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Equipment and Software / Re: oxygenation
« on: December 02, 2011, 07:58:21 PM »
I pour wort through funnel into Better Bottle, put a tennis ball under the center indent in the BB and swirl it.
like this http://www.better-bottle.com/products_master.html

I have been pondering this for a while the Mix-Stir, are sold as wine "de-gassers" so if it it's degassing wine how is getting oxygen (which is a gas) into the wort?

Mix-stirs are also used on mead for the same reason.  You get a large amount of foam after a day of fermentation when you de-gas.  You also get a whirlpoo/splashing action that helps get the O2 from the air mixed in.  This is a "direct acting stir plate",  same gas exchange happens as in the flasks on a stir plate.  But faster.

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The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: December 01, 2011, 01:24:29 PM »
You have to be from the east coast, specifically within 2-4 hours from New York City, to really understand Pizza.

Not from around NYC,  but we really like it more like the Piaaz in Italy.

A brisket from around Lockhart TX is what Q should be.  Might check out Franklins in Austin in a couple months.  My neice says no one goes there anymore as it is too crowded (a Yogi-ism).

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The Pub / Re: iro·ny
« on: December 01, 2011, 12:13:22 PM »
One of the technicians where I worked had an early Civic on a similar 4X4 rig.  It looked a little out of proportion.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What's Your Favorite Bohemian Pilsner Yeast?
« on: December 01, 2011, 06:55:39 AM »
Not having done many Bo-Pilsners, I did like the results for one brewed last year.   It had Wyeast 2001 (PU "H" strain) and 2278 (PU "D" strain).  The batch was split into 2 fermenters and then blended 1:1 when finished.  With some long lagering time it was a fine drinker in the summer.  

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewer's Tithe
« on: November 30, 2011, 12:26:45 PM »
I'm doing this in a manner....I'm using the 3-4 kegs that SN will send me from Beer Camp to put on a fundraiser for our local food bank.  SN will donate the beer.

A very cool way to have your beer served Denny. 

Any feedback from the brewery on how the beer is maturing?



I'm betting that it's maturing, but that's only a guess on my part. :D

Our group had some feedback from the brewery.  Thought maybe Denny had some.  Hope to taste some of this when brewmichigan (Mike) has some on not so far from where I live.

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On the list to brew are a Doppelbock, and a big old English Barleywine Thomas Hardy type thingy to use all the 1028 yeast cake from a SSoS.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Where can I get an accurate thermometer?
« on: November 30, 2011, 11:56:52 AM »
Lab Thermometer.  Any calibration sheets vs the traceable standard?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewer's Tithe
« on: November 30, 2011, 07:00:12 AM »
I'm doing this in a manner....I'm using the 3-4 kegs that SN will send me from Beer Camp to put on a fundraiser for our local food bank.  SN will donate the beer.

A very cool way to have your beer served Denny. 

Any feedback from the brewery on how the beer is maturing?


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Timothy Taylor Landlord Best Bitter
« on: November 30, 2011, 06:51:58 AM »
Just want to say that the above recipe is drinking really well.  Have not hooked up to the hand pump yet, but will on Friday.  Flavors are similar, and the dark stone fruit that the 1469 produces is there.  Happy with the way it turned out.

Forgot to put the 1 tsp. of CaCO4 into the boil, and I think that is needed.  Used some medium and dark crystal, but next time the dark will be left out and the color will come from the medium crystal, which will add more residual sweetness.  The dark starts to add a little "roast" that my wife picked up.

Might dry hop one keg with a little Styrian Goldings, as I think it also needs some more hop aroma.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Where can I get an accurate thermometer?
« on: November 29, 2011, 07:43:38 PM »
We got a Thermopen on sale.  Not cheap even on sale.  I must say that is accurate and precise, from the data sheets (those are 2 different things of course).  Also fast acting due to the small thermocouple junction mass.  Really like it!  And as an added bonus - we use it in cooking.   ;)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2 Golds
« on: November 26, 2011, 04:35:47 PM »
Excellent results.  Keep on brewing!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Culturing yeast from commercial bottled beer
« on: November 22, 2011, 06:44:50 PM »
Do you notice a significant difference between the Bell's yeast and chico?

I've a few Bell's clones I intend to brew again soon and have thought about culturing their yeast.

The Bell's yeast has a big krausen, with large bubbles on top.  It is fruitier than the Chico yeast.  The beer I have on tap dropped brilliant much faster than the Chico.  The overall flavor profile is very Bell's like.

Some of the founding member of our club say that when he was starting out, Larry claimed he was using 1056.  If he kept that yeast in house and did not switch, it has become Bell's own unique house yeast.



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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: November 22, 2011, 04:49:26 PM »
36*. Raining. Brr.

Same here on the east side.  First fire of the fall in the woodstove tonight.  Very cozy on the first floor.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Culturing yeast from commercial bottled beer
« on: November 22, 2011, 02:26:38 PM »
I will sometimes culture the yeast from Bell's.  You can always drink a couple, or three, bottles and use that larger amount of yeast to get things going.  There is an ale on tap now in the basement that the Bell's yeast was used for, and it is yummy good.

Will do this again for the next Two Hearted clone.  Did it years ago, but have been using the Chico yeast since there is always plent around.

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The Pub / Re: Japan quake
« on: November 22, 2011, 10:45:13 AM »
This sure has gotten much quieter than the half life of decaying fuel  :-\

course on the east coast you get all of america's crap so...

Are you familiar with the term "Downwinder"?  Used for those east of Nevada.

so does that mean that western nevada is the only safe place to live? maybe we should all move to poca-hell-hole with weaze. Then we wouldn't have to brew, we could just fill our growlers at his outdoor taps!

That was a reference and term for when above ground tests were done at the Nevada Test Site.  We got plenty of domesticly produced fallout from those tests.

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