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Ingredients / Re: Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:45:48 AM »
You guys buying grocery store coffee are missing out on good, quality roasted beans the way guys buying Shocktop are missing out on good craft beer. There is nothing better that a good cup of coffee from a quality roaster. Find one in your area and only resort to Starbucks or worse if they are closed when you remember you need coffee.

Yeah I see what you're saying here.  I usually laugh when someone puts Shock Top in the "craft" category.  I'll do my local duty and grab some Jittery Joes (used in Terrapin Wake N Bake) next time I'm in Athens

Ingredients / Re: Growing your own
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:43:52 PM »
Looks great man!  I'm about to order a few hop rhizomes and see how they fare in the GA humidity, but I'm not sure I could produce enough barley to be worthwhile.

Ingredients / Which coffee for a coffee/breakfast stout
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:40:06 PM »
I've done the "Addicted Coffee Stout" recipe from Zymurgy Sep/Oct 2012 3 times now with some slight variations (one with substitute hops, one with an extra pound of 2-row, because it was the remainder of a 50 lb bag).  The other big variable I'm curious about is what everyone uses for their coffee in these beers?

I used average Kroger beans and Eight O'Clock French Vanilla beans and done the cold brew toddy added to the secondary both times.  My vote goes for the Eight O'Clock!  The subtle vanilla kick was an excellent addition!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cold crash vs Secondary
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:28:15 PM »
Here's the only problem with secondary: oxidation. Contamination shouldn't be an issue if you are sanitary. But oxidation, even if it doesn't ruin a beer, changes a beer. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a secondary (or make shift Bright Beer Tanks) as long as you rid the o2 and transfer to an o2 free environment. If you can't do that it is definitely not worth the risk.

On the commercial level when I brew I dump yeast via a conical then fine and mix the fining agent either by whirl pool via pump and racking arm or "large" co2 bubbles. Then dump again after a couple days and rack to BBT and fine again. Then dump and the beer is clear.

On homebrew level I ferment in 15 gallon sankes. When fermentation is finished I rack to another 15 gallon o2 purged sanke and fine in there. Before racking I just blow out the yeast in the tube. Then I carb in that BBT and then purge yeast once more and run that bright beer off into kegs.

So, if you are going for bright beer you can see that kegging and using Co2 makes like a lot easier along with a good fining agent. Best bet if you are going to use a secondary is to purge that vessel with Co2. Otherwise I wouldn't do it unless you really "refermented" in that vessel to scrub o2.

Thanks for the info.......however, reading this makes me feel like a caveman in my processes.  It just goes to show the difference in making a good homebrew and a great, consistent craft brew.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: September 05, 2013, 06:21:28 AM »
"More Than Words" - Extreme

That one was just set up too easy

All Grain Brewing / Re: Cooler for all grain
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:04:38 AM »
The Igloo is BPA free

FWIW, all coolers I know of are made with HDPE and they're all BPA free.

I don't doubt that most modern coolers are BPA free (especially the nicer marine & Extreme ones), but some of the cheaper coolers I looked at ($20 range) just seemed super thin and sketchy.  I guess if it isn't a matter of leaching it could affect the temperature regulation.  That's good to know though Denny, because I'm close to upgrading for being able to handle larger batches.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Cooler for all grain
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:49:11 AM »
I use the Igloo 5-Gallon round cooler.  It's easy to replace the spout with a ball valve and I built a false bottom out of CPVC.  I was really nervous about how flimsy the interior of  some of the rectangular coolers were because I didn't want something that was going to leech out anything toxic during mashing.  The Igloo is BPA free and I haven't had any issues with capacity (even on higher gravity Belgians and Imperials), but if you want more capacity or are running 10-gallon batches Igloo makes a 10-gallon version.

Questions about the forum? / Re: How to insert images?
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:39:32 AM »
Thanks.  I'll give it a shot

Questions about the forum? / How to insert images?
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:08:00 AM »
Forgive my rookie question, but I'm new to actually participating in the forum and can't figure out how to insert an image.  I see the insert image button, but all that does is put the little image brackets in the text of the post.  I tried dragging a picture between the brackets and it just went to the picture and took me away from my post.  Any help will be appreciated!

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommendation for a barley crusher?
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:24:01 PM »
You can get 2 roller Monster mill for about the same price as Barley crusher.
MM is much better mill to my opinion.

I did have BK but now I have MM 3 roller.
This year I will put thru it about 16000 lb of grain.

Good to know that the 3 roller Monster Mill is adequate for pro-level brewing!  Not that I'm anywhere close, but I've been wanting to invest in a good mill and I'm sure it's more than adequate for what I'm doing.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: August 21, 2013, 12:13:25 PM »
My process of recycling beer bottles

Immediately upon finishing a beer, follow this process.

1. Hot rinse 3X then store covered until ready for bottling
2. hot PBW soak
3. hot rinse
4. starsan soak
5. drain on bottle tree or equivalent
6. fill/cap
7. carbonate
8. chill
9. drink
10. go to step 1 and repeat
11. :)

Yep, that's it!  I do this minus the PBW, just store them clean and sanitize with Starsan.  I keep a spray bottle of Starsan under my sink too and try to hit them after the initial rinse most of the time too.  I have enough bottles now that when I come across a dirty one prior to bottling I toss it in the recycling bin(and curse the person who did a lousy job rinsing it.......couldn't have been me!)

The Pub / Re: I am really disappointed in Sam Adams
« on: July 06, 2013, 08:48:14 AM »
I am really disappointed in the douche at Fox news whose favorite beer is Yeungling.  That discredits anything he says in my opinion(not that Fox news is my first source of news in the first place).

It is an interesting choice of an ad on Sam Adams part, since they know they had to adhere to certain guidelines.  They just probably thought the general idea was good enough that they wouldn't get ripped apart by holier than thou extreme conservatives.  I'll continue to drink Sam Adams because I like most of their beer(Cherry Wheat not so much) and I like that they were a trailblazer for craft beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Christmas Presents
« on: December 25, 2012, 10:06:13 AM »
Did anybody get any good homebrewing Christmas presents.  My awesome wife got me a bottle drying rack, and a really cool homebrewing journal.  I gave my father-in-law a six-pack of the latest coffee stout that I brewed (Addicted Coffee Stout from September/October Zymurgy) and he loved it.  I hope that everyone else gave and received some good brew related gifts.

Merry Christmas!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: September 26, 2012, 02:35:30 PM »
I just started brewing last summer and this year for my birthday my wife bought me the membership (good wife!).  It's already worth it.  There is a lot of free information out there, but there is a lot of GOOD information here.  Figure there are magazine subscriptions alone that cost what the membership here costs and that's an easy way to justify it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Let's talk southern tier
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:32:23 AM »
Their 2x IPA has been one of my favorites since the first time I tried it.  My father-in-law isn't big on hoppy beers, but I brought over a 6 pack of the 2x milk stout and he loved it.  I haven't seen the oatmeal stout in a while, but it was also good.  They do a fine job of making very flavorful beers and keeping them smooth and clean on the finish.  I'm over beers that are hoppy just to be hoppy

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