic Porter. Turned out pretty good!

The Pub / Re: Astronomical alcohol
« on: January 18, 2013, 08:06:26 PM »
400 trillion trillion pints of poisonous beer.  It's methanol.
So it was about a high ABV BrewDog beer!

Just kidding...

Events / Re: NHC 2013
« on: January 18, 2013, 08:04:41 PM »
The way it has worked before, passes have the person's name printed on them and are worn around your neck on a lanyard.  Different colors for either full conference or social only, so that only pass holders with a full conference ticket gain entry to the seminars.

They also issue separate tickets for the banquet.  To get into the banquet room you have to have a pass (around your neck, with your name on it) as well as the ticket.

I don't remember a ticket last year, first time. The proper pass on the lanyard was the ticket.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aging a big Baltic Porter
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:37:57 PM »
I've recently had some input that is causing me to rethink my original strategy .  So, after 6-7 weeks of lagering a 10.6% ABV Baltic Porter at ~34* should I keep it at that temperature for aging, or move it to my wine cellar which is at 55*?    My target for drinking is July and beyond.  Thanks!


Same type beer aged much better in the cellar.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 18, 2013, 12:02:29 PM »
Hey Guido - any more info on that parking 4 block away?

Are there any commuter lots on public transportation that can be used for parking once checked in at the hotel. Have done that in DC, worked great.

You probably know as much about parking in Philly as I do.  A google link took me to the parking garages in town.  I clicked on the Center link to the right and found a garage at 800 Market Street (4 blocks away) for $18/day with an printable online coupon.  There's also a garage at the 1500 block of Market Street, but that must be a ritzier neighborhood because it was $25/day.  If anyone has better intel then me about the parking situation, please chime in by all means.

Thanks for the info and link.

We are probably equal in our knowledge of parking in Philly.  Was only once some years back.

I'll let you figure it all out Jeff and get back to me.  ;D

Asked an AABG member that moved to Philly for advice. Will let you know.

The Pub / Re: Astronomical alcohol
« on: January 18, 2013, 10:39:16 AM »
Cool stuff Denny. I was expecting a new beer from BrewDog.

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