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The Pub / Re: Alabama
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:37:38 AM »
ND has had a miracle season. I think Alabama will beat them.

But a guy I used to work with would say "What do you call a team that wins all of their games by one point? National Champs!" Should be fun to watch.

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The Pub / Re: Alabama
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:03:38 AM »
I think we will find out just how good ND is in he title game.

Talking with the wife I said "It has been a long time since ND was rated #1 in football and Indiana was #1 in basketball."

Just an observation of an old guy who grew up in the Hoosier state.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1 step closer!
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:00:10 AM »
Do you have a walk in fridge?  My problem would be cold storage of all of those lagers.

I can have 16 kegs lagering. Looking at another small chest freezer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1 step closer!
« on: December 01, 2012, 08:19:39 PM »
Glad you said "mostly". I bottle some big beers, meads and ciders. Competitions. Then there are the friends I brew a batch for, and they don't have a keg system, so it goes into bottles. Even with 32 kegs, I will still have to move some beers I want to keep into bottles to free up a keg.

32 KEGS!! Dammmmmmmmmmmmn...
My retirement fund.

When you do a lot of lagers, 7 or more a year, 10 gallons at a time,  you tie up a lot of kegs for a long time. Some strong beers to age, and soon you have over 20 kegs full of beer in process.

Talking to a multiple Ninkasi winner at a local comp during lunch, he smiled and said he had 50.




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Ingredients / Re: Tart cherry juice concentrate
« on: December 01, 2012, 12:26:03 PM »
I have used it mead to flavor and back sweeten once the mead was stabilized.

It does have some tartness, and a lot of sugar. Would be an interesting experiment.

Edit - I do use it for the joints, it does seem to help my knees if I drink it everyday.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: 1 step closer!
« on: December 01, 2012, 12:22:30 PM »
I finally got 1 step closer to kegging. I have 3 ball lock kegs that I bought over the summer when I found some available. Today, Morebeer is selling a complete kegging system with used keg for 176 and free shipping, so I pulled the trigger on the system. Next paycheck will be the 14cf chest freezer for kegging and lager ferments. Then I will be (mostly) done with bottling forever!!!

Get it!

Glad you said "mostly". I bottle some big beers, meads and ciders. Competitions. Then there are the friends I brew a batch for, and they don't have a keg system, so it goes into bottles. Even with 32 kegs, I will still have to move some beers I want to keep into bottles to free up a keg.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cool Whirlpooling
« on: December 01, 2012, 07:28:41 AM »
Humulone and cohumulone are Alpha Acids, which add bitterness when boiled. The aromatics come from the essential oils like myrcene, humulene, farnesene and caryophellene, and oxidized oil components such a linalool and geranoil. Those all have lower flash points and will boil off when put in the boiling wort. Some only remain when dry hopped (or added at temps around 120F or lower).

If you want to read more there is information on the net. Here is one hit.
http://inhoppursuit.blogspot.com/2011/07/hop-oil-is-bigger-better-preview-of.html

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Going Pro / Re: getting 30 bbls on line
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:38:28 PM »
Gotta post a picture of me and my handsome self, of course. :D


Looking good.

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Wee Heavy, the yeast is ready. Or a lager of some sort.

Got some hops just delivered. Time to start using up the full freezer! Now I also have a grain thing going on. Have 5 unopened bags of malt.

Need to brew some homebrew!

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The Pub / Re: Erlenmeyer flask wine decanter - $60
« on: November 30, 2012, 11:18:46 AM »
So they take a regular Erlenmeyer and repackage it as a decanter? Geez what a f'ing ripoff!

And BTW possession of a Erlenmeyer flask in the state of Texas is illegal without a permit. Oh but Officer it's just a "decanter"... ::)

That must be due to Meth production?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Glassware
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:03:27 AM »
There are for festivals. And some bars trying to be hip use them. Glasses are heavy and expensive to ship, so I assume at least some are made here.  I'm sure they're not calibrated either - probably some guy pours some water in a glass and says - stick it here --->

I need to look at the festival glasses I have. Might measure some of the various ones I have. Can hear the wife - "What are you up to now?".

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:54:24 AM »
Hey Kai - I have been using your table this fall for checking conversion eff.

Though I would give kudos for that.

The iodine test does not say what the sugar content is, it just says the starch has converted. It does not say into what. Conversion takes place quickly, to get the most out of the mash takes 60 to 75 minutes.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:37:37 AM »
So Jeff, do you perfrom an iodine test on every brew or just those that have a more complex malt bill?

Dave

Some we have done this fall were so clear, no need to. Sometimes the wife does it just because. If we have doubt, it is done as a go/no go test. Usually the result is to go ahead. The ones it has said not to go ahead on were high in dark munich malt. Now I have been adding 15 to 20% Pilsner to get some higher enzyme levels.

My wife was an elementary teacher. She would do the iodine on the potato test with the kids for science class, so she likes doing the iodine test, takes her back I think.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Iostar to measure starch?
« on: November 29, 2012, 06:57:05 PM »
I think iodine tests are useful and brewers should know how to do them correctly to troubleshoot mash conversion issues: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Iodine_Test

Kai

I can't speak for Kai. My own experience is that it saved me on a beer with lots of Vienna and Dark Munich as all the base malts. Should have converted after an hour, was starting to clear, but it failed the test - quickly. Let the beer go 30 minutes longer at a higher temp, passed. The beer did very very well in competitions.

I have no problems doing an Iodine test. Just ask the wife to do it.  ;D

Kai,

What types of conversion issues have you seen?  Are some more common than others?

Dave

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Thoughts on handling longterm guests
« on: November 29, 2012, 06:08:31 PM »
It is stated at the meetings. A list is published on who has paid dues, every now and then. There is always the part of the meeting where it is asked who is there for the first time, and they are asked to raise hands. It is also asked how long have you been brewing.

I don't know of any strong arm enforcers. More the honor system.

Edit - dues are prorated for the calendar year.

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