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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 15, 2017, 12:27:11 PM »
I would have been more interested at first in reading about the lodo technique if the original posts had been less cryptic and more explanatory.  There was an attitude in those first posts that was just arrogant.  I hate arrogance, but I like learning.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Which freon is good for Refrigerator?
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:31:11 PM »
I didn't even see the link.  I wonder if there is a setting that makes them more apparent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Which freon is good for Refrigerator?
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:12:20 AM »
Coolant and refrigerant, at least in the automotive industry, are two different things.  Coolant goes in the radiator and refrigerant goes in the A/C.
R-22, commonly used for years in household appliances, is very expensive and is being fazed out of production.
Don't charge the system on your own without some knowledge and a gauge set to see what is going on.
So, like they already told you, call a professional.

By the way, I have a working refrigerator, circa 1934, that uses sulfur dioxide as refrigerant.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction mashing dark malts
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:13:47 AM »
I agree with adding the dark roast malts later as well, maybe as late as a cap on the mash at the beginning of the sparge.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts
« on: October 03, 2017, 10:55:13 AM »
I remember a post by Tom Schmidlin that had pictures as well as explanations, which I found here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3791.0
but the pictures are not there anymore.  It's still a good post though, pun intended.

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Equipment and Software / Re: malt mill
« on: October 03, 2017, 04:14:43 AM »
I have had a JSP mill for at least 15 years, maybe more, and never had any problems.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg posts
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:17:03 PM »
On a ball lock keg the post with the grooves in it or with the serrated looking base is gas in.

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 02, 2017, 12:31:16 PM »
I had no trouble shifting and already knew about the blinkers/wipers location, so I made a conscious effort to use them properly.  Two things I noticed about the car though - if you used the turn signal stalk, but did not push it all the way until it clicked, the blinker flashed about 3 times and stopped.  I found this very convenient for lane changes and my car had no neutral safety (clutch) switch, so you had to make sure it was not in gear before engaging the starter.  I thought all cars had that, but I guess it's just all U.S. cars.
Another thing we noticed was how polite all the drivers seemed to be.  Even in the city, we hardly ever heard a horn.
I don't think I drove at night at all.  Walking to pubs was every evening's entertainment.

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: September 30, 2017, 07:17:14 PM »
We are on our way back from a week in Ireland now I thought I would share some notes.
I ended up getting an international day pass through my cell phone carrier (at&t) for $10 each day that it was used.  That way I could use the stuff I was already familiar with.  My iPhone worked well as a gps when needed.
We flew non stop on the red eye into Dublin and stayed there two nights near Trinity College.  Everything was within walking distance from our Airbnb and we were very good tourists.  We toured the Old Library and the Book of Kells - enjoyed the library more, but it was on the same ticket; toured Dublin Castle - pretty interesting; the Beatty Library/museum is just behind it and was worth the time spent; we did a tour of Jameson's Old Distillery and then had drinks at their bar; visited several churches as well as several pubs.  Most bars have a selection of mass market lagers and a couple of Guinness taps, and there seemed to be some feaux crafts by the big brewers as well, but we found that Galway Bay Brewing Co. has three or four pubs in Dublin, all with good craft beer.
We then got an uber back to the airport and picked up a rental car. It came as a surprise that if you decline the insurance they hold €5000 on your credit card.  Pro tip: if driving in a country with right hand drive, rent your car on Sunday morning when there is less traffic.  It takes a little getting used to and I am glad we didn't start driving right away, jet-lagged in downtown Dublin.
We drove to Northern Ireland with a stop for coffee in Belfast and then a really scenic drive along the north coast.  We stopped at the Giant's Causeway, which is spectacular, then drove to Derry/Londonderry, an old city with a completely intact ancient wall.
On to Galway, which has a very international feel to it and a booming tourist industry.  Tons of pubs and restaurants to enjoy in the Old Spanish Quarter.  Through a mutual friend we met up with the brewer from Galway Bay, who helped us with pubs for the rest of our trip.  As it was in Dublin, unless you want a Guinness or a "lager" you have to do a little research.  At this point I finally found a copy of CAMRA's 2018 Good Beer Guide and was disappointed that it did not include Ireland. 
After two nights we left Galway for Killarney, visiting the Cliffs of Maher on the way, which was in a cloud at the time but still incredibly impressive, then taking the ferry to save miles and time.  Killarney is cute and walkable and we found a really cool whiskey bar where we did flights of Irish whiskies.
We drove to Dingle, had coffee and then drove the loop through the peninsula.  Best.Drive.Ever.
The drive back to Dublin was mostly M-roads (motorways) and N-roads (wide two-lanes).  We stopped about halfway at Rock of Cashel to walk the ruins of a mideival church.  Altogether we drove a bit over 1200Km in a three cylinder Nissan.  The country is small enough that the longest travel day for us between cities was about three and a half hours of driving.
I had a Beamish stout last night at a pub in operation since 1766.  Nice.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Cane sugar added incorrectly
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:34:23 AM »
I have poured sugar into beer at the end of fermentation with excellent results.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Helles Advice
« on: September 04, 2017, 05:33:59 PM »
It isn't hard to smoke your own either - that way you can chose the type of wood.
I have an electric smoker. Do you have to cold smoke it or can I just use a low temp?


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I prefer cold smoke because it doesn't change the malt much, especially helpful with a pale colored beer.  The more heat, the less time is needed and the more color is added.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Helles Advice
« on: September 04, 2017, 11:00:14 AM »
That is good advice, Martin.  For subtle smoke, I'd use 10% or less.  Wyerman is a good choice if you know the freshness, much better than Briess.  It isn't hard to smoke your own either - that way you can chose the type of wood.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spices affect IBUs
« on: September 03, 2017, 12:02:21 PM »
I put some caraway seeds in my Rye APA as a dry spice last week and noticed a significant increase in the bitterness.

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I don't even use an airlock during initial fermentation.  The reason yours bubbles out is from the CO2 escaping, which would not allow air to ingress anyway.  When it calms down I install one. 
If you are still nervous, I'd suggest a blow off hose with the end in a jar of sanitizer.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: East vs West
« on: August 23, 2017, 06:16:38 PM »
I think my favorite was the Surly Ginger Lager, but there were several other good ones.  Duvel Hoppy Belgian Golden was nice, Ayinger Dunkle Weiss as well.  Fullers and Saint Arnold colabs were also good.  I did not care for the Kiuchi white IPA with Yuzu or the Mikkeller Thai-style iced tea ale.

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