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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Steeping Hops
« on: July 05, 2016, 04:03:44 AM »
Steeping usually occurs at over Pasteurization temperature, so you have no issues with infection. Chill rapidly after the hop stand.

Bitterness is added, to be exact, but the rate of isomorization is low enough that you don't worry about it if you had a fair amount added in the boil.

During a talk, Stan Hieronymus said we should try different temps, and that 185F was recommended. Different temps were said to favor different flavors.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ridiculously fruity ESB???
« on: July 03, 2016, 09:44:02 AM »
Add a pinch of gypsum to a glass of the finished beer, or a couple of pinches. That should enhance your bitterness.

I tried this...very cool! It made the beer much closer to what I was actually going for. Is it kosher to add gypsum to the keg to tweak the batch? I'm reading that I'll want to boil it in water and be careful about oxygen, but is there a formula to use to figure out what to add?
It is Kosher if you add Kosher gypsum. (Not meant to be offensive, but a joke on the use of Kosher)

Yes you can do it, no rule says you can't. This Homebrewing, not brewing to the Reinheitsgebot. I view some of the ions as flavor ions, you can add those to taste in the kettle or keg just as you add salt and pepper to food.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Ridiculously fruity ESB???
« on: July 03, 2016, 08:05:06 AM »
Add a pinch of gypsum to a glass of the finished beer, or a couple of pinches. That should enhance your bitterness.

Equipment and Software / Re: Made a homebrewing idea generator
« on: June 30, 2016, 03:48:03 AM »
Wilco's Random Name Generator was an ear worm when we were out at Hopschool last Sept. It was always on Sirius-XM. This thread has brought that ear worm back.

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2016
« on: June 28, 2016, 04:34:24 AM »
I guess I can chime in for the Tribe as they have been on one helluva run the last 2 weeks
They swept the Tigers again. The Tigers have lost all the games with Cleveland this year.

The Pub / Re: Mission Accomplished!
« on: June 27, 2016, 07:18:50 PM »
I retired at 56. Once the numbers work for you, do it. If you love your job, keep doing it it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% base malt for APA
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:07:19 AM »
It all dependsds one the target flavor you want.

Simpsons Golden Promise is about 2L, and has a very nice clean rich malt taste, little toasty flavor. Couple that with certain hops, and you can have a very tasty beer. Founders has sold a lot of Mosaic Promise of late.

One reason you may not want to pull water from the valve on the water heater is that the valve is where all the sediment sits so you'll pull whatever precipitates in the water heater. I get a little sand but a lot of calcium buildup in mine. It may not be a big deal if you're only using the water for cleaning but you would probably still want to be able to rinse out the hot water.

Yeah I wondered about that. The water here is pretty soft but I will get my TDS meter into a sample and see what it looks like.

If there is a drain that leads outside from the pan the water heater sits in then maybe a utility sink could be routed through that drain to the outside.
Yes there is. If I can get someone creative on the plumbing side I can probably even recapture that into a rain barrel and reuse it for irrigation (as long as I manage pH, since there would likely be some residual PBW and StarSan).

I drain my water heater more than most. The stuff that settles out in the bucket I drain into is a slimy mess of minerals.

Would an instant under sink water heater do the job?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best way to store empty kegs?
« on: June 27, 2016, 05:10:24 AM »
Clean. Sanitize. Push the sanitizer out with CO2. Prairie it to some level, say 10 to 20 PSI. You then have a sanitized, O2 free keg ready to fill. If it does not hiss when you pull the PRV before filling, you have a leak to find and fix.

The Pub / Re: Oregon
« on: June 26, 2016, 07:17:36 AM »
Yep. Ocean beaches, mountains, water falls, river gorges, high desert, all within a few hours drive.

Some good beer and eats too.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First all grain brew day
« on: June 25, 2016, 04:58:02 AM »
At the end of the day, you will have made beer, and the intimidation of all grain will be a thing of the past.

Equipment and Software / Re: False bottom height
« on: June 25, 2016, 04:10:04 AM »
You want a tight fit between the false bottom and the keg. That is what keeps the grain above the false bottom.

This is similar to one of my false bottoms. It sets high.

The Pub / Re: Mitch Steele Leaving Stone
« on: June 22, 2016, 04:51:00 PM »
We just have to wait a week or two until there is an announcement of who is involved and where it will be. I which him luck, as he has always been a great guy at NHC.

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